Best Recipes Using 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 fatsecret.com, 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!
The Easiest Chicken Pot Pie Recipe
- 1 Package of 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
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.
Quick Chicken Pasta Bake Recipe
- 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.
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!
- Meals Under $1: Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup
Nothing beats the taste of chicken noodle soup. It is especially good on a cold winter day, or when you are feeling under the weather. Using the batch cook method this soup is as economical as it is tasty!
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"!
Feel Like Making Your Own Rotisserie Chicken?
- Homemade BBQ Rotisserie Chicken Recipe
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- How to Make Slow Cooker Rotisserie Chicken
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