3 Quick yet delicious meals you can whip up with a rotisserie chicken

Instead of trying not to eat the desserts at your next party (this never works), grab a rotisserie chicken (or 2 or 3) and whip up these 3 easy meal ideas to stay energetic, full, and in line with your goals during the holidays.

  1. Chicken Fajitas or Quesadillas

  2. 5-Min Chicken Soup

  3. Easy Chicken Salad

*REMEMBER, many of the ingredients are flexible and optional according to your personal taste and what you have on hand. The formula for each one consists of a Protein + Healthy Fat + Veggies + maybe a healthy carb, so mix and match as you can.

*1 Rotisserie Chicken will make both Recipes #1 & #2 -OR- Recipe #3.

1. Mexican Chicken Salad/Fajitas

Makes: 2 servings

Ingredients:

  • 2 rotisserie chicken breasts, shredded (TIP: use the thighs for chicken soup!)

  • 2 corn tortillas/person (optional)

  • Baby Spinach

  • Salsa of choice

  • 1 can black beans, drained & washed

  • Shredded Cheese (optional) (Tip: look for raw cheddars & pepper jack)

  • Guacamole (optional)

  • Fresh cilantro, chopped

  • Salt & pepper

Instructions:

  • The Salad: In a medium sized bowl (per person), microwave beans, salsa, & half the chicken (1 breast) for 60-90s. Mix in spinach and cheese. I personally like to toast the corn tortillas until they are hard like a chip and scoop the mixture while I eat.

  • Tacos: Throw the tortillas in the toaster or microwave for 20-60s until soft. Heat the chicken & beans. Make your own tacos night with all the ingredients. Enjoy!

2. 5-Minute Chicken Soup

Makes: 2 servings

Ingredients:

  • 2 legs/thighs from the Rotisserie Chicken, deboned & chopped.

  • 3 handfuls Baby greens of choice: spinach/kale

  • 1/2 Bag Organic Green Beans or 2 cups Frozen Peas

  • 4 cups Chicken Broth of Choice

  • Garlic Powder

  • Salt & Pepper

Instructions:

  • In a covered medium saucepan over high heat, add chicken broth and green beans/peas while you prepare the chicken.

  • Add chicken and greens to the broth and heat until boiling. Reduce heat & taste. Add ½ tsp. Garlic and salt until it tastes amazing.

  • Enjoy! Can serve with a sweet potato or add a tablespoon of butter for extra flavor and filling power.

3. Easy Chicken Salad

Ingredients:

  • (makes 4 cups)

  • 1 rotisserie chicken, shredded & chopped

  • 1 c grapes, halved

  • 1 green apple, chopped

  • 1/2 c. red onion, minced

  • 3-4 ribs celery, chopped

  • 1 c. crushed walnuts or slivered almonds

  • 1/2 - 1 c. easy mayo (recipe below)

  • Salt & Pepper as desired

Instructions:

  • Pick all the chicken (no skin) from the carcass. Save carcass for broth. Chop & put into a large bowl.

  • Halve the grapes; chop the apple, celery, and red onion; crush the walnuts; make the mayo, if needed.

  • Add all ingredients to bowl. Mix well.

  • Salt & pepper as needed. Add garlic powder if needed (start with 1/2 tsp)

  • Serve on salad, in a tomato, or eat with a fork!

EXTRA: Since store-bought mayo is the worst possible food you can put in your body, make the most delicious mayo you’ve ever tasted with this 5 minute recipe.

Store-bought mayo can be inflammatory because is always made with industrial seed oils (canola, linseed, grapeseed, etc.) that are high in polyunsaturated fats. Instead, I like to use either avocado oil higher in monounsaturated fat and/or ¼ the total amount of oil with MCT oil, a concentrated form of liquid coconut oil that can be healthful and energizing.

HEY OH MAY OH!

Nom Nom 5 min. Mayo

Makes 1-2 cups

Ingredients:

  • 2 eggs

  • 1 egg yolk (optional)

  • 1 tsp dijon mustard

  • 1 Tbsp. apple cider vinegar

  • 1-2 c. avocado oil or light olive oil

  • Salt

  • Dash of - cumin, garlic, cayenne (optional, but I like all three!)

Instructions:

  • (Can Do Ahead) Let eggs come to room temp.

  • Put eggs, yolk, mustard, any spices & acv in a blender. Liberally salt (~1 tsp). Add ½-1 cup of oil

  • Turn blender on low-medium & blend for 20-30s.

  • Continue blending & slooooooowly pour oil (almost drips, but a slow stream) into blender while it is running until thick & will no longer  blend.

  • Taste & salt as desired.

  • IDEAS: add garlic, a touch of cumin, and/or cayenne to spice up your mayo!

Send us your photos of what you make and enjoy your holiday season!