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Rotisserie Chicken Jump-starts Snazzy Meals

When a recipe calls for a whole chicken shredded into bite-sized pieces, most cooks turn the page . . .

Who's going to cook a whole chicken, cool it down, pull the meat off the bone and shred it into little pieces just to get started?

Fortunately, rotisserie chickens are a simple, readily available solution. From carryout shops and casual dining establishments to small grocery stores and huge food warehouses, most of us don't have to travel far to find a roast chicken.

Served whole or cut into serving pieces, rotisserie chicken is great for on-the-fly weeknight suppers. But with a little time, it's easy to take the meat off the bone and use the cooked bird as an ingredient in a more complicated recipe.



Keep a few things in mind when buying a rotisserie chicken:

  • If there's a choice, opt for plain instead of flavored. Although most of the flavoring is concentrated on the skin, which you'll probably discard, it does inordinately perfume the meat and accumulated chicken juices (which you may want to use if the recipe calls for broth).
     
  • Look for a large, full-breasted chicken. It has more meat, of course, but it also has less waste and is less likely to dry out under a heat lamp or in a hot box. 

  • Pull the chicken from the bone as soon as you get home. It's easier to separate while warm, it saves room in the fridge, and you can start your recipe without delay.

  • If you have time, dump the bones, skin and accumulated juices into a soup kettle, barely cover with water, and bring to a simmer. In 30 minutes, you'll have a pot of stock that tastes like it's been simmering for hours. 

  • Use shredded chicken to top pizzas, flavor pasta and rice, toss in salads, or beef up soups. I especially like it for curry and enchiladas - dishes I might not have time to make from scratch.




One final piece of advice: At the checkout, double-bag the bird in plastic and keep it upright--a cardboard box is even better. It's no fun cleaning chicken juice off car seats.



Copyright 2004 USA Weekend and columnist Pam Anderson. All rights reserved.







Comments
Jun. 19, 2009 11:50 am
These are great suggestions...and the comment about the chicken juice on the car seats is absolutely TRUE!
 
Bettyboop 
Jun. 29, 2009 6:10 am
I find that a rotisserie chicken makes a great chicken salad. It saves time and if you get it at sam's Club you save alot of money! Taste before adding any salt if the chicken has been flavored during cooking!
 
Jun. 30, 2009 9:50 pm
Nice article. I too use a rotisserie chicken for enchiladas and chicken salad often. It shortens the cook time so preparation is managable.
 
Jul. 5, 2009 12:47 pm
I love eatting the rotisserie chickens, but I also love using the already cooked chicken in recipes. It's so easy.
 
Jul. 17, 2009 9:17 am
I agree. I buy one every week. I have a large family and I can always find a recipe that will stretch the budget, that is less time consuming to make, and tastes great with a rotisserie chicken.
 
Jul. 19, 2009 11:49 am
When I make my chicken soup, I use a rotisserie chicken for the meat, very time saving than boiling chicken pieces! And it always adds a nice flavor to the soup!
 
Jul. 19, 2009 12:11 pm
I also use a rotisserie chicken for the meat in my chicken vegetable soup. It tastes like I've cooked the chicken for hours!! My daughter makes a delicious chicken salad with a rotisserie chicken...my husband and son loves it. (I don't eat chicken salad)
 
Karen 
Jul. 29, 2009 4:23 pm
Around here the Costco rotisserie chickens are about the best buy around. They are huge, inexpensive and I can usually get three meals out of one chicken. When I go, I usually pick up two and freeze one.
 
MamaMartha 
Aug. 4, 2009 9:24 am
I use rotisserie chicken to make my white lasagna, my family loves it and it makes it so much easier than having to cook a chicken first.
 
Sandy 
Aug. 4, 2009 5:57 pm
I use rotisserie chicken whenever possible. We make one meal out of the chicken breast and then I freeze the rest and use several of the leftovers to make a great broth for chicken noodle soup. It tastes like I have simmered the broth for a long time. It is the best. You can use it for many recipes that calls for ready cooked chicken.
 
Aug. 7, 2009 5:24 am
Great article - I have recently discovered these things for quick weeknight meals. Not to mention, I have no interest in heating up my kitchen in August to bake a chicken. Thanks for the additional great ideas!
 
tess 
Aug. 11, 2009 12:05 pm
Another good way to use the chicken is to serve it shredded on warmed corn or flour tortillas, and garnish w/ what you like on tacos. I also love to make curry chicken salad out of it.
 
Aug. 11, 2009 3:57 pm
This is a great article - but didn't anybody else find it a little funny - 'use chicken ... to beef up soup' - lol Love this site!!!
 
Ms June 
Aug. 14, 2009 8:09 pm
I can get several meals out of one BIRD. I use the breast with spinach and pears for an amazing salad. I eat the drumsticks & thighs for another dinner. I've used shredded breast for a curry chicken dish. I buy at least one per week. If you are out late, the price of the bird is reduced even more, to get it sold!
 
Aug. 17, 2009 9:20 am
I use it to make a "rustic" chicken salad, which is just DEEElicions on a buttery crossaint. You cannot go wrong!!!!
 
Aug. 25, 2009 2:50 pm
Makes a good chicken pot pie, too!
 
justmejan 
Aug. 26, 2009 7:32 am
A great way to make a tasty dinner...I make... Mexican Chicken Corn Chowder and Chicken and Dumplings
 
Aug. 29, 2009 8:14 am
Never knew you could do so much with a chicken. Good article and alot of great tips and information here. Thanks again.
 
Sep. 1, 2009 7:08 pm
I too love to make chicken pot pies, soups, and chicken and dumplings. Such a life saver!
 
Arthur 
Sep. 4, 2009 11:54 am
I too like rotisserie chicken, but please make certain that the chicken is cooked. I've had several experiences now, especially with Sam's Club where the chicken simply wasn't done. It's nice to get back double what you pay, but when you want the chicken it's no real deal. Rotisserie chicken shouldn't be bloody in the legs and thighs. These are great ideas, but... be careful.
 
harold 
Sep. 5, 2009 5:23 pm
rotisserie chicken is the best add lemon juice & spice let grill on low 2hrs.comes perfic.
 
Sep. 11, 2009 12:21 pm
My favorite use for a rotisserie chicken is to shred the meat and put it in a saucepan with a little bbq sauce. Cook until slightly carmelized then put on sandwich bread or rolls. You can even put pickles on top if you like that. MMMMM!
 
Sep. 13, 2009 11:29 am
Costco has great rotisserie chicken - for one person I get FIVE meals, 4 quarters, the carcass makes great soup or chicken & noodles. Inexpensive, too. Can't get much better than that. Fresh lime sprinkled on the meat before serving adds the perfect touch.
 
jill4ky 
Sep. 19, 2009 7:04 am
Love the Costco Chickens!! I love making Vodka Chicken and Enchiladas with it. So easy. And reasonably priced. Thanks Costco!
 
Sep. 21, 2009 3:00 pm
I buy 2 or 3 rotisserie chicken every other shopping day and when I get it home I use my Food Saver and freezer to save it when I need it. I put it in 1/2 lb. pkg. so I can put them in water to boil and defrost either for a casserole or sandwhiches. I use 2 or 3 bags in a casserole. It really saves time. BTW, if you buy the chickens be sure to use Traditional because the BBQ or Herb may affect the taste of your casserole.
 
malia25 
Sep. 24, 2009 10:55 am
Sometimes when i get a rotisserie chicken from costco n its not fully cooked, i usually put it in the oven for half hour, 350 degrees, uncovered.
 
malia25 
Sep. 24, 2009 10:57 am
4got to add, put it on a baking dish lined w/tin foil for easy cleaning.
 
