02/08/2015 07:03 am ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Rotisserie Chicken Round-Up: 4 Gourmet Upgrades

When you need a quick family-pleasing dinner, the rotisserie chicken is an obvious choice. But can you really "wow" your crew with this easy ingredient? Yes! Try these four fast chicken fixer-uppers.

1. Chipotle Chicken Quesadillas


These crisp tortillas filed with gooey melted cheddar and chicken in a smoky tomato-chipotle sauce are truly the ultimate quesadillas. The recipe is adapted from the website of Curtis Stone, one of my favorite chefs and cookbook authors. GET THE RECIPE

2. Asian Chicken Noodle Salad with Ginger Peanut Dressing


This main dish salad is flavorful and light, yet totally satisfying. Shredded chicken and soba noodles are tossed in a punchy ginger-peanut dressing, then brightened up with a colorful mix of red peppers, scallions and cilantro. Chopped peanuts and sesame seeds add welcome crunch. GET THE RECIPE

3. White Chicken Chili


I've tried many white chicken chili recipes over the years, but none as satisfying as this one. What's more, it's a one-pot meal that you can have on the dinner table in under an hour. GET THE RECIPE

4. Chinese Chicken Salad with Sesame Ginger Vinaigrette


This recipe is similar to the popular Chinese Chicken Salad served at many restaurants, only without the unhealthy fried wonton strips that are usually piled on top. It couldn't be easier to make, especially if you use a store-bought rotisserie chicken instead of making your own. GET THE RECIPE