Using up Leftover Chicken

I regard cold, cooked chicken as the reward for roasting one in the first place. Indeed, I often roast a larger-than-needed chicken just so I have the luxury of picking from it in the days ahead. If used thoughtfully, a whole chicken can feed two people at least three times – four, if you can be bothered to make a soup with the bones. Far from austere and depressing, these are leftovers I really want to eat.

Chicken Pie

Chicken pie is the perineal classic use for leftover chicken. My chicken, bacon and leek pie is perfect for those colder months. You can even throw in any leftover gravy, too.


Cold chicken – particularly the drumsticks, thighs and wings – needs nothing more than a really good salad. Try my antipasti salad or Tuscan bread salad – two Italian-inspired salads that offer fresh flavours, year-round.

BBQ Pulled Chicken Sandwiches

Roasted meat already has amazing flavour; take advantage and whip up this cheat’s pulled chicken sandwich. Kids and adults alike will be thrilled, and you’ll feel satisfied knowing how healthy it is.

Chicken, Mushroom & Broccoli Bake

Just as comforting as the roast chicken itself is my chicken, mushroom and broccoli bake. Warm and cosy with a crisp breadcrumb topping, it’s a great way to use up just about anything – including your leftover gravy.

Chicken, Chorizo & Swiss Chard Bundles

Fresh and interesting, these chicken, chorizo and swiss chard bundles certainly don’t feel like sad leftovers. An elegant solution for a small quantity of leftover chicken.

Now with that said, I know what I’ll be roasting next Sunday…

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