Turn leftover chicken into a different dish with these tasty recipes.
Add pizzazz to the same old leftovers with these scrumptious chicken recipes. From hearty sandwiches and salads to rich pastas,
these easy dishes are so good that no one will know!
Cost per serving: 66¢
Just the thing for a warm weather picnic or party, these cute compact cups pack a flavorful punch. For a pretty splash of color, swap radicchio for the Boston lettuce. With either type of lettuce, trim larger leaves with kitchen shears to make the cups more manageable.
See recipe: Curried Chicken Salad in Lettuce Cups
Cost per serving: $1.58
This slow-cooker favorite calls for two bone-in chicken breasts. To make it with leftover or rotisserie chicken, skip the step where you brown the meat, and simply add the leftover chicken to the mixture as is.
See recipe: White Bean and Chicken Chili
Cost per serving: $2.35
Leftovers get dressed up with these slightly spicy green chili enchiladas. The sauce for this dish has a nice zesty flavor from salsa verde but to add a little bit more tang, garnish with roasted tomatillos.
See recipe: Chicken, Chili and Cheese Enchiladas
Cost per serving: $2.47
This family dinner couldn’t be easier. Simply shred the meat from leftover chicken (or a store-bought rotisserie), add fresh-tasting ingredients -- including ginger and cashews -- and you’re done. Let everyone roll their own tortillas, and get ready to get a little messy!
See recipe: Hoisin Chicken Wraps
Cost per serving: $2.00
Serve these satisfying burritos with baked tortilla chips and extra salsa, or some ready-made guacamole (a green salad also makes a good accompaniment). Toss it with a flavorful low-fat dressing, such as Wishbone Light Parmesan Peppercorn Ranch or Newman's Own Lighten Up Light Lime Vinaigrette.
See recipe: Chicken Burritos
Cost per Serving: $1.93
If you start with a store-cooked rotisserie chicken, these no-fuss sandwiches come together in a snap.
See recipe: Chicken Salad Club Sandwiches
Cost per serving: $2.47
Whole-wheat pasta would give this dish a fiber and vitamin boost. If your family balks at a bowlful, start by mixing just a little whole-wheat pasta with your usual kind. Over time, slowly increase the amount of whole-wheat noodles used, until all of the regular pasta is replaced.
See recipe: Creamy Lemon Pasta with Chicken
Cost per serving: $3.12
This crowd-pleasing recipe gives leftover chicken a flavorful boost. To vary the taste, substitute plain Jack cheese for less spice. Or, if you'd prefer more flavor, sprinkle chopped pickled jalapeños on top.
See recipe: Rotisserie Chicken Tostadas
Cost per serving: $2.49
For a Grecian flair, use spinach, swap in crumbled feta for the goat cheese, and add some pitted black olives and sliced red onion. Sprinkle in a bit of oregano and drizzle with olive oil before rolling them up.
See recipe: Wrap-and-Roll Sandwiches
Cost per serving: $2.82
Give the pasta a twist by using corkscrews, elbows or bowties—any short variety will work.
See recipe: Penne with Squash and Chicken
Cost per serving: $2.13
Fish sauce gives this salad authentic flavor. You can buy it at Asian markets and in the international section of many supermarkets.
See recipe: Asian Chicken and Rice Noodle Salad
Cost per serving: $2.42
Get out of a lunch rut with this flavorful sandwich recipe. For a different taste, try substituting peaches or cantaloupe for the mango.
See recipe: Chicken-Mango Wraps
Cost per serving: $2.18
Hot sauce and a creamy salsa dip pair up for flavorful, family-pleasing sandwiches.
See recipe: Mexican Chicken Wraps
Cost per serving: $2.25
This one-dish dinner is bound to be an instant family favorite! If your kids don't like cabbage be sure to chop it up extra fine and they won't even notice it's there.
See recipe: Chicken-and-Cabbage Fried Rice