Sep. 27, 2009 1:58 pm
I simply choose to buy a whole chicken, and prepare it at home in the rotisserie oven. At Food Basic this week, a whole chicken 1.3 kg is only $6.99. I prefer to add the spices to my liking, and know that when it is cooked, it will be done to my satisfaction. I just find that store prepared cooked foods sometimes contains too much sodium, and who knows what else? I find it doesn't take very long to wash and prepare the chicken. If we all bought cooked foods, I suppose allrecipes.com would not be needed. And we don't want that!
 
carneygirl 
Sep. 28, 2009 6:38 am
If you plan on using the chicken in recipes, make sure you debone it while it is still warm. It falls off of the bone better than when it has been refrigerated.
 
tinas way 
Oct. 10, 2009 8:51 pm
I also bake the chiken in a toaster oven 15-20 min. just to be safe
 
Oct. 12, 2009 10:30 am
I love to use rotisserie chicken for a quick chicken pot pie. Use Pillsbury pie crust and make a filling with Veg-all, chicken, cream of chicken soup, cream of celery soup, cream cheese, salt, pepper, garlic powder and poultry seasoning - add chicken broth as needed to thin it out. Quick wonderful meal in about 30 min!
 
Oct. 14, 2009 12:43 pm
Thanks for the tip on the quick chicken stock! Love it! I like to use rotisserie chicken for game day sandwiches (there's a fabulous buffalo chicken sandwich here) and for barbeque chicken pizza... I make use a boxed pizza crust mix & prepare according to package instructions, then top with Sweet Baby Ray's barbeque sauce, chopped rotisserie chicken, finely sliced red onion, nacho jalapeno slices, and top with shredded colby jack. Pop in the oven to heat through and melt the cheese... Yum!
 
Sam 
Oct. 19, 2009 1:58 pm
I love the store bought rotisserie chicken also, but when I have time I prefer to do my own. That way I can season it the way my family likes..It dosen't take long to prepare, just set it and forget it...haha
 
Oct. 20, 2009 7:04 am
I am making a rotisserie chicken for dinner tonight and "Sam" is right you set it and forget it. It is not really time consuming at all and more economical. Any leftovers are easily used in chicken salad or soup the next day.
 
jockeygirl 
Oct. 20, 2009 5:46 pm
I prefer to use the rotisserie chicken in lots of dishes. I save the bones and leftovers to make my own broth. It makes for a wonderful chicken noodle soup.
 
Oct. 26, 2009 4:05 am
I have a Ronco rotisserie - and it will hold two chickens. If we don't eat both of them (!) I'll save one for later for all suggestions above. It's a fraction of the cost of already-prepared food.
 
Oct. 29, 2009 12:21 pm
On special days of the week our super market has $1.00 off each rotisserie chicken. I then buy 2, use one for dinner and strip meat from the other to use in recipes. Then put both sets of bones etc. in large pot with some onion, celery, chopped carrots and simmer for broth.
 
Nov. 6, 2009 1:24 pm
Where I live the rotisserie chicken at Costco or Wal Mart is actually cheaper then buying a fresh bird and cooking it myself. The best deal I have found on raw birds is 2 - 3 pound birds for $13... or I can buy 2 birds that are each 3 lbs cooked for $14. If you take into consideration the cost of electricity to cook the bird, the cost of running the dish washer and heating the water to clean the pan after and the effort to prepare the chickens for cooking, the store bought are signicantly cheaper.
 
Nov. 10, 2009 1:31 am
I love the rotisserie chickens... it's a great time saver for working folks. My favorite thing to make for a quick fix is to debone the chicken, boil the carcass to which I've added celery, onion and some carrot. When you have a nice, rich stock made throw in a bag of frozen sliders with the chicken meat and you have a wonderful dish of chicken and sliders that tastes like homemade. I've taken this to potlucks at work and everyone asks for the recipe and thinks it's homemade.
 
Sports Mom 
Nov. 19, 2009 9:02 am
I use for shredded taco meat, just pull off the bone and tear apart. Throw it in a skillet with 2 packets of taco seasoning and some water and simmer. YUMMY and quick.
 
MargieB 
Nov. 30, 2009 8:15 am
Lots of great ideas. I also buy my chickens at Sam's or Costco. The tip of putting the bones and skin in pot just covering with water is a GREAT suggestion. I make chicken soup and pot pie a lot, but not every time I buy a chicken. I hate throwing away that great juice and the bones. Now I can make the stock and freeze it to use whenever I need it. Thanks
 
Monika 
Dec. 7, 2009 11:37 am
Harris Teeter sells their Rotisserie chickens for $4.99 on Sundays with a VIC card. They mark all of their chicken down by $3 at 7:00 pm or anytime it's been "under the heating lamp" for 2 hours or more. If you time it right you can get your rotisseries for $1.99 each!
 
Dec. 13, 2009 8:49 pm
Costco now sells refrigerated rotisserie chicken already skinned and deboned. In my local store it is approximately $10 for two and half pounds of meat. How cool.
 
Pearliemae 
Dec. 19, 2009 10:48 am
I had a rotisserie chicken the other night and I poured barbecue sauce over the whole thing and heated it. My husband said it was the best meal he'd ever had! I served it with french fries and baked beans(fat free to make up for the fries. :))
 
Nell 
Dec. 26, 2009 8:48 pm
I love the idea of getting 2 chickens and saving all the meat for recipies when on sale. I love making quick casseroles and chicken fried rice or chicken caccitore with the meat! so easy! curries, sandwiches especially a clubhouse! adding to soups, makings for tacos and enchiladas! wow, does this get any better?
 
Melissa 
Dec. 28, 2009 1:34 pm
I live in Ohio and at Giant Eagles, Ready made rotisserie chickens are $4.99. At night, they are $3.99 (i think after 7 or 8pm). But do keep in mind that you don't know what is in the seasoning. Usually rotisseried chicken is loaded with sodium and basted with butter to get that golden brown color. So if you're counting calories or looking for healthier options, get the chicken in the meat department and do it up yourself. Its best that way.
 
Dec. 29, 2009 8:54 am
Love my roast chicken! I always use it in soups, I will definitely use the carcass for stock next time. I used to do Sams or Costco but now I do my own and will never go back. I got hooked on beer butt chickens (look on site if you're not familiar)on the grill over the summer, usually using ginger ale instead of beer. Now that it is colder outside, I'm using the stand in the oven, 350 for about 2 - 2 1/2 hours. I pour canned chicken broth into an empty soda can for the moisture, salt, pepper, onion, and garlic powder on the skin. The BEST skin, crispy all around. The seasonings don't conflict with whatever dish I put the chicken in and the chicken is super easy to take off the bone while it sets on the stand. Yum,makes me want to pick up a couple of chickens just thinking about it.
 
FlamingoFanatic 
Dec. 30, 2009 6:31 am
I always wear a pair of disposable vinyl gloves when taking the meat off a rotisserie chicken. I don't want/have to wipe my hands even once so it makes the process go really fast! Also, I buy the low-salt or reduced-salt chicken whenever possible.
 
Jan. 6, 2010 10:28 am
I use rotissirie chicken for Chicken Pot Pie with frozen pie crusts, frozen mixed vegetables and potatoes O'Brien, cooked in a fry pan with a little butter/oil, salt & pepper. Add a quickly made envelope of gravy to the mixture, top with crust and bake @375 degrees for 35-40 minutes. Very delicious.
 
