11 Easy Leftover Chicken Recipes

Chicken & Golden Rice Recipe
Photo: © Seth Smoot

Leftover chicken recipes are a great way to stretch your weeknight dinner lineup. If you're looking to simplify your cooking and avoid wasting food, this collection of recipes is perfect for you. Pre-cooked chicken can be turned into chicken soup, chicken hash, and chicken and rice salad. Repurpose all of your leftover chicken into easy chicken dishes with these simple and flavorful recipes.

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Mexican Skillet Corn with Chicken and Cilantro

Mexican Skillet Corn with Chicken and Cilantro
© John Kernick

This easy, fresh, and spicy summer dish makes fantastic use of leftover chicken and crisp, sweet corn.

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Chicken 'Levivot' with Harissa Sauce

Chicken 'Levivot' with Harissa Sauce
© Christine Han

"Levivot" means "latke" in Hebrew. When Ron Arazi was growing up, his mother created these fritters as a way to use leftover chicken. It's become a staple at the Arazis' Hanukkah table. They now simmer a whole chicken with aromatic spices, then finely shred the meat, add lots of parsley and cilantro and bind it together with mashed potatoes and eggs. The harissa sauce that accompanies the patties makes the dish even more festive.

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Leftover Chicken Soup

Leftover Chicken Soup
Abby Hocking

This Leftover Chicken Soup from Marcus Samuelsson uses the whole bird—from bones to livers—to make a nearly no-waste dinner. First, Samuelsson makes the stock from charred aromatics and chicken bones. Then, he sears the livers and shreds the chicken for the soup. Feel free to substitute store-bought stock and upgrade it by simmering with charred vegetables.

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Chicken and Wild Rice Soup

Chicken and Wild Rice Soup

Amanda Johnson uses leftover chicken or turkey, and wild rice harvested nearby, to make this lovely soup.

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Moroccan Chicken-and-Couscous Soup

Moroccan Chicken-and-Couscous Soup
© Karen Mordechai

A mainstay in Morocco, steamed couscous topped with a very liquid stew is undeniably delectable, but not exactly quick. We've found, though, that combining all the ingredients in a soup yields similarly sumptuous results in a much shorter time. The dish is decidedly spicy; if you prefer less heat, just reduce the amount of cayenne.

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Lemon Chicken and Kale Soup

Lemon Chicken and Kale Soup
© Todd Porter & Diane Cu

Simple chicken soup becomes extra special with healthy kale and a squeeze of fresh lemon juice.

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Turmeric Chicken and Rice

Turmeric Chicken and Rice
© Fredrika Stjärne

"This is a simple one-pot chicken-and-rice dish, but the turmeric adds color, spice, and flavor," Edward Lee says. "That makes it a winner in my house." He recommends using a whole organic chicken so you know exactly where the bird came from and serving the dish family-style.

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Chicken Hash with Eggs

Chicken Hash with Eggs
© Con Poulos

Using leftover chicken in a hash with green pepper, onion and jalapeños makes a nice, hearty breakfast. A dash of hot sauce is delicious here.

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Spicy Lemongrass Chicken

Spicy Lemongrass-Ginger Chicken
© Dana Gallagher

Charles Phan stir-fries the chicken here by itself until it is deeply golden and juicy before he transfers it to a plate; after he finishes cooking the other ingredients, he returns the chicken to the wok so all the flavors meld.

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Spinach and Egg-Drop Pasta Soup

Spinach and Egg-Drop Pasta Soup
© James Baigrie

"In our house, stracciatella was a catch-all," Tom Valenti says about this simple, rustic soup. "We started with good homemade stock and added whatever was around: beans, leftover sausage, shredded chicken." With a few truffle shavings, this soup can even be dressed up for a holiday dinner party.

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Chicken and Broccoli Soup

Chicken and Broccoli Soup
© Todd Porter & Diane Cu

Loved by the whole family, this chicken and broccoli soup recipe is sure to please even the pickiest of eaters.

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