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Super easy tailgate meal with rotisserie chicken and cole slaw sliders

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I live in a small Texas town that really celebrates football season.  The first scrimmage is under our home town Friday night lights so I made an effortless tailgate meal featuring rotisserie chicken and cole slaw sliders, dill pickle slices, chips, deli dips, and frosty Coca Cola® floats  for the family to celebrate.  The sliders go together in no time and the frosty coke floats were a total winner – just like we think our team is!  GO BLACK AND GOLD!  Read on to see step by step how I made this event and delicious meal effortless for the whole family.  It’s so much fun and the sliders are simply the easiest meal ever with Wal-Mart's Marketside deli items. 

effortless tailgate meal on red check cloth-football field in background


Before game time I bought a Marketside rotisserie chicken, cole slaw, bakery rolls, chips, some dips, coke, and vanilla ice cream all in a quick trip to Wal-Mart.  I even scored the chicken on sale!  By the time I got home the chicken was cool enough to get started with this effortless meal recipe in plenty of time to set up and start celebrating before the game kick off. You can easily pick up the fully cooked rotisserie chickens at Walmart and create a meal around it quickly, especially for busy parents on-the-go AND you can also easily pick up the Marketside pizzas and grill or bake them as you are getting back into the back-to-school routine.  Effortless Meals are convenient to purchase, help provide healthy fresh options for dinner during back-to-school, and create a positive mealtime experience for your family.  The items were easy to find, just look for the "Effortless Meals" signs in the deli section.


shopping basket with Coke, rolls, coleslaw, rotisserie chicken in deli


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Coca-Cola Effortless meal Deli signage



I pulled the meat off the bone and set it aside while I put a 1/2 stick of butter in the microwave to melt then sliced my favorite onion poppy ciabatta bakery rolls in half and lay them out open faced.   I slathered on some melted butter and toasted them in the oven for a few minutes.  It’s kind of hard not to sample a buttery slice when it comes out of the oven.   But I resist, this time.
 close up of ciabatta onion roll with rotisserie chicken and slaw

Next, I layer on a big spoon full of the cole slaw and a generous serving of shredded rotisserie chicken.  I love how the slaw gives it moisture while saving me the step of adding condiments and gives the sandwiches a gourmet look.  After all, the first thing hungry participants notice is how delicious the food looks and believe me this group is hungry by the time we arrive at the football field.  I tie up each sandwich in wax paper like a little gift and pack them into a container for transport. 

coke float in mason jar

The Coca Cola® has been chilling in an ice chest where I put the ice cream just before we leave. It helps to wrap the ice cream in several layers of heavy foil and slip it into an insulated bag so it is not completely melted when we get there.  I picked up my insulated bag at Wal-Mart.  When the picnic basket is all packed we head out to the field where we set out our tailgate picnic.  You should see the faces when they see how yummy everything looks and the coke floats…well, they are just a perfect finishing touch.
 tailgate meal set up by football field

Shopping list:
  • Rotisserie chicken
  • Cole slaw
  • Dill pickle spears
  • Chips and dips
  • Bakery rolls
  • Coke a Cola®  
  • Vanilla ice cream
  • wax paper and binding string
For packing:
  • Box or picnic basket
  • serving tray
  • tablecloth or blanket
  • plates, napkins, mason jars, straws
  • ice cream scoop
  • wet wipes (for sticky fingers)
 Tailgate picnic basket sandwich coke float at football field

I found lots of delicious ideas and I hope you check them out for more effortless meal inspiration ideas of your own.  I’d love it if you share with me how you pair Marketside products and Coca Cola in the comment section.


Rotisserie Chicken and Cole Slaw Sliders

by Jeannie
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Keywords: coleslaw ciabatta rolls rotisserie chicken Sport event Super Bowl tailgate picnic
Ingredients (serves 4-6)
  • Bakery Onion Poppy Ciabatta Rolls
  • Marketside Rotisserie Chicken
  • Marketside Cole Slaw
  • butter, melted
  • optional salt and pepper
Instructions
These are the easiest gourmet sandwiches you will ever make.
Simply make a quick stop at a deli, I bought my ingredients at Walmart Marketside.
Open the bakery rolls and slather with melted butter.
Toast for 2-3 minutes under the broiler.
Pull the rotisserie chicken off the bones and discard the skin.
Heap a couple spoon fulls of coleslaw onto a toasted roll - be generous.
Load on some shredded chicken on top of the slaw.
Add a little course ground pepper and salt if you want but the chicken is already seasoned, so taste it first.
Top with the other half of the roll.
I wasn't kidding, the easiest dinner sandwich ever! Now tear a square of wax paper and place the sandwich on it like a diamond in the middle. Fold in the sides then the back and front. Use twine to tie a nice little bow around it. The wax paper keeps the sandwich moist but doesn't promote sogginess. The cute little bow holds it closed and turns each serving into a delicious gift.
Serve with chips, deli dips and a dill pickle spear. Last, but not least make a frosty Coke float to quench the thirst and fix a sweet tooth at the same time.
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40 comments:

  1. Yum, Jeannie! I adore the rotisserie chickens at Walmart too and that float is gorgeous~

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    1. I use the rotisserie chicken for a lot of meals and that float tasted as good as it looks!

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  2. This looks so tasty - I hadn't thought to use a rotisserie chicken for sandwiches - but I know I will now. Pinned. Cathy

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    1. I use rotisserie chicken for almost everything that calls for chicken! The kids can pack it for school lunch too. Put ingredients in zip lock bags or one of those cool lunch Bento boxes so popular now and let them build their own sandwich. If they aren't into cole slaw, put in some of the Marketside macaroni salad or potato salad.

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  3. Oh wow, that makes your tailgate meal so much easier when you use the prepared chicken. Smart idea! Let football season begin. Stacie

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    1. And easy is what we are all looking for, right?

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  4. I''m not sure which looks better- the sandwich or the float!

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    1. The sandwich was really good but I'll admit I really enjoyed the float a LOT.

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  5. Oh my goodness that all looks delicious! Thanks for sharing!

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  6. Those rotisserie chickens have endless possibilities!
    Love this!!!

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    1. They really do Laurie, I use them about once a week.

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  7. YUM!!! Looks so delicious! I love that it is easy to make too.

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  8. The coke float looks fabulous!

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    1. I can definetly confirm it was very good.

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  9. This looks so great! I snatch those discount rotisserie chickens up from walmart no one would even know that they do discounts! I love coleslaw on sandwiches so this is perfect and simple!! Can't wait to do! I'd love for you to link up with us over at Throwback Thursdays tonight and all weekend long http://tornadoughalli.com/2015/08/throwback-thursday-link-party-3/

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    1. Oh Allison, I'll definetly share the recipe on Throwback Thursday.

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  10. That Coke float looks so delish!!! YUM!

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    1. I had another today. They are so easy and seem so special.

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  11. Wow, this is a restaurant-quality meal that you can eat fieldside. Awesome!

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    1. Absolutely Gina, or on a picnic or on the patio!

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  12. A Frosty Coke Float!! YUM! I have some coke in the fridge, going to make these for my hubby and me tonight! NOM!

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    1. The big coke is calling my name too, maybe another tonight won't hurt.

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  13. Yum!! Quick and easy sandwiches! I love it :)

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  14. This looks great! I love easy tailgating ideas!

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  15. Those sandwiches look phenomenal. I will have to try this. We are always on the go and looking for quick and tasty meals.

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  16. Quick meals are just the best for summer time - or am I just lazy. Maybe both!

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  17. I love WalMart's rotissery chicken as a quick way to make a filling meal during the week come together but I have never thought of making it into a sandwich. Love It - thanks for the great tips and idea for our next quick meal need.

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  18. YUM! And those glasses are ADORABLE! <3

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    1. We like using Mason Jars for picnics and sometimes at home too. I used white tape to make some football stitching but paint would probably look better

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  19. Looks like an awesome tailgate meal, the sliders look amazing, can't wait to try them soon, super easy, too...and the float AHHH my favorite, looks delicious. Great recipes, thanks for sharing

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  20. What a super fun post! I want to jump into the photos and tailgate!

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  21. That sounds SO good! Yum!

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  22. I love cole slaw on sandwiches! That looks so amazing and so easy.

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  23. This sounds amazing, however, I'll be honest, I think I'm going to skip the coleslaw, lol. It's not welcomed into our home warmly by my family. Instead I think I might scan the Marketside Pantry for some more Effortless Meals from the deli to substitute in place of it because I really do love the idea of using the rotisserie chicken as a slider. That's a fantastic idea and they have such great variety there, I'm sure I can find an easy substitute! Any suggestions?

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  24. Um, your tailgate looks amazing - I want to come over next time :D I'll take that Coke float especially . .

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  25. I need to be at your tailgating parties! This looks amazing all around! And so easy!

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  26. Looks delicious and like so much fun!

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  27. That chicken is the bomb and your pictures are amazing!

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