Jan. 8, 2010 2:31 pm
I just received a countertop convection oven with rotisserie yesterday. I am excited to start trying some of the suggestions you all have mentioned. Thank you.
 
Jan. 21, 2010 4:56 pm
I actually bought 2 rotisserie chickens today for the same reason, AND I already stripped it!
 
Bridget H. 
Jan. 25, 2010 4:49 am
I love using the rotisserie chickens for quick fix meals that would usually take all day. I use them for Enchiladas verde, chicken soup, pot pie, stocks, we even make a throw back plate lunch by preparing a simple gravy with the juices from the chickens, a cup or so of stock and cornstarch. add the pulled chicken and serve over mashed potatoes. soo good! Our local grocery has chickens for $4.99! they are such a bargain that I always buy 2 for our family of 6!
 
Gail 
Jan. 27, 2010 2:30 pm
I buy several chickens at once, take off the meat, and freeze in 2 cup portions. It makes a great,quick,& easy way to use the chicken later in casseroles and soups
 
pamb51 
Jan. 28, 2010 5:14 am
Boiling the skin and bones makes the BEST stock for soup. It's the most flavorful soup I've ever made It's the only way I make chicken soup now. Thanks for the idea
 
Jan. 28, 2010 11:07 am
Can't agree more with the homemade stock idea. Can't have too much good stock in the freezer, right? Now, if they're smart, the Deli stores will serve up roasted turkies. I roast turkey, whole as well as breasts and drum sticks year round, not just on holidays because it's so darned good and feeds us all week or month if I bag & freeze. Love roasted poultry, especially if someone else makes it for me. Boy, do these whole chickens reheat great on the grill! Just butterfly it, remove the backbone and the breast cartilage so it lies flat and fire it up. What a great age we live in!
 
kbrown1905 
Feb. 1, 2010 7:09 am
I live in MA...Stop and Shop is now selling their rotisserie chickens 2 for $10 on Fridays...You absolutely cannot beat that price making the chicken yourself. Great ideas on here!
 
Feb. 5, 2010 8:21 am
I live on Cape Cod and the best rotisserie chickens are at B.J.'s Any recipe that calls for chicken cut-up, shredded, etc. comes from rotisserie! Need more tried and true recipes for them!
 
Claudette C 
Feb. 13, 2010 6:38 pm
Thank you all for the great suggestions and comments. I agree that the rotisserie chickens are great. I get mine from B.J.'s in MA. They are a great quick meal for 2 and then I strip the meat and have more than enough to make an "over stuffed" Chicken Pot Pie. I also use 4 -8oz shallow ramkins to make mini Chicken Pot Pies. One mini serves 2 (average eaters). Haven't tried to make the stock, YET. Will try next time. Enjoy.
 
Mar. 10, 2010 11:30 pm
The larger the chicken the more hormones. A non processed chicken should be about 3lbs. If a chicken has been under the lamp for over 6 hours do not buy it. It is a breeding ground for bacteria. Most grocers are more than happy to let you now when the chicks entered the warmer. P.S. I love rotisserie chicken and always keep celery, onions and carrots on hand for stock.
 
lostatsea 
Mar. 14, 2010 11:21 pm
I live in Indonesia so store bought rotisserie chickens are a no go for me. I have a few recipes that I love which call for a rotisserie chicken and I miss the convenience so I have started cooking three fresh chickens (Max 2 hours from live to BBQ) beer butt style on the barbeque every second weekend. I take the meat off the carcass and freeze it for later use, and make a batch of stock, also for the freezer. I find that the smokey beer butt flavour is great in most recipes that I like.
 
Brandie 
Mar. 15, 2010 6:23 am
You canot go wrng with a Rotisserie chicken.I lived up north and craved my texas bbq . I learned a shirt cut. Throw a rot chich=ken in the owvn ir just leav as is throw LLoyds pre cooked ribs in the oven for 30 mins and cook some saugae if you want and get your macaroni caserole and potatie slaad from the store deli or dr thru KFC for your sides. and wal la - you have a full fledge bbq and you did not babysit a grill or smoker all day long!PS - buy your sweet tea already mixed red diamond is the best!
 
cndysc 
Mar. 15, 2010 4:03 pm
I also am a long time fan of Costco's rotisserie chickens. I saute a sliced red (or yellow or orange) pepper, a sliced sweet onion until tender, add barbeque sauce, a bit of Louisiana hot sauce and a dash of worcestershire sauce. Then add shredded chicken and cook on med. low until thickened. Serve on toasted buns. One of our favorite ways to have rotisserie chicken.
 
Mar. 19, 2010 12:01 pm
I recently found a recipe in a safeway add for baked potatoes topped with bbq chicken. I shredded a chicken and used original sweet baby rays, mashed up the insides of the potatoes with a little salt, pepper, butter and sourcream, refilled the shells, and topped with the chicken and some crumbled bacon and OMG, it was fantastic. Serve with rolls.
 
Mar. 20, 2010 3:57 am
Thanks for sharing such great chicken tips, especially about making chicken stock.
 
Amy 
Mar. 23, 2010 12:16 pm
With my son allergic to MSG and nitrates, easy luches (Chef and deli meat) are a thing of the past. Rotisserie Chicken from Costco has become a life saver. I keep it in the fridge for easy wraps and salads, and recently I have not been able to find whole uncooked chicken for less money. Love the tip for making chicken broth. Very hard to find broth with no MSG sometimes.
 
liz 
Mar. 26, 2010 8:08 am
How GREAT is rotisserie chicken..the best ever! Great advise to use the juices..I will try that today... Thanks :)
 
LizzyTish 
Mar. 30, 2010 9:41 am
One of my favorite childhood memories is my dad bringing home a rotisserie chicken for dinner. If we were short on time for dinner prep dad would also pick up potato or pasta salad and a regular green salad. Covers all the major food groups quickly and easily!
 
Kurt. 
Apr. 12, 2010 6:46 am
April.12,2010 *:8:46 A.M I recently aquired a Big George ROTISSERIE.We love it. We eat only dark meat Quarters.Wal-Mart,cheaper.I use Fresh GARLIC,ONION,Lea&Perrins THICK -Worcester Sauce,Kraft Honey Hickory Smoke BBQ Sauce,Rosemary spice.Using index finger under the Skin lift from meat.(DON' BREAK SKIN) Taking a paring knife,score flesh.Taking fresh skinless Garlic Bulb cut lenth wise 6-8 times. Put into 3 punchers lenthwise.1 leg, 2 thigh)Put into basket 25mins.on #3 heat to SEAL Skin.Turn heat down to #2, Cook 1hr.Last 30-45 mins.Baste with BBQ Sause to how sloppy one wants.180'-185' Now I ask,Where may get MORE RECIPES for Chicken,Pork Tenderloin,Ribs,Beef. Now being from Key West,Islamorada,Ft.Myers Florida,some of the Chicken Salads sounded Excellent.Now has anyone using Shrimp.Peeled Deveined 31/36 count.WANT TO INPRESS a Family,Guest,Church Gathering ? Kurt. Other Seafood Recipes? Fish,Lobster,Shrimp.
 
mrsg 
Apr. 21, 2010 6:33 am
What a good idea. When I take chicken off the bone and remove skin I usually toss it out. Stock, sounds good and it is easy. I'll definitely try this next time. Thanx. pg
 
skipper 
Apr. 23, 2010 6:01 am
We buy Sam's Club chickens every week. Sometimes we use them that day and sometimes we refrigerate for later. Either way, we put them in the microwave for 5 more minutes,on High, which makes them hot and juicy and very easy to pull off the bone, when cool enough. Sometimes, we reserve the whole breast, carve it off the bone, place whole serving sizes into individual casserole dishes. Sprinkle with parmesan cheese, spoon on marinara sauce or pizza sauce (with added Italian herbs) and topped with shredded mozzarella cheese. All of these are products, ready to eat. Zap it in the microwave for a couple minutes, until the Mozzarella cheese is melted. "High Speed Chicken Parmesan". Serve with cooked pasta or not, if you are watching carbs. Enjoy!!
 
