Here are lots of leftover chicken breast recipe ideas. Don’t throw away any food, make a delicious meal the next day for your family. These are our faves.
I don’t know about you but I am always in need of great leftover chicken breast recipes! There’s a NO throwing away good food rule in my house so I have come up with a bunch to share with y’all today. 😉 (affiliate links present)
- How do you make leftover chicken taste good? We have ALL the yummy answers here!!
Let’s start out with our favorite and most popular leftover chicken recipe here!
I used to make Campbell’s chicken and rice recipe all the time on the stovetop. Now that I have a pressure cooker I make this Instant Pot chicken and rice dish once a week. NO more cooking the rice separately, just throw it all in at once!
If you have kids I bet they’ll love these fun chicken pot pie muffins for sure. Using leftover rotisserie chicken, or meat you cooked the night before, they’re great.
How long you can eat leftover chicken?
The general and best rule of thumb is to consume shredded chicken within 1-2 days after it’s been cooked. Discard any that has been in the fridge longer than 7 days.
- If you have some in an airtight freezer bag that’s been cubed, you should try our simple chicken pot pie recipe or chicken pot pie casserole.
- With some frozen vegetables and cream of chicken soup, you too can make this slice of heaven.
- Similar to Marie Callender’s pot pies it is much easier and cheaper to make right at home.
We have a TON of easy Instant Pot chicken recipes you can refer to, and use those. Many use fresh diced or cubed breasts but you can just skip the saute step and add precooked just as easily. You can use our roundup of Ninja Foodi chicken recipes here too.
If you prefer using some of the best Crockpot chicken recipes instead, by all means use that slow cooker!
- Chicken casserole is a yummy choice my girls absolutely love. Packed with veggies it’s a complete meal.
Should you refrigerate cooked chicken?
But of course. It should be totally cooled and refrigerated as soon as possible. Never leave at room temperature for more than a few hours. Ideally package it up right when it hits room temp.
Safely kept in the fridge for 2 to 4 days you can then use one or more of these easy chicken recipes!
- I don’t know about you but when it’s chilly outside I am all about comfort foods!
- This means a bowl full of chicken pot pie soup with a side of no yeast rolls.
I cook frozen chicken in the Instant Pot a lot. Sometimes I will throw in a few extra breasts so I can use it the next day for another meal. It saves me time on busy nights to have that portion already done.
I have thrown what I have into a pot with a can of cream of chicken soup and frozen peas inside too. Just warm and throw it over a bowl full of white rice for a really cheap meal!! Here’s the exact recipe for that.
Leftover Chicken Breast Recipe
- In a pot on the stovetop over medium heat, add 1/2 c of water. When hot add your cans of condensed soup and stir until smooth.
- Add diced precooked, leftover chicken with frozen veggies and stir. Allow to bubble and heat until veggies are cooked thru and tender.
- Cook rice separately and serve this on top.
- An easy thing to make with leftover shredded chicken is soft chicken tacos!
- Just warm what you have left over in a pan or in the microwave.
- Toss meat in some bbq sauce, teriyaki, or make buffalo chicken with Franks sauce and throw it inside tortillas.
- You can make Crockpot creamy chicken soup too.
Making a batch of chicken stew is a great option too!
Easy leftover chicken recipes
Ranch chicken is so good too! Okay so some call it crack chicken and it can be made in a number of ways. This one above is made in our Crockpot but we’ve made Instant Pot crack chicken pasta too which is over the top yum!
- So if you are using this as a leftover chicken recipe all you will do is warm the ranch, cream cheese and chicken with a bit of broth together.
- Serve once everything is nicely melted together inside your slow cooker on buns.
- If you use your pressure cooker to make our casserole dish you’ll just skip #1 step where you saute the meat. That part is already done so you can move on to the next instructions.
Of course you can always make chicken salad with grilled chicken that’s been pre cooked and diced up. This makes for a quick and easy lunch or dinner and WAY better than store bought if you ask us.
The key to this chicken sandwich mix is lots of dill pickles!! I like dicing them up fresh instead of using relish because it has a better texture and I like the larger chunks. You could use a dash of white wine vinegar instead if you didn’t have any dills but really it makes this over the top.
Have you tried chicken cacciatore before?? Yes you can make it from scratch with fresh chicken breasts but our throw together version just uses spaghetti sauce and peppers!
- What can I make with rotisserie chicken? ALL of these!! I treat those just like meat I cooked myself but have left over.
- Some of our muffin tin recipes can use leftover meat too.
Want to start to buy meat in bulk to save money? We do! It’s been a money and time saver for sure and now we can do batch cooking. We’ve found great deals online and in store from time to time and now our freezer is stocked!
- How do you reheat chicken without it getting dry or tough?
- Use a lower level of heat if you’re cooking it by itself, like 250 degrees F.
- Add a dash of oil or butter to keep it moist.
- 10-15 minutes will usually do it
- Always make sure the internal meat temperature is 165 degrees
- To have even better success, you really should allow let the meat to reach room temperature before putting it in the oven.
The easiest thing to do when I am just done at the end of the day is to throw together a chicken soup recipe of some kind. Our favorite is our Instant Pot chicken noodles soup with some veggies and bread and you’re set.
Can chicken be reheated twice?
It’s really no different from other meat you might want to warm up the next day. Yes, you can reheat it safely two times, just make sure it’s reheated the whole way through. Poultry should never be eaten when it’s pink or red in color.
Leftover chicken recipes
- Make the sauce from our Instant Pot chicken marsala recipe and pour it on top.
- Chicken and dumplings is a favorite around here.
- Make this chicken tortilla bake for a feel good meal.
- Our green chile chicken casserole is pretty over the top delicious smothered with cheese on the top.
- Chicken ranch bake is yummy
- Throw some diced pieces in a pasta salad with chicken and enjoy right then and there.
Do you have a leftover recipe chicken you make all of the time that you love?
- I have heard of things in other parts of the country like chicken rice salad in the South that sound great.
- That one is next on our list.