So, you’ve found yourself with some leftover rotisserie chicken or chicken breasts sitting in your fridge and you just have zero clue what to turn it into for dinner tonight. My friend, just scroll on down for 33 of the best leftover chicken breast recipes on the internet!
On almost a daily basis, I get requests for more chicken recipes! I know we all love our chicken meat and I know we often have some sitting in our fridge so I decided to compile this list of easy leftover chicken recipes to be a great all-in-one resource! We all have enough food waste in our lives.
Tips for Using Leftover Chicken
Before we jump into the 35 recipes, it’s important to know a couple tips to success for the different ways you can use chicken leftovers.
- Leftover chicken can be kept in an airtight container in the fridge for a week, or in the freezer for three months.
- Since the chicken is fully cooked already, be cautious in how you use it in a recipe so that it doesn’t get overcooked and tough.
- A good rule of thumb is to add it towards the end to reheat when possible.
- While chicken breasts are the white meat portion of the bird, any of these recipes are also a great way to use up leftover thigh or drumstick meat as well.
Leftover Chicken Breast Recipes
Baked BBQ Chicken Sliders are ready in 20 minutes and are the best sliders you have ever had! The shredded leftover chicken is loaded onto Hawaiian sweet rolls, then topped with garlic butter and parmesan cheese before being baked to golden perfection. Just look at all the melty cheese in there! This is how you do a quick weeknight dinner for the whole family.
Chicken Strawberry Salad with Poppyseed Dressing is a favorite summertime dinner when it is just too dang hot to cook! I love the feta cheese and toasted almonds on top of this chicken poppyseed salad. They add the perfect saltiness and crunch. Seriously, this is one of the easiest things to make on a busy weeknight during the summer.
This Layered Green Chile Chicken Enchilada Casserole only has FIVE ingredients and is so easy to make! It is an all-time favorite at Casa Jones since we love Mexican food so much. Plus this chicken enchilada bake is super kid friendly because green chiles aren’t spicy at all but they do add a great flavor!
Nachos are one of my go-to weeknight meals, and I’m here to make sure they’re one of yours, too. No, I’m not talking about grabbing loaded nachos at happy hour. I’m talking about easy homemade chicken nachos, which will save you money and are ready in minutes.
Southwest Chicken Soup is one of my favorite easy dinners that is loaded with all my favorite Mexican flavors: black beans, chicken, corn, and green chilis! If you love chicken tortilla soup as much as I do, then scroll on down to print this recipe. Oh, and did I mention your dinner will be ready in 15 minutes? Add a dollop of sour cream, fresh avocado, and some tortilla chips on top for the perfect meal!
Thai Chicken Salad is hands-down the best salad I have ever made and one of the best recipes of my 600+ on this site! Fresh, healthy greens combine with grilled and marinated chicken, veggies, peanuts, a spicy Thai peanut sauce and sweet chili dressing. This is a Thai salad recipe is one you just can’t stop eating and super kid friendly as well.
Easy Chicken Cordon Bleu Casserole is perfect for a busy weeknight meal. This amazing dinner combines all your favorite flavors of chicken, ham and swiss cheese but makes it fast to prepare. This uses a rotisserie chicken but you can also use any form of leftover chicken you have hanging out in your fridge.
A delicious high-volume, low calorie lunch and this High Protein Vegetable Dip with Chicken & Bacon! It is crazy addictive, low in calories, and makes a complete meal when you serve it with your favorite veggies for volume. Plus, it is an easy way to get a meal ready in 5 minutes so you can’t beat that. Make a batch on Monday and it makes enough to feast on it all week long.
Learn how to make chicken pot pie with this crazy yummy and easy recipe! You can make your pie dough from scratch or buy one from the store for the easiest way. My homemade pot pie recipe will convince you to forever walk away from the freezer selection at your grocery store.
Making enchiladas is, hands-down, my favorite way to transform leftovers into an easy, flavorful dinner. Tender roasted chicken gets dressed up with spicy, piquant enchilada sauce, covered in shredded cheese, then wrapped in tender tortillas and baked until warm. What’s not to love?
This my friend is my famous Creamy Chicken and Wild Rice Soup. Leave behind the chicken noodle soup in a can and go for this! It is loaded with vegetables, wild rice and chicken plus the creamy, decadent chicken broth just does your heart good when the weather is a bit on the chilly side. It makes a big pot enough for the whole family.
You don’t have to wait for game day to enjoy the fiery heat of Buffalo sauce. This weeknight dinner boasts hot sauce-spiked boneless chicken breasts stuffed into a bright and baked sweet potato. A drizzle of creamy ranch dressing cools the fire, long enough for you to refill your fork.
This amazing chowder is loaded with all your favorite simple ingredients: veggies, chicken, and an amazing creamy broth. It’s that creaminess that takes it from a chicken soup to a chicken chowder! It is perfect on a cool night for an easy dinner or to take to a friend who needs a little extra love.
Love Lasagna AND Fettuccine Alfredo? We sure do at our house! So we did a little bit of a mash-up of our two favorite recipes and boy is it AMAZING!! This Creamy Chicken Alfredo Lasagna is quite literally the best thing to hit our house in a while.