Mary 
Apr. 23, 2010 6:19 am
The rotisserie chicken that we get at Krogers is a bargain, but it doesn't taste good. Even freshly cooked, it is oily and leaves a chemical aftertaste. Anyone else run into that? No Costco available, Sam's is a 20 minute drive, and navigating the Walmart parking lot and megastore layout takes as much time as cooking chicken from scratch. Could it just be MY store?
 
Apr. 23, 2010 7:09 am
I totally agree with what others have written. I buy these chickens often..after a quick 'nosh' of the wings ( they taste sooo good when just brought home) I use the rest of the chicken for chicken salad...makes a great and tasty dish! And I too use the bones with or without meat on them for a great soup!
 
Zels79 
Apr. 23, 2010 7:57 am
We use our leftovers up by cooking it in a frying pan with bbq sauce, so good and easy!
 
Apr. 23, 2010 9:08 am
Never thought to use bones and skin for stock, that would totally max my investment. Thanks for the tip.
 
joanie 
Apr. 23, 2010 10:53 am
I use wing and leg meat and, using a boxed dressing mix, heat in 350 degree oven for 15-20 minutes for a main meal. Make stock with bones. Make BBQ or chicken salad with one breast add other breast to a garden salad and cheese for a lunch meal.
 
Apr. 23, 2010 11:10 am
I use this chicken when I am in a hurry from work for a quick pot of chicken and dumplings. Instead of bisquits I sometimes use flour tortilla cut in strips. It taste like it was cooked all day.
 
Apr. 23, 2010 5:45 pm
Sounds like great suggestions. I know what I will be adding to my grocery list.
 
KAMKNAUSS 
Apr. 25, 2010 2:17 pm
I grab a rotisserie chicken for a quick appetizer for parties. I spread a block of softened cream cheese with some bleu cheese salad dressing mixed in onto a small pan, then top with shredded rotisserie chicken mixed with Frank's Red Hot and a little melted real butter. You can top with shredded cheddar and bake until the cheddar melts, but I don't think it's necessary. Serve with tortilla scoops or fritos and celery sticks. Yum!
 
KAMKNAUSS 
Apr. 25, 2010 3:17 pm
I grab a rotisserie chicken for a quick appetizer for parties. I spread a block of softened cream cheese with some bleu cheese salad dressing mixed in onto a small pan, then top with shredded rotisserie chicken mixed with Frank's Red Hot and a little melted real butter. You can top with shredded cheddar and bake until the cheddar melts, but I don't think it's necessary. Serve with tortilla scoops or fritos and celery sticks. Yum!
 
Bhadrika 
Apr. 26, 2010 8:48 am
Rotisserie Chicken is my favorite . My husband and we enjoy it a lot. I always buy it from Costco since they are the plumpest and cheapest.We make 2-3 meals out of this one chicken.We use the legs with green salad & rice or potato first day.Secondly,I shred the breasts, add a little salad dressing of your choice or olive oillemon juice,s&p and mix well then I make sandwiches ,Tortilla roles,stuff in pita bread halfs with lettuce, cucumber, avacados etc to your taste or just make plain chicken sandwiches. The bones I use to make stock.Nothing gets wasted from this chicken.I make chicken salad or ch.fried rice etc etc
 
pearl 
Apr. 26, 2010 10:55 am
Totally addicted!
 
Apr. 29, 2010 5:43 am
We love rotisserie chicken & use it hundreds of ways. Found Rotisserie Chicken spice, buy frying or roasting chickens on sale, use the spice, bake the chicken(1 or 2, usually on a Sat.) when doing other things. No rotisserie needed. I get rotisserie chicken cheaper, hotter & just as good. Also used the spice on Cornish Game Hens & boneless Pork Loin w/apples. Buying may be easier but this is easy & cheaper. A jar of spice goes a long way. Fantastic homemade takeout dinner during a blizzard or two when everyone is shoveling & I'm drying wet socks, gloves & pants, and making hot chocolate for in-between rests. Whole chickens in the freezer have become a staple here. Too many times I can't get to a store.
 
Basia 
Apr. 30, 2010 9:05 pm
After reading all the comments, I can't believe how many members did not realize how fantastic the stock is after simmering the skin and bones....I've been doing it since I was married...47 yrs. ago! It's the best!! ENJOY
 
Nancy 
Apr. 30, 2010 11:54 pm
When I make broth, I have a special set of ice cube trays for this purpose; after the broth has cooled and I have skimmed that fat off, I pour it into the ice cube trays and freeze. Then I put the cubes in zip-lock bags and it's easy to take out exactly how many you need for a recipe.
 
May 2, 2010 4:32 am
I usually get two meals from the meat of the chicken and use the leftovers for chicken soup. It's one of the best things for quick meals
 
KCARSKC 
May 3, 2010 7:16 am
Please, ladies, if you're going to re-heat you must bring the temp up to 165° to kill bacteria. http://www.foodsafety.gov/keep/charts/mintemp.html
Love all the ideas. Thanks.
 
May 8, 2010 11:32 am
I use rotisserie chicken for most of my chicken favorites, it adds great flavor and saves time. we LOVE it in chicken sour cream enchiladas or making chciken chimichangas..all around great!
 
gummibear112 
May 9, 2010 10:36 pm
I started saving the carcass of my Costco rotisserie chicken in the freezer to make chicken stock in the winter. I simmer it for 24 hours so that is not something I want to do in the summer.
 
juliebelle 
May 21, 2010 8:18 am
I like the store chickens too but I also buy the whole fryers or roasting chickens and put them in the crockpot. They are cheaper when bought on sale and you can control the salt and seasonings. I will post my recipe when I have a chance.
 
Nana B 
Jun. 12, 2010 7:23 pm
I buy these from Sam's, bring them home and split the whole chicken in half, bone and all. We eat half and freeze the other, with juices. Put frozen half in cake pan, (I have a SS 9X11 with a lid) add a little water, cover and warm up for a quick meal. Freezing it does not change it a bit. Two meals, one chicken can't beat that. Besides a cooked chicken is cheaper then buying it and doing it yourself when you count the price of the chicken, energy to cook it and your own time. Save some money and spend some time with your family and friends!
 
Carrie 
Jun. 19, 2010 6:40 am
They are great for chicken tacos or Chicken Tortilla Soup. For the tacos, I simmer the shredded chicken in chicken broth (and enough liquid to cover), Rotel-1 or 2 cans depending on preference, and a packet of Old El Paso taco seasoning. Serve in soft flour tortillas with the usual toppings, and they'll think they're having some "special occasion" dinner. EASY!!
 
Jun. 21, 2010 1:30 pm
I never buy chicken stock-have always made my own for 25 years!!! Pot pie, soup, bbq-shredded sandwiches, a rotissiere chicken is worth every penny, especially when short on time.
 
grandma lori 
Jun. 22, 2010 10:23 am
I use my pre-cooked chicken in a salad with grapes,pineapple,and rotini sauced with a mayo dressing mixed with pineapple juice and a little seasoned saltand pepper.
 
