47 Shortcut Dinners You Can Make with Rotisserie Chicken
Make quick work of supper on busy weeknights by starting with a pre-cooked bird.
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Save Time and Effort
Weeknight dinners can be hard. They take a fair amount of planning and prep — and there just aren’t enough hours in the day to make something spectacular. Every. Single. Night. That’s why we could all use a good shortcut from time to time. When you need an easy chicken dinner (because, let’s be honest: the whole family loves chicken) turn to shredded chicken. You can add it to just about anything you’re cooking up — and it’s available on demand if you start with a rotisserie chicken. Need a few ideas to get you started? We’ve got plenty but highly recommend this hearty grain bowl that perfectly balances crunchiness, creaminess and flavor. You can even make a big batch of quinoa and keep it frozen in resealable bags for up to 1 month so that all you have to do when you’re ready to eat is reheat it.
Get the Recipe: Quinoa Bowl with Chicken and Avocado Cream
Chicken Shepherd's Pie
With rotisserie chicken, frozen spinach and grated cheese, this is a great recipe to make the most of those odds and ends that are hanging around the kitchen.
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Pulled BBQ Chicken Sandwiches
For a healthier and quicker take on pulled pork sandwiches, give Ellie's chicken BBQ sandwiches a try.
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Herby Chicken and Spinach Baked Pasta with Fresh Mozzarella
Toss fusilli with plenty of fresh parsley, spinach, shredded rotisserie chicken and mozzarella and bake it until golden brown. A shower of fresh parsley at the end adds a fresh touch.
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Buffalo Chicken Cheese Balls
Aaron's cheesy rotisserie chicken balls get a big dose of flavor from hot sauce and fresh scallions. Serve with a tangy blue cheese dipping sauce.
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Individual Chicken Pot Pies
Personal pot pies make it easy to use up exactly what you have on hand. The secret ingredient for an extra burst of chicken flavor? A bouillon cube.
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Italian Chicken Pasta Salad
Geoffrey's "icebox cleanout" salad is perfect for busy nights when you need to use what's on hand. Mix and match meats, veggies and cheeses depending on what's in the fridge.
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30-Minute Coq au Vin
Classic coq au vin can take up to two days to prepare, including marinating the chicken overnight. We make a red wine sauce with bacon, mushrooms and pearl onions (the frozen variety, so you can skip the tedious peeling), then slip in rotisserie chicken parts to warm through, and voila!
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Shortcut Chicken Enchiladas
This dish whips store-bought rotisserie chicken, salsa and beans into a quick enchilada bake that is ready in less than an hour. It's a great use for that leftover half of a chicken, but if you have a whole chicken, you can easily double the recipe to make 8 to 12 servings.
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Healthier than traditional tamales, thanks to a noticeable lack of lard, these tasty tamales use shredded rotisserie chicken, green peas and pimiento olives. However, the filling options are limited only by your imagination.
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Greek Lemon Chicken Soup
Make this soup when you need something both warming and wholesome. It's full of fresh flavor and hearty whole-grains, like fiber-rich farro.
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Chicken and Asparagus Crepes
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White Chicken Chili Stew
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Shredded Chicken and Tomatillo Tacos
Grilled tomatillo salsa elevates the rotisserie chicken in this dish. You can warm flour tortillas directly on the grill, but Bobby prefers blue corn tortillas, which he runs under water before grilling so they don't burn.
Get the Recipe: Shredded Chicken and Tomatillo Tacos with Queso Fresco
Skillet Chicken and Dumplings
The secret to this shortcut version of the comfort classic is using rotisserie chicken and prepared biscuit dough: With these two products on hand, a three-hour dish becomes fast enough for a weeknight dinner and easy enough (just one pot!) that you can make it almost anywhere--from a camping trip to a vacation rental.
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Chicken Flautas with Avocado Cream
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Thanks to shredded rotisserie chicken, Ree’s spicy soup is ready in just 16 minutes.
Get the Recipe: Pozole
Chicken Ramen Noodle Dump Dinner
Low maintenance and packed with flavor, this creamy casserole transforms dorm-friendly ramen noodles into a satisfying casserole for a crowd.
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Open-Face Vietnamese Chicken Sandwiches
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Spring Chicken Salad
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Packed with Moroccan spiced chickpeas, rice tossed in a cilantro vinaigrette, tender eggplant and moist shredded chicken, Melissa's layered meal is the perfect solution when you need a quick dinner.
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Chocolate Chicken Mole
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Chicken and Black Bean Tostadas
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Middle Eastern-Style Chicken, Veggies and Rice
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Chicken Summer Rolls
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Spiced Couscous and Chicken
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Chicken Noodle Casserole
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Cold Peanut Soba Noodles with Chicken
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Chicken and Bean Burrito Verde
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Quick Rotisserie Chicken Pot Pies
Why fuss with making a traditional pot pie? You can finish this easy stove-top version in half the time. Topping the finished filling with golden, buttery pieces of puff pastry is a delicious, fast and pretty finish to this bowl of comfort.
Get the Recipe: Quick Rotisserie Chicken Pot Pies
Buffalo Chicken Dip
Claire's 5-ingredient dip packs all the delicious flavor of wings into one cheesy, spicy bowl. This is the perfect pick when you need a fun, laid-back dinner. Add veggies and crackers for dipping or spread onto slices of bread.
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Asian Chicken and Quinoa Salad
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Chicken and Bean Burritos
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Baked Gnocchi with Chicken
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Chicken and White Corn Chowder
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Sunny's Easy BBQ Chicken Pizza
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Chicken and Egg Soup with Pastina
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Chicken Soup with Dumplings
Frozen dumplings and pre-cooked rotisserie chicken help bring this warm, comforting soup together in just 30 minutes.
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Lemon-Dill Chicken Cakes
Made with citrus, herbs and mustard, there’s no shortage of flavor with these tender, pan-fried chicken cakes.
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Cheesy Ditalini with Chicken and Spinach
This quick and easy dinner is a complete meal in one simple dish. It’s loaded with chicken, pasta and veggies — all wrapped up in a creamy, cheesy sauce.
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Chicken Waldorf Salad
When you need a speedy meal, salad is always a good option. This Waldorf-inspired salad is extra filling, thanks to the addition of shredded rotisserie chicken.
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Mix it up on pasta night with this 35-minute dish. The fettuccine is tossed with chicken, sautéed bell peppers, onion, garlic and jalapeno. Lime juice and cilantro round out the Tex-Mex inspired flavor.
Get the Recipe: Tequila-Chicken Fettuccine
Barbecue Chicken Sliders
Shredded rotisserie chicken practically begs to be doused in sweet-and-smoky barbecue sauce. Pile it high in soft rolls and top with a tangy cucumber-and-onion topping for the perfect sandwich.
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Chicken Taco Salad
Health-ify your Tuesday night taco routine by serving all your favorite fillings over crisp, refreshing romaine lettuce.
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