My avoid-cooking-at-all-costs meal has changed over the years. First it was boxed mac and cheese. Then it was whichever frozen pizza was on sale that week. Now, I’ve evolved, and my go-to zero-effort meal is a rotisserie chicken I grabbed from my local grocery store’s deli. Okay, the meal isn’t zero effort—you still need sides and fixins, but I am expert in how to feed oneself like a borderline degenerate while still making the experience delicious. If you’re ever wondering what to eat with rotisserie chicken, you’ve come to the right place.
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- Bombay Bitchin’ Sauce
Ideally, the piping-hot rotisserie chicken you’ve picked up at the store is moist and super flavorful, but, c’mon, we know that’s not always the case. Bombay Bitchin’ Sauce is the solution to dry, dull chicken. It’s savory and salty and adds major depth of flavor. As Sporked senior writer Jordan Myrick wrote, “I would love to pour this over a rotisserie chicken leg and go to town,” and coming from someone who’s done this very same thing on the couch in my underwear while watching Survivor, this is the move.
- Good & Gather Chopped Caesar Salad Kit
“Rip everything open and throw it into a bowl” is the perfect parameter for the task at hand. That’s where salad kits come in. Shitty pro tip, you can even mix it in the bag, which was my go-to move for three weeks when I worked in an office and wanted to stop eating at the Jimmy John’s down the street every single day. Jordan called this a restaurant-quality salad in a bag, which is why I grab it to pair with my rotisserie chicken—for an added dash of class.
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- Bob Evans Roasted Garlic & Herb Mashed Cauliflower
Microwavable mashed cauliflower is the most convenient way to get any semblance of health into a convenience meal. Miss us with the boiling, mashing, and mixing. A pre-prepared tray I can throw in the microwave? That’s magic. This Bob Evans Roasted Garlic & Herb Mashed Cauliflower has a bold and savory herb flavor, and it’s so creamy you could mistake it for mashed potatoes. I put this on my plate so I feel a little less guilty for choosing convenience over a home-cooked meal after a long day at work.
- Stove Top Traditional Sage Stuffing Mix
Making Stove Top stuffing borders on cooking, but it really is so simple that I let it slide. Boil water and butter, dump in a box of stuffing—voila. Mushy, delicious bread. My body runs on bread, so, technically, I need this to survive. This particular stuffing mix topped the Sporked charts because, as managing editor Gwynedd Stuart noted, “It’s fluffy and savory, and even has a little bit of sweetness, thanks to the addition of dehydrated carrots.” Your brain won’t even realize you’re eating tiny bits of vegetables.
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- Knorr Roasted Chicken Gravy Mix
Okay, you get your delicious-looking chicken home to discover it’s been under that heat lamp a little too long. Gravy is the answer. Honestly, no matter the question, gravy is the answer. You can even use the back of spoon to make streaks of gravy on your plate and pretend you’re eating at a Michelin-starred restaurant, even though you’re just eating a packet of mix that only required water and a whisk. According to the Sporked crew, who got down on a bunch of instant gravy back around Thanksgiving time, this is as close as you can get to homemade gravy without asking a grocery store deli worker to hand over some pan drippings. The perfect gravy for an (almost) zero-effort rotisserie chicken night.
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