25 Ways to Repurpose Rotisserie Chicken

Wednesday, October 19, 2022
Whether you make your own roasted Rotisserie Chicken or stop by your local supermarket to buy one already cooked, we got you covered with our Shortcut Dinner Recipes with Rotisserie Chicken recipes to repurpose it in several different ways!

When our local Costco or supermarkets are running a great price on cooked rotisserie chicken, we stock up on them (usually Costco has them cooked at the lowest price if you live nearby that store) we always make some Waldorf Chicken Salad posted in our recipe card below it's super delicious.

If you were looking for rotisserie recipe ideas you hit the jackpot right here because I have developed so many economical recipes to repurpose it, this chicken salad is just one of many I use it in!

I take all the chicken off the bone and use it for soups, chili, topping salads, pasta and so much more!

Regardless of whether you have leftover chicken or turkey homemade in your kitchen or maybe you stopped by a local market to pick a cooked one up, the recipes can be endless and you can prepare quickly any weeknight.

Repurposing roasted or rotisserie chicken is economical and can certainly be transformed into delicious meals.

Just scroll through our ideas and links for a rotisserie chicken makeover and make a new entree every day of the week.

Don't forget to try our delicious Chicken Waldorf Salad in the recipe card with your leftover rotisserie chicken it's amazing!

collage of rotisserie chicken off the bone

Ideas and Tips for Using Rotisserie Chicken

  1. roast a whole chicken or buy one cooked and take all the meat off the bone
  2. pick a recipe your family likes from our list or a family recipe you like
  3. remove from the bone, and set the chicken aside for other recipes. Place the carcass in cheesecloth tied and boil to make broth
  4. adjust cooking times since the chicken is already cooked
  5. buy two or three cooked chickens at a time, remove from the bone add to small freezer bags for quick recipes store for up to 3 months
  6. a whole chicken can be air-fried,  and oven roasted 
  7. add this rotisserie chicken to your favorite soup recipe, sandwiches, or chili, used for toppings or stuffing
  8. use canned or bottled gravy with boneless chicken over rice or mashed potatoes
  9. add the boneless chicken to a can of tomato rice soup
  10. diced the chicken and add lemon juice, olive oil chopped olives, with diced roasted peppers it makes a great sandwich

chicken waldorf salad on a plate using rotissiere chicken

Ingredients You Will Need to Make Chicken Waldorf Salad

  • cooked rotisserie or roasted chicken removed from the bone
  • sour cream and mayonnaise
  • lemon juice
  • salad greens
  • apples
  • walnuts
  • raisins, craisins, or grapes
  • salt, and pepper to taste
  • DIY Seasoning Recipes

  • recipes using precooked chicken collage

    Recipes Repurposing Leftover Roasted or Rotisserie Chicken

    (adjust cooking times since the chicken is pre-cooked)
    cajun chicken off the bone

    Making Chicken at Home (rotisserie or roasted):

    • Instant Pot: this method uses any chicken parts, first use sear for both sides of the bird, add the garlic, and spices, and top the rub mixture and lemon slices. Pour in 1 cup of any kind of liquid preferably apple juice. Place on pressure cooker mode for 35 minutes and check the internal temperature to be at 165 degrees in the thickest part of your chicken.  
    • Stovetop: Place the bird in a dutch oven sprayed generously with cooking spray, proceed the same cook on medium heat for around an hour and 30 minutes or longer, again checking the internal temperature is 165 degrees.
    • Air Fryer: If you have a toaster oven-style or basket air fryer, this can be done on a broiler pan placing an air fryer on 360 preheated air fryer for 65 minutes, again checking the internal temperature is 165 degrees.
    • Rotisserie  Chicken using a grill: grill the bird for 1 hour and 15 minutes (18 minutes per pound) or until cooked through. Allow resting for 10 minutes before carving. 
    • Note: Try our Bundt Pan Roasted Chicken it tastes just like a rotisserie chicken moist and juicy!

