You can’t beat Costco’s $5 rotisserie chicken, and I have found a great way to get the most out of them! By purchasing ten chickens at once, I can maximize my dinner options.

10 Rotisserie Chickens = 16 Meals

When I buy just one chicken for our family, I tend to waste more. The dark meat gets eaten immediately, I am left with just a small amount of white meat, and the wings often get thrown out.

With ten chickens, I actually waste a lot less because I have enough of each type of chicken pieces to make better meals. Using ten chickens, I am able to prepare chicken for 16 meals for my family of five. I spend less than an hour cutting up the chicken and then I have chicken ready for quick meals the rest of the month!

I freeze bags of the following:

  • 5 Chicken Quarters
  • 5 Chicken Quarters
  • 5 Chicken Quarters
  • 5 Chicken Quarters
  • 40 Wings
  • 20 Chicken Tenders
  • 1 lb Chicken Breast Meat (2 breasts)
  • 1 lb Chicken Breast Meat (2 breasts)
  • 1 lb Chicken Breast Meat (2 breasts)
  • 1 lb Chicken Breast Meat (2 breasts)
  • 1 lb Chicken Breast Meat (2 breasts)
  • 1 lb Chicken Breast Meat (2 breasts)
  • 1 lb Chicken Breast Meat (2 breasts)
  • 1 lb Chicken Breast Meat (2 breasts)
  • 1 lb Chicken Breast Meat (2 breasts)
  • 1 lb Chicken Breast Meat (2 breasts)
  • Optional: Chicken Backs for broth

A huge advantage with using rotisserie chickens is that they are already completely cooked, so when you pull it out of the freezer, you only need to worry about heating it up.

Even though rotisserie chicken is seasoned, the flavor is very mild, so you can easily change the flavor to whatever you want – BBQ, lemon pepper, teriyaki, etc..

Let me show you some tips on how to cut up ten chickens quickly and easily!

Remove the lids off of the chickens and you will use them to organize your the chicken pieces are you cut them up. I work with five chickens at a time because that is how many my counter holds comfortably.

Flip all the chickens over, and then using kitchen shears, cut the strings off the chickens and then cut out their backs. Place all the backs in one of the lids. You can freeze them and use them to make broth/stock, or you can throw them out.

Once the backs are gone, work on the wings. Each wing has two parts – the mini drumstick wing and the flat wing. You can rip them or use your shears to remove them.

Next, remove the chicken quarters. They are so loose, you can often just pull them loose, but you will need to cut the skin. It will take two lids to hold all of the chicken quarters.

Next, remove the breast meat. I am very careful and remove the tenderloins from the rest of the breast meat. This way I have 20 tenderloins in addition to the 20 breast halves.

When you’re done, all you’ll have is the carcass.

Now, if you need some ideas on what meals to make with your prepped chicken, let me see if I can inspire you!

Chicken and Waffles.

The chicken tenderloins make for great chicken tenders!

Make sure to season the chicken because otherwise they can be a little bland. I do a simply dredge in egg and then coat in breadcrumbs before frying until crispy and heated through.

Even though the chicken quarters are already cooked, you can still prepare tons of recipes that ask for raw chicken. A favorite at our house is Filipino chicken adobo. This dish usually uses raw chicken pieces, but I can cut the cooking time in half by using the already cooked quarters. This recipe turns out just as delicious but a lot faster using rotisserie chicken.

Delicious chicken wings are super easy using rotisserie chicken. I simply toss them in melted butter and lemon pepper and heat at 450 degrees until they are hot and crispy.

And of course, there are all the recipes that use shredded chicken. A favorite at our house is Chicken Coconut Soup. We also love all kinds of soups, paninis, quesadillas, tacos, wraps, and even chicken salad sandwiches.

And as a bonus, save the wish bones! More than half will be broken because of the way they thread the chickens onto the rotisserie machine, but I can usually get at least two or three out of each set of ten chickens.

I have found the easiest way to clean them is to simply run them through the dishwasher in my silverware basket. Next time you see a great craft using wishbones for Thanksgiving or another project, you will be ready to go!

One Thought on “Turn 10 Rotisserie Chickens into 16 Easy Meals!

  1. Holly on May 12, 2021 at 11:10 am said:

    Love your ideas Rachel! This looks like a real time saver.

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