Searching for a versatile dinner option that can pave the way for a variety of delectable meals down the road? Look no further than Rotisserie Chicken! Whether it’s store-bought or prepared at home, Rotisserie Chicken is your meal prep hero. Make the most of your leftover Rotisserie Chicken with these 20 delicious recipes!
Why Rotisserie Chicken is a Weekly Meal Prep Must-Have:
Rotisserie chicken is a game-changer for meal prepping, and here’s why:
Time-Saver Extraordinaire: Rotisserie chicken is already cooked to perfection, saving you hours of prep and cooking time during the week. It’s a lifesaver for those busy days when you crave a homemade meal without the fuss.
Versatile and Flavorful: The succulent and well-seasoned meat of roast chicken adds a burst of flavor to any dish. It’s like having a secret ingredient that elevates your meals effortlessly.
Budget-Friendly: Buying a whole rotisserie chicken (or a whole chicken that you cook at home) is often super cost effective. Plus, you can use it for multiple meals, stretching your food budget further.
How to Store Leftover Chicken:
Properly storing your leftover cooked chicken ensures it stays fresh and safe to eat. Here’s how to do it:
Cool It Down: After purchasing or cooking your chicken, allow it to cool to room temperature. Never leave it out at room temperature for more than two hours to prevent bacteria growth.
Refrigerate Promptly: Place the leftover chicken in an airtight container or wrap it tightly with plastic wrap. Store it in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days.
Freeze for Later: To extend its shelf life, freeze the chicken. Place it in a freezer-safe container or a resealable freezer bag. Label it with the date to help you keep track. Frozen cooked chicken can be enjoyed for up to 2-6 months.
20 Easy Leftover Rotisserie Chicken Recipes:
Chinese Chicken Salad
Chinese Chicken Salad is an easy, yet flavorful lunch or weeknight dinner. With a perfect blend of savory chicken, fresh veggies, and a delectable dressing, this salad is a total crowd pleaser.
From quick weeknight dinners to simple lunches, leftover rotisserie chicken is your kitchen ally. With these recipes and meal prep tips in your arsenal, you’ll have more time to savor delicious homemade meals without the stress. So, make rotisserie chicken a regular guest at your dinner table, and watch your meal prep game soar to new heights!
Let me know what other recipes you’re making with your leftover roast chicken in the comments or tag me on social media if you make any of these!
Perfect Roast Chicken
This roast chicken is super easy to make and will give you a fantastic crispy chicken that's juicy on the inside every single time.
4-5clovesgarlic, peeled and smashed (or one head of garlic cut in half)
Wash the chicken and pat dry, removing as much excess liquid as possible.
Rub chicken all over with olive oil, season inside and out with salt.
Place chicken in a 9-inch skillet with an oven-proof handle or cast iron skillet or sheet tray lined with foil.
Heat oven to 450°F.
Stuff chicken with herbs, lemon and garlic and tie legs together.
Place chicken in oven and bake for 15 minutes. Lower temperature to 350°F and continue to bake for 45-50 minutes or until internal temp reads 160°F.
Remove from oven and allow chicken to cool for 10 minutes and serve.
Brine if you have time: If you have time, you can brine the bird for extra juiciness. In step 1, cover the bird (inside and out) with salt then refrigerate, uncovered, for 3-24 hours.Convection Oven: Use the convection setting on your oven if you have one, reducing the cooking time in step 7 to 25 minutes.Skillet: If you don’t have a skillet with an oven-proof handle, use a baking dish just larger than your chicken.
Catherine is a mama of three. A Kentucky girl living in California. Here’s what I know: all kids can be great eaters and mealtime must be easy. I create simple, healthy recipes the whole family will love.