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Bok Bok! 30 BEST Ways To Use Up Leftover Rotisserie Chicken!

Bok Bok! 30 BEST Ways To Use Up Leftover Rotisserie Chicken!

Are you one of those people who buys a hot chicken at the grocery store to make leftover rotisserie chicken recipes the next day or two? 


I’ll have some for dinner and then, once it’s cool, tear it apart and make all kinds of easy meals the next day? 

Rotisserie chickens used to be a once-a-week or more event in our house. 

(Ask me about the “hot chick” texting fiasco of 2011.)

Getting home from work, picking up the child from school/activities/friends/grandparents, walking in the door and suddenly the last thing you want to do is to make something complex. 

So we’d start out with some rotisserie chicken, mac and cheese, and green beans or something but then I’d have almost the whole thing left.

I’d pop the plastic dome back on and in the fridge it went. 

The next morning, I’d start carving it up and end up with a container of lovely shredded, diced, pulled chicken chunks ready for a new recipe.

So outside of some darn good Chicken Salad, what else can we do with leftover chicken rotisserie? 

Let’s take a look.

Biryani is a great entry into making your own Indian food. 

It has just the right amount of familiar spices, not too much heat, and the leftover chicken makes it easy to throw together. 

The “green” in these lovely enchiladas is a tomatillo salsa aka “salsa verde” as well as plenty of cilantro for serving. 

There isn’t an enchilada in this house that goes uneaten, whether it’s chili, sour cream, queso, or kangaroo, and these highlight leftover chicken beautifully.

I make chicken alfredo all the time.

If I don’t have any leftover chicken, it’s pasta alfredo naked, and all the same, we love it. 

This one is made a touch better-for-you with some fresh broccoli. 

This is the dictionary entry for “what to do with leftover rotisserie chicken”. So easy.

I’ve learned over the years that the secret to good soup is ENOUGH salt and ENOUGH spices.

I’ve made some sad soup time after time before I finally realized that it needs more of everything. 

You don’t have to make a giant pot to be happy either.

This one says it serves six, but assume that’s for three if you eat like we do. 

Lemon and chicken go together really well. You won’t be sorry.

Sheet pan nachos are a regular occurrence around here. 

This one has a very specific barbecue smokey flavor, though, so if you like bbq chicken sandwiches, you’re going to love this distinct taste. 

Try it without the sauce if you aren’t in the mood for the bbq sauce one time around. 

Ah, this is so good. 

I’m a huge fan of homemade fried rice.

Chicken Fried Rice calls for leftover cold rice, leftover cooked chicken, a handful of veggies, and some soy sauce. 

You can doctor it up with more (I like to use ginger, lemongrass, toasted sesame oil, green onion, a touch of rice vinegar all for a more authentic taste.)

Strip that leftover rotisserie chicken and add it right at the end of cooking. 

Eat with chopsticks and revel in the fact you made lots of chicken fried rice for a whole family cheaper and frehser than if you got it at the local restaurant.

I have never made this in my life and I’m not particularly sure I’ve eaten it before either. 

But check out the GIANT ROASTING PAN the lady is holding in the pic. 

This will feed an army!

If you’ve got a big family and you want a creamy, tasty, hearty dinner that uses up leftovers and a bunch of egg noodles, this is for you. 

Sub out the noodles for spaghetti if you need toi. 

Use what you have around, but I think a flat noodle will perform better. 

This is Renee’s recipe. 

She made this with all these big ol’ chunks of celery and grapes or whatever, and those are great, but I like them diced small. 

Use this recipe as a guideline for ingredients and then just taste-test as you go. 

CookingChew Tip: Also, pick a flavor profile. If you like a chicken salad on the sweeter side, don’t add much mustard and no dill pickles. 

If you like it super savory, don’t add the fruit or the nuts. This one leans sweet.

Nom nom nom. 

Lots of chicken, savory cornbread topping, a can of enchilada sauce, this is the way to make leftovers into a seriously dreamy dinner.

Oh, yeah, this is the stuff. 

I’m not a huge fan of traditional chili (exception: chili dogs, naturally). 

