9 Ways to Prepare Leftover Chicken Meat
One of my go-to meals this summer has been buying a rotisserie chicken at the grocery, eating a leg or thigh one night, and then saving the rest of the meat for leftovers for several more days. I’ve come up with a few easy, yummy alternative ways to fix up your leftover chicken meat so you can eat off your one $7 chicken for more than one night. It’s a fantastic college cooking trick.
- Tacos - All you need to do is dice up the leftover chicken, buy some beans, lettuce, cheese, avocados, and tortillas, and you are good to go. This is my particular favorite use of leftover chicken. Mmm.
- Quesadillas – Another Mexican food delicacy. Sandwich some cheese and chicken between two tortillas, add whatever other stuff you want (jalapeños, tomatoes, beans, etc), and you’ve got yourself a delicious dinner.
- Chicken Sandwich – This is a very simple option, but is still very yummy. If you’d rather have something a little more jazzed up, try the…
- BBQ Chicken Sandwich – Another favorite of mine. I have no idea if this is a very southern thing or not, but BBQ is basically the best thing in the entire world. Mix up your diced chicken in a bowl or plastic bag with some of your favorite BBQ (KC Masterpiece is my favorite), and there you go.
- Chicken Fettuccini Alfredo – You can either make your own sauce from scratch or buy a jar of alfredo sauce. Just make the pasta and mix in the sauce and chicken. Voila.
- Spaghetti, Toasted Walnuts, and Chicken – I have yet to try this, but it is seriously on my radar. The premise and preparation are very easy, but just thinking about this makes me happy. To toast walnuts, toss them in a skillet with about 3 tablespoons of olive oil on medium-high heat. Stir frequently for about 3-4 minutes. They burn easily, so keep an eye on them.
- Chicken Salad – Every body has their different recipes, and everyone claims theirs is the best. Chances are your family has a pretty tasty one, or else you can search around on the internet for a good alternative. My favorite has raisins and apple in it.
- Chicken Pot Pie – Another personal favorite, this is surprisingly easy to make. Make a white cream sauce (basically flour, butter, and water/milk), stir in the chicken, and serve over a pastry shell, which I usually find in the frozen section of my grocery. An alternative for serving larger groups is to pour the chicken and sauce into a pie crust, add some mixed frozen veggies, and cover with another pie crust. Bake until golden brown.
- King Chicken Ranch Casserole - Again, this might be a southern (or specifically Texan) thing, but I love me some casseroles. They’re easy to just throw in the oven and they continue to feed you for days. In other words, college student friendly. King chicken ranch casserole, for you unfortunate souls who haven’t heard of it, is a wonderful mixture of chicken, cheese, mushroom soup, and tortilla chips. Click here for a delicious recipe straight from Texas.