5 Delicious Recipes Using Rotisserie Chicken

Updated on January 3, 2018
Rotisserie Chicken
Rotisserie Chicken

"Honey, Could You Pick Up a Chicken on the Way Home?"

Sometimes, I like stopping by my local supermarket to pick up a fresh rotisserie chicken. Knowing all the hard work has been done for me and I can come home and enjoy tasty food within minutes of walking through the door makes me smile.

Tonight was no exception. I bought a rotisserie chicken, deli potato salad, sweet corn, and multigrain bread. I smelled the chicken and warm bread calling to me as I drove home and all I could think was "Dinner's ready!" Within moments of unpacking my groceries, I was pulling the meat off the bones and stuffing delectable chicken goodness in my mouth.

You can do so many things with a rotisserie chicken, and I hope these delicious recipes below will inspire you to make a variety of fun dishes!

Chicken Pot Pie
Chicken Pot Pie | Source

Easy Chicken Pot Pie

Serves: 2 people

Ingredients

  • 1 package Pillsbury crescent rolls
  • Rotisserie chicken meat, diced
  • 1 can cream of chicken soup
  • Frozen mixed vegetables, cooked
  • ¼ tsp thyme
  • Salt and pepper, to taste

Instructions

1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).

2. Mix the cream of chicken soup, rotisserie chicken, and vegetables together.

3. Add thyme, salt, and pepper to taste. Pour the mixture into two ovenproof pie pans or casserole dishes.

4. Unroll the package of Pillsbury crescent rolls and press the triangles together to form a uniform piece of dough. Use this to make a pie crust over the top of each dish. Tuck in or crimp the edges.

5. Bake the dish for about 20-25 minutes. Make sure the filling heated through and the crust is golden brown.

Small, colorful pasta shapes are ideal for this recipe.
Small, colorful pasta shapes are ideal for this recipe. | Source

Quick Chicken Pasta Bake

Serves: 4 people

Ingredients

  • 1 cup small pasta shapes
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 3/4 cup rotisserie chicken breast, cubed
  • 1 (14.5 oz) can diced tomatoes, with juice
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1/4 cup fresh parsley, chopped
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 1/4 cup breadcrumbs
  • 1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 1-2 tbsp butter (optional)

Instructions

1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.

2. Cook the pasta according to the package instructions. Drain and set aside.

3. In a large bowl, mix the olive oil, chicken breast, onion powder, garlic, diced tomatoes, mozzarella, parsley, salt, and pepper. Add the cooked pasta to the bowl and stir everything thoroughly.

4. Pour the mixture into a casserole dish or lasagna dish. Sprinkle the breadcrumbs and parmesan on top and dot the dish with pieces of the butter.

5. Bake in the oven until the dish is bubbling and the top is golden brown.

The Possibilities Are Endless!

Watch the video above for more recipes that use rotisserie chicken. See inspiration to make a few dishes such as:

  • Asian chicken salad
  • Broccoli chicken casserole
  • Chicken "purses"

Don't throw away the bones and parts you don't eat! Use it to make a delicious chicken stock for other recipes.
Don't throw away the bones and parts you don't eat! Use it to make a delicious chicken stock for other recipes.

Easy Chicken Stock for Soups and Stews

After you use up the meat, don't throw out the carcass—it's full of flavor! Instead, put the remains to work and create an excellent chicken stock you can use for soups and stews.

Ingredients

  • 1 rotisserie chicken carcass, with a little meat
  • 6 cups water
  • 1 large onion, quartered
  • 1 large carrot, roughly chopped
  • 1 tsp garlic, crushed
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 stick celery, roughly chopped

Instructions

1. Place everything in a large pot and bring it to a boil over medium-high heat. Reduce the heat to a simmer and leave it for about 3 hours. Skim the fat off the top.

2. Leave the pot to the side and let it cool. Strain the stock into a sealable container and discard everything else.

3. Use the stock immediately or store it in the fridge or freezer for later use.

Rotisserie chicken nutrition facts courtesy of fatsecret.com
Rotisserie chicken nutrition facts courtesy of fatsecret.com

Why Rotisserie Chicken Is the Best

Store-bought rotisserie chickens can be a life-saver after a busy day at work. I had a hard day at the office and wasn't in the mood to start cooking, so I decided tonight would be rotisserie chicken night.

For me, one of the great things about rotisserie chicken is that it makes not only a superb mid-week meal as-is, but it is also a versatile ingredient for other quick and delicious recipes.

In my local supermarket, a rotisserie chicken costs just $7 and yields a substantial amount of meat that can comfortably feed a family of four for one meal or two meals for a family of two. Including a rotisserie chicken into your weekly shopping budget can save you time, money, and energy!

