When it comes to the best chicken meals, there is very little that can compete with a good rotisserie chicken.
Not only is it a way of getting a beautifully and evenly cooked chicken, but it is also a great way of adding seasonings and flavors to it over time to allow them to seep into the meat, especially over an open fire.
Plus, there are very few other ways of preparing meat that have the same sense of occasion that a rotisseries chicken has!
However, when the meal has been finished, and the plates and tables have been cleaned up, there is often still a mountain of chicken leftover.
Certainly, there is often too much to simply through away, not without a guilty conscience at least.
So, if this sounds like a situation that you found yourself in yesterday or this evening, and you want to make use of what is left, then you need a good recipe to help make use of all that chicken.
Fortunately, we have just such a guide for you!
In this list, we are going to show you some of the most mouth-watering recipes that use a rotisserie chicken that you have ever seen, with plenty of variety to cover all kinds of tastes and palettes, from mild to spicy, from herbal to meaty. There’s a recipe here for you!
Starting off our list with a delicious chili recipe, this white chicken chili is bound to be a favorite for people who love flavors and heat with their leftover poultry.
With your chicken now shredded and sitting in a creamy broth, surrounded by chunky bite-sized vegetable pieces, you’ll find that this recipe doesn’t just taste good, but is the perfect recipe to make with any leftover chicken.
Plus, the fact that it is a one-pot recipe means that you probably won’t have to worry about cleaning up a massive mess after you have prepared, although we can’t guarantee that the plates aren’t going to pile up, with how much everyone is going to love this dish!
If you’re looking for an easy-to-make chili and a way of cutting down on that waste chicken, this should be a go-to option for people who love a bit of heat!
This may be a recipe that is for folks who already have a little more confidence in their cooking skills.
However, if you can pull off this particular chicken tamale casserole, it will become an instant favorite among your family and friends.
Tamales can be quite tricky to make normally, as you have to create a very specific dough recipe that can require a lot of time and ingredients to prove and prepare.
Fortunately, this recipe helps cut down on that complexity, making it a lot easier to make for most amateur cooks.
Plus, with the rotisserie chicken making an excellent topping for this dish, you have also managed to remove the question of what toppings you want to use!
Plus, with less than 300 calories in a single serving, this is a recipe that is light on unhealthy ingredients, but heavy in flavor!
Quesadillas are a favorite at virtually every dinner table. So why not make the whole family or your friends happy whilst also cutting down on food waste at the same time?
This particular quesadilla recipe makes for not just a great main meal item, but can also be an amazing snack to take on the go while you are out and about, or even the perfect portable lunch food too.
Not only that, but this recipe only takes around 30 minutes to make overall, not including the time the chicken took to cook the day before.
This means that, with a little preparation, you can have a Mexican-themed meal ready in less time than it would take for a take-out order to get to your front door.
If you’re feeling like you want to make something speedy, these quesadillas are items that you should try making!
Chicken is a kind of food that is best eaten with a good sauce.
So this chicken and spinach lasagna is going to be a delicious dish to make for any gathering of any kind!
With layers on layers of good shredded chicken layered on a bed of creamy spinach sauce, coupled with a little ricotta cheese, and topped with a healthy amount of stringy mozzarella, you may just find yourself forgetting the classic beef variant forever!
The perfect use for rotisserie chicken leftovers, especially if you are as big a fans of enchiladas as we are!
You’d think that something sweet like strawberries wouldn’t go with savory rotisserie chicken meat.
But one bite of this salad, and you’ll see just how wrong you are!
Here we have another amazing white chili chicken recipe that you may find yourself preferring over the classic redder and beefier variety.
Like with all the best chili recipes, the one-pot needs of this dish mean that you’ll be saving time on cleaning, as you would be preparing and cooking fresh chicken instead of leftover rotisserie meat.
Not that you’ll be taking much time to prepare it in the first place.
With less than an hour needed to make this tasty treat of a meal, this is something that, with the right ingredients, can be made in the blink of an eye, in terms of curry times at least!
If you need the perfect bite-sized appetizer with just the right amount of barbecue tang, then you need to see these mini chicken sliders.
These are the perfect handheld treat to have either for dinner, lunch or even at a party.
This recipe technically calls for using a slow cooker to make this chicken.
But it can very easily be adapted to any leftover meat that you have from a rotisserie.
