15 Dinners using rotisserie chicken! These easy leftover chicken recipes include pasta, casseroles, soups, and tons more!
Do you want to know one of the BEST shortcuts for making quick and easy dinners?
It’s rotisserie chicken! Yep, you can buy an already-cooked rotisserie chicken at the grocery store. Most only cost about $5!
And sure, you can serve it as-is, and it’s delicious.
But after a while you’ll want to branch out. The good news is that you turn that pre-cooked chicken into a ton of different meals!
Here are 15 different ways to revamp rotisserie chicken (or any leftover chicken) into new, tasty dinners!
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15 Dinners Dinners Using Rotisserie Chicken
You might not think to top pizza with chicken, but there are lots of ways to do it!
You could use jarred alfredo sauce (instead of pizza sauce), with mozzarella and sauteed onion.
Or use garlic and olive oil as the sauce, and add toppings like sausage, bell pepper, and mushroom with the chicken.
You’re only limited by your imagination!
An awesome shortcut when making chicken noodle soup is to use a rotisserie chicken.
Add some cooked noodles, carrots, and celery, and the pulled rotisserie chicken to store-bought broth. Then simmer until the veggies are soft.
Use rice instead of noodles for a gluten free option.
There are SO many casseroles that call for cooked chicken. Make them come together much faster with a rotisserie chicken.
Here are a few easy leftover rotisserie chicken casserole recipes to try:
- Cheesy Chicken Pasta Casserole
- Grandma’s Chicken Casserole
- Mexican Chicken Casserole
- Chicken & Rice Casserole
4. BBQ Pulled Chicken
Pull the chicken off the bone, then mix with barbecue sauce.
You can serve on buns, over rice, as a pizza topping, or just with a fork!
5. White Chicken Chili
Making chicken chili is an excellent way to use up leftover rotisserie chicken.
You basically just combine the shredded chicken with broth, jarred salsa verde, and white beans!
6. Chicken salad
If you haven’t eaten chicken salad lately, you’re missing out!
You can customize it with you favorite flavors, including fun add-ins like grapes, celery, craisins, onions, or nuts.
Simply dice the rotisserie chicken, then stir in mayo or greek yogurt, and your favorite seasonings (ie. salt and pepper, cumin, dill).
You can eat it as is, with crackers, or on a croissant, sandwich or wrap.
Leftover rotisserie chicken is perfect for making enchiladas!
You can use a store bought red or green enchilada sauce, combined with the chicken, tortillas, and cheese.
Or make a white sauce out of cream cheese and sour cream.
I like to layer my enchiladas more like a lasagna, instead of rolling up the tortillas. It’s much quicker, and tastes the same!
A simple, no-cook dinner is to put pulled rotisserie chicken into a wrap!
There are so many ways to customize it.
Add in your favorite veggies like spinach and tomato, and top with mayo or ranch.
Or try a chicken caesar salad wrap, or ‘club’ style with avocado and bacon.
If you prefer a warm wrap, saute some bell peppers and onion with the chicken to make a fajita-style wrap.
9. Pot Pie
If making a pot pie sounds difficult or time consuming, it doesn’t have to!
You can put one together super easily with leftover or rotisserie chicken, frozen or canned vegetables, and store-bought chicken gravy and pie crust.
Or use cream of chicken soup, and top with refrigerated biscuit dough instead!
10. Tacos or nachos
Heat some pulled rotisserie chicken with salsa or a taco seasoning packet.
Then use the mixture to top nachos or as filling for tasty tacos.
11. On top of salad
For a low carb or healthy rotisserie chicken option, use the chicken as a topping for salad.
You could simply put it on top of your favorite greens, or make a cobb, caesar, or taco salad out of it!
Mmm…quesadillas. They’re so delicious, and are actually quite easy to make at home.
You can put together so many different flavor combinations with your pulled chicken.
Serve it Mexican-style with salsa, cheddar cheese, and sour cream.
Or saute spinach, garlic, mushrooms, with chicken and a white cheese like mozzarella.
Place the ingredients between 2 tortillas, and brown lightly on both sides in a skillet.
13. Chicken & Dumplings
Chicken and dumplings probably sounds like a complicated recipe that only your grandma could make.
It seems like it would take all day, right?
Well, it can be SO much simpler than you’d think with a couple easy shortcuts.
Obviously, the first one is using pre-cooked chicken. The other is store-bought buttermilk biscuit dough!
You just combine the chicken with stock and cream of chicken soup, then top with the biscuit dough.
14. Buffalo chicken
Want the taste of buffalo chicken wings without the extra calories or effort?
Transform your pulled rotisserie chicken with buffalo flavor!
Just toss the shredded chicken in with hot sauce or wing sauce.
Then you can eat it on a sandwich or salad, in a wrap, mixed into macaroni and cheese, or served over rice.
There are lots of different sandwiches you can make with rotisserie chicken.
There are the bbq, buffalo, or chicken salad sandwiches mentioned above.
Or you could put it on a grilled cheese, or make a panini with ciabatta bread with pesto, tomato, and mozzarella.
A chicken parmesan sandwich would be delicious too!
Which one of these dinners using rotisserie chicken will you try first?
As you can see, there are a lot of easy leftover chicken recipes that you can use a store bought rotisserie chicken for.
I hope these 15+ ideas gave you tons of inspiration for super easy and inexpensive dinners!
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