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Rotisserie chicken from the grocery store is one of the best time-saving and healthy meal ingredients around!
These chickens are delicious and can be used in so many recipes. For those busy weeknights when you want a good meal, but don’t have much time to cook, rotisserie chicken is the way to go!
These chickens are delicious by themselves, but they’re also a cheap way to add healthy protein to salads, casseroles, dips, and more.
Many grocery stores advertise rotisserie chicken at a cheaper price one day of the week, so be sure to check the weekly sale advertisements of your favorite store.
The Best Keto Rotisserie Chicken Recipes with Leftover Chicken
Here’s a roundup, in no particular order, of tasty recipes that are perfect when you want a healthy and easy meal.
This keto-friendly salad is high in protein, and only 3g of net carbs. It is satisfying enough to serve as an entree for those nights when you don’t want a heavy meal. Using leftover rotisserie chicken and cooking the bacon in the microwave makes this dish come together in less than 30 minutes; perfect for busy weeknights.
This salad has bold flavors and a lot of crunch! It utilizes two grocery store shortcuts; rotisserie chicken and a bag of Cole slaw mix (shredded cabbage). It’s high in protein and relatively low in carbs, with only 7g net carbs. It can be customized to suit your taste and nutrition plan, of course. You can eat this just as a salad, or as a lettuce wrap.
This Greek inspired take on classic chicken salad is filled with bright, fresh Mediterranean flavors. Instead of mayonnaise, this recipe is dressed with tangy (and healthier!) Tzatziki sauce. You could add more vegetables to this if you wanted. It would be delicious eaten on its own, but also in a low-carb wrap or stuffed in a hollowed-out tomato or zucchini.
This updated version of the retro Waldorf salad is made healthier and higher in protein with the additions of Greek yogurt and shredded chicken. Walnuts provide healthy fats as well as antioxidants, and apples provide a refreshing tartness as well as fiber. There’s a reason versions of this salad have been popular since the 1800s; it is crunchy and delicious.
For those who don’t like mayonnaise or creamy chicken salads, try this recipe with a light lemon and oil based dressing. Even though it uses just a few fresh ingredients, this simple dish has a lot of flavor! Try it in a low-carb tortilla with some added veggies, or stuffed into an avocado half. This comes together in just a few minutes, and you probably already have all the ingredients in your kitchen.
White chicken chili that is low-carb, creamy, and flavorful! Since the recipe doesn’t contain any beans or use starchy thickeners, the end result is a bowl of comfort food that you don’t have to feel guilty about. There are only 4g net carbs per serving. Unlike most chili recipes, you won’t have to cook it for a long time to get maximum flavor, and like most chili recipes, this one also freezes well.
Chicken Tortilla Soup is named for the crunchy garnish of tortilla chips that are usually served on top of this Mexican comfort food. This recipe omits the tortilla chips entirely, and also substitutes diced zucchini for the corn that is usually in the soup. If you miss the crunchy tortilla chip garnish, there are several grain-free or keto-friendly tortilla chips available in grocery stores now. Another keto-friendly option would be to garnish the soup with chicharrones (pork rinds); they’re all protein and fat with zero carbs. With or without the crunchy garnish, this soup is full-flavored and is perfect for chilly evenings.
You don’t need egg noodles or rice to have a satisfying and rich chicken soup. This recipe is made flavorful with plenty of chicken, vegetables, and herbs. There are few things in the world more comforting than a bowl of hot chicken soup, and since this recipe takes the shortcut of using rotisserie chicken meat, it comes together quickly and easily. If you miss having noodles in your soup, you can use zucchini noodles (“zoodles”) as a low-carb option instead of egg noodles.
This spicy, hearty soup can be made in only 20 minutes. The flavors of red curry paste and coconut milk blend together for satisfying soup that is perfect for dinner on a chilly evening. The recipe is versatile, too; you can add more vegetables to it, or adjust the curry paste to control how spicy you like it.