If you love burgers or sandwiches, this is a recipe that you have to try.
A good chicken soup is one of life’s greatest simple pleasures. And with this recipe and a handful of leftover chicken from yesterday, it is easy for anyone to try and make for themselves.
What makes this dish stand out is the use of orzo (see also ‘33 Super Easy Orzo Recipes‘), a thin piece of pasta shaped similarly to rice.
This acts as a great filler for a good dish, whilst also capturing and absorbing plenty of flavors from the broth itself.
If you want to try and make a soup with a twist from the regular variety, this is a recipe that you should try.
Pasta and chicken is a time-honored combo that has tons of ways to be spiced up, as we have and will show in this list.
For now though, simply enjoy the simple pleasures with this chicken and mushroom dish!
Yet another classic recipe of many households that can be used to help save on food waste, and get a delicious chicken meal to boot.
Pot pie is a great recipe for people who tend to only need to cook for themselves, as they need very little extra preparation to make if any.
Simply make your thin pot pie cracker in the oven for a quarter of an hour, and prepare your soup, and you have a homemade luxury soup for one.
The only issue with a recipe like this is how long all the ingredients can take to cook.
Thankfully, by using leftover chicken from your rotisserie the night before, you can help cut down this preparation time, leaving you with a dish that takes a little over 30 minutes to make.
Now that’s some impressively quick soup-making time!
Soups, sliders, and chilies are all well and good for those of us looking for a heartier meal.
But if you are looking for a way to use your leftover chicken, stay healthy, and get a quality-tasting meal all in one package, then you need to see this honey mustard salad!
The best aspect of salad recipes like this is how little time they take to make.
Outside of the preparation for the meats involved in this recipe (and the chicken’s already taken care of), all you need to do for this recipe is to slice and dice up some quality vegetables, and you’re good to chow down!
Chicken is probably one of the most popular ingredients to add to a good fried rice recipe, so it shouldn’t be too surprising that one has made it onto this list!
Baked potatoes are a simple pleasure for lunch or dinner time that are already pretty filling in their own right.
However, we think that this recipe makes them an eve better comfort food.
Of course, for those of us who do love our tortillas and tacos with our chicken, we can always rely on a good enchilada recipe to fill our bellies. And this recipe does just that!
For this particular Mexican-themed recipe, the pre-prepared chicken helps cut down on the time spent preparing the fillings for these enchiladas.
And who among us would rather be preparing these delicious treats over actually eating them?
(Although no shade to you if you prefer being the treat-maker to the treat-taster!)
Considering how ubiquitous lasagna can be for some people, it can be surprising to find out just how many recipes use chicken instead of beef.
But considering just how tasty these versions are, and how much they are saving in terms of food and money, we aren’t going to look this chicken-flavored gift horse in the mouth!
The addition of mushrooms to this particular lasagna dish helps it stand apart front the recipe that we have already covered in this list, whilst also helping maintain a meal that is filled with flavors and soft, meaty textures.
There’s a reason that so many vegetarian dishes use mushrooms as substitutes, after all!
Still, if you’re a fan of both mushrooms and poultry, this is absolutely a lasagna dish that you should try making for yourself!
Once again, we found ourselves t another delicious chicken-based lasagna recipe, and we couldn’t be happier!
The creamy sauce that fills the layers between the chicken and the pasta is the real showstopper of this recipe.
And because chicken is such a great sauce and flavor absorber in recipes, this creates a juicer chicken that you will always want another bite of!
Edible food bowls are a pretty neat novelty that has some surprisingly strong uses.
After all, why spend time cleaning the plate or bowl of a tasty dish, when you can just eat the bowl as well?
These classic stuffed bell peppers are filled with a delightful cheesy chicken filling that bakes wonderfully in the oven and results in a tasty bowl and filling combination that will leave little to no cleaning up left to be done, once you’re finished with these peppers.
And trust us. With how tasty these peppers are, you WILL be finished with them. And quickly too!
With just how many fruits and vegetables are out there, is it any surprise that there are plenty of great leftover chicken salad recipes out there?
Once again, the leftover and pre-cooked chicken helps cut down an already tiny preparation time to barely any at all.
Plus, with tons of vegetables of different kinds, from crunchy celery to sweet seedless grapes, and plenty of whipped cream and mayonnaise to boot, this is a meal that can be made in an instant and for any kind of meal.
