With a store-bought rotisserie chicken in your larder, you’re that much closer to a whole variety of easy, quick meals.

Use it as a quick taco filling, either sauced or simply seasoned with any spices you might need to finish. Add it to stir-fries or fried rice. Put it over a slaw to make it a meal. Use it to make a batch of quick chicken soup. There are so many options!

Here are a few we highly endorse, starting with — you guessed it — chicken salad.


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Scott Drewno’s Chicken Curry Salad. Walnuts, apple, celery and onion lend both crunch and a little tart-sweet balance. Mayonnaise and curry powder bind it all together and add flavor. Use this in sandwiches or serve on lettuce leaves.



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Tahini Chicken Salad. Not a fan of store-bought mayo? Then try this homemade tahini-enriched mayonnaise. The nutty notes go oh so well with dukkah, a savory nut-and-spice blend; chopped dates lend their sweetness and a pleasant chewy texture.



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Classic American Barbecue Sauce. Shred that chicken, then douse it in barbecue sauce (yes, Ina, store-bought is fine, but we like this easy one) and use it as a sandwich filling or pizza topping.



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Noodle Bowls With Peanut Dressing. Treat your peanut-sauced noodles to an extra hit of protein. This may go without saying, but cut-up rotisserie chicken would be equally tasty on pasta with tahini sauce, grain bowls and savory oatmeal.



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Roasted Pepper and Orzo Soup. The lamb topping — seasoned with za’atar and sumac — is delicious on this snappy soup. Know what else would be? Yep, rotisserie chicken.



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Once you’ve used the meat, save the bones to make stock. Check out Becky Krystal’s tips and techniques to do just that, right this way.

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