(Do note that I mean warehouse-club chickens ... other folks tend to sell pigeon-size birds that cost a lot more.)Even though I bow to convenience, I believe in getting as much mileage out of that chicken as possible. Here's what I did with a recent purchase:
Meal 1 - A few slices of breast meat made sandwiches served with soup.
Meal 2 - Warmed half of the chicken for dinner.
Meal 3 - Warmed the other half of the chicken for dinner. (I didn't add anything, but you could use a bit of BBQ sauce so switch things up.)
Meal 4 - Took the bits of meat off the carcass and made chicken and dumplings.The carcass went into the freezer -- we'll use that to make stock. Admittedly, your mileage may vary: I'm only feeding 2 folks. (I have friends who need 2 chickens just to feed their crowds ... never mind leftovers.)