Isn’t chicken pot pie just the epitome of comfort food? This soup has all the creamy, comforting goodness of a homemade chicken pot pie, without the extra carbs that come from a pie crust. The website gives instructions for making this both in an InstaPot and on the stovetop; either way, you’ll have creamy delicious soup in less than an hour. The original recipe calls for poaching and shredding chicken breasts, but you can save even more time by using already-cooked rotisserie chicken meat.
This recipe has all the rich, creamy flavor of chicken cordon bleu in a keto-friendly, easy-to-make casserole. Each serving is 501 calories, with 3g net carbs. This is a great dish to use leftover baked ham as well as rotisserie chicken. As an extra time-saving bonus, you can actually make this casserole a day ahead and refrigerate it overnight. It also freezes well, so you can have it on hand to just heat up for a delicious meal.
What a great recipe for brunch, as well as for an easy dinner! If you like Buffalo chicken flavors, you’ll love this dish. With 346 calories and 5g net carbs per serving, it’s a healthy meal packed with flavor. You could easily customize this dish by adding some veggies or topping it with some fresh salsa.
Fresh vegetables and chicken baked in a creamy cheesy sauce with a crunchy topping; what’s not to love about this casserole? The creaminess in this recipe comes from using 2% milk and protein rich plain Greek yogurt instead of heavy cream or mayonnaise. You won’t even notice the difference from more “traditional” casseroles. You can play around with the taste by using different vegetables. This is another casserole that freezes well, so make a double batch so you’ll have one handy for later.
Here is a version of the chicken, broccoli, and rice casserole that is suitable for anyone on a keto diet plan. Instead of using white rice, cauliflower rice is used to make this a low-carb dish. If you don’t want to steam and rice your own cauliflower, you can find cauliflower rice in the frozen vegetable section of most grocery stores now.
This is like Chicken Fettuccine Alfredo without the pasta….therefore it has fewer carbohydrates! It’s so creamy and scrumptious; you won’t even miss the noodles. The original recipe calls for roasting boneless chicken breasts along with the fresh broccoli, but you can save some time by using rotisserie chicken meat instead. You can take another shortcut by using store-bought Alfredo sauce, but be sure to check the nutritional information to make sure it’s keto-friendly.
Chicken Tinga is a traditional Mexican dish made primarily of shredded chicken, adobo sauce, onion, peppers, and assorted spices. Have fun with this recipe by adjusting the spices and serving it with assorted toppings such as fresh cilantro, avocado, shredded cheese, salsa, and a squeeze of fresh lime juice. You can serve this in lettuce wraps or low-carb tortillas to make it a keto-friendly choice for Taco Tuesdays. Best of all, it all comes together in about 20 minutes.
Here is another recipe with the spicy goodness of Buffalo chicken in a healthier version. This variation of the classic Buffalo chicken dip is so versatile! You can serve it with raw vegetables or low-carb crackers, or wrap it in a low-carb tortilla for a delicious lunch. It’s also delicious served on top of a baked potato.
The shredded breast meat from a rotisserie chicken is used to make these chicken patties. You can serve them with a salad for a light dinner, or make smaller patties for appetizers or snacks. They are delicious when dipped in warm marinara sauce. This is a super healthy food with only 170 calories and 1.6g net carbs per chicken patty!
This recipe combines the lean protein of chicken with the healthy fat and high fiber of avocados. This goes beyond being “just” a salad with bright, fresh flavors. It’s filling as well as tasty, and each stuffed avocado half has just 294 calories and 4g net carbs. By using rotisserie chicken meat you don’t even half to cook anything, which makes this a great summertime meal.
This takes a little bit longer than some of the other recipes on this list, but these tasty stuffed zucchini are worth that extra time. You get all the flavor of traditional shredded chicken enchiladas with less carbohydrates and more fiber. If you grow zucchini in your garden this is a wonderful recipe for enjoying the bounty of your harvest. This can also be made with yellow summer squash.
