10 Recipes to Use Costco Rotisserie Chicken (or Leftover Turkey)


One of the best things I do to keep weeknight meal prep easy, is to have chicken cooked and frozen. Having the meat ready to go is such a time saver!

If you’ve got leftover turkey, count your blessings! Then package it in plastic freezer bags and stash it away. You can use cooked turkey just like you would chicken.

10 Recipes to Use Costco Rotisserie Chicken

Lately, I’ve been buying Costco rotisserie chicken to keep in the freezer. But sometimes I cook it myself.

The main thing is to get some cooked chicken or turkey ready for use in recipes. Many of the recipes below are 15 minute meals. Some take a little bit longer, but they’re all easily doable on a busy weeknight.

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Here are 10 recipes to get you started.  And if you’re looking for more, check out 13 more possibilities for using Costco Chicken.

Cheesy Chicken Chili Mac

Cheesy Chicken Chili Mac

15 Minute BBQ Chicken Nachos

BBQ Chicken Nachos

Chicken Tortellini with Kale 15 minute meal

Chicken Tortellini with Kale

15 Minute Skillet Chicken and Dressing Casserole

Skillet Chicken and Dressing Casserole

Skillet Chicken Curry with Peach Chutney

 Skillet Chicken Curry 

Easy Chicken Tortellini Soup

Easy Chicken Tortellini Soup

Creamy Chicken and Vegetable Topped Baked Potatoes

Creamy Chicken and Veggie Topped Baked Potatoes

15 Minute Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup

15 Minute Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup

Peach Chutney Chicken Salad

Easy Chicken Salad with Peach Chutney

Chipotle Chili Chicken Nachos

Chipotle Chili Chicken Nachos


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  1. Why do you refer to Costco rotisserie chicken? Many of us don’t have a Costco anywhere nearby, but we are beginning to have cooked chicken from other sources. Is Costco a sponsor of yours? Can’t other stores’ chickens be used? Or do you assume that there are Costcos everywhere? Just curious…

    • Costco isn’t a sponsor. It’s just what I’ve been using, so that’s what I called the post. I know that not everyone has Costco, so you can substitute rotisserie chicken from other places or cook it at home.

    • Costco has the best, biggest, and most lowest priced. These all sound delicious Tiffany! I always get at least 3 meals out of each chicken and like to make broth with the bones and parts I would otherwise just throw away:)

      • Vickie G says:

        The rotisserie chickens in the supermarket are small, around 3lbs, a little on the dry side and run about $8 each. Costco’s chicken is sooooo moist and are 5lbs each and cost $5. You can’t beat that price. I noticed Costco now sells lage bags of the leftover chicken cut up. A little more pricey but convenient. I try to get 3-4 chickens, shred the meat and freeze in 1lb bags. Great for chicken salad, soups and enchilladas etc. I then use the bones and carcus for broth to freeze.

      • Anonymous says:

        Roast those bones before you make broth from them. jum

      • Agreed! Costco chickens are plump, delicious and much cheaper! Anywhere else I’m paying double the money for half the chicken.

    • Since you dont have a Costco, you dont know that they sell their Rotisserie chicken already picked from the bone and stored in a airtight package that lasts for a week in the fridge or can be frozen. It is a real convenience as it is already done that way. Simply take it out of the fridge or freezer and use. IF not, you can use any of yur own cooked chicken or purchase a rotisserie chicken and do the picking yourself. It’s not a sponsor thing for sure..

  2. i find Costco chicken is much bigger and better than the supermarket chickens. Where do you live Nancy that you are “beginning to have cooked chickens from other sources”? I’m just curious…

    • Here in northern Michigan, where we are a little slow to catch up on most things. Love the area, don’t like being frustrated by the lack of things that other areas take for granted.

    • it’s because they are injected with hormones and fat that they are so large. Bigger isn’t always better.

      • Are you CERTAIN.?.

