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Budget Gourmet: Elevating Rotisserie Chicken on a Budget

In today’s fast-paced world, finding ways to save money while still enjoying delicious and satisfying meals is a valuable skill. One such money-saving strategy involves making the most of a humble rotisserie chicken. Although these convenient options may not have been widely available in the past, they have become a go-to solution for budget-conscious individuals and families. By creatively utilizing a rotisserie chicken, you can transform it into multiple meals, stretching your budget and reducing food waste. In this recipe, we will explore a simple yet versatile approach to utilizing a rotisserie chicken for a flavorful dinner and subsequent lunches, all while keeping the cost under control.


  • 1 rotisserie chicken
  • 1 packet of gravy mix
  • 1 can of cream of chicken soup
  • Rice
  • Biscuits
  • Crackers
  • Bread


  1. Purchase a rotisserie chicken from the store, preferably for $4.98.
  2. Debone all the dark meat from the chicken.
  3. In a saucepan, combine the deboned chicken, gravy mix, and cream of chicken soup.
  4. Cook the mixture over medium heat, stirring occasionally until heated through and well combined.
  5. Prepare rice according to package instructions.
  6. Make a pan of biscuits using your preferred recipe or a pre-made mix.
  7. Serve the chicken gravy over the cooked rice and enjoy the meal with biscuits on the side.
  8. Save the white meat for the next day to make chicken salad sandwiches for lunches.
  9. Serve the chicken salad with crackers for added crunch.
  10. Optionally, use bread to make sandwiches with the chicken salad.
  11. If there are any leftovers, refrigerate them for future meals.
  12. To make broth, boil the chicken bones for several hours.
  13. Strain the broth and freeze it for later use in recipes like chicken chili, chicken and dumplings, BBQ chicken sandwiches, chicken fajitas, chicken enchiladas, chicken quesadillas, rotisserie chicken with sides, chicken noodle soup, chicken spaghetti, and buffalo chicken dip.
  14. If you have a smaller portion of chicken remaining, consider freezing the deboned chicken for future use when you only need 1/2 or 1/3 of the chicken.
  15. Enjoy the versatility and cost-effectiveness of stretching the rotisserie chicken to multiple meals.

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