7 Things to Make with Leftover Chicken

7 Things to Make with Leftover Chicken

It’s a lot of effort to cook a chicken. Even if it’s just a couple breasts, you’ve still got to deal with cooking the chicken all the way through, ensuring that there’s enough for your meal that night, properly storing and transferring the raw meat, and so on. It’s no wonder that sometimes we’d rather just make a stop by McDonald’s. But if you want to try and plan ahead, there’s something simple you can do, and that is to cook more chicken than you need in one meal. With the leftover chicken, you can simply grab it from the fridge the next day, and be done with the preparation. But what meals taste good with cold leftover chicken? What more can you do with the chicken to keep it from getting boring or bland? Try these seven things that can be made with leftover chicken!

  • BBQ Chicken

If you’re looking for a chicken sandwich that isn’t the boring usual, try this refreshing change. Mix your leftover chicken into barbeque sauce to make a BBQ sandwich that will remind you of a great day on the coals. Add in some shredded carrots for an extra crunch, and dress up your sandwich as you please, whether you want lettuce or pickles.

  • Chicken Alfredo

A great twist to pasta and chicken is the addition of alfredo sauce. A good fettuccini alfredo can easily make dinner a dream. Add in chicken and some broccoli, and you’ve got some extra protein and vegetables for the night.

  • Chicken Salad

While it may seem a bit boring, a chicken salad is still a great go-to for a quick and easy lunch. Chop up your favorite salad ingredients and add a few crumbles of your leftover chicken for your fresh and easy lunch.

  • Chicken Soup

You might not be a grand cook, but it’s hard to muck up a soup. Whether you’re making chicken soup, a chicken Thai broth, or Vietnamese pho, you can make an easy soup that uses up the last of that chicken.

  • Chicken Curry

If you like curry, then your leftover chicken is perfect for it. There are plenty of recipes full of spice and flavor that you can add the chicken into. With a good chicken curry, your taste buds will tingle and your chicken will be used up in a great dinner.

  • Jambalaya

Try something new, and make a nice big pot of jambalaya. This Creole rice dish keeps you coming back for more. It’s easy to make, easy to customize, and great for a spicy addition to any meal. It can be the main entrée, or you can simply add it alongside any other meal you make. Add a bit of jambalaya to your meals for a taste of Mardi Gras every day.

  • Chicken Enchiladas

Finally, there’s the great enchilada. This form of wet burrito is easy to make, and fun to share. While it does tend to make a mess, the mess can be part of the fun when you’ve got another pair of hands ready to help. Make Enchilada Night a frequent visitor, and try this easy idea for using up the last of your leftover chicken.

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