50 Leftover Chicken Recipes You’ll Want to Eat

Leftovers for dinner—again? Eating up what's in the fridge might be easy, but it's always not the most exciting. Follow our leftover chicken recipes for a fresh take on yesterday's dinner!

Let’s admit it: we eat a lot of chicken dinners. We have good reasons. Chicken’s mild flavor suits many cuisines and seasonings, and it’s a lean protein that even the kids will eat. But it’s easy to get tired of the same ol’ leftovers, especially the second (or third) night in a row.

Our favorite leftover chicken recipes make exciting meals from the scraps in your fridge. A roast chicken, for example, can turn into any number of meals, from cozy soups to stacked sandwiches to big dinner salads. Sliced or ground chicken can top pizzas or stuff ooey-gooey enchiladas. You can even use up leftover chicken bones in savory broth (which then becomes soups, risotto and so on). Ah, the places your chicken will go!

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Creamy Chicken Enchiladas

One of our most popular chicken dinners ever, these creamy enchiladas are easy to make at home. Layer a 13×9-inch pan with tortillas stuffed with leftover chicken, cream cheese and spices, then pour over a quick enchilada sauce. Feel free to add or subtract chiles, or vegetables like chopped peppers or corn.
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BBQ Chicken Sandwiches

Leftover chicken is a natural fit for sandwiches. These saucy sammies are so easy to toss together, even though they use a homemade sauce (though you can swap in one of our favorite store-bought BBQ sauces). Serve with a quick side of canned or frozen corn.
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Quick Chicken and Dumplings

Rather than making dumplings from scratch, this recipe calls for a quick substitute: frozen biscuits. The buttery, savory biscuits soften as they soak up the sauce, giving them a squishy, dumpling-like texture (and plenty of flavors).
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Spicy Chicken and Bacon Mac

This hearty mac and cheese recipe is a cozy dinner on a cool night. Adding cubed chicken and bacon to the creamy noodles transforms the bowl from a kid’s menu go-to to a grown-up treat. If you like to have green on the table, serve with a side salad or steamed broccoli.
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Chicken Cordon Bleu Bake

This French-inspired recipe captures all of the flavor of a delicious Cordon Bleu, but transforms it into a big, family-style casserole. A homey, delightful mix of cooked chicken, deli ham, stuffing and cheesy sauce is both delicious and quick to assemble. You can prep the casserole ahead of time and bake at dinner time.
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Thai Peanut Chicken Casserole

This dinner recipe looks so impressive, layered with tasty, nutty sauce, chicken, mushrooms and veggies, but it’s incredibly easy to put together. The secret? Using leftover chicken, store-bought sauce and tubed biscuit dough.
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Comforting Chicken Noodle Soup

A great recipe to make for new parents (or anyone who needs a meal train), this chicken noodle soup is a classic. Though it’s flavorful and creamy, it only calls for six ingredients plus water.

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Chicken, Nectarine and Avocado Salad

Adding leftover chicken will turn your favorite salad into a full dinner. If you’re looking for a new recipe, try this one: the juicy, sweet-tart nectarine is a perfect partner to creamy avocado.
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Golden Chicken Potpie

Isn’t chicken potpie the ultimate comfort food? While a from-scratch pie is a labor of love, this shortcut pie puts the cozy dish on your table easily. Using store-bought pie crust, cubed leftover chicken and frozen hash browns make assembly quick.
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Baked Egg Rolls

These takeout-inspired crispy egg rolls are 100% restaurant-worthy, but they’re also quick to make in a home kitchen. The crispy shells are packed with fresh vegetables, and chopped leftover chicken gives them enough heft to be a main dish. As a bonus, they’re baked, not fried!
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Garlicky Chicken Pizza

Homemade pizza is surprisingly simple to make, especially if you use store-bought pie dough. Once you start topping your own pies—controlling the amount of sauce, cheese and toppings—you might never go back to delivery. Adding sliced or chopped leftover chicken is a nice protein that matches literally everything.
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Chicken Tortilla Bake

As delicious as individual burritos taste, they’re time-consuming to wrap one by one. This casserole makes it quick and easy to serve a crowd. Layer tortillas with green chiles, cheese, chicken and creamy sauce, bake and watch your eaters clean the pan.
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BBQ Chicken and Apple Bread Pudding

This recipe pulls out all the creative stops! Savory toppings turn bread pudding into a totally acceptable dinner recipe. Swapping corn muffin mix for plain bread adds tons of flavor. Chicken and BBQ sauce are a hearty filling, while cut-up apples add sweetness and crunch.
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General Tso’s Stew

