Did you know the average rotisserie chicken has 4 cups of meat on it? This is a thing I learned from “The Best Rotisserie Chicken Cookbook” by Toby Amidor. I think it’s a fun cookbook. The whole premise is focused on buying a rotisserie chicken, breaking it down, and using it for a variety of recipes. Some of the recipes seem obvious, while others are recipes I would have never thought of.
Every recipe has a key for less than 5 ingredients, 15 min or less, freezer friendly, meal prep, and/or or one pot/pan. Depending on your cooking style, this is really handy information. The breakfast, appetizers, and snack recipes come in a variety of serving sizes, but it seems like all of the entree recipes are made to serve 4, so it’s fairly easy to reduce the serving size to 2 if need be.
The chapter breakdown is:
- Appetizers and snacks
- Soups and sandwiches
- Easy Mains
- Even easier mains
- Everyday sides
- Dressings, sauces, and condiments
Things to I want to try:
- Not Your Mama’s Chicken and Waffles
- Simple Cassoulet Soup
- Mulligatawny soup
- Grilled apple, gouda, and chicken panini
- Cajun chicken melt
- Loaded chicken pasta salad
- Brussels sprouts salad with chicken, cranberries, and pecans
- Chicken parmesan casserole
- Chicken and mushroom baked risotto
- Easy chicken and sausage paella
- Garlic smothered chicken
- Chicken loaf
- White bean and chicken chili
- Herbed chicken meatballs
- Skillet balsamic chicken
- Cranberry almond farro (from the sides chapter)
The biggest challenges I had with this book? I only had about a cup of chicken with which I could use for recipe testing, and I had to cook from my pantry. (My location is under quarantine advisory at the time of working on this post.) That’s pretty much it. The recipes themselves all seem friendly for everyday cooking, and nothing looks intimidating.
There were a handful of recipes that fit my ingredient restrictions, but in the end, I kept coming back to Amidor’s recipe for chicken almond soup. The published recipe calls for slivered almonds, chicken broth, almond butter, oil, leek, butter, flour, rotisserie chicken, frozen peas, unseasoned rice vinegar, dried tarragon, dried thyme, salt, and pepper. I had to forgo the slivered almonds. Then, I made two minor substitutions. I used onion instead of leek. I technically ran out of thyme and tarragon, so I used an equal amount of herbs de Provence, since it has both thyme and tarragon in the blend.
I loved how easily this came together. It also smelled really good while cooking. The almond flavor is subtle but complements the herbs. I imagine that if you didn’t want to use chicken, you can easily use cannellini beans instead. Button mushrooms might work well too, but I think cremini or portobello might be too distinctive for this recipe.
Oooh, this might work lovely as a side dish if you omit the chicken completely and add something like butter lettuce. (Yes, I cook my lettuce sometimes. In the right applications, it’s delicious.)
But even as I’m pondering chicken substitutions, I love the recipe as is. The chicken almond soup is going into my cooking repertoire. I just want to let you know that even if you’re not a fan of eating chicken, you don’t need to disregard this book. The recipes all sound flexible.
I’m already looking forward to getting my hands on more chicken. It doesn’t have to be rotisserie chicken from the store either. Honestly, I’m in a mood where I want to roast whole chickens at home. And as the weather gets warmer in New England, I’ll probably pull out my slow cooker instead. But as I’m a regular meal prepper, I expect to get a lot of use out of this book.
I guess I shouldn’t be surprised. Previously, I was unfamiliar with Toby Amidor, but she’s written five cookbooks already, two of which are meal prep books. “The Best Rotisserie Chicken Cookbook” is her sixth. I guess I have more reading to do in the near future!
Disclaimer – I kindly received a preview from Robert Rose for this review. I’m not getting paid for this post. The views and opinions expressed are purely my own.
With COVID-19 self-quarantine in effect, my scope of recipe-testing was limited. Some modifications may have been made. I apologize that I could not recipe-test better.