The convenience of cut up chicken pieces is nice but it can be rather costly. Chicken thighs or breasts can cost up to $8/lb whereas a whole chicken costs me a little more than $5/lb.
Although I still buy chicken tenders for my easy and always delicious pan fried breaded chicken recipe, I usually buy whole chickens because one chicken can feed my family of four and a half (we’re living with my in-laws right now) for at least two days, if not three.
Not only can I get more than one nutrient-dense meal for my family out of one roasted chicken, I also get the carcass and bones to make nutrient-dense bone broth that I use as often as I can in rice and soups.
Talk about frugal living!
I usually make chicken tacos, salad, sandwiches and sometimes I even just dip the chicken in homemade mayo for a quick lunch.
There are tons of ways you can use up your left over roasted chicken but if you are wanting to do something a little out of the norm, I’ve shared some awesome real food recipes.
I made a bacon, egg and chicken salad with the leftover meat from our roast. Besides the lettuce, chicken, hard boiled eggs and bacon bits (obv!), I included soaked sunflower seeds, fermented garlic carrots, and cherry tomatoes. It was delicious and extremely filling. Oh, I used my homemade caeser dressing which gave it an extra nutrient kick since it’s made with anchovies.
Meatified shares their recipe for a Moroccan Spiced Chicken “Noodle” Soup. Noodle is in quotation marks because there really aren’t any actual wheat noodles. Instead, veggies are cut with a spiral slicer to add faux noodle effect.
Other Delicious Ways to Use Your Leftover Shredded Chicken
- Spicy White Chicken Chili from Mindful Mama
- Simple, Chicken Curry from Hollywood Homestead
- Apple Chicken Salad from Natural Family Today
- Chicken and Peppers Italiano from Mindful Mama
- How to Make 6 Meals From 1 Chicken from The Paleo Mama
- 1 Chicken, 5 Meals from Nourished Kitchen
- Italian Chicken and Zucchini Lasagna from Mindful Mama