We don’t know what it is about Britain, but we often find ourselves with ample leftover chicken. This is generally because we buy a bigger bird than necessary, but if you had say 7 different ways in which to use the leftover meat, you can be forgiven for your extravagant purchase.
Leftover chicken is generally the result of a large roast dinner aftermath, but as we are in prime barbecue season, this could also be the case of left over drumsticks, thighs, breasts, or any other cut of chicken you have left over from your charcoal feast.
Here are 7 simple ways to use leftover chicken to ensure you waste not, want not:
1. Chicken Pot Pie
The great thing about making a chicken pot pie is you can use both the white and brown meats of your leftover chicken, and both will contribute to a hearty comfort-food favourite.
2. Chicken Sandwiches
Okay, so this is an obvious one, but it’s also one of the tastiest and easiest ways to polish off that poultry. Add some mayonnaise, a squeeze of lemon, and season well for the perfect chicken sarnie.
3. Chicken Stew
The great thing about making a stew or soup is you can literally add whatever ingredients you like – this makes it perfect for post-roast dinner cooking as you can also use up those surplus vegetables too.
4. Chicken Fajitas
This classic Tex-Mex dish is perfect for using up chicken as it gives it a spicy coating and new lease of life! Though breast is usually used for fajitas, you may find that some of your brown meat really adds some depth to this classic dish.
5. Chicken & Pesto Pasta
All you need for this is some pasta, a jar of pesto, and your leftover chicken meat. Simply combine all for a hearty Italian-style meal that is big on flavour, but seriously simple to prepare!
6. Chicken Caesar Salad
This classic salad is a perfect use of your leftover chicken, as all it will take is a decent coating of this rich dressing to get it singing again! Also, if you have any leftover bread that is almost stale – croutons!
7. Chicken Curry
We couldn’t leave this bad-boy out, just think of all the turkey curries that come out around Boxing Day, and the principle is the same. The style of curry you choose to make is up to you, just make sure to include all that scrumptious chicken that would otherwise go to waste.