Quick meals to make with Costco’s $5 rotisserie chicken

Articicle by Raechel Conover  for Cheapism©

Slide 1 of 11: Between work, school schedules, and household chores, there's often little time to make dinner. One way to put a satisfying meal on the table fast: Start with a super-cheap rotisserie chicken. Warehouse clubs such as Costco typically sell them at a loss; Costco prices a 3-pound chicken at just $5. While it's tasty on its own, with minimal effort you can make several dishes out of one to save time and money. Buy a chicken at the beginning of the week to have a simple meal base for several days, and freeze the excess for later. Here are some ideas to get you started (really, almost any recipe calling for chicken can use rotisserie chicken).Related: 12 Healthy Meal Hacks for Hectic Households

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Between work, school schedules, and household chores, there’s often little time to make dinner. One way to put a satisfying meal on the table fast: Start with a super-cheap rotisserie chicken. Warehouse clubs such as Costco typically sell them at a loss; Costco prices a 3-pound chicken at just $5. While it’s tasty on its own, with minimal effort you can make several dishes out of one to save time and money. Buy a chicken at the beginning of the week to have a simple meal base for several days, and freeze the excess for later. Here are some ideas to get you started (really, almost any recipe calling for chicken can use rotisserie chicken).

Buffalo Chicken Flatbread

The blogger behind Katie’s Cucina knows her way around a rotisserie chicken. She stretched a Costco rotisserie chicken to four meals: chicken pot pie, chicken soup, and two days of buffalo chicken flatbread. One day she made a flatbread for dinner, and the next day she served one as an appetizer when entertaining guests. Here, a Greek-yogurt Buffalo sauce drizzle over top makes a perfect complement.

Recipe: Katie’s Cucina

Slide 3 of 11: What's better than a grilled cheese sandwich on a chilly evening? A grilled-cheese sandwich with a twist. This chicken, avocado, and tomato grilled-cheese delight is delicious and easy. Just heat up leftover rotisserie chicken, mash up an avocado with spices, slice a tomato, and put it together with cheese slices, mayo, and bread. Grill it up in a skillet and dig in. Recipe: Marla Meridith

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Chicken, Avocado, and Tomato Grilled Cheese

What’s better than a grilled cheese sandwich on a chilly evening? A grilled-cheese sandwich with a twist. This chicken, avocado, and tomato grilled-cheese delight is delicious and easy. Just heat up leftover rotisserie chicken, mash up an avocado with spices, slice a tomato, and put it together with cheese slices, mayo, and bread. Grill it up in a skillet and dig in.

Recipe: Marla Meridith

One-Pot Cheesy Chicken With Broccoli and Rice

It doesn’t get much easier than throwing all the ingredients — even uncooked rice — into one pot, and that’s exactly what this wonder recipe does. With minimal prep time and even less cleanup time (remember, just one pot), this recipe is simple as well as satisfying.

Recipe: Cakescottage

Better-Than-Takeout Chicken Fried Rice

Do you like making takeout recipes at home? Fans of chicken fried rice will love this easy dish. It combines rice, vegetables, egg, and rotisserie chicken with the traditional sesame oil and soy sauce to make an authentic chicken fried rice dish that is healthier and better than takeout.

Recipe: Rachel Schultz on Homemaking

High-Protein Chicken Salad

Pack on the protein with this fun chicken salad recipe. Easy and delectable, the tangy combo of creamy yogurt, apples, and grapes is perfect for lunch or dinner on the go. Keep it low-carb by using a bed of lettuce instead of bread, or go the more traditional route and serve it on croissants.

Recipe: MyFitnessPal

Chicken Tacos

No recipe needed here. Simply heat up some rotisserie chicken, toss it with a packet of taco seasoning, and serve it on a warm tortilla shell. Add any other fillings of your choice, such as rice, black beans, green chilies, salsa, cheese, sour cream, and taco sauce.

Related: 21 Delicious and Inexpensive Mexican Dishes

Slide 8 of 11: Salad is a perfect complement to rotisserie chicken, and this scrumptious chickpea chopped salad is no exception. The five-minute prep time makes this good-for-you salad even more desirable. You may have many of the ingredients already on hand: rotisserie chicken and chickpeas, of course, plus romaine lettuce, corn, avocado, tomatoes, cilantro, cheese, and a dressing of choice, such as barbecue.Recipe: Ambitious Kitchen

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Chicken Chickpea Chopped Salad

Salad is a perfect complement to rotisserie chicken, and this scrumptious chickpea chopped salad is no exception. The five-minute prep time makes this good-for-you salad even more desirable. You may have many of the ingredients already on hand: rotisserie chicken and chickpeas, of course, plus romaine lettuce, corn, avocado, tomatoes, cilantro, cheese, and a dressing of choice, such as barbecue.

