It seems like a good idea to kick off our 30 Days of Dollar Dinners series with this Whole Chicken with Potato Wedges recipe. Check out this amazing meal for just $0.99 per person!
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One chicken makes three meals
Here’s what makes this Whole Chicken recipe so great – well besides the fact that it’s easy and tastes really good. :) Your effort to bake a chicken is going to produce three meals!
- Whole Chicken with Potato Wedges
- Parmesan Chicken and Rice
- Creamy Potato Soup (made with broth from the chicken bones we’ll save after de-boning this chicken)
Intentionally only serve half the meat from this baked chicken at your first meal. Save the leftover meat to make the Parmesan Chicken and Rice (recipe coming soon!). Once the meat has been removed, use the bones from this chicken to make broth like this. You’ll save that to make Creamy Potato Soup!
How much does a whole chicken cost?
You can buy a pre-cooked rotisserie chicken for $5 at Sam’s or Costco. If you want to skip the baking part of this recipe idea, buy the cooked chicken for $5, divide the meat into two portions – one for this meal and one for the Parmesan Chicken and Rice. Then, make broth with the bones. This gives you three meals from one $5 chicken, making each chicken portion cost only $1.67. AMAZING!!!
OR, if you want to follow this recipe and bake a chicken at home, a whole chicken at Walmart is around $7. Then you can season it the way you like!
Here’s the recipe:
Whole Chicken with Potato Wedges
- 1 whole chicken with the innards removed
- 2 Tablespoons melted butter
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon onion powder
- ¼ teaspoon sea salt
- ⅛ teaspoon ground pepper
- 3 large yukon gold potatoes
- 2 Tablespoons olive oil
- Sea salt
- Place chicken in a 9x13 inch baking dish.
- Remove gizzards from the cavity. (Save them to make broth later!)
- Spread or brush butter over the chicken.
- Mix spices in a bowl, then rub them all over the chicken.
- Bake, uncovered, in a 300 degree oven for 2½ hours.
- Scrub potatoes and slice into eight wedges each.
- Toss them in a bowl large bowl with olive oil until they are evenly coated.
- Lay wedges singularly on a cookie sheet.
- Sprinkle with salt.
- Bake at 400 degrees for 35-40 minutes.
Be sure to save half the meat for our Parmesan Chicken and Rice and save the bones to make broth.
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Love the idea, but our family is too large for half a chicken to make a meal. We use the same idea with a turkey instead- usually we get enough meat for 3 meals plus soup stock for 2 soup meals. And at a little over a dollar per pound, it’s very economical.
Yes, me too! This recipe serves 4 so you’d need to adapt it based on your family size like I do. :)