Store-bought rotisserie chickens are the busy cook’s secret weapon. Pick up a precooked bird on your post-work grocery run and a world of meal possibilities opens up. Pairing the meat with a simple salad or some steamed vegetables is the most obvious option, and it’s easy enough to turn leftovers into chicken salad or toss them into a pot of soup. (You get about 4 cups of chicken per bird.) But that’s just the tip of the iceberg for this ready-made ingredient. Here are five time-saving — yet still delicious — dinner recipes you can make with a rotisserie chicken.
1. Easy Barbecue Chicken Pizza
Grab a package of pizza dough and barbecue sauce when you’re picking up your chicken and you’ll have nearly all the ingredients you need to prepare this simple barbecue chicken pizza from Just a Taste. Because it takes just 15 minutes to prepare and another 10 minutes to cook, a piping hot slice will land on your plate faster than if you called for delivery.
- 1 pound store-bought pizza dough
- Cornmeal for dusting
- ½ cup store-bought barbecue sauce, divided
- 1 cup diced rotisserie chicken
- 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
- ⅓ cup thinly sliced red onions
- Chopped cilantro, for garnish
Directions: Preheat oven to 500 degrees Fahrenheit. Place pizza dough on a lightly floured work surface and roll out into a 12-inch disc, ¼-inch thick. Sprinkle a baking sheet with cornmeal and transfer pizza dough to pan.
Combine the chicken with ¼ cup of the barbecue sauce in a medium bowl. Spread the remaining ¼ cup of sauce on the pizza dough, leaving a border of about ½ inch around the edges.
Sprinkle mozzarella cheese over the sauce, then top with the chicken. Scatter the red onions over the pizza.
Bake for 10 to 12 minutes, rotating halfway through cooking, until crust is golden brown in color and cheese is melted and beginning to brown. Remove pizza from oven, transfer to a cutting board, and sprinkle with chopped cilantro. Slice and serve.