Renée has been having some difficulty with highly acidic sauces in general. 

So when I discovered this recipe, I was pretty stoked. 

And it’s good. 

The beans are pureed and actually help to make the base rich (without being too thick) along with the robust chicken broth. 

Again, just add your pre-cooked rotisserie chicken in at the end so it doesn’t cook too much.

My frens, are you as darn stoopit for pasta like we are? 

I can eat it every which way, and there is truly no substitute for the real carb-laden deal. 

(That said, we have tried to find good pasta-alternatives out there.)

But this, THIS, is so rich with flavor. 

And lasagna takes a bit of time to prepare but this will serve the whole family for a couple of days, or halve the recipe so it’s a one-and-done dinner. 

Ever have chicken, mushroom and spinach crepes? 

Like that, only bigger and better.

This one’s for you, buffalo-flavor lovers. 

I like buffalo sauce in very small, limited amounts. 

Two Hooters wings, and I’m done, for example. 

It’s a lip-burnin’ fest, and it’s not for me. 

That said, if you love it, these crunchwraps are going to fill the bill and use up that leftover cooked chicken like gangbusters.

The pics of these make them look well appointed and pretty, but you can leave off the arugula and just jam the basics together. 

Skip the pizza delivery and DIY, baby. 

All that leftover rotisserie chicken is going to love its new home!

No, not that the curry is leftover (and I doubt there will be), but it’s a great recipe for your leftover chicken. 

Also, this is an Indian recipe, not Thai, and I say that because my Thai-food-loving soul gravitates toward Thai green curry when I hear about it. 

This one calls for yogurt, garam masala, turmeric, pods of cardamom, and more wonderful, fragrant spices. 

Treat yourself to this beautiful dish, made that much easier with your container of rotisserie chicken.

I live in Texas and this is available everywhere out at Mexican restaurants here. 

But making it at home is the best way to have enough to feed your family and maybe, just MAYBE, have some left over. 

So yeah, put your leftover cooked chicken to good use and try this easy recipe on for size. 

Got a fresh, ready avocado? 

Garnish liberally with some chopped cilantro and sliced avocado. Yum.

So the kitchen-savvy and the newly anointed all understand how handy canned crescent rolls are. 

What makes these “butter flake” crescent rolls unique is that they are flakier than the “regular” ones and are closer to the layered lusciousness of bakery-style croissants. 

Get out your eatin’ pants, because these are as delicious as they are easy to make.

The wonderful versatility of baked potatoes proves that you can stuff one with nearly anything and it will end up filling and delicious. 

Got leftover BBQ chicken leftover from the store or even from your own recipe? 

Use the saucy chicken, toss some shredded cheese and green onion to your fluffy taters and you are good to go.

This recipe calls for cooked chicken, refrigerated pie crusts, cream cheese, and cheddar cheese, so the home chefs over at A Few Shortcuts aren’t messing around: it’s all cheese or no cheese!

You don’t even have to heat the filling before you combine and add to the folded-over pastry crust cutouts

The beauty of the Walmart (or Costco, or any other grocery store cooked chicken) hot rotisserie chicken is that it’s nearly always perfectly cooked and ready. 

Check out this lovely casserole that is so easy to put together and serve. 

A little green, a little grain, and a skosh of leftover cooked chicken, and dinner is ready. 

Jam packed with flavor and easy household egg noodles, coins of fresh carrot, and of course the big chunks of leftover rotisserie chicken. 

It calls for homemade chicken broth but you can bet that I use Better Than Bouillon for everything that calls for broth. 

I’ve been waxing poetic about this stuff for a couple of years now and I can’t live without it in my fridge/pantry. 

Throw everything in a pot and you’re set. 

Soup for six, coming right up!

If you love stuffed peppers any which way, this delectable tex-mex style recipe is sure to get your mouth set for something delicious. 

These are even keto, per the recipe notes, and reheat very well. 

I like to use McCormick’s packets of enchilada sauce myself, or cans of Old El Paso in a pinch, but she recommends homemade. 

If you have the time, homemade is best, but you know that goes.

I like the idea of this a lot. 