    rotissere chicken from Costco

    Roasted or Rotisserie Chicken Tips

    • be sure to use a deep wider pan bigger than the chicken if roasting at home
    • Turkey can be used instead of chicken in these recipes
    • remove the chicken off the bone when cooled and place it in freezer bags for future meals
    • the chicken off the bone can be shredded in a food processor with barbecue sauce for sandwiches
    • if you're roasting your own chicken move the leg back and forth and it's ready to fall apart it's done
    • boil the bones for making broth in cheesecloth
    • this chicken off the bone can be used in stir fry, sandwiches, added to sauce IE: alfredo, and served over pasta, or make chicken chili with leftovers

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    pin for later waldorf salad

    Precooked Chicken Recipes

    If your day is busy and your schedule is chaotic like mine, you're going to love these shortcuts on how to use pre-cooked chicken in other recipes and repurposed it in less than 30 minutes on the table.

    The most time-consuming part of these recipes is shopping for the cooked rotisserie chicken, taking it off the bone, and adding it to your other favorite ingredient recipes for making another meal, that's it!

    One other thing, this Chicken Waldorf Salad recipe is made in less than 15 minutes, just dice the ingredient, mix them together and add it on top of your favorite salad greens.

    I hope this post gave you many ideas on how to be economical with cooked chicken, add it to your favorite recipes using bottled store-bought ingredients or homemade, it's the start of all delicious meals!

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    Author: Claudia Lamascolo
    25 Ways to Repurpose Rottisserie Chicken

    25 Ways to Repurpose Rottisserie Chicken

    This is a favorite chicken salad called Waldorf Salad. It has raisins, nuts, and apples in it and leftover rotisserie chicken!
    Prep time: 10 MinInactive time: 10 HourTotal time: 10 H & 10 M


    • 2 cups leftover rotisserie or roasted cooked chicken breast meat (or dark whichever you prefer) cubed, shredded, or diced
    • 1 peeled and cored apple diced fine ( I leave some of the peel on for color)
    • 1 stalk of celery diced fine
    • 3/4 cup craisins or raisins (or use grapes)
    • 3/4 cup toasted pecans or walnuts (use pumpkin seeds or sunflower for allergies)
    • 3/4 cup of mayonnaise
    • 3/4 cup of sour cream
    • 1 or 2 tablespoons of lemon juice
    • salt, and pepper to taste
    • Optional: Add a little cayenne pepper if you would like heat


    1. Prepare all the vegetables and fruit in a bowl and add the lemon juice to coat.
    2. (this is to prevent apples from browning,)
    3. Add the chicken and all the rest of the ingredients.
    4. Blend together evenly.
    5. Serve on a bed of lettuce leaves.
    6. Refrigerate leftovers.
    7. Note: in a pinch, you can use bottled Peppercorn Salad dressing instead of mayo and sour cream

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    Serving Suggestions and Side Dishes for Sliced Rotisserie Chicken:

  • corn on the cob
  • pasta aioli
  • garlic herbs mashed potatoes
  • air fried potato fan
  • baked round potatoes with herbs
  • twice-baked sweet potatoes
  • roasted vegetables


    1. I am always very happy when I have some leftover roasted chicken. This is a perfect salad to use them.

    2. Loving all the flavors in this chicken Walldorf salad. It looks fantastic. Appreciate the other recipes too. Rotisserie chicken is so versatile.

    3. I love when I find recipes using pre-made chicken from Costco. This was so easy to make and perfect for lunch.

    4. Made this with some leftover chicken from last night and it was a hit all around the table; perfect combination of sweet and savory! Easily, a new favorite!

    5. Such a great use of leftover chicken! Will make again!!

    6. Loved this recipe! I used a rotisserie chicken I had in the refrigerator from dinner 2 nights ago. Delish!

    7. I used our leftover rotisserie chicken to make this and really liked it.

    8. Great recipe, Claudia. I love any salad with chicken added! Happy Fall to you, my friend!


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