17 Ways to Use a Rotisserie Chicken to Make Dinner Tonight

17 Ways to Use a Rotisserie Chicken to Make Dinner Tonight

Kelli Foster
May 21, 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 17 favorite ways to turn a rotisserie chicken into weeknight dinners.

1. Dutch Oven Chicken Pot Pie

Chicken pot pie becomes a weeknight possibility when rotisserie chicken and a bag of frozen peas and carrots get involved.

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2. Creamy Chicken Alfredo Lasagna Roll-Ups

This comforting recipe makes just enough to serve two but it's easy enough to scale up if you have a bigger household.

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3. 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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4. Weeknight Rotisserie Chicken and Gnocchi Soup

This extra-comforting soup is like an Italian version of chicken and dumplings. The starch of the potato gnocchi adds creaminess to the broth without actual cream.

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5. 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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6. 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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7. Italian 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.

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8. 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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9. 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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10. Ginger Chicken and Pasta

This weeknight pasta is gilded with a light and punchy ginger-white wine sauce, and adding some chicken makes it especially filling. Skip the chicken breast that's called for in the recipe, and top your plate with sliced or shredded rotisserie chicken instead.

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11. 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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12. 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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13. 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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14. 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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15. 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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16. White Rotisserie Chicken Chili

These weeknight-friendly chili not only leans on rotisserie chicken but calls on store-bought chicken broth, a few cans of beans, and frozen corn to ensure it comes to the table in no time.

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17. King Ranch Casserole

This Southern casserole could be likened to a Tex-Mex lasagna: layers of toasted flour tortillas are smothered in a cumin- and chili powder-spiked cream sauce, along with plenty of shredded chicken and heaps of grated cheese.

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