I know that feeling.
In fact, it’s a common one since I don’t meal plan. At least not in the traditional way. So, I made a list of quick and easy main dishes to use up that leftover chicken! I am sharing 3 of those recipes today in the first of a 3 part series on using leftover chicken.
1. Chicken tacos
This one is simple, roughly chop the leftover chicken, toss it in the skillet along with a packet of taco seasoning(or see my favorite homemade taco seasoning recipe below!)
and a TBSP or two of water and cook until hot. Set the seasoned chicken aside and add sliced onions and peppers
to the skillet with a bit more taco seasoning and sauté until tender crisp. Serve on tortillas with a side of rice.
*Here's my favorite homemade taco seasoning!*
-1 TBSP chili powder
-1/4 tsp garlic powder
-1/4 tsp onion powder
-1/4 tsp crushed red pepper flakes (optional)
-1/4 tsp dried oregano
-1/2 tsp paprika
-1 1/2 tsp ground cumin
-1 tsp sea salt
-1 tsp black pepper
I like to double this recipe so I can use half now and have enough for the next time I want tacos too!
I keep a jar of alfredo sauce on hand at all times so I can make this family favorite on a whim! While water is boiling for your favorite pasta (I like to vary the shapes I use to keep it interesting), chop veggies (red onion, snap peas, zucchini and carrots are some of my favs in this dish) and then sauté them in a pan with a bit of butter & garlic. Set veggies aside and add chicken to the skillet sprinkled with your favorite seasoning salt and sauté until warm. After draining your al dente pasta, combine pasta, chicken and veggies for a hearty nutritious supper!
Shredded chicken sandwiches
This one is soooo easy! Simply grab a couple forks to shred that bowl of leftover chicken. Generously shake in your favorite seasoned salt and mix it up. I like Blue Ribbon Seasoning made in Logan, IA or Tony Chachere’s Creole Seasoning. Measure with your heart. Heat in the microwave or in a saucepan on the stove with a splash of water. Serve on buns with pickles and a side of steamed veggies like carrots or broccoli!
I hope these ideas make the supper 'witching hour' a bit easier! Follow along for parts 2 & 3. You won't want to miss my orange chicken recipe ;)
P.S. if you haven't already, grab your free copy of my new cookbook, 1 Chicken, 3 Meals! The cookbook breaks down how to make THREE meals out of just one chicken and even covers how to make homemade chicken broth!