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Leftover Rotisserie Chicken Recipes

These leftover rotisserie chicken recipes prove you don’t actually have to cook chicken to make an amazing chicken dish! It’s the best ingredient for busy weeknight meals when you need something quick and easy.

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The Shortcut to Quick Chicken Dinners

After so many years cooking, there is nothing I love more than learning about a new shortcut that will cut down time in the kitchen. This one may seem obvious, but I can’t sing the praises of using leftover rotisserie chicken enough. It saves cooking time and works really well in any recipe that calls for shredded chicken.

The pre-roasted rotisserie chickens are typically sold in the deli section of the grocery store, and are typically more affordable than buying a raw, whole chicken that still needs to be cooked. The best place to buy them is Costco.

I like to shred the meat and keep it stored in the fridge (or even the freezer!) at the ready if I need a quick easy dinner idea without a lot of work.

You can also opt to use a roasted chicken or make your own shredded chicken if for some reason you can’t find rotisserie or would prefer to do it yourself. Both options work really well in the leftover rotisserie chicken recipes below.

Best Reasons to Make Leftover Rotisserie Chicken Recipes

The rotisserie chicken makes a great shortcut, but it is so much more than that. If you are just learning to cook or are low on time, give these recipes a try. Here is why I love to use it.

  • Almost foolproof. New cooks don’t need to worry that the chicken is cooked properly with a rotisserie chicken.
  • Saves time. You don’t have to take time cooking the chicken, so that means the meal is on the table in less time.
  • Builds confidence. Rotisserie chicken gives a new cook (or even a seasoned one) the chance to focus on the other flavors and different ways to bring the dish together.
  • Staple ingredient. As I mentioned above, I like to always have a shredded rotisserie on hand (fridge or frozen) in case of a quick meal.
  • Endless options. Just look at all the different ways this one ingredient can be transformed into leftover rotisserie chicken recipes: casseroles, quesadillas, soups, pizzas, salads, and so on.

FAQs

How long is rotisserie chicken good for in the refrigerator?

When stored properly cooked chicken is good for 3-4 days in the refrigerator. Store in a sealed storage bag or container and it’s a good idea to label it with a date so you know how long it has been there.

How do I revive leftover rotisserie chicken?

If you are reheating your whole chicken, reheating rotisserie chicken in the oven is best. Remove rotisserie chicken from packaging and place in an oven safe dish. Add a cup of chicken broth to the pan and then tent the chicken with foil so it doesn’t dry out. Roast for 25 minutes at 350 degrees F.

How to use leftover rotisserie chicken?

Use any of the following recipes with your leftover chicken or for a quick idea top almost any salad recipe with it for an extra boost of protein and flavor.

You could also make a sandwich for lunch, top it on a pizza or add it to pasta recipes.

Best Recipes with Leftover Rotisserie Chicken in 30 Minutes

Since the rotisserie chicken is already cooked, it is a big time saver. These recipes with rotisserie chicken are a great way to have dinner on the table in less time than delivery.

Creamy chicken pasta with peppers on white plate.
  • Creamy Chicken Pasta. Rotisserie chicken is tossed in rich white pasta sauce with sautéed onions and peppers.
  • Buffalo Chicken Sliders. These small sandwiches make the perfect party dish or a quick weeknight meal.
  • Chicken Salad Croissant. Enjoy this elevated spin on the classic chicken salad sandwich.
  • Sheet Pan Nachos. Who doesn’t love nachos, especially when they are so loaded you can eat them as a meal?
  • Chicken Crescent Rolls. With a creamy chicken mixture wrapped inside a flaky crescent roll and then rolled in crackers, this dinner will be a new family favorite!

Wraps, Burritos, and More

I always have tortillas or taco shells on hand, so this makes it super easy to create a full meal with just the addition of a leftover rotisserie chicken. Here are a few of my go-to recipes on how to turn these items into a family favorite.

chicken burrito on white plate
  • Chicken Burritos. These come together in a flash and can be customized with whatever you like.
  • Chicken Flautas. The creamy and cheesy chicken filling, made in a flash with rotisserie chicken, is rolled and then fried to crispy perfection.
  • Sheet Pan Quesadillas. I love this recipe for its ease and endless opportunities to mix flavors.
  • Chicken Caesar Wrap. One of my favorite ways to enjoy the classic salad on the go.
  • Creamy Baked Chicken Taquitos. I like to make a bunch and keep them frozen until I need a quick dinner.
  • Chicken Crepes. These incredibly flavorful crepes are a beautiful way to impress any guest.
  • BBQ Chicken Tacos. Just 15 minutes to make taco Tuesday a night to remember plus it solves what to make with rotisserie chicken.

