Healthy Whole Chicken Recipes

Juicy on the inside and crisp on the outside--Is there anything better than a whole roasted chicken? It's an easy and beautiful main dish for entertaining or a great tool for meal prep--just roast once to eat all week. Plus, these healthy recipes have almost half the amount of sodium of a grocery story rotisserie chicken.

Staff Picks

Creamy Rotisserie-Chicken Noodle Casserole

Rating: 3 stars 3
This creamy chicken noodle casserole recipe is inspired by our popular Creamy Chicken Noodle Soup with Rotisserie Chicken by Karen Rankin. We use store-bought rotisserie chicken to cut down on cooking time. This casserole is cozy and delicious.
By Carolyn Casner

Creamy Chicken Noodle Soup with Rotisserie Chicken

Rating: 5 stars 40
This creamy rotisserie chicken soup has a delicious chicken pot pie feel to it. We call for rotisserie chicken to streamline your prep time--look for a nice big one with lots of breast meat on it. Pair this comforting and easy soup recipe with a green salad, or, if you're really hungry, a grilled cheese sandwich.
By Karen Rankin

Green Chile Rotisserie Chicken Casserole

Rating: 5 stars 1
This green chile rotisserie chicken casserole features tender rotisserie chicken with lots of tender vegetables. The corn adds a nice pop of sweetness, while the rice helps absorb some of the flavors. A crunchy topping of crushed tortilla chips finishes off this comforting, Southwestern-inspired casserole.
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By John Somerall

Chopped Power Salad with Chicken

Rating: 5 stars 3
Enjoy this filling and colorful salad for lunch or dinner. The dressing gets made in the same bowl that the salad is tossed in, so the greens absorb every bit of flavor.
By Carolyn Casner

Green Chile Chicken Tortilla Casserole

Rating: 5 stars 1
Prepare this dish the night ahead of time so all you have to do is pop it in the oven for an easy and delicious dinner.
By Diabetic Living Magazine

Basic Whole Roast Chicken

Rating: 5 stars 2
This roasted chicken recipe may be the most useful recipe you'll ever find. It's a meal on its own or the start of any recipe that calls for cooked chicken--perfect for meal-prepping lunches or dinners to have throughout the week.
By Robin Bashinsky

Slow-Cooker Spicy Red Pepper Chicken

Rating: 5 stars 1
Inspired by piri piri chicken, this recipe braises the chicken in a slow cooker first before it hits the broiler to get a little char.
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By Breana Lai Killeen, M.P.H., RD

Lemon Chicken Pasta

Rating: 5 stars 7
In this easy lemon chicken pasta recipe, we love the combination of lemon zest and toasted breadcrumbs. This healthy dinner is made with rotisserie chicken, quick-cooking spiralized zucchini and baby zucchini, so you get a complete meal in just 10 minutes.
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By Sara Haas, RDN

3-Ingredient Creamy Rotisserie Chicken Salad

Rating: 2.5 stars 3
We put a flavor twist on the classic chicken salad by using a lemon-herb mayonnaise. Try other mayo varieties, like roasted garlic or chipotle lime, in this fast, no-cook lunch recipe. Serve this rotisserie chicken salad recipe with whole-grain crackers.
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By Carolyn Hodges, M.S., RDN

Crispy Roast Chicken

Rating: 5 stars 2
Classic and delicious, this roast chicken recipe will shine on the table fresh from the oven, served with any side. And this oven-roasted chicken is basic enough to play well in any recipe that calls for cooked chicken.
By Cooking Light

My 3 Key Ingredients for the Best Rotisserie Chicken Soup

In this installment of Diaspora Dining, author and historian Jessica B. Harris contemplates change and chicken soup, and how her own tastes and methods have evolved.
By Jessica B. Harris

Air-Fryer Rotisserie Chicken

Rating: 5 stars 1
Replicate the flavor, lovely burnished skin and moist texture of a classic rotisserie chicken with this easy recipe for cooking a whole chicken in your air fryer. With just a handful of ingredients and 10 minutes of active time, you get a roast chicken with lemon and herbs that's a remarkable doppelganger for a deli chicken right after it comes out of the rotisserie. Serve this air-fryer rotisserie chicken with your favorite veggie sides for a healthy weeknight dinner or weekend supper. And if you're hosting a dinner party, cooking your main course in the air fryer is also a great way free up oven space for casseroles, rolls and other dishes.
By Robin Bashinsky
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Inspiration and Ideas

11 Comforting Soups You Can Make with Rotisserie Chicken
Chicken soup is a warm, cozy dish that's perfect for chilly days, and we have all the recipes you'll need. These soups can be made with rotisserie chicken, so they're easy to pull together on any weeknight.
15 Cozy Casseroles You Can Make with Rotisserie Chicken
Make the most of a rotisserie chicken with these cozy casserole recipes. Perfect for chilly nights, these warm and filling casseroles are yummy choices for dinner.
Roast Chicken with Cider Gravy

Tucking fresh herbs and garlic between the skin and the breast infuses the meat with flavor. We use thyme here, but you can also use fresh rosemary or parsley. If you have a rack, place the chicken on it to allow the hot air to circulate. You can also improvise a rack (as we do here) by setting the chicken on the neck and giblets.