Easy Meals with Rotisserie Chicken

Dinner,Featured Article,Quick & Easy,Recipes
October 1, 2009

Four easy recipes using store-bought rotisserie chicken

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Mark Boughton
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Before becoming a mom, I'd come home from the market with every kind of chicken imaginable: organic, free-range, breasts, whole, the sum of its parts, and its parts. The only kind of chicken I'd never come home with was a cooked one. I'd eyed those rotisserie birds, drawn to them first by my nose. (Is there anything on earth that smells better than a chicken roasting?) But buy one? Never. Then I had a baby, and my fantasy of stirring a luscious risotto while my sweet pea cooed nearby in his bouncy seat suddenly seemed laughable. Now a week doesn't go by that I don't furtively, but with glee, toss a rotisserie chicken into my grocery cart.

It's easy enough to carve the chicken and serve it with a baked sweet potato and something green or use it in a chicken Caesar salad, but I'm always cooking, even when I'm "not cooking." Here are a few of my favorite ways to use a rotisserie chicken when I bring one home to roost.

By Laraine Perri, a food writer in New York City.

chicken tacos

Lime Cilantro Chicken Tacos

Rotisserie chicken gives you a jump-start on an easy dinner with Tex-Mex flair.

chicken chili

Chicken Chili

Rotisserie chicken and canned garbanzo beans make this hearty chili an easy meal.

pizza bianca

Pizza Bianca with Chicken and Fontina

Savory roast chicken and tender caramelized onions top this crispy-crusted pizza.

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Easy Meals with Rotisserie Chicken

Four easy recipes using store-bought rotisserie chicken