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Best Recipes Using Rotisserie Chicken

Updated on April 23, 2012
Rotisserie Chicken
Rotisserie Chicken

"Honey, on your way home could you pick up a chicken?"

Store-bought rotisserie chickens can be an absolute life-saver after a busy day at work! Take tonight for instance; I had a long hard day at the office and just wasn't in the right frame of mind to start cooking once I got home so I decided that tonight would be rotisserie chicken night.

Sometimes I just like to stop in at my local supermarket and pick up a freshly cooked BBQ rotisserie chicken knowing that all the hard work has been done for me and I can simply come home, relax, and enjoy some tasty food within minutes of walking through the door.

Tonight was no exception; together with my rotisserie chicken I bought some deli potato salad, a can of sweetcorn, and some fresh multigrain bread. Mmm, I could smell the BBQ chicken and warm bread calling out to me as I drove home from the supermarket, and all I could think was "dinner's ready"! Within moments of unpacking my groceries, I was pulling the tender, juicy meat off the bones and stuffing delectable pieces of chicken goodness into my mouth...

If you have a bit more time on your hands, why not try making your own delicious rotisserie chicken? Read my hub Homemade BBQ Rotisserie Chicken Recipe to find out how.

The Best Things About Rotisserie Chicken...

For me, one of the great things about rotisserie chicken is that not only does it make a superb mid-week meal when served as-is (for example with fresh bread and potato salad as I had mentioned), but it is also extremely versatile as an 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 be stretched a long way. The meat from just one chicken will comfortably feed a family of four, or if there are just one or two people in your household then you can be sure to have plenty for leftovers for a second meal. By including a rotisserie chicken into your weekly shopping budget you are not only saving time and energy by not cooking it yourself, but you will also save money, too!

Quite often, I will pull all the meat off a rotisserie chicken and store it in a Ziploc bag in the freezer for use later on in the week. Then I can quickly prepare a quick chicken pot-pie, my favorite chicken salad recipe, or maybe one of my chicken pasta recipes, without spending hours in the kitchen. It's also a good idea to have some rotisserie chicken to hand in the freezer for making quick, simple sandwiches. Occasionally, if I have a bit more time, I will make my Jamaican Patties recipe substituting rotisserie chicken instead of cooking ground beef.

There are so many things you can do with a rotisserie chicken, and I hope that I can offer some delicious suggestions here for you. First, you may be interested to know the nutritional value of a rotisserie chicken.

Rotisserie Chicken Nutrition Information

Rotisserie chicken calories: According to, the average rotisserie chicken from Costco contains 140 calories per 3 oz (85g) serving, 70 calories of which are from fat. It's interesting to note, however, that rotisserie chicken calories without skin can be cut down to approximately 120 calories per serving.

Can you live without a little tempting, crispy chicken skin? Personally, I have to have at least a little bit. After all, there is so much flavour in the chicken skin!

Rotisserie chicken nutrition facts courtesy of
Rotisserie chicken nutrition facts courtesy of
Chicken Pot Pie
Chicken Pot Pie | Source

The Easiest Chicken Pot Pie Recipe

Serves 2

  • 1 Package of Pillsbury Crescent Rolls
  • Rotisserie Chicken Meat, Diced
  • 1 Can Cream of Chicken Soup
  • Frozen Mixed Vegetables, Cooked
  • ΒΌ Tsp Thyme
  • Salt and Pepper to Taste

Mix together the can of cream of chicken soup with some cooked rotisserie chicken meat and cooked vegetables. Add thyme, salt and pepper to taste, and then pour the mixture into 2 ovenproof pie dishes or casserole dishes. Unroll the package of pillsbury crescent rolls and press the triangles together to form pie crusts over the top of each dish, tucking in or crimping around the edges.

Bake at 375 degrees F (190 degrees C) for about 20-25 minutes until the filling heated through and the crust is golden brown.

Choose small, colorful pasta shapes for this recipe
Choose small, colorful pasta shapes for this recipe | Source

Quick Chicken Pasta Bake Recipe

Serves 4

  • 1 Cup Small Colored Pasta Shapes
  • 1 Tbsp Olive Oil
  • 3/4 Cup Cubed Rotisserie Chicken Breast
  • 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
  • 1-2 Tbsp Butter (optional)

Cook pasta until tender, according to instructions on the pasta box. Meanwhile, in a large mixing bowl, mix together olive oil, chicken breast, onion powder, garlic, diced tomatoes, mozzarella, parsley, salt and pepper. When the pasta is cooked, drain it and add to the mixing bowl of ingredients. Stir thoroughly and pour the mixture into a casserole dish, or lasagna dish. Sprinkle the breadcrumbs and parmesan over the top of the chicken and pasta and dot with a couple of bits of butter.

Bake in the oven at 400 degrees F until bubbly and the top is golden brown.

Chicken Stock
Chicken Stock

Easy Chicken Stock for Soups and Stews

Finally, after using up all the meat off your rotisserie chicken, don't be tempted to throw out the carcass because it is full of so much flavor! Instead, put the carcass to work and make a delicious chicken stock that you can use for soups or stews.

  • 1 Rotisserie Chicken Carcass, with a little meat remaining
  • 6 Cups Water
  • 1 Large Onion, Quartered
  • 1 large Carrot, cut in rough pieces
  • 1 teaspoon garlic, crushed
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 stick celery, cut in rough pieces

Place all ingredients into a large pot and bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Simmer on very low for about 3 hours, occasionally skimming the fat from the top. Set the pot aside to cool, uncovered, and then strain the stock into a sealable container. Discard the chicken carcass and vegetables. The stock can then be used immediately or stored in the fridge or freezer for later use.

For a delicious and easy soup recipe using rotisserie chicken and chicken stock, read this hub How to Make Quick Chicken Soup from Scratch: A Cheater's Guide. The recipe suggests that you can use canned chicken broth, however this is an excellent recipe for using your own homemade chicken stock, too.

Or try homesteadbound's homemade chicken noodle soup - this actually works out to cost less than $1 per portion!

More Chicken Dinner Ideas

Watch this great YouTube clip for more great ideas on things you can do with a rotisserie chicken, including an asian chicken salad, a broccoli chicken casserole, and... watch closely to find out how to make delicious chicken "purses"!


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      Dee Malone 18 months 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.

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      Cloverleaf 5 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 5 years ago from Owensboro, Kentucky

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

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      Cloverleaf 6 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!


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      prasetio30 6 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!


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      Cloverleaf 6 years ago from Calgary, AB, Canada

      You're welcome, randomcreative!

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      Rose Clearfield 6 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Great recipes and advice! Thanks!

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      Cloverleaf 6 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.


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      Cloverleaf 6 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 :-)


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      Cloverleaf 6 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 :-)


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      Christina Lornemark 6 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


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      Eiddwen 6 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


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      Movie Master 6 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

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      Cloverleaf 6 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 :-)


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      Cloverleaf 6 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,


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      Cloverleaf 6 years ago from Calgary, AB, Canada

      Hi amazingchild,

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


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      Cloverleaf 6 years ago from Calgary, AB, Canada

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


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      Cloverleaf 6 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,


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      Cloverleaf 6 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 :-)


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      Cloverleaf 6 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 :-)


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      Cloverleaf 6 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!


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      Cloverleaf 6 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!


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      b. Malin 6 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 6 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!


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      Andrew 6 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.


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      amazingchild 6 years ago from Phoenix, AZ

      Wow! Great recipes! Thanks for sharing!

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      writer20 6 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 6 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 6 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 6 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 6 years ago from Malaysia

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

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      Cindy Murdoch 6 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 6 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. :)