How To Make 5 Meals From One Rotisserie Chicken

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Have you bought a rotisserie chicken from Costco lately? Oh, my goodness, they are juicy, moist chickens already cooked and weigh about 3 pounds! I would love to say I have chickens in my backyard, but nope, that’s not going to happen. I live in an HOA and to be honest with you, I couldn’t kill one and then eat it. I can hardly debone one. Okay, let me say this, I do not debone them, Mark does. He fills a container that holds 9 cups!! One rotisserie chicken gives me 9 cups of juicy chicken for only $5.00. I love it!

Here’s the deal, we are all trying to cut our grocery bill, right? I know I am. I decided to buy one chicken a week, debone it and separate the meat into 5 baggies. One for each meal. I use one for the first night and one for the second night. I’m always nervous about meat so I freeze three of the bags for the other meals. The night before going to fix my dinner for that day, I grab a bag from the freezer and let it thaw in the refrigerator. It’s totally cut up and ready for any one of the recipes below.

Rotisserie Chicken

When I raised my own family, I could stretch a meal with one cup of chicken. I must confess, I would stretch a can of tuna to make seven sandwiches. Oh, my, looking back those must have been really thin tuna sandwiches. I would add lots of pickles (I canned) and lettuce from the garden when it was summertime. No one complained that’s how we lived and saved lots of grocery money. And I made the bread so that made them taste even better.

Rotisserie Chicken Frugal Meals

Rotisserie Chicken

1. Chicken Noodle Soup

Chicken Noodle Soup
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
6 hrs
Total Time
6 hrs 15 mins
 
Course: Main Course, Soup
Cuisine: American
Servings: 8 people
Ingredients
  • 2 cups of cooked chicken
  • 6 cups water
  • 1/4 cup Better Than Bouillon Chicken Base or substitute equal amounts of water with chicken broth
  • 3/4 cup freeze-dried onions or 1 fresh onion chopped into bite-size pieces
  • 3/4 cup dry dehydrated carrots or 1-1/2 cups diced fresh carrots
  • 3/4 cup dry freeze-dried celery or 1-1/2 cups diced fresh celery
  • 1 teaspoon dried parsley
  • 1 teaspoon dried sweet basil
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • salt to taste
  • 1 package Grandma’s frozen egg noodles (11-ounces cooked and separated as directed, or boil your pasta of choice)
  • 2 cans cream of chicken soup undiluted (optional)
Instructions
  1. Combine all ingredients in a slow cooker 6 to 8 hours on LOW. ***BUT add the Grandma's Noodles the last two hours or they will be mushy. Enjoy!

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2. Rotisserie Chicken Casserole

Rotisserie Chicken Casserole
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
30 mins
Total Time
45 mins
 
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Servings: 8 people
Ingredients
  • 2 cups cooked chicken cut into bite-size pieces
  • 3 cups cooked rice
  • ½ chopped fresh onion
  • 1 cup fresh celery chopped into bite-size pieces
  • 1 can water chestnuts drained, sliced or chopped (approximately 8 ounces)
  • 1 cup mayonnaise or miracle whip
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 cup almonds (slivered)
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Place all the ingredients in a large bowl, except the almonds. Stir the mixture until blended well. Place in a 9-inch by 13-inch greased pan and bake uncovered for 30-40 minutes, or until heated through. Add the almonds to the top of the casserole during the last 5-10 minutes of baking.

3. Chicken Tortilla Soup

Chicken Tortilla Soup
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
6 hrs
Total Time
6 hrs 10 mins
 
Course: Main Course, Soup
Cuisine: American, Mexican
Servings: 8 people
Ingredients
  • 2 cups cooked chicken
  • 2 teaspoons cumin
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon taco seasoning
  • ½ teaspoons garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoons salt
  • 1 cup minced onion
  • 1 cup chopped green pepper
  • 1 cup chopped red pepper
  • 2 tablespoons minced garlic
  • 1 can of 10-ounces Rotel Tomatoes and Green Chilies
  • 2 cans of 15-ounces each black beans, drained
  • 32- ounces chicken broth
  • 4 cups hot water
  • 4 tablespoons tomato paste
  • *Add more chili powder or taco seasoning (if desired)
Instructions
  1. Combine all ingredients in your slow cooker and cook on low 6-8 hours. After cooking add a few broken tortilla chips with a dollop of sour cream on top.

4. Chicken Enchiladas

Chicken Enchiladas
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
45 mins
Total Time
55 mins
 
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Mexican
Ingredients
  • 1-1/2 to 2 cups cooked shredded chicken
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1-8- oz. cream cheese softened
  • 1-4- oz. can green chilies (chopped)
  • 2 cups grated Tillamook cheese
  • 12 flour pre-cooked tortillas
  • 1-10 oz. can enchilada sauce of choice
  • 1-10-3/4 oz. can cream of mushroom soup
  • 1 cup grated cheese to sprinkle over the enchiladas
Instructions
  1. Combine the ingredients, except for the mushroom soup, enchilada sauce, and one cup grated cheese. Mix the ingredients in a large bowl and evenly scoop the chicken mixture into each flour tortilla. Fold the sides in toward the center and roll and tuck the other sides under and place in a greased 9 inch by 13-inch pan. Mix together the soup and enchilada sauce and spread over the enchiladas. Sprinkle with the remaining one cup grated cheese. Cover with foil and bake at 350 degrees for 45-60 minutes or until fully cooked.

