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.
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This recipe is wonderful moving into summer — featuring the aroma of fresh dill and garnished with ripe tomatoes. Use leftover grilled chicken for this recipe also.
Tomatillos lend a unique and authentically Mexican flavor to the cooked green salsa within this recipe. These days, tomatillos are widely available in the specialty section of supermarket produce departments — they look like little green tomatoes in a papery husk. Try them and you will look for ways to include them in all of your Mexican dishes.
This is a salad best thrown together shortly before serving. Or, if it is going to sit awhile, add the goat cheese just before serving, so it doesn't get too soggy.
Don't be put off by the title of this recipe. Sriracha is simply a hot sauce, mixed with sour cream for this recipe. The spring rolls are baked and not fried. Substitute leftover shredded pork or cooked shrimp for alternative flavors.
This version of the popular Cobb salad calls for an easy Roquefort dressing from scratch instead of crumbled blue cheese.
This version of a chicken potpie is the classic comfort food.
This is a lighter version of the classic chili with meat, a nice change for summer.
Delicious as a salad or a sandwich, this gourmet meal can be ready in less than 15 minutes.