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Save Money Recipe: Two Dinners, One Chicken

Take one large roasting chicken ( about 7lbs. or so) and make two delicious dinners!

Sunday night is always a good night for a more formal type chicken dinner, so here is a yummy one for you:

Tarragon Chicken With Roasted Vegetables

What you'll need~

3-5 potatoes, peeled and quartered
3-4 carrots, peeled and cut into 2 inch pieces
1 red onion, cut into wedges
2 cups cauliflower in small pieces (optional)
2 Tbsp. olive oil
1 tsp. salt to taste
1/4 tsp. pepper (or more to suit your taste)
roasting chicken (about 7lbs. or so)
salt and pepper to taste
tarragon (fresh is best--about 1 bunch)
lemon, quartered
8 cloves garlic, crushed

To Make~

Heat oven to 450 degrees
Line a baking sheet with foil
Toss all veggies with olive oil and mix till they are all covered
Place veggies on baking sheet, and bake about 45 min. stirring once or twice.

Rinse the chicken inside and out, season with salt and pepper

Place the tarragon, lemon and garlic inside the cavity of the chicken

Roast chicken in roasting pan, brush with olive oil

Roast in oven 10 minutes at 450 degrees; reduce temp. to 350 degrees and continue roasting chicken for an hour, 45 minutes or until thermometer (inserted into thickest part of chicken) reads 175 degrees F.
Remove lemon, tarragon and garlic. Cover chicken loosely with foil let sit for
about 20 minutes on platter.

While chicken sits, reheat veggies for 20 minutes at 300 degrees.

**Before serving, slice off as much chicken as needed for dinner. Add salad and rolls to complete the meal. Wrap the left over chicken and refrigerate.

Monday night dinner is likely to be more hectic, at least in our house--with sports, homework, etc. So a more casual easier dinner is always a good choice. Using the left-over chicken, pita bread or flatbread, and some marinara or pesto sauce, you can make a tasty meal in about 20 minutes!

Chicken Pesto Pizzas

Place the flatbreads or pita breads (one per serving) on baking sheet.

Spread the marinara or pesto sauce over the bread.

Top with left-over roasted chicken, some cherry tomatoes cut in half, and some mozzarella cheese

Spritz a little olive oil over the toppings, and bake at 450 degrees (preheat oven while preparing the ingredients) for about 8-10 minutes (till crusts are brown and cheese is melted)

Top with some baby arugla if desired, sprinkle with Parmesan cheese and enjoy!


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