Four meal ideas from a whole roast chicken

If you’re only cooking for one or two people, buying a whole chicken might seem like a waste or overwhelming. But we’ve put together four easy meal ideas from just one roast chicken.

Roast a medium chicken.

Follow the instructions on the packet to roast. Add some par boiled potatoes and roast in the oven. Once cooked, remove the chicken and potatoes and keep warm.

  • Make gravy: Take a good spoonful of plain flour and stir into the juices from the chicken until it’s all soaked up. Either put the pan onto the hob or tip into a saucepan to warm. Add a stock cube dissolved in hot water, stirring as you go until thickened.
  • Steam, boil, or microwave some vegetables. 

Coronation chicken salad or sandwich

Chop up some of the left over chicken. Add a small chopped onion, mix with a small amount of curry powder, lemon juice and mayonnaise. Mix well; serve with a small bowl of salad or spread on a sandwich.

Chicken stir-fry

Chop up the rest of the leftover chicken and some vegetables into small pieces (or you can buy a bag of pre-chopped stir fry vegetables in the supermarket). Cook the vegetables slowly in a large frying pan or wok with a little oil. If you prefer well done, softer veg add a little water and cover the pan with a lid for around 10 minutes.

Add the leftover gravy and the chopped chicken, a splash of soy sauce and lemon juice.  Add a packet of ready cooked rice or noodles, or cook a small cup yourself, mix in the pan and fry until hot.  Serve with some salad or steamed cabbage.


Put all the chicken bones and other leftover trimmings, with some chopped up onions and other vegetables into a slow cooker. Add a chicken stock cube and some water to cover and slow cook for 5 hours.

Strain the mixture. Keep the liquid, discard the rest.

Heat up some butter in a saucepan, add some chopped potatoes, onion and other veg, put on the lid and cook until soft. Slightly mash the vegetables and add the slow cooked chicken stock. Season to taste.