Repurposing Leftovers – 5 Easy Ways to Revamp Chicken

Leftovers can often be a hot topic. Some people swear by them. Love them. Others can’t stand leftovers. Most days I love them, but I fall in the camp of can’t stand them when leftovers last more than a day or two beyond the original night.

Leftovers have saved me on many a busy night, whether we have a lot going on after school, have had simply too much fun on a gorgeous summer afternoon to bother with cooking dinner, or when the chef in charge (me!) is under the weather.
What do you do when you’re on day 3 or 4 of leftovers and you are absolutely so over that original meal? Don’t throw the food away! The answer – instead of throwing away perfectly good food, repurpose your leftovers! Turn something old into something new.

Chicken is probably our most common dinner theme around here lately. Both kids eat it. It is easy. It is versatile. It isn’t expensive. But who wants to eat the same chicken 4 nights in a row?

Here are some great ways to repurpose leftover chicken to help you be more mindful about your leftovers and decrease your food waste.
One thing that is important to note: If you are unable to consume the leftovers within 3-4 days, you will need to freeze it for a later use, so it does not go to waste.

Repurposing Leftovers – 5 Easy Ways to Revamp Chicken

Soup

Chop up leftover roasted, grilled, or baked chicken and make a pot of soup. Since the chicken is already cooked, you’ll just have to stir that in towards the end and cook until it is heated through.

Coconut Chicken Curry Soup

If you’ve roasted a whole chicken, don’t forget to use the carcass to make a pot of homemade broth.

Pasta

Add chicken to your favorite vegetarian pasta dish for a new variation or swap out your favorite Italian sausage in favor of chicken. Or try this easy pasta formula to create your own pasta dish based on what you’ve got in your fridge: 3-2-1 Pasta

Spinach Artichoke and Chicken Lasagna Recipe

Salad

Salads are a great way to use up leftover chicken. I especially love salads for dinner during the summer months when I’m busier with the kids and too busy spending my afternoon with them at the pool. And because it is so hot, who really wants to turn on the stove anyway?
Balsamic Berry Salad Lettuce Cups
Here are a few recipes that include chicken or would be great with it added, but sometimes it is great to keep things simple and just make a loaded green salad with some chicken on top.

Turn a Side Dish into a Main Dish

Here are a few side dishes that you can change up a little with the addition of some chicken and turn them into a main dish instead. Just serve with a green salad or other favorite vegetable if the dish doesn’t include much produce.

Sandwiches, Quesadillas, Tacos, or Wraps

Sandwiches, Quesadillas, Tacos, and Wraps are another great way to use up chicken. Think outside the box, too, when it comes to flavors.

Lemon Pepper Tacos with Cilantro-Lime Slaw

Tacos don’t have to be made with Mexican flavored chicken. Try, for example, these lemon pepper chicken tacos. They are so fresh and light tasting with the lemon pepper chicken and the slaw instead of the usual taco fillings.

Related: How to Make an Awesome Sandwich

How do you handle leftovers in your house so you don’t waste perfectly good food?

 

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