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Barbecue Chicken Wraps – An Easy, Leftover Rotisserie Chicken Recipe

This Barbecue Chicken Wrap recipe is the perfect way to use leftover rotisserie chicken for an easy lunch or dinner meal. Shredded and chopped chicken coated in your favorite barbecue sauce and mixed together with diced onions, cheese and lettuce and wrapped in a large flour tortilla.

Then the wrap is placed in a skillet to melt the cheese and to help hold everything inside. Plus the tortilla will become nice and golden brown, adding a little crunch as you take a bite.

At least 3 times per month I will pick up a cooked rotisserie chicken at the grocery store. Although I know they contain more sodium than when I make my own Whole Chicken in my Instant Pot, I just can’t beat the convenience of purchasing an already cooked chicken.

barbecue chicken wrap made with leftover rotisserie chicken
Barbecue chicken wrap filled with leftover rotisserie chicken tossed in barbecue sauce, diced red onions, cheese and lettuce.

Then I will bring it home and enjoy a few slices of the meat for dinner. Pair it with Air Fryer Red Potatoes and a side salad and dinner is ready!

Now here comes the dilemma. What to do with the leftovers? The first obstacle is to determine how to store the leftover rotisserie chicken.

How To Store Rotisserie Chicken Leftovers

1. Remove The Meat From The Bones While Still Warm

Before you put the chicken in the refrigerator, pull the meat off the bone. Trust me, it will be much easier to do while chicken is still warm.

Of course, you will want to wait until it is cool enough to handle. Then start by removing the skin and discard.

The skin holds the most seasoning and contains the most fat and sodium. However, if you want to sneak a bite or two, I can’t say I blame you.

Once the skin has been removed use a sharp knife to cut the breast meat away from the bone. Continue to cut and pull the meat away from the bone and place the chicken meat in a large container.

You should be able to pull the thigh and leg meat easily off the bone. Now flip the chicken over and be sure to remove the meat next to the back bone.

You can use whatever type of meat that you prefer to make your Barbecue Chicken Wrap. However, I suggest a mixture of both white and dark meat.

leftover rotisserie chicken
You will be amazed at how much meat can be taken off a store-bought rotisserie chicken.

2. Save The Bones

Although you may be tempted to toss the bones in the trash, do not do this! The chicken carcass can be used to make homemade chicken broth.

It is very easy to make and not only tastes better, but is much healthier than store brought broth. Even if you don’t plan to make it right away, you can save the bones for later.

Simply place the chicken carcass in a large resealable plastic bag and then place the bag in the freezer. Once you have enough vegetable scraps, which can also be frozen, you can make homemade broth.

3. Cut or Shred The Meat

Before storing the leftover meat, decide if you want to cut or shred it. Just like pulling the meat off the bone, it will be easier to shred it while it is warm.

Although my Easy Chicken Pot Pie recipes calls for for cubed chicken, most leftover rotisserie chicken recipes will call for the meat to be shredded. Therefore, shred at least a portion of the meat before you put it in the refrigerator.

barbecue sauce on leftover rotisserie chicken
The first step in making Barbecue Chicken Wraps is to toss the chicken in your favorite barbecue sauce and heat it until it is nice and warm.

4. Storing Tips

The leftover rotisserie chicken will stay good in a closed container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. However, if you don’t plan on using the meat within that timeframe, you can freeze it instead.

Divide the meat in 1 cup portions and place it in Food Saver Bags and seal. This will prevent the meat from becoming freezer burned.

However, the most important step is to label the contents. It is crazy how everything in the freezer starts to look the same after a few weeks.

Now that you know the tips and tricks for storing leftover rotisserie chicken, it’s time to get cooking!

Barbecue Chicken Wrap Recipe

*A printable recipe card is located at the bottom of this article which contains the specific measurements, temperatures and cook times. However, continue reading below to learn about more helpful tips about this specific recipe.

INGREDIENTS

  • Cooked & Shredded Rotisserie Chicken
  • Shredded Sharp Cheddar Cheese
  • Barbecue Sauce
  • Finely Diced Red Onion
  • Flour Tortillas
  • Romaine Lettuce Leaves

Optional Ingredients

  • Ranch Dressing
  • Diced Cherry Tomatoes
cheese on tortilla shell
While the chicken is being heated, place the tortilla shells in the microwave for 10 seconds and then add shredded cheese down the center of each tortilla shell.

INSTRUCTIONS

In a medium skillet, add the shredded rotisserie chicken, 1 teaspoon of water, and barbecue sauce. Using tongs, toss the chicken until it is well coated in the barbecue sauce.

