Get Rotisserie Chicken tips from Marian Cairns, a Southern Living Test Kitchens Professional.
Hi, I'm Marion with the Southern Living test kitchen. Rotisserie chicken is one of the most convenient products you can pick up at the grocery store. It's on my grocery list every week. We use it in the test kitchen for countless recipes, from casseroles to burritos to soups. Now what I like to do is when I pick this up at the grocery store, I like to pick them out while they're still hot. By the time I get home, they'll be cool enough to handle and you can easily pull off the skin. Just pull all of this off. You can really get a lot of the fat off of this, and the chicken will be pretty lean. By doing this while it's still warm, the chicken will come off the bone quite easily, and you can separate it into pieces. Now since the chicken is cooked with its skin on, it has so much more flavor than if it was just poached or boiled like plain chicken breast. And it's so tender. You can just see that falling off the bone. Once you've removed all the chicken, you can shred it with two forks or you can cut it up. Since I'm making chicken salad, I want to dice this up pretty small. I'm using this rotisserie chicken to make Southern Living's chicken horseradish salad. It starts with a little bit of celery and pecans. This'll add a lot of crunch and texture to the chicken salad. Some green onion, some horseradish which will add a good kick to it, some salt and pepper for seasoning. Lemon juice will brighten this up, along with a little bit of the zest. And last but not least, mayonnaise. This will bind everything together. Simply stir this together. Using rotisserie chicken really saved a lot of time on this recipe. You can enjoy this right away, or you can keep it in the refrigerator in an airtight container for about two to three days. Whether you're making chicken salad or a casserole, I think you'll start putting rotisserie chicken on your grocery list every week.