Rotisserie chicken is a dinner all-star at our house. While they are a bit of a splurge, they cut down on meal prep and add wonderful flavor. I love that you can serve it as is with a side of veggies and a muffin for a complete, super easy meal or add it to pretty much any favorite recipe that calls for chicken. My two older boys call the drum sticks “chicken on the bone” and request them often!
Five all-time favorite easy and delicious rotisserie chicken recipes:
If you are in search of a good rotisserie chicken, Costco is going to get you the most bang for your buck at just $4.99 for a huge 3lb chicken (most are closer to 2lbs). However, if you are aiming for a big impact of flavor, I recommend the Oak Smoked rotisserie chicken at Central Market. It is a little more expensive at $7.99, but oh my goodness, so yummy! I like to debone my chicken as soon as I get it home, because the meat is easier to pull off when it is warm. I stick it in an airtight container in the fridge or freezer so it is fresh and ready to go when I need it.
The best thing about this recipe is that it truly is made in one pot! It’s actually really fun to cook the noodles this way too. The author does not call for any meat in her recipe, but to quickly turn it from a side to a main dish, I toss in rotisserie chicken! If you want to dress it up a little more and bump up the nutrition, I have tried adding steamed broccoli, sautéed mushrooms and sun dried tomatoes as well. If you are in a dinner rut and looking for something that’s easy to cook with new and interesting flavors, take some time to peruse the rest of this fun food blog!
These are a classic in my family. My mom has been cooking these enchiladas for as long as I can remember and they are phenomenal! This recipe only requires six ingredients (minus the salt & oil). Enchiladas truly don’t get any easier or more delicious and subbing rotisserie chicken takes even one more step off your plate.
Ya’ll! This is comfort food at its finest and seriously the easiest recipe in the list. I love that it specifically calls for rotisserie chicken too. Word of warning: it does have a bit of a kick to it, but I make mine milder by adding a little extra broth and cream. You will need to purchase a jar of Cookwell & Co. Two-Step Green Chile Stew Mix for this recipe. I have always been able to easily find it at Central Market. It saves so much chopping time and is packed full of good things that would probably cost you almost as much to purchase fresh in produce. Their website also has many other recipe ideas you can create starting with this jar!
This recipe is perfect for the upcoming warmer weather and also perfect for subbing in rotisserie chicken. It is light, fresh and filling. It can also stand alone as a one-dish meal. I like to use pesto as my dressing instead of the olive oil and balsamic dressing that called for in the recipe. It cuts out a few steps in the recipe (if you aren’t making your own pesto) and squeezes some more fresh greens into your meal.
This is a beloved recipe of mine. It is probably the most time-intensive on my list today, but so well worth it. I have doubled this and taken a pan to a family with a new baby many times! A few tips to cut down on cooking time for this recipe: I use only the pre-packaged mix of brown and wild rice (just doubling the amount called for) instead of making a pot of my own white rice for half of the rice like the recipe calls for. I also use bags of pre-chopped frozen mirepoix instead of chopping my own onions, celery and carrots. I like the 10oz organic mirepoix bag from Cascadian Farm and use 2 bags in a whole recipe.
May one of these bring you a happy family dinner around the table together one night soon. Enjoy!