      • Costco always strives to give their members the best quality product for the best price. Costco does not buy from suppliers who artificially alter their product in such a way! Please do your research “K” before suggesting such things!

  3. Do you take the meat off the bone before freezing or do you freeze the whole chicken?

  4. Anonymous says:

    I agree, Costco has the absolute best chickens! But if you don’t have a Costco, any roasted chicken works great!

  5. Thanks for the ideas. Never thought about buying the rotisserie chicken and freezing it. Costco is great. We have both a Sam’s and Costco within a half mile of each other. Sam’s parking lot is so bare while Costco is packed. So glad we switched last year

  6. Here in Lincolnwood, a woodsy suburb of Chicago, we have SAMs Club, Costco,! Traders Joe, Happy Foods, Fresh Farms and Mariano’s. All good places to buy a rotisserie chicken. Each has their own pluses but Mariano’s has a oyster and shrimp bar, a wine and beer bar, a pizza oven, a sushi bar, and an ice cream bar. They have the best bakery and also will season and grill any meats and fish you buy without charge.

    • I want to go to a Mariano’s! How cool that they will season and grill meats and fish. That sounds like a great store.

      • Anonymous says:

        Hi Tiffany, If you live in the midwest, send Mariano’s corporate and ask when a store near you may open. I forgot to include a salad bar, a hot foods bar (hot shrimp, mashed potatoes, stir fry, pot roast, etc), fresh bread area, huge produce section, Kosher food area. Great store to live near, drop in after work, buy a couple steaks or salmon filets, have them cook it in front of you, wrapped and you’re on your way! I am definitely using your idea for rotisserie chicken!!

  7. Sam’s (Walmart equivalent to Costco) carries rotisserie chicken…and you can get 2-3 meals out of one bird depending on the size of your family:)

    • Sam’s has great chickens too. I have not found any grocery stores to compare to Sams or Costco for chickens. I guess I am very fortunate to have a Sam’s club and Costco very close to me. When I buy them I usually buy 3 and get a several meals. I never thought to freeze the meat – that is a great idea. One of my kids favorites is buffalo chicken dip.

  8. Tiffany,
    Thanks for this post. So many great recipes. I love Costco chicken.

  9. Bunny Lincoln says:

    Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

    Using oven proof fry pan, saute some chopped onions and celery. Add a bag of frozen mixed vegetables. Sauté some more. Add team of chicken soup. Heat through. Pull chicken meat off bones. Add to pot. Heat through again. Season to taste. Top with Pillsbury Grands Biscuits and bake for 17-22 minutes, until biscuits are browned.

    Any greased baking pan can be used instead of a frying pan. I use plenty of filling, and “float” the biscuits on top. The biscuits soak up a lot of the liquid.

  10. Costco Chickens are advertised to be free from antibiotics and preservatives. Basically, organic!

  11. Love the recipes but Costco chickens are not cooked enough for me-too pink.

  12. I make my own in my Pampered Chef Stoneware. Thirty minutes in the microwave and I have a chicken that tastes like rotisserie with my choice of seasonings. Not doing an advertisement here. I got a six pound chicken on sale at Kroger for $4.50. We had it last night. Now I will take off the bones and use for some other great meals!

  13. Sam’s Club has them as well as all the major grocery stores here in Colorado. I get 2 at a time – one goes into the freezer.

  14. We have a granddaughter living with us who is on a special diet. She loves chicken and drinking broth so we buy at least one or two Costco rotisserie chickens every week. Not once have they been undercooked. And if we ever did get one, they will honor any complaint and give you your money back if you tell them.

  15. Anonymous says:

    I prefer Sam’s chicken over Costco. They are better seasoned. My granddaughter that lives with us gets so excited when we buy the chicken. She knows that the next day we will have either chicken and dumplings, chicken noodle soup or chicken tortilla casserole.

  16. My sister came out with the idea using the Costco Chicken to make Asian Ginger Chicken. It came out perfect. Less work then have to having boiling a whole chicken.

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