11 Quick and Easy Ideas for Leftover Chicken

I love leftovers! My little family is quite happy to eat the same exact meal two nights in a row, as am I.

However, I’ve been trying to be more creative in my menu planning.

Leftover drumsticks?  Pick the meat off and use it for a new recipe the next day.  Leftover chicken breast?  Chop it or shred it for tomorrow’s lunch or dinner.

Here’s a list of ideas of what to do with leftover chicken.

  1. Make Chicken Salad (serve on homemade rolls, sandwich bread or crackers)
  2. Make Chicken Nachos (with or without barbecue sauce)
  3. Make Buffalo Ranch Chicken Wraps
  4. Make Chicken & Daiya “Cheese” Quesadillas
  5. Make Chicken & Rice Soup
  6. Make Chicken Noodle Soup (sub vegan butter and safe noodles)
  7. Make Meat & “Cheesy Ranch” Rollup
  8. Make Ally’s 20 Minute Skillet Stir Fry
  9. Make “Cheesy” Taco Stuffed Crescent Rolls
  10. Make BBQ Chicken Pizza
  11. Make Crispy Southwestern Chicken Wraps

Numbers 7 & 10 use a homemade pizza dough.  It’s not quick, but it is easy because it uses the bread machine to make the dough.  Use a safe pre-made dough for these if you’re short on time.

I love cooking chicken once and using it for two meals.  If you menu plan, print this list and keep it handy.  It will help you plan easy meals for leftover chicken.  I know I’m excited to use this list when I menu plan.

I hope these 11 quick and easy ideas for leftovers help with stretching the budget and menu planning.

Homemade BBQ Chicken Pizza

Homemade BBQ Chicken Pizza

14 Days of Dairy & Egg Free Dinners

Dairy, Egg & Beef Free Recipes

Dairy, Egg & Beef Free Recipes

Here’s our menu plan for the second half of January.

1. Nana’s BBQ Pork Ribs, Baked Potatoes & Roasted Carrots

2. Crockpot BBQ Chicken on Homemade Rolls & Steamed Broccoli

3. BBQ Chicken Nachos (Use leftover chicken from day 2)

4. Simple Ingredient 6 Minute Soup & Bread & Vegan Butter

5. Sticky Chicken, Ranch Mashed Potatoes & Sautéed Zucchini

6. Veggie Pizza

7. Veggie Spaghetti (See photo below for recipe)

8. Flex Meal

9. Slowcooker Vegetarian Black Bean & Rice Soup with Lime & Cilantro

10. Picadillo Tater Tot Casserole

11. Easy Chicken Tacos (use 100 Days of Real Food homemade taco mix- click here for link)

12. Raspberry Glazed Pork Chops & Eat Your Veggies Casserole

13. Creamy Potato Soup without the Cream & Homemade Biscuits

14. Turkey Meatball Sliders on Homemade Rolls (see link for rolls on day 2), French Fries & Steamed
Spinach

Here’s how Nana makes ribs:

Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Salt and pepper ribs. Wrap ribs completely in foil. Put ribs on a cookie sheet and add a little water to the sheet to keep ribs moist. Cook at 300 degrees for 2 hours. Raise temp to 350 degrees and cook for another hour. Take ribs out. Open foil. Add bbq sauce to ribs and broil for 5-10 minutes, until bbq sauce is warmed.)

I’m also still on the hunt for an easy but yummy turkey meatball recipe for Day 14. Please share in the comments below!

Sautee chopped carrots & zucchini in olive oil until tender.  Add spaghetti sauce & serve over noodles.

Sautee chopped carrots & zucchini in olive oil until tender. Add spaghetti sauce & serve over noodles.

Coconut Oil Biscuits

Coconut Oil Biscuits

Crockpot BBQ Chicken on Homemade Rolls!

Crockpot BBQ Chicken on Homemade Rolls!

The Freezer is my Best Friend Part 3: My Favorite Way to Cook Chicken

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I hope I’ve made it clear how much I love my freezer. I’ve recently been on a chicken drumsticks kick. I keep finding them at different stores for GREAT prices.  I’ve been making our favorite 20 to 40 clove garlic chicken recipe one night and the second night either making Ally’s stir fry or my chicken and rice soup. The Huzz recently remarked how much more flavorful this chicken meat is compared to when I simmer chicken breasts and cube them for future freezer meals.

Yesterday I found two more good deals on drumsticks. (Not as good as this deal, but 99 cents a pound is not bad.) I made a big batch of drumsticks and tonight I portioned it all out.

Here’s the link to my favorite drumsticks recipe.

http://crockpot365.blogspot.com/2009/04/crockpot-20-to-40-clove-garlic-chicken.html

Here’s how much chicken I ended up with for $5.35. And here’s how yummy it looks!

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I let it cool overnight. The next day I chopped it up (The Huzz does not like shredded chicken but you could also shred it. I just chopped it.)

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Then I portioned it into 1 cup servings. I bagged each one individually and then put them all in a gallon ziploc freezer bag for extra protection. I don’t want my hard work to get ruined with freezer burn!!

I ended up with 6.5 cups of portioned and chopped chicken. That’s 82 cents per meal for the chicken! Hollah!!!

Be on the lookout for a future post about what to do with all of this yummy deliciousness!!