These 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 we face often. So I decided I needed a list of leftover chicken recipes.
I've found is that if I repurpose the leftovers into another meal, it's so yummy and I don't hesitate to eat the leftovers right up!
The best part of having chicken often though is that it is so versatile. You can docker it up a million ways and come up with new variations every day.
If you get bored of the same old lunch meals, try these lunches or even dinner meals that make use of leftover cooked chicken!
Below I will list out links to some of my favorite leftover chicken recipes, but in general, there are a few 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
There are so many delicious salads out there that you can add chicken to and call it your main dish!
Salad Recipes with Chicken
2. Toss 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.
Pasta recipes with chicken
3. Add a sauce and make sliders
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.
Chicken Slider Recipes
4. Add veggies and 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!
Some frequently asked questions about leftover chicken
How long does leftover chicken last?
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.
How do you store cooked chicken?
Refrigerate in an airtight, glass storage container for up to four days.
Top Recipes That Use Leftover Chicken
These recipes featured precooked chicken, making them the perfect recipes to use up that leftover chicken so it doesn't go to waste!
Chicken Enchilada Sliders
These chicken enchilada sliders use homemade enchilada sauce poured over shredded chicken and served on slider buns.
Buffalo Chicken Dip
Use that leftover chicken for a quick and easy appetizer. This buffalo chicken dip recipe calls for a shredded rotisserie chicken, but you can easily use a chicken breast, either shredded or cut into small chunks!
Asian Chicken Wraps with Peanut Sauce
These chicken wraps with peanut sauce are such an easy and healthy lunch.
Chicken Mushroom Enchilada Casserole
A perfect way to use up leftover shredded chicken! You'll need sour cream, cream of mushroom soup, mushrooms, onions and cheese to make this delicious casserole.
Rotisserie Chicken Pho Recipe
This rotisserie chicken pho recipe is a quick take on the traditional Vietnamese noodle soup that you can make any day of the week in just 30 minutes.
Homemade Broccoli Macaroni and Cheese
Add cooked chicken to this homemade broccoli macaroni and cheese for a delicious variation on your childhood favorite!
Buffalo Chicken Grilled Cheese Sandwiches
If you’re a buffalo chicken fan like myself, these Buffalo Chicken Grilled Cheese Sandwiches are a must-make! They’re easy, cheesy, and will for sure satisfy that buffalo chicken craving!
This homemade risotto base is the only risotto recipe you'll ever need! Add cooked chicken to it for a fully delicious meal.
Loaded Chicken Enchilada Nachos
Getting your hands messy, picking up ingredients that fell off the piled high chip. So good.
Slow Cooker Mexican Stuffed Sweet Potatoes
Slow Cooker Mexican Stuffed Sweet Potatoes are an easy and fast weeknight meal packed with flavor, color, and texture!
Kale Caesar Salad Recipe with Chicken (Dairy Free)
This kale caesar salad recipe with chicken is healthy and dairy free. It’s topped with homemade croutons and vegan parmesan cheese and dressed with a simple caesar vinaigrette for a light and filling meal.
Chicken Salad Croissant Sandwiches
Chicken salad is a classic way to use up leftover chicken!
If you have the same dilemma I have with leftovers and lunches, hopefully this list will make it a little easier! Which of these yummy leftover chicken recipes is your favorite?
What are your favorite ways to use up leftover chicken?
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