Sometimes I need a head start in the kitchen and the rotisserie chicken is a rocket booster for getting a meal on the table. I love using rotisserie chicken as the foundation for a quick weeknight meal because you can usually find them at a grocery store ready to go.
With a rotisserie chicken, your meal is halfway there! With Thanksgiving around the corner and the holiday season officially upon us I wanted to share my go-to easy and simple meals I get out of a rotisserie. Not only is it a time-saver, it’s a great way to make some homemade stock and even practice carving a bird in time for the big feast.
I must admit I’m definitely not the first home cook to be hacking rotisserie chickens. When you ask the google, there are so many recipes out there! When I see headlines like 50 ways to cook chicken scroll, scroll, scroll… I get overwhelmed, and then the pop up ads…
The reality is I’m not going through a slide show of 50 recipes. So, here are some of some of my go-to simple recipes for rotisserie chicken, in case you’re not a fan of scrolling either. Hopefully these recipes inspire you to look for some of your own go-to recipes as well.
Easy Rotisserie Chicken Recipes
Tortilla Soup – this soup from Goop, is so delicious! It’s a veggie filled, smokey and flavorful soup that comes together with pantry and some optional (but highly recommended) fresh ingredients. Replace the raw chicken breast in this recipe with meat from the rotisserie.
Rotisserie Chicken Tacos – my kids love make-your-own taco night. Shredding up rotisserie chicken and preparing a few toppings like salsa, shredded cheese, black beans calls it a night.
Chicken Fried Rice – Kale Fried rice with tofu is on heavy rotation for my kids’ lunches. But when I have some leftover rotisserie chicken, I use it in place of tofu.
Rotisserie Chicken Sandwich – this is less a recipe, but a reminder that you can cut up thick juicy slices of chicken breast and make your favorite sandwich with what you have in the fridge. Skip the processed meats and go for this wholesome version instead. Don’t forget the pickles or other fermented veggie!
Chicken bone broth – And when you’re done shredding up the juicy meat, don’t forget to keep the carcass and bones to make bone broth! Yes, this bird keeps on giving! One of these days, I will write up the way I do chicken bone broth but you really can’t go wrong. Here are some general instructions. Put the carcass and all leftover bones in a slow cooker and fill it with water just to cover. Then add a tablespoon of ACV to help extract the minerals from the bones. Add garlic, onions or other herbs as you prefer. Set the slow cooker on low for at least 24 hours. Strain and enjoy!
Like I said, there are endless ways to use up rotisserie chicken to get a real food meal on the table quickly. Let me know your favorites! Just don’t share 50 at a time, please :).