Rotisserie chicken: Family mealtime mostly homemade

Can you commit to making one more meal at home per week?

Research from the Food Marketing Institute (FMI) shows that Americans want to share more family meals at home. Regular family meals at home are shown to improve the nutrition of children, reduce the risk of childhood obesity and encourage healthy eating habits.

Help foster healthy meal habits with family meal time and get creative in the kitchen with Hy-Vee rotisserie chicken to help create a mostly homemade meal for your family.

Use rotisserie chicken at your next taco night. Add a can of black or pinto beans to shredded rotisserie chicken. Not only will it extend the number of tacos but there is the added benefit of more protein and fiber in your meal. Warm the chicken and beans in the microwave until bubbly, spoon onto tortillas or taco shells and top with your family’s favorite taco toppings.

Another option is to use the shredded rotisserie chicken on pizza. Mix the chicken with a favorite family barbecue sauce, spoon over a prepared pizza crust, top with sliced green pepper and mozzarella cheese. Bake in the oven or place on the grill.

If you happen to have leftover rotisserie chicken, it is great to use on salads, in quesadillas or sandwiches. There are many ways to use rotisserie chicken at your next family meal. Since it is already cooked and ready to use, it removes one step in the preparation process and allows for more time together for fun activities.

Barbecue Chicken Sandwich

Serves 1

All you need

•1/2 cup shredded cooked chicken

•1/4 cup shredded carrots

•2 tbsp barbecue sauce

•2 tsp light ranch dressing

•1 small whole wheat bun, split

•1 leaf lettuce

All you do

Combine chicken, carrots and barbecue sauce in a bowl. Spread ranch dressing on the bun. Top with the chicken mixture and lettuce.

Nutrition Facts: per serving: 324 calories, 7g fat, 2g saturated fat, 63mg cholesterol, 657mg sodium, 39g carbohydrates, 4g fiber, 26g protein.

Source: adapted from Eating Well.

The information is not intended as medical advice. Please consult a medical professional for individual advice.

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