20 Delectable Recipes That Make Good Use of Rotisserie Chicken

ginger spice chicken soup
Photo: Pernille Loof

A freshly cooked rotisserie chicken can be all you need to get dinner on the table fast. Easily picked up from the grocery store, the nutrient-rich protein serves as an ideal starting point for a number of different dinner recipes and lunchtime sandwiches. Having the cooked chicken on hand means there's one less component to cook on busy weeknights, so you can get dinner on the table stat.

Whether you purchase a small or large bird, there are lots of tasty and intriguing ways to transform the meat into something special for your family. From hearty casseroles and classics like chicken pot pie to simple salads and comforting soups, our best rotisserie chicken recipes will have the whole family asking for seconds.

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Healthy Chicken Burrito Bowl

burrito bowl with avocados corn rice chiken beans and cabbage on blue table
Bryan Gardner

The simple cilantro-lime marinade transforms the rotisserie chicken in this deconstructed burrito. But the best part about the dish is how versatile it is—while we use rice and beans, the hearty ingredients can easily be switched out for your favorite grains or lettuce.

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Cobb Salad Sandwich

Con Poulos

Enjoy your Cobb salad in sandwich form when you stack crusty bread with shredded rotisserie chicken, bacon, tomato, avocado, and hard-cooked eggs. Drizzle with homemade blue cheese dressing just before serving.

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Creamy Leftover-Turkey-and-Rice Soup

Creamy Leftover-Turkey- and-Rice Soup
Johnny Miller

Rotisserie chicken makes a great easy swap for the turkey in this 25-minute take on avgolemono soup. Its base is a mix of eggs yolks, turkey stock, and lemon juice—a perfect blend of creaminess and brightness. The dish is thickened with cooked rice and shredded chicken (or turkey).

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Cheesy Chicken-and-Corn Pizza

cheesy chicken-and-corn pizza
Lennart Weibull

A great way to use up leftover chicken, this flavor-packed pizza also uses store-bought dough so it comes together in a snap. The chicken is tossed in a tomatillo salsa for a kick of heat, while cheese and corn kernels cool down this enchilada-inspired dish.

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Rotisserie Chicken with Yogurt Sauce and Herb Relish

rotisserie chicken with yogurt sauce and herb relish
Nico Schinco

Paired with a savory yogurt sauce, herb relish, and celery-radish salad, rotisserie chicken becomes the main event in this filling entrée

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Half-Hour Chicken Gumbo


Rotisserie chicken, precooked andouille sausage, and frozen okra are the workarounds that get this stew on the table in 30 minutes. To make the most of your time, bake a batch of cornbread while the gumbo simmers.

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Chicken, Chickpea, and Pesto Salad


Toss chickpeas, sliced English cucumber, celery, and shredded rotisserie chicken in pesto to make this hearty, healthy chicken salad. Chopped tomatoes and bell peppers can be added for extra flavor and crunch.

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Chicken with Couscous and Orange


Using a supermarket rotisserie chicken and quick-cooking couscous gets this one-pot dinner on the table in a flash. Fresh mint leaves, chopped navel orange, and toasted pistachios lend vibrant flavors to this easy meal.

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Chicken and Kale Casserole

Chicken and Kale Casserole
Anna Williams

Kale and lemon zest add a twist to this chicken and pasta casserole, while ricotta and parmesan cheeses make it rich and satisfying.

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Lemony Pesto Chicken Soup

lemony pesto chicken soup
Pernille Loof

If you're craving a burst of brightness on a cold day, this is the soup to make. Three tablespoons of lemon juice add a citrusy bite to this quick and easy to prepare meal, which is made with primarily store-bought ingredients, including chicken broth, rotisserie chicken, and pesto.

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Apricot-Basil Chicken Salad


Dried apricots, fresh basil, and slivered almonds make this chicken salad worthy of a spot at an elegant luncheon or in a pretty picnic basket. Combine mayonnaise, Greek yogurt, paprika, minced garlic, and champagne vinegar to make the tangy, flavorful dressing.

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Southwestern Chicken Wraps


A tangy, spicy spread made from sour cream, pickled jalapeños, and lime juice adds kick to these wraps stuffed with rotisserie chicken, black beans, tomato, and avocado.

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Turmeric-Ginger Chicken Soup

ginger spice chicken soup
Pernille Loof

You can make this immunity-boosting soup in under 20 minutes using store-bought broth and rotisserie chicken. Ginger, garlic, and turmeric give the comforting meal a welcome depth of flavor.

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Chicken and Spinach Casserole


Combine shredded rotisserie chicken with sautéed spinach in a white wine-cream sauce to make this comforting casserole. The topping of torn bread lightly coated in olive oil becomes golden and crisp as it bakes.

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Chicken Potpies with Ham


Fennel bulb and seeds add a new twist to these individual chicken potpies. Using store-bought pie crust and rotisserie chicken means this recipe is quick enough to make for a weeknight dinner.

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Green Thai Chicken Soup

green thai chicken soup
Pernille Loof

Warm up with this one-pot chicken soup that's as easy to make as it is to clean up. The flavor from store-bought broth and green curry paste melds together to form the soup's base, while baby bok choy and sweet bell peppers add crunch.

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Chicken and Kale Hand Pies with Cheddar Crust


These hand-held pies make a satisfying lunch dish or party appetizer. Flaky cheddar pastry encloses a filling of sautéed kale, leeks, thyme, and shredded chicken.

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Chicken, Mushroom, and Cabbage Salad with Soy-Lemon Dressing


The dressing—which also does double duty for marinating mushrooms—takes center stage in this quick-to-make salad. Let sliced white button or cremini mushrooms sit in a warm mixture of soy sauce, lemon juice, sugar, and sesame oil; then toss the dressing with shredded rotisserie chicken, napa cabbage, radishes, carrot, celery, scallion, and mint leaves.

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Chicken, Avocado, and Bacon Sandwich


Perfect a deli-style sandwich at own home by piling it high with shredded rotisserie chicken, avocado, and bacon. Spread slices of toast with mayonnaise mixed with garlic for a burst of tangy creaminess.

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Easy Chicken Posole

easy chicken posole

Get dinner on the table in just 10 minutes by using store-bought broth and rotisserie chicken to create this flavorful take on posole. After that it's just stirring in the rest of your ingredients, including canned hominy, salsa, and sherry vinegar.

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