Need to make dinner quick but are starved for ideas?
Don’t be tempted to do take out when you have these meal ideas to go to.
With a store bought rotisserie chicken, the possibilities are endless. Costco seems to have the best price for rotisserie chicken at $4.99.
Or use left over rotisserie chicken from last night’s dinner.
Here are meals that I’ve made with a whole or left over rotisserie chicken.
And by easy, I mean there aren’t a lot of ingredients so you’ll be able to picture what’s in it.
1. Chicken Apple Salad Sandwich
No cook meals are great for those nights when you don’t have time to cook. Start with shredded rotisserie chicken, diced granny smith apple, mayo, and pepper to taste. Scoop it onto your favorite bread. Voila! Dinner is ready!
2. Chicken Salad
Shred chicken onto a bed of your favorite lettuce greens. Add sliced tomatoes, cucumbers, cheese, salad dressing, or whatever else you want. Easy!
3. Chicken Ramen
What’s easier than ramen? To make it heartier, add shredded chicken and your favorite frozen veggies. Done in under 10 minutes. My favorite brand of ramen is Koyo Tofu and Miso Ramen because it’s all natural and doesn’t have preservatives or MSG like the other brands.
4. Chicken Noodle Soup
It will warm you in the winter or when you’re sick. Add sliced carrots, celery, shredded chicken and chicken bouillon (according to package directions) to boiling water. Boil around5 – 10 minutes or until you can pierce carrots with a fork.
Add cooked noodles or pasta when done. My favorite bouillon is Better Than Bouillon, found in jar form. It’s all natural, doesn’t have MSG, and makes my soups full in flavor. They also have an organic, low sodium version, which is the one I found at Costco.
5. Chicken Quesadilla
Chicken quesadilla is easy and quick to make. Warm tortilla in a pan and add shredded chicken and shredded mozzarella or cheddar cheese. Fold in half and flip when brown. Here’s an easy chicken quesadilla recipe found on All Recipes.
6. Chicken Congee
Congee is rice porridge, an Asian comfort food. We eat this when we’re sick, for breakfast, or anytime of day. Cooking congee is a little more challenging than the other meal ideas listed here, but after awhile, you’ll get the hang of it.
It may become a go-to meal for you because you don’t have to add a lot of ingredients. You’re just boiling rice but adding extra water to it so that you get a watery rice soup consistency.
And the rice is boiled to the point where it’s broken up and the starch makes it creamy. It’s easier and quicker to boil already cooked rice, rather than raw rice, which is a good way to use up leftover rice.
Add desired amount of rice to pot and add water. The ratio of water to rice depends on how thin or thick you want your congee to be.
Honestly, I don’t really measure, I just add water until I like the consistency. When it boils, some of the water will evaporate so you can always add more water to it as it cooks.
Start with a 1:2 ratio of rice to water, then add more water as needed. Boil for about 20 – 30 minutes or until the congee is the desired consistency. Add shredded rotisserie chicken, sliced ginger, scallions, etc. Here’s a congee recipe for reference.
7. Rotisserie Chicken with Veggies and Rice
When I’m tired or don’t have a lot of time, I buy a rotissserie chicken, then cook rice and veggies. If you’re super tired or busy, you can even cook the fresh or frozen veggies in the rice cooker with a steamer basket!
Place veggies in the last 5 minutes of cooking rice. If you don’t want to bother with cooking rice, just add a salad and dinner is ready.