The summer heat makes me lazy.
I'm not complaining. Summer is supposed to be hot, and I love it.
But I don't like spending a lot of time in my kitchen when the weather is beautiful. I'd rather spend time outdoors, and only head into the kitchen to throw together the quickest dinner possible.
I'd like to say that purchasing a rotisserie chicken is a weekly habit in the summer heat. But there's the cashier at B.J.'s who asked me on Tuesday, "Weren't you here yesterday?" who would spill the beans about my sometimes-twice-weekly cooking shortcut.
The rotisserie chickens at B.J.'s are $4.99 every day. It's just too easy when I'm out and about to stop in and quickly pick up a chicken. Well, maybe not so quickly. They are all the way in the back of the store. And it's a big store.
And then there's this. My impulse purchase from Tuesday.
Impulse purchases can be dangerous, but they are especially dangerous at B.J.'s. At a regular supermarket, an impulse purchase might set you back a couple of dollars. At B.J.'s, with their warehouse-sized packages, those impulse purchases can defeat the purpose of going there to save a couple of dollars on a chicken.
I swear I had my shopping blinders on, I was focused on getting the chicken and getting out of the store. I went all the way to the back of the store, got the chicken, and I was about halfway to the front of the store and there was this huge display of these cases of wine coolers and it just stopped me in my tracks.
Maybe it was the pretty colors, maybe it was the catchy names--who can refuse a drink named "Jamaican Me Happy?"--but I just had to buy a case. (For the record, "Jamaican Me Happy" was very good. And "Lime Melonade" ain't too shabby, either.)
Anyway, back to the chicken. I like to pull the meat off of it when I get home because 1). maybe it's just me, but I think the meat is easier to remove while it's still warm and 2). taking the meat off the chicken in advance saves time later down the road when you're preparing your meal. Not that I think it really saves time to prep in advance, it's just that it's nice to have it done in advance, sort of like ironing your clothes before you hang them in your closet so that they're already ironed when you go to wear them, as opposed to getting dressed and then realizing that the clothes you want to wear aren't ironed and you wished that you had ironed them already because you're in too much of a hurry to want to iron them now. Bad analogy, I know. I'll just stop and get right to the recipe.
But first I'll give you the playlist. It's a bit shorter than it usually is, because if you've (ahem) prepped your chicken in advance, these sandwiches are very quick to prepare!