26 Ways to Use Up Leftover Chicken

Do you have leftover chicken from dinner last night and you don’t know what to do with it? Instead of reheating and eating it by itself, add it to a delicious recipe. I have gathered a list of some of the best recipes you can use your leftover chicken with. Lots of options on the list like soups, casseroles, and pasta dishes.

Let’s get started going through the recipes.

Best Leftover Chicken Recipes

homemade chicken noodle soup in a bowl

1. Chicken Soup

Making homemade chicken soup is a good way to use leftover chicken. If you are looking for a good soup, I recommend you try this chicken soup recipe. It is simple but very tasty.

Get this recipe on Averie Cooks.

2. Chicken and Rice Casserole

Chicken and Rice Casserole is a delicious, easy recipe to make during the colder months when you want warm and comforting food. I like how it’s made with simple ingredients. It’s also ideal for leftovers.

Get this recipe on Crazy For Crust.

3. Chicken Stir-Fry

Stir fry is an easy dish to make that’s perfect for weeknight dinners. It can be prepared in less than 30 minutes with minimal clean-up. Best of all, it’s full of flavors. This recipe shows you how to make the best chicken stir fry combined with a delicious homemade stir fry sauce.

Get this recipe on Mantitlement.

chicken wraps

4. Chicken Wraps

With just a few ingredients you can whip up these tasty wraps for lunch or even a quick snack. These wraps are so delicious, easy to make, and can be prepared in less than 20 minutes.

Get this recipe on Gimme Delicious.

5. Chicken Tacos

Taco recipes are a Tuesday night favorite at our house. The kids love them and they’re really easy to put together. You will love the taste and texture of these chicken tacos. They are loaded with chicken and other tasty ingredients. A perfect quick dinner idea.

Get this recipe on Fuss Free Flavors.

6. Chicken Nachos

Football season is here and that means parties filled with friends, family, football, and food. I know what you’re thinking…you’re ready for some wings, pigs in a blanket, pizza rolls, etc. But if you are looking for other food to eat during the big game other than the normal party favorites, check out this delicious chicken nachos recipe.

Get this recipe on Once Upon A Chef.

chicken nachos

7. Chicken Salad

Don’t let your leftover chicken go to waste! With this chicken salad recipe, you can turn that leftover chicken into something delicious for lunch or dinner. Use as a filling for your sandwiches or wraps.

Get this recipe on Spend With Pennies.

8. Chicken Sandwich

This recipe shows you how to make the best-grilled chicken sandwich with added mayonnaise and cranberries. Use your leftover chicken to make this recipe.

Get this recipe on All Recipes.

9. Chicken Fried Rice

What to do with leftover chicken? Make this delicious chicken fried rice recipe. It is a quick weeknight meal that is perfect for the whole family.

Get this recipe on Easy Peasy Foodie.

chicken fried rice

10. Curry Chicken

Make this flavorful chicken curry recipe. It is a great one-pan recipe that is creamy, full of flavors, and tastes amazing. Get this dish to the table in 15 minutes.

Get this recipe on Family Food On The Table.

11. Chicken Quesadilla

There’s nothing like a quick, tasty dish. Chicken quesadilla is a great food for dinner when you have leftover chicken in the refrigerator that needs to be used up. Quesadillas are crispy, full of cheese, and taste amazing. Get this meal to the table in under 20 minutes.

Get this recipe on Gimme Delicious.

12. Creamy Chicken Alfredo

Try this delicious creamy chicken-baked alfredo pasta. It is loaded with pasta noodles, chicken, and cheese. Full of delicious flavors and tastes great.

Get this recipe on Kitchen Sanctuary.

13. Chicken Chili

Use up your leftover chicken and make a pot of chili. This is the perfect weeknight meal to make for dinner. It is loaded with chicken, beans, seasonings, and other delicious ingredients. Top it off with your favorite toppings like cheese or avocados.

Get this recipe on Two Peas and Their Pod.

chicken chili

14. Chicken Enchilada

This recipe shows you how to make this best chicken enchilada. Tortillas are loaded with chicken, beans, cheese, and other tasty ingredients. A delicious recipe the whole family will love.

Get this recipe on Food Network.

15. Chicken Ala King

Whip up a batch of chicken ala king for dinner tonight. This recipe is creamy, rich, and full of flavors. Serve on top of pasta or rice.

Get this recipe on The Stay At Home Chef.

16. Chicken Spaghetti

Here is a simple spaghetti recipe that uses added leftover chicken. The spaghetti is combined with chicken, veggies, and a delicious sauce. Serve with garlic bread or a salad.

Get this recipe on The Seasoned Mom.

chicken with spaghetti

17. Shepherd’s Pie

This recipe shows you how to make a quick shepherd’s pie with leftover chicken. You can also make it with turkey so it would be a perfect meal to make with your leftover Thanksgiving turkey.

Get this recipe on The Life Jolie.

18. Mac and Cheese Chicken

The kids will love this creamy mac and cheese recipe with added chicken. It is the perfect one-pot meal to make for lunch or dinner.

Get this recipe on Jo Cooks.

19. Chicken Fajita Pasta

This is another great one-pot recipe. This recipe shows you how to make the best chicken fajita pasta.

Get this recipe on The Chunky Chef.

20. Stuffed Potatoes

Stuffed baked potatoes not only look and smell great, but they taste great also. They’re perfect for a dinner side, and can also be used for lunch.

Get this recipe on Yellow Bliss Road.

stuffed potatoes with chicken and bacon

21. Chicken Tortilla Soup

There’s nothing better on a cold fall day or a rainy spring night than a steaming hot bowl of chicken tortilla soup. It’s hearty, healthy, and a perfect meal for the family.

Get this recipe on The Kitchen Girl.

22. Chicken Ramen

Here is a very easy chicken ramen recipe that’s ready in 30 minutes. It is loaded with chicken, veggies, and a delicious sauce.

Get this recipe on Chelsea’s Messy Apron.

23. Green Bean Chicken Casserole

I love chicken casseroles! They are easy to prepare and freeze well too. This recipe shows you how to make the best green bean chicken casserole.

Get this recipe on Taste of Home.

24. Chicken Alfredo

When you’re in a rush and need something quick and easy, this 15-minute chicken alfredo recipe is perfect for any night. The added broccoli and delicious creamy sauce really bring out the flavors in this recipe.

Get this recipe on The Cozy Cook.

creamy chicken alfredo

25. Chicken Calzone

Make these delicious chicken calzones for lunch, dinner, or a tasty snack. Pizza dough is stuffed with delicious ingredients and then topped with cheese.

Get this recipe on Just A Taste.

26. Chicken Stuffing Casserole

The last recipe on the list shows you how to make the best chicken stuffing casserole.

Get this recipe on All Recipes.

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26 Ways to Use Up Leftover Chicken

Delicious leftover chicken recipes.
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time30 minutes
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: chicken recipes, Leftover Chicken Recipes
Servings: 6
Calories: 420kcal


  • Chicken
  • Celery
  • Carrots
  • Onion
  • Chicken Broth
  • Seasonings


  • Pick a recipe to make.
  • Gather all your ingredients.
  • Follow the recipes instructions.
  • Make the recipe and enjoy.


Nutrition, serving size, and cooking time may vary depending upon which recipe you choose.