I am a HUGE fan of Costco's Roasted Chicken. It is around $5 and will last a few dinners if used properly. Add some vegetables and a grain (sometimes included) and you're set! My friend Rachel texted me a few weeks ago asking for some ideas of what to do with leftover roast chicken and I rattled off some ideas, which led to this post. First of all, shred the entire thing while it is still warm. Use quality ingredients. I purchase organic Cream of Chicken soup but you can make your own.
Waldorf Chicken Salad- Serving ideas: inside of a pita; on top of a salad; wrapped in romaine leaf.
Curry Chicken salad
Honey Chicken Salad- Serve on croissants. This includes how I cook chicken breasts in my slow cooker so I have shredded chicken on hand.
Easy Chicken Pot Pie or this one Serve with a salad.
White Chili- serve with cornbread and avocado.
Chicken 'n Chips Casserole (I replace the chilies with salsa)- again, all that is needed is a salad but I think it's tasty with green beans.
Cheesy Chicken Spaghetti- tomatoes, okra, green beans, or broccoli go great with this.
BBQ Chicken Pizza- I am lazy and either buy a pre-made crust or the ball of dough from Trader Joe's. This recipe includes the dough however if you feel inclined.
Burrito Bowls- Similar to Chipotle
Mom's Chicken Pockets
4 oz. softened cream cheese
2 Tbsp. melted butter
2 C. cooked diced chicken
.25 tsp. salt
dash of pepper
2 Tbsp. milk
1 tsp. chopped onion (I use minced dried onion)
1 can crescent rolls (use Trader Joe's if possible for non-hydrogenated oils)
3/4 C crushed cheese croutons
1/2 stick melted butter
Preheat oven to 350. In small bowl, blend cream cheese and 2 Tbsp. melted butter until smooth with mixer. Add chicken, salt, pepper, milk, and onions, mixing well. Separate crescent roll dough into 4 rectangles. Firmly press perforations to seal. Spoon 1/2 cup of chicken mixture into center. Pull 4 corners together; twist and seal edges. Brush top, bottom and sides of pockets with melted butter. Springkle with crushed croutons on top. Bake 25 minutes.
There's so much more that you can make with roasted chicken. What is your favorite recipe?