13 Shortcut Chicken Favorites
Faster than fast food and way more delicious, these cheesy enchiladas come together in a snap. A quick spritz of vegetable cooking spray adds extra crispness to flour tortillas as they bake.
- Recipe: Chicken Enchiladas
The convenience of refrigerated piecrust makes this deep-dish favorite easy enough for a weeknight. If you don’t have time to simmer a whole chicken, just substitute an equal amount of canned broth and the meat from a rotisserie chicken.
- Recipe: Chicken Pot Pie
If you think cutting calories means giving up the foods you love, think again. This top-rated makeover is every bit as creamy and satisfying as the full-fat original.
- Recipe: Light King Ranch Casserole
Forget about calling for takeout! Red curry paste and coconut milk add instant Asian flavor to this soul-warming dish. Rather than chopping the chicken, use 2 forks or your fingers to pull the meat apart lengthwise, separating it into long shreds. Prepare the dish even faster by steaming frozen green beans instead of fresh.
- Recipe: Spicy Chicken-Rice Bowl
A speedy Italian classic, this tetrazzini can be made ahead for easy weeknight dinners. Freeze an unbaked casserole up to 1 month, if desired. Thaw overnight in refrigerator. Let stand 30 minutes at room temperature, and bake as directed
- Recipe: Chicken Tetrazzini
Save time by making this chicken chili with smoked chicken from your favorite barbecue restaurant, or use a barbecue-flavored rotisserie chicken from your local supermarket.
- Recipe: Smoky Chicken Chili
Fresh mushrooms and wild rice team up with chopped cooked chicken in this company-worthy casserole. Try the original recipe or our Kitchen Express – both versions freeze beautifully. Spoon the mixture into 8 (2-cup) casserole dishes, 8 (5 1/2- x 3 1/2- x 2-inch) mini-loaf pans, 3 (8-inch or 9-inch) square baking dishes, or 1 (4-quart or 15- x 10-inch) casserole dish.