Wednesday, March 25, 2015

8 easy meals with leftover chicken

When chicken goes on sale, we stock up. We pack our little freezer as tight as we can and we do our best to spread out the love. Down side: it's hard to keep things interesting when you're eating the same thing multiple nights in a row, not counting leftovers. The solution at the Rauch house? Cook a ton of chicken with salt and pepper and mix it up as you eat. Here are a few of our go-to's:

1. Chicken salad: Add lettuce of some sort to chicken (cut into chunks or strips). Mix & match toppings: bacon, tomatoes, crutons, cheese (parmesan, feta, and cheddar are our favorites), green peppers, onions, avocado, hard boiled or fried egg, corn, black beans, olives, etc. Easy enough.

2. Fajitas: Add onions, green peppers, and red peppers to chicken cut into strips. Cook veggies and warm chicken. Done.

3. Nachos: Tortilla chips, cheese, shredded chicken. Optional toppings and dippings: salsa, guacamole, sour cream , jalepenos, tomatoes, olives, black beans, onions. We always make sure to add the toppings BEFORE the cheese, so the cheese keeps the toppings on. But beware; some can make your chips soggy if you prep them too soon before baking. They're nothing short of an art form in our family.

4. Quesadillas: Tortillas, cheese, butter. Butter tortillas. Fill with shredded chicken and cheese and goodness (see nacho toppings), and toast on either side in a frying pan or George Foreman grill. Yum.

5. Fettuccine Alfredo: Fettuccine noodles, alfredo sauce (jarred if you're short on time, homemade if you don't mind the calories... I love Pioneer Woman's!). Cook pasta, heat chicken, cut into chunks. Combine everything. Mangia, mangia!

6. Buffalo chicken wrap: Tortilla/flatbread/pita pocket, shredded chicken, lettuce (iceberg is best), bleu cheese or ranch, bacon, tomato, and buffalo sauce. Wrap and eat.

7. Parmesean chicken casserole: Chicken cut into chunks, heated in a little egg and a lot of bread crumbs and parmesan cheese. Mix with cooked pasta and some sort of red pasta sauce. 

8. Chicken stir fry: Frozen Asian blend vegetables. Fry veggies in oil, add soy sauce and stir fry sauce (we love General Tso), add chicken about halfway though. Bonus: Add cooked ramen noodles (oriental seasoning if you use it) as "lo men."

Bon appetite!

1 comment:

  1. Nachos are by far the number one but you do have some great other ideas too. Now I have to go cook some chicken.