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10 Delicious Leftover Chicken Recipes

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10+ Leftover Chicken Recipes – Have a little leftover chicken on hand? Breathe new life into your leftovers with these delicious, easy recipes!

Round-up of 10 leftover chicken 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!

A close up view of Gluten Free Dairy Free Chicken Vegetable Risotto

1. Dairy Free Chicken & Vegetable Risotto

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!

Thai Chopped Salad from One Lovely Life, with lettuce, cabbage, carrots, pepper, cucumber, green onions, cilantro, chicken, and Thai peanut sauce drizzle


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)

Mango Guacamole Chicken Wrap sliced in half on a plate.

3. Mango Guacamole Chicken Wraps

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!

Pico de Gallo Quinoa Bowls. We love this easy meatless meal prep lunch! (Gluten free, vegetarian, vegan friendly)

4. Pico de Gallo Quinoa Bowls

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.)

BLT Chicken salad scooped into avocado halves

5. BLT Chicken Salad Avocado Cups

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…

Front view of an apple cranberry chicken salad sandwich made with a gluten-free bun on a white plate.

6. Apple Cranberry 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.

Baked Chicken Taquitos from One Lovely Life

7. Baked Chicken Taquitos

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!

Chinese Chicken Salad - It might not be authentic, but we love the fresh flavors, satisfying crunch, and gorgeous colors of this potluck and picnic favorite! Gluten free and paleo friendly!

8. Chinese Chicken Salad

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!

Salsa Verde Chicken & Rice Soup from One Lovely Life

9. Salsa Verde Chicken & Rice Soup

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!)

Fall Cobb Salad with Cider Vinaigrette! This salad has so much autumn goodness! (Gluten free, dairy free, paleo & whole30 friendly)

10. Fall Cobb Salad with Cider Vinaigrette

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.

Okay, your turn! What are your favorite ways to use leftover chicken? Shout out your favorite leftover chicken recipes below! 

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Round-up of 10 leftover chicken recipes

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  1. I keep diced or shredded cooked chicken breasts in the freezer to use for quick meals. And I sometimes have leftover grilled chicken, from our cookouts. These recipes will come in handy. Thanks!

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