Start With Canned Chicken

10 Quick and Satisfying Meals

Canned chicken is a staple you should always keep on hand for making a quick meal for the whole family.These recipes have been adapted and developed to make the most of it.

Canned chicken is an excellent choice if you are concerned about food safety. Many started using canned chicken back in the 1980s when food pros started focusing on the food poisoning risk of mishandled or undercooked raw chicken.

It's also a great product to use when it's really hot and you just can't stand the...MORE thought of heating up the kitchen by cooking chicken. Besides, it tastes great, there's no waste, and only 10 ounces can feed eight people in these recipes.

You can, of course, substitute cooked and shredded or cubed chicken for the canned chicken in these recipes. But if you are facing a situation where you don't have power or can't get to the store, these recipes will come to the rescue.

Purchase the dark and white meat canned chicken combination. It's cheaper and more flavorful. Drain it well before using - and that's all there is to it! Remember to substitute your own favorite ingredients, write down winning combinations, and enjoy the recipes!

  • 01 of 10

    Curried Chicken Pasta Salad

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    Curried Chicken Pasta Salad. Linda Larsen

    This is my husband's favorite salad. I make it at least once a week in the summer. It's smooth, suave, sweet, savory, and fabulous. The ingredients include orzo, yogurt, mayo, mango chutney, grapes, and celery hearts. You could also make it with other types of pasta.

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    Grilled Chicken Apple Sandwiches
    Grilled Chicken Apple Sandwiches. Linda Larsen

    This sandwich filling is fabulous to have on hand for hungry kids after school. It's also wonderful served with a simple soup for a hearty spring dinner.

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    Chicken Spinach Pesto Pasta Salad

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    Chicken Spinach Pesto Salad. Linda Larsen

    This is the best salad! You can simplify its preparation by using a purchased creamy salad dressing and stirring in the pesto and spinach. Or, make the dressing with yogurt, mayonnaise, lemon juice, and milk. The salad is colorful and crunchy with bell peppers, red peppers, grape tomatoes, cashews, and baby peas.

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    Curried Chicken Sandwich Spread

    A curried chicken sandwich
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    Canned chicken is taken to a new level when mixed with curry powder, mango chutney, and crushed pineapple. Yum.

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    Black Bean Wild Rice Chicken Salad

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    Wild Rice Chicken Salad. Linda Larsen

     Wild rice gives this canned chicken salad wonderful flavor and texture. The black beans are a great addition, but you can use any other type of canned bean or leave it out.

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    Ziti chicken casserole in a dish.
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    This casserole is true, basic comfort food made with canned chicken, pasta, cheese, a cream of chicken soup. If you like, add some thawed and drained frozen vegetables to add color and more nutrition.

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    Couscous Chicken Salad

    Couscous Chicken Salad
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    Cumin, coriander, and cinnamon flavor tender couscous and canned chicken with some other special ingredients in this delicious salad. This recipe includes apricots, oranges, and almonds.

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    Chicken Focaccia Sandwiches

    Crockpot Chicken Focaccia Sandwich
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    This fabulous recipe turns pizza dough into one of the best sandwiches ever. If you want to be ​extra decadent, slip some avocado slices into the sandwiches.

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    Chicken Chowder

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    Children love this mild, delicious, creamy soup. This soup is another recipe in my 'emergency meals' repertoire. It's made with hash brown potatoes, corn, onion, bacon, milk, and canned chicken.

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    Enchilada Microwave Chicken Pie

    Chicken Santa Fe Casserole
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    This easy microwave pie has a delicious Mexican flavor. Use your favorite cheese and experiment with spices to create your own dish.