12 Ways to Use a Rotisserie Chicken to Make Dinner Tonight

12 Ways to Use a Rotisserie Chicken to Make Dinner Tonight

Kelli Foster
Aug 10, 2016
(Image credit: Diana Yen)

If there was ever a grocery store shortcut worthy of an award, it's the rotisserie chicken. I believe there are few things this fully cooked bird can't do. And while it certainly makes a simple and comforting meal on its own, it also lends itself to so many other uses. These are my 12 favorite ways to make rotisserie chicken into weeknight dinners.

1. Make shredded chicken tacos.

Pull the meat off the bones, then get the tortillas and your favorite fillings ready! This might just be the easiest way to get shredded chicken tacos on the dinner table.

2. Make chicken salad sandwiches.

Go for the mayo-based version or one tossed with a tangy vinaigrette. Either way, this picnic-inspired, no-cook meal is guaranteed to please the whole family.

Get a Recipe: Italian Chicken Salad Sandwiches

3. Top a plate of nachos.

Chips, salsa, and guac have the potential to make an acceptable dinner. But for good measure, go ahead and top off that plate of tortilla chips with some shredded cheese and rotisserie chicken.

4. Stuff a baked potato.

Slice it open, fluff up the inside, and stuff it with chicken and cheese to turn your baked potato from side dish into filling main course.

5. Make it a pizza topping.

The best part of making pizza at home is that you can customize it just how you like it. And with the help of store-bought dough, your favorite cheese, and rotisserie chicken, it couldn't be an easier.

Get a Recipe: Chicken Caesar Pizza

6. Toss with pasta.

Ready to repurpose that leftover pasta in the fridge? For a meal you can eat chilled or warm, toss pasta with pieces of rotisserie chicken and any fresh veggies you have handy, then top it off with a squeeze of lemon and some olive oil.

Get a Recipe: Greek Chicken Pasta with Olives and Feta

7. Cook into enchiladas.

All you need for these quick enchiladas is plenty of chicken pulled from the bones, tortillas, enchilada sauce, and lots of shredded cheese.

Get a Recipe: Turkey Enchiladas

8. Stir into fried rice.

For a more filling meal that's better than takeout, stir chopped or shredded chicken into a batch of fried rice.

Get a Recipe: Quick and Easy Fried Rice

9. Make a burrito bowl.

Once you have the chicken, all that's left to do is prep the rice and beans and top your burrito bowl off with all the fixings. Don't forget the salsa.

Get a Recipe: BBQ Chicken Burrito Bowls

10. Shred and mix with BBQ sauce.

It's not exactly the same as the BBQ pulled chicken that takes hours of simmering, but once shredded and tossed with BBQ sauce, a rotisserie chicken is a quick and easy swap that will definitely calm your craving.

11. Make a cold soba noodle bowl.

Cold soba noodles with peanut sauce is one recipe you'll be happy to have in your summer dinner rotation. When topped with chicken, it makes a more filling meal.

Get a Recipe: The Kitchn Cookbook's Cold Peanut Sesame Noodles with Pan-Seared Chicken

12. Bulk up a grain salad.

You know that couscous salad you can't get enough of as a side dish? Consider bulking it up with some slices of rotisserie chicken to make it a complete meal on its own.

Get a Recipe: 3-Bean Israeli Couscous Salad

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