Friday Favorites: Easy, Healthy & Delicious Ways to Use Rotisserie Chicken
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Are these weeks rolling around as quickly for you as they are me?
This week’s Friday Favorites was inspired by a comment left by one of our reader’s Kate, who shared a bunch of ideas for how she preps her kitchen for a successful week, including this nugget, ” …Costco roasted chickens — these little babies are worth their weight in GOLD! I buy two every Sunday, and break them down into 3 ounce portions. I use the meat in chicken salads and recipes, and the rest gets turned into stock, which I de-fat and use to make soups.”
She got me thinking about all the easy delicious things you can do with rotisserie chicken.
So, last Sunday after yoga, I stopped by Costco and grabbed me one to play with this week.
Sunday we had roasted chicken, mashed potatoes and a mixed green salad.
On Monday, I made a delicious chicken and wild rice salad (recipe included here) and served it on a bed of greens and sliced strawberries.
Last night it was a quick and easy chicken pot pie.
With cooked chicken in the fridge, getting dinner pulled together seemed a whole lot easier this week. There are so many ways you can use rotisserie chicken.
Here are some of my favorites…
Favorite Easy Delicious Ways To Use Rotisserie Chicken
#1 Chicken and Wild Rice Salad
Simple and delicious, this chicken and wild rice salad is a new favorite at our house. The only thing that has to be cooked is the wild rice blend. (I like either Uncle Ben’s or Far East brands.)
I used half light mayonnaise and half plain non-fat Greek yogurt but all of one or the other would be fine. This yummy chicken and wild rice salad can be amended a multitude of ways to suit your tastes.
Rotisserie Chicken & Wild Rice Recipe Variations
vegetarian – substitute chickpeas or baked cubed tofu for the chicken
different meat – chopped turkey would work
different herbs & spices – tarragon, curry powder
different fruit – golden raisins, cranberries, dried cherries
different nuts – walnuts, pecans
more crunch – chopped celery, chopped water chestnuts
savory – skip the grapes and instead add chopped red bell pepper, scallions and artichoke hearts, chopped shrimp would work here too.
Source: The Kitchn
#6 Chicken Fried Rice (just substitute chicken for the ham)
#7 Chicken and Biscuit Pot Pie or make a cheater’s version using canned cream of chicken soup like I do when I’m feeling lazy.
#8 Chicken & Veggies with Pasta – toss together your cooked chicken with assorted chopped cooked (roasted, grilled, steamed) vegetables and your favorite pesto or pasta sauce. I like roasted cherry tomatoes, chopped artichoke hearts and pesto thinned with some of the pasta cooking water.
#9 Asian Chicken Lettuce Wraps – toss shredded chicken with shredded carrots, cabbage and your favorite light Asian dressing or Hoisin sauce. Wrap in large lettuce leaves.
#10 Italian Chicken Salad Sandwich – toss chopped or shredded chicken with chopped roasted red peppers, reduced-fat pesto sauce and nonfat plain Greek yogurt. Serve on light bread, a sandwich thin or in a wrap with lettuce and tomatoes.
#11 Cheesy Chicken Nachos – Top baked low-fat tortilla chips with shredded chicken breast, salsa, chopped scallions and shredded reduced-fat Mexican cheese. Bake until heated through and cheese melts.
#12 Quick & Easy Chicken Teriyaki Skillet – Combine sliced chicken breast and steamed frozen mixed Asian vegetables in nonstick skillet. Add 2 tablespoons teriyaki sauce and heat; spoon over cooked brown rice or cauliflower rice.
#13 BBQ Chicken Tortilla Pizza – Top a small tortilla with BBQ sauce, chopped chicken, shredded reduced fat cheese and chopped veggies such as broccoli, red bell pepper, mushrooms. Bake until heated through and cheese melts.
#14 Chicken Burrito Bowl – Combine in a bowl chopped chicken, black beans, rice, tomatoes, salsa, cheese and avocado.
#15 Chicken and Zoodles Marinara Skillet – Combine chopped chicken, zucchini noodles and marinara in a nonstick. Heat until bubbly.
Simple and delicious, this chicken and wild rice salad is a new favorite at our house. The only ingredient that has to be cooked is the wild rice blend!
- 1 box (6 ounces) wild rice blend (I like either Uncle Ben's original or Far East brands)
- 3 cups cooked chicken and shredded chicken (I used Costco rotisserie chicken)
- 1 cup green grapes, cut into halves or quarters
- 1/2 cup sliced almonds, toasted
- 1/4 cup light mayonnaise
- 1/4 cup plain, non-fat Greek yogurt
- Salt and pepper to taste
Cook the wild rice according to package directions, just until the rice is barely tender.
In a large bowl, mix the cooked rice, shredded chicken, grapes, almonds, mayonnaise and Greek yogurt together until well blended.
Season generously with salt and pepper, adjusting ingredients to taste.
If you use a fresh rotisserie chicken and just cooked rice, the dish will be ready to serve warm, or you can chill it first if desired.
*8 Weight Watchers PointsPlus
*9 Weight Watchers SmartPoints
*PointsPlus® and SmartPoints® calculated by Simple Nourished Living; Not endorsed by Weight Watchers International, Inc. All recipe ingredients except optional items included in determining nutritional estimates. SmartPoints® values calculated WITHOUT Weight Watchers Zero Points fruits and vegetables using the WW Recipe Builder.
6/14/16 GIVEAWAY HAS ENDED!
The winner of the Amazon Gift Card is: Stacy S, who said, “Chicken salad made with fat free mayo, with chopped apples and celery on a bed of lettuce! Yum!”
Congratulations Stacy! Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to claim your prize. And thanks to all of you who stopped by and participated by sharing your great ideas for using rotisserie chicken to whip up easy delicious dishes. I’m so grateful for each and every one of you being part of this community.
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