10 Easy, Cheap Meals You Can Make with a Costco Rotisserie Chicken

10 Easy, Cheap Meals You Can Make with a Costco Rotisserie Chicken

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Kelli Foster
Apr 16, 2018
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On your next trip to Costco, bring home a rotisserie chicken. It is the best $4.99 you will spend, and the secret to easy dinners that keep your food budget in check. In fact, you should bring home two chickens! That way you'll have one for eating as is, and one for repurposing into a new meal.

With these 10 easy dinners, we'll show you how to lean on your pantry and freezer to make the most of this Costco staple.

1. Chicken Lentil Soup

Since the chicken is already cooked, all you need to do is slice, dice, or shred it, then stir the meat into the pot at the end of cooking.

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2. BBQ Chicken Pizza

Let that chicken make pizza night the star of your weekly meal plan. One good-sized chicken breast should be just enough, although the thighs would make a delicious substitute.

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3. Cold Sesame Chicken and Noodle Salad

Even though the recipe calls for chicken breast, any cut from a rotisserie chicken will work with this no-cook noodle salad. Expect it to make a lot, which means lunch is covered for the next couple days.

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4. Easy Cauliflower Rice Burrito Bowls

This veggie-heavy burrito bowl is what I consider wholesome comfort food at its finest. And the leftovers from a rotisserie chicken are a great way to make it more filling.

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5. The Best Pesto Chicken Salad

A rotisserie chicken is my secret to making the quickest and easiest chicken salad ever. The recipe calls for homemade pesto, but a jar of your favorite store-bought stuff is a smart and welcome shortcut. We hear the Kirkland brand is pretty tasty!

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6. Rotisserie Chicken Coconut Curry Soup

This soup is easily my favorite way to repurpose a rotisserie chicken into a brand-new meal. It packs a wallop of flavor from garlic, ginger, and red curry paste, and is easy enough to pull together on a weeknight.

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7. BBQ Chicken Casserole

If you like chicken, BBQ sauce, and cauliflower, this casserole will be right up your alley. While the recipe is Paleo-friendly and starts with a quick homemade BBQ sauce, you can certainly swap in any kind of store-bought sauce.

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8. Asian Cauliflower Fried Rice

This recipe actually calls for leftover shredded pork, but it is equally as delicious with chicken.

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9. Chicken and Veggie Pesto Salad

Use that rotisserie chicken to give salad night some more oomph to bulk up this no-lettuce salad tossed with herby pesto.

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10. Broccolini, Chicken Sausage, and Orzo Skillet

Part of the reason I love this budget-friendly skillet dinner is its versatility. Use chopped chicken in place of the sausage and stir it into the skillet in the final minutes of cooking.

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