34 Leftover Rotisserie Chicken Recipes That Make Weeknight Dinners a Breeze
When it comes to getting dinner on the table as fast as humanly possible, there’s arguably no better shortcut to speed things along than rotisserie chicken. It’s precooked, affordable, long-lasting and can be transformed into a slew of weeknight delicacies, from soup to enchiladas. In case you’re in need of some inspo, here are 34 leftover rotisserie chicken recipes to whip up anytime you’re craving a quick, hands-off meal.
1. Chicken and Snap Pea Stir-Fry
Who knew this 20-minute gem could hit the table even faster? Trade boneless, skinless chicken breast for shredded rotisserie chicken; sautéing it with veggies and the soy-Sriracha sauce will give it all the flavor it needs.
2. Green Bowl with Chicken, Citrus and Herbs
Leftovers for lunch doesn’t have to be a downer. Give broccoli, asparagus, spinach and avocado a boost of protein by topping them off with shredded chicken. We’ll take extra green goddess dressing, please.
3. Spicy Lemon-Ginger Chicken Soup
Ward off the sniffles with this flavorful immunity booster. Even better, using a rotisserie chicken instead of a whole raw chicken will save you nearly an hour of waiting.
4. Green Chicken Enchiladas
Not only will these enchiladas use up your leftover chicken, but they’ll also clear some room in your pantry, thanks to the additions of canned corn kernels and green chiles. The hardest step of this recipe is waiting for the cheese to melt.
5. Buffalo-Stuffed Sweet Potatoes
Sure, spuds are typically a side dish. But these are topped with spicy shredded chicken, celery and carrots, so they’re definitely hearty enough to be the main course. Did we mention they’ll keep in the fridge for up to five days?
6. Grilled Peach, Chicken and Ricotta Pizza
We can picture it now: the kids playing in the yard on a warm summer night while you whip up this pie that was born to be eaten alfresco. Feel free to pop the rotisserie chicken on the grill for a few minutes if you love that charred taste.
7. Thai Lettuce Wraps
The recipe calls for ground chicken or turkey but swapping in shredded chicken is totally fine. These beauties are all about the toppings anyway—most importantly, the quick-pickled cucumbers and fresh herbs.
8. Skillet Chicken Fajitas
Since you won’t need to cook the chicken from scratch, this cast-iron skillet recipe is basically finished once your vegetables are tender and lightly browned. You can even skip the roasting altogether and sauté the peppers, garlic and onion on the stovetop instead.
10. Classic Stuffed Peppers
Why should ground beef get to have all the fun? Trade jack cheese for mozzarella to take the peppers out of the Tex-Mex arena and into chicken Parm territory.
12. Low-Carb Zucchini Enchiladas
No tortillas here, folks—these tiny pillows of chicken, poblano peppers, black beans and corn are held together by zucchini halves and a blanket of Monterey jack.
13. Watermelon Poke Bowls
If you want to add meat to this vegetarian main, just double up on the ginger-lime soy dressing. Use one batch to toss the chicken in and another to pour over the finished salad as you see fit.
14. The Ultimate Chicken Pot Pie
Behold, the coziest dish your cast-iron skillet has ever made. Not only is this recipe positively soul warming, but it also calls for easy frozen puff pastry instead of homemade. Once it’s golden brown on top, it’s ready to devour.
15. Baked Chicken and Mushroom Risotto
You love creamy, cheesy risotto. But the incessant stirring that it takes to make it? Not so much. This alternative thankfully bakes in the oven in a skillet or Dutch oven instead, so you can get your arborio on without the arm workout.
16. Greek Yogurt Chicken Salad Stuffed Peppers
These have backyard picnic written all over them. Better yet, the recipe calls for cubed rotisserie chicken to begin with, so they don’t require one second of cooking. The star here is the creamy, tangy dressing made with Greek yogurt instead of mayonnaise.
18. Grilled Lemon-Herb Chicken and Avocado Salad
Wanna shave 45 minutes off this recipe? You know what to do. You can skip the marinade altogether and just double up on the lemon-mustard dressing, or you can briefly shake the shredded chicken in a bag with the marinade before heating it up on the stove.
19. Mini Chicken Shawarma
Aren’t they adorable? They’re even cuter when you realize how much time you’re going to save by using rotisserie chicken (30 minutes to an hour, to be exact). The marinade is pretty crucial, so be sure to still coat the shredded meat in it.
21. Chicken Tinga Tacos
Even if you start with the plainest precooked chicken on Earth, the bold, puréed chipotle marinade will bring it back to life. Brace yourself for a punch of heat and smokiness, thanks to chipotle peppers in adobo, fire-roasted tomatoes and cumin.
23. Chicken Tortilla Soup
Any dinner that’s topped with crispy tortilla chips is our kind of entrée. But don’t worry, there are plenty of veggies and healthy ingredients to dig into, too, like black beans, corn, red onions, carrots, peas and poblano peppers.
24. Family Style Chicken Caesar Salad
Admit it: You’re here for the dressing, homemade croutons and allllll the Parmesan cheese. The protein-rich chicken’s main job is really to turn this side into a meal. Might we suggest making two (or three) batches of dressing to use on any salad you please?
25. Chicken Gnocchi Soup
Chewy pillows of potato pasta > boring noodles. This mind-blowingly simple recipe proves that chicken soup can be crave-worthy, rather than just a go-to every time you’re sick.
26. Slow-Cooker Pulled Chicken
Rotisserie chicken transforms this recipe from a seven-hour project to a 30-minute conquest. We’re partial to serving the chicken on soft brioche buns with shredded lettuce and sliced tomato, but feel free to plate it over rice instead (or you know, eat it straight from the pot).
27. Avocado Chicken Salad
Chicken salad with grapes, walnuts and gloppy mayonnaise dressing is beyond antiquated. With buttery avocado in the mix, this updated rendition is just as creamy as the original, only loaded with healthy fats and light on the mayo.
29. Slow-Cooker Creamy Chicken and Wild Rice Soup
Adjusting this recipe is simple. Start by placing all the veggies, wild rice, seasonings and broth in the Crock-Pot. Once the rice is tender, add your shredded chicken, salt, pepper and heavy cream. Once it’s all heated through, it’s time to stir in your herbs and devour.
30. 15-Minute Buffalo Chicken Sliders
You’re seven ingredients away from this satisfying app. Double up on the cheat ingredients by using both rotisserie chicken *and* store-bought buffalo sauce, or make your own from scratch with butter, your favorite hot sauce and seasonings of your choice.
31. Easy Rotisserie Chicken Ramen
Almost as simple to make as the microwave noodles you lived on in college, but a million times more flavorful (and Insta-worthy). The noodles are cooked in a mixture of chicken broth, beef broth and soy sauce so they’re salty and flavorful from the start.
33. Baking Sheet Quesadillas
Listen, we have zero complaints about oven-baked tortillas stuffed with shredded cheddar and jarred salsa. But this sheet-pan quesadilla would be way more filling with shredded chicken in the mix. Pass the sour cream, please.
34. Crock-Pot Chicken Teriyaki
Put down the phone and step away from the takeout menu: You can tackle this staple yourself. For a rotisserie chicken shortcut, just simmer the onion, garlic and ginger on the stove in the three-ingredient teriyaki sauce, then add the shredded meat to the mix and stir until combined.