10+ Leftover Chicken Recipes – Have a little leftover chicken on hand? Breathe new life into your leftovers with these delicious, easy recipes!
I’m all about saving time and energy in the kitchen, and one of the best ways I’ve found to do that is to make good use of my leftovers. Making your leftovers do double-duty is a great way to save time, energy, and money (no waste!) in the kitchen.
Sometimes, that’s as easy as using up your leftover chicken. Whether you’ve baked, grilled, poached, or roasted it, or are simply using up the rest of a rotisserie chicken from the store, here are 10 delicious leftover chicken recipes for using up those leftovers!
This easy chicken vegetable risotto is such a family favorite. It’s cozy and comforting and really low-fuss. I’ve got a few tips and tricks that make it faster than traditional risotto without losing any of the flavor!
Count me right in! I love using leftover cooked chicken in salads. If salad is our main dish at dinner, I always want to make it feel substantial and filling. (No boring salads allowed!) Lots of veggies and a creamy peanut butter drizzle make this Thai Chopped Salad extra amazing. (Paleo friendly)
Fresh and fast is the name of the game with these easy wrap sandwiches. A simple mango guacamole spread adds so much brightness and flavor. Then, you just pack it full of veggies and chicken and you’re ready to roll!
Similarly, for these pico de gallo quinoa bowls, you can easily mix and match toppings to make a fresh, fabulous burrito bowl in no time. Cilantro lime quinoa + fresh pico de gallo + all your favorite toppings = heaven! (Pro tip: add some avocado. Because you should always add avocado.)
I love a good chicken salad, and this one gets a fun twist by serving it in avocado cups. (See? Avocado makes everything better!) All the BLT goodness in an avocado cup! Speaking of chicken salad…
I love Classic Chicken Salad with grapes a lot, and love pretty much every variation I’ve tried. My Apple Cranberry Chicken Salad is a regular staple, but I also have this post with 8(!!!) Flavors of Chicken Salad to try, from curry to no-mayo to Tex-Mex and more! Get even more creative by serving this in different ways–in lettuce cups, on rolls, wrapped in a tortilla, scooped onto crackers or cucumber slices, and more! Get all 8 flavors here.
Turns out, homemade taquitos really aren’t that hard! Mix your leftover chicken with a simple spice blend, then roll it up in corn tortillas, brush with olive oil, and bake. Easy! The only tough decision is deciding what to dip them in… guacamole and salsa are my favorites!
Good salads are some of my favorite leftover chicken recipes, and this flavorful salad is a fresh, easy dinner that always goes fast at my house. The dressing is delicious, and I love all the mix ins. It’s the perfect blend of flavors and textures!
Soups are a great way to use leftover chicken. This Salsa Verde Chicken and Rice Soup is one of my FAVORITE soups of all time. The flavor is INCREDIBLE and gets even better the next day. The tortilla strips aren’t strictly necessary, but if you’ve got time…you won’t regret making them. (YUM!)
A good Cobb salad is tough to beat (seriously–do you see all those goodies!?). It’s *almost* fall and I can’t wait to start making this again as soon as cider is back in stores. We make variations of this all year round. I love the rosemary croutons and the cider vinaigrette, but you can easily mix and match here. It’s also delicious drizzled with homemade ranch or poppy seed dressing or with some chopped nuts or pumpkin seeds instead of the croutons. Or, you can swap in seasonal vegetables if squash isn’t ready where you are.