So we have been adjusting to an empty nest. I have found one of the biggest adjustments is the way I cook.
We have a lot more leftovers than we use to have. My husband doesn’t mind because he knows he will have something other than a peanut butter and jelly sandwich to take to work for lunch the next day.
One of my favorite, quick and easy summer dinner ideas is to just pick up a rotisserie chicken at Costco or the local grocery store and use it as a starting place for dinner.
Of course you can just have baked chicken with a side or two and you are good to go. The first thing I always do is cut all the meat off the bones. Or I should say, I get Jim to cut all the meat off the bones. I then store it in an airtight container and just use the amount I need throughout the week for each recipe.
At our house a rotisserie chicken goes a lot further than it use to. In fact, I can get 3-4 dinners out of it if I want. But who wants to eat baked chicken 4 nights in a row? I don’t!
So this week I am going to share with you four different recipes that you could make for dinner from a rotisserie chicken. So depending on the size of your family you may get one meal or like us – you may get all four from the same chicken!
The first recipe is for a yummy, light, refreshing summer salad – Chicken Napa Salad. You can make it a main meal by adding chicken to it or a side dish by leaving the chicken off. Thanks to my friend Jane for sharing it with me.
The salad uses Napa Cabbage which I love. It is a nice alternative to romaine or spinach. I love the crisp texture of the cabbage.
I also used some green onions and a fun crunchy mixture made from a package of chicken ramen noodles. I am not a huge ramen fan although I think my son Clark lived on them in high school. But when you use the noodles dry with the seasoning pack and a little butter they make a yummy, crunchy topping for your salad.
You just break up the noodles and combine them with some sesame seeds and slivered almonds in a frying pan with some butter and toast them until they are golden brown. Be sure to stir frequently so they don’t burn.
The salad can then be topped with the chopped green onions, chicken, crunchy topping and a nice light sesame flavored dressing. Some mandarin oranges would also make a nice addition.
Celebrate summer with this quick and easy summer time dinner – Chicken Napa Salad.
Do you have a favorite, easy summertime dinner idea? I’d love to hear it – just leave a comment below.
Chicken Napa Salad
1 pkg. chicken flavored ramen noodles
1/4 C butter
1/2 C sesame seeds
1/2 C blanched slivered almonds
1 lg head of napa cabbage, shredded
6 green onions, chopped
1/4 C canola oil
1/4 C white wine or regular white vinegar
1 Tbsp soy sauce
1 Tbsp sesame oil
1/8 C sugar
1 rotisserie chicken
Crush noodles and add into pan with butter, sesame seeds and almonds. Cook until golden brown, stir often. Add in seasoning package from ramen noodles and then cool.
Mix dressing ingredients together.
Add green onions to cabbage. Drizzle with dressing and sprinkle with crunchy noodle topping.