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One chicken: 5 delicious dinner ideas

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Growing up one of my besties owned the local chicken shop, and they did a roaring trade. I think it must be the takeaway dinner of choice for families around Australia. It’s easy, a family favourite and best of all one thing that everyone will eat. I shared a few weeks ago how Red Rooster challenged me to go without nasties for 10 days, because their kitchen-made menu, including their famous roast chicken, doesn’t contain any added MSG or artificial colours or flavours.

Today I’m sharing 5 ways to make dinner with a roast chicken {which you can grab from Red Rooster}:


1. Chicken and smashed potato salad
This is easy, and delicious and so comforting too. Just boil around 12 baby potatoes {this will serve 4}. While that’s cooking, chop 4 rashers of bacon and cook those. Chop some spring onions too. Shred the chicken. Then all you need to do is make a dressing: Half a cup of good whole-egg mayo, a quarter a cup of sour cream, a squeeze of lemon juice, three teaspoons of Dijon mustard and a little salt and pepper. Stir to combine. Combine everything in a bowl once the potatoes are cooked, and you’ve just made your family dinner.

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2. Chicken nachos salad
I don’t know how much of this one is really ‘salad’ but it does look so good. I like the organic corn chips you can get from the supermarket {no fake flavour or yellow fingers}, and if you like a bit of freshness top the nachos with shredded iceberg lettuce. Find the recipe here.


3. Chicken and your favourite salad

This is my favourite easy dinner; roast chicken and salad. I’ve found a place near home {Tata Gina in Coolangatta for any local readers} that makes the BEST salads so I get a large tub, grab a chicken and dinner is sorted. Wayne makes four different salads each day, so I love that I never know what I’m going to get. If I’m feeling more housewife-y, I’ll make my own. This Cous Cous salad never disappoints.
4. Make your own wraps
This is so easy, and another of my favourite dinners. It’s one of those dinners that you can have when you’re not organised. Just keep a pack of Mountain Bread wraps in your cupboard, buy a chicken {chop it up}, chop up any salad stuff you have lurking in the fridge and call it a wrap. You can make a tzatziki from yoghurt, mint and grate cucumber with a squeeze of lemon, use BBQ sauce or a little bit of sour cream.

5. Go hearty with chicken soup for the soul
This one takes a little more effort, but is worth it. You could totally make up the soup earlier in the day and just buy a chicken and shred it to go in later. Or buy your chicken at lunchtime and make it later.

Chicken, pasta and vegetable soup


30g butter
1 medium leek, washed and thinly sliced {just the white bits}
2 medium carrots, peeled and chopped finely
2 celery sticks, chopped finely
2 garlic cloves, crushed
2 tbs plain flour
4 cups chicken stock
4 cups water
3 cups shredded Red Rooster roast chicken
1 cup pasta {I used fettucine}


♥ Melt butter in a large saucepan over medium heat, and add leek, carrot, celery, garlic, and cook for ten minutes until leek has softened.
♥ Add plain flour and stir. Cook for 1 minute.
♥ Add stock and water, bring to the boil. Reduce heat to low and cook for 20 minutes. Add chicken and simmer for 10 more minutes, or until chicken is heated through. Add pasta and cook for 4 minutes, or until pasta is al dente.
♥ Serve with bread and enjoy!

And on those really busy nights when even the thought of throwing together a salad to have with your Red Rooster roast chicken boggles the mind, know that all the food made in Red Rooster’s kitchen is free from nasties – so you can always try the baked veg, peas and corn.

Got a favourite recipe or idea to add?