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November 7, 2017

10 Uses for Rotisserie Chicken

Written by: Christina Dauer, MPH, RD, LD/N, CDE

For $5-$7 each, this versatile ingredient can be a weeknight lifesaver! Grab one or stock up for a week of convenient eats. Try any of the ideas below!

  1. Salad. Use atop a simple salad of mixed greens and top with your favorite reduced-fat dressing.
  2. Grain Bowls. Layer whole grains such as brown rice, quinoa or farro, leftover grilled or roasted veggies, and shredded chicken, and dress with a flavorful sauce.
  3. Tacos. Fill 6-inch corn tortillas with chicken, and top with shredded lettuce, cabbage, tomato, onion, avocado, and cheese. Look for pre-made pico de gallo and pre-diced veggies in your supermarket produce department, or use the salad bar.
  4. Homemade Pizza. Use a pre-made pizza crust (such as Mama Mary’s whole wheat crust), top with pizza sauce, reduced-fat cheese, chicken, and veggies of choices and bake according to package directions.
  5. Enchiladas. Fill 6-inch whole wheat tortillas with chicken and enchilada sauce (homemade or store-bought), top with reduced-fat cheese, and bake at 350 degrees F for 30 minutes. Serve with shredded lettuce, tomato, and onion.
  6. Sandwiches. A simple chicken sandwich can be a tasty, filling meal! Try spreading a schmear of hummus or avocado for variety and a healthy source of fat.
  7. Pasta. Cook pasta as directed, and toss with chicken, low-sodium canned tomatoes, and veggies of choice. Or toss with your family’s favorite pasta recipe.
  8. Stuffed Potatoes. Make your own baked potato bar at home! Bake 4-6 potatoes in the oven, and set out shredded chicken, salsa, cheese, diced veggies, hot sauce, marinara sauce, or other toppings and allow each family member to design their own meal.
  9. Paninis. Have some leftover crusty bread? Turn it into a savory panini! Spray each side with cooking spray, fill with chicken, veggies, cheese, and heart-healthy spread of choice (such as hummus, avocado, pesto, or tahini), and cook on a panini maker, George Foreman, or the old-fashioned way: on the stove.
  10. Chicken Salad. Use in your favorite chicken salad recipe. Nutrition tip: Try mixing equal parts mayonnaise and non-fat plain, Greek yogurt to reduce the saturated fat content of your meal.

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