Recipe: Ambitious Kitchen

Easy Chicken Pot Pie

Comfort food at its finest, a hearty and good-for-you pot pie is a classic chicken recipe made much easier with shredded rotisserie chicken. This version uses refrigerated pie crusts, and although the recipe calls for fresh vegetables, you can take the easier route of using frozen.

Recipe: Spicy Southern Kitchen

Baked Barbecue Chicken Sandwiches

It doesn’t get much easier than these hearty baked barbecue chicken sandwiches. Just shred some leftover rotisserie chicken, mix with barbecue sauce to taste, load up hoagie buns, and sprinkle with cheese. Bake them in the oven and voila. Be sure to serve the sandwiches with a pickle.

Recipe: Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom

Chicken Noodle Soup

Ditch the canned chicken noodle soup and go with an easy, home-cooked soup. Vegetables, noodles, and leftover rotisserie chicken combine to make a hearty soup that leaves everyone feeling satisfied and is said to boost the immune system. The recipe tells how to make the stock from scratch, but that’s not necessary. Just substitute low-sodium chicken broth from the store to save time.

Recipe: Chowhound

Source: https://www.msn.com/en-us/foodanddrink/recipes/quick-meals-to-make-with-costco-s-5-rotisserie-chicken/ss-BB18AVfd?ocid=msedgntp#image=11

Party Planner-Got Enough Food?

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Whether your on a budget or not, plan out what party food you’ll need in advance to make sure you’ll have enough to feed everyone. If you’re sharing the role of caterer, planning things out in advance will help you organize who’s bringing what.

To that end, here’s a handy planner that take’s some of the guesswork figuring out how much food, drinks and deserts you’ll need to feed a crowd.

Have a wonderful party!

Easy 4th of July Recipes Your Family Will Devour

This Independence Day, cook up a spread of star-spangled 4th of July recipes worthy of America’s birthday. From traditional 4th of July foods (we’re talking about you, coleslaw and potato salad) to modern, creative finger foods, we’ve rounded up mouthwatering recipes to help you celebrate the summer holiday in the most delicious way possible. Fire up the grill and make some of the best all-American entrees, keeping it classic with fried chicken, smoky meats, and burgers of all kinds — or even trying some zesty seafood recipes that taste like you’re eating beachside. You’ll of course have to pair it with some delicious 4th of July apps, refreshing summer salads, or the best desserts to cap off a backyard barbecue. And don’t forget the drink recipes to pair with all your cookout fare — it is the American way, after all.

beef and mushroom burgers recipe

Beef and Mushroom Burgers

These half-veggie, half-beefy burgers get an extra dose of flavor from mushrooms. With cheese and all the fixin’s, they might just be the new ultimate burger.

Get the recipe for Beef and Mushroom Burgers »

grilled chicken wings

Grilled Chicken Wings

Once you toss this game-day classic on the grill, you’ll never go back to boring fried wings again.

Get the recipe for Grilled Chicken Wings »

chilled tortellini romesco

Chilled Tortellini Romesco

You’ll never go back to plain old pasta once you’ve had a cheesy side salad. Bonus: the Romesco sauce can also be tossed with potatoes, or used as a dip or a killer sandwich spread.

Get the recipe for Chilled Tortellini Romesco »

chicago style chicken dogs

Chicago-Style Chicken Dogs

Sweet and spicy pickles and peppers make these grilled dogs a real winner.

Get the recipe for Chicago-Style Chicken Dogs »

More recipe’s can be found here: https://www.goodhousekeeping.com/holidays/g2069/4th-of-july-recipes/?slide=1

Article by By Samantha Macavoy and Kate Merker

Photo’s by Mike Garten & Danielle Daly

13 Popcorn Recipes for Movie Night

Love popcorn? Here are some great recipes to take a standard popcorn recipe up a notch! 

Popcorn is such a favorite for movie night, and if you love popcorn, you’ll love these recipes! Some of these recipes are more for Christmas time, but they can definitely be served year-round.

