Rotisserie me A.S.A.P. – chicken dinners made easy!
Hot from the deli case, rotisserie-style chicken offers so many delish dinner options with so little effort.
Chicken gets a lousy rap. Seems like it’s always the Beta Meat trailing behind beef or pork on the flavor spectrum. We blame decades of bland dishes that, well ... taste like chicken (and little else).
That’s what’s brilliant about rotisserie. Richly seasoned with juicy, fall-off-the-bone meat, it’s how the bird was meant to be. Better still, most grocery stores offer hot whole chickens ready to eat. And the best part is it's super versatile, which makes it the ultimate leftover. Substitute any recipe that calls for chicken with rotisserie—barbeque, salads, sandwiches, tacos—and go from Ho-hum to Wow-yum.
Here are 15 great places to start.
Forget what you know about cupcakes. These savory snacks are disguised as cute little desserts. Each mini pie is chock full of cheese, chicken and veggies baked into a fluffy little biscuit. How clever!
If you love pot pie like we do, here’s the full meal deal. Loaded with chicken and veggies in a rich sauce, you have a warm and welcoming dinner that’s done in 35 minutes. And the fluffy Bisquick crust is perfect for mopping up that delicious gravy.
Who says chicken salad has to be boring? This fresh mélange of spinach, Bing cherries, and tangy Gorgonzola cheese is a meal unto itself topped with chicken chunks and a light champagne dressing. Zing!
4. Chicken and Bow Tie Pasta
This kid-friendly dish has it all: Luscious chicken, green peas and bite-sized bow ties in a rich, creamy three cheese cooking sauce from Progresso. Bon appétit.
Bet your party posse hasn’t tried this one. A ring of flaky, buttery crescent rolls baked around a savory filling of spicy Buffalo chicken and ranch. It’s an easy crowd-pleaser that only looks like it took all day.
Game Day, you say? Go straight for this saucy little number: Bite-sized sliders with spicy hints of whiskey and beer. Go ahead and make a double batch. Trust us!
Picture this: a savory meatball of chicken, cilantro, cheddar, and green chilies steeped in Mexican spices and enclosed in a golden-brown wrap. Each bite is pure bliss.
Crunchy meets creamy in this hands-free dinner: Chile-spiced taquitos begging for a double dip of zesty avocado yogurt. Tex-Mex to the max!
Welcome to cheesy goodness without the guilt. Each pinwheel is big on rotisserie flavor but light on calories. Pull it together in no time with spinach tortillas, shredded chicken, Monterey Jack, chopped chilies and a seasoning packet.
The mere mention of “toasted cheese sandwiches” gets our mouths watering. But you really can improve on perfection. Top thick slices of Italian bread with this saucy blend of chipotle-seasoned chicken and shredded cheese. Grill until melted and golden brown (if you can resist that long).
11. Cheesy Southwest Chicken Skillet
A hearty southwestern-style dinner in only 30 minutes? Si, amigo. Mix pasta, chicken, creamy sauce and green chilies in your skillet and let heat work its magic.
One savory cupcake deserves another. This time we combine spicy Buffalo chicken with classic mac & cheese in a tiny wonton cup. It’s a hot and crunchy handful kids will flip for.
13. Slow-Cooker Rotisserie Chicken Chili
Short on time? Break out the slow cooker for this rotisserie go-to. Do the prep and four hours later, hearty chicken chili is your reward – garnished with onions, cheese ... any way you like it.
14. Easy Boneless Buffalo Wings
Eating wings with bones simply isn't for everyone. But everyone will be okay with these boneless chicken wings! Actually, more than okay.
After all this rotisserie goodness, we saved the best for last: zesty chicken-filled tacos in a crunchy shell. Customize with an endless variety of creative toppings. Anything goes!
Ready for a deli run? Get it while it’s hot!