Igar 
Jun. 27, 2010 12:48 am
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Jun. 29, 2010 4:30 am
Economical, cooked and ready to go usually less costly than a whole uncooked chicken. As mentioned makes a wonderful stock from bones, skin and juices.
 
Jul. 6, 2010 4:37 am
I love the convenience of rotisserie chicken. They make weekday suppers fast and tasty. I have a family of 4 with 2 teenagers that want "home cooked" meals and the possibilities are endless with pre-cooked chicken.
 
IllinoisBarb 
Jul. 9, 2010 5:32 am
I like having less kitchen clean up - altho it's easy to roast a chicken on a day when you're going to be home, it's amazing how much mess it makes, big greasy pan to clean, etc. I do with the store birds were larger. Thanks for the tips.
 
Jean Stephens 
Jul. 12, 2010 5:54 am
I don't mind baking my own chicken, cooling it and tearing it apart. It's also a little cheaper to buy a whole chicken than one already prepared. I use the meat for soup and chicken salad, also for dumplings.
 
Laurie 
Jul. 13, 2010 8:51 am
I always buy the roasted chickens from Costco and Sam's Club. They are the best. I take all the meat off the bones and shred it. Then I thinly slice scallions on the bias and mix with chicken,slivered almonds and soy ginger dressing.I buy Traders Joe's brand & it's fat free. It is delicious and can stay in the fridge for a couple of days.
 
Kelvin 
Jul. 13, 2010 7:37 pm
One thing that I do with leftover chicken, I find every part of the chicken I can make shredded meat out of. The next day I use it to make fried rice! Yum!!!
 
Jul. 19, 2010 7:12 am
I love buying them on Fridays at Giant Food. you can get 2 for $10.00 or 1 for $5.00. I one time got three meals for one chicken. I have several recipes that calls for shredded or chopped chicken and I freeze it in 2-cup increments and have it when needed.
 
Julie 
Jul. 22, 2010 5:25 pm
I like to mix with barbeque sauce for pulled chicken on bun....rather than pulled pork
 
LorrieVan 
Jul. 23, 2010 10:05 am
Great idea to save the skin and carcass in the freezer for soup in the colder months. I really appreciate that tip.
 
Jul. 25, 2010 4:56 pm
We often get rotisserie chicken and since there in only 2 of us it takes a little longer to eat it. I often threw it out. Then 1 day when I knew he had enough chicken that week I took the remainder wrapped it up and tossed it into the freezer. After about 2 months of chicken in the freezer I invite friends over and make chicken enchilada cassarole with the chicken in the freezer. I get rave reviews every time from my "left over" rotisserie chicken.
 
liz0518 
Jul. 31, 2010 10:20 pm
I can't find whole, uncooked chickens as cheap as I can buy a rotisserie chicken from Costco. I prefer my own recipe of baked chicken, but LOVE the convenience of Costco's chicken. I like to have the chicken with some buttered noodles and fresh vegetables. The kids love it and I love NOT heating up my kitchen in the Florida summer.
 
Carla-Joy 
Aug. 4, 2010 3:55 pm
Rotisserie chickens are wonderful time savers. I used to be the one cooking them once upon a time, at a small grocery store. I would do up to 18 birds at a time. I will have to say that I never once had to baste one of them with butter to get that great brown color. They do that naturally. I can't get rotisserie chickens where I live now, but I would if I could.
 
Aug. 5, 2010 11:25 pm
I always use rotisserie chickens for easy chicken enchiladas, soft chicken tacos, salads, cut one up and reheat on the grill later for grill marks and brush on our favorite mesquite BBQ sause with a dash of liquid smoke added. Being a soccer mom who's always on the go with 2 under 8, Rotisserie Chicken makes it quick and easy to start anything.
 
Aug. 10, 2010 7:32 am
Great tips! I'm on my way to Sam's!
 
Aug. 17, 2010 3:46 pm
all great points - I had to learn most of them the hard way though. Where was this article when I needed it?? :) p.s. honey jalepeno (or any spicy flavor) rotisserie chicken will add another level of heat to whatever you are making, so beware. And it will continue getting hotter and hotter the longer it sits in your fridge as a leftover!
 
Bethyj2u 
Aug. 20, 2010 4:21 am
I use the rotisserie chicken for several meals. One being homemade bbq chicken pizza. I also use these for wraps. Then the scraps for stock. Ooh, yum I'm hungry looking at all these posts.
 
LynnH 
Aug. 29, 2010 5:39 am
I love to make shredded chicken nachos!
 
Sep. 2, 2010 7:44 am
Our local grocery store makes the best chicken salad out of their rotisserie chickens. More food for thought...
 
Sep. 2, 2010 10:43 am
Our local Costco sells white breast rotisserie chicken meat in over 2 pound packages! Already pulled off the bone and skin discarded. I just bought a pack, diced the chicken and used my FoodSaver to freeze 2 cup portions of the diced cooked chicken.
 
just me 
Sep. 8, 2010 1:47 pm
Great ideas as the rotisserie chickens are so good. Question: How much water do you use to make stock from one chicken?
 
Marilyn 
Sep. 10, 2010 11:47 pm
I have a little Yorkie who is such a fussy eater. I've been trying little cans of dog food at $1.29 for a few ounces...just to throw it out the next day. I guess it's my fault b/c I started him on rotisserie chicken a few times a week when he was real little (2 1/2 now). When we go away I make meal size baggies of cut up chix for him and freeze them. The dog-sitters can just defrost and dump it onto a plate for him, and I don't have to worry about him not eating. A very economical change from dog food. (make sure they get a good amt. of a quality dog food too along with this chix!) Costco- $5, huge chicken!
 
Joanne 
Sep. 11, 2010 11:33 am
I live in MA also and I think Market Basket has the best rotisserie chickens, I buy one every week for $3.99 and it makes two delicious meals. I usually like to use it in a chicken stir-fry, I just add some fresh vegetables and chicken broth, then add a can of cream of chicken soup and serve over brown rice. it is absolutely delicious and so easy after being gone for 10 hours a day !!
 
Sep. 21, 2010 9:42 pm
Lynn F. has me REALLY craving those beer can chickens now. I usually use ginger ale too, actually, but now I want to try just plain chicken stock. I wonder where whole chickens are on sale this week... I recently got a recipe for "sticky chicken", where you just stuff a whole chicken with about 1 C of chopped onion and season the outside (with seasonings below) and then slow roast at 250 degrees for 5 hours. Baste after an hour, every half hour. The chicken will sort of carmelize and get a sticky coating that is yummmmy. Seasoning mixture: 1 tsp salt, 2 tsp paprika,1 tsp cayenne pepper,1 tsp onion powder,1 tsp thyme,1 tsp white pepper,1/2 tsp garlic powder,1/2 tsp black pepper
 
L.A 
Sep. 23, 2010 12:18 pm
Great buy and time saver I use it for butter chicken it just works serve it with basmati rice.
 
Virginia Ward 
Sep. 24, 2010 7:14 pm
I save part of the breast meat for Chicken Ala King----sooo easy and deelicious!
 
