5 Quick Lunches Using Leftover Rotisserie Chicken

When you need food fast, fast food doesn’t have to be the answer. Swing by the supermarket and pick up a golden, tender rotisserie chicken for a hassle-free dinner that’s not only healthy but provides plenty of leftovers for additional quick-and-easy lunches throughout the week. After serving tonight’s meal””rounded out with a simple quinoa side or a leafy greens salad””shred what’s left and take a load off. Tomorrow’s lunch is practically in the bag”¦

Avoid creamy dressings to keep lunch light. Try Bragg Healthy Dressing, made with apple cider vinegar and organic extra-virgin olive oil.

Spruce up a salad. Go with greens, crisp veggies and strips of leftover chicken for a light lunch with loads of protein. A vinegar-based dressing, such as Bragg Healthy Vinaigrette (with apple cider vinegar and organic extra-virgin olive oil), will keep it light and flavorful.

Make chicken salad. Stuffed into a pita, piled onto a roll or eaten as is, chicken salad is a lunch favorite that’s easy to prepare when you already have chicken on hand. Use vegan mayonnaise and stir in chopped celery and apples and cool, crisp grapes for a lower-fat, gourmet-style salad.

Enhance ordinary soup. Whether you’re serving up homemade soup or something more convenient, tossing in leftover chicken is an easy way to bulk it up for a heartier, tastier meal. For healthy heat-and-serve options, look for low sodium call-outs on labels or buy natural, organic soups such as Amy’s, Pacific Natural or Health Valley.

Sizzlin’ stir-fry. A quick, veggie stir fry becomes even quicker when your chicken is already cooked. Add it last, as all it needs is re-heating. Try a natural seasoning mix such as Simply Asia Ginger Teriyaki Stir-Fry Sauce  when time is too tight to make your own.

Quick quesadillas. Kick up flavor with a dash of cumin, then top a whole wheat tortilla with chicken, dairy or non-dairy cheese and some black beans. Fold in half and brown in a skillet lightly coated with olive oil. You can also use leftover chicken to stuff burritos or tacos as a healthier alternative to ground beef.

Amie Valpone, HHC, AADP is the Editor-in-Chief of  TheHealthyApple.com; she is a Manhattan based Personal Chef, Culinary Nutritionist, Professional Recipe Developer, Food Photographer and Writer specializing in simple gluten-free and dairy-free “˜Clean’ recipes using whole foods. Amie recently healed herself from six years of chronic pain, exhausting every doctor in the country and Mayo Clinic; she shares her story of howClean Eating  saved her life and inspires you to Clean up your food, too. Amie lives in Manhattan, NYC where she cooks for a variety of clients including celebrities and people with busy lifestyles who enjoy healthy, fresh food. Visit Amie on  Facebook,  Twitter  andPinterest; she’d love to hear from you!

Amie Valpone

Amie Valpone, HHC, AADP is the Editor-in-Chief of TheHealthyApple.com; she is a Manhattan based Personal Chef, Culinary Nutritionist, Professional Recipe Developer, Food Photographer and Writer specializing in simple gluten-free and dairy-free “˜Clean’ recipes using whole foods. Amie recently healed herself from six years of chronic pain, exhausting every doctor in the country and Mayo Clinic; she shares her story of how Clean Eating saved her life and inspires you to Clean up your food, too. Amie lives in Manhattan, NYC where she cooks for a variety of clients including celebrities and people with busy lifestyles who enjoy healthy, fresh food.

Latest posts by Amie Valpone (see all)

About Amie Valpone

Amie Valpone, HHC, AADP is the Editor-in-Chief of TheHealthyApple.com; she is a Manhattan based Personal Chef, Culinary Nutritionist, Professional Recipe Developer, Food Photographer and Writer specializing in simple gluten-free and dairy-free “˜Clean’ recipes using whole foods. Amie recently healed herself from six years of chronic pain, exhausting every doctor in the country and Mayo Clinic; she shares her story of how Clean Eating saved her life and inspires you to Clean up your food, too. Amie lives in Manhattan, NYC where she cooks for a variety of clients including celebrities and people with busy lifestyles who enjoy healthy, fresh food.

Loading Facebook Comments ...

Leave a Reply