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

One-Pot Creamy Chicken Pasta with Zucchini

This one-pot creamy chicken with zucchini is comfort food at its best. Here, we take advantage of fresh summer zucchini, which lightens up the dish. This easy dinner is made all in one pot on the stovetop, so you can give your oven a rest on a warm day and enjoy an easy cleanup.
By Adam Dolge

Creamy Chicken Noodle Soup with Rotisserie Chicken

Rating: 5 stars 33
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.

3-Ingredient Creamy Rotisserie Chicken Salad

Rating: 1 stars 1
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 with whole-grain crackers.
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By Carolyn Hodges, M.S., RDN

Lemon Chicken Pasta

Rating: 5 stars 6
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 Chicken Salad Tostadas

Rating: 5 stars 1
For this three-ingredient dinner, a premade salad kit is the perfect shortcut because it has everything you need in one bag, including the dressing. Swap in canned black beans for the chicken to make this vegetarian.
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By Carolyn Hodges, M.S., RDN

Peanut Zucchini Noodle Salad with Chicken

Rating: 4.5 stars 3
You'll end up with more peanut sauce than you need in this zucchini noodle recipe, and that's a good thing! It makes a great dip or stir-fry sauce.

3-Ingredient Farro Bowl with Rotisserie Chicken

To make this hearty grain bowl, grab a salad kit from the grocery store. Then, top the kit with farro and chicken for a high-protein lunch or dinner that's ready in minutes.
By Carolyn Hodges, M.S., RDN

One-Pot Creamy Chicken & Mushroom Pasta

Rating: 5 stars 1
This creamy chicken and mushroom pasta recipe makes for an easy weeknight dinner. Using store-bought rotisserie chicken saves time when cooking, and leftover chicken would work just as well.
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By Liv Dansky

3-Ingredient One-Pot Lemon Pasta with Rotisserie Chicken

This satisfying one-pot pasta cooks with just the right amount of water so you're left with perfectly cooked noodles and enough starchy liquid to act as a sauce. Stir in lemon juice and zest at the end for a bright finish.
By Carolyn Hodges, M.S., RDN

Crispy Roast Chicken

Rating: 5 stars 1
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.

Chicken Ballotine with Creamy Leek & Chestnut Stuffing

This traditional French dish is delicious, impressive meal for when you are up for an extra challenge. We're not going to lie—deboning a chicken and rolling it into a ballotine takes time and skill. Our recommendation: get your butcher to debone the bird, then you can stuff and roll it.
By Nora Singley

3-Ingredient Apple & Rotisserie Chicken Brie Bites

This easy appetizer is the perfect balance of sweet and savory. Crisp, sweet-tart apples, like Granny Smith or Pink Lady, work best.
By Carolyn Hodges, M.S., RDN
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Inspiration and Ideas

11 Rotisserie Chicken Recipes to Get Dinner on the Table ASAP
When don't have a dinner plan or feel like cooking an elaborate meal, a rotisserie chicken will become your new best friend.
Chicken Enchiladas with White Sauce
Rating: Unrated 2
In this easy chicken enchiladas recipe, we make a white sauce from chicken broth and sour cream that coats corn tortillas rolled up with shredded chicken, onion, peppers and spices. Poblano peppers tend to be mild, but if you really want to cut the heat, use a green bell pepper instead.
3-Ingredient Chicken Caesar Flatbread

A frozen cauliflower-based pizza crust becomes the crispy base for this no-fuss flatbread. Pick up a Caesar-style salad kit to save yourself the hassle of needing to buy lots of other ingredients (everything's included in the kit!), and use rotisserie chicken breast to simplify prep even more.