Rotisserie Chicken: A Versatile Ingredient for 20 Quick and Easy Meals

Rotisserie chicken is not just a convenient grab-and-go option; it’s a culinary asset waiting to boost your meals to new heights. Whether you’re pressed for time on a busy weeknight, or seeking inspiration for creative dishes, the humble rotisserie chicken can be the magic ingredient that transforms your time in the kitchen. Here are 20 tantalizing recipes showcasing the versatility of rotisserie chicken. From pot pies to several chicken salads (simple and fancy), to lasagna, enchiladas, twice-baked stuffed potatoes and more.

Choose Your Chicken Wisely

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Not all rotisserie chickens are created equal. From plump and succulent to lean and tender, the quality of your bird can significantly impact the outcome of your dish – and how much meat you have to work with. 

Local Supermarkets And Big Box Stores

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Take the time to explore different options available at your local supermarkets, and even at big box stores, like Costco. We have found they can vary greatly in quality, size and price. Let your taste buds guide you to the perfect choice.

Hot Vs. Cold

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Some stores offer freshly cooked hot birds as well as refrigerated. All are ready-to-eat, but we find they each have their pros and cons. If you want to make chicken salad, then cold might be better, however, the warm are much easier to shred. FYI, sometimes the cold are discounted, which could guide your choice. Let’s get to the recipes.

Chicken Pot Pie

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Experience the ultimate comfort food with this classic chicken pot pie. Tender chicken, hearty vegetables, and a flaky, buttery crust come together in a rich and savory gravy that’s sure to warm your soul.  Get the recipe.

Asian Chicken Salad

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Take your taste buds on a journey with this flavorful Asian-inspired salad. Tangy peanut dressing, crunchy cabbage, sweet bell peppers, and tender chicken create a harmonious blend of flavors and textures that’s simply irresistible. Get the recipe.

Chicken, Bacon Ranch Mac & Cheese

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Indulge in the ultimate comfort food with a twist. Our Chicken, Bacon Ranch Mac & Cheese combines creamy cheese sauce, crispy bacon, tender chicken, and zesty ranch dressing for a taste sensation that will leave you craving more. Get the recipe.

Chicken Papaya Salad with Poppyseed Dressing

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Elevate your salad game with this refreshing and vibrant creation. Juicy papaya, succulent chicken, crisp greens, and a sweet poppyseed dressing come together to create a salad that’s as satisfying as it is delicious. Get the recipe.

Chicken Tamales

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Transport your taste buds south of the border with these homemade chicken tamales. Using cooked chicken and a flavorful enchilada sauce, this authentic dish is easier to make than you might think yet delivers authentic Mexican flavors with every bite. Get the recipe.

Mediterranean Pasta Salad

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Embrace the flavors of the Mediterranean with this hearty pasta salad. Featuring tender chicken, tangy feta, juicy tomatoes, and briny olives tossed in a red wine vinaigrette, this dish is a delightful marriage of textures and tastes. Get the recipe.

Chopped BBQ Chicken Salad

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Chopped BBQ Chicken Salad is a delightful combination of chicken, tomatoes, avocado, black beans, corn, shredded cheese, and crisp, crunchy lettuce. It is accompanied by a creamy dressing made with our BBQ sauce, mayonnaise, sour cream and tangy lime juice. Textures, colors and flavor all in one! Get the recipe.

Pineapple Chicken Salad

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Experience a taste of the tropics with this refreshing pineapple chicken salad. Combining juicy pineapple, crunchy celery, and toasted pecans with tender chicken, this salad is a symphony of flavors that’s perfect for any occasion.  Get the recipe.

Chicken Salad with Grapes & Almonds

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Elevate your chicken salad game with the addition of sweet grapes and crunchy almonds. Creamy mayo and sour cream provide the perfect backdrop for this delightful combination of flavors and textures.  Get the recipe.

Quick Pasta with Chicken Broccoli & Goat Cheese

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Satisfy your cravings with this quick and easy pasta dish. Tender chicken, vibrant broccoli, creamy goat cheese, and fragrant garlic come together to create a dish that’s both comforting and delicious. Get the recipe.

Chicken Salad with Cranberries & Pecans

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Indulge in the perfect balance of sweet and savory with this delightful chicken salad. Tart cranberries, crunchy pecans, and tender chicken are dressed in a creamy blend of mayo and Dijon mustard for a dish that’s as flavorful as it is satisfying. Get the recipe.

Chicken & Spinach Lasagna Bake with Four Cheeses

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This is a loosely structured lasagna featuring tender chicken, fresh spinach, gluten-free pasta and four cheeses: mozzarella, Gruyere, Parmesan and cottage cheese. The recipe suggests poaching your own chicken breasts, but you can use shredded rotisserie chicken! Get the recipe.

Buffalo Chicken Fries

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Crispy fries topped with spicy buffalo chicken, melted cheese, and cool ranch dressing. You can use prepared dressing, or make your own, which will kick this dish up a notch. Get the recipe.

Chicken Enchiladas

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Cheesy, saucy, and packed with flavor, these enchiladas are sure to be a hit. Make a party of it and invite friends to help fold and create the tamales. Get the recipe.

Chicken Salad with Gruyere Green Beans, Tomatoes & Basil

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A sophisticated twist on chicken salad, perfect for a light summer meal. Get the recipe.

Curried Chicken Salad

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Spicy curry powder, sweet raisins, and crunchy apples add flair to this traditional chicken salad. Get the recipe.

Green Goddess Chicken Salad

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Creamy avocado, fresh herbs, and tender chicken come together in this vibrant salad. Get the recipe.

Chopped Chicken Caesar Salad

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A classic Caesar salad with a twist, featuring tender chicken and crispy sourdough croutons. Get the recipe.

Chicken Cheese & Broccoli Twice Baked Stuffed Potatoes

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Creamy potatoes stuffed with cheesy chicken and broccoli, perfect for a cozy dinner. Get the recipe.

Turkey Coconut Curry

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You can make this with leftover turkey, or rotisserie chicken. Fragrant spices and creamy coconut milk come together in this hearty curry, perfect for a cozy night in. Get the recipe.

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  • Dede Wilson

    Dédé Wilson is a journalist with over 17 cookbooks to her name and is the co-founder and managing partner of the digital media partnership Shift Works Partners LLC, currently publishing through two online media brands, FODMAP Everyday® and The Queen Zone.

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