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Healthy Dinners with Rotisserie Chicken

by Erin Rogers, author of Healthy Express Cookbook: 101 Fresh, Light & Quick Dinners

In the last few years, most major supermarkets and the larger warehouse stores have begun to carry whole rotisserie chickens in their deli areas. These cooked birds offer home chefs many wonderful opportunities for super-quick and healthy meals. Try the different flavors available to find your favorite. Just remember to discard the skin and eat mostly white meat. Think of this ultra-convenient precooked poultry any time a recipe calls for cooked chicken breast and cut your cooking time down to zero!

Here are a few super-quick ideas for a variety of healthful dinners using rotisserie chicken:

Meal 1: Traditional chicken dinner

Simply serve chicken (without skin) with potatoes (instant mashed, or baked/sweet potatoes if there's time) and a frozen vegetable, such as green beans. To make your plate as healthful as you can, avoid using butter on potatoes (a butter spray works well); fill ½ your plate with veggies and stick to white meat chicken. Even add a bit of gravy if you pick a low-fat brand.

Meal 2: Blue Cheese/Chicken Salad

Start with a bowl of your favorite bagged salad greens, top with chicken breast, crumbled blue cheese, zliced strawberries, sliced mushrooms and a simple olive oil and balsamic vinegar dressing. Serve with whole wheat rolls.

Meal 3: Barbecue Chicken Sandwiches

Combine shredded chicken breast and your favorite barbecue sauce. Heat through. Serve on whole wheat buns. Serve with homemade lowfat cole slaw and vegetarian baked beans.

Meal 4: Chicken Caesar Salad

This stand-by can now be found on many restaurant menus. Toss chicken breast with romaine, chopped tomatoes, shredded parmesan cheese, fat-free croutons and fat-free Caesar dressing.

Meal 5: Honey Mustard/Avocado Chicken Hoagie

Start with a whole wheat baguette and slice horizontally. To one half, add chicken breast, lowfat honey mustard, sliced avocado and reduced-fat swiss cheese. Melt cheese under broiler; add top of baguette and serve warm. Serve with tossed salad.

There you have it! Five quick and healthy meals using a fully cooked chicken you can pick up any night of the week. Remember, the key to healthy, quick cooking is to identify convenience foods that can be used for very quick, healthful dinner preparations. Rotisserie chickens are one of these great modern conveniences. See what else you can come up with using this easy, nutritious main ingredient!

About the Author

Erin Rogers, a work-at-home mom of two, is the founder of, providing practical healthy living resources for busy people and author of Healthy Express Cookbook: 101 Fresh, Light & Quick Dinners. Visit her website to sign up for the FREE newsletter, 'Dinners on the Double' - offering a quick and healthy, no-recipe dinner idea each week. Other available services include quick and healthy recipes, healthy cooking articles, fitness and motivation tips, healthy living web links, and lots more! Erin can be reached via email here.



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