What to Do with Costco Rotisserie Chicken – 13 Possible Recipes

We recently got a new Costco in our town. It wasn’t long before I discovered the Costco rotisserie chicken.  Have you ever wondered what to do with a Costco rotisserie chicken?  If so, I’ve got you covered!

3 Costco Rotisserie Chickens yield 5-6 meals. 13 possible recipes

Costco rotisserie chickens cost just $5 in our store. And they are huge! I can’t buy a raw whole chicken of that size for $5, so getting one already cooked is a great deal.

After buying several of these and realizing that I can feed my family of 6 twice from one chicken, I decided to try using them to stock my freezer.

Your mileage may vary, but for my family there’s enough meat for me to make 5-6 meals out of 3 chickens. The last time I went to Costco, I bought three chickens. We brought them home and took all the meat off the bones. The meat yielded enough for 5 different recipes.

I froze the meat in plastic freezer bags in about 2 cup quantities. It’s so nice to have chicken already cooked and frozen, ready to go. There are lots and lots of recipes that use cooked chicken on this site alone. I’ve pulled 13 of my favorite recipes to share with you here.

Of course, if you don’t have a Costco, or you’d just rather cook your own chicken to freeze, that works too. Try this Whole Chicken in the Slow Cooker.

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And here are the 13 recipes to use Costco rotisserie chicken in:  

Chicken Enchiladas with Red Sauce and White Cheese

 Chicken Enchiladas with Red Sauce and White Cheese


Chicken Alfredo Pasta Bake with Sun-Dried Tomatoes

 Chicken Alfredo Pasta Bake with Sun-Dried Tomatoes


Chicken Casserole2

 Chicken Casserole – Lightened Up



Chicken and Broccoli Stuffed Shells with Alfredo Sauce


Chicken and Wild Rice Soup

Chicken and Wild Rice Soup


Italian Chicken and Rice Casserole

Italian Chicken and Rice Casserole


pumpkin black bean chicken chili

Pumpkin Black Bean Chicken Chili in the Slow Cooker


tomato basil chicken soup

Quick and Easy Chicken Tomato Basil Soup



Slow Cooker Chicken and Dumplings with Gnocchi


fried rice new pic

Vietnam Fried Rice


Vietnam Style Chicken Noodle Soup

Vietnamese Style Chicken Noodle Soup


white enchiladas

White Chicken Enchiladas


Chicken Tortilla Soup

Chicken Tortilla Soup

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  1. You could also make a good stock or broth with the chicken bones.

    • Tracy, I thought about doing that, but my lazy side won. I’ll have to give it a try sometime!

    • we totally do that too. save the bones, throw them in a freezer bag in the freezer, and pull out if we want to make stock.

      • Anonymous says:

        I use always make stock with bones and freeze some of it in 1 cup portions for sipping when a cold or flu hits. Nothings more comforting than homemade chicken stock when you’re sick!

  2. What a great idea. I’ll definitely remember to add that to my list when we go next week.

  3. Making stock is so easy and so awesome. Toss everything leftover (except big hunks of fat) in a pot after you pick the meat. Cover with water about an inch or two higher than the bones. Add a shake of salt, pepper, thyme , sage, or poltry seasoning. You can always add more later. Simmer. It will be done about the time it takes you to prep or bag up the meat for other things. (About 30-60 min). Freeze in containers or in ice cube trays for small portions and dump them into a freezer bag.
    Another easy one is adding BBQ sauce (we like sweet baby rays original) to shredded chicken. Make sandwiches with slaw or use it to top salads or nachos.

  4. I make stock, too! But I throw everything into the crockpot and cook on low for at least 4 hours. Easy peasy.

  5. Sounds like some really great recipes. Thanks for the info!

  6. I make chicken salad with either chopped celery or cucumbers and a little bit of onion and mayo…Also make soft chicken tacos…Also other one is cook about 4 packages of ramen noodles, add cooked peas and carrots and cut up chicken and some ginger and soy sauce. Chicken fajitas with peppers, onions, tomatoes, and whatever else you like on them. I work at Costco so this has been an ongoing thing if mine as well. Especially helped recently when I got home from hospital still sick from the flu and couldn’t do much so had hubby go buy the chickens! What a lifesaver!

  7. Hiw long can you keep in the fridge. I wanted to make some chicken salad and use on sandwiches and over salad for a weeks lunch. Not real sure on how that would do. Thanks!

  8. I save the root ends and tops of both celery and onions (even onion skins which are essentially just dehydrated onion lol) toss th in the ziplock with the carcasses until I’m ready to crock pot a batch of stock. I grow my own herbs but if you use fresh thyme , parsley, rosemary or even cilantro save the stems from those as well. Herbs can be expensive if you have to get them through the grocer so getting a second use from the “trash” or trimmings is great.

  9. How many cups of chicken do you get off of one bird? (great recipes, thanks for sharing!)

  10. Costco also sells just the rotisserie chicken breast meat! It’s big hunks of meat u can chop or shred! It’s packaged at costco and about $4.99 a pound and comes in 3 pound packages! It’s about $12! U get tons and tons of meat! I use it in tons of recipes and almost every day in my salads for lunch! It’s fsntastic! We love to even pour bbq sauce on it and make barbecued chicken sandwiches! In our costco it’s with the pre made meals near the pizzas! I look forward to trying your recipes!

    • Do you know how long the packaged breast meat is good? The use by dates I’ve seen are way out in the future, but I can’t finad any consume within a number of days after opening.

  11. Thanks so much for this! We just recently discovered the Costco chicken, and it’s great to have different ideas of how to use it. Shredded on nachos is one of ours. I adapted your fried rice tonight–we didn’t have rice, but we did have quinoa, so I used that. My kids who HATE cooked veggies ate it right up.


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