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5 Tasty Meal Ideas For Leftover Chicken

Do you have some leftover chicken on your hands? Don’t just put it in a Tupperware container and let it sit in the fridge until it goes bad. Make one of these meals instead! A lot of these meal ideas are great for a rotisserie chicken as well. I love rotisserie chickens! Such an easy way to get a ton of already cooked chicken! Read on to see a few delicious meals you can make with leftovers or a rotisserie chicken.

Chicken Cordon Bleu Tetrazzini


hicken Cordon Bleu is one of those food situations where the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. The combination of crunchy breaded chicken, savory ham, and nutty, melted Swiss cheese is a trio so fine that it seems like those three ingredients were just meant to be together. It seems like there’s not a thing you could do to improve upon that combination… But what if you added the comfort of pasta? And baked it into a cozy, creamy casserole? Well, then you’d have our Chicken Cordon Bleu Tetrazzini, which has all the flavor of that classic trio but in comforting casserole form. Get the recipe here!

Lemon Chicken Orzo Soup


Some people will only eat soup once the weather takes a turn for the chilly. I, however, will eat soup any time of year on any type of day. Because, if you’re asking me, soup is a perfect thing. It’s a complete meal in a bowl that’s always utterly comforting… nothing warms the soul like a bowl of soup.

The major components here are shredded chicken (it’s a great use for leftover rotisserie!) and chewy orzo, but there’s carrot, onion, and garlic too, and just enough baby spinach to add some earthiness to the mix. The main note, though, is lemon, which shines bright above everything else, though that silky, egg-laced broth backs it up and keeps it relatively down to earth. Get the recipe here!

Creamy Green Chile Chicken Tortilla Casserole


A nice thing about casserole is you could serve one each and every day and every single one of them could be totally different from one another. There are so many delicious options as a base, be it pasta, potatoes, or rice, but this particular one relies on tortillas for starch and structure. It just so happens that it’s also creamy and cheesy and has the lovely flavor of mild green chiles running throughout. What I’m saying is, even if you did make a casserole every single day, this one would stand out.

It’s flavorful, but mild enough for the whole family to enjoy and totally comforting in all its creaminess. While you can never have enough casserole recipes, this is one you won’t soon forget. Get the recipe here!

Ranch Chicken And Rice Soup


While chicken and rice are a time-tested duo that might go under-appreciated sometimes due to their ubiquity, we’ve got a soup for you today that will knock your socks off. Not just any chicken and rice soup, this is our “crack” chicken and rice soup. Of course, there’s nothing illicit in this bad boy, but one bite really does get people hooked and then we end up with numerous requests to make this, whether it’s for a weeknight, family dinner or for when we’re having people over. There’s something simultaneously homey about it, but still so tasty that it gets people questioning why their versions never end up quite as good. Well we’re spilling all our secrets today, so grab a pencil and get ready to jot this down. Get our recipe here!

BBQ Chicken Arany Galuska

We’ve got the perfect appetizer for your next potluck or tailgate party, our barbecue chicken Arany Galuska. Never heard of it? Arany Galuska is a Hungarian sweet pull-apart bread that you might otherwise know as “monkey bread.” We’ve got a savory version of this classic sweet treat that starts with dough rolled into balls. Instead of butter, sugar, and cinnamon, we season the dough with salt, pepper, and olive oil. Then add chicken, cheese, onions, and barbecue sauce. The end result is a savory and delicious pull-apart bread and the perfect dish to serve as finger food at a party. Get the recipe here!

BONUS: How to use every part of a rotisserie chicken


When we are going a million miles an hour, it’s just easier to pick up a rotisserie chicken at your local market so that dinner can be ready in a snap! Despite how good it tastes, some of us have seen more of our rotisserie chicken go to waste than we would care to admit because we weren’t exactly sure what to do with the leftovers.

It’s all about breaking the entire chicken down right away and always dividing it into different parts that you can use now or later for different purposes. Once you know how to do that, wasting any part of your rotisserie chicken will be a thing of the past. It’s super quick and easy – here’s exactly how to do it!

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