I am back today with a simple way to utilize left over chicken, whether it be rotisserie chicken, grilled chicken breast, or baked chicken. For us a family of three we sometimes will tend to have left overs just depending on how hungry E is that night. I usually like to get the most out of our dinners, especially since eating out can get real pricey fast.
Besides utilizing them the next day for left overs of exactly what we cooked the night before sometimes I can stretch them for another dinner completely, that way we use all of our food, without having to throw out too much or do too much work every single night.
3 Way to Use Your Leftover Chicken
1. Chicken Salad
Once you take your chicken out of the container start to shred it so that you get smaller pieces of chicken instead of legs, thighs, breast, etc. Whatever cut you have make it smaller, by shredding it with your hands it gives you more chicken, plus it will give the chicken the ability to mix better with the mayo and other ingredients.
Note: You can use a food processor instead of using your hands that is totally up to you just know that you will have finer pieces of chicken.
I typically will dice a tomato and red onion, but on occasion Eric will add in celery [not my thing] he will add it into his portion. Then once everything is in the bowl, I add the mayo and mix it all together. I sometimes get a little cajun seasoning and season it after the mayo has coating everything well, just for a little extra taste.
If you make your own baked chicken and season it really well, then you can probably avoid this step. Sometimes when I am in a rush I get the store bought chicken and they aren't really seasoned all the way through.
2. Chicken Pizza
Ugh I love me some pizza, like it is one of my favorite food but the regular pizza places just aren't doing it for me anymore and I am liking the gourmet pizza places more and more. Especially the ones that use a brick oven, YUM!
I recently had some left over baked chicken and I decided make a homemade pizza.
To start shred the chicken by hand, throw on your favorite pizza ingredients or mine: white sauce, red onions, mushrooms, mozzarella, and parmesan. I added all of that on top of a gourmet store bought pizza dough, sauce first then cheese, and finally the chicken.
3. Chicken Tacos
If you have already shredded your chicken by hand for the chicken salad and the pizza you can always save some of it to make, tacos!
All you will need is:
- Tortillas or Crunchy Taco Shells
- Sour Cream
- Shredded Cheese
- Beans [we eat black beans, yum]
And there you have it 3 simple ways to utilize your left over chicken.
I know our house can get busy around here, E will get off later than expect, J will not be in the mood to go down for his nap and we have to use what we got to get what we want, dinner! I know there are a lot of busy moms out there so I hope this helped you loves!
If you love this post, please let me know so I can come up with some more great ideas for you guys.