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Loving Leftovers


Do you get moans and groans when you say it’s leftover night?  Hopefully not!  But if you do, we have a plan for you that will get everyone cheering for leftovers that taste good and are healthy too!

Change them up!

Transform your leftovers into a different meal so you aren’t eating the exact same thing you ate the night before. 

Here are two recipes and leftover transformation ideas!

Lemon Roasted Chicken

Roasted chicken leftovers: Easily transformed into a hot chicken sandwich, soups, pizza topping, quiche/omelette or frittata.

Speedy Eight Ingredient Chicken Chili

Chicken chili leftovers:  Easily transformed into pasta sauce, tacos, Sloppy Joes or quesadillas.

Let the flavours blend!

Sometimes leftovers taste even better than when they were made the first day!  Use bold flavours that will blend overnight and enjoy a warm and quick meal.  Try this recipe on day one and day two and taste the flavour difference!

Gypsy Chicken Stew

Keep the reheating simple!

If you’re going to be reheating leftovers, bake them or allowing them to heat in a non-stick skillet.  Try heating them without the addition of extra butter or oils – as you may have already added these fats to the original recipe.  Any chicken recipes should be reheated to an internal temperature of 74°C (165°F) for at least 15 seconds.1  To keep your food safe, only reheat your leftovers once. 1

Add Healthy Ingredients

If you have leftover chicken, you can make it into a healthy meal simply by adding vegetables. 

Chicken stir fries are an excellent option to boost your daily dose of vegetables and use up extra chicken from the night before. 

When you only have scraps leftover, try making a healthy omelette to get more protein at your meal.

Second Day Salads

One of the easiest ways to use leftover chicken breast is to toss it into a healthy salad for lunch or dinner.   You can make a whole grain pasta salad or green salad with chicken that will satisfy your hunger and optimize your nutrition.

Try these two recipes for inspiration!

Barbecue Chicken Salad

Chicken and Pasta Salad

Feel Proud & Have fun!

However you choose to use your leftovers, have fun with it! The options are endless if you use a little creativity in the kitchen.  Don’t panic if what you make doesn’t work the first time; at least you tried using your leftovers and not just letting them go to waste. 


  1. Government of Canada. (2015). Food safety tips for leftovers. Retrieved November 26, 2015, from

By: Kelly Atyeo-Fick, B.A.Sc., M.H.Sc., P.H.Ec.

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Kelly Atyeo-Fick Guest Author

Kelly Atyeo-Fick is a Professional Home Economist with a background in nutrition and nutrition communication. She is President and co-owner of LiveWell Marketing, a creative agency committed to linking brands and consumers in the pursuit of living well. Kelly is also a health writer, nutrition communication consultant, and public speaker. Through her activities she strives to educate people on nutrition and health, while giving people the tools to make healthy foods a part of their lifestyle.

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