8 Dinner Shortcuts Using a Rotisserie Chicken

Liz Alterman | Aug 29, 2014 Food & Party
8 Dinner Shortcuts Using a Rotisserie Chicken

rotisserie chickenWhat mom doesn't love a shortcut? And there's nothing better than one that saves you time in the kitchen! 

While take-out is always tempting, when you're hungry and in a hurry, before you reach for those menus, let me share my secret ingredient for whipping up a delicious dinner in half the time: the rotisserie chicken

This classic staple, most often sold in that futuristic-looking plastic bubble, has become my best friend on busy evenings. As yummy as it is versatile, a ready-to-eat roasted chicken can give you a well-deserved head start when you need it most (like when your kids are chanting, "When's dinner?").

Another thing I love about it: minimal clean-up. But here's a tip I learned the hard way: If you want your guests to think you spent the whole afternoon in front of the stove basting your bird, be sure to dispose of its packaging before they arrive!

Here are 8 ways to jump-start dinner using a rotisserie chicken.  

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How do you make the most of a rotisserie chicken?

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  • Chicken Enchilada


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    Thanks to prepared chicken, you can whip up these enchiladas in a flash. Before you know it, your kitchen will smell like an authentic Mexican cantina!

  • Pulled Barbecue Chicken Subs


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    These sandwiches are a quick and delicious twist on the perennial favorite: pulled pork. Just pick up some rolls and cole slaw and you'll have dinner, or even a tasty lunch, on the table in 20 minutes or less. 

  • Chicken Salad


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    Chicken salad is a great place to show off your culinary creativity. Because the chicken is ready to go, think of all the other ingredients you'll have time to chop and dice! From fresh veggies and beans to shredded cheeses and even hard boiled eggs, this is a great chance to throw in all those flavors you crave!

  • Chicken Pot Pie


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    This rustic crowd-pleaser typically takes a while to make. Not anymore, thanks to your already-prepared chicken! Wow your family with this fast and delicious chicken pot pie recipe. 

  • Chicken Wrap


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    That's a wrap! From simple lettuce, tomato, and a bit of mayo to a tricked-out sandwich with pesto, roasted red peppers, and fresh mozzarella, you can't go wrong with a chicken wrap. 

  • BBQ Chicken Pizza


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    Shred that chicken and smother it with your favorite barbecue sauce, place it on pie dough along with some of your other best-loved toppings, and voila! Instant BBQ chicken pizza. So much better than the frozen variety. 

  • Chicken Soup


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    Hearty and healthy, chicken soup is perfect on a chilly evening. Add noodles, rice, or veggies and serve this with a loaf of bread or simple sandwiches. 

  • Chicken Fried Rice


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    Making your own chicken fried rice is a fun (and cheaper) alternative to ordering take-out. Bonus: You can use up any leftover veggies while you're at it!


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