Denise’s 3 Meals From One Roast Chicken

Erin here – Add this to your next batch cooking day plan!!!

It always feels great when we can make a meal go just as far as possible, and this is one of my favorite ways to stretch a whole chicken into three meals.  In addition to saving on the budget, it also saves a lot of prep time in the kitchen and makes it easy to plan meals for the week – perfect for these busy summer days!  In a pinch, you can buy a Rotisserie chicken from your favorite deli if you don’t have time to roast the chicken yourself, and I even like to buy the pizza dough from the deli and roll it out at home if I don’t have any left in the freezer.  Serve the roasted chicken on the first night, reserve a 1/2 cup of shredded chicken for the pizza on night two, and pick the bones clean then use all of the remaining chicken to make chicken noodle soup on the third night.

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Denise’s 3 Meals From One Roast Chicken

Yield – 5 servings x 3 meals = 15 servings

Preparation Time – 10 mins – Roasted Chicken, 20 mins – Spinach Pizza, 15 mins – Chicken Noodle Soup

Cooking Time – 4-6 hrs – Roasted Chicken, 15 mins – Spinach Pizza, 1 hour – Chicken Noodle Soup


  • 1 large Roasting Chicken
  • 2 teaspoons Salt
  • 2 teaspoons Paprika
  • 1 teaspoon Cayenne Pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon Garlic Powder or 1 teaspoon Minced Garlic

Spinach & Chicken Pizza

  • 1 Pizza Crust (purchase ready made, get the dough from the deli or make your own with these step-by-step instructions)
  • 2 tablespoons Olive Oil
  • 1 teaspoon Italian Seasoning
  • 1/2 cup Grape Tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup Spinach Leaves
  • 2 cups shredded Mozzarella Cheese

Chicken Noodle Soup

  • 4 cups Egg Noodles
  • 3 Carrots
  • 1 Onion
  • 2 Celery Sticks
  • 4 cups Canned Chicken Broth
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons Salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon Pepper
  • 2 tablespoons Basil


  • Clean the chicken and remove any giblets.
  • Combine all spices and garlic in a small bowl.
  • Rub spice mixture onto the chicken.
  • Place in crockpot and cook on low for 4 to 6 hours.

Spinach & Chicken Pizza

  • Brush prepared pizza crust or dough with olive oil and sprinkle Italian seasoning on top.
  • Distribute half cup of shredded chicken evenly on top of the dough.
  • Cut grape tomatoes in half, then place them and the spinach leaves evenly on top of the dough.
  • Sprinkle mozzarella cheese over the pizza and bake according to your chosen crust directions.

Chicken Noodle Soup

  • Cut up the carrots, onion and celery sticks into bite sized pieces and place in a large pot.
  • Pour in chicken broth and sprinkle with seasonings, then stir.
  • Bring to a boil then reduce to a simmer for 45 minutes to one hour or until veggies are tender.
  • Increase heat and add egg noodles and chicken for 15 minutes.

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  1. says

    I love this concept of what I call “planned overs” where parts of a future meal are already prepared and ready to go for another meal. Serious question, however, is why does the chicken soup recipe call for purchasing 4 cups of canned chicken broth? After deboning the chicken after dinner on night 1, place the carcass in a crockpot along with any pan drippings after deglazing the baking dish, cover with water and let cook. Strain, cool, refrigerate. FREE chicken stock. Depending upon the spices chosen for roasting the chicken, it could also be salt free, if preferred. When calling for chicken stock, remove the hardened fat layer and you now have fat free stock.

    • Amy says

      I thought the exact same thing about the canned chicken broth, especially because in this case she is roasting the chicken for the first night in the crockpot. You wouldn’t even have to get another pan dirty. :)

  2. says

    Carol & Amy – you’re both exactly right on making your own broth. I do like to do that and I even freeze the broth if I’m not going to use it right away, but I also have to be honest and say that I get lazy and skip that part during the summer when it’s so hot in the house anyway and I’m spending my days chauffering the kids around :S Thank you both for pointing that out for the non-lazy among us :)

  3. Alexandra says

    I agree with Carol! I read the recipe and wondered the same thing! When you simmer the carcass you can utalize everything, skin, bones, giblets and even the carrot, onion and celery “tops” and “bottoms” that you will cut off and don’t eat….These “Tops & Bottoms” are useful in making homemade stock whether its chicken or beef stock! :)
    Also if you use veggies in other meals you are going to cut off certain parts of the veggies and you can save these parts in a gallon size freezer bag in the freezer until you need to make some stock again! Then just pull out your bag and toss into into a large pot, top with water, season how you like, bring it to a boil and then turn down the heat and simmer for atleast an hour. Strain off all of the veggies and you have stock!

  4. says

    Denise, thanks for the follow up. If you toss the carcass back into the original crockpot and let it go for a few hours, you’re not using much energy (electricity wise) nor is the house getting all that hot. HTH

  5. says

    Hi Denise! I have come to your blog often, you have so many ideas. Everything is practical and easy. I have come to appreciate that. I posted on my blog your ideas for the Rottisserie Chicken, again recipes that are easy and stretches your budget.

    thanks for all that you do! Marla


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