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Hint: It starts with "rotisserie" and ends with "chicken"!

chicken with potatoes

Celebrity Chef Nikki Shaw: Anyone who knows me knows that I'm constantly in search of great food, fun, and adventure!

Feeding my family of five is definitely challenging at times. For me, good nutrition is just as important as great taste and variety. A ready-made baked chicken never fails me when I'm pressed for time.

Sometimes "life" gets in the way and you have to move quickly so you don't fall behind. Pulling into the drive-thru at the nearest fast-food restaurant is sometimes a necessity, but not a good habit. Next time you need good food fast, stop at your local grocery store. Grab a hot baked chicken, a package of salad with the dressing included, and a bag of whole grain dinner rolls. For a light dessert, pick up a convenient container of fresh cut fruit from the produce department. Now you've saved time, money, and calories!

Diamonds may very well be a girl's best friend, but a hot rotisserie chicken from the deli department at the grocery store is a busy mom's best friend.

"NIK TIP": Rotisserie chickens are also great for slicing the meat off the bone and making "Chicken Sliders" (mini sandwiches) for lunches, "Cheesy Chicken Nachos," and "Creamy Chicken Salad" with crackers (recipe below).

In this bitter economy, I'll show you how to make life sweet right at home.


2 cups cooked chicken, chopped
½ cup mayonnaise
¼ cup sweet & hot mustard
¼ cup celery, chopped
¼ cup onion, chopped
2 tablespoons pickle relish
Salt & pepper, to taste

1. In a medium bowl, mix together chicken, mayonnaise, mustard, celery, onion, pickle relish, salt, and pepper.
2. Serve chicken salad on crackers, bread, or a bed of lettuce. Enjoy!

servings: 4 / prep time: 15 minutes / cook time: 0 minutes

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4 comments so far | Post a comment now
ashley July 7, 2009, 10:35 AM

My family loves rotisserie chickens. They are cheap, ready, and yummy!! I usually get one a week.

Mom2two July 7, 2009, 11:15 AM

I LOVE the rotisserie chicken available at our local grocery store. It doesn’t cost more than an uncooked chicken and it ready to go. I pick one up at least once a week for dinner and sometimes one to be used for lunches also.

Allie July 18, 2009, 1:41 PM

I like to keep a rotsserie chicken in the frig, just to be available when I get that dreaded call saying “mom there’s nothing to eat” when I’m out trying to make ends meet. Do you have any other ideas for pre-made food that would be quick and dirty?

Ten Tees January 8, 2011, 5:13 PM

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