The Simple Win of a Roast Chicken
Is there any other meat you can make once and get so much mileage out of?
Day 1: Roast your chicken
It's impressive looking and family pleasing. It only takes ~10 minutes to get it out of its packaging, seasoned and onto a roasting pan, and into the oven. Then you have ~1 hour and 45 minutes to do other meal prep, go outside, play with your kids, do laundry, watch a show, whatever! You can keep the rest of the meal simple if you want. We love our rice cooker that is also good for setting and forgetting. As another carbohydrate option you could put some potatoes in with the chicken. Add quick steamed vegetables, a salad, or throw some veggies tossed in olive oil, salt and pepper on a parchment paper lined sheet pan in the oven with the chicken and you are good to go. After dinner, take the carcass and put it in a large pot of water with some garlic, celery, carrot, and herbs such as bay leaf and simmer for your own broth. Sometimes this goes in the fridge and I simmer it the next day so I don't have to keep an eye on it that night.
Another way to do this is to boil the whole chicken! Of course you lose out on crispy chicken skin... but the broth you get from it is on a whole other level of awesomeness.
Day 2: You may have leftover chicken meat. This is great for chicken salad, chicken soup, chicken quesadillas, chicken enchiladas, chicken tacos, chicken on a salad (I personally prefer chicken that has been marinated for salad, marinating eliminates funky leftovers tastes).
You can use your broth with the leftover chicken to make yummy soup. You can use the broth in the rice cooker when you make your rice for extra delicious rice.