For dinner on the run, a supermarket deli rotisserie chicken is a great stand-in for a home-cooked meal. Widely available in flavors such as lemon, barbecue, rosemary-garlic and original, it is a culinary delight simply to rip off a juicy leg or two standing over the kitchen counter. But with a little planning, this popular take-out item can serve as the base for a number of easy and fast meals from pizza, salads or wraps to enchiladas, soups and potpies. The average take-out chicken should yield 3 to 4 cups of shredded meat. For the healthiest meals, be sure to remove the skin to reduce cholesterol.
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Handling Tips: Be sure that the chickens you purchase are hot and properly stored in a hot case. Use within a few hours or refrigerate up to three days. Fully cooked rotisserie chickens can be frozen up to four months.
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Cookbook author Anne Byrn describes deli-roasted chickens as the lifeline to dozens of quick, tasty dinners and shares her favorite family recipe for this chicken and white bean ragout. Add some crusty bread and dinner will be ready in less than 30 minutes.
Customize this recipe with the sweet, tangy or spicy barbecue sauce of your choice. This recipe will please kids and adults alike.