1. CARAMEL CORN RECIPE BY HOME STORIES A TO Z

2. WHITE CHOCOLATE POPCORN BY EMBELLISHMINTS

3. MELTED SNOWMAN POPCORN SNACK BY DELIGHTFUL E MADE

4. OREO POPCORN BY SUGAR SPICE AND FAMILY LIFE

5. GRINCH POPCORN BY COOKING WITH CURLS

6. CILANTRO LIME POPCORN BY SIMPLY DARRLING

7. WHITE CHOCOLATE PEPPERMINT POPCORN BY COOKING ON THE FRONT BURNERS

8. POPCORN BAR BY HOME STORIES A TO Z

9. SALSA VERDE BY COOKING WITH CURLS

10. PEPPERMINT CANDY POPCORN BALLS BY HOME COOKING MEMORIES

11. WHITE CHOCOLATE CRANBERRY POPCORN MIX BY LOLLY JANE

12. PEANUT BUTTER POPCORN BY EMBELLISHMINTS

13. SWEET AND SIMPLY CARAMEL CORN SNACK MIX BY TYPICALLY SIMPLE

Oh my gosh !  What to try first ?  A big thank you to Beth Hunter for this tasty collection of popcorn flavors.  Here is a link to her website:

https://www.homestoriesatoz.com/recipes/13-popcorn-recipes-for-movie-night.html

Chocolate Oatmeal No-Bake Bars

Food as stress relief ?  Darn right !  Sarah from  sugarapron.com has put together a recipe for amazing no-bake bars that people gush over and remember for months to come.

 

No Bake Chocolate Oatmeal Bars

The only thing easier than making these no-bake chocolate oatmeal bars is eating them….
Keyword no-bake, oatmeal, peanut butter
Prep Time 15 minutes
Chill Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 15 minutes
Servings 16 -20
Author Sarah Kozowski

Ingredients

  • 1 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar packed
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 cups rolled oats
  • 1 cup semisweet or dark chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter

Instructions

  1. Line an 8-inch or 9-inch square baking dish with parchment paper and set aside. Overhangs the edges of the foil to lift the bars easier from the baking dish. (You can use a 9×13-inch if you want thinner bars.)
  2. Melt butter and brown sugar in large saucepan over medium heat, until the butter has melted and the sugar has dissolved. Stir in vanilla. Mix in the oats.
  3. Cook over low heat 3 to 4 minutes, or until ingredients are well blended.
  4. Pour half of the oat mixture into the prepared baking dish. Spread out the mixture evenly, pressing down. Reserve the other half for second layer.
  5. To make the filling, melt the peanut butter and chocolate chips together in a small microwave-safe bowl and stir until it’s smooth.
  6. Pour the chocolate mixture over the crust in the pan, reserving about 1/4 cup for drizzling and spread evenly.
  7. Pour the remaining oat mixture over the chocolate layer, pressing in gently and drizzle with the remaining chocolate mixture.
  8. Refrigerate 2 to 3 hours or overnight. Bring to room temperature before cutting into bars.
  9. Note: Like any no-bake cookie, the final texture of these really depends on how long you boil the sugar mixture. If it doesn’t boil long enough, the cookie/bars mixture will be too soft, if you boil too long, they could turn out dry and crumbly.

For someone like me who doesn’t bake, these bars are like a reward from heaven. Enjoy.

 

Samoas Cookie Pie

Need a sweet treat for your Easter table ?  Try this Samoa pie.  It tastes even better than the Girl Scout cookies you grew up eating! It’s layered with caramel sauce, chocolate, and shredded coconut. YUM!  Recipe by Averie Sunshine.

Samoa Pie

What’s in This Samoa Pie?

To make this Samoa cookie pie, you’ll need:

  • Unsalted butter
  • Egg
  • Light brown sugar
  • Vanilla extract
  • All-purpose flour
  • Salt
  • Semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • Sweetened shredded coconut
  • Sweetened condensed milk
  • Salted caramel sauce

How to Make Samoa Pie

Whisk together the melted butter, egg, brown sugar, and vanilla before stirring in the flour and salt. Turn the batter into a greased pie dish and bake until the edges firm up slightly and the center is a little set.

Remove the pie crust from the oven and sprinkle chocolate chips over top. Then, sprinkle on the shredded coconut, followed by the sweetened condensed milk and salted caramel sauce. Return the Samoa pie to the oven and bake until there’s some bubbling near the edge of the dish and the center has dried out some and looks set.

