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Lightning Quick Weeknight Dinners With Rotisserie Chicken

Here are three easy recipes that transform rotisserie chicken into three exciting new dinners. These recipes are so quick and easy to make, it almost feels like cheating. And if you have leftover rotisserie chicken, you can make the tastiest homemade chicken broth, as well as salads, wraps, enchiladas, and more with the leftover meat. 

Watch the video, then get the recipes below:

Lime Chicken Tacos

This recipe has been made over 2,000 times, and is a clever way to use up cooked chicken. We served ours with fresh tomatoes, radishes, and cilantro for an extra pop of color and flavor. Instead of Monterey Jack you can also use queso fresco like we did.

 

Lime Chicken Tacos

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Cheater’s Chicken Chili

This is the fastest chili you'll ever make, and requires just a few pantry staples. We served ours with Pepper Jack cheese, slivered radishes, and fresh lime. Yum!

 

Cheaters Chicken Chili

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Mexi-Chicken Salad

This quick recipe can be modified to suit your tastes, and made with whatever salad ingredients you have in your fridge. Here is how we made the recipe featured in the video.

  • Shred a chicken breast with two forks
  • Toss onto a bed of chopped romaine lettuce
  • Cut fresh corn off the cob and toss on top
  • Toss in a handful of cooked black beans
  • Add some queso fresco
  • Sprinkle in some sliced green onions
  • Mix in a dollop of ranch dressing
  • Top with sliced avocado a more green onions

 

Mexi Chicken Salad

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What's the best way to reheat a rotisserie chicken?

Okay, so the above are several simple ways to use leftover rotisserie chicken. But let's say you just want to reheat the whole rotisserie chicken instead of shredding it to use as an ingredient in simple weeknight dinners? First, remove the chicken from the plastic packaging and place it on a baking sheet. Cover the bird with aluminum foil. Then place it in a preheated 350 degrees F oven. The foil will help keep the meat from drying out too much. If the rotisserie chicken is fresh from the grocery store, heat it until it's warm. If you started with a cold chicken from the fridge, heat it for about 20 minutes or until a meat thermometer inserted into the thigh reaches 165 degrees F. To crisp up the skin, remove the foil and turn the heat up to 375 degrees F.


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About Vicky McDonald

Always looking for more cheese! I love to bake, potter about the garden, and drink lemony gin & tonics in the sun. I also blog at stasty.com.