Rotisserie chickens rotate in a supermarket window, hypnotizing those who wander by. With that crispy skin, that wonderful aroma of roasting meat, and the slightly surreal light that makes them glow, how can anyone possibly resist? [related]
I think the best way to eat a rotisserie chicken is in the car, while it is still hot in its foil-lined paper bag. There is nothing more satisfying than ripping off a piping hot leg and eating it on the way home, with a pile of napkins at the ready.
Should you make it home with chicken to spare, hurrah! Congratulations on your iron will. Now you have dinner at your disposal and you are free to fritter away the day with no concerns about what to make once the sun sets. Using rotisserie chicken eliminates the need to poach, roast, fry, steam, or cook your protein in any way. Complicated and time-consuming recipes suddenly seem more manageable when the chicken is already cooked and ready to add in the final stages of the recipe. The number of pots and pans used decreases and the taste and seasonings of rotisserie chicken adds so much extra flavor with no extra effort. For busy weeknights, rotisserie chicken is a wonderful thing to have on hand.
So next time you glance in the direction of those rotating birds, just give in to temptation and buy that chicken, then look through these 21 recipes. From chowders and tacos to pastas and flatbreads, there are many fantastic recipes to make using the humble and wonderfully versatile rotisserie chicken and enjoy these 21 great dishes to make with supermarket rotisserie chicken istockphoto.com
Barbecue Chicken Flatbread
Using store-bought pizza dough and rotisserie chicken means you can have a delicious dinner ready to eat in no time!
For the Barbecue Chicken Flatbread recipe, click here. Eduardo Chacon
Buffalo Chicken Jalapeño Poppers
These poppers are a fun and tasty twist on Buffalo wings. Make them at your next party for a fiery appetizer people will adore.
For the Buffalo Chicken Jalapeño Poppers recipe, click here. Ishita Singh
Chicken Burrito Dip
This smoky dip, flavored with cumin and chipotle, is an easy way to add some Tex-Mex into your day. This recipe uses only one pan, which means cleaning up will be a breeze.
For the Chicken Burrito Dip recipe, click here. Danny Kim
Pozole is a traditional Mexican soup made using hominy. This recipe uses rotisserie chicken to cut down on the cooking time, making this a perfect weeknight dish.
For the Chicken-Chile Pozole recipe, click here. Tina Rupp
Chicken Chipotle Tacos With Avocado Salsa
Who doesn't love tacos? This recipe takes shredded rotisserie chicken and coats it in a smoky, fiery sauce for a totally terrific taco.
For the Chicken Chipotle Tacos with Avocado Salsa recipe, click here. Holly Clegg
This dish gets better as it sits, so make it the day before you plan to eat it. To serve, simply heat it up in the oven - it practically makes itself!
For the Chicken Enchiladas Suizas recipe, click here. Shutterstock
Chicken, Olive, and Orzo Bake
This is a delicious one-pot meal to enjoy on a rainy day. To use rotisserie chicken, simply skip the frying step and add the chicken at the end.
For the Chicken, Olive, and Orzo Bake recipe, click here. Laura Santtini
Chicken Pasta Primavera Salad With Parmesan Viniagrette
Chicken Pasta Primavera Salad With Parmesan Viniagrette
This colorful pasta salad is full of flavor and vegetables. A cheesy vinaigrette made from Parmigiano-Reggiano makes this pasta salad extra-special.
For the Chicken Pasta Primavera Salad With Parmesan Vinaigrette recipe, click here. Perdue Chicken
Chicken Salad Crostini With Pepitas and Cilantro
Chicken salad gets kicked up a notch with the addition of jalapeño and cilantro, in a recipe that is perfect for easy summer entertaining.
For the Chicken Salad Crostini With Pepitas and Cilantro, click here.
Tamales are a great use for rotisserie chicken. For an even easier recipe, use taco seasoning to flavor your rotisserie chicken before filling your tamales.
For the Corn Tamales recipe, click here. iStock
Colorado Chicken Soup With Black Beans, Corn, and Pepitas
This soup is comfort in a bowl, full of savory flavors from tomatoes and chicken stock. The pepitas and cilantro are blended to make a pesto-like topping, which adds a lovely brightness to this hearty dish.
For the Colorado Chicken Soup With Black Beans, Corn, and Pepitas recipe, click here. Harry Zernike
Endive Boats With Fresh Mango Chicken Salad
These endive boats use mango and macadamia nuts for an exotic new take on a classic appetizer.
For the Endive Boats With Fresh Mango Chicken Salad recipe, click here. National Mango Board
Mediterranean Chicken Spinach Salad
A salad full of fashionable flavors like edamame, sun-dried tomatoes, mint, and feta - what more could you want for a light and elegant entrée salad?
For the Mediterranean Chicken Spinach Salad recipe, click here. Holly Clegg
One-Skillet Cajun Chicken and Pasta
Have the taste of the Bayou on your plate in less than half an hour with this delicious and easy one-skillet pasta recipe. Instead of cooking the chicken as directed, simply add cooked rotisserie chicken at the end, once everything else is cooked.
For the One-Skillet Cajun Chicken and Pasta recipe, click here.
Organic Chicken and Sweet Potato Pot Pie
Use sweet potato and rotisserie chicken in a pot pie for a meal everyone will enjoy. Since you are using cooked rotisserie chicken, you can have this on the table a lot faster than a traditional chicken pot pie.
For the Organic Chicken and Sweet Potato Pot Pie recipe, click here. Patricia Stagich
Paleo Creamy Alfredo
This tasty paleo Alfredo sauce can be enjoyed by both paleo and non-paleo diners as a healthy alternative to the normally cream-laden sauce. To make chicken Alfredo, simply fold in rotisserie chicken at the very end along with your noodles - or your zoodles. Whatever you fancy!
For the Paleo Creamy Alfredo recipe, click here. iStock
It doesn't get much easier than making pulled chicken with a store-bought rotisserie chicken. This recipe uses a few simple ingredients to make the well-loved summer classic in next to no time.
For the Pulled Chicken recipe, click here. Holly Clegg
Quinoa and Chicken Burritos
Make a satisfying lunch with rotisserie chicken by making these burritos. Whole-wheat tortillas, quinoa, and black beans along with yogurt and avocado make for a healthy lunch that will keep hunger at bay.
For the Quinoa and Chicken Burritos recipe, click here.
Quinoa Salad With Chicken, Grapes, and Almonds
This salad uses a variety of flavors and textures for a hearty salad that is perfect as a side dish or as a main course. For lunch, dinner, or even picnics, you can eat this salad anytime and anywhere.
For the Quinoa Salad With Chicken, Grapes, and Almonds recipe, click here. Whole Foods Market
Ramen is one of the most wonderful comfort foods in the world. If you don't have days to spend coaxing flavors into a perfect stock, then use this recipe. With this easy broth and some rotisserie chicken, you will soon be feeling more comfortable than you could possibly imagine.
For the Roast-Chicken-Dinner Ramen recipe, click here. iStock
Slow Cooker Poblano Corn Chowder With Chicken and Chorizo
Throw everything except the rotisserie chicken into the slow cooker in the morning and pick up your chicken on your way home from work for an easy and satisfying meal that will be waiting for you- thats just one of the many essential slow cooker recipes everyone should know!
For the Slow Cooker Poblano Corn Chowder With Chicken and Chorizo recipe, click here.
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