3 Delicious Recipes Using 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!
1. Easy Chicken Pot Pie
Serves: 2 people
- 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
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.
2. Quick Chicken Pasta Bake
Serves: 4 people
- 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)
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"
3. 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.
- 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
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.
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.