30+ recipes for you to use rotisserie chicken for quick and easy meal options!
I know I’m not the only one who loves the convenience of rotisserie chicken. Whenever I am at Costco I snag one and bring it home. I shred up the chicken to use in a recipe or two, use the leftover bones to make chicken stock and get a lot of mileage out of my less than $10.
There are so many ways to use rotisserie meat or leftover cooked chicken but this is just a small sampling to give you some ideas to get started with.
Pick up a rotisserie chicken from the grocery store (or use that leftover turkey from Thanksgiving) and make one of these delicious meals to get dinner on the table tonight just a little bit faster and easier!
You won't believe how many different meals you can make with pre-cooked chicken or turkey and how far you can stretch a small amount of meat. This list will convince you to add a rotisserie chicken to your shopping list more frequently (or make your own at home)!
This is hands down our family's favorite pasta salad of all time! My kids request it on a regular basis and using rotisserie chicken is my favorite trick (especially during the summer) for cutting out some of the prep time.
Slice off the rotisserie chicken breast and toss it with your favorite BBQ sauce for a pasta salad that will have everyone raving.
These make great appetizers or a tasty snack. I've even had friends turn them into dinner by serving them with a hearty salad. Whenever you want to enjoy them these are a super easy way to turn some store bought pesto and crescent rolls into something amazing.
I always have a bag of sliced bell peppers and onions in my freezer for use in dishes like this. Between picking up a rotisserie chicken and using frozen veggies, you have plenty of time to make up the sauce while the pasta cooks!
If you have never had Enfrijoladas before, they are basically enchiladas but with a black bean sauce instead of the usual red or green sauce. Since you make the sauce in the blender, it's a quick assembly job to get this in the oven.
Chicken tortilla soup is some serious comfort food packed with black beans, corn, and a wonderfully spiced tomato broth. You can have this tasty soup on the table in 30 minutes, and don't forget the tortillas (or tortilla strips)- it's the best part for kiddos.
Although the recipe for this uses leftover beef or pork you could also just as easily swap shredded chicken in. This kind of recipe is a great fridge buster of all those leftover odds and ends including produce!
Chicken cordon Bleu will always make me think of my time working in the college cafeteria. We served it every other Sunday. This is way easier than what we used to make and better for serving up a crowd.
If you have never had gnocchi, it's a chunky and chewy potato pasta that is so good! My kids love making gnocchi (it's a fun project even for little ones) but you can also easily find it at most grocery stores in the Italian section.
There are a lot of soup options on this list because soups are a great way to use up leftover meats and veggies. This soup combines everyone's favorite tomato soup and tortellini for another hearty soup option.
Chicken pot pie can be labor intensive to make so this skillet version speeds up the process. The cheddar garlic drop biscuits mean you won't miss the pie crust at all- and no rolling out the dough needed!
Quesadillas are another good way to stretch a little bit of meat a long way. Adding veggies and chorizo helps stretch it a little bit more and can transform leftover shredded chicken into something totally new.