Four Ways to Transform a Rotisserie Chicken Into a No-Cook Summer Dinner
Hot summer nights call for keeping it cool in the kitchen; that means pairing down our dinner routines, especially when it comes to using the oven or stove. Here is when no-cook meals come into play, and one of our favorite no-cook strategies starts with store-bought rotisserie chicken. To put it to use, we've gathered our four favorite quick to make and fresh tasting, no-cook recipes that feature rotisserie chicken. They're easy to prepare but feel like entirely home-cooked meals.
A Mezze-Style Main
Paired with delicious sauces and crisped chopped vegetables, rotisserie chicken becomes a fancy and filling main. Think of this recipe as a mezze-plate-turned-meal with chicken front and center. For a guide, start with our Rotisserie Chicken with Yogurt Sauce and Herb Relish, pictured above, then customize it to your preferences by swapping in your favorite prepared dips and sauces such as hummus, baba ghanoush, pesto, and/or chimichurri. For more creative versions, serve with additional fixings. Olives, pickles, stuffed grape leaves, sliced cucumbers, or summer-ripe heirloom tomatoes would all be delish; for additional flavor, add a dash of Aleppo pepper flakes, sumac, or dried oregano, which all pair well in this main.
Salad and Chicken
A quick and refreshing addition to crisp summer salads, rotisserie chicken turns ordinary lettuce mixes into hearty and enticing mains. One of our favorite recipes is this Chicken and Grape Salad, which balances a tart blue cheese and yogurt dressing with the sweet pop of red grapes and smoky pieces of bacon. Swap the grapes for your favorite summer fruit—peaches, melon, or nectarines pair wonderfully in this salad—and use any salad green or mix of greens that you have on hand. Of course, the dressing can also be swapped with another creamy dressing or vinaigrette of your choice, too.
Hot nights call for cool dinners and one of our favorites is chilled soup. We're particularly fond of this refreshing, produce-packed gazpacho. To turn a cool bowl of this Spanish soup into a heartier-protein rich meal, top each bowl with shredded rotisserie chicken, like we do in our Tomato Gazpacho with Chicken recipe. Then try the same technique out with our other creative spins on Gazpacho.
Move over, fried and grilled chicken sandwiches! Those options require more time and effort, but we think you can get the same satisfying results with this rotisserie chicken sandwich. It's so fast to prepare—you don't have to fuss with cooking chicken at all—just sub chopped rotisserie chicken for the chicken breast called for in our Hacked Chipotle-Chicken-Salad Sandwiches, then mix with the smoky chipotle and fresh cilantro mayonnaise dressing and sandwich it into soft buns following. Avocado and pickled radish add a refreshing finish, although any of your favorite sandwich toppers will go great in this stellar sandwich.
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