A Rotisserie chicken is a great way to save money and also give yourself something healthy. The only problem? A whole chicken for 4 to 5 nights - boring.
So here are some fun budget ideas for using that rotisserie chicken in different ways, while trying to be healthy and also comforting.
Cauliflower Alfredo Chicken and Zucchini noodles
Cauliflower alfredo is a fun and great way to make the sauce without loading up on cheese. It's as simple as boiling some cauliflower and then blending it up with plant-based items like cashew milk, nutritional yeast, and spices. If you're okay with dairy, then use some cream cheese, parmesan, milk, and spices to taste.
2. Cauliflower Alfredo and Butternut Squash Lasagna
Well, now you've got leftover chicken and alfredo sauce? What now? How about a lasagna. Boil up some butternut squash chunks in a chicken or vegetable stock until the squash breaks up like mashed potatoes. Then use an emersion blender, or blender to whip it up with some sage and spice. You're set with another sauce.
layer lasagna noodles with butternut squash, alfredo, chicken, and cheese of choice. I used Ricotta. I also added some Swiss Chard sauteed in brown butter in the layers too. Spinach would also be a great addition.
3. Chicken Gnocchi Soup
A super quicky. Take some cut up or frozen veggies and simmer them in some chicken bone broth or stock. A drop of heavy cream will give it a great flavor, taste, and texture but unneeded. Once happy with the softness of the veggies add a package of gnocchi and rotisserie chicken for 2-3 minutes. Serve with some multi-grain rolls and you're set.
Need help? Consider a live course with me where we can pre-prepare a whole chicken and turn it into multiple meals for the week. Also available to set up this service!