Then place the skillet over medium heat and cook for 4-5 minutes, stirring frequently until the chicken is warmed through. While the chicken is warming prepare the Barbecue Chicken Wraps.

Heat two flour tortillas in the microwave for 10 seconds. You want the tortilla shells to be pliable so that they can be folded without tearing.

Remove the tortillas from the microwave and place each one on two separate plates. Evenly divide the shredded cheese and place down the center of each tortilla.

When the chicken is warmed through, divide the chicken evenly and place on top the cheese, down the center of the tortilla. Sprinkle diced red onion on top and place a lettuce leaf over each filling mixture.

romaine lettuce
Cover the contents of your wrap with a large Romaine lettuce leaf. This will help hold everything together while you wrap it.

Start wrapping the tortilla by tucking each side in towards the center. Then bring the tortilla edge closest to you tightly over the filling.

Roll the the filling towards the top to form a burrito shape. Repeat with the other chicken wrap then set aside.

Clean and dry the skillet that you used to heat the chicken. Then place each chicken wrap in the skillet, flap side down and heat until light golden brown in color. Flip and brown on the top side.

Remove the barbecue chicken wraps from the skillet and cut each wrap at an angle. Serve warm with additional barbecue sauce or Ranch dressing for dipping if desired.

Optional Ingredient Instructions

If desired, you can add a little more flavor by adding Ranch dressing and diced tomatoes to the wraps.

Start by spreading Ranch dressing all over the surface of the tortilla shell. Then proceed with the assembly instructions by adding cheese, meat, and diced red onions.

Then add diced cherry tomatoes before covering the filling with the lettuce. Roll and brown as instructed.

Barbecue Chicken Wrap in skillet
Although not absolutely necessary, I prefer to toast the outside of my Barbecue Chicken Wrap in a skillet. It will help seal the flap and make it easier to eat.

Of course you can substitute, add or remove any of the ingredients to your preference. For instance, I will sometimes use shredded Pepper Jack cheese instead of Cheddar cheese.

And if I am making this for my mom, I will skip the onions. However you choose to make your Barbecue Chicken Wrap, I am sure it will become one of your favorite ways to use leftover rotisserie chicken!

Enjoy! Mary

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barbecue chicken wrap

Barbecue Chicken Wrap Recipe

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes

Transition your leftover Rotisserie chicken into a spectacular, easy to make barbecue chicken wrap. An easy lunch or dinner recipe.

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup shredded rotisserie chicken
  • 1/2 cup shredded, sharp Cheddar cheese
  • 1/3 cup barbecue sauce
  • 1/4 cup finely diced red onion
  • 2 (8-inch) flour tortillas
  • 2 romaine lettuce leaves

Optional Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup Ranch dressing
  • 1/4 cup diced cherry tomatoes

Instructions

  1. In a medium skillet, add the shredded rotisserie chicken, 1 teaspoon water, and barbecue sauce, toss to coat the chicken. Place the skillet over medium heat and heat 4-5 minutes, stirring frequently until the chicken is warmed through.
  2. Heat the tortillas for 10 seconds in the microwave. Remove and set on two separate plates. Evenly divide the cheese and place down the center of each tortilla.
  3. When the chicken is warmed through, divide the chicken evenly and place on the cheese, down the center of the tortilla. Sprinkle diced red onion on top and place a lettuce leaf over each filling mixture.
  4. Start wrapping by tucking each side in towards the center, and bring the tortilla edge closest to you, tightly over the filling. Roll the the filling towards the top to form a burrito shape. Repeat with the other chicken wrap. Set aside.
  5. Clean and dry the skillet that you used to heat the chicken. Then place each chicken wrap in the skillet, flap side down and heat until light golden brown. Flip and brown on the top side.
  6. Cut each wrap at an angle and serve warm with additional barbecue sauce or Ranch dressing for dipping if desired.

Optional Ingredients:

  1. Before adding the cheese, spread Ranch dressing over one side of the tortilla. Then proceed with the recipe. Add diced cherry tomatoes before covering the filling with lettuce. Roll as instructed.

Notes

Recipe provided by Make Your Meals

Nutrition Information
Yield 2
Amount Per Serving Calories 696Total Fat 42gSaturated Fat 15gTrans Fat 1gUnsaturated Fat 21gCholesterol 146mgSodium 1530mgCarbohydrates 40gFiber 2gSugar 19gProtein 41g

Nutritional Information is to be used as a general guideline only . Nutritional calculations will vary from the types and brands of the products used.

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