5 Easy Lunches or Dinners You Can Make with a Single Rotisserie Chicken

The best part? Everything costs just $25. Yep—we’re talking $5 a meal.

5 Meals with one rotisserie chicken

Meal planning sounds daunting, doesn’t it? After you’ve been in the classroom all day, it’s hard to think about planning healthy meals. Sometimes I think I’m acing my meal prep game, and other times I think a frozen pizza will suffice. So when one of my favorite chefs, Krysta of Simple Eats, told me she can make five easy chicken recipes using just one organic rotisserie chicken, I made her take the challenge.

These healthy recipes below are simple, quick, delicious and perfect for lunch or dinner. For a teacher’s schedule, this is like a dream come true. We know you only get a small window to eat, and these are so easy!

Feel free to swap items out as you please. Not a fan of cucumbers? Sub for another crunchy veggie. The only real goal here is for you to have a meal to grab and go. You can even spend an extra 10 minutes making these protein balls, and then you’ll be set for snacking, too.

Get your easy chicken recipes here:

Meal #1: Sesame Stir Fry

Sesame stir fry

  • Rotisserie chicken breast, cooked and shredded
  • 1/2 cup cooked slaw mix
  • 1/2 cup favorite steamed vegetables
  • 1/8 cup sesame soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon toasted sesame seeds

To make the cooked slaw, simply sauté uncooked slaw in a dash of olive oil. Next, mix in the sesame soy sauce. Place the cooked slaw in the bottom of your container and top with chicken, steamed vegetables (we used mushrooms!), and sesame seeds.

 

Meal #2: Greek Pita

5 Easy Meals You Can Make with a Single Rotisserie Chicken - Greek Pita

  • Rotisserie chicken breast, cooked and shredded
  • Whole wheat pita half
  • 1/8 cup feta cheese
  • 5 slices of fresh cucumber
  • 1/2 cup diced red onion
  • Your favorite olives
  • Mixed greens
  • Balsamic vinaigrette (Tip: Make a quick balsamic vinaigrette using olive oil, dijon, salt, pepper, fresh herbs, and balsamic vinegar—yum!)

Fill the pita with cucumbers, olives, feta, chicken and onions. Drizzle with balsamic vinaigrette and serve on a bed of mixed greens.

 

Meal #3: BBQ Chicken Pita

5 Easy Meals You Can Make with a Single Rotisserie Chicken - BBQ Chicken Pita

  • Rotisserie chicken breast, cooked, and shredded
  • 1 cup prepared slaw mix
  • Whole wheat pita half
  • 1/8 cup mayo or Greek yogurt
  • 1/4 cup tangy BBQ sauce

To make the slaw mix, combine uncooked slaw with mayo or Greek yogurt. Stuff pita with slaw mix and chicken, then top with tangy BBQ sauce. Do yourself a favor and add some more slaw to your container—you’ll be happy you did.

 

Meal #4: Chicken Caprese Salad

5 Easy Meals You Can Make with a Single Rotisserie Chicken - Chicken caprese salad

  • Rotisserie chicken breast, cooked, and shredded
  • 5 slices of fresh cucumbers
  • 1/8 cup feta cheese
  • 1/4 cup roasted or fresh grape tomatoes
  • Your favorite olives
  • 1 tablespoon toasted sunflower seeds
  • Mixed greens
  • Balsamic vinaigrette

Add everything to your container and serve. Voila!

 

Meal #5: Chicken Salad

5 Easy Meals You Can Make with a Single Rotisserie Chicken - Chicken Salad

  • Rotisserie chicken breast, cooked, and shredded
  • 1/4 cup pomegranate seeds
  • 1/8 cup diced red onions
  • 1 tablespoon toasted sunflower seeds
  • 1/4 cup mayo
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • Fresh parsley
  • Mixed greens

Combine chicken, pomegranate seeds, red onion, sunflower seeds, mayo, lemon juice, and parsley. Mix and serve over a bed of mixed greens.

Tell us in the comments: How do you save time meal prepping as a busy teacher? Which of these easy chicken recipes will you try out? We also love saving time and money by using your crock-pot, all day, every day.

 

Posted by Danielle N. Barr

Danielle Barr is the director of social strategy at WeAreTeachers and loves being a part of the thriving teacher community online. She's a writer, reader & dog-lover, who spends her free time renovating her 1920s bungalow.

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