15 Min Dinner – Rotisserie Chicken Salad

Its 5pm and we are just getting home.

The kids and I march up the stairs to our apartment hauling backpacks, laptop bags and usually a bag or two of groceries.  We fall into the doorway, kick off our shoes under the table by the door and separate to our favorite places to relax after a long day.   Brae heads to her bedroom to draw or talk to her friends online.  Gavin turns right around and runs back outside to find his friends and ride bikes until dark.

My “resting time” never lasts very long.  My feet are tired, my brain is tired, but I still have to make dinner, wash dishes and solve any number of small problems my children can come up with in an evening.  Today, however, I was happy I planned ahead.  We stopped at Albertsons to grab a rotisserie chicken.  It’s one meal my kids and I can actually agree on.  I also grabbed several bright and crispy veggies like red and yellow sweet bell peppers, purple onion, and cucumbers.

I love this salad because it is light, but filling and full of vitamins and nutrients.  I made this salad in the work lunchroom once and everyone kept commenting on how good the cut veggies smelled and how beautiful it was.  So it would be an easy, yet impressive side dish for a potluck.  The best thing is it only takes about 15 minutes to make.

15 Min Rotisserie Chicken Salad


  • 1 rotisserie chicken
  • 1 bag of prewashed mixed salad
  • 1 bag of prewashed baby spinach
  • 2 Roma tomatoes, cut into large slices
  • 1 avocado, cubed
  • 1/2 cucumber, thinly sliced
  • 1/4 purple/red onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 red sweet bell pepper, sliced into half moons 1/4 in thick
  • 1 yellow or orange sweet bell pepper, sliced into half moons 1/4 in thick
  • 1/4 bag of shredded carrots


Cut breasts from the chicken and chop into rough cubes.  Shred remaining chicken and set aside.

Mix the spinach and salad mix in a bowl until evenly distributed.  Layer the vegetables evenly over the greens.  Top with chicken and avocado.

Add your favorite dressing and enjoy!

Interested in trying another great salad?  Try my Green Salad with Beet and Carrots