Once the cookie pie is out of the oven, let it cool slightly before drizzling with melted chocolate. You’ll then need to let the Samoa pie set for a good 4 hours, as it needs time to fully set up.

How to Store Samoa Pie

This Samoa cookie pie will stay fresh for up to 5 days at room temperature if store in a sealed container. You can also store it for up to 6 months (I store it by slicing it into small wedges, wrapping each wedge individually in plastic wrap, and putting those in a large zip-top bag).

Can I Use Regular Caramel Sauce?

Yes, you can use regular or salted caramel sauce for this cookie pie recipe. Use whichever you have on hand!

 

Tips for Making a Samoa Pie

You’ll use about two-thirds of a standard 14-ounce can of sweetened condensed milk. Just eyeball it because it’s way too sticky to measure. The leftover portion can be used in coffee, iced coffee, no-bake truffles, or just eat it with a spoon.

Also, you need to watch your pie like a hawk during the last 10 minutes of baking. The coconut, caramel, and sweetened condensed milk are all prone to burning, so it’s better to under bake than over bake if you’re unsure.

Finally, you MUST let this Samoa pie cool for at least 4 hours (or overnight) before slicing and serving it. If you try to slice the pie immediately, you’ll have a literal hot mess on your hands and it’ll be impossible to eat a slice.

Samoas Cookie Pie

Yield: one 9-inch pie

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter (1 stick), melted
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt, or to taste
  • 3/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips, for sprinkling
  • 1 1/2 cups sweetened shredded coconut, loosely laid in measuring cup (not packed)
  • two-thirds of one 14-ounce can sweetened condensed milk (about 10 ounces)
  • 4 to 5 ounces salted caramel sauce (homemade or store-bought, regular caramel sauce may be substituted)
  • 3/4 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips, melted for drizzling

Instructions

    1. Preheat oven to 350F. Spray a 9-inch pie dish very well with cooking spray; set aside.
    2. In a large, microwave-safe bowl melt the butter, about 1 minute on high power.
    3. Wait momentarily before adding the egg so you don’t scramble it. Add the egg, brown sugar, vanilla, and whisk until smooth.
    4. Add the flour, salt, and stir until just combined; don’t overmix.
    5. Turn batter out into prepared pie dish, smoothing the top lightly with a spatula. Bake for about 10 to 12 minutes or until edges firm up slightly and center will have begun to set up a bit. It’s by no means done, but pie will be returned to oven to bake another 25 minutes or so.
    6. Remove pie dish from oven, and evenly sprinkle 3/4 cup chocolate chips over the crust.
    7. Evenly sprinkle the coconut.
    8. Evenly drizzle the sweetened condensed milk (just eyeball it).
    9. Evenly drizzle the caramel sauce (just eyeball it).
    10. Return pan to oven and bake for about 25 minutes, or until there’s slightly bubbling near the edge of dish and the center has dried out some and looks more set. Cookie pie will firm up more as it cools. In the last 10 minutes of baking, watch it like a hawk because the coconut, caramel, and sweetened condensed milk will all be prone to burning; better to underbake than overbake if you’re unsure.
    11. Allow pie to cool in dish on a wire rack while you melt the chocolate for drizzling by adding 3/4 cup chocolate chips to a small microwave-safe bowl and heat to melt, about 1 minute on high power. Stop to check and stir and heat in 10-second increments until chocolate can be stirred smooth.
    12. Using a spoon (or pastry bag or ziptop bag with corner cut off if you want to be fancier but I didn’t bother), evenly drizzle the chocolate in long vertical lines, parallel to each other, spaced about 1/2-inch apart. Pie doesn’t have to be cooled to add the chocolate drizzle.
    13. Allow pie to continue to cool on wire rack for at least 4 hours (or overnight) before slicing and serving. Don’t slice too early because chocolate drizzle needs to set and interior of pie needs to firm up or you’ll have a literal hot mess.

Notes

Pie is best fresh, but will keep airtight at room temperature for up to 5 days, or in the freezer for up to 6 months. I store it by slicing into small wedges, wrapping each wedge individually in plasticwrap, and putting those in a large ziptop bag.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

8

Serving Size:

1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 682Total Fat: 32gSaturated Fat: 21gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 10gCholesterol: 76mgSodium: 232mgCarbohydrates: 95gFiber: 4gSugar: 74gProtein: 10g

Baileys Chocolate Mousse

 

Perfect timing with St. Patrick’s Day nearly upon us.  Here’s a treat using Bailey’s Irish Cream.  Note:  It does contain a certain amount of alcohol, just a wee drop.  Enjoy !

