Cooking Tips

Leftover Chicken


10 ways to use leftover chicken without actually cooking


Omelet or Scrambled Eggs: Combine small cubes of chicken, cubes of cream cheese and some chopped herbs. Toss into an omelet or scrambled eggs and let heat through until the chicken is warm and the cream cheese is oozy.


Pita Sandwich: Spread pita pocket bread with mayonnaise to which you've added a pinch of curry and a few drops of fresh lemon juice.  Add slices of cooked chicken.  Stuff in a few slices of mango or avocado for a surprise and finish with a good spray of watercress or crisp lettuce. If you have some chopped nuts handy, toss them in for added crunch.


Mexican Pizza: Scatter shredded leftover chicken on a flour tortilla within a half inch of the edge.  Generously shake mild or hot pepper sauce onto the chicken.  Top with some shredded mozzarella or jack cheese.  Run under the broiler until the cheese melts and browns and the edges of the tortilla turn up like a saucer. 


Fajitas: Sauté a little sliced onion and green pepper in olive oil.  Place on a warm flour tortilla.  Add strips of warm cooked leftover chicken.  Spritz with lime juice.  Top with a dollop of sour cream, shredded lettuce and a spoonful of salsa. Roll up into a package.


Stir Fry: You don't need a wok; a skillet will work just as well. Toss sliced onion, garlic, red pepper, zucchini, broccoli florets and bean sprouts with olive oil until soft.  Toss in cubes of leftover cooked chicken to heat.  Season with stir-fry sauce and heat through.


Fried Rice: Sauté onion and garlic.  Add a portion of leftover rice.  Add chopped scrambled egg, minced leftover vegetables and diced leftover chicken.  If there's a little piece of ham or shrimp in the fridge, chop it and add.  Season with soy sauce, heat and serve.


Kebabs: Alternate cubes of leftover chicken, pineapple and red pepper on a skewer.  Brush with melted butter or sprits with olive oil cooking spray and heat briefly under the broiler to brown.


Soup Helper: Reinforce any canned vegetable soup with pieces of chicken.


Cobb Salad: Top salad greens with strips of leftover chicken, ham and cheese.  Make other strips of red onion, crumbled bacon, bleu cheese and diced tomatoes.  Add avocado and hard cooked eggs if you like.


Pasta Salad: Bolster almost any homemade or store-bought pasta salad with chunks of chicken.