8 Leftover Chicken Recipes

Leftover chicken doesn’t need to be boring. These uses for your day-old rotisserie or roast chicken leftovers or your leftover Thanksgiving turkey ensure that you not only are as frugal as can be but that you’re as sated by the second meal as the first.

A blue-rimmed porcelain bowl filled with carrot soup topped with chicken and thyme and a lemon wheel.
This carrot soup with leftover chicken and thyme is as delicious to eat as it is stunning to behold. It’s also incredibly simple to make. Adding leftover chicken (or turkey) at the very last moment turns a simple bowl of soup into a satiating supper.
King Ranch chicken in a large green casserole dish with a serving spoon and a portion missing. A plate, a dish towel and a bowl of spices next to it.
King Ranch chicken. It’s a classic American casserole that many recall as the best thing from their childhood. It’s chicken and roasted peppers layered with tortillas and cheesy goodness. One taste and you may want to rewrite your early years.
A closeup of leftover roast chicken soup with onions, chicken broth, celery, chicken carcass.
This leftover roast chicken soup is a cinch to make in your slow cooker and is a great way to use up any vegetables languishing in your fridge.
A bowl inside another bowl filled with Thai chicken salad with peanut dressing on the side.
This easy Thai-inspired chicken salad with tangy peanut dressing makes lunch something to look forward to, with loads of veggies and chicken.
A loaf of Italian bread filled with buffalo chicken dip, with a dish of blue cheese dip and a few beers on the side.
This buffalo chicken dip, which is made with three types of cheese, shredded chicken, and buffalo sauce, is served in a hollowed-out Italian loaf, making it perfect for sharing with friends.
A decorative metal serving bowl filled with fried rice with leftovers and a bowl of jalapeño garlic vinegar on the side
This fried rice with leftovers is a nifty clean-out-the-fridge stir-fry that turns leftovers into a quick and easy weeknight dinner made from just leftover rice and meat, seafood, or vegetables along with soy sauce or fish sauce. Beware the optional but addictive jalapeño garlic vinegar.
A glass jar filled with a layered Vietnamese chicken salad.
This Vietnamese chicken salad is easy to make with cabbage, chicken, cilantro, and dressing that keeps well for several days in the fridge. It's a perfect combination of sour, sweet, salty, and heat.
A small white bowl filled with chicken-pea shoot salad.
Chicken-pea shoot salad takes advantage of early summer's sweetest offerings. Pea shoots in a tangy-sweet ginger dressing, balanced with radishes and tender chicken, it's like June in a bowl.


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