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Leftover Smoked Chicken Recipes

Easy leftover smoked chicken recipes here. Whether you have leftover chicken breasts, thighs or legs, you can use the meat inside casseroles, a pot pie or on top of a salad.

leftover Smoked Chicken Recipe

Smoked Chicken Breast, legs or wings are flavorful and juicy poultry pieces that are cooked using the smoking method, typically over low heat and with the addition of wood chips or chunks to impart a smoky flavor. You can use an electric smoker or Traeger with pellets. (affiliate links present)

Recipes with Leftover Smoked Chicken

Best way to save leftover chicken – After cooking or serving Smoked Chicken Thighs, allow the leftovers to cool to room temperature within 2 hours. This prevents bacteria growth. Once cooled, transfer it to an airtight container or wrap it tightly in aluminum foil or plastic wrap. Place the container in the refrigerator as soon as possible. Store it on a shelf, not in the refrigerator door, which is less consistently cold.

Always label the container with the date when you cooked or purchased it. This helps you keep track of its freshness. Use an airtight container or freezer-safe bags to prevent moisture loss and freezer burn if you plan to freeze the chicken for longer storage. For pre-cooked, it’s generally safe to refrigerate it for up to 3-4 days.

If you don’t plan to eat it within that time, freeze the chicken for longer storage. Divide into portion-sized pieces, wrap them tightly in plastic wrap or aluminum foil, place them in an airtight freezer-safe container or freezer bags. This way can be stored for up to 2-6 months. When reheating chicken in air fryer, oven or microwave you should always ensure it reaches an internal temperature of 165°F before you consume it.

Recipes with Leftover Smoked Chicken

What to Make with Smoked Leftover Chicken

Leftover Smoked Spatchcock Chicken can be incredibly versatile and can be used in various recipes to add a smoky flavor and tender texture to your dishes. Think of the dishes you would add meat to and use those. Since it is cooked beforehand you just need to warm and add as you normally would.

  1. Quesadilla with Smoked Chicken
    • Use shredded smoked chicken between layers of tortillas along with cheese, sautéed bell peppers, and onions. Grill until crispy and serve with salsa and sour cream.
  2. Rotisserie Chicken Salad
    • Combine your diced meat with chopped celery, red onions, mayonnaise, Dijon mustard, and a dash of smoked paprika. Serve it as a sandwich or over a bed of greens.
  3. Smoked Chicken Fajita Tacos
    • Fill soft or hard taco shells with meat, bell peppers, onions avocado slices, and your favorite taco toppings. Drizzle with salsa or creamy chipotle sauce.
  4. Vegetable Chicken Thigh Stir-Fry
    • Sauté sliced bell peppers, snap peas, and carrots in a hot pan. Add diced smoked chicken and a stir-fry sauce made with soy sauce, ginger, garlic, and a touch of honey. Serve over rice or noodles.
  5. Smoked Chicken Pizza
    • Use smoked chicken as a pizza topping along with your favorite sauce, cheese, and vegetables. A BBQ sauce base works particularly well with smoked chicken.
  6. Chicken Soup in the Crockpot
    • Add shredded smoked chicken to a homemade chicken soup for an extra layer of flavor. Include vegetables, noodles or rice, and your favorite seasonings.

Feel free to get creative, as it can be a fantastic addition to a wide range of dishes like Chicken Casserole with Noodles or over rice. The smoky flavor will elevate your recipes and add a unique twist to classic favorites.

What to Make with Smoked Leftover Chicken

Leftover Smoked Chicken Recipe

Tostadas can be made with store bought flat shells. Top crispy shells with refried beans, your diced Smoked Chicken Drumsticks meat, lettuce, cheese, salsa, and guacamole for a quick and satisfying meal.

  1. Chicken Stuffed Bell Peppers
    • Hollow out bell peppers and stuff them with meat, cooked rice, cheese, and diced tomatoes. Bake until the peppers are tender.
  2. Pressure Cooker Chicken and Rice
    • Combine with cooked rice, vegetables, cream of chicken soup, and cheese. Bake until bubbly for a comforting casserole.
  3. Smoked Chicken Salad
    • Arrange a bed of mixed greens and top with protein, bacon bits, hard-boiled eggs, cherry tomatoes, avocado, and crumbled blue cheese. Drizzle with your favorite dressing.
  4. Red Tamales
    • Use leftovers as a filling for homemade tamales. Steam them until the masa is cooked and serve with salsa.
  5. Chicken Pot Pie Recipe with Cream of Chicken Soup
    • Prepare your own crust or use store bought with condensed soup. Mix frozen veggies in with your meat and your filling is prepped.

Smoked Chicken Leftovers

Since the meat is already to 165 degrees initially you will save on cook time and meal prep. You just need to warm it up. If you are making something like Chicken Kabobs in Oven with it use veggies that don’t take long to get tender. You don’t want to over-cook the meat as it will dry out so use zucchini, cherry tomatoes or squash for something like this.

Leftover Smoked Chicken Recipes

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Leftover Smoked Chicken Recipes

Course Entree
Cuisine American
Keyword chicken, smoked
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 251kcal
Author The Typical Mom




  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Lay crust into pie pan (remove refrigerated crusts from fridge about 30 minutes before making this to thaw a bit so it is easier to roll out). Roll out crust into sprayed pie pan and shape to cover bottom and covers the sides.
  • In a microwave pour frozen veggies into a bowl with a few tbsp of water, cover with a paper towel or plate. Heat for about 3 minutes stirring halfway thru or long enough to defrost and make them tender but still a bit al dente.
  • Dice leftover smoked chicken into bite size pieces and pour into a bowl. Dump in condensed soup with vegetables and a sprinkle of salt and pepper. Stir together. Pour filling into pie pan lined with pie crust. Spread out and then roll our 2nd, top, pie crust over the top. Pinch the outer edges closed all the way around.
  • Use a knife to make 4 slits on the top of the top crust. Whisk egg in a bowl and use a brush to brush an egg wash over the top of the whole thing with a sprinkle of salt and pepper on top.
  • Bake for 35-40 minutes or until the top is perfectly golden brown. Remove, set on a cooling rack and let sit for 15 minutes.
Nutrition Facts
Leftover Smoked Chicken Recipes
Amount Per Serving (2 oz)
Calories 251 Calories from Fat 126
% Daily Value*
Fat 14g22%
Saturated Fat 4g25%
Trans Fat 0.003g
Polyunsaturated Fat 2g
Monounsaturated Fat 6g
Cholesterol 24mg8%
Sodium 465mg20%
Potassium 116mg3%
Carbohydrates 26g9%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 0.2g0%
Protein 5g10%
Vitamin A 1255IU25%
Vitamin C 2mg2%
Calcium 22mg2%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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