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In this post: If you’re like me, you’re always looking for ways to get dinner on the table as fast as possible. Using these rotisserie chicken recipes, we can!
As I write this, we’re at that point in January where New Year’s goals are still front of mind but may be fading a bit.
That’s why I want to share these rotisserie chicken recipes with you – to make mealtime easier!
You can use fresh rotisserie chicken or rotisserie chicken leftovers for everything from pasta to casseroles and even soups and, of course, sandwiches!
Is rotisserie chicken healthy?
Yes, without the skin. Especially compared to fast food.
Rotisserie chickens are full of protein and some essential vitamins. But they can also be overly full of sodium.
The nutritional value of a rotisserie chicken meal also depends on what you pair it with. Typical mac and cheese or creamy mashed potatoes turn rotisserie chicken into a calorie-loaded comfort food meal. Which is totally fine – occasionally.
For a healthier option, pair your rotisserie chicken with salad or sauteed veggies for a more balanced meal. There are lots of meals to make with a rotisserie chicken.
Store-bought rotisserie chickens are a good break from cooking from scratch every day, and definitely beat out deep-fried foods in the nutrition category.
So if you’re feeling pinched for time or energy, by all means, make use of someone else’s cooking!
How do you shred a rotisserie chicken?
Using a knife and fork to separate the meat from the bone. Then use two forks to shred the chicken.
You can also use a hand mixer or stand mixer if you’re making a lot of shredded chicken.
How long is a rotisserie chicken good for?
Rotisserie chicken stored in an air-tight container in the fridge will keep for about 4 days. But it’s better consumed sooner than that.
It can also be kept in Ziploc bags or sealed containers in the freezer for a month or so.
Can I season already cooked rotisserie chicken?
Yes! Of course.
Rotisserie chicken is very amenable to additional spices and seasonings. For example, when making any of the shredded chicken taco recipes, adding taco seasoning is delish!
How to reheat rotisserie chicken?
In the oven, whole
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
- Remove rotisserie chicken from its packaging and place it in an oven-safe dish.
- Add a cup of broth to the dish holding the chicken. (This is to help the chicken not dry out.)
- Cover and cook for about 20-25 minutes, until heated through.
- Remove the cover and cook for another 5 minutes or so.
- Serve and enjoy.
In the microwave, just the meat
- Place shredded or cut rotisserie chicken meat on a microwave-safe dish.
- Microwave on high for 30 seconds to 1 minute, or until heated through. Stir during cooking if needed to avoid cold spots.
- Serve and enjoy!
On the stove, just the meat
- Shred or cut your rotisserie chicken into bite-sized pieces.
- Heat 1-2 teaspoons of your oil of choice in a skillet or fry pan.
- Once the skillet and oil are hot, add the chicken. Stir with tongs until heated through.
- Serve and enjoy!
In an air fryer, whole or just the meat
(This is the best way to heat and restore the rotisserie chicken taste.)
- Set your air fryer to 350 degrees F.
- Place your rotisserie chicken (whole or cut up) in your air fryer basket.
- Heat for 4-5 minutes until hot.
- Serve and enjoy!
20+ Shortcut Meals to Make with Rotisserie Chicken
So what can you make with a rotisserie chicken? Well, here are 20+ Shortcut Meals to Make with a Rotisserie Chicken.
They are all so easy to make and will cut your meal prep down significantly. Which is always a win!
01 | Chunky Chicken Salad
A delicious chunky chicken salad recipe filled with flavors and healthy fruits and vegetables like grapes, apples, and celery. Perfect made with poached, rotisserie, or canned chicken! Serve over a bed of lettuce or spinach.
02 | Buffalo Chicken Dip
Made up of only four ingredients, you can make this recipe even easier by using rotisserie chicken to make a delicious dip recipe.
Substitute vegan shredded cheese and vegan cream cheese to make this dairy-free!
If you love spicy food, you will love this easy and delicious southwestern chicken chili.
Use rice bread crumbs or crushed plantain chips instead of cornmeal to make this corn-free.
04 | Air Fryer Quesadilla
Made in the air fryer, this quesadilla recipe is so simple to make.
Substitute a gluten-free tortilla and vegan cheese to make this rotisserie chicken recipe gluten and dairy-free.
If you’re looking for an easy weeknight dinner recipe, you can’t go wrong with this chicken and broccoli ring.
If you can have gluten, this is a fun and quick meal idea.
06 | Chicken Pot Pie with Quick Spooned On Crust
Don’t have time to mess with pastry for a crust? Try this chicken pot pie with a quick spooned on crust recipe any night of the week! Filled with veggies like carrots, potatoes (if desired), peas and onions.
Tip: Make extra ahead of time and freeze without the crust. Then just pull out, top quickly, and heat up.
Healthy and packed full of flavor and veggies, this stir fry is so delicious.
This one is great if you’re looking to go lower carb. If you’re extra pinched for time, pick up some already spiralized zoodles from the store when you get the rotisserie chicken.
Use a rotisserie chicken to make this simple and filling dinner recipe.
This one is gluten and dairy-free!
Bold and juicy, yet still packed full of flavor, these soft tacos are perfect for Taco Tuesdays.
For a dairy-free sour cream option on toes when you can’t find store-bought or soy-free, try Earth Island Soy-Free Veganaise.
11 | Chicken and Rice Casserole
The perfect easy recipe for the end of the week or right before grocery day! Chicken and rice casserole made from pantry ingredients.
Sub canned chicken with leftover rotisserie chicken.
12 | Easy Dairy-Free Chicken a la King
This incredibly delicious and easy dinner is delish served over rice, pasta, biscuits, or zoodles!
This quick and easy chicken soup is ready in just 30 minutes!
This one uses egg noodles!
14 | The Best Homemade Mandarin Chicken Salad
Make this salad a meal. This is the best homemade Mandarin Chicken Salad you’ll ever make! Plus, of course, you can use rotisserie or canned chicken to save you time in the kitchen.
Keto-friendly and full of flavor, you can‘t go wrong with this tasty dish. Fancy without being fancy!
Uses a few kinds of cheese, so it’s not dairy-free.
Filled with chicken taco flavor, these pinwheels are the perfect meal for an easy lunch or dinner.
17 | Creamy Cauliflower Chicken Baked Pasta
Delish and totally adaptable to any allergies! Plus the use of rotisserie chicken in place of the chicken breasts drastically speeds up the prep time.
Need a quick weeknight meal? Make these chicken and black bean tacos with leftover or rotisserie chicken and canned black beans. Easy and delicious!
Use Siete Grain-Free Tacos for a grain-free version. Also, sub vegan cheese for a dairy-free option.
This yummy recipe is dairy-free and grain-free because it used coconut milk, nutritional yeast, and spaghetti squash.
Filled with delicious chicken salad in between a croissant, this is the perfect easy dinner or lunch recipe for your family.
Can substitute a gluten-free bagel or English muffin for a quick gluten-free meal!
As you can see, there are so many different meals to make with rotisserie chicken that will make your meal prep even easier!
With a little help from your store-bought rotisserie chicken, you can start to make your meals from home even easier than ordering out!
If you want to take the time to make your own rotisserie chicken, more power to you! But even using the storebought one will save you the time and money you’re after here.