How much raw chicken do I need when a recipe calls for cooked, diced chicken?

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Tonight's main dish can be on the table in minutes when you pick up a rotisserie chicken on the way home. Chopped, pulled, or shredded, the tender meat is perfect for pastas, pizzas, salads, and more. Plus, you're almost guaranteed to have leftovers for tomorrow's lunch.

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"When a recipe calls for cooked, diced chicken, I never know how much uncooked chicken to cook or buy. Can you help?"

To end up with four cups diced chicken, cook 1 1/3 pounds of raw, skinless boneless chicken. Or, buy a cooked rotisserie chicken that weighs between 2 1/3-3 pounds. By the time you take off the skin and bones, you'll end up with the right amount.

It may also be helpful to know that 4 cups of diced chicken will weigh about 20 ounces.

For recipes that call for chopped cooked chicken, see 7 Ways with Rotisserie Chickenor our collection of Chicken Recipes.

Marge Perry
May, 2011
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