Chicken Tonight: Super Easy Recipes Using Leftover Chicken

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Easy Recipes Using Leftover Chicken

Chicken Tonight: Super Easy Recipes Using Leftover Chicken

Families love the roast chicken. Gram for gram, whole chickens are in many cases much cheaper than specific cut parts, and whether you’re baking them yourself at home or picking up a rotisserie bird in the shop, they’re ideal for family dinners. There are so many things you can pair with a chicken, but we all know that saving come from using all that chicken up. So, if you’ve got chicken leftovers, what can you do?

Well, pretty much anything! Leftover roast chicken is a fantastic place to start if you want a meal that’s super easy, and if you don’t believe us just look at these recipes.

Chicken Pasta

Always a family favourite, pasta is also one of the easiest ways to make use of leftover chicken. As the chicken is already cooked, there’s a massive time saving, and any kind of leftover roast chicken (stripped from the bone) will find a home in pasta dishes regardless of whether they’re hot or cold. Our families love this Chicken and Vegetable Pasta Bake, as well as this Buffalo Chicken Cheesy Penne. For something really simple, this Tomato Pesto With Chicken and Cheese is also a winner, as is this Sesame Chicken Pasta Salad.

Chicken Salad

Salads are often neglected by families because they’re seen as not having all the things that growing children, and busy adults, need to keep them going. However, the addition to some leftover chicken into your salad is a winner because it provides an easy protein boost to a healthy meal. Leftover chicken salads can be ideal for dinners, particularly on warm days, or for lunches. This Apple & Chicken Salad is one to try, as is this Thai Chicken Salad, but we can’t ever go past this Greek Avocado Chicken Salad.

Chicken Soup

There’s nothing nicer than tucking into a warm and comforting soup on a cooler night, and leftover chicken is a great addition to almost any soup combination. The best way to incorporate the chicken is to shred it, and roast chicken is ideal because it holds the moisture and doesn’t become tough and chewy when you add it into a nice toasty soup. If you’re looking for inspiration, start with this Lemon Chicken Orzo Soup, or this Light Chicken & Corn Chowder, or the classic Chicken Noodle Soup.

Chicken Pie

Not everyone is fond of the pie, and in recent years we might even say they’ve gone out of fashion. But for a family meal, there’s really no replacing the pie which is easy to make and super filling and nourishing. Pies are also the perfect vehicle for using up leftover chicken, and can often be thrown together just with what you have around the house. We recommend these flaky Filo Chicken Pot Pies, or this Chicken Shepherd’s Pie, just as a start.

Other Chicken Goodies

Chicken is a super versatile meat, and leftover chicken has all the same qualities only it allows you to get a meal on the table in a much shorter time. We could talk all day about leftover chicken recipes, but instead we’ll leave you with a few ‘random’ recipes. This Cheesy Chicken Enchilada Stuffed Squash will go down a treat, as do these Chicken Quinoa Freezer Burritos. These Bacon Chicken Pizzas are a sure favourite, as are these Buffalo Chicken Pinwheels. For winter warmers and belly fillers, we believe highly in this Skinny Chicken and Rice Casserole and this 30 Minute Which Chicken Chili. It’s not hard to see why these are just the beginning!

A Few Roast Chicken Tips

Now that you’ve got a few leftover chicken recipes up your sleeve, you probably want to know as much as possible about storing and using that chicken so that it tastes as good as possible and there’s minimum waste. Storing leftover chicken is all about preventing it from drying out. This can be done by ensuring any containers you seal chicken in are well-sealed, and that all air is squeezed from any zip-lock bags. While it is possible to freeze leftover chicken, it really only works if you do it for larger pieces, which should be wrapped in plastic wrap and placed into a freezer bag, again with the air removed. Leftover chicken shouldn’t be kept for longer than four days in the fridge, but if frozen property it can last up to two months from the time of cooking.

What are your favourite recipes for using up leftover chicken, whether that’s from a roast or a rotisserie. We’d love to hear them!


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Katie is the Managing Director and Editor of Mums of Brisbane. Most days will find her drinking copious amounts of coffee, cuddling her kids and trying not to step barefoot on lego. Katie lives in Beautiful Brisbane with her husband and four gorgeous children.