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What's your favorite thing to do with the leftovers from roasting a whole chicken?

I roasted one for Rosh HaShanah dinner a few nights ago and I'm trying to think of something new and creative to do with the leftovers. Something besides a salad, preferably.

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  1. Chicken pot pie, divan, or a la king. Make stock with the meaty carcass plus some raw wings or backs (stock entirely from cooked bones tends to be grayish and weak).

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    1. re: greygarious

      Yep, the stock is simmering right now and I agree about adding some raw chicken to the chicken carcass. Mixture of raw chicken and cooked bones makes the best stock as far as I'm concerned. It's just the leftover chicken pieces themselves that I'm trying to find new ideas for. Pot pie would be good but I'm living abroad currently, with a not nearly as well-equipped a kitchen as usual, so it might be a little too elaborate for what I've got to work with.

      1. re: Lady_Tenar

        I sometimes cheat on the crust of a pot pie and use refrigerator crescent rolls as a topping!

          1. re: cheesecake17

            I use Pilsbury refrigerator biscuits. Just open them up and place them on top.

            www.saffron215.blogspot.com

    2. Use the meat for these patties: Chop coarsely, add 1 1/2 cups shredded, *squeezed dry* potato. Add 1 small onion, grated (or chopped very fine). Add 2 tablespoons flour, 3/4 teaspoon salt, 1/4 teaspoon pepper, 1-2-3 shakes Tabasco (to taste), 3 eggs. Mix well, fry as patties. This recipe from Lee Bailey--he served it with fruit salsa. It calls for the amount of meat from 6 chicken thighs, so you'd have to estimate and adjust.

        1. Somebody wrote about chicken and wild rice soup, and I can't stop thinking about it. Alternatively, there's avgolemono made w/ chicken stock. You could make a chicken casserole of any kind; chicken and rice, chicken Divan. You could do a stir-fried noodle dish, adding the chicken at the end; maybe onions, peppers, mung bean sprouts, noodles and chicken, with an Asian flavored stir-fry sauce. You could make chicken tacos or burritos, or Asian-flavored lettuce wraps, maybe with hoisin and peanuts along w/ the veg. you use. I love and adore having leftover chicken. It's a rare thing around here.

          1. Chicken soup with wild rice, chicken noodle soup, chicken tortilla soup or put in cheddar cheese soup.
            Chicken eggrolls.
            Chilaquiles for breakfast).
            Mix with veggies and make "turnovers" with puff pastry.
            Enchiladas or put in a burrito with black beans.
            In Quesadillas with Cheddar or Jack cheese.
            Served cold with hot sauerkraut.
            I also cook ramen noodles in chicken stock and add chopped chicken, green onion and mushrooms.

            I have done all these with chicken or game hen except the sauerkraut. My wife did that while I was out of town and raved about it.