These next ten recipes aren’t necessarily keto, but they’re delicious and are great ways to use rotisserie chicken meat.
Whether it’s for “Taco Tuesday” or a game day, you can have hot, crunchy chicken tacos with gooey melted cheese in about 30 minutes with this recipe. You can adjust the spice level by omitting the green chiles if your family prefers more mild flavors. Serve the green chiles or sliced jalapeños on the side for anyone who wants more heat!
Rotisserie chicken meat means you can have a delicious curry dinner in just about an hour. Another great thing about this recipe is that it is all prepared in one large skillet! You can eat this served over rice, or just by itself if you’re watching your carbohydrate intake. You could also serve it over cauliflower rice for a low-carb option.
Inspired by traditional Vietnamese Bahn mi sandwiches, this open-faced version is full of tangy, spicy flavors. The carrots and radishes provide a nice crunch in contrast to the turkey and soft bread. It’s a simple recipe, but the resulting flavors are surprisingly complex. Serve it with a salad for a great Summer meal.
This decadent lasagna evokes the flavors of spinach-artichoke dip. It’s a rich, creamy dish that somehow seems both fancy, and like a comfort food classic. You can add more vegetables or even sliced mushrooms to change it up a bit. Another time-saving tip for this recipe: use “oven-ready” lasagna noodles to save some time.
This rotisserie chicken shawarma is so easy to make, it’s surprising how much depth of flavor it has. All of the shawarma spices are probably already in your pantry, making this recipe an easy meal option. The yogurt sauce is bright and tangy, and comes together easily. You can serve the shawarma chicken with fresh vegetables wrapped in a pita-like the recipe specifies, or serve it over cauliflower rice for a low-carb option.
Whole wheat pasta shells, cheese, broccoli, and chicken are the main ingredients of this easy-baked pasta dish. You can use commercial Alfredo sauce as another time-saving shortcut, or make your own. Either way, this meal comes together really quickly. You can even assemble it ahead of time and then just bake it when you’re ready to eat!
This simple salad of fresh greens, nuts, mandarin oranges, and shredded rotisserie chicken gets a big flavor punch from a homemade sesame ginger salad dressing. Crispy wonton strips as a garnish take the place of traditional croutons. Add more vegetables for some variety. This is just as good as many versions of Chinese Chicken Salad served in popular restaurants.
These tasty chicken roll-ups are positively addicting! They make great appetizers for a party, or just to have in your refrigerator as a snack. They’re super easy to make; you can probably make the entire recipe (with a yield of approximately 80 roll-ups) in approximately 15 to 20 minutes. Try adding a dash or two of hot sauce to the cream cheese mixture for a little “Buffalo Chicken” taste.
This casserole is perfect for busy nights when you want something satisfying, but that can be made quickly. In addition to the convenience of using rotisserie chicken meant, the ingredients include pantry staples such as noodles, French onion dip, and those tasty french-fried crunchy onions that make such great casserole topping. The recipe also calls for canned cream of chicken soup, but you could cut some of the sodium by using a low-sodium variety and you won’t sacrifice any flavor.
Is fried rice something that you occasionally just crave? I know I do! It’s easy and inexpensive to make at home. Since cold-cooked rice works best for fried rice, you can make the rice ahead of time and keep it in the refrigerator for a couple of days. This recipe is great just as it is, but you can customize it with more vegetables, or add a scrambled egg to it for a bit of extra protein.
Don’t throw out the carcass from your rotisserie chickens! You can save them in your freezer, then when you have 4 or 5 of them you can make homemade chicken broth. It’s so easy to do; it’s almost a “non-recipe”. There are great chicken broths available in the grocery stores, but when you make your own you have control over what ingredients are used, as well as the sodium quantity. (Commercial brands always have relatively high sodium in them) You don’t have to worry about using all your chicken broth right away. Store the homemade broth in freezer containers and you’ll always have some on hand for soups, stews, sauces, or just to have some to sip if you have a cold.