5. White Chili With Chicken

White Chili With Chicken
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
5 hrs
Total Time
5 hrs 10 mins
 
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Mexican
Servings: 8 people
Ingredients
  • 3 cans of 15-ounces each of small white beans (not drained)
  • 1-1/2 to 2 cups chicken cooked and shredded
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 1 cup mozzarella cheese (grated)
  • 4- ounce can green chilies (diced)
  • 1/4 cup chopped onion
  • 16- ounce jar of salsa
  • Sour cream to garnish
  • Tortilla chips crushed for garnish
Instructions
  1. Add the ingredients in order into a slow cooker and cook on low 5-6 hours. Serve with crushed tortilla chips on top of the chili with a dollop of sour cream.

I hope these rotisserie chicken recipes help you stretch your grocery bill once again. I love it when I can buy a $5.00 chicken and make 5 meals, gotta love it! May God bless you to be prepared for the unexpected. Be safe my friends.

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12 thoughts on “How To Make 5 Meals From One Rotisserie Chicken

  • March 21, 2018 at 7:28 am
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    Yummmo! Thanks for sharing these recipes.

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    • March 21, 2018 at 10:20 am
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      Hi, Rita, you are so cute! I have readers reminding me of so many more recipes, I love these chickens! Happy Wednesday! Linda

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  • March 21, 2018 at 10:57 am
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    Love these chickens. I use them to top salads too. Thanks for the recipes

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    • March 21, 2018 at 4:49 pm
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      Hi Deborah, thank you so much for commenting. I am using some of my chicken from the freezer on some salads tonight, I love having it ready to go. Linda

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  • March 21, 2018 at 1:24 pm
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    It is a money / food savings. I have used the rotisserie chickens and it is a great idea to purchase one a week and then do your menus for the next several days sometimes my grocery store and also wal mart will run a special on them and so a win win for me and my pocketbook. Love your blog Thanks again.

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    • March 21, 2018 at 4:52 pm
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      Hi Debbie, I have heard that Walmart puts the chickens on sale after a certain amount of time or during the day. I think that Walmart cuts the price of the chickens in half, someone told me. Yay, more savings! Linda

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  • March 21, 2018 at 4:16 pm
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    Yummy. Now to get a chicken. I love chicken enchiladas. I like the sour cream sauce on them.

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    • March 21, 2018 at 4:52 pm
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      Hi, Deborah, I love enchiladas, I could eat Mexican food every night! Linda

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  • March 21, 2018 at 5:56 pm
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    Awesome idea. I often open a tin can of chicken to make the above type recipes. HOWEVER, yours is fresh and yours is cheaper and probably tastes better. You are using about a dollar’s worth of chicken and the cans are more than that.

    I LOL-ed at stretching the tuna. In an old crank meat grinder, I used to grind up home made pickles and onion and I’d run white bread through the grinder. I let the white bread sit in the drained water from the tuna cqn to soak up a little flavor, that, the tuna and the pickle and onion with mayo, plop on the garden leaf lettuce and I ended up with a bunch of tunafish sandwiches with a lot of extenders in them. Like you, I was trying to save whatever money I could, and I didn’t get complaints either. However, I made up for the minimal protein in that sandwich with a protein rich evening meal. We didn’t die.

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    • March 22, 2018 at 7:21 am
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      Hi Debbie, oh my gosh I love your comment. You probably know by now I love to laugh with people so your comment “We didn’t die” got me giggling. My kids are still alive!! When I was raising my kids there was no entitlement. First of all, could I have used food stamps, sure, but why? I learned from my mom how to stretch meals. I wish I had thought of the meat grinder with white bread, pickles, onions, and the tuna water. Brilliant!! I buy 6 can packs of canned chicken from Costco. I make everything with those cans. You are right I’m using $1.00 worth of chicken in every meal. I need to see what I paid for the cans of chicken from Costco. Great comment! Hugs, Linda

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  • March 28, 2018 at 1:12 pm
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    9 Cups!?! Really? I’ve started buying rotisserie chickens from Walmart but I only end up with 4-5 cups of meat. 9 cups is INCREDIBLE! I’ll definitely have to check the weight of  WAlmarts chickens next time I buy one. Thanks for the suggestions! 

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    • March 28, 2018 at 2:34 pm
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      Hi, Hope, my husband debones the chicken and we filled a 9-cup Rubbermaid container. I had to turn the container over that was empty because I was so surprised to see how much chicken we got off that one Costco chicken. This is so funny that you mentioned you only get 4-5 cups. I was at a store called Albertson’s here in Southern Utah and the rotisserie chicken there was so much smaller than the Costco ones. I will have to check the weight next time, but those chickens cost $8.99!!! Costco charges $4.99!! What a difference in price and size. I guess we will both check the weights now! Linda

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