12 Best Rotisserie Chicken Recipes for Easy and Inexpensive Dinners
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Have a rotisserie chicken in your fridge? Turn it into a yummy meal with one of these easy recipes!
I often LOVE using a convenient rotisserie chicken to save time and money when making recipes for dinner! It can be a lifesaver when you’re in a hurry to get dinner on the table, especially on busy weeknights.
Plus, rotisserie chicken is one of the few items in grocery stores that managed to maintain its price during recent inflation. Stores like Costco and Sam’s Club still sell rotisserie chickens for around $5. Who can pass up that deal?!
Shredded rotisserie chicken is a great starter for so many recipes!
I will often come across recipes and bookmark them as meal ideas to utilize a rotisserie chicken even if it’s written using chopped chicken breast meat. If you prefer shredding chicken breast and thigh meat for meal planning, you can also do that instead and still use these same ideas below!
Here are 12 delicious ways to use new or leftover rotisserie chicken in your recipes:
1. Cheesy Chicken Noodle Soup
Making a fast and comforting soup is my favorite go-to idea with a rotisserie chicken. This Cheesy Chicken Noodle Soup recipe is a spin on the classic with a creamy twist and loads of yummy cheese!
2. White Chicken Enchiladas with Sour Cream Sauce
Enchiladas come together quickly with cooked shredded chicken! Try these delicious creamy White Chicken Enchiladas with a flavorful green chile and sour cream sauce. This meal was a big hit with my family and is really easy to put together using a rotisserie chicken.
3. Chicken Cauliflower Fried Rice
If you’re eating low carb, try making a quick chicken fried rice skillet meal, and swapping the rice for cauliflower! It’s a simple idea that my entire family enjoyed.
Fried rice is one of the easiest takeout-style meals you can make at home, and this Keto Cauliflower Fried Rice version is both delicious and filling.
4. Avocado Chicken Salad
This Avocado Chicken Salad recipe features just three main ingredients but can be adapted to your taste with many different add-in choices. It’s one of our favorite ways to utilize a rotisserie chicken!
5. Lemon Chicken Orzo Soup
If you need a comforting and easy soup idea, try making Lemon Chicken Orzo Soup! The lemony broth really adds some zesty flavor and the veggies, chicken, and orzo make it a perfect meal.
This is a great way to change up traditional chicken noodle soup, and the leftovers are yummy, too!
6. Sheet Pan Chicken Pot Pie
Make this warm and comforting childhood favorite in under an hour with the help of a rotisserie chicken and a sheet pan! Puff pastry is the secret to this mouth-watering Sheet Pan Chicken all will LOVE!
7. White Bean Chicken Chili
There’s nothing better than a warm bowl of chili on a cold winter day! This easy White Bean Chicken Chili recipe starts by using a rotisserie chicken and has quickly become a personal family favorite!
The combination of clove, cumin, garlic, and oregano gives it an amazing flavor! Depending on how spicy you prefer things, add jalapeño and green chilies.
8. Keto Buffalo Chicken Soup
Looking for a delicious and easy-to-make low-carb soup?! Here’s a Hip-tested and team-approved meal idea that’s been taste tested by numerous tastebuds on the team.
Everyone agreed that this creamy Keto Buffalo Chicken Soup is super flavorful and delicious when you use a rotisserie chicken.
9. Keto Green Chile Cabbage Chicken Enchiladas
If you’re looking to lighten up a classic enchilada dish (or maybe you are following a grain-free diet), try swapping out the tortillas for cabbage.
Because of the flavors of green chilies and cilantro, you will not notice any strong cabbage flavor, making these Green Chile Enchiladas a perfect low-carb way to enjoy a popular Mexican dish!
10. Panera Copycat Napa Almond Chicken Salad
If you’re also a fan of Panera Bread’s tangy and sweet Napa Almond Chicken Salad, you’ve got to try out our copycat version! It features red grapes, almonds, and crunchy celery mixed together with a creamy, lemony dressing for a completely delicious and fresh-tasting sandwich worth swooning over. Yum!
11. Buffalo Chicken Dip
Need an easy appetizer perfect for any get-together? This Buffalo Chicken Dip is a sure winner every time and it’s usually gone in just a few minutes! It’s such a delicious way to get the flavor of Buffalo wings, but in a cheesy dip. You can use chopped-up pieces of cooked chicken or rotisserie chicken!
12. Ramen Noodle Salad
This popular sweet and savory salad features a unique and inexpensive ingredient that makes it irresistible – yep, Ramen Noodles! Take this Ramen Noodle Salad from a side dish to a yummy and easy meal by adding rotisserie chicken!
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I buy extra and freeze them. Literally take them out of the package after they’re cool and stick in ziploc bag and put in freezer. When I want to eat them, I put them frozen into crock pot on high for 3-4 hours and it’s just like getting them fresh that day!
👀 What?! That. Is. Amazing. Thanks for sharing this!
Wow! Can’t wait to try this. Thank you for sharing. That pot pie recipe looks good too!
That’s a great idea 🙂
I also freeze them, but I pull all the meat off first. The meat is frozen for quick meals (doesn’t even really need to be defrosted most of the time) and I freeze the bones for the next time I want to make homemade broth.
Another recipe is chicken quesadillas. I mix the chicken with some salsa and spices and put into a wrap and grill. Very good!
Oh yum we’re fans of that idea for sure!
You ALWAYS share the best recipes. Can’t wait to try them.
Ah thanks Ruby!!
Love these ideas…thank you 🙂
Thanks Kristi! Enjoy 😉
The enchiladas are the best ever!!!!!
I always buy 2 from Costco, shred, and freeze anything I don’t cook with immediately. I made the switch from canned chicken to rotisserie in my buffalo chicken dip…wow what difference! It’s also great for chicken and dumplins and copycat chicken gnocchi soup! We also use it to top salads for quick meals.
Oh i love thise ideas! Thanks for sharing!
Tortilla soup is another great idea and it is so easy 🙂
Yes yum! Good thinking!
We always buy 6 whole chickens and smoke them on the smoker, take the meat off and half a chicken goes into a vacuum sealed bag and in the freezer. So we have 12 frozen smoked chicken to just take out and make a dish with it. Easy peasy😁
Oh love that. Smoked chicken is delicious!
Everything looks so good! 🤤😂
I started canning chicken and other meat in 2020. I have come to prefer it over anything else, because if I forget to thaw something for dinner, I come home to my meal half made simply by opening a jar. The canned beef is my favorite, but chicken is awesome for everything you describe above! Thanks for the recipes!
Oh that’s smart! Thanks for sharing that method as an idea Amy!
We make Asian chicken salad from the chicken. Similar to Cheesecake Factory or ChinChin. So easy, chopped up chicken, shredded cabbage, scallions, chayote (or granny smith apple), shredded carrots, mandarin oranges. We make homemade Asian dressing, but you can use Ken’s. Ramen or Chinese noodles on top. Even the kids love it! Great for dinner or lunch.
Oh yum. I would love that salad 😍 Thanks for the idea!
Yippee. I can try the chicken pot pie recipe. The rest my picky eaters won’t touch. LOL Lord knows I have tried just to eat it all myself and share it with the dogs. LOL