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May 26, 2008 05:45 AM

What do you do with a store bought Rotisserie Chicken?

Costco and Sam's club sell really good rotisserie chickens for under $6, they taste great and you can hardly buy a raw chicken for less money. We've eaten them as is and we've made chicken salad with them. I'm sure there are a million other things to do with them, what's your favorite?

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  1. I make home chicken soup. Take off breast meat (save in plastic baggie, in fridge), then fill Staub 1/2 way up with water, immerse chicken, bring to a boil. Place 1 onion cut in half, 2 bay leaves, 2 stalks of celerly, and 2 whole carrots. Add a pinch of kosher salt, bring to a boil. Turn down to a simmer, and let cook for an hour or more. Strain liquid and place in a covered bowl in fridge. Dispose of carcass and cooked veggies (unless you want to pick through the carcass for meat). Slice up 1/2 onion, 4 carrots, 3 celery ribs. Add 2 tblsp. of olive oil, in a heated Staub, place in onion, stir. Add 1 tsp of kosher salt, and let get translucent (about 5 min) on medium heat, add carrot and celery, add 1 tbsp of kosher salt and some freshly ground black pepper. Skim stock, and add to cooking vegetables. Bring to a boil, turn down to simmer, add shredded chicken breast meat, some red pepper flakes and one bay leaf.
    Chop up 1 bunch of broccoli rabe(remove woody stems) and place in the pot, place lid on pan. Cook for 10-15 min. Shut off, let sit for 15 minutes, or at this point transfer to a bowl and refrigerate. Cook 1 cup orzo seperatly when ready to serve. Add a ladle of orzo in bottom of soup bowl, and place soup on top. Sprinkle with good parmesean cheese.

    It's cooking on my stove as we speak. Great for work lunches, and pretty healthy too.

    I have also made:

    Ina's Chinese Chicken Salad
    Ina's Chicken Stew w/biscuits

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    1. re: mcel215

      I especially like this for a QUICK chicken soup that frequently has more flavor than a long cooked one with a fresh raw chicken. I use a good canned (or boxed ) chicken stock (or one that I've frozen) and dump the whole thing with all juices in a pot, cover w/ stock and simmer while I prepare my veggies. In go carrots, celery and usually some ginger, cook your noodles, warm up the bread and Bob's your uncle! Maybe 1/2 hour-45 minutes, depending how quick you are with veg prep.

    2. Just to start things off...we often use the chicken in quesadillas and in tortilla soup.

      1. well, you can use them in pretty much anything that calls for chicken. ;) our favorite is chicken tostadas:

        fry up corn tortillas.
        slather w/ sour cream.
        top with sliced avocado, shredded chicken, shredded lettuce, thinly sliced tomato.
        finish off with crumbled cotija cheese and pickled red onions.

        1. My favorite thing for those is putting the chicken in a pita with red onions, cucumber, lettuce, and a dill yogurt cream. Makes a nice sandwich.

          1. Here's a recipe from Spanish chef F Adria for 'rotisserie chicken with dried fruit'