3 Uses For Ready-To-Eat Rotisserie Chicken

by Amelia Noel, RDN, LD

Last Updated: July 30, 2020

You may have seen those beautiful, golden brown rotisserie chickens at your local Kroger store, but how often do you actually add one to your weekly grocery haul? Rotisserie chickens are a quick and convenient meal option that do not get enough credit. This versatile lean protein option can be eaten as is or transformed into many meals. During the COVID pandemic, it is even more important to ensure you are nourishing your body in a way that is delicious and nutritious. Here are a few different ways to enjoy these tasty and convenient lean protein sources:
  1. Eat straight off the bone, but leave the skin behind.
    Some may confuse fried chicken with rotisserie chicken, and in some ways that is easy to do. Both are purchased in the deli section where they are prepared for you to take home. However, rotisserie chicken is a healthier option than fried chicken. While cooking fried chicken, the meat absorbs the oil, increasing the calories and the fat content in the meat itself. Rotisserie chicken is not submerged in oil, and in fact, fat is able to drain off.

    Some peoples favorite part of the chicken is the skin. However, from a health perspective, skin intake should be limited while eating rotisserie chicken. Skin is the main source of calories and unhealthy fats. By simply removing the skin you can lower the overall calorie count of your meal.
  2. Shred the chicken.
    The best part about rotisserie chicken is the versatility of the meat. After removing the skin, the juicy meat can be shredded and used in a variety of ways. Whether it is a lightly dressed chicken salad to go inside of a whole wheat wrap, bbq chicken tacos for Taco Tuesday, or used as a protein source to top a salad on a hot summer day, the possibilities are endless.
  3. Decrease food waste and make bone broth.
    That’s right, you can even use the bones. After removing the meat from the chicken, the leftover bones and skin can be repurposed! Here at Kroger, we are always looking to make the most of our grocery haul and minimize waste. In order to stretch this rotisserie chicken even further, try boiling the bones and skin, with some vegetables, like celery, onions, carrots, and any other vegetable scraps you may have left over. Cover with water, bring to a boil, and then simmer for about 4 hours. Strain the liquid and enjoy homemade, lower sodium bone broth!

It’s important to always remember food safety when eating ready-to-eat meals. Rotisserie chicken can be kept for 3-4 days in the refrigerator after purchasing. If it appears that there is more than you can eat in that time period, don’t be afraid to shred and freeze for later.

Disclaimer: This information is educational only and not providing healthcare recommendations. Please see a healthcare provider.

Amelia Noel, RDN, LD

Amelia Noel, RDN, LD

Amelia is a race-running, mountain-climbing dietitian who believes that food is fuel. She connects with her patients by helping them enjoy food more, while staying active and true to whatever eating pattern is right for them.