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Cook Once, Eat Twice – Chicken!


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Leftover chicken can be a pain, but it doesn’t have to be.  Instead it can be another easy weeknight dinner.

First you think chicken salad, then chicken tacos, then chicken pot pie, then pulled bbq chicken sandwiches topped with sliced avocado on a whole wheat bun.  Well maybe you didn’t think of that last one, my mind just runs wild and I can’t help myself, sorry, but you probably have thought of some version of pulled chicken.  Yes?  No?  Anyhoo point being you thought of all or most of this stuff before.

Chicken Tacos

Inevitably we over cook.  Always, it’s in our DNA.  Have you yet to meet a Jewish host or hostess who doesn’t?  If you have I want his/her name, age, location PRONTO.  And I want to know why, when and how s/he managed not to overdo it.

Chicken is one of the more annoying things to have leftovers of because while it’s the easiest to reinvent we sometimes have trouble thinking about what, when and how to reinvent it.

Soup Chicken or any kind of baked/roasted chicken are perfectly suited for a costume change.  Whether it’s sweet like Honey Chicken

or savory like Speedy Co Au Vin

I just pull off the skin and shred or cube the meat for act 2.

It’s summer, well almost.  And I love these two fresh ideas for make it once eat it twice chicken.  Pesto Chicken Flatbread Pizza and Pesto Pasta Chicken.  Pesto is one of my favorite summer sauces.  You can buy store bought pesto like I do for my chicken “pizza”.  You can make your own from fresh basil leaves like I do for my pesto pasta.  If the thought of checking fresh basil makes you want to cry you can sub in equal parts parsley (which comes readily available checked in most kosher supermarkets) or try those frozen “fresh chopped” cubes of basil.  1 cube = 2 tsp so you will need alot.  But it does make life just a little easier.

What are your favorite leftover chicken recipes, ideas and tips?


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Jamie Geller is the only best-selling cookbook author who wants to get you out of the kitchen – not because she doesn’t love food – but because she has tons to do. As “The Bride Who Knew Nothing” Jamie found her niche specializing in fast, fresh, family recipes. Now the "Queen of Kosher" (CBS) and the "Jewish Rachael Ray" (New York Times), she's the creative force behind JoyofKosher.com and "Joy of Kosher with Jamie Geller" magazine . Jamie and her hubby live in Israel with their five busy kids who give her plenty of reasons to get out of the kitchen - quickly. Check out her new book, "Joy of Kosher: Fast, Fresh Family Recipes."




9 Responses to Cook Once, Eat Twice – Chicken!

  1. I love this idea, but sadly my family are not big chicken eaters in any form. I would love some ideas for leftover fish, especially white fish, which I don’t find sits well for leftovers and I know you love fish.

  2. We eat chicken in my family all week long! I’ve made the Speedy Co Au Vin before and it is one of my favorites! Dry wed wine and chicken? Oh yeah!

  3. Pesto. My favorite. Enough Said. Well, almost, except, perhaps you have more of that pasta somewhere?!

  4. I don’t usually think of re-purposing leftover chicken but this pesto pasta looks fantastic, it’s making me hungry!

  5. I’ d love a whole series on repurposing different foods and recycling leftovers

  6. I’d love a whole series on recycling different foods

  7. I am a big supporter of using up everything and chicken pot pie is a family favorite. Ditto chicken salad, made dozens of ways. Pairing it with pasta — another great move!

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