Recipes for Leftover Chicken
Chicken and Arugula Pasta Salad
Chicken is an incredibly diverse protein option, especially when you're using leftovers. Pre-cooked chicken, whether from last night's dinner or a grocery store rotisserie chicken, can be thrown into anything from soup to bowls to salads while still staying moist and flavorful.
In this dish, just a bit of a rich and pungent cheese can go quite a long way. Tossing hot pasta with a few ounces of creamy Brie makes for a light, luscious, and flavorful sauce to coat this abundant bowl of chicken, fresh veggies, and whole-grain noodles.
Chicken Pesto Grilled Portobello Mushrooms
It’s seems like portobello mushrooms were just made for stuffing. Not only is this loaded fork-and-knife-entrée easy and cheesy; it's customizable, too. Make it your own with any produce or herbs you already have in your fridge, you can even switch up the protein if you’re feeling like steak or serving a vegetarian guest. If you don’t mind the extra step, homemade pesto takes this dish from great to amazing.
Roasted Carrot, Chicken, and Grape Quinoa Bowl
This nutrient-packed quinoa and greens salad boasts roasted carrots for caramelized flavor, sliced grapes for a juicy burst, and almonds for crunch. The Greek yogurt dressing adds protein while making the dish irresistibly creamy. Pre-assemble the ingredients in a bowl to save time, but make sure to add the salad greens right before serving to keep them crisp. Feel free to switch out dried cranberries for grapes to get a tangy twist.
Summer Squash and Chicken Chowder
This silky, veggie-forward soup is a fantastic way to use up a load of fresh summer squash. This would also work well with zucchini.
Cashew Chicken Wheat Berry Salad With Peas
The thigh meat lends an especially moist, rich flavor, but you can use any leftover chicken.
Chicken Casserole Cups
How can you possibly improve on creamy, comforting chicken casserole? Turn it into handheld cups for easy eating on the go!
Avocado Chicken Salad with Kale
By foregoing the mayonnaise for an equally creamy avocado, you're saving on sodium and sat fat while adding healthy unsaturated fats to your diet.
Chicken and Couscous Stuffed Bell Peppers
Update the classic stuffed bell pepper recipe with a tangy chicken, couscous, and goat cheese salad, instead of the traditional ground beef and rice. Broiling the peppers before filling brings out their sweet and smoky flavor and keeps them from ending up either soggy or undercooked. Wrap the remaining broiled peppers in the foil used to line the pan, and then let stand. The trapped steam will loosen their skins and make peeling easier.
Shredded Chicken with Avocado Nacho Salad
Dinner doesn't get any easier than this five-ingredient salad. And it's bursting with Super Bowl Sunday potential.
Fast Chicken Chili with Butternut Squash
Chili doesn't get much faster. Just 30 minutes delivers long-simmered satisfaction along with mashed beans, butternut squash lends color and starch to thicken. Rotisserie chicken also helps make this hearty chili superspeedy without sacrificing rich, deep, and complex flavor.
Grilled Corn, Chicken, and Bell Pepper Salad
Shredded rotisserie chicken and sweet corn get extra-delicious when paired with perfectly charred bell peppers, oregano, and cream.
Creamy Blueberry Chicken Salad
Red onion and celery add crunch to this quick chicken salad. Blueberries have thick skins, so they won't break apart when tossed with the chicken.
Chicken & Veggie Hash
Greek-Style Chicken Salad
This Greek-style main dish salad features parsley salad topped with homemade chicken salad and pita chips.
Chicken and Corn Two Ways Tostada
Pickled onions and a squeeze of fresh lime juice add complexity to chicken and sweet corn.
Chicken Salad with Bok Choy, Almonds, and Apricots
Combined with sliced radishes, baby bok choy, and dried apricots, your leftover chicken (perhaps the remaining meat from Chicken and Mushroom Stroganoff) forms an Asian salad with fresh flavor.
Greek-Style Chicken Wraps
Look for plain rotisserie chicken in the deli section of your supermarket. Use the lean, mild breast meat for pastas and sandwiches, and the leg and thigh meat for more robust salads, soups, or tacos.
Family-Style Chicken Spaghetti
A family favorite swaps jarred sauce for fresh—which requires just a few ingredients and less than 10 minutes.
