Leftovers are perfect for those busy weeknights when you don’t have time to prepare something from scratch. Using leftovers helps stretch your ingredients across several meals, which is good for your wallet, and helps limit food waste, which is good for the environment.
Cooked chicken can last up to three to four days in the fridge, and up to three months in the freezer, so why not make the most of it? Adding cooked chicken is a great way to step up your dinner game and get some extra protein in your diet.
Who says leftovers need to be boring? It’s easy to get creative with cooked chicken. Here are just a few ways to revive those chicken leftovers into something new and exciting.
Second Day Salads
One of the easiest ways to use leftover chicken breast is to toss it into a healthy salad. You can make a whole grain pasta salad or green salad with chicken that will satisfy your hunger and optimize your nutrition.
Barbecue Chicken Salad
Marinated barbecue chicken adds delicious flavour and body to this green salad that can also be used as a wrap filling.
Chicken and Pasta Salad
A sweet and tangy balsamic dressing complements the smoky flavour of grilled vegetables, making this a simple but delicious meal.
Chicken Tabouleh Salad
Serve with Greek flatbread for a light yet filling main course salad, or in pita bread halves topped with a cucumber dressing for a meal on the go!
Spiced Chicken, Spinach & Brown Rice Salad
Served hot or cold, this salad is filled with vibrant colours making it look as appetizing as it tastes.
Curried Chicken Salad with Peaches
This recipe is just bursting with flavour. Serve it in a pita the next day just the way it is!
There’s something very heart-warming and wholesome about a chicken pot pie, especially during the cold winter months. These pot pie recipes are the perfect way to use up that leftover chicken, all while staying warm and toasty.
Chicken Pot Pie
This simple chicken pot pie is chock full of vegetables and freezes well. Why not make a few for later?
Chicken Pot Pie II
This French take on chicken pot pie is the ultimate comfort food. It uses cream, leeks, Dijon mustard, mushrooms, and white wine, and is covered with a golden puff pastry.
Chicken Wild Rice Mushroom Phyllo Pie
The combination of wild rice, mushrooms, and kale topped with a flaky phyllo crust give this recipe a unique twist.
Chilean Chicken Pie with Sweet Corn Crust
This tasty chicken pie has a simple corn topping and a flavourful filling.
Pastas and Stews
Most pasta and stew recipes are flexible and can accommodate almost anything you have in your fridge. Why not throw in some of that leftover chicken and make your stew or pasta dish even better?
One-Pot Chicken Pasta
This one-pot dish is full of mouth-watering flavours, and is easy to throw together on a busy weeknight.
Romani Chicken Stew
This thick and hardy stew is the epitome of a one-dish meal. All you need is some warm whole wheat bread for a finishing touch.
Speedy Eight Ingredient Chicken Chilli
Try using vegetable juice instead of canned tomatoes to make this quick and delicious eight ingredient chilli con carne.