7 Delicious Meal Ideas for Leftover Chicken ...

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One thing I love about making chicken for dinner is that there are always leftovers. Leftover chicken is great to use for delicious new meals. I use leftover chicken for a hearty lunch the next day or a quick dinner later in the week. Making leftovers saves a lot of time and money, too, which is also why it's a favorite. The fact that chicken lends itself well to leftovers is just another bonus. Check out these leftover chicken meal ideas.

1. Chicken Salad

Leftover chicken works great in chicken salad. Use your favorite chicken salad recipe and scale it back to fit the amount of chicken you have. It’s quick and easy and makes a good lunch or second dinner. Served on crackers or lettuce leaves, it's also a healthy but filling snack.

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2. Chicken Quesadilla

Chicken quesadillas have got to be one of the easiest leftover chicken meals. You don’t need very much. Cut or shred your chicken up. Place the chicken in a tortilla with cheese. Fold the tortilla in half and heat up in a non-stick skillet on both sides. Once the cheese is melted, your quesadilla is done. Top with sour cream or salsa.

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3. Chicken Tacos

Chicken tacos are so delicious. Add a little taco seasoning to your leftover chicken and heat it up. This works great with hard or soft shelled tacos. Top with lettuce tomato, fresh lime juice, salsa, sour cream and guacamole. Add some black beans and you have a healthy dinner.

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4. BBQ Sandwiches

Shred up your leftover chicken. Heat up the chicken in a pan with some barbeque sauce. Serve the chicken on hamburger buns. Serve with potato salad or French fries for a quick and easy meal. Chicken BBQ tastes great on its own as well, so have try a helping with some rice and corn on the cob as well.

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5. Chicken Cesar Salad

Leftover chicken works great in lunch time salads. Buy a bag of Cesar Salad mix and add in your chicken. You can also create your own mix with individual ingredients. You will have a good filling lunch with out any hard work. If you make the portions smaller, it also serves as a great side salad for dinner, especially in the summer.

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6. Chicken Noodle Soup

I use leftover rotisserie chicken to make soup. The first night my family and I eat the rotisserie chicken with carrots and rice. When I clean up after dinner, I pull the remaining chicken off of the bone. When it is time to make the soup, I fill my stock pan with chicken broth, chopped carrots, onion, and celery. I let that cook for a while before adding in my chicken and egg noodles. Once the noodles are soft, it’s ready to serve.

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7. Chicken Sandwich

Leftover chicken breast makes excellent chicken sandwiches. There is hardly any prep involved in this meal idea. Just prepare your bun as you wish and add your chicken breast. You can also use whole wheat or whole grain bread, or a wrap of your choice. There are lots of healthy dressings you can use to add a dash of tang as well.

I must say, my favorite leftover chicken meal idea is probably chicken tacos or chicken quesadillas. Of course in the cooler months or when I’m feeling sick, chicken noodle soup is good too. What about you, how do you use leftover chicken?

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