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10 Super Easy and Quick Meals to Make Using Rotisserie Chicken

10 Super Easy and Quick Meals to Make Using Rotisserie Chicken

Everyone needs help in the kitchen at times, even the most experienced chefs. Whether you’re a working professional who’s always busy, a parent with children who’s often pressed for time, or a college student trying to eat healthy by fixing meals in your dorm, rotisserie chicken is a cheap and easy way to make a variety of filling and complete meals. The easiest way to use rotisserie chicken is to slice it up and eat it with a salad, but sometimes, it doesn’t hurt to be a bit more creative.

Here are ten super easy and quick meals to make using rotisserie chicken. Just shred, cube, or slice a rotisserie chicken, and you’ll have yourself a creative, delicious meal in no time.

1. Rotisserie Chicken and Rice Soup

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    Homemade chicken and rice soup in only 20 minutes, made with homemade chicken broth and rotisserie chicken meat.

    2. Santa Fe Chicken Salad Wraps

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      These wraps are loaded with a flavorful sante fe chicken salad, shredded lettuce, tomatoes, and creamy avocado. A few minutes to prepare the chicken salad is all you need for a no-oven dinner that is sure to be yummy and filling, yet light.

      3. Mini Chicken Pot Pies

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        These almost-homemade chicken pot pies are the perfect finger-food for a party! Or a last-minute dinner that your kids will love.

        4. French Onion Chicken Casserole

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          A delicious and simple dinner casserole that’s a breeze to make.

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          5. Spinach Artichoke and Chicken Quesadilla

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            Quick and simple with a little help from a grocery store rotisserie chicken, these crispy, cheesy quesadillas come together easily for a perfect, busy weeknight dinner.

            6. Easy Greek Tzatziki Chicken Salad

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              Delicious? Check. Easy? Check. Healthy? Check. Find out how to make this no-cook quick summer salad!

              7. Mexican Pizza

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                Flour tortillas with refried beans, rotisserie chicken, salsa, a little enchilada sauce and cheese and you have a quick, easy Mexican dinner idea that everyone will love.

                8. Homemade White Chicken Chili

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                  Hearty, healthy, loaded with tender chicken, and packed with bold flavor, this fast and easy comfort food is a dish that everyone will love.

                  9. One-Pot Chicken, Bacon, and Ranch Pasta

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                    With only seven ingredients, this one-pot skillet pasta meal is how you upgrade a store-bought rotisserie chicken and have dinner on the table in under 30 minutes.

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                    10. Dump and Bake Chicken Alfredo Pasta Casserole

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                      An easy, cheesy, comfort food dinner for your busiest weeknights!

                      Which one of the above recipes will you try next time you pick up a rotisserie chicken?

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                      Last Updated on December 9, 2019

                      5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

                      5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

                      Everyone experiences mental stress at one time or another. Maybe you’re starting a new career, job, or business, or you feel incredibly overwhelmed between work, parenting, and your love life (or a lack of it). It could even be that you simply feel that you have way too much to do and not enough time to do it,  plus, on top of everything, nothing seems to be going the way it should!

                      Yup, we all experience mental stress from time-to-time, and that’s okay as long as you have the tools, techniques and knowledge that allow you to fully relieve it once it comes.

                      Here are 5 tips for relieving mental stress when it comes so you can function at your best while feeling good (and doing well) in work, love, or life:

                      1. Get Rationally Optimistic

                      Mental stress starts with your perception of your experiences. For instance, most people get stressed out when they perceive their reality as “being wrong” in some way. Essentially, they have a set idea of how things “should be” at any given moment, and when reality ends up being different (not even necessarily bad), they get stressed.

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                      This process is simply a result of perception and can be easily “fixed” by recognizing that although life might not always be going as YOU think it should, it’s still going as it should—for your own benefit.

                      In fact, once you fully recognize that everything in your life ultimately happens for your own growth, progress, and development—so you can achieve your goals and dreams—your perception works in your favor. You soon process and respond to your experience of life differently, for your advantage. That’s the essence of becoming “rationally optimistic.”

                      The result: no more mental stress.

                      2. Unplug

                      Just like you might need to unplug your computer when it starts acting all crazy, you should also “unplug” your mind.

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                      How on earth do you unplug your mind? Simple: just meditate.

                      It isn’t nearly difficult or complicated as some people think, so, if you don’t already meditate, give it a try. Whether you meditate for 5 minutes, 30 minutes, or 2 hours, this is a surefire way to reduce mental stress.

                      Meditation has been scientifically proven to relax your body (resulting in less mental stress), while also reducing anxiety and high blood pressure.

                      3. Easy on the Caffeine

                      Yes, we know, we know—everyone loves a nice java buzz, and that’s okay, but there’s a fine line between a small caffeine pick-me-up and a racing heart and mind that throws you into a frenzy of mental stress.

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                      Try giving up caffeine for a while and see how you feel. And, if that’s completely out of the question for you, at least try to minimize it. You might find that lots of your mental stress mysteriously “disappears” as your caffeine intake goes down.

                      4. Attack Mental Stress Via the Back Door

                      That’s right: your body and mind are part of the whole being, and are constantly influencing and affecting each other. If you’re experiencing a lot of mental stress, try to reduce it by calming your body down—a calm body equals a calmer mind.

                      How do you calm your body down and reduce physical stress? A  great way to reduce physical stress (thereby reducing mental stress) is to take natural supplements that are proven to reduce stress and anxiety while lifting your mood. Three good ones to look into are kava-kava, St John’s wort, and rhodiola rosea:

                      • Kava-kava is a natural plant known to have mild sedative properties, and you should be able to find it at your natural health food store or vitamin store. It’s available in capsules or liquid extract form.
                      • St John’s wort is a natural flower used to treat depression. Again, it’s found at your local health store in capsules or liquid. Because it uplifts mood (enabling you to see the brighter side of all experiences) it helps relieve mental stress as well.
                      • Rhodiola rosea is a natural plant shown to reduce stress and uplift mood, and Russian athletes have been using it forever. Like the other two supplements mentioned, rhodiola rosea can be found at your natural health store in capsule or liquid form.

                      While these supplements are all natural and can be very helpful for most people, always check with your health care provider first as they can cause side-effects depending on your current health situation etc.

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                      5. Good Old-Fashioned Exercise

                      This tip has been around forever because it works. Nothing relieves mental stress like running, kickboxing—you name it. Anything super-physical will wipe out most of your mental stresses once the exercise endorphins (happy chemicals) are released into your brain.

                      The result: mental stress will be gone!

                      So, if you’re feeling overwhelmed or just plain stressed, try using some of the above tips. You can even print this out or save it to refer to regularly.

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