A savvy cook has shown how she turns one medium-sized chicken into four different dinners.
After a stranger accused her of exaggerating her abilities, Susan Hawkins posted snaps of the tasty dinners in the popular Facebook group “ Feeding a family on £1 a day”.
The group shares advice, hacks and recipes based around being frugal with food.
Susan wrote: “A few days ago I was somewhat incensed when a lady posted how many meals she had made from one small chicken only to be called a liar.
“This is what I did with one small chicken.”
The super-saver then posted photos of one 1.5kg medium Ashfield chicken followed by the dishes she made from it.
The first was a tasty looking roast for two including a chicken breast each, potatoes, carrots, sprouts, broccoli, gravy and Yorkshire puddings.
One person noted: “Good size portions!”
The next meal was chicken noodle egg-drop soup which page members said looked “gorgeous” and “lovely”.
Susan said: “I began cooking the chicken in about an inch of water in the slow cooker and I used that as the base with a bit more water and a stock cube.
“I added the chicken pickings from the bones, some noodles a few finely sliced spring onions as I had some left over, but have used half a white onion before which works just as well.
“I put a small tin of sweet corn in and some noodles. Simmered for a little while and just before serving added a whisked egg to make it more like Chinese.”
The next dinner was a chicken and bacon salad, which included fresh cucumber, yellow bell pepper, onion, tomatoes and salad leaves with chicken, bacon and dressing.
When one member asked how Susan had managed to get white meat for the salad and the roast dinners, she said: “Plated dinners [used the] majority of breast meat, legs I intend to do a similar meal, remainder of breast meat is in the chicken and bacon salad with the pickings going into the soup.”
At the end Susan shared a photo of all the remaining chicken she had left.
The snap showed two full chicken thighs and a chicken drum stick.
One appreciative person wrote: “That’s really good and it’s about portion sizes how far it goes so it can be done.
“Thank you so much for sharing, I can do three meals with a medium chicken: Sunday roast, chicken and bacon wraps and then chicken and chips or omelettes.”
Another added their piece, and said: “I make loads with one small chicken: roast, chicken and rice soup, sticky chicken stir fry, bbq’d chicken buttys.”
However some posters argued that the feat wouldn’t work for families which include bigger eaters.
One pointed out: “I believe it, I wish I could [do this] my two boys and hubby are big meat eaters.”
To help the frugal Facebook users out further, one budget-conscious user said: “Ladies, if you are lucky enough to have a local market nearby they have chicken carcasses on sale.
“Usually six for £1. I use two to make maybe 10 portions of chicken noodle, or creamy chicken, soup and it's gorgeous.”
The post came after an argument erupted on the page after a woman claimed she could make four meals from one chicken, but fellow frugaleer’s didn’t believe her.
Commenting on the case, one person said: “Why would you lie FFS. Least you’ve proved them wrong."
The group continues to post handy hacks for saving money on the food shop including when yellow stickers are rolled out on supermarket foods and batch cooking tips.
Some of the recipes recently shared on the page include homemade Greek yoghurt pizza, vegetable peeling soup, potato bread and gnocchi.
One budgeter is even attempting to feed a family of four for just £100 per month.