3 in 1 - Easy School Night Meals

Rotisserie Chicken

School is back in session. Time is limited, especially for dinner. Everyone is always looking for quick, easy and satisfying meals for their family. Below is a guide for a few great meals strung together with just one shop. Part 1 in a multiple part blog series. 

Meal base - The ever so popular Rotisserie Chicken.

Night 1 - Enjoy that tasty warm bird with a side of Corn on the Cob or top a salad with it! All you have to prepare for the meal is the corn and prep the salad. But, the real work for the week lies ahead... Don't worry, shouldn't take more than 10 active minutes, and an hour of passive cooking time. 

Get Ahead - Pull all the meat off the bones of the chicken.  Be thorough, and don't forget the back! Do it while the chicken is warm, makes it much easier.  Place in tupperware and store in the fridge.

Part 2 - Take the carcass and make some super tasty chicken stock. Place the bones in a big pot along with rough chopped celery, carrot, and onion with a good amount of salt. Cover with water and bring to a simmer for an hour. Let cool and store in the fridge. 

Photo Credit - pillsbury.com

Night 2 - Pot Pie: This may sound intimidating, but it really shouldn't be. There are some easy short cuts, unless you want to do it the old school way. 

First off, who doesn't love that pie crust on pot pies! I worked on recipes for a long time, scheming ways to get more crust. And, I found it with Biscuits.  Your short cuts: Pre-made Biscuit dough (like Pillsbury) & Cream of Mushroom Soup. 

Combine your leftover chicken, some frozen peas and whatever vegetable you desire with the mushroom soup. Place in an oven safe dish, and top with raw biscuit dough. Follow baking instructions for the biscuits. You're becoming a weeknight hero! 

Night 3 - Ramen Night! Again, sounds intimidating, but you already have your broth ready to rock, you just need to add some asian flare and noodles, and you're all set! 

Bring your stock to a simmer and add 2 tablespoons of miso paste. You can also add ingredients like ginger, soy and sesame oil for added flavor. Follow the directions on cooking your noodles. Add in the last bits of shredded chicken from night 1, along with any other vegetables you desire. Serve steaming. This bowl will certainly warm your belly and help cure any ailments! 

Basic Shopping List

  • 2 Rotisserie Chickens (depending on your family size)
  • 2 Medium Yellow or Brown Onions
  • 2-3 Medium to Large sized Carrots
  • 2-3 Ribs of Celery
  • 3-4 corn on the Cobb
  • Canned Biscuit dough
  • 1-2 cans Cream of Mushroom Soup
  • Frozen Peas
  • Small container of Miso
  • Ramen Noodles (dry or fresh, Top Ramen noodles work surprisingly well, ditch the seasoning packet)
  • Eggs (optional)

Cover Photo Credit - Getty Images & www.thespruce.com

About the Author

After six years in the kitchen and many extraordinary events, Kellan has become more than a chef, he’s cooking up experiences. From small intimate dinner parties, cooking lessons, and family meals to large corporate bar-b-ques, beer dinners, and holiday soirées, the Kitchen has it covered. Kellan and crew are not just cooks and servers, they’re hosts, cocktail gurus, and burgeoning sommeliers. With a focus always on the food, Kellan’s Kitchen also pays great attention to hosting, vibe, comfort and the vision of the host. Everyone must walk out with a smile, full belly, and sometimes a nice buzz.