Most grocery stores make it easy to pick up a rotisserie chicken to take home for dinner – they keep them right next to the registers. Once you’re home, have your kids get to work on trimming the meat from the bones while you prepare the rest of the ingredients for the meal. There are so many ways to use this meal shortcut: Keep it simple by making upscale rosemary chicken salad sandwiches or spicy chicken quesadillas with black beans and corn salad. Try a new spin on a classic recipe with BBQ chicken and blue cheese pizza or light king ranch chicken casserole. Add a bit of international flavor by making either chicken with lemony egg noodles and peas or quick Moroccan chicken. Come to think of it, maybe you should buy two rotisserie chickens so you’ll have leftovers for another dinner!
Make a sauce with fat-free yogurt, Dijon mustard and seasoning. Then add in chopped pieces of chicken and mix it with smoked almonds, green onions and fresh (or dried rosemary). Use this as the filling between slices of whole-grain bread to make these rosemary chicken salad sandwiches from Health.
Do you have flour tortillas on hand? Then you can put dinner together in a hurry with this recipe for spicy chicken quesadillas with black beans and corn salad from Fresh Fridge. Start by making the salsa with black beans as a side. Then put flour tortillas on the griddle with chicken and cheese stuffed inside. Once the cheese melts, it’s dinnertime!
Pair a citrus zing with cream to create this chicken with lemony egg noodles and peas from Delish. The egg noodles soak up the sauce – shredded carrots, peas and sugar snap peas add crunch. Serve a big bowl of this dish up to smiles all around.
Feel like pizza tonight? Make this BBQ chicken and blue cheese pizza from Cooking Light with your kids. Toss chicken pieces onto pre-baked pizza crust that’s been slathered with barbecue sauce. Add thin slices of red onion, yellow bell peppers and crumbled blue cheese. If your kids aren’t blue cheese fans, use shredded mozzarella cheese.
Add a bit of African flare to your dinner table without putting a lot of extra work into mealtime. This quick Moroccan chicken from Real Simple is spiced with garlic, brown sugar, nutmeg, red wine vinegar and orange juice. Serve with peaches over couscous.
Saute chopped onion and bell pepper in heated olive oil before adding in pieces of rotisserie chicken. Stir in cream of chicken soup, diced tomato and green chiles along with seasoning before placing the mixture into a baking dish. That’s all you need to make this light king ranch chicken casserole from Southern Living.