You’ll never grimace at the thought of leftover poultry when you add this suggestions to your recipe box.
As meats go, chicken is one of the most versatile there is. You can bake it, fry it, grill it, slow cook it and put it into all sorts of dishes. It also goes well with just about any type of flavoring you like, from sweet to savory to spicy. Turkey can be used in many of the same ways as well.
Leftover poultry can easily be transformed into a whole new dish. It works best if it is baked or broiled and minimally seasoned, but you can find recipes that work well with almost any way that it is originally prepared. Here are ten ideas for leftover poultry that are anything but boring.
Chicken or turkey salad
Chicken and turkey salads are great for lunch at home or to pack for school or work. You can throw this recipe together in no time with just a few ingredients. It’s also easy to customize. Just add in some diced apples or grapes to add sweetness and crunch, some chopped pecans for protein and flavor, or a little buffalo sauce to add heat. Serve on bread or crackers.
Turkey is on the menu at every sub shop, but why go out when you can make your own? Just slice up some turkey, pile it on a sub roll, and add your favorite toppings. You can keep it simple with lettuce, tomato and mayonnaise, dress it up with some mushrooms and Swiss cheese, or add ranch dressing and bell pepper strips for a little kick.
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Chicken and pizza may not sound like a match made in heaven, but some people swear that it is. Barbecued chicken pizza is a popular dish at many restaurants, and it’s easy to make with leftover chicken breasts. You could also substitute a garlic or buffalo sauce for regular pizza sauce. Serve with salad and cheese sticks. Start with homemade pizza and get some inspiration form this article: California pizza kitchen.
Go Italian with chicken tettuccine Alfredo
Take the recipe for fettucine Alfredo and add some cooked chicken and broccoli; the result looks fancy and tastes delicious, but it’s a cinch to make, especially when the chicken is already cooked. Or if you prefer, you can simply cook up some pasta and top with chopped chicken and store-bought Alfredo sauce. You could even make your own Alfredo sauce if you like. Also try y chicken lasagna as an alternative.
Casserole is something of a cliché, but it’s a great dish for using all sorts of leftovers. We have mentioned casserole shortcuts with leftover turkey, but you could leftover mashed potatoes instead of the noodles suggested, making it perfect for the day after Thanksgiving. It works nicely when substituting chicken for the turkey as well.
Or if you’re feeling adventurous, you can throw together whatever leftovers you have, add some shredded cheese and create your own casserole recipe.
Nachos and enchiladas are an excellent dish for giving leftover meat a makeover. A simple recipe for cheesy chicken nachos becomes even quicker when the chicken, or substituted turkey, only has to be shredded. Nachos and enchiladas go well with refried beans, guacamole and yellow or red rice.