If you like to rely on shortcuts to get dinner on the table, you’ll love these easy ways to use rotisserie chicken. The precooked chicken will save you time and the recipes below will keep you from getting bored.
We’ve all done it. You look up and realize the kids will be home from school any minute and that your son has soccer practice at 6 so have to eat an early dinner, and then remember that you haven’t taken anything out of the freezer for dinner. Your left eye starts to twitch and your thighs automatically start to expand as you realize that you will probably have to rely on a trip through a drive-thru to feed your family tonight.
The good news is, you have another option. If you forget to thaw meat for dinner, instead of spending a lot of money on eating out or ordering in, why not pick up a rotisserie chicken for just a few dollars at your local grocery store and try one of these satisfying and healthy family meals? Save money, eat healthy, no guilt—this is a no brainer.
Ways to Use Rotisserie Chicken
Although I’ve definitely served rotisserie chicken as is with some steamed veggies on the side, if I have a few extra minutes I like to do something more interesting. Each of these different ways to use rotisserie chicken are quick and easy. Plus, they’ll keep you from getting bored with this busy weeknight staple.
This chicken salad recipe from Craving Something Good is an easy, crowd-pleasing version that also works well as an appetizer when spooned into phyllo tartlets (as shown in her picture below).
In colder months, nothing is more satisfying than a hot bowl of chicken soup. Try this easy, hearty version from the Authentic Suburban Gourmet – Rotisserie Chicken & Barley Soup.
Simple and quick to throw together, with flavors that are popular with kids. If you like the BBQ Chicken Pizza from a very popular pizza franchise, you will love this copycat recipe from the Split Pearsonality Recipe Collection.
Tired of tacos? Satisfy your craving for Mexican food with these kid-friendly Rotisserie Chicken Quesadillas from Fancy Fork.
Bold, fresh flavors to bring life to your otherwise plain rotisserie chicken. This recipe for Greek Chicken Pasta Salad from Blissfully Domestic is great for hot summer nights when you want something refreshing.
You will love this revision of the classic comfort food from Skinny Mom. This Skinny Chicken Broccoli Casserole tastes so good, the only thing you’ll miss is the calories.
Quick, flavorful, and a departure from your standard chicken dinners. This delicious Chicken and Couscous Skillet Dinner from Kevin & Amanda will easily become one of your new go-to meals for busy nights.
More Ways to Use Rotisserie Chicken
If you have any chicken leftover after making one of the delicious recipes above, you can use it on your salad or in a wrap for lunch the next day, stretching that $5 purchase even farther. You can’t do that with a fast food “value” meal.