20+ Easy Leftover Roast Chicken Recipes
Got leftover roast chicken? We've got you covered. From simple soups (like this classic Roasted Chicken Noodle and this healthy Chicken Soup with Kale, Ginger, and Sumac, which was designed with leftovers in mind) to picnic-perfect pasta salads (we love this vibrant Spring Pea and Pasta Salad with Chicken and Asparagus), these roasted chicken recipes are sure to impress even the pickiest eaters.
Couscous Pilaf with Roasted Carrots, Chicken, and Feta
Flavored with golden raisins, toasted almonds, and an ingeniously simple lemon-brown butter sauce, this fluffy couscous is delicious on its own, but roasted carrots and chicken turn it into a memorable one-bowl meal. There are countless ways to repurpose a rotisserie chicken, and this clever recipe is a delicious way to do so.
Roasted-Chicken Noodle Soup
For the sake of convenience, we call for canned low-salt chicken broth.
Roasted Chicken and Bow Tie Pasta Salad
Italian Roast Chicken & Cabbage Soup
This fast, flavorful, and filling soup is perfect for busy days and nights. Not to mention, the finished product is pretty darn gorgeous: Garnish with remaining zest and parsley leaves.
Creamy Chicken and Rice Soup
A little heavy cream adds body and richness to classic chicken and rice soup, and collard greens make it heartier and more nutritious. If you're looking for a tasty side, we recommend this Buttermilk Drop Biscuits Recipe that gets extra flavor from chives and whole-grain mustard.
Left-Over Chicken Soup with Kale, Ginger, and Sumac
After you’ve made Chef Seamus Mullen’s sumptuous Roast Chicken With Dukkah and Citrus, use the leftover meat and veggies for this wholesome and satisfying soup. This soup isn't just a good way to use up leftovers, it's also rich in nutrients, which means it'd be a great help to anyone who's sick. Sumac is used in Mediterannean and Middle Eastern cuisine and has extremely high levels of antioxidants. Kale is rich in antioxidants and electrolytes and is one of the most nutrient-dense foods in existence. Finally, ginger aids digestion and has anti-inflammatory properties.
Leftovers Lunchbox Pasta Salad
Last night’s leftovers are anything but boring in this simple, yet delicious lunch. Crunchy veggies and rich meat add great texture, and paired with pasta, each forkful is a perfect bite. The tangy dressing cuts through the richness and adds great flavor to bland pasts. Plus, it’s a sneaky way to pack protein and veggies into your kid’s lunch.
Chicken Parmesan Casserole
This gooey, cheesy, ultra-comforting Chicken Parmesan Casserole is easy enough to throw together after work and is a surefire family favorite. Plus, the leftovers hold great—just be sure to cover while reheating to retain moisture. For the most flavorful Chicken Parmesan Casserole, our test kitchen recommends using Rao’s marinara sauce.
Caprese Wraps with Chicken
Pick up a rotisserie chicken and assemble this hearty sandwich for a quick and easy weeknight meal.
Easiest Baked Taquitos
There’s just something so good about this simple, satisfying lunch. It’s cheesy, chewy, meaty, and indulgent enough to make kids and parents alike excited about lunchtime. They’re just as satisfying as the fried version, and they’re even good cold.
King Ranch Chicken Soup
This restaurant-style Tex-Mex dish is both rich and a cinch to prepare.
Fresh Vegetable Quinoa Bowl
Making stock has never been easier, thanks to the slow cooker. You can also use unsalted chicken stock as a substitute. (Note: You can make the stock overnight after enjoying Dinners 1 and 2. Strip herb leaves, and prep all vegetables for the week, using trimmings in stock.)
Chicken-and-Black Bean Chimichangas
Upgrade your burritos by crisping them in a skillet.
Summer Pasta Salad with Lime Vinaigrette
Our colorful pasta salad is so satisfying it qualifies as dinner.
Spring Pea and Pasta Salad with Chicken and Asparagus
If your herb garden is going strong, you can snip parsley and chives fresh from the source. Tarragon is worth seeking out for this dish; its anise notes are the distinguishing flavor.
Kickin' BBQ Chicken Quesadilla
Most people use 6-inch tortillas for tacos, but we apply healthy new math and use them for quesadillas. Upsizing to an 8-inch tortilla nearly doubles the surface area, meaning twice as much cheesy filling. Suddenly, your sensible meal becomes an 800-calorie heavyweight. Start with a 6-incher, and pile on the lean meats, veggies, and cheese. Crisp in a hot skillet with cooking spray instead of butter to save 7g sat fat.
Loaded Chicken-Bacon Pot Pie
Deli-roasted chicken and puff pastry shortcut time; bacon, white wine, and mustard give the gravy and vegetables savory punch.
Turmeric Chicken-Stuffed Peppers
Curcumin, the bright yellow polyphenol compound found in turmeric, has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects. Preliminary research suggests curcumin may promote weight loss, lower risk of heart disease, and improve blood sugar control. Use a red bell pepper for 8 times more beta-carotene and 1.5 times more vitamin C than green.
Thai Chicken Pizza
Banh Mi Rice Noodle Bowl
It's all about the variety of toppings with a Banh Mi Bowl. Top your noodles with protein of your choice.