Leftover Chicken Recipes

Dips, Soups, Salads and More

These leftover chicken recipes can be made with any type of cooked chicken. If you have leftover roast chicken, fried chicken or stir-fried chicken, it all works, provided the chicken isn't coated with a heavy sauce or coating. If it is, you can still use it; just scrape off any bread crumbs or sauces before proceeding with the recipe. Of course, rotisserie chicken works well in all of these recipes, too.

  • 01 of 07

    BBQ Chicken Quesadillas

    Quesadilla. Acme Food Arts/StockFood Creative/Getty Images

    Quesadillas can be filled with just about anything from steak to vegetables to seafood. These quesadillas mix leftover cooked chicken with prepared barbecue sauce for a whole new flavor sensation.

  • 02 of 07
    French Bread Pizza. LauriPatterson/Vetta/Getty Images

    This easy five-ingredient pizza is made with prepared barbecue sauce, French bread as the crust and leftover cooked chicken. What could be easier? Pizza is a terrific way to use leftovers because you don't need a lot of meat to make a difference. Even if you only have half a chicken breast or one leg leftover, you can make this pizza.

  • 03 of 07

    Mexican Chicken Salad

    Southwestern Salad with Chicken. Grace Clementine/Photolibrary/Getty Images

    All sorts of shortcut ingredients make this exceptional salad easy to make. From bagged lettuce to cooked chicken to tortilla strips, all of the ingredients in this salad are readily available and ready to use. You can use either the peanutty lime cilantro dressing recipe included with the salad or just use your own favorite prepared Southwestern dressing.

  • 04 of 07
    Chicken Pot Pie
    Chicken Pot Pie. Jeff Shaffer/ Dawn Smith/Getty Images

    There's no reason to cook chicken from scratch to make a luscious chicken pot pie. This recipe proves it. A refrigerated pie crust and frozen mixed vegetables are the other shortcuts that make this recipe easy.

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  • 05 of 07
    Buffalo Chicken Dip
    Buffalo Chicken Dip. James Baigrie/Getty Images

    This slow cooker dip is so simple to make and always a hit. Even better: It takes less than 10 minutes of active prep time. Serve with celery sticks or pita chips.

  • 06 of 07

    King Ranch Chicken Recipe

    King Ranch Chicken
    King Ranch Chicken Casserole. Stephanie Gallagher

    This classic Texas casserole is a favorite with everyone who tries it. By using a gourmet salsa or pico de gallo in this recipe, we skip the steps of chopping and sauteeing peppers, onions and tomatoes.

  • 07 of 07
    Chicken Noodle Soup. Westend61/Getty Images

    Using pre-cooked chicken in this soup means you can have soul-soothing homemade soup in minutes. If you have homemade chicken stock, by all means, use it for this recipe. If not, feel free to use store-bought broth or stock.