Chicken Quesadillas With Pickled Red Onion and Jalapeños
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18 Things to Make With Leftover Chicken

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Chicken Quesadillas With Pickled Red Onion and Jalapeños
Michael Tercha/Chicago Tribune; Mark Graham/food styling

Chicken is versatile, takes relatively little time to cook and pairs well with all sorts of herbs, spices and marinades. No wonder it’s a go-to for weeknight dinners. Chicken’s versatility also means you can make all kinds of sandwiches, soups, salads and other dishes with your leftovers. Make something delicious and reduce food waste with these leftover chicken recipes perfect for a lazy weeknight dinner or a hearty lunch.

Chicken Pot Pie

Chicken Pot Pie
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Use leftover chicken breast as the base for this savory pie’s filling, which includes freezer staples like frozen peas, carrots and puff pastry. If you don’t plan to eat it right away, freeze just before baking and thaw when you’re ready to eat. It’s a great meal prep recipe for busy weeknights.

For the Chicken Pot Pie recipe, click here.

Chicken Noodle Soup

Chicken Noodle Soup
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Effortlessly ease your stomach ache with a soothing bowl of chicken noodle soup. Cut pre-cooked chicken into bite-sized pieces to greatly reduce the cooking time of this classic comfort food.

For the Chicken Noodle Soup recipe, click here.

Chicken Flautas

Chicken Flautas
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Like many of the best Mexican recipes, this easy chicken flautas recipe was passed down through generations. Shred leftover grilled chicken, place it into warmed tortillas and fry on each side.

For the Chicken Flautas recipe, click here.

Easy Chicken Enchiladas

Easy Chicken Enchiladas
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Spoon shredded cooked chicken into sauce-soaked tortillas, bake uncovered for 15 to 18 minutes and voila! — enjoy your easy 35-minute meal.

For the Easy Chicken Enchiladas recipe, click here.

King Ranch Chicken Casserole

King Ranch Chicken Casserole
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Named for the massive King Ranch in Texas, this iconic Texan dish is a quick dinner recipe with canned soup and chopped chicken. It surely holds its own among the cheesy and comforting casseroles of the Midwest.

For the King Ranch Chicken Casserole recipe, click here.

Buffalo Chicken Dip

Buffalo Chicken Dip
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This easy Buffalo chicken dip is ideal game day grub. As much as you may want to palm this BCD, don’t forget to serve it with tortilla chips and celery sticks.

For the Buffalo Chicken Dip recipe, click here.

Chicken and Spinach Dip

Chicken and Spinach Dip
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Do you know what would make spinach and artichoke dip taste 10 times better? Adding grilled or roasted chicken into the mix. This is one dish people will want you to bring to every party.

For the Chicken and Spinach Dip recipe, click here.

Grilled Chicken Ramen Bowl

Grilled Chicken Ramen Bowl
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You’ll never go back to packets of ramen after making this recipe. Though it may take some time to cook, it will be worth it when you’re slurping up this delicious ramen made with fresh ingredients.

For the Grilled Chicken Ramen Bowl recipe, click here.

Strawberry Spinach Salad With Chicken

Strawberry Spinach Salad With Chicken
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One of the easiest ways to use leftover chicken is to toss it into a salad. This recipe has a hint of sweetness from the strawberry slices, but feel free to upgrade this salad using other leftovers.

For the Strawberry Spinach Salad With Chicken recipe, click here.

BBQ Chicken Flatbread

BBQ Chicken Flatbread
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Jazz up this cheesy, veggie-covered flatbread with a cup of barbecue sauce and shredded leftover chicken. You can also try your hand at preparing your own dough to take this pizza to the next level.

For the BBQ Chicken Flatbread recipe, click here.

Curried Chicken Salad

Curried Chicken Salad
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This isn’t your usual chicken salad. The addition of curry powder packs this recipe with flavor; it’s the perfect salad to make when you’re just tired of lettuce. Put this chicken salad in between slices of bread for an appetizing sandwich, perfect for a picnic.

For the Curried Chicken Salad recipe, click here.

Chicken Bacon Ranch Tortilla

Chicken Bacon Ranch Tortilla
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You’ve probably already seen this TikTok tortilla hack, where you fold over a tortilla to make a quadruple-decker wrap. It’s the perfect way to use leftover chicken and bacon. Throw in some sliced avocados, spinach or whatever you have in the fridge for a quick lunch.

For the Chicken Bacon Ranch Tortilla recipe, click here.

Tuscan Chicken Pasta

Tuscan Chicken Pasta
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When you have no clue what to make for dinner, you can’t go wrong with an easy pasta dish. If you have leftover rotisserie or grilled chicken in the fridge, mix it with a garlicky butter sauce and tomatoes for a delicious pasta dish that's ready in half an hour.

For the Tuscan Chicken Pasta recipe, click here.

Chicken Mole

Chicken Mole
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Do you love mole but don’t have hours to spend making it? This shortcut recipe can be ready in 30 minutes. If you have cooked chicken, then you already have most of the work finished. Just make the dark brown sauce to coat the chicken and serve with polenta for a rich, homemade Mexican dish.

For the Chicken Mole recipe, click here.

Perfect Roast Chicken Sandwich

Perfect Roast Chicken Sandwich
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If you roasted a chicken for dinner last night, odds are you have some leftover pieces. The simplest solution for all that poultry is to make a sandwich that is worthy of the dinner table (or lunch box). This one features an upgraded mayo with sun-dried tomatoes and arugula for a peppery, herby flavor.

For the Perfect Roast Chicken Sandwich recipe, click here.

Chicken Salad With Radicchio and Pine Nuts

Chicken Salad With Radicchio and Pine Nuts
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This hearty salad is a good lunch or delectable no-cook side dish for dinner. Use leftover chicken breast, pine nuts and fresh vegetables for a bold salad.

For the Chicken Salad With Radicchio and Pine Nuts recipe, click here.

Shredded Chicken With Chipotle and Avocado

Shredded Chicken With Chipotle and Avocado
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Mix shredded, cooked chicken with fire-roasted tomatoes and chipotle in adobo to add a ton of smoky flavor to the meat. This savory filling can be used in tacos, chalupas, sopes and more.

For the Shredded Chicken With Chipotle and Avocado recipe, click here.

Chicken Quesadillas With Pickled Red Onion and Jalapeños

Chicken Quesadillas With Pickled Red Onion and Jalapeños
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This ooey, gooey chicken quesadilla adds pickled onions and jalapeños for extra flavor, but you can use this recipe as a base and use other fillings like pico de gallo or refried beans. Though this uses leftovers, it still ranks among the 101 best ways to cook chicken.

For the Chicken Quesadillas With Pickled Red Onion and Jalapenos recipe, click here.

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