The Best Leftover Chicken Recipes

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.

Bowl of chicken and veggie risotto

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!

Overhead shot of fully cooked enchiladas. Accented by a bowl of pico de gallo and an avocado.

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:

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:

a hand holds enchilada chicken sliders

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:

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:

Thin crust pizza dough with bruschetta toppings and balsamic drizzle.

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

These recipes featured precooked chicken, making them the perfect recipes to use up that leftover chicken so it doesn't go to waste!

Shredded chicken with enchilada sauce.


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.

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?

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