10 Ways to Use a Rotisserie Chicken to Make Dinner Tonight

10 Ways to Use a Rotisserie Chicken to Make Dinner Tonight

Kelli Foster
Jun 24, 2018
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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 10 favorite ways to turn a rotisserie chicken into easy weeknight dinners.

1. How To Make the Best Chicken Fried Rice Without a Wok

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

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2. Upside-Down BBQ Chicken Bowl

Toss shredded rotisserie chicken with a bit of barbecue sauce and spices and you've got a saucy topping for these veggie-filled bowls.

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3. Cold Sesame Chicken and Noodle Salad

Since dried rice noodles simply need to soak in boiling water, this becomes a no-cook dinner when you start with a rotisserie chicken.

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4. 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.

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5. Loaded Black Bean Nachos

Chips, salsa, and guac have the potential to make an acceptable dinner. But for good measure, go ahead and top off that pan of cheesy nachos with some shredded chicken for a little extra protein.

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6. French Bread Pesto Chicken Pizza

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 easier.

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7. Easy Cauliflower Rice Burrito Bowls

When you start with rotisserie chicken, this veggie-heavy burrito bowl comes together in well under 20 minutes.

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8. Rotisserie Chicken Coconut Curry Soup

An already cooked rotisserie chicken makes this Thai-inspired soup easy to pull off any night of the week.

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9. BBQ Chicken Casserole

If you like chicken, BBQ sauce, and cauliflower, this casserole will be right up your alley. It's Paleo-friendly, and requires two to three cups of shredded rotisserie chicken in place of cooking chicken breast.

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10. The Best Pesto Chicken Salad

This creamy chicken salad is made with a mix of mayo and basil pesto and flecked with lots of sweet sun-dried tomatoes. Enjoy it piled onto a bun or even simply over a big bowl of greens.

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