I will often remove the meat, store it in a Ziploc bag, and save it in the freezer for use later in the week. Then, I can quickly prepare a quick pot pie, salad, or pasta without spending hours in the kitchen. It's also a good idea to have some rotisserie chicken on hand in the freezer to make simple sandwiches when you don't have much time.

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        Dee Malone 

        2 years ago

        Love Costco rotisserie chickens. I use them for a delicious chicken salad and chicken and dumplings ! Pull the chicken off the bone - cut into smaller chunks. Sauté diced celery, small amount of onion and carrots in butter until tender. Mix chicken bouillon and water - add to sautéed veggies .. Transfer to a 4 quart pan, add 1 can cream of celery soup, 1 can cream of chicken soup. Add chicken to pot.. Add 2 cups water. Let heat to boiling point and reduce to medium heat. While the mixture is heating, unroll 2 refrigerated pie crusts - roll out until thin and cut into strips ( one at a time ). When mixture is on medium heat, drop strips into liquid one at a time . As mixture cooks- if it seems too thin, slowly add flour premixed into liquid until it is to your taste. 5 minutes before serving, add 1/2-1 cup milk or half and half. Salt and pepper .. Let simmer for about 5 minutes for all the favors to meld.

      • Cloverleaf profile imageAUTHOR

        Cloverleaf 

        7 years ago from Calgary, AB, Canada

        That's great, hazelwood4! Thanks for the follow. I'm enjoying your recipe hubs also :-)

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        hazelwood4 

        7 years ago from Owensboro, Kentucky

        I enjoyed reading your recipe suggestions. My wife and I make chicken and dumplings out of a rotisserie chicken.

      • Cloverleaf profile imageAUTHOR

        Cloverleaf 

        7 years ago from Calgary, AB, Canada

        Hi prasetio, sorry for making you hungry again! I hope your mom likes the ideas, please send her my best regards. Thank you for the vote up, as usual you are a great support to me and I'm so happy that you come by to read and comment on my hubs.

        I hope your weekend was an excellent one!

        Cloverleaf.

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        prasetio30 

        7 years ago from malang-indonesia

        Dear, Cloverleaf. I love chicken and you make me hungry. Thanks for share the great recipes. It looks delicious and as usual, I'll show this to my mom. Well done and VOTE UP!

        Prasetio

      • Cloverleaf profile imageAUTHOR

        Cloverleaf 

        7 years ago from Calgary, AB, Canada

        You're welcome, randomcreative!

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        Rose Clearfield 

        7 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

        Great recipes and advice! Thanks!

      • Cloverleaf profile imageAUTHOR

        Cloverleaf 

        7 years ago from Calgary, AB, Canada

        Hi Tina,

        I must confess that making chicken stock isn't something I don't all the time because it's often easier to buy store-bought chicken stock. But when I do make it myself I am really glad that I did; I can control the ingredients, minimize the salt content, and it always turns out yummier than the store-bought kind.

        Thanks as always for coming by to read and comment! I hope you have a great weekend.

        Cloverleaf.

      • Cloverleaf profile imageAUTHOR

        Cloverleaf 

        7 years ago from Calgary, AB, Canada

        Hi Eiddwen,

        I'm glad I was able to add to your recipe collection! I hope you enjoy your quick creations with rotisserie chicken :-)

        Cloverleaf.

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        Cloverleaf 

        7 years ago from Calgary, AB, Canada

        Hi Movie Master,

        I remember years ago when you used to come home from the supermarket with a cooked rotisserie chicken, the delicious smell would waft in as soon as you opened the door... but unfortunately we never got to eat any of it because you bought it especially to feed the cat! I was very envious of that cat :-)

        Cloverleaf.

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        Christina Lornemark 

        7 years ago from Sweden

        Thanks for the great recipe, I am nearly on my way to the supermarket:)) Rotisserie chicken is so tasty as it is but it is always good to prepare something else now and then. The idea with chicken stock is something I mostly don't think about doing but it makes such a difference in a soup and add wonderful flavour! I will definitely try some of the recipes here! Thanks cloverleaf

        Tina

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        Eiddwen 

        7 years ago from Wales

        Hi another one for me to bookmark; into 'my favourite recipes' , I will let you know how I get on with this one.

        I have quite a collection of recipes due to writers like you.

        Carry on writing because I will definitly carry on reading.

        Take care

        Eiddwen.

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        Movie Master 

        7 years ago from United Kingdom

        Hi Cloverleaf, rotisserie chickens smell so delicous when you get home and open the bag, it's so inviting!

        Some great recipes here, it's surprising how much you can do with one chicken, they really are excellent value for money. I love them, Nicks just gone off to buy one we are going to try all your recipes out over the weekend! That's food sorted for the weekend with your hub, well done thank you and can you sort out next weeks dinners please?! x

      • Cloverleaf profile imageAUTHOR

        Cloverleaf 

        7 years ago from Calgary, AB, Canada

        Hi b.Malin

        We all have to indulge once in a while, right? I hope you and Lover Man enjoy the recipes :-)

        Cloverleaf.

