We’ve been enjoying some creative ways to use a Costco rotisserie chicken. It’s so inexpensive and delicious!
First, let’s talk about the joys of a Costco rotisserie chicken.
They cost five bucks and they taste wonderful. A rotisserie chicken is a fantastic “convenience food” worth taking advantage of when you hit Costco. Enjoy it with a simple salad and container of berries and you have an amazing meal for around $10!
My Costco chicken friend
We have a dear, precious friend who blesses us with a rotisserie chicken almost every time she goes to Costco. Why does she do this? Because she knows we have our hands full of babies and a lot of mouths to feed. This is a way she blesses our family. Not only does she pick up a chicken for us: she takes the meat off the bone and delivers it in a bag, ready for us to eat! It’s such a gift!!!
Here are some ways we enjoy this gift…
Ways to Use a Costco Rotisserie Chicken
1. Serve the chicken with salad and veggie or fruit, and you have yourself a meal.
Like this, except with rotisserie chicken. I didn’t have a current picture. :) :) :)
2. Sprinkle the chicken into a salad to turn a salad into a meal.
3. Get creative with chicken in the lunchbox.
Send the chicken in a lunchbox along with ranch dressing or barbecue sauce for dipping.
4. Make Chicken-Cheese Melts.
Put chicken on open-faced buns, drizzle ranch or another favorite sauce on the chicken, cover with cheese and broil in the oven, or put them into the air fryer to melt the cheese. These are a favorite!!!
The above picture is a look at how I built our lunch sandwiches one morning. Elias and Matt were heading to their weekly prayer lunch with friends so I made theirs to send with them on paper plates. Malachi was finishing a work project with a deadline at his computer one morning so I fixed a special plate for him. The littles and I finished the rest. :)
5. Make Alfredo and stir in some rotisserie chicken. Amazing!
6. Make Chicken Enchiladas.
This picture isn’t too exciting, but here’s what it looked like one morning when I was building a great big pan of Creamy Enchiladas to share at Malachi’s tennis team potluck. I had rotisserie chicken in the freezer so I pulled it out and used it to put this together quickly. It was a huge hit at the potluck!
The best way to eat a Costco rotisserie chicken is simply to eat it. :) But it’s fun to have these options too when thinking about creative ways to use up chicken that’s been pulled off the bone.
Do you like to buy a rotisserie chicken at Costco or at another grocery store? What do you do with the chicken?
Sam’s Rotisserie Chicken is delicious! I love the price too! Thank you for some new ideas to use it!
I always, always buy two rotisserie chickens on the day I pick upy Sam’s order. As soon as I get home, I put them in the crock pot to stay warm and then put all the groceries away. (With our big family haul that can take a while.) After a nice chicken dinner with added rice, fresh fruit, and veggies, I pull the meat off the bones while it’s still warm. Next day, I pressure cook the bones to get all the goodness out of them and use the broth for soup, stew, or gravy along with the leftover meat. We can often get 3 or 4 meals out of two birds!! Hooray for rotisserie chicken!!!!
That’s a great idea. Thank you for sharing. Do you add anything, besides maybe water, to the pressure cooker? What setting works the best for you?
Patricia R. says
I’m not Kathy but I do this and I don’t bother with anything but water. I cook on high pressure for 60 to 90 minutes. I add a touch of vinegar which is supposed to help draw out the collagen. I add all my seasonings when I use the broth. I’m too lazy to add all the other stuff.
K Ann Guinn says
I also make broth in my IP (chicken or other bones), and add the vinegar. But I also stuff the thing full of any leftover veggie scraps I save (I keep a bag in my freezer for carrot and celery ends when I trim them, especially for broth). I usually add an onion and garlic. I throw in fresh herbs when they are in season. Just use what you have and it will add flavor and health to your broth!
K Ann Guinn says
These are great ideas, and I agree that club rotisserie chickens are the best (and bigger than the regular super market ones, I’ve found!). Interestingly, our Costco sells sealed bags of rotisserie chicken and I often get one to freeze. There is almost certainly the meat from several birds in there, and it’s all prepped! I’m not sure, as our Costco is far away and I don’t go as often as I’d like (we joined mostly for their fabulous deal on good quality hearing aids!), but I don’t think there are freshly roasted ones in the store, so maybe that’s why? Or do all Costcos carry this amazing already-done-for-you rotisserie chicken?
Jennifer Brown says
I like to buy 2 at a time. It’s manageable to de bone and portion two of them even after putting the rest of the costco loot away. I put both carcasses in the crockpot filled with water and cook it on low overnight. I turn it off in the morning, and after lunch and it’s cooled I portion out the broth. My favorite stew to make with the broth is https://www.budgetbytes.com/pollo-guisado/ .
My favorite soup to make with the shredded costco chicken and the broth is this https://lilluna.com/crock-pot-green-chile-enchilada-soup/