These leftover chicken recipes featured precooked chicken, making them the perfect recipes to use up that leftover chicken so it doesn't go to waste! Learn the best throw together recipes to use up chicken plus how to store and reuse chicken properly.
Figuring out how to use leftover chicken is a battle any cook often faces. But if you repurpose the leftovers into another meal, it's so yummy and you won't hesitate to eat the leftovers right up!
The best part of having chicken often is that it is so versatile. You can doctor it up a million ways and come up with new variations every day.
If you get bored of the same old meals, try these leftover chicken recipes for lunches and dinners!
Ways to Use Leftover Chicken
Below I will list out links to some of my favorite leftover chicken recipes, but in general, there are a few main ways that you can use up leftover chicken. Don't be afraid to get creative and experiment with flavors here!
Here are five ways you can repurpose chicken leftovers:
1. Add Chicken to A Salad.
You can add chicken to so many delicious green salads. With so much protein, you could call it your main dish! Here are a few ideas:
- Strawberry Spinach Salad
- Spinach Salad with Mandarin Oranges and Berries
- Kale Chicken Caesar Salad
- Summer Quinoa Salad
2. Toss Chicken Into Pasta.
A cup of leftover diced rotisserie chicken is the perfect topping for a simple pasta dish!
Add fresh veggies or a homemade sauce to make this simple dish a hit with your family. Here are some ideas:
- Creamy Butternut Squash Pasta
- One Pot Prosciutto Pesto Feta Pasta
- Homemade Broccoli Macaroni and Cheese
- Lemon Orzo Pasta Salad
- Chicken Pesto Pasta
- Goat Cheese Pasta with Chicken and Rosemary
3. Make It a Sandwich.
One of my favorite ways to use up shredded chicken is adding a sauce and making some sliders! You can use full buns or small slider buns for a special treat.
Or you can add it to bread or a sub roll and make it into a delicious sandwich. Try one of these leftover chicken recipes for sandwiches:
- Grilled Chicken Burgers
- Chicken Pesto Caprese Sandwich
- Chicken Enchilada Sliders
- Applesauce Chicken Sliders
4. Make It a Stir Fry.
Use up fresh or frozen veggies, Instant Pot brown rice and precooked chicken for a quick and easy stir-fry recipe!
Here are some ideas:
- Beef and Broccoli Stir Fry (Use chicken instead!)
- Ground Turkey Stir Fry (Use ground chicken instead)
- Easy Stir Fry Sauce
5. Add Chicken to Pizza.
Pizza is another great way to use leftover chicken. You can either put it onto a frozen pizza (or prepared pizza from the grocery store) as an extra topping, or you can make your own pizza dough and add it to your own creation.
More Leftover Chicken Recipes
Cooked (leftover) chicken lasts up to four days when properly stored and in a cold fridge. It's best used before that four-day mark when it should be tossed before going bad.
Refrigerate in an airtight, glass storage container for up to four days.
If you have the same dilemma I have with leftovers and lunches, hopefully this list of leftover chicken recipes will make it a little easier! If you make any, let me know in the comments!
Which of these yummy leftover chicken recipes is your favorite? What are your favorite ways to use up leftover chicken?