You don’t use canned biscuits in this recipe; the cup of flour sort of makes a pot-pie type of gravy.

So chicken is the star of this show and the easy cream of chicken canned soup adds the flavor. 

I never stop at chicken canned soup and I’ll add that Better Than Bouillon all day, every day. 

Comments are saying they’d add some vegetables and I tend to agree. This is a nice base recipe; add your favorite veggies. 

But you do you, and this one goes on the table fast. 

These pan-seared lovelies are a beautiful golden color. 

I call them Mexican grilled cheese sandwiches when I’m feeling zesty, but these are a whole ‘nother level. 

Instead of plain chicken and cheese slapped onto the flour tortilla, you’ll season it all up.

Risotto is famous for being high-maintenance, but this makes for just a bit simpler dish. 

It still asks you to use homemade stock and creme fraiche. 

You had better love English peas for this flavor-packed, creamy risotto. 

This one of the more sophisticated recipes for leftover rotisserie chicken, but worth the time in front of the stove.

I make chicken Alfredo all the time, and I’ve found that leftover chicken is the way to cut some serious time off this dish’s prep time. 

You can always pick up Rao’s Alfredo (the only jar Alfredo I can recommend) if you want this to be even faster.

Then you basically only have to wait for the pasta to cook.

Yes, pull apart that whole rotisserie chicken like your life depends on it and make some of these amazing tacos. 

Follow the recipe to a T or just use it as a baseline and throw in every single tex-mex thing you have lying around and you will end up with good chicken tacos. 

Are you a crunchy corn tortilla or a soft flour tortilla kind of person? Discuss.

These are easy and delicious. 

You can use jar salsa, a dollop of sour cream, then top with fresh lettuce and diced tomatoes once you get them out of the oven. 

Not sure it gets easier than a crisp, flat shell with all your favorite tex-mex toppings on it. 

Customize and be amazed.

These wraps are eye-popping with that bright purple radicchio but that kind of lettuce is a bit tough and on the bitter side. 

These have an Asian flavor, using fish sauce and sriracha for that distinctive bite.

This soup is as decadent as it sounds. 

All the robust flavors of classic chicken pot pie but a bit less heavy and rich, especially if you use milk instead of cream.

It’s not a short list of ingredients, but make crackers out of pie crust and this one’s going to be worth your time.

The bottom line

I am a huge fan of bringing home rotisserie chickens, and this epic list of recipes using rotisserie chicken proves why. 

We love chicken and are always looking for easy and creative ways to use it up:

30 BEST Ways To Use Up Leftover Rotisserie Chicken 🍗

30 BEST Ways To Use Up Leftover Rotisserie Chicken 🍗

Are you one of those people who buys a hot chicken at the grocery store to make leftover rotisserie chicken recipes the next day or two?


  • BBQ Chicken Sliders
  • Leftover Roast Chicken Biryani
  • Green Enchiladas
  • Chicken Alfredo With Broccoli
  • Lemon Chicken White Bean Soup
  • Sheet Pan BBQ Chicken Nachos
  • Chicken Fried Rice
  • Chicken Tetrazzini
  • Renee’s Rotisserie Chicken Salad
  • Chicken Tamale Casserole
  • White Chicken Chili
  • Chicken, Mushroom & Spinach Lasagna
  • Buffalo Chicken Crunch Wraps
  • BBQ Chicken Flatbread Pizza
  • Leftover Chicken Curry
  • 30-Minute Chicken Tortilla Soup
  • Baked Cream Cheese Chicken Crescents
  • BBQ Chicken Stuffed Baked Potatoes
  • Cheesy Chicken Empanadas
  • Rotisserie Chicken Broccoli Rice Casserole
  • Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup
  • Chicken Enchilada Stuffed Peppers
  • Chicken & Dumpling Casserole
  • Rotisserie Chicken Quesadillas
  • Creamy Chicken Risotto
  • Chicken Alfredo Bake
  • Rotisserie Chicken Tacos
  • Rotisserie Chicken Baked Tostadas
  • Chicken Lettuce Wraps
  • Chicken Pot Pie Soup


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