Whether it is supper, dinner, or lunch, this is a tasty salad that will convince even the most die-hard of meat lovers out there (we think it’s the mayo. And the chicken. And everything, really).
We have already covered a great pot pie-esque recipe for you to try in this list.
Now, with this pot pie recipe, you can have the legit thing!
As with many one-pot recipes, the lack of extra preparing and cleaning time is what makes these sorts of dishes appeal to use.
Preparing time that is cut down even further with some leftover chicken.
Once you have tasted the creamy filling switch to a freshly and correctly baked pie crust, and you’ll never want to go back to store-bought pies again!
Some people love a salad that has been beautifully prepared for them, and formed into the perfect display o vegetable colors.
However, if you love to just get to the important stuff and start eating your greens and poultry, then this recipe is the place to go!
This is a recipe that doesn’t just come with an amazing array of vegetables of all different flavors and textures for you to try (although we do love them all).
The salad dressing that comes with them is a fantastic way to get even more flavor combinations from your greens and carrots too!
Never underestimate the sublime flavors of a coconut chicken curry!
This is a recipe that uses surprisingly few ingredients, meaning that anyone can give it a try!
The clues in the name, really.
This is a recipe that is supposed to be made with whatever you have left in your cupboards or fridge, and turns them into something incredible!
Coupe your juicy leftover chicken with an amazing Asian dressing, plus a few vegetables, and you have a healthy way of using those last few leftovers pieces that you don’t know what to do with.
Who doesn’t love pizza in some way, shape, or form? It’s one of the most popular types of food on the planet.
And with flatbread pizza also on the up-and-coming list of favorite recipes to cook at home, why not use this amazing recipe to use some leftover chicken with it too?
With a cooking time of fewer than 30 minutes, this certainly beats the speed and service of any pizza restaurant or take-out we’ve ever gotten, that’s for sure!
IF you love pizza as much as we do, don’t do yourself a disservice and miss out on this easy for your leftover chicken.
Along with ordinary soups, noodle soups are a kind of comfort food that few others can match, and are favorites for people who want to use their leftovers in tasty second-helping dishes.
So, this recipe will feel right at home!
With a little over 30 minutes needed to make this meal, if you have leftover chicken around the house, you have no excuse not to try this recipe for yourself!
We’ve shown you a great flatbread recipe, so now it’s time to show you an amazing traditional pizza (see also ‘10 Different Pizza Styles You Need To Try‘) recipe too!
Considering that the pizza dough is made from scratch at home, and the recipe still takes less than 40 minutes for the whole meal to be cooked, we’re surprised that more people aren’t trying this recipe for themselves!
Plus, if the barbecue base isn’t to your liking, it is a simple matter of changing it to some traditional tomato purée base to make it your own!
This recipe combines the two greatest comfort meals on this list, noodles and pot pies, to create the ultimate comfort meal to rule over all other comfort meals!
Plus this recipe is as simple as throwing the noodles into the pot pit mix, and waiting for them to fill out. It’s that simple.
With such an easy recipe like this, there is no excuse to not try it for yourself!
Frequently Asked Questions
How Long Is Rotisserie Chicken Safe To Eat After Cooking?
This will largely depend on how exactly you are preserving the chicken.
The chicken should be kept in the refrigerator, and in airtight containers for the chicken to be usable after it is cooked.
Generally speaking, if stored and chilled well, a rotisserie chicken can be used and eaten up to 3 to 4 days after it was cooked.
After this, you run the risk of food poisoning if you eat it.
How Can I Tell If My Rotisserie Chicken Meat Has Gone Bad?
If you aren’t comfortable measuring the days after your chicken has been cooked to decide if it is good or has gone bad, you should check the texture of the chicken.
If the chicken feels slimy or sticky in a way that it did not before, then that is a sign that the chicken is no longer safe to eat, and should be thrown away.
Of course, this can be an issue if your preserved chicken already had a sticky sauce on it before preserving it.
If this is the case, check to see if the chicken has softened. This is also a good indicator of whether the chicken has started to rot.
If it feels too soft when you touch it, then it should be immediately disposed of.
As you can see, with a little imagination, and the right ingredients, chicken left over from your rotisserie has plenty of ways of getting used!