Watermelon and Arugula Chicken Salad
If watermelon wedges are a mainstay at your summer cookouts, try dicing for this instant, gorgeous salad. The sweetness of the fruit pairs beautifully with the smoky rotisserie chicken and fresh mint to create a summertime staple that will keep the family asking for seconds.
Greek Slaw and Chicken Pitas
This quick-to-assemble sandwich is basically a salad in a pita, one that's full of crunchy lemon-feta Greek slaw and convenient rotisserie chicken.
King Ranch Chicken and Quinoa Casserole
Leftover quinoa, rotisserie chicken, and canned tomoatoes help this dish come together in less than an hour. Throw it in the oven for 25 minutes, and dinner is served.
Chicken Cordon Bleu Grilled Cheese Sandwiches
The flavors of classic cordon bleu translate delectably as a rave-worthy grilled cheese. Serve with a side of wilted spinach or a salad.
Tangy Chicken-Farro Bowl
If you have trouble finding lingonberry, cranberry preserves are a fine substitute.
Collard Greens Sauté with Chicken and White Beans
Rotisserie chicken speeds up prep for this quick weeknight meal, which features last night’s beans as well as bacon, red onion, and collard greens.
Broccoli, Cheddar, and Ranch Chicken Calzones
Leftover or rotisserie chicken joins fresh broccoli florets and a buttermilk dill sauce in this crunchy calzone.
Lemony Orzo-Veggie Salad With Chicken
This colorful orzo and chicken main-dish salad is packed with an assortment of chopped fresh vegetables and tossed with a tangy lemon dressing.
Cold Chicken and Rice Salad
Chicken, Red Grape, and Pesto Pizza
While grapes may be an unconventional pizza topping, they work wonders in this simple recipe. As a sweet contrast to nutty pesto and rich Italian cheeses, grapes are the perfect accompaniment to these ingredients. They’ll pick up caramelized flavor after time in the oven, taking on a toasty sweetness.
Caprese Wraps with Chicken
Pick up a rotisserie chicken for dinner the night before (try these scrumptious options), then use your leftover chicken for this caprese wrap the next day. It's a win-win situation. Multigrain flatbread encases creamy mozzarella cheese, fresh basil, bright cherry tomatoes, and the tangy vinaigrette pulls the whole sandwich together, making it a great choice for lunch or a light dinner. To make it more similar to a traditional caprese, substitute balsamic vinegar for the white wine.
Chipotle-Lime Chicken Tacos and Broccoli-Radish Salad
Ready in less than 15 minutes and under 400 calories, this recipe is the perfect addition to your Taco Tuesday rotation. A simple side salad is all this dinner needs to round out a balanced, delicious meal.
Adobo Chicken Fried Rice
Cooking for one person can be quite difficult–and, frankly, very boring. While recipes that make 4 to 6 servings will work for families, if you’re not into leftovers then this just won’t work when you’re flying solo. This recipe, made just for you with one serving, is great for using up the last of your rotisserie chicken. Using chilled rice, yet another leftover, will result in consistently amazing fried rice over and over again.
Pepper Jack, Chicken, and Peach Quesadillas
Give average chicken quesadillas new life with sweet peaches and spicy cheese. For the kids, try fontina or Monterey Jack instead.
Shredded Chicken Tortilla Soup
Mix leftover chicken with zucchini, diced tomatoes, and black beans to create a zesty soup that's one of our staff favorites. Top with crunchy corn tortilla strips.
Chicken and Edamame Couscous Salad
Dried cranberries complement the sweet and tangy dressing on this salad, while roasted peanuts contribute a nice crunch.
Sesame Brown Rice Salad with Shredded Chicken and Peanuts
Peanuts add the perfect savory flavor to this Asian-inspired healthy dinner.
Tzatziki Chicken Salad
A classic Greek sauce of creamy yogurt and cucumber makes the base of this tangy salad. Make this part of a salad plate combo—offer a mixed green salad and a fruit salad to go with it.
Chipotle Chicken Tortilla Soup
Clocking in at barely 10 minutes to make, this soup proves no night is too busy for home cooking. Add all your kids' favorite vegetables and top with slices of avocado.