Have you ever had the problem of having left over chicken but you have nothing to do with it? You either throw it away or give it to the dogs at least that is how it used to be in my house. I think my dogs just knew that I was going to have left over chicken when ever I made it in the crock pot. I mean I guess it could get old eating the same food day in and day out…
But anyways I was talking with a friend a couple weeks back about using left over chicken. Meaning making it one night in the crockpot (either 6 or 7 chickens breasts or a whole chicken) and shredding the chicken up to make something as simple as chicken noodle soup or so many other recipes. So the Leftover Chicken Recipes Post began.
I have been on Pinterest the last couple of weeks and have even tried a few of these recipes myself and I can vouch that they are all amazing! Of course I tweaked them to my liking but I love to experiment with things (I can’t help it, it’s in my nature).
There are several different ways you can make shredded chicken. I do mine in the crock pot with a little bit of taco seasoning or garlic. I do almost everything with a pinch of garlic because I just love the taste. here are a few different ways to do it:
Shredded BBQ Chicken Crockpot Recipe From The Foodie Affair
Shredded Mexican Style Chicken From Keep Calm and Chomp On
How to Shred Chicken From Kraft Recipes
How to Shred Chicken in your Kitchenaid Mixer From Fabulously Frugal
Spicy Chipotle Shredded Chicken From Pinnch of Yum
Slow Cooker Taco Chicken From Our Best Bites
Teriyaki Chicken From Mattie’s Pantry
Crockpot Shredded Italian Chicken From Mattie’s Pantry
These relatively simple chicken recipes can help you give more purpose for you chicken. For example: The BBQ shredded Chicken can be used for BBQ sandwiches one night and then for another night the BBQ Chicken Turnovers would be great! Then turn around again and use in a BBQ ranch quesadillas for a lunch. The Spicy Chipotle Shredded Chicken can be used for enchiladas one night, the next night tacos, and then on a pizza to give the ranch bacon pizza a little bit of spice! They are also just a few of the many kinds of shredded chicken you can make!
What I love about leftovers is that you can be creative! A simple spice (not necessarily hot) can change the taste, feel and even look of the chicken entirely. The best part about spice is that sometimes it can blend well or even mask the previous spices. It is so much fun to be able to play up chicken (or any other meat for that matter) and make a 30 minute meal out of it. That is what this post is all about quick simple dinners throughout the week and making enough chicken to last for the entire week.
A friend of mine that I was talking to about this wants to make a whole chicken last her for 4 dinners! I wish I had the will power to stop eating that much… sometimes if the dinner is really really good I just can’t help it! I make about 5-6 chicken breasts at the beginning of the week and use it throughout the week. I sprinkle in the occasional ground beef or steak. If we eat 2 chicken breast a night (relatively) we can usually get 3 dinners and a lunch out of that chicken.
Here are 50 Dinner and Lunch Ideas to Make with your chicken and then turn around and use for another couple of recipes:
Taco Casserole From Six Sisters Stuff
Chicken and Dumpling Casserole From My Recipe Magic
Chicken Pot Pie From Lovely Little Kitchen
Chicken Pasta Casserole From Being Consumed
Chicken Roll Ups From Inspired Dreamer
Chicken Supreme Pasta Bake From Inside Bru Crew Life
Taco Crescent Ring From Pillsbury
Chicken Enchilada Casserole From Know Kitchen
Creamy Chicken and Broccoli Casserole From Life in the Lofthouse
Buffalo Chicken Dip From the Girl who Ate Everything
Buffalo Chicken Cupcakes From DoughMesstic
Buffalo Chicken Garbage Bread From Call Her Blessed
Buffalo Ranch Chicken Bites From Fabulously Frugal
Burritos, Sandwiches and Quesadillas :
3 Cheese BBQ Panini From Sweet Treats and More
Quick & Easy Chicken Burritos From Gimme Delicious Food
Chicken Avocado Burritos OMG Chocolate Desserts
BBQ Chicken Quesadilla From The La Tortilla Factory
Buffalo Ranch Quesadilla From Frugal Coupon Living
BBQ Chicken Turnovers From Fearlessly Creative Mammas
Chicken Gyros From Cooking Classy
Soups & Salads:
Chicken Macaroni Salad From Yummy Addiction
Cranberry Pecan Chicken Salad From Life Currents
Avocado Chicken Salad From Six Sisters Stuff
Chicken Pasta Salad From Fearlessly Creative Mammas
Chipotle Lime Soup From The Honour System
Light and Creamy Chicken Tortilla Soup From Diethood
Tacos, Rice and Enchiladas:
White Sauce Enchiladas From Joyful Momma’s Kitchen
Baked Chimichangas From Creme de la Crumb
Red Sauce Enchiladas From LilLuna
Chicken Black Bean and Zucchini Enchiladas From Taste and Tell Blog
Chicken Taco Melts From Girl who Ate Everything
Cheesy Chipotle Chicken and Rice From Yammie’s Noshery
Chicken Fried Rice From Recipe Knead
One Pot Broccoli Cheese Chicken and Rice From Cake’s Cottage
Chicken, Rice and Vegetable Skillet From Diethood
Chicken & Spinach Manicotti From Go Go Go Gourmet
Chicken Alfredo Baked Ziti From Give me Some Oven
Chicken Alfredo Roll Ups From The Recipe Critic
Chicken Lasagna Roll Ups From Eat. Drink. Love.
Chicken & Bacon Pasta From Julia’s Album
Buffalo Chicken Lasagna From Recipe Diaries
Chicken Alfredo Shells From Mess For Less
Chicken Fajita Pasta From Kevin and Amanda
Chicken and Shrimp Pesto Pasta From Fearlessly Creative Mammas
Spicy Chicken Alfredo From Mattie’s Pantry
Jalapeno Buffalo Macaroni & Cheese From Lauren’s Latest
Chicken Bacon Lasagna Roll Ups From Simply Gloria
Thai Chicken Pizza From Annie Eats
Healthy Chicken Alfredo Pizza From Pinch of Yum
Garlic Ranch Chicken Pizza From I Heart Naptime
I have tried many of these recipes and Love each one I have tried! A few I have made more than twice now too! I do experiment with some of my recipes to see if I can add more spice or more color to them. I think these recipes are all awesome and I know you will enjoy all of them! of course there is many more out there but these were the ones that caught my eye!
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I hope you all have a great and blessed Weekend!
PS: All of the pictures and recipes are not my own and are simply used from the links provided. None of These are a product from Not Too Shabby Gabby but I own Mattie’s Pantry and those are my own recipes and pictures. If you have a question about anything you can direct toward me (Gabby) at Not2ShabbyGabby(@)gmail(.)com
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