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        Cloverleaf 

        7 years ago from Calgary, AB, Canada

        Hi Thran, I'm thrilled you liked the ideas. I've just been reading your own chicken recipes too and now I'm drooling all over my keyboard again :-)

        All the best,

        Cloverleaf

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        Cloverleaf 

        7 years ago from Calgary, AB, Canada

        Hi amazingchild,

        You're welcome! And thanks for coming by to comment :-)

        Cloverleaf.

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        Cloverleaf 

        7 years ago from Calgary, AB, Canada

        writer20, that's great! You needn't be stuck for chicken meal ideas again :-) Thanks for voting up!

        Cloverleaf.

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        Cloverleaf 

        7 years ago from Calgary, AB, Canada

        Hi funmontrealgirl,

        How nice to meet you here on HubPages! Glad you enjoyed my hub.

        And thanks for the follow. I'll be stopping by later to read some of your Paris hubs. I've been to Paris a few times and just loved it so I'm looking forward to reviving some good old memories.

        Your fellow Canadian,

        Cloverleaf.

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        Cloverleaf 

        7 years ago from Calgary, AB, Canada

        Hi Dexter,

        Yes you had better go eat now. Wouldn't want you to go hungry!

        Thanks for your vote :-)

        Cloverleaf.

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        Cloverleaf 

        7 years ago from Calgary, AB, Canada

        Hi felicity,

        Little chicken sandwiches would also make good "finger food" for your hub, too! Or chicken/mayo vol-au-vents!

        mmm getting hungry again and I only just ate lunch lol :-)

        Cloverleaf

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        Cloverleaf 

        7 years ago from Calgary, AB, Canada

        Hi limph3215,

        Food is indeed one of my favourite subjects, I'm one of those people that just gets hungry when thinking about it! Thanks for your comment!

        Cloverleaf.

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        Cloverleaf 

        7 years ago from Calgary, AB, Canada

        Hi Homesteadbound,

        Sleep? No time for sleep LOL. When I do sleep, I am generally thinking about what to write for my next hub...

        Glad you liked the ideas here and thanks for your vote!

        Cloverleaf.

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        b. Malin 

        7 years ago

        Good Hub Cloverleaf... and thanks for the extra Recipes. I just Love Rotisserie Chicken and sometimes it's on sale at "Pathmark" for $5.99! You're so right, it is definitely more than 1 meal...and yes, sometimes we (Lover Man) and I eat a little bit of the delicious skin!

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        Cloverleaf 

        7 years ago from Calgary, AB, Canada

        Hi RTalloni,

        I like your idea of buying 2 at a time and freezing one! Costco chickens are pretty good value here, too. My local Sobeys have the best BBQ flavour ones, but then Walmart also offer a lemon herb flavour which makes a good alternative sometimes. Thanks for your comment and vote up!

        Cloverleaf.

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        Andrew 

        7 years ago from Rep Boston MA

        Great ideas! I love those little all cooked chickens they taste awesome and now can be used for more then just sitting on a plate with rice+veggies.

        ~thranax~

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        amazingchild 

        7 years ago from Phoenix, AZ

        Wow! Great recipes! Thanks for sharing!

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        writer20 

        7 years ago

        Your hub is great to help make a meal. Our best Rotisserie chicken comes from Costco, Their chicken are really large and the same price as a market. upup

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        funmontrealgirl 

        7 years ago from Montreal

        Voted up and awesome because I love Rotisserie chicken and those are some great dinner ideas.

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        Dexter Yarbrough 

        7 years ago from United States

        Hi Cloverleaf! Great hub. I probably should not have read it on an empty stomach! I love rotisserie chicken and the recipes help with leftovers.

        Also, rotisserie chicken is great for no/low carb dieters! Voted up, up and away!

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        felicitylovespari 

        7 years ago

        Ha, agreed. I am always picking one up and will eat a good portion. But then will add it to soup or even fried rice. You are right that the rotisserie cooked chickens from the supermarket are versatile for a few days even after you buy.

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        limph3215 

        7 years ago from Malaysia

        Your writing is lightly and interesting even talking about food. Thanks for sharing.

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        Cindy Murdoch 

        7 years ago from Texas

        such good ideas! this is awesome. I am bookmarking it for use. Thanks so much for sharing your wonderful time saving ideas.

        Now that I know you work out of the home, I am even more impressed with your 30 day challenge results. When did you sleep? Wow! Voted useful and awesome. Way to go!

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        RTalloni 

        7 years ago from the short journey

        Super hub to help with the food budget!

        In our area the best rotisserie chickens at the best price are found at Costco. It pays to buy two at a time from there and freeze one right away.

        We like sandwiches first, then chicken and rice, then the soup.

        Voted up and useful--the word very should be added to the useful. :)

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