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5 Leftover Rotisserie Chicken Recipes to Save Time & Money

By Angela Colley

rotisserie chickenWith New Year’s coming up, I’ve been thinking about my New Year’s resolutions. Last year, one of my resolutions was to stop eating fast food, and I held steadfast for three weeks. Then, in late January, I had a busy day, convinced myself there was no time to cook, and gravitated to the dollar menu.

This year, I’m going to make another resolution to stop eating fast food, and I’m pretty sure I’ll keep it this time. Ever since I found the rotisserie chickens at Costco for about $6, I don’t see any reason to pull up to a drive-thru.

I can swing by any grocery store, grab the precooked rotisserie chicken, and make a variety of different quick and easy recipes with ingredients I already have at home.  And since I get about four meals out of each chicken, it is ultimately cheaper than buying fast food.

Easy Recipes With Rotisserie Chicken

1. Chicken Noodle Soup

Chicken noodle soup is a classic for a reason. It’s warm, healthy, and easy to make. And when you use a rotisserie chicken, you can make your own stock so its cheaper to boot.

Ingredients:

  • 1 rotisserie chicken
  • 6 cups of water
  • 1/2 cup chopped celery
  • 1 small chopped onion
  • 1/2 cup chopped carrots
  • 1/2 pound of egg noodles
  • 2 minced garlic cloves
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 teaspoon of basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon of pepper

Directions:

  1. Remove and discard the chicken skin.
  2. Tear the chicken into bite-sized pieces. Set aside.
  3. Place the chicken bones into a dutch oven and cover them with six cups of water. Cook over medium heat for 30 minutes to create chicken stock. Remove the chicken bones and discard.
  4. Add chicken, vegetables, and spices. Turn up the heat and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to a simmer and cook for an additional 20 minutes.

You can add almost any seasoning you want to this soup. A few restaurants in my area even serve spicy chicken noodle soup, made from Cajun seasoning blends.

chicken soup

2. Chicken Enchiladas

With packaged ingredients and a rotisserie chicken, these enchiladas are an easy weekday meal.

Ingredients:

  • 1 rotisserie chicken
  • 1 package of corn tortillas
  • 2 cups of Mexican mix cheese
  • 1 12-ounce jar of enchilada sauce

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Remove and discard the chicken skin.
  3. Tear the chicken into bite-sized strips. Set aside.
  4. Lay one corn tortilla on a cutting board and spread 1/4 cup of chicken into the tortilla.
  5. Spread 1/8 cup of cheese mix over the chicken. Roll the tortilla into a cigar shape, and place the rolled tortilla in a casserole dish.
  6. Repeat for remaining tortillas.
  7. Pour enchilada sauce on top of tortillas, spread the remaining cheese over the dish, and cover with aluminum foil.
  8. Bake until cheese melts, about 25 minutes.

Don’t worry about the edges of the enchiladas coming undone. They’ll cook together in the oven, sealing the chicken inside.

chicken enchiladas

3. Chicken Nachos

Chicken nachos are my standby meal. It only takes a few minutes to throw the meal together, and homemade nachos taste just as good as if they came from a restaurant.

Ingredients:

  • 1 rotisserie chicken
  • 1 package of tortilla chips
  • 2 cups of cheddar cheese
  • 1/4 cup of sour cream
  • 1/4 cup of salsa

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Spread tortilla chips in one layer across a cookie sheet.
  3. Remove and discard the chicken skin.
  4. Shred the chicken into bite-sized chunks.
  5. Layer the chicken on top of the tortilla chips, and cover the chips with a layer of cheese.
  6. Bake until the cheese is melted, about 10 minutes.
  7. Serve with sour cream and salsa on the side.

You can add different ingredients to spice up this dish, such as black olives, jalapeno peppers, onions, and tomatoes.

chicken nachos

4. Cajun Chicken Pasta

This is one of my favorite recipes. Once prepared, the dish looks like you could have spent hours slaving away in the kitchen, when in fact it only takes about 30 minutes to prepare.

Ingredients:

  • 1 rotisserie chicken
  • 1 pound of bow tie noodles
  • 1 cup of half and half
  • 2 tablespoons of butter
  • 1/2 cup of Parmesan cheese
  • 2 minced garlic cloves
  • 1 tablespoon of Cajun seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon of lemon juice

Directions:

  1. Remove and discard the chicken skin.
  2. Peel the chicken into quarter-sized chunks, and spread lemon juice over them.
  3. Pour Cajun seasoning into a Ziploc bag. Place the chicken in the bag and shake well to coat. Set aside.
  4. Boil bow tie noodles in water with a dash of salt.
  5. In a saucepan, simmer butter and garlic over medium heat, and add in half and half once the butter has melted. Slowly add Parmesan cheese, stirring frequently until the cheese melts.
  6. Drain the noodles and place them in a large serving bowl.
  7. Spread chicken over noodles.
  8. Spread cheese sauce over the mixture and mix well. Serve warm.

You can reduce the amount of Cajun seasoning or increase the lemon juice to lessen the spice.

cajun chicken pasta

5. Chicken Salad

Chicken salad is quick to prepare, requiring no baking. It’s also a highly versatile dish. I usually serve mine as a sandwich between two slices of whatever bread I have on hand, but you can eat this salad plain, over lettuce, or wrapped in a tortilla.

Ingredients:

  • 1 rotisserie chicken
  • 1 cup of quartered red grapes or diced apples
  • 1/4 cup of chopped pecans
  • 1/4 cup of diced celery
  • 1/2 cup of mayonnaise

Directions:

  1. Remove and discard the chicken skin.
  2. Remove the chicken from the bone.
  3. Dice the chicken into bite-sized chunks.
  4. Combine the chicken, grapes or apples, pecans, and celery in a medium bowl.
  5. Pour mayonnaise over the mixture and stir to combine. Serve at room temperature.

You can substitute the pecans in this recipe for any type of nuts, or omit them altogether. I like pecans, but walnuts taste just as good.

chicken salad

Final Word

This is only a handful of the cheap and easy recipes that require just one little chicken to make a delicious meal. If you don’t feel like cooking, add a rotisserie chicken to a Caesar salad bag mix for a complete meal. You can also use diced rotisserie chicken on sandwiches, in wraps, or added to canned vegetable soup.

What are your favorite rotisserie chicken recipes?

(photo credit: Shutterstock)

Angela Colley
Angela Colley is a freelance writer living in New Orleans, Louisiana with a background in mortgage and real estate. Her interests include animal rights advocacy, green living, mob movies and finding the best deal on everything. She blames her extreme passion for never paying full price on two parents that taught her that a penny saved is two pennies if invested wisely.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Kristen-Kuchar/100002941222787 Kristen Kuchar

    These sound great! Can’t wait to try them!

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