Rotisserie chicken offers variety for dinner

By Kelsey Horath

Getting a meal prepared at the end of every day seems to be a steady reality that cannot be escaped. However, even after knowing this nightly ritual awaits, many do not plan for dinner until the drive home from work or school.  

Lindsey Gregory, general manager of Smallcakes Monroe and longtime baker, knows just how hectic daily life gets and how hard meal preparation can be. To help save some time and energy after a long day, Gregory has shared her two most simple rotisserie chicken recipes.

My time is the most valuable thing I have and every single second of my day matters, including the amount of time I spend preparing my meals,” Gregory said. “These recipes are two of my favorite go-to’s for a chicken recipe and they are so simple that they can even be made without a full kitchen.”

Busy days lead to extremely tired afternoons and having an already cooked portion of your meal gives more time for rest and leisure. 

“The biggest benefit for me is the time saved by using a rotisserie chicken instead of having to cook one,” Gregory said.

Daniel and Cassidy Jones, Ruston residents and newlyweds, know exactly how hard it is to make time for meals after a busy work and school day.

“After I go to classes all day, it is very frustrating trying to plan a meal on the spur of the moment,” Cassidy Jones said. “Rotisserie chicken recipes are always a favorite of mine to save a little extra time for Daniel and me.”

Not only does rotisserie chicken recipes save time but also provides leftovers and bigger portions to be made.

“We love to host other college students over at our home and the rotisserie chicken recipes allows enough portions to feed everyone,” Daniel Jones said.

Applying these recipes to everyday life also allows one to be watchful and educated on health and what enters the body.

“One of the most important benefits is knowing exactly what’s going into your food,” Gregory said. “I have psoriasis which is an autoimmune disease and knowing exactly what foods affects my body has made a huge difference in my body inside and out.”

Gregory added rotisserie chicken recipes are based on personal preference and taste; therefore, allowing the recipes to be easily modified to fit anyone’s budget, nutritional needs and taste buds. 

Buffalo Ranch Chicken Wraps

Ingredients:

  • 1 rotisserie chicken
  • 1 ¼ – ½ cup of Frank’s Buffalo Chicken Sauce
  • ½ stick of butter melted (optional)
  • Sliced cheese of choice 
  • Burrito size tortillas 
  • Ranch Dressing
  • Lettuce
  • Sliced Tomatoes 

Directions: 

Remove chicken from the bone and shred. Place in a bowl and mix in Frank’s Buffalo Sauce. For a less spicy wrap mix ¼ cup of buffalo sauce with ½ stick of melted butter. If you desire extra spice, add ½ cup of buffalo sauce.

Lay a tortilla flat and start assembling your wrap. Add a slice of cheese, buffalo chicken mixture, lettuce, tomatoes and top with Ranch. Tuck the sides of the tortilla in, roll it up and enjoy.

Chicken Enchilada Bowls 

Ingredients:

  • 1 rotisserie chicken
  • 1 pack of taco seasoning 
  • ½ cup of sour cream
  • 1 can diced green chilis
  • 1 can enchilada sauce 
  • Uncle Ben’s Ready Rice- Cilantro Lime is my favorite but use what you like
  • 1 can black beans (optional)
  • Shredded cheddar cheese 

Directions:

Remove chicken from bone and shred into a bowl. Add in taco seasoning, sour cream, green chilis, and half a can of enchilada and mix well. Heat the Uncle Ben’s Ready Rice in microwave according to the directions on package. Drain and rinse black beans. Time to build the bowls: add ¼- ½ cup of rice, ¼ cup of black beans, ½ – 1 cup of the chicken mixture and top with 2-3 tablespoons of enchilada sauce and shredded cheese. 


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