With the help of over 60 leftover chicken recipes, you will never again run out of dinner ideas. All you need is leftover chicken, a little imagination and you will have a feast for the whole family!
We all lead busy lives and sometimes it seems just plain impossible to get dinner on the table. Grabbing some take-out is the easy route, but you are typically left feeling icky and guilty. One of my favorite quick dinners is a simple roast chicken, either store bought or homemade.
I prefer to roast my own, but many times I simply pick one up at the grocery store or Costco. But the versatility of the roast chicken is what I really want to talk about. Whether you are going to eat it right away or save for later, there are so many different ways you can use a roast chicken.
Chicken is the little black dress you can glam up or keep casual. So with these leftover roast chicken recipes, you won’t be scrambling for dinner ideas to feed your family!
Leftover Chicken Soup Recipes
One of my favorite ways of using up leftover chicken is to make soup with it. My family are big fans of soup. I make a massive pot of this lemony chicken noodle soup for two of kids to take to school to lunch everyday. Thank GOD for the thermos – no cold sandwiches for their lunches!
Below you can find a large variety of chicken soup recipes, from the classic chicken noodle to a Mexican tortilla soup and so many other flavors in between. And every single one of these chicken soup recipes would be perfect for a hot lunch at school or work.
Leftover Chicken Salad Recipes
Another fabulous way to use up leftover chicken is to make chicken salad. Whether it is throwing some chicken on top of a hearty green salad, or the classic mayonnaise based chicken salad, I’ve found some really creative chicken salad recipes to inspire you.
In Iran, we make this delicious potato salad with chicken, hard boiled eggs, peas and pickles (salad olivieh). It’s delicious as a stand alone salad or wrapped in lavash as a sandwich.
Leftover Chicken Sandwiches
One super easy way to use up leftover chicken is to make a sandwich. Maybe a chicken salad sandwich or a chicken club sandwich? Mix chicken with some spices and cheese and bake up some taquitos – that’s a kind of sandwich right?
If taquitos are a sandwich, how about a chicken quesadilla? Yup. It’s on the list below, too.
Leftover Chicken Main Dishes
And of course, nothing beats creating several dinners from one leftover rotisserie chicken. I found enchilada recipes to chicken gumbo. Use leftover chicken to make a family friendly casserole or a picnic friendly pasta salad.
I have linked to some of my family’s favorite leftover chicken recipes as well as recipes from many other terrific bloggers. But remember, whatever you decided to make, take some creative license and try something new. Maybe it’s a new spice or maybe it’s a new technique
Make traditional basil pesto or choose cilantro or arugula. Add some walnuts to your chicken salad or sprouts to your wraps. Use brown rice instead of white, ciabatta instead of toast, gouda instead of cheddar.
Mix it up! Get creative in the kitchen with whatever you have on hand. But most importantly, let your meal take you to new and exotic places!