We’re big fans of cooking in bulk where we can, and reusing items from previous meals further along in the week.
Leftover cooked chicken is such a versatile ingredient, and works well in so many other recipes, so we often use it.
We thought we’d compile a list of some of the many, and there are so many, ways that you can use cooked chicken in your family meals. This is fantastic if you have too much chicken roasted or grilled, or you’ve got some leftover rotisserie chicken. There are 20 recipes to get you started, but there are loads more!
Talk about a dinner that performs. This Chicken Alfredo Baked Ziti is a fantastic way to use up leftover chicken. The resulting dish is cheesy and creamy, but the alfredo sauce is lighter than most so it’s easy on the waistline. Plus, using leftover barbecue chicken the recipe is a breeze. Yum!
The best part about leftover barbecue chicken is that you don’t have to cook at all! These Chicken Rice Paper Rolls are a great example and are perfect for a hot summer’s day. Just add any salad ingredients together with the chicken, and serve it with a bit of hoisin sauce! Delish!
Oh hot-pot, how we love thee. This chicken and mushroom hot-pot is great for two reasons. One, it uses up leftover cooked chicken, and two, it’s easy for kids to get involved in. The hearty, filling pie topped with potato slices is sure to satisfy, and you definitely won’t have leftovers this time!
There’s nothing better than a decent chicken salad when you feel like a lighter meal. We particularly like this Asian Shredded Chicken Salad, which is packed with incredible flavours but is relatively light without being insubstantial. It’s great for work lunches, or for summer dinners when the weather is warm.
We love BBQ chicken, particularly when it’s contained inside these fantastic tacos. Not only do these tacos taste amazing, they’re also really simple to make, and there’s a great tip in there to stop your tortillas from tearing as you’re trying to eat your taco. Amazing!
Tasty little morsels of chicken made into a pattie with a garlic dipping sauce is perfect for nights in front of the TV. Even the kids will be wolfing down these delectable little savoury cakes!
A good turnover just does something for us, particularly when it’s a delicious savoury turnover like this Creamy Chicken and Corn Turnover recipe. These are great for dinner paired with salad, or you can throw together a bunch of them for lunches and snacks.
Mac and cheese is always a hit with kids, but when you pair it with leftover chicken in a casserole you get a sure winner. This dinner is super family friendly, really satisfying, and guaranteed to fill any hungry belly. Now that’s what we’re talking about!
Mexican flavours pair so well with chicken, particularly in these Leftover Chicken Quesadillas. What’s great about these is that you don’t need to know how to pronounce them to enjoy them. This is a fast and easy (15 minute!) recipe that is perfect for lunch or a really last minute dinner.
What makes this pie magic? Well, it’s a kind of casserole that not only makes itself SUPER creamy on the inside as it cooks, but also creates its own biscuit top. Now this is an American recipe, but you can replace the Bisquick with a boxed scone mix from White Wings or similar, plus buttermilk.
Fried rice is the ultimate family-friendly meal. Filling and simple, with lots of different ways to mix things up. We love it because it offers a really simple way to use up leftover cooked chicken so none goes to waste. If you’ve got leftover rice too, even better!
We know avocados aren’t the cheapest they’ve ever been, but there are still opportunities to pick them up on special and when you do you should definitely make this Avocado Chicken Salad. The flavours of chicken and avocado, along with yoghurt and mayo, work really well in this one.
Creamy chicken noodles is so comforting to us, it’s a wonder we aren’t making this recipe all the time. This is great because it’s not just a recipe that uses leftover chicken, it’s also a one pan recipe where dinner is on the table in around 20 minutes. Perfect!
When you want some simple flavours in a super hearty family dinner, you can’t really go past this Chicken Cordon Bleu Rice Bake. Creamy, cheesy, and with lots of yummy chicken and ham flavours, there’s so much to love about this recipe, which is a quick family favourite.
If lunchtime has rolled around and you’ve got a hunger and some leftover cooked chicken on your hands, this Shredded Chicken Parmesan Sandwich is the thing to make. Delicious and oh-so-simple, it might be time for you to reimagine the humble lunchtime sandwich!
We LOVE nachos, particularly when they’re full of naturally delicious flavours like these Chicken And Black Bean Nachos. Using leftover cooked chicken means this recipe comes together in a blast, and it’s really that good. Perfect for feeding a hungry family with something different.
If the weather is cool and you are kinda feeling like some comfort food than this is the perfect recipe for you! This recipe is a basic chicken and vegetable version, but you can even spice that up with a little curry powder if you want something with a bit more WOW!
Chicken goes so well with French Onion, we can’t believe we don’t put them together more often. This recipe is another American one, so you’ll need to find a suitable replacement for the ‘biscuits’. We suggest a scone mix, but it’s ultimately up to you!
Pizza is great, but when you want something simple for lunch or a quick dinner, this BBQ Chicken French Bread Pizza is a great solution. It will definitely use up your leftover cooked chicken, but it’s also a hit with kids and adults alike. Talk about an all-around success!
You can never go past a pizza for dinner. They are always so quick and easy (especially if you keep some dough or pre-made pizza bases or even pita bread in the freezer). But chicken pizza has to be the best by far! We love this version.
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Those trying to add more vegetables into their diets will appreciate the simplicity of these Chicken Enchilada Stuffed Zucchini Boats. Yummy zucchini stuffed full of leftover chicken enchilada filling and topped with ooey-gooey cheese is one your family is going to love.
If you’ve never thought about making a White Chicken Chili, we urge you to reconsider. This recipe is perfect for those cooler evenings when you need a nice warm soup with a bit of a bite. It’s packed with great flavours and, you guessed it, uses leftover cooked chicken!
Got leftover cooked chicken and looking for something for your kids for school lunches? These Mini Chicken And Cheese Pies are a great option, and the perfect way to both satisfy hungry little ones and use up all those chicken leftovers. No need for waste anymore!