Have you heard of one of the very best-kept secrets for whipping up quick and healthy meals? It’s a store-bought rotisserie chicken — yes, the kind you can buy in the deli section of your grocery store for between $5 and $7.
The rotisserie chicken comes already cooked, seasoned, and ready to go. All you need to do is remove the skin and pull the meat off for shredding. The average rotisserie chicken produces about four cups of shredded cooked chicken, so you will probably have enough for a few meals from one chicken.
15 Super Quick and Pretty Healthy Rotisserie Chicken Meals
Rotisserie Chicken Burrito Bowl
A Chicken Burrito Bowl is a super hearty meal you can enjoy for lunch or dinner. Simply add some cooked brown rice to a bowl. Saute some peppers and onions and add to the bowl. Top with shredded chicken. Add additional toppings like avocado, black beans, cheese, salsa, or sour cream.
Buffalo Chicken Salad
How about a Buffalo Chicken Salad for a quick lunch? Mix some shredded chicken with your favorite sauce. Place the chicken on a bed of greens. Top with some blue cheese crumbles.
Rotisserie Barbecue Chicken Pizza
If you are craving pizza, this Barbecue Chicken Pizza is absolutely delicious. Mix some shredded chicken with your favorite barbecue sauce. Top a low-carb tortilla with the chicken mixture and some mozzarella cheese. Add some red onion and other veggies you like. Bake at 350 degrees until the cheese has melted.
Still craving pizza? How about a Mexican Pizza?! Heat some refried beans on the stove. In another bowl, warm up some shredded chicken and salsa in the microwave. Toast some flour tortillas on the stove for a few minutes on each side. Top the tortillas with the refried beans and chicken mixture. Top with another tortilla. Spread a thin layer of enchilada sauce on the top tortilla and sprinkle with shredded Mexican cheese. Bake for five to seven minutes at 350 degrees until the cheese has melted.
Spicy Ranch Chicken and Cheese Stuffed Baked Potatoes
If you like baked potatoes, you will love Spicy Ranch Chicken and Cheese Stuffed Baked Potatoes. Simply bake some russet potatoes. Mix some shredded chicken with softened cream cheese, butter, ranch seasoning, and hot sauce. Open up the cooked potatoes and stuff them with the chicken mixture. Top with some shredded cheese and put back in the oven until the cheese has melted.
Rotisserie Chicken Salad Stuffed Avocados
You have stuffed a potato. How about stuffing an avocado? For Rotisserie Chicken Salad Stuffed Avocados, simply halve an avocado and remove the seed. Scoop out about ¼ of the flesh from each half and set it aside. Mix some shredded chicken with mayonnaise, chopped onion, chopped celery, and mashed avocado. Scoop the chicken salad into the avocado halves and season with salt and pepper.
Rotisserie Chicken Penne Alfredo
If you are craving a little comfort food, this Chicken Penne Alfredo dish is just what you need. Cook some penne pasta and drain. Steam some fresh broccoli or heat some from frozen in the microwave. Heat the alfredo sauce. Top the pasta with shredded chicken, broccoli, and alfredo sauce.
Salsa Chicken Grilled Cheese
Salsa Chicken Grilled Cheese is the upgraded version of a classic grilled cheese. Mix some shredded chicken with some salsa. Heat a skillet and butter on one side of two pieces of bread. Top one slice of bread with the chicken mixture and a slice of cheese, and add to the skillet buttered side down. Top with another slice of bread, buttered side up. Cook until the cheese has melted and the bottom is golden brown. Flip and cook the other side.
Baked Rotisserie Chicken Nachos
These Baked Chicken Nachos make a great snack during that big game! Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Place some tortilla chips on a baking dish. Mix some shredded chicken and salsa. Top the tortilla chips with the chicken mixture, black beans, and shredded cheese. Bake the nachos for about 20 minutes or until the cheese has melted.
Barbecue Chicken Sandwiches
Barbecue Chicken Sandwiches will become the new quick go-to favorite in your home. Simply mix some shredded chicken with your favorite barbecue sauce and heat. Add this mixture to some toasted buns and serve.
Veggie Hummus and Chicken Bowl
If you need a quick grab-and-go lunch, this Veggie Hummus and Chicken Bowl will become your new fave. Add some cooked brown rice to a bowl. Top with some cut-up cucumbers and bell peppers, and shredded chicken. Serve this bowl with a side of your favorite hummus.
Rotisserie Chicken Stir Fry
Create a delicious Chicken Stir Fry by sauteing some broccoli and other vegetables of your choice together. When the vegetables have softened, add the shredded chicken. Add some soy sauce. Serve all over a bed of brown rice.
Chicken Taquitos are another great snack for the big game or late at night. Preheat your oven to 450 degrees. Mix some softened cream cheese, ranch dressing, and buffalo sauce until smooth. Mix in some shredded chicken. Add a dollop of this mixture to each tortilla and roll-up. Bake for about 10 minutes or so.
Shredded Chicken for a Salad Bar
Shredded chicken is also great for a make-ahead salad bar. Simply prep your lettuce and veggies ahead of time and place them in individual containers. When you are ready for your salad, simply top your greens with the veggies of your choice, shredded chicken, some cheese, and your favorite dressing.
BBQ Chicken Pasta
If you have an appetite for pasta, you will love the BBQ Chicken Pasta. Cook some rotini pasta and drain. Saute some sliced onion with a little garlic until the onion has softened. Add some shredded chicken, diced tomatoes, barbecue sauce, and cheese to the pan with the onions. Add the pasta to the pan and cook until all have heated through.
Fasted Meal Ever
Split the rotisserie chicken up into pieces and serve with a few sides. Voila! As you can see, you can make many quick and easy meals with rotisserie chicken. And for a fraction of the takeout cost, most of these meals can be whipped up in 15 minutes or less. Keep the staples like barbecue sauce, brown rice, dried pasta, hot sauce, and salsa on hand, and you will be well-equipped to make a fantastic meal in no time.
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