27 Leftover Chicken Recipes

Leftover chicken recipes are here to help you get the most out of your meal. No more wasted food, these chicken recipes are perfect for using up what you’ve got.

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Leftover Chicken Recipes

Let’s face it. Leftovers happen. If you’re anything like me, they happen on purpose, especially with chicken. Anytime I cook baked chicken for dinner or make some shredded chicken for tacos, I plan on having some leftover so I can pull out my catalog of leftover chicken recipes and have an easy meal ready to go.

Whether you bought a couple of rotisserie chickens at Costco, or just baked a few extra chicken thighs, we’re reinventing those chicken leftovers by adding them to soups, stews, wraps and more.

How to Store Leftover Chicken

Store leftovers within 2 hours of cooking. Let the food cool completely, then place in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days.

Use the meat in any of these delicious leftover chicken recipes, or reheat in the microwave, oven, or air fryer.

25 Recipes for Leftover Chicken

Here are 25 delicious and simple recipes to use up your leftover chicken.

Chicken Enchiladas

With tender chicken wrapped in corn tortillas and smothered in red sauce and cheese, you can’t go wrong with these restaurant quality chicken enchiladas!
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Chicken Tostadas

Simple and delicious recipe for Chicken Tostadas – easily customizable for a quick and delicious Mexican meal.
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Italian Chicken Soup

Italian Chicken Soup is simple, delicious and perfect for a fast dinner. Packed with 2 kinds of squash, tomatoes, beans and chicken in a flavorful broth.
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Creamy Chicken Casserole

Serve up some comfort food for dinner with the best Creamy Chicken Casserole! Chicken, pasta and veggies in a creamy sauce, topped with buttery crackers.
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Buffalo Ranch Chicken French Bread Pizza

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Buffalo Chicken Mac and cheese

Creamy stovetop mac and cheese with spicy buffalo chicken and cool blue cheese crumbles.
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Lemon Chicken Pasta

Lemon Chicken Pasta has juicy chicken breast and pasta in a creamy lemon sauce. An easy weeknight dinner that's ready in under 30 minutes.
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Creamy Chicken Spaghetti

Cheesy Chicken Spaghetti is a delicious, satisfying baked spaghetti casserole dish that requires minimal effort with simple, fresh ingredients that makes for a hearty batch of good ol’ comfort food.
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White Chicken Chili

Hearty, warm and comforting, this Creamy White Chicken Chili recipe is a perfect cold weather meal that’s full of chicken, beans, chiles, spices and cheese.
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Chicken Alfredo Stuffed Shells

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Chicken Fried Rice

Homemade Easy Chicken Fried Rice is simple, and so much better than take-out! This simple dinner is made with just a few ingredients and packed with flavor!
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Chicken Salad Sandwich

The BEST Chicken Salad Sandwich made with fresh herbs, crunchy pecans and more all on hearty, toasted bread for a delicious, protein packed lunch or snack.
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Chinese Chicken Pasta Salad

Chinese Chicken Pasta Salad has crunch, a hint of sweetness and is full of flavor. Made with tender chicken, veggies and a tangy Asian-style dressing.
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BBQ Chicken Quesadilla

BBQ Chicken Quesadillas are stuffed with cheese, chicken, onions, bbq sauce. They take minutes to prep and cook for a quick and easy dinner.
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Chicken Caesar Wraps

Chicken Caesar Wraps are a fast and easy meal that's kid-friendly and delicious. These healthy chicken wraps are perfect for lunch or dinner.
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Chicken Tortilla Soup

Chicken Tortilla Soup is a family favorite and my go-to dinner for busy weeknights. Flavor packed with chicken and spices, black beans, salsa and more!
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Crack Chicken Stuffed Baked Potatoes

Crack Chicken Stuffed Baked Potatoes pair creamy cheddar, bacon and ranch chicken and a fluffy baked potato into one delicious meal.
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Creamy Chicken Pesto Pasta

Chicken Pesto Pasta has pasta and chicken coated in a creamy, cheesy pesto sauce. It's an easy, delicious meal that's ready in 30 minutes!

BBQ Chicken Chopped Salad (CPK Copycat)

This BBQ Chicken Salad is full of fresh veggies, BBQ chicken, cheese, beans and tortilla strips, and tossed with a simple BBQ Ranch dressing.
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Barbecue Chicken Pizza Pinwheels

BBQ Chicken Pizza Pinwheels are dippable, bite-sized appetizers packed with chicken, onions, cheese and cilantro wrapped up and baked in pizza dough.
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Green Chile Chicken Enchilada Nachos

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Chicken Club Lettuce Wraps

Tangy, crunchy, savory and light – these crunchy Chicken Club Lettuce Wraps are a perfect light lunch or even appetizer and they’re good for you too!
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Chicken Pot Pie

Creamy, dreamy semi-homemade chicken pot pie uses tender chicken and veggies and a homemade creamy sauce.
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Cranberry Chicken Puffs

Cranberry Chicken Puffs with chicken, cranberries and cheese, wrapped in pillowy soft crescent dough are a perfect easy appetizer or dinner.
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Chicken Taco Casserole

Chicken Taco Casserole is an easy weeknight dinner with chicken, black beans and a creamy cheese sauce topped with crispy tortilla chips.
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Kristin Maxwell

Kristin Maxwell is the creator and main recipe developer, writer, and photographer of Yellow Bliss Road. A self-taught cook and self-appointed foodie, she specializes in easy, flavorful and approachable recipes for any home cook.

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