How to Debone a Costco Rotisserie Chicken in Less Than a Minute

Whole Rotisserie Chicken

Kitchen hacks seem to be all the rage right now. We're all looking for ways to make cooking quicker and easier and plenty of folks on our social media feeds are here to help. But some of the ideas are a hit and other are a miss.

But I'm happy to report that a hack I recently saw while scrolling through Facebook is one to add to the winner column. I knew I had to try it the second I saw it, and now I have to share it with all of you!

Cooked chicken is the star of so many recipes and rotisserie chicken is one of the easiest cooked chicken shortcuts, whether you buy it from Costco or your favorite local grocery store (we're looking at you, Kroger). If you're just slicing the chicken for dinner, it's no big deal, but oftentimes rotisserie chicken is part of your meal prep plan, which means that it needs to be deboned before it's ready for soup or casserole or enchiladas. This quick hack will make speedy work of that chicken chore!

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What is the best way to debone a rotisserie chicken?

Shredding chicken doesn't need to be the chore it was for our mothers back in the day. We have found many ways to make it quick and easy. We all have our preferred method, from using two forks or our hands to my favorite, the stand mixer hack.

But those all work for boneless chicken, most often boneless skinless chicken breasts. So, what do we do if we want to shred a whole chicken? Well, step one? Grab a big plastic storage bag!

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How To Debone A Rotisserie Chicken In a Bag

That's right, I am about to blow your mind with nothing but a Ziploc bag and five minutes of your time!

1. You want the chicken to be warm, but not so hot that it will melt the bag or burn your hands. Once it's just warm to the touch, it's ready to go.

Whole Rotisserie Chicken<p>Krista Marshall</p>
Whole Rotisserie Chicken

Krista Marshall

2. Cut the string off the chicken and place the entire thing in a two-gallon plastic food storage bag.

Rotisserie Chicken In A Bag<p>Krista Marshall</p>
Rotisserie Chicken In A Bag

Krista Marshall

3. Remove as much air from the bag as possible and seal tightly. Use your hands to push on the bag, breaking apart the chicken. Flip the bag over a couple of times to ensure you are getting all sides of the chicken. The bones will pop out quickly and easily. Stop once you have the chicken broken down as you'd like it. You can do just a little squishing if you want to keep the breast pieces intact or squish a little more (as I did) for fully shredded chicken.

Shredding Whole Chicken In A Bag<p>Krista Marshall</p>
Shredding Whole Chicken In A Bag

Krista Marshall

4. Open the bag to separate the bones and skin from the shredded meat.

Shredded Chicken Separated From Bones<p>Krista Marshall</p>
Shredded Chicken Separated From Bones

Krista Marshall

Best Tips for Deboning a Rotisserie Chicken in a Bag

  • A three to four-pound cooked chicken will yield about two cups of shredded meat.

  • You can also remove the skin before putting the chicken in the bag, but it works either way.

  • Allow the chicken to cool a little before trying to shred.

  • This will not work as well with completely chilled chicken because it will not pull away from the bones as easily.

  • If the chicken is packaged in a plastic bag and there's a fair amount of room in the bag and it seals tightly, you can try leaving it in the original packaging. Just be mindful of any juices that might escape if the bag doesn't have a tight seal.

  • Watch for chicken to go on sale, shred the meat and freeze it for later.

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