6 Ways to Turn Chicken Leftovers Into a Delicious Meal

November 17, 2019

Leftovers can be so much fun and interesting, only if you allow them to be. Whether you’ve got some from that roasted chicken you whipped up a day back or baked a bit too many chicken breasts than you need, we’ve got you covered with some amazingly delicious and creative ways to put those leftovers to use.

Read on to discover them, and give them a shot!

Top it On a Pizza

Yep, you got that right! If you’re not sure what to do with that leftover chicken, just cut it into cubes or shred it add layer it on top of your homemade pizza with all the other toppings. You’ll be surprised at how delicious and effortless this can be!

Mix it into Your Salad

A foolproof way to utilize that leftover chicken is to add it to your salad. Not only will it be an excellent protein source, but will also add some flavour and depth into it. Make sure your salad has a good amount of greens, a nice dressing and some crunchy additions like nuts as well.

Make a Chicken Pie

What’s a genius way to spend the end of your day putting your leftovers to use, not having to spend a lot of time in the kitchen and actually enjoy the meal that you end up with? That’s right! Turn it into a pie! When you have the chicken ready, it’ll hardly take any time to prep, and once it is all done, you can sit down and enjoy your comfort food in bliss!

Aldo Zilli Chicken broth with bread and Parmesan dumpling

Make a One Pot Dish

One pot dishes are always a winner- whether it is a fragrant rice pilaf or an easy soup, and when you’ve got some chicken leftovers, it can really take things up a notch. The next time you’re whipping up a quick soup for dinner, add those leftover shredded chicken breasts into the mix to pump up the flavour. Prepare your one-pot rice dish as you would, and finally, add the shredded chicken into the mix.

Add it to Your Pasta

You probably knew this one was coming! Adding your leftover cooked chicken to a basic pasta can really lend it a nice texture and flavour, and that too with minimal effort. Plus, that also means less waste! In fact, chicken goes so well with homemade pad thai and risottos too- make sure you give this a try the next time you have chicken from last night’s dinner left in the refrigerator.

Make a Sandwich

Last, but not least, you can also use the chicken leftovers on your sandwich or burrito. Got baked chicken breasts ready to be used? Shred them, add some BBQ sauce, some grated cheese and use the mixture as a delicious sandwich filling in addition to other veggies! Mix some shredded chicken with cooked beans and spices and wrap it all up in a tortilla for a nice filling burrito.

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13 Comments

  • Kira November 17, 2019 at 2:26 pm

    Love these ideas! I am always thinking of ways to use up the leftovers and chicken is a perfect one for many ideas . We’re using today’s for sandwiches for the girls tomorrow and Scott’s got chicken pasta salad

  • Anosa November 17, 2019 at 3:27 pm

    We often make our Christmas leftovers into sandwiches but not tried as a pie or pizza topping.

  • This German Mama November 17, 2019 at 11:27 pm

    Great ideas. If theres enough leftovers I always make chicken pot pie. Or sandwiches if it wont strech for pie.

  • Winsze November 18, 2019 at 9:12 am

    These are great ideas I never thought of making use of my leftover chicken, I tend to eat it as a snack but I love the idea of turning it into a pie! I will have to do that when I next have leftover chicken!

  • Rebecca Smith November 18, 2019 at 2:32 pm

    Some great ideas. I always pop it into pasta dishes or salads but never thought to try the others. I certainly will be now.

  • michelle twin mum November 18, 2019 at 3:31 pm

    Chicken is definitley my favourite meat, it is so versitile and I often cook a massive bird up so we can have leftovers for soup or pie. Mich x

  • Rachael November 18, 2019 at 3:35 pm

    These are great ideas to use up left over chicken. My boy would definitely agree with topping pizza with it.

  • PlaydaysRunways November 18, 2019 at 8:38 pm

    Some great ideas here as I usually just throw it on a salad or sandwich.

  • Emma November 18, 2019 at 10:16 pm

    You’ve made me hungry! I could really eat a chicken pizza right now!

  • Elizabeth Williams November 18, 2019 at 10:51 pm

    Great ideas. We love to use leftover chicken with pasta or salad. Will have to try it on pizza.

  • Jennifer Gladwin November 19, 2019 at 11:08 am

    We always try and use leftovers where we can. I could just eat a chicken pie right now!

  • Jess Howliston November 19, 2019 at 12:58 pm

    Great suggestions! Whenever I do a whole chicken I always end up with loads of leftovers that sometimes get wasted! I love the idea of a pie, perhaps chicken and bacon or chicken, broccoli and cheese! Plus you cant beat a good chicken mayo sandwich with the leftovers either!

  • Melanie williams November 19, 2019 at 2:05 pm

    I love this. anything that eliminates waste is always a good thing. Using leftovers is a fab idea xx

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