I’m all about making weeknight cooking simple. Whether it’s meal planning and shopping in advance or using my freezer, I want my weekday meals to be quick and easy, but also yummy. Using a precooked rotisserie chicken from the grocery store only costs a few bucks and provides enough chicken for multiple meals! (Plus a bite or two for the boys who always seem to be around when there’s chicken…)
Pick one up for $5-$7, pull off the meat, and you’re good to go!
PRO TIP: Removing the meat when it’s still warm (but not so hot that you can’t touch it) makes it so much easier to get every bit of deliciousness off the bones. I use my hands, but you can also use a fork.
Quick and Easy Ways to Use a Rotisserie Chicken (that require little or no cooking)
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Mix some chicken with a ripe avocado and a bit of salt. Eat it with crackers, rice cakes, or tortilla chips. This is a go-to lunch for me!
Shred some of the meat and toss with barbecue sauce (Dinosaur Bar-B-Que sauce is a delicious option). Pile high on a soft bun and enjoy your BBQ chicken sandwich with some chips and coleslaw.
Burritos! Fill a large tortilla (gluten free tortillas can be tricky and fall apart easily, but LiveGFree wraps have gotten a thumbs up from the man) with chicken, rice, beans, cheese, salsa, onions, peppers, a splash of Cholula for heat….whatever you like! For even tastier chicken, toss it in a pan for just a few minutes with taco seasoning and a few tablespoons of water and let it simmer. Just don’t cook it too long or the chicken will get tough.
PRO TIP: Leave out any fresh ingredients like tomatoes or avocados and freeze your burritos. Wrap them individually, label them, and you have a quick and easy meal ready to go whenever you need it.
Make a cheesy chicken quesadilla. Heat a pan over medium heat and either add a bit of oil or spray with nonstick cooking spray. Cook your quesadillas individually until the tortillas are crispy and the cheese is melted.
Use large flour tortillas or these gluten free tortillas to make wraps. Toss with romaine lettuce, parmesan, tomatoes, and Caesar dressing for a Chicken Caesar wrap. Try your chicken with lettuce, bacon, tomato, and Ranch dressing for a Chicken Bacon Ranch wrap. Spinach or kale with onion, tomato, cucumber, feta cheese, and Greek dressing makes a delicious Greek Chicken wrap.
PRO TIP: Toss your ingredients together in a bowl before putting them in the wrap. This will ensure that every bite has a little bit of everything.
Finally, rotisserie chicken is fantastic for making sandwiches. Try piling chicken, tomato, mozzarella, and pesto on some crusty bread. Use a panini press if you have one, or throw it under the broiler for a few minutes to crisp the bread and melt the cheese. YUM.
How do you use a rotisserie chicken? Tell me in the comments.