One of the greatest kitchen shortcuts of all time is rotisserie chicken. Just pick up a succulent, rotisserie cooked chicken from the grocery store and you’re set for anywhere from 3-5 meals quick and easy meals, depending on how you use it. Today I’m highlighting what I think are the best things to make with rotisserie chicken, whether you’re cooking an intimate meal for two or have to feed a family.
A rotisserie chicken is like a road map to summer dining. With one chicken, you can whip up several healthy, protein-rich meals without having to turn on the oven.
What to eat with rotisserie chicken
But what are the best ways to use rotisserie chicken? The possibilities are really limitless if you use your imagination. But I’m offering my best recipes for using rotisserie chicken to get you started on the path to making fast and healthy meals.
This is my quickest answer for how to use a rotisserie chicken.
The juicy meat of a rotisserie chicken makes chicken salad so flavorful and tender. If you’ve ever had a chicken salad that was too dry, you know what I’m talking about! Although my chicken salad recipe calls for roasting your own bone-in chicken breasts, substituting with a large rotisserie chicken guarantees perfectly cooked chicken and no stress. This rotisserie chicken recipe is my pick for those hot summer days when you don’t want to heat up the house by turning on the oven.
This is one of the most addictive things you can do with a roast chicken and a fantastic use for leftover rotisserie chicken. Try this recipe just once and I guarantee you will find yourself craving this tasty chicken bowl again and again. And because it calls for you to shred rotisserie chicken, it feels like something completely different than slices of the meat.
This way to use rotisserie chicken is one of those recipes that’s ideal for an after work dinner. You can even make the sauce in advance so that all you have to do is cook some rice and assemble.
A simple, layered bowl of crunchy goodness, this shredded chicken recipe starts with a base of fragrant jasmine rice topped with a slaw of colorful veggies and plenty of that succulent, rotisserie chicken. The whole thing is drizzled with my riff on a Thai peanut sauce – think chicken satay in a bowl. It’s completely inauthentically Asian but 100% crave-able!
Another one of my favorite rotisserie chicken recipe ideas is the most obvious – but that doesn’t make it any less fabulous.
This customizable chicken salad recipe calls for grilled chicken breast but when you’re not in the mood to grill, the breast of a rotisserie chicken, thinly sliced, makes a great substitute. I love this this chicken recipe because it gives you the base of a great salad and dozens of ways to customize it to your taste, what’s in season or the preferences of whoever you’re seducing! Even a picky eater will say yes to this recipe using rotisserie chicken.
Wondering how you can use rotisserie chicken in winter? You don’t just have to use rotisserie chicken in cold dishes.
This is the most ambitious of the recipes in my roundup because it uses not just the chicken meat but also the rotisserie chicken bones (to make a nutritious, homemade chicken stock). But chicken soup is one of the greatest things you can make with a rotisserie chicken. And I particularly like this soup because it offers the exotic flavor of coconut. It’s a departure from the chicken noodle most people are expecting and a great recipe to wake up your tastebuds.
Don’t forget one of the very best things to make with rotisserie chicken
I would be remiss if I didn’t mention the very best thing about rotisserie chicken: the bones. Once you’ve used the moist, well-seasoned meat of the bird in whatever recipes you most enjoy, your chicken still has a gift to give. It makes the perfect base for a flavorful, homemade chicken stock. A great stock differs from why you would buy at the store sold as chicken broth because of the bones. Cooking a chicken stock from the bones creates a rich liquid with a weighty mouthfeel, thanks to the gelatin in the bones, which is released during the long cooking time.
Chicken photo by Anshu A
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