The store-bought rotisserie chicken is my favorite easy peasy dinner, but in a household with only two people I can always count on a second half to contend with. How do you make those rotisserie chicken leftovers seem new? My standbys are a spicy-sweet chicken salad with Greek yogurt, grapes, cilantro, red onion, and curry powder, or a big chopped salad with romaine, grape tomatoes, and feta tossed a tart vinaigrette. But my new short order chicken dinner has won our hearts: pre-made Indian curry sauces (Maya Kaimal is my favorite) simmered with the shredded chicken and frozen cauliflower--maybe some peas if I have them on hand--and served over brown rice. Done and done.
Even with tried and trues we all get hungry for something new. These leftover rotisserie chicken recipes cover the salad and stew bases with a few super-fast pasta dishes in between. Some feel special and a little elegant, while others are just the kind of comfort we crave on crisp spring evenings.