10 Healthy Recipes Using Rotisserie Chicken
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Below you’ll find a compilation of my favorite healthy recipes using rotisserie chicken and just a handful of additional ingredients. Rotisserie chicken is a lifesaver for the lazy chef or those that hate leftover chicken (raises hand). It’s so easy to pick one or two up on your way out of the grocery store and have high quality protein taken care of for at least a few meals.
The recipes on this list range from buffalo and bacon ranch chicken pizzas to rotisserie chicken stir-fry or chicken and bacon sriracha broccoli. I’ve included the macros for a few recipes on the list but not every single one since you may want to make modifications. On the bright side, nearly all of them have 4-5 ingredients max.
Rotisserie Chicken Nutrition Facts
You may be thinking rotisserie chicken is impossible to track since there are different parts to the chicken and each chicken may be prepared differently or different sizes. And while that’s true, you can get awfully close by removing the skin and weighing the parts you can. The majority of the meat will be found in the breasts, which are where most of the size variations will occur.
Here are the nutrition facts for different parts of a rotisserie chicken (no skin):
- 3 ounces of breast meat: 115 calories, 23.8g protein, 0g carbs, 2.4g fat
- 1 drumstick: 93 calories, 15.2g protein, 0g carbs, 3.6g fat
- 1 thigh: 174 calories, 21.4g protein, 0g carbs, 9.9g fat
- 1 wing: 104 calories, 14.7g protein, 0g carbs, 5.1g fat
Source: USDA Food Composition Database
Okay, let’s get to the recipes.
Buffalo Chicken Quesadilla
There are few combos I love more than buffalo sauce, mozzarella, and chicken. This quesadilla is an easy way to combine the trio with a crispy exterior.
- Flatout Light flatbread, Joseph’s pita bread or flatbread, or other lower calorie flatbread or tortilla
- Frank’s RedHot Buffalo Sauce
- Shredded Mozzarella
- 2-3 ounces chicken
Add a flatbread or tortilla to a large skillet over medium-high heat and add shredded chicken, buffalo sauce, and cheese to one half. Fold the empty half over and flip as needed until both sides are golden brown and the cheese has melted.
BBQ Chicken Spud
Potatoes catch a lot of flak thanks to the French fry, but they’re actually super nutritious. Though it is important to watch out for the carb count in really large potatoes. Here’s what you need for a BBQ Chicken Spud:
- 1 Large Potato (sweet or white – your preference)
- 3 ounces chicken
- 2-3 Tbsp lower calorie BBQ sauce
- ¼ C shredded mozzarella
Wash the potato and poke holes in the outside using a fork. Don’t murder the potato, just poke it enough to show it who’s boss. Wrap the potato in a paper towel and microwave for 6-8 minutes depending on its size. It should be soft enough to squeeze when it’s done.
While the potato cooks, mix the chicken with 1 Tbsp bbq sauce and measure out the cheese. When the potato has finished cooking, use a knife to cut it down the middle. Add the chicken and top with cheese (and additional BBQ sauce if desired) before microwaving an additional 30-60 seconds or until the cheese has melted.
Buffalo Chicken Dip Pizza
We’ve established the love for buffalo chicken, and this recipe takes it a step further by adding another layer of creaminess.
- 1 Flatout Light or Flatbread
- 3 ounces Chicken
- ¼ C (60 mL) Frank’s Buffalo Sauce
- ½-1 Tbsp Ranch Dip Seasoning, to taste
- 2 oz Fat-Free Cream Cheese
- ½ C (113g) Fat-Free Greek Yogurt
- ½ C (56g) Fat-Free shredded Mozzarella
Preheat oven to 400F. Mix all ingredients in large bowl (save ¼ C of cheese for topping). Top flatbread with mixture. Bake for 8-10 minutes until crisp around edges.
Macros for this recipe: 400 Calories | 63P | 28C | 4F
Bonus: Microwavable Low Carb Chicken Bacon Ranch Pizza
I pulled this recipe from the bonus low carb pizza cookbook that comes with my full cookbook, Short & Sweet.
- ¼ C (28g) Shredded Parmesan
- 2 Tbsp (28g) Plain Fat-Free Greek Yogurt
- 2 ounces Chicken
- 2 slices Bacon, cooked
- ½ tsp Ranch Dip Mix
- 1 Tbsp (7g) Shredded Cheddar
Add the parmesan to an 8.5” paper plate (Dixie everyday plates work best) and shake/spread evenly on the bottom. You can also use a piece of parchment paper here. Microwave for 60-70 seconds or until you have a crispy crust.