Dee Black 
Oct. 1, 2010 9:41 am
I buy mine @ Costco & it's been a great kitchen time saver.
 
jrenee486 
Oct. 9, 2010 12:26 pm
the last time I used my to make b-b-q pulled chicken sandwiches, they we loved by all
 
carolleb 
Oct. 12, 2010 11:01 pm
I've been making stock out of my bones, skin, etc. for forever. If I don't have time right then, I just throw the whole mess in the freezer. When I make a chicken and noodle casserole, I use part of the stock in my white sauce.
 
sambeagle 
Oct. 19, 2010 7:40 am
when i want a rotisserie chicken, i call my local grocery store and order what i need, without salt or any other flavorings. then i have chicken that is all ready for the flavors that i want without adding more of any of them.
 
Oct. 19, 2010 10:34 am
I also purchase my chickens from Sam's and use them for various reasons such as chicken salad, soup and a recently made chickem buffalo cream cheese dip that my husband ate in 1 day. They only cost 4.99 and they completely fill the container as opposed to chickens purchased in stores such as Wal-mart, HEB, Market Basket, Kroger and other stores with delis that have an abundant amount of room in the containers and cost $2 more.
 
fionatx 
Oct. 25, 2010 2:06 pm
These are some fantastic ideas
 
Macy 
Oct. 30, 2010 3:36 pm
I just froze 6 cans worth of chicken stock for the holidays.Cheaper and better than canned!! I also froze smaller containers for recipes that call for a smaller amount, or substitute for oil!!
 
bingobev39 
Nov. 7, 2010 10:39 am
I make my own with a pop bottle I use nature's season salt with salt and pepper and garlic powder on the inside and outside, stand the chicken up on the bottle and bake it in the oven till just done it will be so juicy and wonderful taste. then I make my soup stalk with the left over chicken
 
CrystalC78 
Nov. 7, 2010 2:05 pm
I have been using rotisserie chickens for years for my homemade green chili, It gives it just a bit more roasted smoky flavor and shreds so easily. It cuts the time in half for green chili and is wonderful!!
 
Nov. 14, 2010 7:56 am
We LOVE rotisserie chickens! Our local Fresh Market has great sized ones that are all natural for $7.99. I shred the meat and add it to spanish yellow rice. It's a great weeknight meal that tastes like you spent a while making it. The kids love it! :)
 
eleira 
Nov. 15, 2010 4:06 pm
So true, for small families rotisserie chickens can make a base for three meals! I cut chicken up as a main dish for the first meal, mix it with cranberries, mayo, and pecans for a great chicken salad the next day, and then use the bones and other bits for a soup base!
 
thriftycook 
Nov. 21, 2010 2:03 pm
After dividing the meat from a rotisserie chicken, half to use, half to freeze, I then boil the bones and skin with celery, onion, carrot, bay leaves, parsley and pepper. The potfull gets poured through a large collander to seperate the bones and veggies from the stock. Stock can be used or frozen. Remove and discard bay leaves. THEN, I put the bones and veggies into my pressure cooker, add 2 cups water, pressure cook for 20 minutes, and have a wonderful treat for my dogs. Sometimes, I divide that too, to make their treat go as far as I can!!
 
NJtoAL 
Nov. 30, 2010 4:41 pm
I "fought" buying rotisserie chicken for a long time, but, it is the same price as the fryer, and after 5:00 pm, I am able to buy one get one free. Usually we eat it "as is" one night, next time I make chicken pot pie or numerous other recipes.
 
Dec. 10, 2010 12:15 pm
I usually buy my rotisserie chicken at sams club. My husband loves buffalo chicken tacos, so I remove the bones of the chicken and put the chicken in a baking dish. Then in a pan I melt butter and add franks hot sauce, pour mixture over the chicken and bake it for about 20 minutes on 350. Then make your tacos.
 
Dec. 31, 2010 4:31 pm
I once read an article before Julia Childs died that after eating a chicken from Costco that she couldn't do any better probably not true about the making of them at least we got a great recomendation from the Queen of cooking herself. So never guilty about it!
 
Dec. 31, 2010 7:10 pm
I make my chicken/turkey stock in slow cooker. I just throw in the bones,skin and sometimes an onion,carrots and celery and just let it cook all night. Add water to the top of the bones. What an amazing smell to wake up to! Adjust seasonings to suit you when done.
 
Jan. 3, 2011 3:27 am
rotisserie chicken can be frozen, thawed and reheated in oven for just baked flavor. It can also be cut up then reheated for. the skin crisp back up and what a time saver.
 
Mist 
Jan. 5, 2011 9:09 pm
Rotisserie chicken makes the best Chicken Noodle Soup!! Just saute the carrots, celery, onion a little bit, then add to chicken stock with diced chicken pieces. Make stock first from bones and skin and herbs.
 
meebe 
Jan. 8, 2011 4:40 pm
I make my Italian Wedding Soup with rotisserie chicken. I always try to get one with lots of juice in the bottom of the container. I debone it, put all the skin in the crockpot for flavor but discard it when the soup is done. I add chopped spinach, onion, celery, and a small amount of chopped carrot. I cover everthing with water and then add a box of chicken broth. On high for 2 hours and low for 4. I then test the seasoning, might add some cracked pepper. I add my tiny meatballs at the end, heat through and sprinkle an Italian blend of shredded cheese over the top - just before serving. I always get rave reviews but have never before told my secret that it is made with rotisserie chicken.
 
Sunshine 
Jan. 8, 2011 6:56 pm
I make chicken tortilla soup with my leftover rotisserie chicken! I bake several corn tortillas @ 350 for 10 - 12 mins and lightly season with salt. I cut the tortillas into strips to sprinkle on the cups of soup. These tortillas have more crunch then store bought strips. I use salt free chicken broth, season with a little salt, pepper and cayenne. Serve with sliced avocados, cilantro, cheddar cheese and jalapenos for guests to prepare their soup to their liking! It's awesome and light.
 
N.Schlader 
Jan. 10, 2011 3:17 pm
Great ideas!! I have also cut up the chicken and poured BBQ sauce over it for an easy, yet extremely yummy main course that my whole family loves! I love that it tastes like I cooked it all day...my little secret :-)
 
Jan. 12, 2011 12:39 pm
I LOVE rotisserie chickens! I, too, get them from Costco. You can't beat $5 for a fully cooked bird that is absolutely delicious. We usually have them as is for the first meal, and then I throw whatever is left in a pot, add water, veggies and such to make stock. Nice thing with this is that since it's already cooked, you don't have to boil the stuff for ages. In an 6o minutes or less you've got something that tastes like it's been simmering for hours. Yum! I also pick over the chicken, saving the usable meat for the humans, and the miscellaneous bits to mix in our dog's food. They know what's coming as soon as they hear me open the container the chicken comes in - and are standing the kitchen, tails wagging, the entire time! Homemade stock is SOOOO much better than anything you can buy in a grocery store, and in the long run it's usually cheaper, as well.
 
Nonni 
Jan. 12, 2011 1:16 pm
I always buy my rotisserie chicken at Sam's Warehouse because first of all they are huge and secondly, they are only $4.99. I always use them when I make chicken salad. Anytime there is a party or shower or other occasion, I am asked to make the chicken salad. Everyone wants to know how I make it but I never tell them I use the ready made roaster. I just say it is an old family recipe.
 
