How to Use Leftover Rotisserie Chicken

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Precooked rotisserie chicken cuts down on meal prep time for many busy families. Don't let those moist and tasty leftovers go to waste. Save the extra bird, bones and all, in a covered container. Combine with ingredients from the pantry to make a delicious new meal.

Things You'll Need

  • Soup pot
  • Onions
  • Celery
  • Carrots
  • Egg noodles
  • Strainer
  • Frying pan
  • Oil
  • Soy or teriyaki sauce
  • Wonton wrappers
  • Ricotta cheese
  • Basil
  • Parmesan cheese
  • Manicotti
  • Tortillas
  • Rice and beans
  • Salsa
  • Enchilada sauce
  • Shredded cheese
  • Taco shells
  • Make chicken noodle soup. Cover the leftover meat and bones with water in a large pot. Cut up an onion, celery and a few carrots. Add them to the water and simmer for about an hour. Remove the bones. Add a package of egg noodles and cook until the noodles are tender. Try variations like Mexican chicken tortilla soup, chicken and cabbage soup or chicken and rice soup.

  • Make stock. Place the chicken carcass in water with an onion, celery, carrot chunks and herbs. Simmer for a couple of hours, then strain. Use your homemade stock instead of water to cook rice.

  • Stir-fry leftover chicken chunks with chopped vegetables like onions, green and red peppers, carrots and garlic. Cook the vegetables in oil a large, hot frying pan. Once the veggies are soft add the chicken. Season with soy or teriyaki sauce.

  • Stuff leftover chicken into homemade ravioli. Fill premade wonton wrappers with shredded chicken, ricotta cheese, basil and Parmesan. Boil in salted water and cover with your favorite sauce. For another pasta dish, stuff manicotti shells with chicken, ricotta cheese and basil. Bake with your favorite sauce.

  • Try dishes with a Mexican accent. Load a tortilla with chicken pieces, rice and beans. Fold it up, cover with salsa or enchilada sauce and bake for homemade burritos. Stuff a tortilla with chicken and cheese, roll it up and cover with enchilada sauce. Bake to make a chicken enchilada. Pile the chicken in soft or hard taco shells to make chicken tacos.

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References

  • "Yankee Magazine's Now That's Ingenious!"; The Editors of Yankee Magazine; 2002
  • "365 More Ways to Cook Chicken"; Melanie Barnard; 1996
  • Photo Credit Jupiterimages/Comstock/Getty Images
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