4 Rotisserie Chicken Recipes for Quick and Easy Flex MealsArticle posted in: FreshStart
You’re busy. You don’t always have time to cook a whole meal, complete with all the fixings, sides, flavors and sauces your family needs to have a tasty, nutritious dinner. That’s what makes Nutrisystem so game-changing for so many Americans who are trying to lose weight: Instead of grabbing something high-calorie, high-sodium and high-fat from a fast food chain or pizza place, you can enjoy foods like pizza, pasta and burgers in portions that will help you lose weight with nutrition that satisfies. But for the days you’re not eating Nutrisystem foods—whether you’re having company for dinner, cooking for the whole family, or just enjoying one of your weekly Flex Meals—you can get the same convenience with a grocery store staple: The rotisserie chicken.
That juicy, pre-cooked rotisserie chicken is a nutrition powerhouse, delivering 22 grams of filling protein in a three-ounce serving, according to United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). Pair it with some non-starchy veggies and a SmartCarb like a half-cup of brown rice, and you’ve got a well-rounded meal with no fuss.
But if you’re eating alone, that rotisserie chicken is good for more than one meal … and it could get boring.
Shake the extra servings up with these four simple recipes that start with a rotisserie chicken and finish with flavors you’ll enjoy, and your waistline will love:
Calories per serving: 187
On Nutrisystem, counts as: 2 PowerFuels
Creamy chicken salad seems like a diet no-no, but swapping out mayo for nonfat Greek yogurt gives you all the creamy flavor you love without the guilt. And that dairy brings a bonus: Greek yogurt has twice the protein of non-Greek varieties. Protein doesn’t just build muscle: Your body digests it more slowly than carbohydrates, so your feel fuller, longer than with other foods.
Of course, the salad’s got to taste good, too. This one does. With slivered almonds for crunch, grapes for a bit of sweetness, and cilantro, curry powder and scallions for spice and bite, it might just be your new favorite creamy go-to for lunch. And it all starts with rotisserie chicken: Just shred two cups-worth of meat, and you’re ready to mix things up for this tasty lunch that’s perfect at home or packable to pop in the office fridge.
Calories per serving: 323
On Nutrisystem, counts as: 1 PowerFuel, 1 SmartCarb, 1 Vegetable and 3 Extras
If you’re a takeout fanatic, you’ll love this one. While many restaurant curries are loaded with calories, this at-home version clocks in with just 323 calories, zero guilt and flavors you love. And it’s a cinch to make: Simply saute a few vegetables in coconut oil, stir in the curry paste and coconut milk, and add some shredded rotisserie chicken. In less time than it would take for delivery to arrive, you’ve got your own, homemade curry that makes enough to feed a family of four. Call it your own “secret” recipe—we won’t tell!
Calories per serving: 315
On Nutrisystem, counts as: 1 PowerFuel, 1 SmartCarb, 2 Vegetables and 2 Extras
No more boring salads topped with chicken: This Mediterranean-inspired bowl swaps in crunchy cucumber for lettuce and adds in creamy feta cheese, artichoke hearts, red onion and cherry tomatoes for a satisfying salad that’s a meal you’ll look forward to. The best part is the homemade vinaigrette. It’s seriously loaded with flavor: Garlic, lemon, oregano, time … all with bite from red wine vinegar. You can store the salad, sans dressing, in the fridge until lunch time, then pour on your pre-made dressing for a fresh take on lunch that will power you up with protein and vegetable nutrition to tackle the afternoon.
Calories per serving: 116
On Nutrisystem, counts as: 1 PowerFuel
If you’ve got an Instant Pot, you can take your own stab at a juicy, crispy-skinned rotisserie chicken with this recipe that’s ready in about 30 minutes. What’s an Instant Pot? It’s a miracle machine that fits on your countertop. It’s a steamer, a food warmer, a rice cooker, a super-fast replacement for a slow cooker and a safe pressure cooker that can make recipes that usually take all day—like pulled pork or a whole chicken—in a half-hour or less.
If the rotiserrie chickens at your local grocery store are looking a little dry from sitting under the warming lamps, or you want to grab an oven-stuffing size to eat all week, this Instant Pot option will let you make your own rotisserie chicken … without the spinning rotisserie. Just rub the chicken with some oil and dried herbs and use the Instant Pot to crisp each side for a few minutes. Then pressure cook for 25 minutes for a fresh, hot bird that’s perfect with veggies—or as the base for the other meals listed above.