My Asian Ramen Salad recipe is so amazing with fresh Napa cabbage, chicken, green onions, and toasted almonds and ramen noodles. Plus, it comes together in just a few minutes and uses only a few ingredients! If you’ve never had a Napa cabbage salad before, you are in for a treat because you only think you don’t like cabbage. Napa cabbage will change your mind instantly!
Chicken Fried Rice Recipe that will turn out better than take-out from your favorite Chinese restaurant! Loaded with veggies and chicken, and yet it is still a super kid friendly dinner idea. I also have the best tricks and tips to make sure this great meal turns out perfectly every time.
Thai Coconut Curry Chicken Soup is a hearty vegetable, chicken and noodle based soup with vibrant fresh Thai flavors! And you’ll love the addition of crunchy peanuts to finish it off. It’s the perfect soup recipe to make year round.
Looking for a quick meal your kids can make for the family? These wraps are a fun twist on a classic lunch wrap. Just a bit fancier and grilled to make them a bit more satisfying for dinner. Feel free to play around with the recipe to make it your own! Spread some cream cheese onto tortilla before loading it up. Or how about a drizzle of olive oil and vinegar over the top of everything before rolling it up?
Cooked cabbage is one of my favorite vegetables, which is why I adore this soup / stew! This is a very hearty and filling soup with the whole grain barley and amazing cooked cabbage. Leftovers freezer beautifully for up to three months so don’t be afraid to make a bit pot.
20. Chicken Pad Thai
Pad Thai is one of my favorite easy meals for leftover chicken because it creates that perfect balance of savory, sweet, acid, and spice. The recipe calls for uncooked chicken but you can easily use already cooked chicken and toss it in at the very end to heat it up with the finished Thai noodles.
Buffalo Chicken Dip is my favorite party and holiday dip recipe! Loaded with chicken, Franks hot sauce and ranch or blue cheese dressing for the perfect protein packed dip for bread, vegetables, crackers, or chips.
Two of the South’s favorite casseroles just came together in the ultimate skillet dinner. If you haven’t already met, allow us to introduce you to King Ranch Chicken Mac and Cheese. It has the rich, creaminess you expect from your favorite macaroni and cheese recipe, paired with the robust flavor of classic King Ranch Chicken Casserole. What’s not to love?
Use your leftover chicken for this great and easy white chili! I also use this recipe with leftover chicken after Thanksgiving. If you have the time, you could also use dried beans instead of those from a can but just be sure you cook them according to package directions first.
Roasted Chicken Salad is always one of the best ways to eat healthy without feeling deprived! Most chicken salads use way too much mayonnaise as one of its main ingredients but this recipe has just enough while the calorie count is only 163 per half cup serving. The recipe calls for cooking chicken breasts to make the salad, but you’ve already got that done so skip that part of the instructions 🙂
Believe it or not, this gorgeous comfort food will be ready in 30 minutes or less! It is one of my favorite easy recipes from my cookbook! You will love this recipe because it is the perfect fusion of chicken pot pie with biscuits and gravy. There will not be an ounce of leftovers in the pan once you are done, so maybe you should make two with your leftover roast chicken 🙂
This chicken gnocchi soup recipe is quick, easy to make in your own kitchen, and comforting. The pillowy gnocchi melt in your mouth, there’s tender veggies, and the creamy broth is addictive! This one you definitely need to try!
Southwest Chicken Quesadillas….the perfect excuse to stuff all your favorite foods between two flour tortillas, along with a bunch of melty cheese: chicken, corn, black beans, and green chiles. This quesadilla recipe will be your new go-to meal when time is short and you need a really satisfying meal. If you have every wondered how to make quesadillas, this is the recipe you want to try first because you will never need another one! We just had these last night 🙂
Loaded with cheddar cheese, pasta, and chicken, this recipe came from a family member of mine years ago and it is just plain ole yummy! If you aren’t gluten free, just use regular pasta instead!
Need something super quick for dinner tonight? Crusty on the outside, gooey on the inside, this sandwich requires little effort and makes a satisfying lunch or light dinner. If you don’t have a panini press, you can just cook them in a skillet on the stove and put something heavy on top to press them down a bit.
Creamy Chicken Enchilada Casserole comes together super quick and is crazy delicious! This casserole is super kid friendly because it is loaded with leftover meat, avocados, green chiles, and cheese. If you love chicken enchiladas with white sauce, then this is even better because you don’t have to waste all that time rolling up each individual enchilada!
During the hot summer months, this pasta salad is a STAPLE in our home. It is packed with so many amazing flavors and is honestly hard to stop eating. We love it best at room temperature so if you have any leftovers of the salad, just pop them in the microwave for a few seconds to take the chill off of it from the fridge.
I created this recipe way back in 2008 after eating the most amazing salad like this at TGIFridays. After a few bites, I knew I was going to have to make my own at home. Loaded with chicken, cranberries, mandarin oranges, candied pecans, and blue cheese! CRAZY good.
Take your classic strawberry and spinach salad to the next level by adding chicken, mandarin oranges, toasted almonds, and a homemade poppy seed dressing. This one is perfect for a hot summer night because you don’t have to turn on the stove for anything if you have the leftover chicken in your fridge