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Roast Chicken Redux

recipes for chicken leftovers

Sunday’s roast chicken was a hit. Now what? We’ve got the inspiration you need to turn those leftovers into quick, convenient, diverse meals during the week. From pot pie to pad thai, these recipes make for leftovers you’ll actually plan for and look forward to.


Korean Bibimbap with Sesame Chicken

Turn your leftover chicken into bibimbap, the Korean meal-in-a-bowl rice dish. Here, carrots, stir-fried zucchini, and shiitake mushrooms adorn the rice, each of them infused with sesame oil.

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Chicken and Mushroom Risotto

The dark meat of leftover Citrus-Marinated Roasted Chicken remains tender in this easy-to-make risotto.

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Pulled Chicken

Seasoned with garlic, bay, and paprika, this versatile chicken is delicious in a number of dishes. You can shred it as soon as it cools and refrigerate it for up to four days so that it’s ready to go for weeknight meals; or you can refrigerate whole pieces and shred them as you need them, which keeps the meat a little juicier.

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Spicy Pulled Chicken Lettuce Wraps with Peanut Sauce

A quick peanut sauce and a bright, refreshing carrot-and-cucumber slaw dress up the chicken in these Asian-inspired lettuce wraps. You can put all the fixings on the table and let diners make their own, or serve them assembled.

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Tangy Pulled Chicken Sandwiches with Pickled Onions, Apple, and Smoked Cheese

Inspired by Carolina-style barbecue, this sandwich gets plenty of zing from a spicy, vinegary sauce and quick-pickled red onions. Any leftover onions can be refrigerated for up to 2 weeks.

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Southwestern Pulled Chicken and Chile Hash

Fresh poblano chiles and dried ancho chile powder make this one spicy hash. Top it with a fried or poached egg to make it even better.

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Golden Chicken, Corn & Orzo Soup

Making a really good chicken soup from scratch doesn’t have to be an all-day affair. With leftover chicken finely diced or shredded into pieces, this feel-good soup comes together in less than 40 minutes.

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Poblanos Stuffed with Cheddar and Chicken

These are not the stuffed peppers of your childhood—they're better. Poblano chiles are rich and flavorful with a mild to medium heat. Using leftover roasted chicken and cooked rice speeds up the already quick prep.

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Grilled Pizza with Buffalo Chicken and Blue Cheese

Here, leftover chicken becomes a red hot addition to a pizza reminiscent of classic pub food fare.

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Soft Chicken Tacos with the Works

Leftover Roast Chicken shredded into thin strips is rounded out by vegetables, avocado, and queso fresco in these super-simple weeknight tacos.

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Chicken Caesar Salad with Garlic-Parmesan Toasts

This take on Caesar salad is lighter and brighter than most. Lemon juice and zest punch up the vinaigrette, while a little mascarpone, instead of the traditional raw egg yolks, imparts richness.

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Tex-Mex Chicken Salad

Use the leftovers from a juicy beer-brined chicken to make a Tex-Mex chunky salad that you can serve as a quick weeknight sandwich or on tortilla chips as a snack or appetizer.

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Pad Thai with Chicken and Shrimp

Leftover chicken is transformed into a take-out favorite in this fresh, simple stir-fry.

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Chicken Tostadas with Black Beans & Cilantro-Lime Cream

These fresh, crunchy, colorful tostadas are the perfect showcase for shredded leftover white meat from Citrus-Marinated Roasted Chicken, which is gently and briefly reheated with a bit of the pan juice from the recipe.

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Old-Fashioned Chicken Pot Pie

Sunday’s roast becomes a comfort food classic in this golden pot pie. Make it your own by adding some mushrooms, potatoes, or any other vegetable you like.

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Coconut Rice with Chicken & Snow Peas

Stir-fries are natural destination for leftover chicken. For this recipe, dark meat is prized, so be sure to put some aside to really make this dish sing.

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Mediterranean Chicken Salad

Fennel, raisins and pine nuts give this salad, made with leftover chicken, Mediterranean personality. For an easy meal, serve the salad in sandwiches on ciabatta or baguette segments

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Quick Chicken Chili

The roasted chicken that you paused Sunday Night Football to eat becomes the chili that fills their bellies during Monday Night Football’s game. Chips and dip optional.

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