Rotisserie Chickens are one of my time savers. They are extremely convenient, inexpensive and my family thinks they’re delicious. You could buy raw whole chickens for less per pound and roast yourself, but rotisserie chicken makes a very quick dinner when time is short. I buy them often in the warmer months when I want the taste of roasted chicken, but don’t want to turn on my oven.
I pick one up at Costco during my once a month shopping trip. Their chickens are around 3 pounds and sell for $4.99. I also buy them occasionally at my local Giant or Weis Markets.
To be honest, my family could eat an entire rotisserie chicken in one sitting, but I usually shred it right away so it lasts longer. One 3-lb rotisserie chicken should yield at least 3 (2-cup) portions of chopped meat, which equals 3 meals worth of meat. And you can make delicious homemade chicken stock from the bones.
You’ll find specific instructions to two methods in this post, 2 Ways Make Homemade Chicken Stock: Stove Top and Slow Cooker. My favorite method is slow cooker.
8 Meal Ideas for Rotisserie Chicken
These meal ideas use 1-2 cup portions.
1. Burrito Bowls – This is by far my favorite dinner to use the chicken.
3. Chicken & Black Bean Enchiladas – This recipe is freezer friendly.
8. Chicken Tabbouleh Salad – This refreshing salad uses lots of summer vegetables.
Not interested in buying rotisserie chickens? It is very easy to roast your own whole chicken. You’ll find specific instructions in this post: How to Roast a Whole Chicken.