Rotisserie chicken is almost always in my grocery cart – it’s one of the most versatile things you can buy at the grocery store as it’s the beginning of so many quick and easy meals. To give you some inspiration, here are 11 of my favorite dinner ideas for rotisserie chicken that will make getting food on the table a breeze.
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Before we get started, just in case it’s helpful, here’s how to carve a rotisserie chicken, step-by-step! And now, on to the easy leftover rotisserie chicken meal ideas.
Dinner Ideas for Rotisserie Chicken
1. Use Shredded Chicken in Stuffed Peppers
Stuffed pepper filling is a great place to get creative. You can fill a pepper with just about anything, bake it off, and end up with a delicious weeknight dinner.
Shredded rotisserie chicken is a great starting point for so many flavorful fillings – try all the combinations in my Mix & Match Stuffed Peppers post, including the Greek-inspired ones pictured above!
2. Make Stir Fry
Stir fries are already a quick weeknight meal, but starting with shredded rotisserie chicken (instead of raw meat) speeds things up even more. All you need to do is cook veggies and toss everything together!
Get all the flavor inspiration you need from my Mix & Match Stir Fries post; just start at step 2 when using rotisserie chicken since your protein is already ready to go.
3. Add Shredded Chicken to Pasta Dishes
Rotisserie chicken is a great way to boost the protein content in pasta dishes, making for quick and filling meals.
Toss together cooked pasta, shredded chicken, and marinara or pesto as an easy place to start, or stir chicken into other dishes like my Creamy Garlic & Herb Pasta.
Lemony pasta with chicken and kale (pictured above) has become a quick favorite in our house as well – it comes together in no time.
4. Fill Omelets with Shredded Chicken
I know, I know – chicken in an omelet?!
You may not always think of breakfast when working with rotisserie chicken, but adding chicken to omelets is a great way to bump up the filling protein in your meal (which is especially great for a post-workout meal, or when having breakfast for dinner).
I like to fold shredded chicken, tomatoes, arugula, and goat cheese into my omelets for a satisfying and flavorful meal.
Rotisserie chicken is also an amazing addition (either in place of or in addition to the eggs) in my freezer-friendly Make-Ahead Breakfast Burritos – I had a bunch with chicken that I enjoyed for fast lunches and dinners!
5. Make Tacos
We often make our tacos with ground meat, but for an even easier option that’s just as delicious, try tacos made with rotisserie chicken!
Simply heat up the shredded rotisserie chicken in a pan (or the microwave) with a couple dashes of cumin and chili powder, and you’re ready to build flavorful tacos with tortillas or hard shells, salsa, avocado, shredded lettuce, peppers, beans, onions, cheese, hot sauce, and whatever toppings you have on hand!
6. Make Lettuce Wraps
Lettuce wraps are one of my favorite super fast dinners during warmer weather months in particular, but we’ve been known to crush them in winter, too. We love lettuce wraps because they’re light and refreshing, as easy as can be, and totally flexible.
My Lettuce Wraps 3 Ways post gives you the low-down on how to make amazing and simple lettuce wraps using rotisserie chicken, like the ones pictured above with delicious peanut sauce.
7. Grain Salad Bowls
Grain salad bowls are my ultimate easy dinner because they’ve got everything you need for a satisfying meal: whole grains, veggies, protein, and infinite flavor combinations.
Using shredded rotisserie chicken in grain salad bowls makes them especially easy to assemble and packs in plenty of filling protein.
Check out my Mix & Match Grain Salad Bowls post for some inspiration on ingredient combinations – just add chicken in addition to the beans, or swap out the beans for chicken for a super quick meal that can easily be made ahead!
8. Sandwiches and Wraps
I love a good sandwich or wrap for an easy and quick dinner, and pre-cooked proteins are essential for getting them made and ready to eat quickly. Who has time to cook a chicken breast on-the-spot when they want a chicken sandwich, right?!
My Mix & Match Healthy Sandwiches post is packed with ideas for sandwich combinations that work great with rotisserie chicken.
And for a delicious and easy appetizer or quick weeknight meal, try these BBQ chicken sliders! Basically, all you need to do is mix BBQ sauce into the chicken, throw it on a bun, and enjoy!
9. Add Shredded Chicken to Casseroles
Casseroles can either be a quick and easy one-dish dinner or a major pain if you have to cook all the components individually.
Starting out with shredded rotisserie chicken ensures a speedy casserole and gives you so many options for flavorful dinners.
10. Make Soups and Chili
Shredded rotisserie chicken makes quick work for flavorful chicken soup, so you can have a 15-minute dinner that’s packed with savory flavor.
11. Top a Potato with Rotisserie Chicken and Call it a Day
Last but not least: nothing beats a dinner that can be made with just one plate and a microwave, am I right?! The yummy combination of a microwaved potato (sweet or regular), shredded rotisserie chicken, and tons of toppings has always been a favorite easy throw together meal of mine.
Just poke the potato all over with a fork, wrap in a paper towel, and microwave until tender, 7-8 minutes.
Once cooked, split the potato in half and place on a plate with a handful of shredded chicken and any other toppings you want heated up (beans, leftover cooked veggies, cheese, etc.).
Microwave for another minute to heat everything through, then top with fresh greens and additional toppings and enjoy!
Pictured above is one of my favorite combinations: sweet potato + black beans + shredded chicken + salsa + tomatoes + arugula. Cheese would also have been a solid add on – or avocado!
So there you have it, friends: leftover chicken, your new secret to simplifying dinner.
What are your favorite dinners using rotisserie chicken? I’d love some more ideas!