10 Fabulous Recipes Using Store-Bought Rotisserie Chicken
Turn rotisserie chicken into an easy dinner! From chicken pot pie to white chicken chili, these recipes are perfect for weeknight meals. With a cooked chicken already at your fingertips, these recipes come together in no time at all.
Hands up if you grab a rotisserie chicken at the grocery store!
There is one in my cart nearly every time I’m at the store, because it’s such a quick and easy building block to so many other meals. We use them in salads, quesadillas, wraps, and omelets, to name a few, but you can also lean on them as a fabulous shortcut for many meals.
You can use a rotisserie chicken for any recipe that calls for “cooked chicken” and I’ve rounded up my 10 favorite (plus one bonus!) recipes here on BEB that can utilize a store-bought rotisserie chicken for quick and easy (but super hearty!) weeknight dinners.
Chicken Pot Pie
This classic Chicken Pot Pie recipe starts with a creamy filling full of chicken, potatoes, carrots and peas, and is topped with homemade pastry crust. Absolute comfort food at its finest; make it for dinner tonight!
Classic Chicken Noodle Soup
This classic homemade Chicken Noodle Soup recipe is made from scratch with chicken, vegetables, broth and noodles, and is ready in under an hour. Use a store-bought rotisserie chicken to save even more time!
White Chicken Chili
This easy White Chicken Chili recipe is made with white beans, a trio of chiles, and lots of seasonings for maximum flavor. By using rotisserie chicken or chicken that you’ve already batch prepared, this can be on the table in just 45 minutes, making it a perfect weeknight dinner option.
Chicken Tortilla Soup
This easy Chicken Tortilla Soup is creamy, full of spice and can be made on the stovetop or in the crockpot. A great copycat of Max & Erma’s popular soup!
Italian Wedding Soup
A classic Italian wedding soup recipe, with little bits of pasta, shredded chicken, spinach and of course those little meatballs!
Chicken Salad with Apple, Raisins & Walnuts
An easy chicken salad recipe loaded with diced apples, raisins and chopped walnuts. Perfect for lunch on its own, atop a bed of lettuce or in a croissant.
Pesto Chicken Salad
A classic pesto gets infused with chopped spinach, tossed with a little mayonnaise and seasonings, and then stirred into cooked, chopped chicken. Serve on a croissant for a leveled-up lunch.
Chipotle Chicken and Corn Chowder
A made-from-scratch riff on one of my husband’s favorite canned soups. It’s rich, thick, hearty, and the perfect blend of spiced and creamy.
Quick & Easy Chicken Pot Pie
An old recipe from my grandma that always gets rave reviews at my house! Using Bisquick to make the crust and thicken the sauce means that this meal comes together extraordinarily quickly.
BBQ Chicken Pizza
An oldie but a goodie! One of my favorite pizza splurges, the combination of chicken, bbq sauce, red onion, and melted cheese is just so, so good.
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Buffalo Chicken Dip
This Buffalo Chicken Dip recipe is an easy classic that features three different layers of flavors including chicken mixed with your favorite hot sauce (I always go for Frank’s RedHot!), cream cheese, ranch dressing and, of course, lots of cheese!
I would love it if you’d share your favorite way to use a store-bought rotisserie chicken in the comments below! xo
This is super delicious! i tried at least 4 of them
After you’ve used the chicken meat, don’t throw out the bones, wings, and skin that remain. This makes the most delicious chicken stock. Add in some onion and celery and simmer for a couple of hours, strain the stock and it’s ready to use in whatever recipe you have.
Chicken and dumplings. Having the chicken already cooked really cuts down on the cooking time
I almost never buy rotisserie chicken mostly because I don’t like dark meat. I have on occasion made chicken stock out of the leftover chicken. I either roast bone in, skin on chicken breasts or cook boneless, skinless on the stove and shred the chicken and keep on hand.
I think the Cheesy Chicken, Broccoli and Rice Casserole should be added to the list.
Love that the Chicken Tortilla Soup is based on the soup from Max and Erma’s. The soup and the 3rd St/Village salad was a favorite lunch there — the one closest to me closed a couple of weeks ago . :-( Now if you could come up with the recipe for the sweet and tangy dressing used on the salad!
My favorite is curry chicken salad with golden raisins, celery, apples, either mayo or mashed avocado and curry powder.
Chicken stuffed shells. My family can’t get enough when I make these. They are a bit time consuming, so I make them for get togethers mostly.
I buy a 3 lb bag of rotisserie chicken breast meat at Costco all the time. Then I break it into three 1lb portions to use in recipes. 2 bags I freeze, and I used in the week. It really is economical and much faster to use than even buying a chicken and having to take the meat off yourself. The only negative is that it’s only breast meat (which isn’t an issue in my house). I have used it successfully in many of your recipes, like Chipotle Chicken Corn Chowder, Tacos (using your seasoning blend), Buffalo Chicken Dip. I also make salads, enchiladas, or just snack on it as a healthy protein.
Diane, what a fabulous idea! I didn’t know they had these 3 lb bags. Are they fresh or frozen?
I didn’t know either!! Where in the store is it located?
It’s usually in a refrigerated case with the rotisserie chickens and their fresh prepared foods…..it’s in a shrink wrapped package and runs about $12
Love be that option at Costco! So convenient
I make your Cheesy Chicken, Broccoli and Rice Casserole with rotisserie chicken. I’ve paired down the prep so that it only takes about 5 minutes. I’ve used chicken breasts in the past, but I have found that rotisserie chicken tastes so much better.
Also, remember to save the bones and skin – they make the most flavorful broth!!