Sep 1, 2009

Rotisserie Chicken

By Ellen Wilson
How to Use Rotisserie Chicken When you need an extra ‘umph' in your main dish but don't want to take the time to prepare and cook any meat, a rotisserie chicken can add both protein and taste to your meal.  Here are a few dishes that work well with shredded chicken from a store-bought rotisserie and just a few other ingredients.

Salad:
Add chicken on top of any salad combination to make it a complete dinner.  Items you might want to pick up:  lettuce, croutons, salad dressing (Caesar is always a good choice), tomatoes, cucumbers, cheese and any other fresh salad items.

Chicken casseroles:
There are many casserole dishes that call for shredded chicken. A good recipe to look for is Chicken Tetrazzini, which uses linguine, peas, chicken broth and mushrooms as its main ingredients.

Sandwiches:
Combine chicken with a crusty bread, honey or Dijon mustard, tomatoes, lettuce, and a sharp cheese. Or go Italian and add pesto, artichoke hearts, tomatoes and Parmesan.
Chicken potpie:
Shredded chicken is perfect for a potpie. Pick up a store-bought piecrust for an even simpler meal. Other items to grab: celery, carrots, green peas and chicken stock.

Quesadilla:
Simple and filling. Use pepper jack and cheddar for a more flavorful quesadilla and serve with salsa, guacamole and sour cream.

Chicken salad:
Make chicken salad by adding mayonnaise, celery, grapes, nuts, onion and seasonings.

Chicken with
mashed potatoes:

Just serve the rotisserie chicken with mashed potatoes and you have a meal. Make it simple by using instant mashed potatoes.
If you don't use the entire chicken in one night, here are some storing tips so your meat can stay fresh until used.
Refrigerator: Remove all meat and store in a shallow container so that the meat can cool quickly.  When cooled, refrigerate and use within 4 days.

Freezer: Make sure pieces are cooled and store in Ziploc bags. Chicken can be kept for up to four months but will dry out the longer it's in the freezer.

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