Cook or reheat the bacon before mixing with the Greek yogurt, ranch dip mix, and rotisserie chicken. Add the chicken mixture to the crust and top with cheddar. Microwave for an additional 20-30 seconds or until the cheese has melted.
Macros for this recipe: 247 Calories | 31P | 7C | 12F
Rotisserie Chicken Nachos
Who doesn’t love a giant plate of nachos? If you’ve never made my low calorie tortilla chips, you’ll want to check out the video below. They’re crazy simple and have incredible macros.
If you’d rather buy your chips from the store, I really love Tostitos Baked Scoops and other baked tortilla chips.
As for toppings, you could rock a chicken fajita style nacho platter with Greek yogurt, salsa, and guacamole. Or you could add a bit of cheddar and barbecue sauce for ultra savory BBQ chicken nachos.
The photo above actually uses pulled pork in place of chicken. If you have a Sam’s Club near you, their Member’s Mark pulled pork is fantastic and a great alternative to rotisserie chicken.
Rotisserie Chicken Stir-Fry
You could substitute rotisserie chicken for the shrimp in my Honey Sriracha Shrimp Fried Cauliflower Rice recipe or plug in your own sauce/seasoning combo to take the recipe a million different ways. I use frozen stir-fry vegetables, so it’s super easy.
Since the rotisserie chicken is already cooked, you’ll want to make sure you add it last so it doesn’t turn to rubber.
Grilled Cheese with Rotisserie Chicken
It’s hard to beat the savory satisfaction that comes from a grilled cheese. You could pair this with a bowl of spicy bean and bacon soup for an ultra filling meal.
- Flatout Foldit or other lower calorie bread or pita
- 2 ounces fat free cream cheese
- 2-3 ounces chicken
- 1/4 C shredded cheddar (or mix in a bit of cheddar powder to save some calories)
Microwave the cream cheese and cheddar together for 20-30 seconds or until you can mix them evenly with the chicken. Add the mixture to your choice of bread and pan toast each side (similar to the buffalo chicken quesadilla) for a few minutes per side.
Rotisserie Chicken and Veggies
It may sound boring, but the ol’ faithful chicken and veggies can be delicious (and still simple) if you play your cards right. I’ll link to a few of my favorite recipes below. Some I’ve developed for Stronger U or Mugs for Muscles and some are native to this site.
- Honey Sriracha Pan Roasted Brussels Sprouts
- Microwavable Arkansas Green Beans, Candied Carrots, and Bacon Sriracha Broccoli
- How to Roast Frozen Vegetables
- Chili Garlic Broccoli
Eat your veggies!
BBQ Chicken Flatbread
If you’re enjoying the pizzas and flatbread recipes, you’ll want to bookmark my low calorie pizza recipes.
- 1-2 Tbsp lower calorie barbecue sauce (Stubb’s or G Hughes make great options)
- 1/4-1/2 C shredded mozzarella
- 4 ounces chicken
- optional onions, peppers, or other veggies
Spread the barbecue sauce on the flatbread and top with chicken and cheese. Bake at 400F for 8-10 minutes, depending on your flatbread of choice. If your flatbread doesn’t get crispy in the oven, you can put it in the oven for a few minutes on its own before adding the toppings.
Rotisserie Chicken Burrito Bowls
The photo above is actually from my carnitas burrito bowls, but you could easily swap the crispy carnitas for shredded rotisserie chicken.
In the bowl above, I used cauliflower fried rice, pan roasted corn and black beans, and topped everything with a bit of guacamole and pico de gallo.
October 2019 Update – 5 New Recipes with Rotisserie Chicken
- Easy Chicken and Dumplings
- Baked Chicken Tacos
- Low Carb Creamy Chicken Enchiladas
- King Ranch Chicken Casserole
- Crescent Roll Chicken Pot Pie
If you’d like to see these recipes in action, check out my 1,500 calorie meal plan examples. I’ve constructed a few examples of what a week of eating could look like using recipes like the ones in this article. And don’t worry, I’ve included instructions on modifying the meal plans to fit your individual needs.
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