23 Easy Rotisserie Chicken Recipes

Thai Chicken Soup
Photo: © Fredrika Stjärne

Rotisserie chicken is a simple, satisfying main ingredient that also makes for great leftovers. These rotisserie chicken recipes are great when you're in a time crunch. Whether you need to pack a quick lunch or whip up an easy, stress-free dinner, you've come to the right place. This collection is full of fan favorites including savory burritos, cheesy calzones, and hearty soup.

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Chicken-and-Okra Gumbo

Chicken-and-Okra Gumbo

Chef Rembs Layman prepares rich gumbo with house-made stock and a jerk seasoning blend from Christina's Spice & Specialty Foods. To make this dish at home, use store-bought rotisserie chicken, canned chicken broth and supermarket jerk or Cajun seasoning.

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Quick-and-Easy Rotisserie Chicken Burrito

Quick-and-Easy Rotisserie Chicken Burrito
© Kristen Stevens

Looking for the perfect lunch? Try these rotisserie chicken burritos. They are super fast and easy to make.

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Curried Chicken with Cauliflower, Carrots and Spinach

Curried Chicken with Cauliflower, Carrots and Spinach
© Kate Winslow

Poached chicken breasts or leftovers from a rotisserie chicken work beautifully in this recipe.

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Leftover Blue Cheese Chicken Salad Sandwich

Leftover Blue Cheese Chicken Salad Sandwich
© Con Poulos

Jonathan Waxman's tasty chicken salad is dressed with a mix of tart yogurt and funky Gorgonzola cheese.

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Skillet Chicken-and-Mushroom Potpie

Skillet Chicken-and-Mushroom Potpie

Grace Parisi proves that making potpie doesn't have to take a long time with this one-skillet version, prepared with store-bought rotisserie chicken and—her stroke of brilliance—buttered white bread in place of the usual labor-intensive puff pastry crust.

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Buffalo Chicken Calzones

Buffalo Chicken Calzones
David Cicconi

To make the most of rotisserie chicken, Food & Wine's Justin Chapple tosses it with a buttery Buffalo sauce, then bakes it into a calzone with Monterey Jack cheese. In keeping with traditional Buffalo wings, he serves the calzone with celery sticks and blue cheese dressing.

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Chicken and Cabbage Tacos with Cilantro Cream

Chicken and Cabbage Tacos with Cilantro Cream

This easy taco recipe tosses red cabbage, scallions, and jalapeños together with shredded rotisserie chicken.

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Rotisserie Chicken Pesto Pasta

Rotisserie Chicken Pesto Pasta
© Ian Knauer

Ramen noodles add their unique texture and act as a foundation for rotisserie chicken and fresh pesto.

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Roast Chicken Dosas

Roast Chicken Dosas

A dosa is an Indian-style crepe that's crispy on the outside and tender on the inside.

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Quick Chicken-and-Cheese Tamales

Quick Chicken-and-Cheese Tamales
© Tina Rupp

Melissa Rubel Jacobson uses a store-bought rotisserie bird in her reinvented chicken salad. She spikes the mayonnaise with chile sauce and toasted sesame oil and adds water chestnuts for crunch.

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Chicken Salad with Cumin and Parsley

Chicken Salad with Cumin and Parsley
© Hector Sanchez

All of our chicken salads make great quick dinners, atop a bed of lettuce or inside a sandwich. If you don't have any leftover cooked chicken and don't have time to cook, store-bought rotisserie chicken is just the thing.

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Crispy Corn Tortillas with Chicken and Cheddar

Crispy Corn Tortillas with Chicken and Cheddar

For these flautas, tortillas are rolled around a savory filling and pan-fried until crisp.

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Green Goddess Chicken Salad

Green Goddess Chicken Salad

Green Goddess dressing—a mix of mayonnaise, sour cream, herbs, anchovies and lemon—was created at the Palace Hotel in San Francisco in the 1920s, as a tribute to an actor starring in a play called The Green Goddess. The creamy dressing is typically tossed with a green salad, but it's also addictive in Melissa Rubel Jacobson's chicken salad, made with a rotisserie bird.

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Silky Tortilla Soup

Silky Tortilla Soup

Chef Rene Ortiz serves modernist Mexican dishes at La Condesa in Austin. His smoky, tomatoey tortilla soup is a bit simpler and more classic than many of his recipes, but it still has an innovative touch: It's enriched with butter, not tortillas.

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Creamy Piquillo Pepper and Chickpea Soup with Chicken

Creamy Piquillo Pepper and Chickpea Soup with Chicken

The secret to this speedy soup is buying ingredients with lots of built-in flavor, like hummus and jarred piquillo peppers.

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Poppy Seed Chicken

Poppy Seed Chicken
Abby Hocking / Food & Wine

This dish gets its name from the poppy seeds folded into its crunchy cracker topping. It's a rich and comforting meal that feeds four, but could easily be doubled to serve a crowd.

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Kale Salad with Chicken

Kale Salad with Chicken

"Kale salads are great with a dressing that relies on cured fish, like anchovies or the salted oysters I make, which I call 'oy-chovies,'" says chef Spike Gjerde.

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Avgolemono Chicken Soup with Rice

Avgolemono Chicken Soup with Rice
© Yunhee Kim

Avgolemono is a classic sauce of chicken broth, egg yolks and lemon juice; the addition of a bit more chicken broth, rice and shredded chicken turns it into a satisfying soup.

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Coronation Chicken Salad with Mangoes and Almonds

Coronation Chicken Salad with Mangoes and Almonds

This sweet-tangy curried chicken salad, tossed with mango and crunchy toasted almonds, was invented to honor the crowning of Queen Elizabeth II in 1953, and served at her coronation luncheon. While chef Tom Aikens follows the original recipe closely, he brightens the dressing with minced hot chiles and chunks of sweet mango.

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Chicken Salad with Blue Cheese and Grapes

Chicken Salad with Blue Cheese and Grapes
Grace Parisi

Grace Parisi considered many classic salads, like Waldorf and Cobb, before deciding on her version of chicken salad, which mixes store-bought roasted chicken with blue cheese, grapes, celery and sunflower seeds. She likes eating it wrapped in Bibb lettuce leaves.

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Chicken-and-Garlic Chowder

Chicken-and-Garlic Chowder
© Tina Rupp

The beauty of this recipe is that it takes advantage of an array of terrific prefab ingredients, from prepeeled garlic and precut butternut squash to rotisserie chicken and frozen sofrito (the Spanish green-pepper-and-onion seasoning paste). Poaching the prepeeled garlic cloves in milk helps bring out an extraordinary depth of flavor.

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Sugar Snap Pea Salad

Sugar Snap Pea Salad Recipe
Photo by Greg DuPree / Prop Styling by Christine Keely / Food Styling by Chelsea Zimmer

Sweet sugar snap peas give this light summer salad from Ivan Conill's Branch Line in Boston a satisfying crunch, while whole-milk ricotta adds heft with its creamy richness. Shredded rotisserie chicken may be omitted for a vegetarian version, or you can substitute with flaked hot smoked salmon.

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Thai Chicken Soup

Thai Chicken Soup
© Fredrika Stjärne

Chef Spike Gjerde says this soup is his family staple. The flavors are bright and the dish is easy to make, especially with store-bought rotisserie chicken. Gjerde adds lemongrass, ginger and plenty of lime to create a broth that's light, tangy and aromatic.

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