Jan. 22, 2011 3:56 pm
I use Pillsbury pie crust, which I cut into circles with a large mug as a guide. Then, I fill the middle of one circle with the chopped rotisserie chicken, some Campbell's fiesta nacho soup and some shredded monterey jack. You could add salsa or whatever you like. Top with another circle and crimp. I then bake them in the oven until golden brown (see the pie crust box for directions for a two crust pie for cooking time - it's about 25 mins). These make tasty, lightly spicy, pocket sandwiches for any meal or snack. Just serve with a salad.
 
leezit 
Jan. 26, 2011 7:39 am
Our local Costco has the best deals on rotisserie chicken - both in size and price. They only allow the cooked chickens to sit on the display for 2 hours. They are then processed into white only chicken meat packages, chicken salad made fresh in the store, chicken roll-ups and freshly made chicken soup. The white meat chicken sells in two pound packages for about $10. Not frozen - fresh breast meat.
 
Isabel 
Jan. 27, 2011 4:58 am
After I finish pulling out the meat, I do use the bones for stock. I just gather a couple of chickens to save time and freeze them until I need them. But besides water, I add onions, celery, carrots, some garlic, peppercorns, a little bit of salt, and at the very end some parsley or cilantro. I simmer it for about an hour and when it's cold I use a colander. Put it in the fridge for a while and all the grease will rise to the top and will be easy to take out. The I put the stock in individual containers, freeze and take them out when I need to make soups. The flavor is worth the time!
 
WiskThis 
Jan. 30, 2011 9:29 am
What a great article and comments that followed! Many of the ideas I already use on a regular basis, and so many more reminded me of the one's I had forgotten about using more often. Needless to say, I am very thankful for all of the great reminders so that I can use those ideas once again! There have also been some really great 'fresh' ideas too that I've not ever used or tried myself before (such as the buffalo chicken & cream cheese dip/spread). There was one in particular that I especially liked. That was the one posted by 'MyTwoBeuaties'. It was posted on 01/22/11. (It was the one about the pocket sandwiches. They begin by using 2 large coffee mug sized, circular shaped, cut out pie crust dough. Which then get's crimped together after filling with your choice of fillings, and then baked) To me, that was a very unique, and original use for some of the left overs from a rotisserie chicken. In fact, I plan on trying that one this week (since we had just had 2 rotisserie chickens last
 
TAUTIO 
Jan. 31, 2011 7:10 am
I love the Cosco chicken bc it is labeled Gluten Free! Others might be, but I just can't trust it when it says mysterious "spices" in the ingredients.
 
Feb. 1, 2011 6:14 am
"Astronaut" chicken (packed in a clear plastic space-ship) has always been a favorite and none of the bird goes to waste, good for 2 to 3 meals even with a hungry hubby and a teenage son.
 
Feb. 12, 2011 9:36 am
For quick weeknight meals, I add Rotisserie Chicken to: *pre-packaged crapes (and make the mushroom & green onion sauce on the package); * Flour tortilla cheese quesadilla under the broiler; *Open faced sandwiches by mixing with basil, fresh tomatoes & splash of balsamic vinegar on thick slices of Italian bread, broiled 1-2 minutes. *cheese sauce & broccoli atop a baked potato. *Baby spinach & spring greens for a hardy salad, served with dry or oven made bread sticks. *The kids love to take the chicken wings and drumsticks to school in their lunchboxes. The options are endless! Chicken is one of those ingredients you can eat cold or hot.
 
Feb. 13, 2011 5:07 am
Rotisserie Chicken is so yummy. Love the article, there is so much you can do with the left overs and soup is one of them. On a cold winters day, there is nothing like a bowl of chicken noodle soup and a loaf of french bread. Yummy, think I am going to go buy a chicken now...LOL! Sounds delicious!!!
 
Jim Duggan 
Feb. 15, 2011 6:04 am
I love rotisserie chicken and buy it at the market but I also have my own rotisserie oven. They are not expensive and do a great job not only on chickens but also small roasts-and it is always more fun when you can watch and have the scents in your own kitchen.
 
da-tamsta 
Feb. 19, 2011 7:09 pm
I always make nachos with my leftover chicken. Easy and quick. Get my chips from Fresh and Easy, salsa too (or make my own depending on time), cheese (I hate shredding so I buy the mexican cheese mix), black beans, avocado, sour cream, and you are good to go. I also use it for chicken salad, tacos, and just for snacks with grapes. I love the pie suggestion and the buffalo chicken suggestion. I am going to buy some Franks next time I am at the store for that! And maybe some crusts. Thanks all. BTW, the poster that didn't like Kroger...I don't either. And Costco has bigger better chickens. Sorry that you don't have one closer. My Kroger is the same distance as Costco. And costco has great bags of little cucumbers, sweet peppers, apples, salad mix. We go every week and get just the veggies, milk, and meat there. We compare costco and kroger and even though you spend more at costco it lasts longer and is better quality.
 
Sunbev Featherpainter 
Feb. 23, 2011 3:47 pm
I see everyone has something to do with precooked chicken---I have found it to be good for a quick Pizza--I put a frozen bread loaf into an oiled 13" fry pan, coat w/ oil cover w/plastic wrap and put it into the oven in the AM, the pilot lite rises the dough-When I get home/diner time flip onto pizza tin, coat with ranch dressing,crumbled bacon,(cut up chicken)and fresh spinach--bake per bread recipe and enjoy.... You can also take the chicken, coat w/ b-b-que sauce spread on dough add chunk pineapple, bake and serve.
 
Sunbev Featherpainter 
Feb. 23, 2011 3:48 pm
I see everyone has something to do with precooked chicken---I have found it to be good for a quick Pizza--I put a frozen bread loaf into an oiled 13" fry pan, coat w/ oil cover w/plastic wrap and put it into the oven in the AM, the pilot lite rises the dough-When I get home/diner time flip onto pizza tin, coat with ranch dressing,crumbled bacon,(cut up chicken)and fresh spinach--bake per bread recipe and enjoy.... You can also take the chicken, coat w/ b-b-que sauce spread on dough add chunk pineapple, bake and serve. *& Don't forget the cheese*
 
Feb. 24, 2011 5:05 am
I always use rotisserie chicken for my homemade chicken pot-pie, I cook down the chicken in the pot of water to make the stock, the skin which I later discard makes the greatest stock. The meat then falls of of the bone. I find it's actually cheaper to buy a precooked chicken. It's a better price than the whole chickens in the meat dept. plus I use a lot less electricity because I don't need to plus in my rotisserie. it's a family favorite!
 
kathyguynn 
Mar. 1, 2011 1:03 pm
my rotisserie was the best investment I ever made I have paid for store bought ones 10 times over.
 
delish 
Mar. 7, 2011 10:49 am
Awesome ideas here! I bought a rotisserie a couple years ago and LOVE it. I use it about every week--- today too, in fact, which is why I'm reading this article. It fits 2 chickens and with my large family, we'll eat the drumsticks, wings and other meat tonight and then I'm looking for a great idea for the next day with the leftover meat. I love the bbq chicken sandwich idea and the cream cheese/blue cheese idea too! We usually do a WONDERFUL chicken enchilada recipe with the leftovers the next day which my family loves, but I'm always looking for new ways to enjoy the rotisserie chicken. By the way, all I do for my rotisserie chickens is slather them with vegetable oil and sprinkle the heck out of them with All Season Salt. Makes the best homemade! And I control how much stuff I put on so I feel better about that.
 
Mar. 25, 2011 3:18 pm
I have always thrown out the bones and skin from my Sam's rotisserie chicken - thanks so much for the tip about boiling the two for soup stock ... will get a chicken tomorrow and make soup since we are having a very cold and snowy spring.
 
