Grabbing a rotisserie chicken at the supermarket is not “cheating” by any stretch of the imagination. Having cooked chicken ready to use is a great jump-start to all sorts of creative recipes – from salads to main dishes, lunches and dinners – and is a brilliant move, in our book.
Choose Your Bird Wisely
Not all rotisserie chickens are the same. One store might have super plump birds, while others are downright scrawny. They are certainly not created equal in terms of bang for your buck or taste. Try a few to determine the best for you, and then make the purchase part of your regular shopping trip. We buy one almost weekly and are always thankful, especially on a busy weeknight.
Cold vs. Hot
Some stores have hot birds as well as refrigerated. All are ready-to-eat, but we find they have their pros and cons. If you want to make chicken salad, then cold might be better, however, the hot ones – which are really just warm – are much easier to shred. Your choice. FYI, sometimes the cold are discounted a bit.
Here are 18 recipes that begin with cooked chicken.
Chicken, Bacon Ranch Mac & Cheese
Chicken Papaya Salad with Poppyseed Dressing
This is not your typical chicken salad! Juicy ripe papaya, along with pieces of rotisserie chicken, baby greens, fresh cilantro, and a slightly sweet poppyseed dressing. Makes a filling lunch or a light dinner. Get the recipe.
Mediterranean Pasta Salad
Pineapple Chicken Salad
Chicken Salad with Grapes & Almonds
Mayonnaise and sour cream dress this chicken salad, with grapes and sliced or slivered almonds. Get the recipe.
Chicken Pot Pie
Chicken pot pie might be our favorite way to use cooked chicken. This is comfort food! A flaky, buttery crust sits on top of tender chicken in a quick-to-make gravy with peas, carrots, potatoes and mushrooms. Get the recipe.
Asian Chicken Salad
This peanut butter dressing, that contains fish sauce, soy sauce, rice vinegar, brown sugar, lime and sambal oelek is hugely flavorful. It pairs perfectly with shredded cooked chicken, cabbage, carrots, red bell pepper, scallions, and fresh cilantro. Get the recipe.
Quick Pasta with Chicken Broccoli & Goat Cheese
Toss cooked pasta with garlic-infused oil, cooked chicken, cooked broccoli (that you simultaneously cook in the pasta water), goat cheese, Parm and lots of black pepper. Dinner comes together in about the time it takes to cook the pasta. Get the recipe.
Chicken Salad with Cranberries & Pecans
Buffalo Chicken Fries
Start with frozen French fries and cooked chicken. Make a quick “Buffalo” sauce with butter, hot sauce and Worcestershire sauce. Combine with some carrots and celery, melted jack cheese and a drizzle of blue cheese dressing, too. Munchies satisfied. Get the recipe.
These enchiladas are a one of our most popular recipes. Corn tortillas, homemade Red Enchilada sauce, cooked chicken and cheeses in a casserole dish. Rolling the tortillas is the only part that takes any skill – and don’t tell anyone we said this – but you can layer up the ingredients and the tortillas in a casserole dish without the finicky rolling. Still tastes great! Get the recipe.
Chicken Salad with Gruyere Green Beans, Tomatoes & Basil
This is an unusual chicken salad, elegant enough for a light summer dinner main dish for guests. A very mustardy dressing coats cooked chicken, tender-crips cooked green beans, juicy tomatoes and small batons of Gruyere cheese, showered with fresh basil. A study in color, flavor and texture contrast – that comes together in a flash. Get the recipe.
Green Goddess Chicken Salad
Make our Green Goddess dressing first, with its combination of fresh herbs – parsley chives, tarragon and scallion greens – anchovy, buttermilk and garlic-infused oil Then toss with cooked chicken and extra scallion greens for a verdant take on classic chicken salad. Get the recipe.
Chopped Chicken Caesar Salad
We love a Chicken Caesar, and this version is a chopped version, making it really easy for a portable lunch. Crisp Romaine lettuce, cooked chicken, crunchy, garlicky sourdough croutons and a creamy buttermilk-based dressing with Parmesan cheese, anchovy, Dijon mustard and Worcestershire sauce. Get the recipe.
Curried Chicken Salad
Chicken Cheese & Broccoli Twice Baked Stuffed Potatoes
You can cook the potatoes in the microwave, and even heat the stuffed potatoes in the microwave. No need to heat up the oven. Baked (or microwaved) potatoes are stuffed with broccoli, chicken and cheese, sour cream and scallions. A great light dinner with a big salad alongside. Get the recipe.
Turkey Coconut Curry
We use cooked turkey for this dish, but cooked chicken works, too. Fresh ginger, turmeric, coriander and cumin, along with coconut milk create a fragrant sauce for cooked chicken, spinach and tomatoes. Serve with rice. Get the recipe.
Easy and Tasty: 34 Sides to Serve with Rotisserie Chicken for a Stress-Free Meal
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9 Insanely Delicious Easy Homemade Chicken Wing Recipes
Entire restaurants build their menu around chicken wings, but we’re going to show you how to make the best chicken wings at home – and they’re easier than you think. Most of these recipes are baked, not fried, so you will not only save on calories, but also have less mess and spend less time in the kitchen. Click here for 9 Insanely Delicious Easy Homemade Chicken Wing Recipes
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30 Quick & Easy Recipes For A Happy Gut: Low FODMAP and Flavor Packed
At FODMAP Everyday® we define “Quick” as a dish that can be on the table, ready to eat, in 30 minutes or less. “Easy” recipes have 15 minutes or less of prep time. All of these recipes are low FODMAP and free of gluten so they can be served to tender tummies too! Click for 30 Quick & Easy Recipes For A Happy Gut: Low FODMAP and Flavor Packed
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23 Dinner Solutions: Quick and Delicious Soup and Stew Recipes
There is nothing like homemade soup or a hearty stew, especially when it is cold outside! (For you hot weather folks, we do have a few cold soups). We’ve got 23 recipes for you, from Instant Pot quickies to long simmered renditions. Comfort food in a bowl. Get 23 Dinner Solutions: Quick and Delicious Soup and Stew Recipes here.
Potatoes! White, red, yellow, starchy russet, sweet potatoes – even blue and purple potatoes – can be a main meal in the form of double stuffed baked potatoes, a weekday side-dish, a potluck salad, or they can add richness to soups. And don’t forget breakfast casseroles and home fries! We have 23 recipes for you to try and potatoes are often economical, too, so dive in! Click here for 23 Easy Potato Recipes: Which One Will You Try First?
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