Leftover chicken recipes to transform chicken into new meals including warming chicken soup and tasty chicken salads
Leftover chicken recipes are a wonderful and creative way to use up any meat you have leftover after a roast dinner. We all love a chicken sandwich, bit there are much more interesting things you can make to get a whole new dinner out of your leftovers, which saves food from going in the bin and saves you the effort of cooking from scratch again.
Leftover chicken can easily be made into a chicken soup, curry or salad. They make for really speedy dinners, which is ideal for a Monday and Tuesday night, when we’ve had a busy day and are not looking to spend too long in the kitchen fixing up supper.
As always with storing and reheating leftovers, cool it as quickly as you can, then wrap it and pop it in the fridge, where it will keep for two days. Make sure it’s piping hot right through before serving.
A fragrant Thai chicken salad with peanuts and ginger (pictured) is exactly what you want when you don’t have too much time on your hands. It’s perfectly crunchy and bursting with flavours, making it a real treat. Depending on how much heat you can handle, scale up or down the chilli. As the chicken is ready to go, this recipe takes no time at all to make, and it’s really low in fat, which makes it diet-friendly too.
If you’re looking for more chicken recipes, have a browse through our collection for plenty of ideas.
A chicken, avocado and walnut salad is really healthy too and makes for a lovely lunch. If you make it the night before and seal it up in a tupperware box, it’s a great option after a big roast the night before.
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Roast chicken soup is a really great choice for leftover chicken and though our recipe uses shop-bought stock, you can quite easily make your own if you're feeling extra keen and find you have a little more time on your hands. Once you've stripped your chicken of the meat that you're going to use in the soup, you can use the bones to create a really rich homemade stock to use as a base to the dish.
This assembly only Chinese chicken recipe uses cooked chicken so it's really quick and easy, and it's a creative way to use up leftover chicken.
See the bang bang chicken recipe.
A healthy chicken, avocado and walnut salad is ideal for a light lunch or supper. It's got our favourite superfood of the moment in it - avocado, which means that even if you serve it to friends who have popped round for lunch it'll certainly go down a treat.
You can quickly and easily make this roast chicken salad with eggs, chives and sourdough croutons. It's really tasty too. You can easily make this as an alternative to a Caeser salad which is often full of added salt and fats.
We love the combination of spiced chicken and mango in this spiced chicken and mango salad. It couldn't be easier or quicker to make and makes great use of that leftover meat. It's the perfect balance of sweet, savoury and hot.
Salpicão is a really great Brazilian salad which will quickly become a favourite. It can easily be enjoyed on its own or as a side at a barbecue.