Mar. 29, 2011 9:19 am
Also great for speeding up any chicken and sausage gumbo recipe!
 
jerry 
Mar. 31, 2011 6:27 am
Great suggestions, I especially like the tip to use the carcass to make homemade stock. Before, I would just throw the bones out. Now, I will be making my own stock. Thanks!
 
cbfear 
Mar. 31, 2011 10:37 am
Thanks for the ideas - love Rotisserie chickens,find that I snack on them too much while preparing a meal though! Thinking of making the BBQ sandwich recipe for the family this weekend.
 
Caroline 
Apr. 9, 2011 8:41 am
Glad to know other cooks boil down the chicken carcass for stock. After boiling, I usually peel the soft parts and the skin and serve it to the birds, the rest goes in the garburator.My Father always told me,"Never throw food away, if it's unfit for humans, there are always hungry animals and birds to feed"!
 
Janice 
Apr. 9, 2011 9:54 am
I pull the meat from bone then take the bonesthat still have some meat on them with somechicken cubes boil. Then I add can carrots and in another pot cook egg noodles.Delish and talk about being on a budget.
 
Janice 
Apr. 9, 2011 9:55 am
Oh you do discard the bones before adding the carrots to the chicken soup LOL
 
Josie 
Apr. 23, 2011 9:11 am
I want to cut in pieces and take next day to a pot luck, low or high for how long?
 
charmingtail 
Jun. 11, 2011 3:26 pm
use the chicken for a quick paprikash .
 
ginicorso 
Jun. 12, 2011 6:47 am
I usually buy 2 or 3 chickens and debone as soon as I get home. I weigh the chicken in 1-pound portions and freeze in zipper bags. It's so handy to grab a bag and defrost when I want to use the chicken.
 
mrsc 
Jul. 10, 2011 2:14 pm
I make rotisserie chicken in the crockpot. I buy McCormick's rotisserie chicken flavored seasoning and sprinkle it all over the chicken top and bottom. It cooks on low for about 8 hours. My crockpot came with a rack so I sit the chicken on it so it doesn't sit in the juice the whole time but the juice in the bottom steams to keep the chicken moist. I debone the chicken as soon as it is cool enough to touch and use it in any recipe that calls for cooked chicken. I will try the suggestion for making stock from the skin and bones. I hope that it can be kept and frozen cuz it sure beats buying the cans or stock and broth in the store. My crockpot is my new best friend not to mention the wonderful liners for them that you can buy in the grocery store. They are expensive but worth every penny.
 
sjrice0823 
Aug. 1, 2011 4:33 pm
Shredded and simmered with chopped onions and barbecue sauce on a hoagie is great. I like mine with pickled beets and Dijon mustard for some texture and flavor.
 
JOETR 
Sep. 5, 2011 1:51 pm
Friends, I use the Ronco Rotisserie all the time. A 4 lb chicken usually takes about one,and 1/4 hour to cook,2 birds usually take about the same time.You can season it anyway you want.I buy my birds at Cosco at about 85c. a pound, cheaper than any Supermarket. You can make stock with the bones if you want.
 
suak 
Sep. 11, 2011 5:21 pm
Lots of people use the bones of the Rotessorie Chickens for stock, as do I,this is my take: I freeze, if necessary the whole chicken carcasses without meat in XLarge freezer lock bags until I have around 3 or 4. I pull all meat off carcasses and put it in freezer lock bags and put in freezer- (Using some of meat immediately for other dishes). I use a huge pot with added water or purchased chicken broth like Swanson's (or combo) enough to cover chicken carcass. I add to broth before beginning to cook down the chicken carcasses: 1 or 2 bay leaves; poultry seasoning (I use quite a bit - 2 to 3 Tbls. Maybe more depending on carcass amount in pot.) but, whatever your taste is; whatever spices I think of at the time- like: (celery seed 1-2 teas. plus fresh celery stocks -usually cut stocks in half with leaves left on, oregano, basil, dried parsely or fresh (as much as you want) onion powder, montreal steak seasoning (takes place of pepper for that phase of cooking), Mrs. Dash-has all spices
 
suak 
Sep. 11, 2011 5:30 pm
Dumplings for Stews: 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, sifted before measuring 2 teas baking powder 3/4 teas salt 3/4 cup milk Sift dry ingredients together. Add milk and stir only until well blended. Drop by spoonfuls into boiling stew. Dip your spoon first into hot stew mixture and then in dumpling batter. This will make the batter slide easily off the spoon. Cook 12 minutes in a tightly covered pot. Be sure the stew mixture is steaming briskly. Do not peek while dumplings are cooking. TREAT: Add 3-4 tablespoons finely chopped parsley or chives to sifted dry ingredients.
 
Alex 
Oct. 9, 2011 9:16 am
I have a Pollo Asado(roast chicken)shop next door and below my flat. A big bird is 8-50 euros.I make great soups and stews out of the bones/carcass, using Spuds,chick-peas (Garbanzos)onions, carrots, leeks etc... The meat makes great wraps, sandwiches and salads. It would feed an army well. Great with crusty baguettes.
 
webergh 
Nov. 4, 2011 12:54 pm
At Superstore a hot rotisserie chicken is actually cheaper than a whole raw chicken! We eat the drumsticks and thighs one day and then usually make the breasts into chicken fajitas the next day.
 
Estelle W. 
Jan. 12, 2012 4:49 pm
I, too, buy a chicken a week from Costco. Can't beat it! We have chicken that night, then use the remainder in soups, salads, casseroles, etc. I also make stock from the carcass & skin. About every 6 weeks or so, I drag out the food processor, and let her rip with carrots, celery & onion (sometimes also purchased at Costco!). Divide that into soup-sized portions, freeze in quart-sized freezer bags. Then on chicken night, pop one of those babies into the pot with the carcass - and voila - chicken stock with no mess! I always have cut up chicken and chicken stock in the fridge!
 
kb 
Jan. 28, 2012 1:17 pm
Our Walmart sells the day old cold rotisserie chicken $3 cheaper than hot. I always keep a couple lemon pepper flavored ones in the freezer to make quick soup, chicken salad or enchiladas.
 
Feb. 9, 2012 10:25 am
I have a slightly larger than normal sized insulated lunch bag that holds a chicken perfectly. It stays hot and I don't have to worry about making a mess! I just wrap the chicken in a plastic bag, stick it in this insulated bag, and it always makes it home with no mess.
 
Mar. 4, 2012 4:20 pm
I've used rotisserie chicken for a number of my recipes, and I've found that if I get to the grocery store fairly early in the day, the rotisserie chickens not sold the night before are in the deli department at about half the price.
 
dixies girl 
Apr. 29, 2012 6:26 am
i love the idea of using ice trays and ziplocs for chicken broth. i always used them for saving lemon juice fresh squeezes for lemonade later but never used them for broths. this will save a lot of space in my freeze.
 
Darbo2 
Jun. 5, 2012 7:30 am
I love to take this chicken shred it up a bit, add some cream cheese (plain or flavored) and wrap it in a crescent roll and bake it. I cut the crescents in thirds for bite size appetizers or leave them whole for a entrée.
 
Imhisjoy3 
Jun. 11, 2012 6:24 am
I love using a store bought chicken. I also buy the unflavored and have used the leftovers in sandwiches and Chicken Alfredo. Just keep a few jars of Alfredo sauce on hand, your favorite pasta and you are ready to go. I even keep crusty bread in freezer for added speed.
 
MELANCHOLI_420 
Aug. 24, 2012 1:22 am
I like making a beer can chicken brushed with melted butter a d fresh herbs, then using the meat the same as rotisserie. I just like doing things from scratch. Mmmm I love cooking!!
 
 
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