47 Shortcut Dinners You Can Make with Rotisserie Chicken

Make quick work of supper on busy weeknights by starting with a pre-cooked bird.

July 08, 2022

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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.

Get the Recipe: Pulled BBQ Chicken Sandwiches

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.

Get the Recipe: Herby Chicken and Spinach Baked Pasta with Fresh Mozzarella

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.

Get the Recipe: Buffalo Chicken Cheese Balls

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.

Get the Recipe: Individual Chicken Pot Pies

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.

Get the Recipe: Italian Chicken Pasta Salad

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!

Get the Recipe: 30-Minute Coq au Vin

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.

Get the Recipe: Shortcut Chicken Enchiladas

Chicken Tamales

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.

Get the Recipe: Chicken Tamales

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.

Get the Recipe: Greek Lemon Chicken Soup

Chicken and Asparagus Crepes

Store-bought crepes and rotisserie chicken make this elegant dish a breeze. Look for premade crepes in the produce or bakery section of your grocery store.

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Chicken Carbonara

Crispy pancetta, toasted walnuts and pulled rotisserie chicken are part of Giada's twist on the classic version of this Parmesan-and-egg-based classic. Top the pasta with lemon zest for a bright finish.

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White Chicken Chili Stew

This spicy stew is perfect for a chilly day — the jalapeno and chipotles are sure to warm you up, while the yucca, chicken and beans will keep you full.

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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

Cumin and cayenne give new life and flavor to store-bought rotisserie chicken. A simple blend of sour cream, avocado and lime juice is the perfect creamy sauce to accompany these crispy flautas.

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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.

Get the Recipe: Chicken Ramen Noodle Dump Dinner

Open-Face Vietnamese Chicken Sandwiches

Carrots and radishes add crunch to these open-faced sandwiches. Spread on a homemade spicy mayonnaise made with Asian chile sauce (such as Sriracha).

Get the Recipe: Open-Face Sandwiches with Vietnamese Chicken Salad

Spring Chicken Salad

This fresh salad gets its texture from a variety of vegetables — red potatoes, cucumbers, radishes and bell peppers — plus some tangy flavor thanks to the Greek yogurt-tarragon dressing.

Get the Recipe: Spring Chicken Salad

Layered Picnic-in-a-Jar

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

This shortcut mole comes together in under 30 minutes, saving time without skimping on flavor. With such a super-flavorful and complex sauce, you'll forget that this was made with store-bought meat.

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Chicken and Black Bean Tostadas

These tostadas are a home run with seasoned black beans, crunchy red cabbage and radishes topped with a cool zesty dressing and served on crispy tortillas — and, of course, shredded rotisserie chicken.

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Middle Eastern-Style Chicken, Veggies and Rice

This one-dish meal is packed with flavor, and is as easy as it is healthy. Rotisserie chicken, microwavable brown rice and pre-trimmed beans make this meal a cinch to prepare in less than 30 minutes. The bold spice blend and toasted nuts bring warm Moroccan flavor that'll make this dish memorable.

Get the Recipe: Easy One-Pan Chicken, Veggies and Rice

Almost-Famous Chimichangas

Reimagine store-bought chicken into a restaurant-inspired Mexican favorite that's easy enough for a weeknight dinner.

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Chicken Summer Rolls

An alternative to traditional summer rolls, these are filled with rotisserie chicken instead of shrimp. They make a healthy and filling lunch or light dinner.

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Spiced Couscous and Chicken

Whip up this healthy and hearty couscous dish in 15 minutes, or less, thanks to ready-to-go rotisserie chicken.

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Chicken Noodle Casserole

This casserole is based on the classic chicken noodle soup to satisfy any comfort-food craving. Partially cooking the egg noodles allows them to soak up the flavorful sauce without becoming too soft.

Get the Recipe: Chicken Noodle Casserole

Cold Peanut Soba Noodles with Chicken

This cold salad is a great way to get ahead and prep a healthy lunch. Combine peanut butter, vinegar, soy sauce, ginger, sesame oil and chile sauce with your reserved pasta water for the perfect Asian-inspired dressing.

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Chicken and Bean Burrito Verde

Garlic-cumin white bean puree, shredded rotisserie chicken, avocado and lettuce keep Ellie Krieger's burrito verde recipe light and fresh without sacrificing flavor.

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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

This delicious, colorful salad is a great way to introduce whole grains to your kids. Plus, it's an easy make-ahead meal that can be kept refrigerated in an airtight container for up to 3 days.

Get the Recipe: Chicken, Sesame and Quinoa Salad

Chicken and Bean Burritos

These easy burritos come with a twist — thanks to the addition of simmered butternut squash — a surprising new way to eat a fall favorite.

Get the Recipe: Chicken and Bean Burritos

Chicken-and-Cheese Enchiladas

These cheesy enchiladas are topped with a killer homemade tomatillo sauce, fresh cilantro and, for a twist, tangy feta cheese.

Get the Recipe: Chicken-and-Cheese Enchiladas

Baked Gnocchi with Chicken

Store-bought gnocchi and chicken mean this dish requires only 5 minutes' prep time. Bring all the ingredients together in a skillet, sprinkle with Parmesan, and let the oven do the work.

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Chicken and White Corn Chowder

Sandra Lee simmers the corncobs in the soup to extract rich corn flavor for the broth, making use of every part of the ear.

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Sunny's Easy BBQ Chicken Pizza

With a premade crust and rotisserie chicken, this BBQ pizza comes together in a snap and is full of savory-sweet flavors that are an exciting change from everyday pizza.

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Chicken and Egg Soup with Pastina

This easy soup is full of fresh flavors, thanks to feta, lemon, dill and spinach added to a rich and creamy base.

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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.

Get the Recipe: Chicken Waldorf Salad

Tequila-Chicken Fettuccine

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.

Get the Recipe: Barbecue Chicken Sliders

Chicken Taco Salad

Health-ify your Tuesday night taco routine by serving all your favorite fillings over crisp, refreshing romaine lettuce.

Get the Recipe: Chicken Taco Salad