Tossing leftover chicken in a sauce instantly creates a new dinner. While tomato sauce or soy sauce are simple choices, when you’re in the mood for something new, try this recipe. Inspired by General Tso’s chicken, the spicy, nutty, sweet sauce is easy to throw together and warm through in the slow cooker. Serve over rice or noodles.
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Cherry Chicken Croissants

Instantly elevate chicken salad sandwiches by serving them on croissants. What a treat! Like every good chicken salad recipe, this one combines a variety of flavors and textures: sweet fruits, crunchy nuts and vegetables, and savory bursts of bacon. Of course, you can swap in your favorite toppings, and serve over lettuce for an easy gluten-free option.
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Creamy Slow-Cooker White Chicken Chili

This top-rated slow cooker recipe has a secret ingredient: Alfredo sauce. The jarred white sauce adds tons of creaminess, and is mild enough to take on the robust chili seasonings. You can easily make this recipe on the stovetop, too; make sure to simmer long enough for the flavors to develop.
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Chicken and Spinach Pasta Salad

Looking for a pasta salad that’s not too loaded with mayo or oil? Try this light, refreshing option, tossed in a savory, flavorful sauce of Italian dressing and hummus. Greek-inspired toppings include leftover chicken, spinach, feta and olives, but you can top with any fresh veggies and cheese you like.
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Chicken Florentine Casserole

Wondering how to get fussy eaters to eat spinach? Transform it into a bright green note in a cheesy, herby chicken casserole. Serve this as a one-dish meal, or double up the greens with a side salad.
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Quick Chicken & Broccoli Stir-Fry

Stir-fry is one of the most versatile cooking methods out there. Starting from a base of aromatics—think garlic, ginger and soy sauce—almost any ingredient can toss into a pot. Meats, chicken, vegetables, nuts and herbs all taste great.
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Thai Chicken Peanut Noodles

This Thai-inspired noodle recipe is extra hearty if you swap whole-grain spaghetti for rice noodles. The quick homemade peanut sauce is easy to adjust to go spicy or mild, and you can add your favorite fresh veggies to the bowl: asparagus, snow peas, edamame or peppers.
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Arizona Chicken in Acorn Squash

Try this cool trick with your favorite winter squash: scoop out the seeds and fill the hollow with a mix of meat, sauce and vegetables. Bake them all together, and the squash turns into an edible, healthy bowl, while the filling flavors the entire dish. An easy, versatile weeknight dinner idea.
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Zippy Chicken Enchiladas

Mexican cuisine is one of our favorites, and we especially love quick recipes for weeknight dinners. This one-dish meal includes refried beans as well as cheese and chicken. Add a bit of texture with chopped olives and green onions, or use chopped cilantro, tomatoes or spoonfuls of salsa.
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Cashew-Chicken Rotini Salad

There’s no rule that main dishes have to be savory. This pasta salad has a savory base (Ranch dressing = yum), but it’s loaded with sweet notes: canned pineapple, dried cranberries and fresh grapes.
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Curried Chicken & Peach Salad

Wanna know to make a fresh summer supper in minutes? Top bagged salad greens with jazzed-up leftover chicken. Fresh peaches are a sweet note that compliments the curried chicken salad perfectly, but you can swap in any juicy fruit: tomatoes, nectarines, apples or even berries will work.
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Chicken Broccoli Shells

This pasta dish looks impressive on a plate. But it’s so easy to make: fill big pasta shells with diced chicken and broccoli. You can even prepare it ahead of time, and then bake just before guests (or your family) arrive.
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Chicken Zucchini Casserole

Have a bumper crop of zucchini? Chop it up and turn it into a juicy, flavorful filling for this summery casserole. The recipe is so flexible: add other chopped veggies, cooked or raw, or your favorite cheese.
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Chicken and Dumplings

Psst: you can make chicken soup even more comforting than it already is! How? Top the bowls with puffy, buttery dumplings. This recipe calls for a biscuit mix to make them extra simple to make.
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Chicken Noodle Casserole

Cozy chicken noodle soup meets cozy chicken casserole in this ultimate comforting dish. It’s creamy with cheesy sauce, crispy with chopped veggies and filling with leftover chicken.
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Chicken Divan

This top-rated recipe starts with a homemade cream sauce, thickened the old-fashioned way, with a roux. The final dish is especially creamy and unctuous thanks to this easy (we promise!) step.
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Chicken Burritos

Cooking for a hungry crowd? Bookmark this hearty dinner recipe. Cheesy, spicy burritos are filled with both beans and chili, making them ideal for growing teens.
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Chicken & Cheese Noodle Bake

Read the recipe closely: this one makes two entire casseroles! Eat one for dinner tonight and freeze the other, or bring both to a potluck.
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Chicken Enchilada Bake

