Our 17 Best Leftover Chicken Recipes So You Can Make The Most Of Your Bird

Your leftover chicken doesn't have to be plain

Roast chicken is great as an easy, satisfying meal. But a large chicken can leave you with days' worth of leftovers, which might seem boring to eat day after day. However, leftover chicken is an amazingly versatile dish. Once you've taken the meat off the bones and shredded it, you're left with lots of easy weeknight meal possibilities. Salads are a great route, whether it's a southern-style chicken salad or kale topped with meat. We've also got soups and has and enchiladas on deck for your bird. If a recipe calls for raw chicken, skip the step that describes cooking it and sub in your pre-cooked chicken for a simple meal. With our best leftover chicken recipes, you might not want to eat any of the chicken the night you make it.

Chicken Stew

Chicken Stew
Some recipes for this dish use stewing chickens, but we like to use chicken thighs, which are moist and easier to serve. Get the recipe for Chicken Stew »Matt Taylor-Gross

Chicken and Root Vegetable Soup (Sancocho)

Chicken and Root Vegetable Soup (Sancocho)
This Puerto Rican chicken soup is hearty with starchy vegetables. Get the recipe for Chicken and Root Vegetable Soup (Sancocho) »Joseph De Leo

Roasted Chicken, Corn, and Saffron Soup

Roasted Chicken, Corn, and Saffron Soup
A hefty dose of saffron perfumes this corn-studded chicken noodle soup. Get the recipe for Roasted Chicken, Corn, and Saffron Soup »Matt Taylor-Gross

Chicken Pot Pie

Chicken Pot Pie
A flaky crust and simple fillings make this old-school chicken pot pie one of our favorites. Get the recipe for Chicken Pot Pie »Laura Sant

Buttermilk Fried Chicken Sandwich with Jalapeño Slaw

Buttermilk Fried Chicken Sandwich with Jalapeño Slaw
The chicken in this sandwich, from Alison Barakat of Bakesale Betty in Oakland, gets dredged once in buttermilk and twice in flour, which ensures a crisp coating. Add the crunchy, spicy jalapeño slaw right before serving. Get the recipe for Buttermilk Fried Chicken Sandwich with Jalapeño Slaw »Joseph De Leo

Vietnamese Shredded Chicken Salad

Shredded Chicken Salad
Leftover chicken layered with shredded cabbage, pungent fish sauce, spicy chiles, and fresh mint makes a bright and simple salad great for a quick lunch or weeknight meal. Get the recipe for Vietnamese Shredded Chicken Salad »Laura Sant

Oaxacan Red Chile Enchiladas (Enchiladas de Chile Ajo)

Oaxacan Red Chile Enchiladas (Enchiladas de Chile Ajo)
These classic Oaxacan-style enchiladas are stuffed with chicken and doused in a sweet chile-and-garlic sauce. Get the recipe for Oaxacan Red Chile Enchiladas (Enchiladas de Chile Ajo) »Todd Coleman

Persian Chicken Meatball Soup (Gundi)

Persian Chicken Meatball Soup (Gundi)
At the heart of this intriguing soup is a matzo-ball-like dumpling made of ground chicken and chickpea flour. Get the recipe for Persian Chicken Meatball Soup (Gundi) »Eilon Paz

Chicken Pot Pie

Chicken Pot Pie
Classic, comforting pot pie gets an elegant boost with the addition of shaved black truffles. Get the recipe for Chicken Pot Pie »Landon Nordeman

Chicken Noodle Soup

Chicken Noodle Soup
Warming, filling chicken soup just may be the ultimate panacea. Cooking the noodles in the broth enriches both the noodles' flavor and the soup itself, which thickens slightly from the released starches. Get the recipe for Chicken Noodle Soup »Landon Nordeman

Neiman Marcus Chicken Salad

Neiman Marcus Chicken Salad
Neiman Marcus Chicken Salad, a classic department-store lunch item, gains richness from grapes, almonds, and a whipped cream dressing. Get the recipe for Neiman Marcus Chicken Salad »Michael Kraus

Chicken Flautas with Cotija and Salsa Roja

Chicken Flautas with Cotija and Salsa Roja
Flautas, flavorful miniature tacos that are a perfect finger food, are usually deep-fried until fully cooked. In this chicken flautas recipe, the corn tortillas get just a brief flash-fry, just to soften them for filling and rolling, and are finished in the oven, which both saves hands-on time and keeps them a bit healthier than their retail counterparts. Get the recipe for Chicken Flautas with Cotija and Salsa Roja »Anna Stockwell

Lime Soup (Sopa de Lima)

Lime Soup (Sopa de Lima)
Similar to tortilla soup, this version is sour from lots of whole limes in the broth and garnish; roasted habañero chiles add smokey heat to this bright soup. Get the recipe Lime Soup (Sopa de Lima) »James Oseland

Alabama-Style Chicken Sandwiches with White Sauce

Alabama-Style Chicken Sandwiches with White Sauce
This recipe for hickory-smoked chicken sandwiches served with tangy, mayonnaise-based white sauce originated in 1925, when railway worker Big Bob Gibson dug a pit in his backyard in Decatur, Alabama, nailed a plank-oak serving table to a sycamore tree, and started smoking barbecue for friends, co-workers, and passersby. Get the recipe for Alabama-Style Chicken Sandwiches with White Sauce »Todd Coleman

Chicken Hash

Chicken Hash
Roasting the potatoes for this hash separately gives them a crisp texture without the addition of extra fat. Get the recipe for Chicken Hash »MacKenzie Smith

Chicken Salad

Chicken Salad
Savory chicken salad gets a sweet kick from a generous dose of pickle relish in this Southern recipe. Get the recipe for Chicken Salad »Helen Rosner

Kale and Chicken Brown Rice Salad with Cherries

Kale and Chicken Brown Rice Salad with Cherries
This summery salad, which pairs chicken with thin ribbons of raw kale and brown rice, offsets a garlicky pesto dressing with sweet red cherries. Get the recipe for Kale and Chicken Brown Rice Salad with Cherries »Anna Stockwell