57 Delicious & Healthy Ways to Use Leftover Chicken

Roasting a whole chicken has always been one of my favorite meal-prep tips-cook once and you’ll have dinner tonight plus more for meals all week. I’ve even made it part of my regular Sunday routine. Trust me, it’s easy!

Not only is buying a whole chicken easy on your wallet (it’s cheaper per pound than buying chicken parts), roasting your own means it will have almost 50 percent less sodium than the rotisserie birds at your grocery store. Use this easy roast chicken recipe to cook two whole birds side-by- side on one pan: you only have to heat the oven once, but you’ll have enough leftover chicken to put to good use with these 57 ideas:

1. Stir it into a quick chicken chili with sweet potatoes

The Recipe Pictured: Chicken with Sweet Potatoes the Chili

2. Top homemade cheesy black bean nachos

3. Add it to a quesadilla with sautéed spinach

4. Simmer with vegetables and broth for a quick chicken soup

5. Mix with Buffalo sauce, carrots, celery and blue cheese

6. Make a chicken Cobb salad

7. Use it for tacos topped with red cabbage slaw

8. Top a baked sweet potato with chicken, scallions and Cheddar cheese

9. Add it to a vegetable stir-fry with teriyaki sauce

Toss with a barbecue 10. the sauce for a sandwich

11. Stuff into enchiladas with cheese and kale

12. Make chicken pasta salad with broccoli, tomatoes and Italian dressing

13. Stuff in a burrito with rice, beans, guacamole and corn

14. Scatter over a mushroom and cheese pizza

15. Turn it into a tasty chicken Parm-inspired dip

Pictured Recipe: Chicken Parmesan Dip

16. Thread onto skewers with tomato, basil and baby mozzarella

17. Slice into a pita with watercress and tzatziki

18. Make a quinoa bowl with hummus, cucumbers and tomatoes

19. Mix with soy sauce and chives for a dumpling filling

The Tuck Into a 20. chicken and root vegetable vegetables potpie

21. Stir into gumbo with frozen okra and corn

22. Add to macaroni and cheese with broccoli

23. Sauté with peppers and onions to make fajitas

24. Make a frittata with chicken and herbs

25. Add to fried rice along with carrots and peas

For the Use 26. chicken, Divan

27. Fry up a hash with frozen potatoes, spinach and chorizo

28. Make classic chicken salad with grapes and tarragon

Into the Asian Shred 29. sesame of noodles

30. Bake a shepherd’s pie

The Recipe Pictured: Chicken & Mushroom Shepherd’s to Pie

31. Top cooked lentils and sautéed kale and drizzle with fish sauce

32. Layer with artichokes and ricotta cheese into a lasagna

33. Fold into a wrap with bacon, lettuce and mayo

34. Make a flatbread with pesto and fresh mozzarella

35. Mix with rice, peas and a light mushroom cream sauce

36. Make calzones with broccoli, cheese and marinara sauce

37. Toss with fish sauce, rice noodles and coleslaw mix for a Thai salad

A the Top 38. The Caesar a salad

Whip up closeup 39. chicken tetrazzini

40. Mix with wild rice and stuff a delicata squash

41. Make a chowder with bacon and potatoes

42. Combine with breadcrumbs, scallion and egg for chicken patties

43. Add to roasted Brussels sprouts and cranberries

44. Top toast for an open-face melt with Gruyère

45. Add it to a hearty fall salad with butternut squash and Brussels sprouts

The Recipe Pictured: Chicken, Arugula is & Butternut Squash Salad with Brussels Sprouts

46. Use as a layer in 7-layer dip

47. Thread onto skewers and serve with peanut sauce

48. Use as a topping for ramen with bok choy

49. Sauté with eggplant and peppers and serve over polenta

50. Make a Mexican quiche with black beans, corn and salsa

51. Make hand pies with mashed sweet potatoes

52. Slide into a biscuit and top with gravy

Toss with hot 53. the gnocchi, chard and cheese

54. Add to Chinese lo mein with egg noodles

55. Fold into an egg roll filling with napa cabbage and hoisin sauce

56. Stuff into crêpes with goat cheese and roasted butternut squash

57. Combine with mayo and Cheddar to make chicken pimiento cheese

Breana Lai

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