How many times has a rotisserie chicken saved your dinner? I' haven't had too many meals that turned out so poorly that we had to trash them, but it's happened more than once. When dinner disasters strike, rotisserie chickens are my go-to for an easy solution. They're always delicious (you have to know where to get the best ones in town), and a family of four can easily eat off of one chicken for two meals.
Last week, we had chicken on the dinner menu. So, I stopped by the fresh meat counter at the grocery store and bought some chicken breasts. I also needed cold cuts, so I popped over to the Deli counter. As I was leaving, I notice that they had just put the rotisserie chickens out, and they were on sale for $4.99. I decided to pick one up so we could have a pre-cooked chicken for dinner, with baked potatoes and steamed veggies, and I would freeze the fresh chicken and save it for another night.
The rotisserie chicken was delicious. One of the reasons I like to purchase them is because both of my kids will eat it without complaining. Plus, there's always leftover chicken which I can use for chicken salad, sandwiches, or in meals. After our dinner, we had about 1/3 of the chicken left. I left it on the bone and stuck it in the fridge until I was sure what I wanted to do with it. Keeping the chicken on the bone helped it from drying out too quickly.
We had a pasta night on our family meal plan the next day, so I decided to incorporate the leftover chicken into the dish. The plan was for regular old spaghetti, but why not change things up a bit. I asked my son to pick out a type of noodle, and he picked Farfalle (bow tie pasta). I skipped making my own sauce this time and used the Simply Nature Organic Tomato Basil sauce from ALDI.
Making the pasta was so simple. While the noodles boiled, I removed the leftover chicken from the bone and chopped it into bite sized pieces. Once the noodled were cooked to al dente, I added sauce and stirred. Next, I added the chopped chicken, and let the ingredients marry over low heat for a few minutes on the stove. Once the chicken was warmed through, I added a handful of Mozzarella cheese and stirred.
Rotisserie Chicken Pasta with Homemade Garlic Toast
We each added our own Parmesan cheese to the pasta, and had salad and homemade garlic toast along with the dish... and a nice glass of wine, too!
There are so many ways to use up leftover chicken, but this dish was certainly delicious and was a keeper for us! We're looking forward to having it again soon!
I hope you'll give this dish a try, and if you do, be sure to let me know how you like it!
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