Turn leftover roasted, grilled or poached chicken into soups, salads, pot pies, enchiladas, chili, and other delicious healthy meals using these 40+ Healthy Recipes Using Leftover Chicken.
Pictured top to bottom, left to right: Spicy Sriracha Lime Chicken Zoodle Soup (Peas & Crayons), Cheesy Chicken Butternut and Sage Lasagna Bake (Sweet Peas and Saffron), Cheesy Chicken Enchiladas with Homemade Gluten-Free Enchilada Sauce (Iowa Girl Eats), Chopped Salad with Spicy Tomato Vinaigrette (The View From Great Island), Pasta with Chicken, Pesto, Tomatoes, Sundried Tomatoes and Mozzarella Cheese (Jeanette’s Healthy Living), Phyllo Chicken Pot Pie (Taste Love and Nourish)
Do you ever find yourself trying to figure out what to do with leftover chicken? Whether it’s leftover roasted, grilled, or poached chicken, there are so many ways to repurpose it in delicious and healthy ways.
Sometimes I actually roast two chickens at the same time just so I’ll have extra for the next meal. For the easiest roast chicken recipe, click here. Of course, you can also buy rotisserie chicken at the supermarket. I’ve asked some fabulous food bloggers what their favorite ways are to use leftover chicken.
I’ve split up the recipes into Leftover Chicken Recipes Served Hot and Leftover Chicken Recipes Served Cold depending on what you’re looking for.
Leftover Chicken Recipes Served Hot
Pasta with Chicken, Pesto, Tomatoes, Sundried Tomatoes and Mozzarella Cheese (pictured above)
Triple Cheese Chicken Pasta Bake
Cheesy Chicken Enchiladas with Homemade Gluten-Free Enchilada Sauce, Iowa Girl Eats (skip to step 2) (pictured above)
Lightened Up Enchiladas with Quinoa, Chicken and Peach Salsa, Cravings of a Lunatic
Cheesy Chicken Enchilada Stuffed Squash, Peas & Crayons
Swiss Chard Chicken and Leek Enchiladas, Farm Fresh Feasts
Freezer Burritos with Chicken and Quinoa, Reluctant Entertainer
Phyllo Chicken Pot Pie, Taste Love and Nourish (pictured above)
Chicken Korma Pot Pie, Cook The Story
White Chicken Chili with Green Chilies
White Bean Chili with Chicken and Sweet Potatoes, Floating Kitchen
30 Minute White Chicken Chili, Celebrating Sweets
Skinny Chicken Rice Casserole, Yummy Healthy Easy
Quick Weeknight Chicken Penne Alfredo, The Kitchen Is My Playground
One Pot Thai Quinoa Bowl and Spicy Peanut Sauce, With Salt and Wit
Grilled Napa Cabbage and Chicken Skillet, Farm Fresh Feasts
DIY Easy Massaman Curry Bar, Apron Strings
Oven Simmered Asian BBQ Chicken, What Smells So Good?
Cheesy Chicken Butternut and Sage Lasagna Bake, Sweet Peas and Saffron (pictured above)
Mini Chicken Empanadas with Cheese and Chilies, Karen’s Kitchen Stories
Buffalo Chicken Pinwheels, Savory Experiments
Hawaiian BBQ Chicken Quesadillas, Around My Family Table
Bacon Ranch Chicken Pita Pizza, Yummy Healthy Easy
Spicy Sriracha Lime Chicken Zoodle Soup, Peas & Crayons (skip to step 4) (pictured above)
Lemon Soup with Chicken and Israeli Couscous, The View From Great Island
Easy Chicken and Sausage Stew, Healthy Aperture
Light Chicken Corn Chowder, Cookin’ Canuck
Paleo Cauliflower Chicken Chowder, A Healthy Life for Me
Lemon Chicken Orzo Soup, Persnickety Plates
Chicken Noodle Soup, Simply Sated
Quick Moroccan Soup with Chickpeas and Chicken, Cook The Story
Leftover Chicken Recipes Served Cold
Cold Asian Noodles with Peanut Sauce, Chicken and Vegetables (pictured above)
Sesame Chicken Pasta Salad, The Heritage Cook
Spinach Power Salad with Chicken and Farro, The Lemon Bowl
Healthy Chinese Chicken Salad with Sesame Dressing, The Weary Chef
Grilled Chicken Pasta Salad with Smoked Mozzarella, The Lemon Bowl
Apple Chicken Salad with Honey Poppyseed Dressing, Around My Family Table
Honey Pomegranate Pecan Chicken Salad Wraps, Iowa Girl Eats
Chopped Salad with Spicy Tomato Vinaigrette, The View From Great Island (pictured above)
Cabbage Salad with Honey Lime Dressing, Rachel Cooks
Autumn Rotisserie Chicken Salad with Almonds and Apples, Aggie’s Kitchen
Buffalo Chicken Slaw Salad, Aggie’s Kitchen
Thai Chicken Salad, The Lean Green Bean
Grilled Avocado with Peruvian Chicken and Mango Salsa, Savory Experiments
Apple Chicken Salad, Snappy Gourmet
What’s your favorite way to use up leftover chicken?
These are great ideas! I often cook a whole chicken just because I’ll then have leftovers to use for another easy meal.
Thanks Corina – I do the same – great time saver to have extra cooked chicken on hand.
rachel@ atheltic avocado says
chicken is my favorite protein so i need to look through all of these recipes asap! they all look amazing!
Thanks Rachel – I hope you find a bunch of recipes to try 🙂
Rachel Cooks says
I’ll definitely be working my way through this list! Thanks for including one of my recipes! 🙂
I love your cabbage salad recipe Rachel!
Jenn @ Peas and Crayons says
Ohmygoooosh that butternut sage lasagna sounds awesome! Thanks for the feature and all the yummy meal ideas, lady! Hope your week is off to a great start! <3
It does look awesome doesn’t it! I love your zoodle noodle soup!
Lindsay @ The Lean Green Bean says
probably one of the most useful roundups ever. always have leftover chicken!
Thanks Lindsay – leftover chicken is a great time saver, especially with all these different recipes
sarah grace says
oh wow this is perfect!! Thank you for all these delicious looking recipes. That asian noodle with peanut dressing salad looks delicious!
Thanks Sarah – I love peanut dressing too!
Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine says
The most versitle protein out there!
I completely agree Rebecca – chicken can be transformed into so many different dishes.
Kalee @ The Crowded Table says
This is such a great round up! It will be a great resource for this fall when I roast whole chicken in the oven. 🙂
Thanks Kalee – hope you enjoy all these chicken recipes!
Emily @ Zen & Spice says
Those mini chicken pot pies look awesome. Great roundup, this will be very useful!
Those pot pies are cute aren’t they! Enjoy!
Alice @ Hip Foodie Mom says
great round-up! I always have leftover chicken! I use a lot of leftover rotisserie chicken in soups!
Thanks Alice – I love leftover rotisserie in soups – and I love using the bones to make broth – it’s so flavorful.
Amy Stafford says
Great roundup! Thanks for including my Paleo Cauliflower Chicken Soup! Sharing now.
Thanks Amy – love your cauliflower chicken soup recipe!