Leftover Chicken 5 Ways

by in 1 Food, 5 Ways, October 26, 2009

Chicken and Orzo
Chicken is a healthy go-to food that works great for lunch or dinner. To cut down on fat, cook up breast meat (a.k.a. white meat) and get rid of the skin (most of the saturated fat is there). Next time you grill or roast some, make extra and try these tricks to stretch the leftovers into another meal.

Pasta Salad
Shred up leftover chicken (boneless or picked from the bone), toss with some small pasta and you’ve got a quick dinner the entire family will love. Add a few veggies from the fridge or freezer — peas, bell peppers, carrots or even olives (my favorite) — and you up the vitamin C and potassium. Try this pasta works warm or cold.
RECIPE: Asian Chicken and Orzo Salad

Chicken Sandwich
In about five minutes, you can mix your leftover chicken into delicious sammie. Instead of slices of whole wheat bread, try pumpernickel or rye bread or roll up a flour tortilla. I bulk up my sandwiches with fresh veggies such as arugula, tomatoes, peppers and onions, and then top with one or two spoonfuls of hummus or babaganoush (pureed eggplants).
RECIPE: Rolled Chicken Sandwich with Arugula and Parsley Aioli

Chicken Salad
How ‘bout a budget-friendly chicken salad? Of course, you don’t want to drown your chicken in gobs of mayonnaise. Instead, check out our ideas for lightened up versions of this easy dish.
RECIPE: Chicken Salad with Peanut-Lime Vinaigrette

Chicken Stew
Instead of toiling over the stove for hours, toss chicken pieces into some pre-made stock or broth with your family’s favorite veggies — presto, a perfect stew or soup in 30 minutes. Mix it up by adding beans, lentils, cabbage, collard greens or tomatoes.
RECIPE: Chicken Stew

Classic Salad
Skip that drive-thru salad. Prep an easy lunch at home or on the go with sliced pieces of cooked chicken tossed on a bed of greens with two tablespoons of your favorite bottled vinaigrette (or make your own). Switch up those greens for a change of pace and different nutrients. Don’t forget a slice of bread or small roll on the side to balance it out.
RECIPE: Classic Salad with Chicken

TELL US: What are your tricks for stretching leftover chicken into more exciting meals?

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Comments (19)

  1. Grace says:

    Chop leftover chicken, top with stuffing-stove top is fine pour chicken gravy on, cover and reheat-BAM, fast dinner even kids like,

  2. Pizza! I always make triple batches of whole wheat pizza crust and freeze the left over dough. Then when I have left over chicken I make pizza. I've done mexian pizza, buffalo wing pizza, chicken/garlic. Or just regular chicken, cheese, veggies and tomato sauce. Lots of room to be creative when it comes to chicken and pizza.

  3. patti says:

    Cut it up into bite size chunks and mix with rice or pasta, add some cooked veggies,olive oil and sprinkle with parm. cheese–heat and it’s a meal.

  4. lince says:

    if i can taste it, i will be happy some days.

  5. tamidor says:

    Hi Chris,
    You could, but be careful not too overcook it as the chicken can get rubbery. A good idea is to toss it on a bed of greens or you can throw it into a cooked stock with veggies for a delicious soup. You can also slice the cooked chicken up, warm in the oven and make chicken fajita's.

  6. Connie says:

    Not necessary to re-cook, however if you are wanting to reheat it, it's no problem. Careful not to let it cook too long (in either micro or oven) as it will become tough.

  7. Carrie says:

    try steaming it. less chance of over cooking

  8. Cheryl says:

    It must be a Pennsylvania thing, Val. Great recipe! I also keep the broth from chicken when I cook it and then make gravy and add the chicken back in, along with lots of mixed veggies. Put into a pre-made pie crust, add the top and crink prettily, cut slits in it and brush with egg and milk. I serve it with some of the gravy I kept back from the pie filling and mashed potatoes. Yummy!!!

  9. That's weird, because in my home we use about 5%. Maybe i should consider this.

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