1 Rotisserie Chicken, 2 Meals, Spend Less Than $25

Have I mentioned how I like quick meals?  These may not be ready in 10 minutes, but picking up a store bought rotisserie chicken surely speeds up the process.  Invest $25, about 30 minutes and you’ll have dinner for 4 for 2 nights.

Recipes Using Rotisserie ChickenMost grocery stores have rotisserie chickens ready to go every day at dinner time.  If you want something fresh and “whole” but don’t want to spend a ton of time on prep or cooking, grabbing a rotisserie chicken is a great shortcut.  Even when 4 of us were eating, we never at the whole chicken the first night.  Don’t pitch the left overs though!  That’s tomorrow night’s dinner!

Repurpose Rotisserie ChickenFor meal one, we’re making roasted veggies and serving the chicken as is.  The kids always take the legs and the breast are usually big enough that 1 and a half will feed two adults.

Roasting VegetablesYou can use just about any combo of veggies, but I prefer to stay away from potatoes or anything that you wouldn’t eat raw.  I don’t want to spend 45 minutes roasting veggies.  Mushrooms, baby carrots, broccolini and radishes were what looked good to me.  If you’ve never grilled or roasted a radish, you should give it a try.  The flavor completely changes.  They are amazing!

Oven Roast VeggiesThere is absolutely no measuring in either of these meals!  Use your eyes and you’ll be fine.  For the veggies, they all go in a mixing bowl (after being rinsed) and I add a few tablespoons of olive oil and a good chug of balsamic vinegar.  For seasoning, you can go as simple as salt and pepper or add some Italian herbs. Toss it all together and pour it in a baking dish.  It hits the oven for about 20 minutes at 425 degrees.

Rotisserie Chicken with Over Roast Veggies As you can see, the balsamic caramelizes a bit and gets a nice sweet and tangy flavor going.  It’s a great compliment to the simple flavor of the chicken.

While your veggies are roasting, you have plenty of time to completely prep your second meal.  My chicken salad, which I happen to think is killer, is a family favorite.  (It’s also a great way to use leftover turkey from those upcoming holiday meals!)  You want to pick clean that chicken.  Both thighs, the half breast that’s left plus any breast meat hanging onto the bones from the other side.  Wing meat works great here too.  Leave no meat behind!  It’s faster than you think… you’ll have the chicken picked clean in under 5 minutes.

Chicken Salad IngredientsIn my chicken salad, I use chopped chicken, diced apple, chopped celery, sliced grapes, a few sliced green onions, salt, pepper and mayo.  Mix it all up, adjust your mayo and seasonings until you’re happy with the consistency and flavor, then store it in an air tight container in the fridge for tomorrow.  I like to add pecans to mine just before serving.

Rotisserie Chicken SaladIf you catch the things you need on sale, you can make both of these for WAY under $25.  I paid full price for most of my ingredients and still came out at roughly $23.  If you don’t want chicken two nights back to back, easy enough… hold off on your chicken salad ingredients, but still pick that chicken clean.  Toss the meat into a freezer bag and into the cold it goes.  You can pull it out a day ahead and prep your chicken salad for another day.

Do you have any favorite shortcuts you take when cooking?  The rotisserie chicken is one of my favorite shortcuts, but I know there are other great shortcuts too.  Share your secrets with the rest of us in the comments!

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8 Responses to 1 Rotisserie Chicken, 2 Meals, Spend Less Than $25

  1. Emily says:

    When we have a whole chicken (rotisserie or not), it always lasts more than one meal! I love that. Generally, we eat the chicken with veggies and green salad the first night. In the winter, I usually make chicken pot pie as our second meal. It’s also a great topping for pizza.

  2. We love doing this in our house! I usually use the leftover chicken to make soup the next day- chicken noodle or my homemade chicken lemon soup. It is such a great way to save money on dinners! 🙂 Pinned.

    • mamamommymom says:

      Oh, yes! Chicken Noodle Soup is an excellent way to use the extra chicken. Yummy! Perfect heading into this time of year too.

  3. Laura says:

    Rotisserie Chicken is so amazing! I love it!

  4. Jennifer says:

    I love picking up a fresh chicken for less than $6 and using our own rotisserie 🙂 The bones and extra meat get boiled into a yummy soup or stew when we’re done too 🙂

  5. Paige says:

    Yum! I love rotisserie chicken! so good!

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