Rotisserie Chicken is the undisputed champion of fast weekday dinners, lazy days at home, and creative leftovers. Here are twelve quick and delicious recipes that use rotisserie chicken as a speed hack, and you'll never have to turn on your oven! Keep these easy recipes in your back pocket for busy weeknights.
Tear off some meat and toss it into a wrap for a quick lunch or snack! Try it with sun-dried tomatoes, feta, and spinach for a tasty meal that requires no effort to throw together.
Quickest Chicken Tacos
Build a quick taco bar with all the fixings, just add some rotisserie chicken, and you're good to go! Premade guac, salsa, and bagged cheeses are all your friends here if you require speed. Use hard shells and top with cheese. Bake them in the oven until the cheese is super melty.
Just like the chicken wraps, but an even healthier riff using romaine or bibb lettuce! Try this with some hoisin, scallion, canned mandarin oranges, and cashews!
Grab yourself a pita pocket and fill it with every delicious Mediterranean condiment you can get your hands on - tomatoes, thinly sliced red onion, tzatziki sauce, fresh lemon - it's all welcome here, and none of it needs heat.
Suddenly a Salad
Rotisserie chicken can instantly turn a bagged salad from drab to fab. Or use the chicken as a protein in a salad you make from scratch. We suggest going for a classic chicken Caesar for simplicity's sake.
It might sound strange, but shredded rotisserie chicken can be delicious on top of a fresh summer gazpacho. And since it's a cold soup, no cooking is required! Don't miss this one if you want something high in protein, healthy, and unique.
Minimal Prep Panzanella
We're not through with salads yet, though this one's special thanks to one ingredient: bread! Cherry tomatoes, red onion, basil, crusty bread, fresh mozzarella, and rotisserie chicken make up this fresh but slightly decadent salad that takes from the best of both worlds.
Summery Spring Rolls
You can make spring rolls with rice paper for a no-cook variation. Try the chicken with cucumber, carrot, fresh herbs like mint or cilantro, and a quick peanut sauce. It's both remarkably fast and mind-blowingly tasty.
Chicken Salad Sandwiches
The classic chicken salad practically begs you to make it with rotisserie chicken. Toss celery, dried or fresh fruit like apples or grapes, crunchy nuts, and a fresh herb dressing for the ultimate workday lunch.
Can you have nachos without melted cheese? Absolutely - swap out the cheese, either queso fresco or another creamy topping like sour cream, pile it high with rotisserie chicken and your nacho must-haves, and dig right in. Ta-da: nachos for dinner.
This special Vietnamese sandwich might require more prep than other choices on this list. But once you have everything made, it comes together in seconds. Rotisserie chicken with pickled vegetables like carrot and daikon, cucumber, jalapeno, and a light swipe of mayo on a fresh French baguette? What's not to love?
After making a few of these recipes, do you still have some meat on the bones you'd like to use up? Leftovers meet rotisserie chicken! Anything in your fridge, from pasta dishes to soups, could benefit from throwing in some rotisserie chicken.