Salad Recipes Using Rotisserie Chicken

Salad is so much more than a side, especially when we add rotisserie chicken. These recipes with rotisserie chicken are just a few of my favorite salads that take center stage for lunch or dinner.

pesto chicken salad

Casserole Recipes for Leftover Rotisserie Chicken

Casseroles can be time consuming, but they don’t have to be. I cut down on the time by using a rotisserie chicken and it makes everything just a little bit easier.

Slice of white chicken lasagna in pan.

Rotisserie Chicken Soup Recipes

There is little as comforting as a warm bowl of soup, and, thanks to rotisserie chicken leftovers, these recipes come together quickly giving you more time to relax and simply enjoy.

chicken taco soup in bowl

Rotisserie Chicken Pizza Recipes

Chicken on pizza may seem a little far out to some, but it just takes one bite to realize that the two were meant to be. You really can customize any pizza dough with your favorite toppings along with shredded rotisserie chicken, but here are a few favorites to get you started.

BBQ chicken pizza sliced.
  • Easy BBQ Chicken Pizza. BBQ sauce, shredded chicken, mozzarella, red onion and cilantro come together to create an addictive pizza.
  • Healthy Pizza. I always feel good after eating a slice of this topped with fresh veggies, mozzarella, chicken, arugula and a balsamic glaze.
  • 15-Minute Mexican Pizza. Warm tortillas are stuffed with refried beans, shredded chicken, and melty cheese. Yum!
  • Buffalo Chicken Pizza. Your favorite buffalo chicken wings have been transformed into a pizza.

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A photo collage of leftover rotisserie chicken recipes.

Rotisserie Chicken

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Author: Jamielyn Nye
This fast and easy store-bought chicken can be used in a multitude of ways once the meat is removed and shredded.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 4

Ingredients 

  • 1 rotisserie chicken

Instructions

  • On a cutting board, place the chicken, breast-side up, and cut away any twine.
  • Remove the skin and discard. Pull all the meat from the breast, legs, and thighs until no meat remains on the body.
  • Shred the meat with your hands or in a stand mixer with a paddle attachment on low. You can also opt to cut or dice the meat, depending on the recipe you are making.

Notes

Storage: Store shredded chicken in an airtight container in the refrigerator up to 4 days.
Freeze: Freeze the shredded chicken in an airtight container up to 4 months.

Nutrition

Calories: 276kcal | Carbohydrates: 0.03g | Protein: 41g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 144mg | Sodium: 521mg | Sugar: 0.03g

Nutrition provided is an estimate. It will vary based on specific ingredients used.

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American

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The Full List of Leftover Rotisserie Chicken Recipes

Click on the links below to find the recipes for all of the delicious leftover rotisserie chicken recipes mentioned above.

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Creamy Chicken Pasta
Tender farfalle noodles coated in a creamy and rich white pasta sauce with sautéed onions, peppers and shredded chicken. Your family will be begging for seconds of this creamy chicken pasta recipe!
Total Time: 35 minutes
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Buffalo Chicken Sliders
Buffalo chicken sliders are made with chicken tossed in buffalo sauce, drizzled with ranch, topped with cheese and served on crispy slider buns. Perfect for a hungry game day crowd!
Total Time: 25 minutes
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Chicken Salad Croissant
This chicken salad croissant sandwich starts with a buttery croissant that is packed with a flavorful chicken salad filling. It's an easy to make sandwich that is perfect to enjoy year round!
Total Time: 30 minutes
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Sheet Pan Nachos
These sheet pan nachos are the perfect game day snack with layers of tortilla chips, cheese, chicken and all your favorite toppings! Easy to make and a crowd-pleaser.  
Total Time: 20 minutes
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Chicken Flautas
These chicken flautas are filled with shredded chicken, cheese and salsa then fried to crispy perfection! An easy family favorite recipe that's ready in less than 30 minutes!
Total Time: 25 minutes
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Chicken Burritos
Crispy flour tortillas filled with shredded honey lime chicken, cilantro lime rice, pinto beans and melted cheese. Then topped with a creamy salsa verde sauce. This chicken burrito recipe is an easy authentic Mexican dish that you'll reach for again and again. 
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BBQ Chicken Tacos
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Total Time: 20 minutes
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Rich and hearty creamy white lasagna soup is packed with tender shredded chicken, lasagna noodles, Italian spices, spinach, and a velvety broth with cream and Parmesan cheese. It's a comforting version of the classic pasta dish but without the hassle of layering the noodles!
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This BBQ chicken pizza is topped with BBQ sauce, shredded chicken, mozzarella, red onion and cilantro. It has tons of flavor and is ready in just 30 minutes!
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The BEST healthy pizza topped with fresh veggies, mozzarella, chicken, arugula and a balsamic glaze. Ready in just 20 minutes and perfectly crispy and delicious! 
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Total Time: 22 minutes
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