 

Cathy of Lemon Tree Dwelling writes thatBaileys Chocolate Mousse is a deliciously light, fluffy chocolate mousse, infused with the sweet flavor of Baileys Irish Cream. This easy dessert recipe is perfect for St. Patrick’s Day!

Well Cathy, it does look yummy !  So how do you make it ?

Baileys chocolate mousse is deliciously light, fluffy chocolate mousse, infused with the sweet flavor of Baileys Irish Cream. Perfect St. Patrick's Day dessert recipe!

Bailey’s Chocolate Mousse

Deliciously light, fluffy chocolate mousse infused with the sweet flavor of Baileys Irish Cream. Perfect for the holidays!
Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 6 (1/2 cup) servings
Author Cathy Trochelman

Ingredients

  • 2 tsp. unflavored gelatin
  • 2 Tbsp. cold water
  • 1/4 c. boiling water
  • 1/2 c. sugar
  • 2 Tbsp. cocoa powder for a more intense chocolate flavor, add 1 additional Tbsp.
  • 1 1/2 c. heavy cream very cold
  • 1/2 c. Baileys Irish Cream very cold
  • 1 tsp. vanilla

Instructions

  1. *Before beginning, prep bowl and beaters by placing in the freezer for 15-20 minutes to chill.*
  2. Sprinkle gelatin over cold water in small bowl; stir and let stand 1 minute to soften.
  3. Add boiling water; stir until gelatin is completely dissolved. Let stand to cool.
  4. Stir together sugar and cocoa in a large mixing bowl; add heavy cream.
  5. Beat at medium-high speed until stiff peaks form; gradually pour in Baileys, vanilla, and gelatin mixture, beating continuously at high speed until well-blended and soft peaks form.
  6. Let stand 5 minutes to thicken.
  7. Spoon into serving dishes and place in refrigerator to chill. (*For a faster setting mousse, chill bowls before filling.)
  8. Chill 1 hour or until ready to serve.

I hope you love this Baileys chocolate mousse recipe as much as I do!

I think we will, Cathy.  Thanks a bunch for this recipe.

https://www.lemontreedwelling.com/baileys-chocolate-mousse/

Americans Will Eat 1.4 BILLION of These During the Super Bowl

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The Super Bowl is the perfect excuse to gather around the TV and eat an endless buffet of snacks.

For sports fans, Super Bowl Sunday is one of the best times of the year, and it’s not just because of the game. Even if you don’t care for football, at least there are plenty of tasty treats waiting for you at the Super Bowl party you’ll be attending.

It doesn’t matter which team you’re rooting for this year. Chiefs and 49ers fans alike have already chosen the victor of Super Bowl LIV, and we’ll be eating 1.4 billion servings of it.

Ain’t no thing but a chicken wing

Chips and salsa, football-themed desserts, and pulled pork sandwiches make the Super Bowl one of the best food holidays around. But there’s one reigning finger food that we all can’t get enough of. This year, Americans are expected to down 1.4 BILLION of them: chicken wings! If you’re making your own, try this secret technique for the best chicken wings ever.

A hot (wing) commodity

Chicken wings are great in all flavors, and there’s no arguing it’s a Super Bowl Sunday favorite. In fact, we have proof. The National Chicken Council (aka NCC) has announced the official chicken wing consumption estimate for 2020. Nearly one and a half billion wings is a lot of chicken for one day! It’s also a two percent increase from 2019, meaning Americans will eat 27 million more wings during this year’s game. That’s enough wings to circle the Earth three times. Holy cow! Or, uh, chicken.

Chicken wings deserve their own holiday…

…and they might just get it. Because Super Bowl Sunday draws such a wing-loving crowd, the NCC has formed a petition to dub the Monday following the game “National Chicken Wing Appreciation Day.” Now that’s a cause we can get behind.  Fun fact: Buffalo, New York (and beyond) already celebrates National Chicken Wing Day on July 29th. But, considering these statistics, the day after the Super Bowl does seem like it would make more sense.

Article by Laurie Dixon and The Readers Journal

https://www.rd.com/food/fun/americans-super-bowl-chicken-wings/