Put that bird to work.
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There's a reason why chicken constantly ranks up there among our most popular recipes. Endlessly versatile, riffable, and leftover-friendly, chicken is truly the weeknight warrior you can lean on after harried work days and later-than-expected returns home.
To give myself a
drumstick leg up ahead of the busy week, I'll cook two birds while I've got the hot oven going, usually during the weekend. I'm not a huge meal-prep gal in the traditional sense, but I am a general fan of cooking more than is needed to ensure a week's worth of reimagined leftovers and easy-breezy meals. (It's definitely worth mentioning, too, the cost effectiveness of buying whole birds rather than pieces.)
First things first: Get those birds going! Crank up that oven (we're talking 450°F or hotter) and make sure your birds' skins are nice and dry before giving 'em a rain shower of salt inside and out. You can either roast them atop your favorite root vegetables, where they will bestow juicy goodness as they cook, or up on a little rack so that you can ensure they crisp all the way around. Either method is great—just make sure you give them enough time to rest once they're done (at least 15 to 20 minutes) to allow for juice redistribution and to avoid a messy carving situation.
Here are just a couple of our favorite roast chicken recipes to get you going (if you choose to butcher it prior to cooking, here's a good tutorial):
On that first day, we usually enjoy the roast chicken just as it's intended: carved off the bone alongside roasted potatoes or a good crusty bread, and a nice zippy salad. Between my husband, daughter, and me, there's usually not much dark meat left; whatever we have left is likely breast meat (another reason why I advocate roasting off two at a time).
In the days that follow, that leftover meat is a lifesaver for both lunches and dinners, where it can play either a starring or a supporting role.
Here are a few tips to keep in mind if you plan on using up your batch roast chicken:
How do you enjoy roast chicken during the week? Share your favorite tips with us below!
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