My local grocery store marks their rotisserie chickens down on Sundays. They're just $4.99 that day and the other evening I was fortunate enough to find some marked down another dollar! And while I love getting a good deal on meat, of course I'm then left with the question of what to do with it.
But recently I've gotten into the habit of picking up a couple of chickens on Sunday and most Monday mornings find me standing over the sink, picking the meat off as fast as I can. I usually pop it into a freezer bag and stow it there, but some Mondays I use the meat right away. Here are a few things I've done:
Make Chicken Pie. (I posted about this on Monday)
Use for barbecue sandwiches (toss your favorite sauce with the meat and heat in a saucepan on low)
Use as a burrito filling with your favorite toppings or as a topping for a nacho platter.
Make tortilla soup. Or chicken noodle soup. Or white chicken chili.
Toss with cooked penne pasta, olive oil, sea salt and fresh ground pepper. Add black olives, sun-dried tomatoes, mushrooms, broccoli florets, etc.
Make barbecue chicken pizza using crescent rolls as the crust.
Use a Caesar Salad kit and add the chicken for chicken Caesar salad with some yeast rolls or French bread.
Make Asian Chicken Noodle Salad:
Asian Chicken Noodle Salad
4 cups shredded rotisserie chicken meat
¼ cup creamy nut butter
¼ cup soy sauce
2 tablespoon rice vinegar
2 tablespoons chili garlic sauce
1 tablespoon minced ginger
3 tablespoon chicken broth or watercress
12 ounces linguine or rice sticks
2 carrots, grated
4 scallions, chopped
1 red pepper, cut into small strips
1/3 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
- Boil pasta in a large pot of water until tender. Drain and rinse with cold water. Place in a large bowl. While pasta is cooking, blend or process the nut butter, soy sauce, vinegar, chili garlic sauce, ginger and broth until smooth.
- Add chicken, carrots, scallions, pepper strips and chopped cilantro to bowl of pasta and toss.
- Pour sauce over the pasta mixture and toss well to coat. If sauce is too thick, think with extra broth or a little water.