Enchiladas are some of our most popular chicken recipes, and it’s easy to see why. They’re oh-so-easy to make, and please every eater in the family. This one uses corn tortillas, making it an easy gluten-free dinner.
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Chicken Biscuit Potpie

There’s nothing more homey than pulling a bubbling casserole dish from the oven! Even busy cooks can capture the feeling: this potpie takes just 10 minutes to throw together before you pop it into the oven. You can even assemble it ahead of time and slide it in the oven when you get home from work.
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Spicy Chicken Tomato Soup

Want the equation for the easiest dinner ever? Combine leftover chicken with a good slow-cooker soup recipe. This flavorful, spicy soup calls for frozen and canned vegetables.
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Chicken Enchiladas with Cream of Chicken Soup

You’ll need a fork and a big plate to eat these cheesy, gooey enchiladas. Serve them with a good store-bought salsa on the side.
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Chicken and Swiss Stuffing Bake

If you’re only eating stuffing on Thanksgiving, you’re missing out! The savory, crumbling bread dish makes a hearty casserole filling. Here, broccoli, chicken, cream of mushroom soup and Swiss cheese layer into a flavorful one-bowl dinner.
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Cobb Salad Wrap Sandwiches

Want the easiest sandwich ever? Simply slice leftover chicken into a yummy wrap. Cobb salad fixings—blue cheese dressing, avocado and bacon—are a natural pairing for chicken.
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Chicken Potpie Galette with Cheddar-Thyme Crust

Although it relies on leftover chicken for filling, this galette is a delicious meal special enough for an occasion. The from-scratch crust gets an extra savory kick from cheddar cheese, and the filling is rich with mushrooms, chard and chicken.
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Chicken Alfredo Lasagna

Two favorite pasta dishes unite in this scrumptious casserole. Alfredo sauce, chicken, ham and cheese layer between noodles.
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Brown Rice Mulligatawny

Want a twist on classic chicken soup? Try this mulligatawny, an Indian-inspired soup packed with vegetables and lightly seasoned with curry spices. Brown rice makes for a healthy whole grain filling.
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Chicken and Chiles Casserole

Casseroles are the easiest one-dish meals. This creamy, cozy, slightly spicy dinner is filling and flavorful, and you can even make it ahead.
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Chicken & Cheddar Biscuit Casserole

Lots of great recipes start with a box of Bisquick mix. This delightful casserole combines the flavors of a good roast chicken dinner—peppers, sauce and buttery biscuits—but makes it all in one pan.
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Baked Chicken Chalupas

One of our favorite Mexican-inspired dishes, chalupas are usually deep-fried and rich. This recipe simplifies them for the home cook: baking instead of frying, but not giving up a bit of flavor.
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Cold-Day Chicken Noodle Soup

This has to be the best recipe to eat when you have a cold. As a bonus, it’s easy enough to make even when you are feeling a bit under the weather (though it’s even smarter to make a big pot and keep it in the freezer).
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Buffalo Chicken Wing Soup

Add leftover chicken to any soup recipe, and you’ll have a fresh bowl in a hurry. This soup transforms plain rotisserie chicken leftovers into a creamy, kicky soup inspired by chicken wings.
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Chicken Tamale Bake

This ooey-gooey casserole dish is comfort food the whole family can enjoy. Serve with guacamole and chips for a festive Friday night dinner.
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Chicken & Blue Cheese Pizza

This pizza breaks the convention that tomato sauce and mozzarella are requirements. Using olive oil as a base lets the flavors of the toppings shine, while blue cheese packs in savory flavor.
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Swiss Chicken Sliders

There’s something about sliders that feels so fun, even though they’re as easy to make as any sandwich. Load buns with ham, sliced chicken, and Swiss, then bake in a casserole dish until the cheese is melty. Fun for a party or a family dinner!
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Curried Chicken Skillet

This quick curry skillet puts a superfood at its base: quinoa. The protein-packed grain is naturally gluten-free and full of fiber, and it’s quick to cook, too. Making a quick curry seasoning ties the whole dish together.
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Chicken Chiles Rellenos Casserole

A ceiling of savory, tender corn bread blankets this cheesy, spicy chicken casserole. Make this dish on the coldest winter night, and you’ll instantly feel oh-so-cozy.

Kelsey Dimberg
A former senior digital editor at Taste of Home, Kelsey now writes articles and novels from her home in Chicago. Since 2010, she’s followed a gluten-free diet, and especially enjoys the challenge of baking sourdough bread and pizza dough. As a contributing writer for Taste of Home, she covers a broad range of topics but with a special emphasis on gluten-free cooking and baking. Outside of her gluten-free experiments in the kitchen, Kelsey is also the author of the thriller novel “Girl in the Rearview Mirror.”