15 No-Cook Meals You Can Make from Rotisserie Chicken
What's for dinner when you're just too busy to cook? Pick up a deli-roasted chicken and you're more than halfway there. Here are some top-rated recipes to make with leftover rotisserie chicken, from tacos to sandwiches and salads. You'll be able to make a meal quickly without ever touching the oven.
Chicken Chow Mein Salad
Ranch Chicken Tacos
"A great change from regular Mexican style tacos," says recipe creator Joan Dredge. "A cool summer dinner, made quick with leftover rotisserie chicken." To make this recipe no-cook, simply use a still warm rotisserie chicken straight from the store and skip the step of toasting the tortillas.
Chicken, Feta Cheese, and Sun-Dried Tomato Wraps
Tangy sun-dried tomatoes, salty feta, and fresh spinach make this wrap a one-way ticket to Mediterranean flavors. It can be turned no-cook by forgoing the marination step and just tossing rotisserie chicken with the other ingredients.
Chicken and Vegetable Pasta Salad
Each bite of this pasta salad is packed with hearty chicken, refreshing veggies, and a tangy Italian dressing. "Chicken, vegetables and pasta make up this filling salad which everyone seems to like, even people who don't like pasta salad," describes recipe creator Bethany Gronberg. "This is great for hot summer days when you just don't feel like turning on the oven." Use leftover pasta to make it no-cook.
Southwest Chicken and Corn Bread Salad
A savory twist on the classic trifle, this stick-to-your-ribs salad combines rotisserie chicken, cornbread, a spicy ranch dressing, green chiles, and other colorful vegetables. Serve in a clear bowl for a beautiful presentation.
Easy Spring Rolls
It doesn't get much easier than spring rolls. Simply soak the rice paper wrapper in a little water, stuff in your filling, then get to rolling! This version features chicken, cucumbers, mint, tzatziki sauce, and rice noodles.
Strawberry Chicken Salad for Sandwiches
With sweet strawberries, crunchy pecans, and a creamy poppy seed dressing, this bold chicken salad is perfect for summer. Serve on bread or a croissant for a vibrant sandwich, or plate it up with crackers and vegetable sticks for a casual meal.
Spicy Rice Noodle Salad
This cold noodle salad makes a perfect nest for shredded chicken. Reviewer Allison Rourke says, "I LOVED this salad! So refreshing on a hot summer day."
Steve's Roasted Chicken Soft Tacos
Chili-coated chicken is layered up with shredded cheese and pico de gallo in tender flour tortillas for this easy dinner. If you're using a fresh rotisserie chicken that's still hot, you can skip the reheating step of the recipe and keep the dish no-cook.
Mediterranean Chicken Pitas
Soft whole wheat pitas are the perfect vehicles for stuffing with flavorful Mediterranean ingredients. Rotisserie chicken (great hot or cold) is tossed with feta, artichoke hearts, and green onions to create a wow-worthy sandwich.
Buffalo Chicken Pasta Salad
Get all the heat of classic buffalo sauce with the creamy coolness of blue cheese dressing in this unique pasta salad recipe. Each bite is studded with diced chicken, celery, bell peppers, and onions. Either choose pre-cooked store-bought pasta, or use leftover noodles to create this no-cook meal.
BBQ Chicken Chopped Salad
Use hot or cold rotisserie chicken as the base for this bold salad. Recipe creator Shanon explains, "The lime juice intensified by the jicama draws out the flavor of the vegetables, so an oil- or cream-based dressing is not necessary."
Avocado Ranch Chicken Salad
Rich avocado and creamy ranch give this chicken salad a velvety texture, while cashews add a distinct crunch. Serve in lettuce cups or tucked into a pretzel bun for a complete meal.
Poppy Seed Chicken Pasta Salad
Get all the flavor of a poppy seed chicken salad, just transformed into a pasta dish. Opt for leftover pasta, or store-bought pre-cooked pasta, to make this meal no-cook.