Leftover cooked chicken is a big time saver and sometimes a lifesaver when it comes to preparing weeknight dinners. Chicken, whether it’s leftover roast chicken or leftover chicken breast, is great addition to many dishes. Leftover cooked chicken is perfect to add to soups, pies, an easy homemade pizza recipe, to make fabulous tacos, or even as a lighter option, in rice paper rolls!
Why not cook extra chicken on a Sunday night ready to be used during the busy week ahead. It makes for an easy and quick weeknight dinner or a packed work lunch.
How to store leftover chicken?
You can freeze leftover chicken but it is vulnerable to drying out and becoming tough as it defrosts. The best way to overcome this is to freeze it in larger pieces. Then shred onto pizzas, pies or sandwiches when it’s defrosted. To freeze, simply wrap the chicken pieces in plastic wrap, then foil and place in a zip lock bag with all the air removed.
How long does leftover chicken keep?
When cooking chicken, it is important to remember that once the chicken is cooked it should last up to 3 days in the refrigerator (4°C). You can also freeze (-18°C) the cooked chicken for 2 to 3 months so you can use it at a later stage in chicken recipes.
Recipes using leftover chicken
Get creative with last night’s leftovers and try these easy and delicious recipes!
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