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  • Writer's pictureJoanna Loughran

Winner winner chicken dinner! Rotisserie chicken for the win 🏆

In one of my last blog posts we talked about meal preparation. While meal prep might not be your thing, it’s certainly a great way to set your week up for success. One of my favorite proteins to prepare is a rotisserie chicken. It is lean and delicious and can give you lots of meal mileage for the week.

Baking a whole chicken is super easy and provides a really versatile protein that can be added into dishes throughout the week. If you don't have time, you can pick up a rotisserie chicken at Costco or your local grocery store already prepped and ready to go.

With a rotisserie chicken sitting in your fridge, you can make 20+ dinners in 30 minutes or less. It is delicious, nutritious and can be added into many different dishes including soups, pastas, rice, pizzas and so much more. Let’s explore some of these fast prep, delicious dishes!

Chicken Enchilada Casserole

I love making chicken enchiladas! It’s a super versatile dish. You can also hide a lot of veggies in this dish too. Sometimes I like to roll my enchiladas but if I’m being lazy and don’t have much time I like to make an enchilada casserole.

In the casserole version you layer the tortillas, chicken, sauce, and cheese until you make it to the top of the dish. Throw it in the oven at 375° and bake until it’s brown and bubbly on the top. Recipe here!

Lemon Chicken Soup

Avgolemono soup was one of my staples when I worked in Greece. It’s a tasty, quick option for your leftover rotisserie chicken. When I make this at home I use the chicken carcass to make the stock. I love this recipe because it is light and delicious and uses some very simple ingredients for maximum taste.

In this recipe I use orzo which is like a fluffy rice shaped pasta but I have used many different types of pasta in this dish. Ingredients are simple: celery, carrots, onion, garlic, chicken broth, uncooked pasta, and lemon juice. Recipe here!

BBQ Sliders

One of the great things about rotisserie chicken is that the flavor is so light you can add new more robust flavors into the chicken very easily. Use a fork to pull apart the chicken and shred it. Grab your favorite barbecue sauce and simmer the chicken in the pan for a few minutes until warmed through and Smokey flavored.

Throw a steamy mound of smoked chicken on a bun top with pickled onions and serve with a side of crunchy coleslaw or baked beans for the win! Cook from scratch Recipe here!

Chicken Tacos

Taco Tuesday is always a favorite in our house and using the same methodology as the barbecue chicken sliders you can create delicious chicken tacos in just 10 minutes. Shred the chicken and add to a pan with taco seasoning if you have some, or chili powder cayenne and smoked paprika. I like to add a little beer and let the chicken simmer until the flavors are infused. Add to flour or corn tortillas with your favorite taco toppings. Our favorites are avocado, salsa, sour cream, and cheese. Recipe here!

Eating and making food should not be stressful! I hope this article provides you with a helpful meal prep tip to take the stress out of meal times. No matter how many people you are cooking for, creating a plan of action ahead of time sets you up for the best success. Planning ahead also helps you make healthy choices and plan for a variety of foods in addition to these benefits, shopping around a meal plan also helps save money! Check back next week for more healthy eating, healthy lifestyle tips.

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