What to make with a lot of cooked chicken!

United States
June 23, 2012 1:55pm CST
Okay so for father's day I made a really large chicken and after we ate what we wanted I froze the rest of the cooked meat. I know I can make a basic soup or make a pot pie with the chicken, but I am running out of ideas on what to use the chicken for. I don't mind making the same recipes, but I need ideas on how to maybe change them up so that they are different. I hope I am making sense. I hate wasting food that is why I froze the rest of the cooked chicken, but I didn't realize that there was going to be a time when I would run out of ideas for the chicken. My kids are pretty picky about what they eat and do not like to eat the same things over and over again. Any advice or recipes would be great.
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@peavey (15808)
• United States
24 Jun 12
Stroganoff made with chicken is a favorite here. Also, use it in salads of make sandwich spread with it. Pot pies, soup, casseroles... or take the cooked chicken, coat it with beaten egg and then crushed potato chips and roast it just long enough to cook the egg. It should be warmed through by then. Make a chicken casserole by layering thin slices of chicken with spinach and mozzarella and topping with a layer of bread crumbs mixed with Italian spices.
• United States
24 Jun 12
All of these sound really good. Too bad I can't make the one with cheese that one sounds really good, but my youngest is allergic to dairy. Not to sound dumb, but what is stroganoff?
@peavey (15808)
• United States
25 Jun 12
Stroganoff is a dish usually made with beef. It uses mushrooms in a white sauce with sour cream and onions, then is mixed with or served over egg noodles. Chicken works just as well, though. I'm sure you can find a recipe for it online.
• United States
25 Jun 12
Thanks, I am pretty sure that I would have to take out the mushrooms, we have allergies to that in my house. Maybe potatoes would work. I like to try new foods and find a way to make them so my kids will eat them.
• United States
27 Jun 12
Since I buy alot of chicken since it's cheap I tend to make many things over again like you and always looking for something new. Here's a few ideas that I do: Chicken Salad (mayo, celery, onion ect), add to regular salad, pancit, chicken fried rice, topping to a baked potato, chicken taco's, chicken alfredo, in spaghetti instead of a ground meat, or add it in to mac'n cheese.
• United States
27 Jun 12
Yeah when you have kids the cheaper meats have to do. I try so hard to make different things, but it looks like there will be a lot of tacos and salads. I prefer making the fried rices, they are easy and fast and taste great, though they can be very salty.
@pan_23 (420)
• Kuwait
27 Jun 12
u can make chicken samosa if ur chicken is already cooked with spices.and u can also make any chicken fried rice recipe or chicken dum biryani recipe. u can make chicken kabab,chicken stuffed roti( naan,parata). also u make paste of cooked chicken and can add any flour(like all purpose or cornflour and rice flour )and vegetables and make cutlet and fry in oil . u can make soup by adding any cooked vegetable .and u can make pies or tarts recipes with chicken .
• United States
27 Jun 12
I never thought of making kababs that actually sounds good, but I thought you needed raw chicken so that everything cooks at the same time. I am not good at making them since I have messed them up so bad in the past.
@timetravel (1428)
• United States
25 Jun 12
Lettuce wraps - lettuce leaves - what ever type you like - wrapped around thin strips of chicken and whatever else you want inside. Chicken tacos or soft tacos are tasty, too. All you need are the shells, taco seasoning, and whatever fixings you want. A club sandwich is good, too, with thin slices of chicken, lettuce, tomatoes, and bacon on toast.
• United States
25 Jun 12
I like the idea of the club sandwiches. I don't know why I did not think of them. When I have turkey I think of a club, I guess it is because most clubs are made with turkey and ham. I would eat the lettuce wraps and so would the hubby, but not sure the kids would eat them. Maybe if I set out all the fixings and let them choice they would at least try it.
@agnesc (21)
23 Jun 12
It's exactly the same in my house every year after christmas with the turkey. Cold chicken and mayonnaise in sandwiches is always pretty good. Or make a curry; if you don't like hot food then use a milder paste or if that's still too hot then out in lots of natural yoghurt, it sounds weird but it's really good at cooling foods down.
• United States
23 Jun 12
Yeah I don't know how well curry would go over with my kids they have never had it. I know the husband would love the curry, the hotter the better for him. I never used it, do you find it already made in the store?
@stealthy (8190)
• United States
23 Jun 12
Chicken spaghetti is good. My mother used to make this and I have in the past but I'm not sure where the recipe is. It was something that she didn't just make to use up leftovers but would be planned. She would cook the chicken in a pressure cooker because it was fast and pull the chicken off in chunks to go in the spaghetti. I know there was the chicken, the spaghetti, celery and several other things. You can probably come up with other ingredients on your own and figure out how much of them to use. It is the type of thing that allows for a lot of leeway.
• United States
23 Jun 12
Yeah I have done that in the past and mine was planned too, but maybe I could rework what I have to simplify the dish. Since half the work is already done is does cut down on the time, could make it for a quick dinner.
@keoni108 (42)
• United States
23 Jun 12
Make Cream chicken! IF yoiu don't know how to make cream soup, just get the cam bell mushroom cream soup! Its great. Another thing you can do is lightly blend the chicken, get some nori, mayo, rice. Make rice sushi, and put the mayo and chicken on top. Great stuff. You could also put all of the chicken into tomato sauce and make spaghetti.
• United States
23 Jun 12
I like the cream chicken idea, but I would have to get cream of chicken since my kids are allergic to mushrooms. The chicken sushi idea would be great for the hubby he LOVES sushi, so he might like that idea. Maybe I could even get the kids to try that. Thanks for the ideas!
@much2say (37483)
• United States
23 Jun 12
Sometimes I bake a whole chicken and just split it up for the week (I don't freeze up cooked meat because we don't have that much room in the freezer). One night we eat the chicken as is. Leftovers can become . . . a part of a salad, just chop some of the meat up and toss into salad. I find my kids like salads better if I add some fruit to it - like mango - and chicken seems to go with any fruit. Or make a wrap . . . chopped cooked chicken, add lettuce, grated carrots, and a dressing (we like mayo with a bit of Chinese chicken salad dressing) to put inside a tortilla or lavosh or pita bread. Or a simple chicken salad with mayo and mustard, touch of garlic powder, parsley, salt and pepper - make it into a sandwich.
• United States
23 Jun 12
I like the idea of the pita bread, with some baby spinach and a light mayo dressing. I have made pitas with lamb, but never with chicken. I am lucky both of my kids love veggies so some of your ideas are really interesting. Maybe I could but out the chicken, veggies, and the dressing and let them pick what they want in theirs. Thanks for the ideas!
@Lorden (348)
• South Africa
23 Jun 12
You get those pie makers that are almost like waffle irons, except they have about six spaces for pies in them. Anyway, make some easy dough, slap in some chicken meat, and bake until your pies have golden brown crusts. Viola! Now you have chicken cupcake pies! Hooray! Makes me want to crow.
• United States
23 Jun 12
That is interesting I have not thought about doing that. Do you have any ideas on how to season the chicken? Plain chicken and a crust does not sound to good. Maybe a light gravy mixed in with the chicken, what do you think?
• India
21 Aug 12
You can do plenty of things with leftover chicken. you can make a rice dish by first adding garlic and chopped onions in oil then frying some veggies,add the leftover chicken(shredded) soyasauce, tomato sauce,rice. mix well and serve hot. Tastes awesome!