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14 Make Ahead Breakfast Freezer Meals

Make ahead breakfast freezer meals are one way to ensure everyone starts the day off right with a nutritious and filling meal.

With a little bit of pre-planning and prep, you can save tons of time and energy on busy mornings. Especially on the days that everyone gets a late start.

Have you ever missed your alarm in the morning and then you barely have enough time to get dressed and brush your teeth, let alone eat something? This use to happen to me all the time before I started meal planning. That is why we ended up using the drive-thru so often for coffee and donuts first thing in the morning. That not only blew my wallet but my waistline out of proportion. Plus, the sugar rush barely sustained any of us till lunchtime.

Even if you haven’t completely bought into the concept of having a meal plan for your family just yet, for those mornings when you need something quick and easy, make ahead breakfast freezer meals can really save you in a pinch!

These recipes are great for busy mornings or when you want to sleep in and want the kids to get their own breakfast or when you need to grab breakfast on the go! You don’t have to do a ton of work the day of, and you have a nice warm meal ready for you and your family when you need and want it! Most are ready by just popping them in the microwave which means everyone can have a healthy breakfast without a lot of fuss.

Here are the best breakfast freezer recipes that are simple and easy to make for you and your family. There is a huge variety of ideas here so I am sure you will be able to find at least a few that your family will love.

14 Homemade Breakfast Freezer Meals

Easy Breakfast Casserole

Make ahead breakfast freezer meals are one way to ensure everyone starts the day off right with a nutritious and filling meal.  This list includes casseroles, burritos, pancakes, waffles, smoothies, meat pastries and more!

If you are having guests stay over and you are not sure of what to make them for breakfast, try this easy, make ahead freezer casserole. It’s a hearty casserole, filled with tender turkey sausage, peppers and onions. Pop it in the oven when needed for a healthy breakfast the everyone will love. And did I mention it is super easy?! Recipe by Everyday Shortcuts.

Scrambled Egg Bites

Make ahead breakfast freezer meals are one way to ensure everyone starts the day off right with a nutritious and filling meal. This list includes casseroles, burritos, pancakes, waffles, smoothies, meat pastries and more!

It’s so nice to have breakfast foods in the freezer ready to go. These scrambled egg bites are great for busy weekday mornings. You can grab them on your way out the door for work or you can heat them up for the kids before school. Recipe by Freezer Meals 101.

Loaded Breakfast Tacos

Make ahead breakfast freezer meals are one way to ensure everyone starts the day off right with a nutritious and filling meal. This list includes casseroles, burritos, pancakes, waffles, smoothies, meat pastries and more!

I love that I can make this freezer friendly recipe over the weekend. In the mornings, I take a few out, heat them up and the kids can eat them on their way to school. You can make these in batches by making a double recipe. Put half of the fillings in a freezer bag for later in the month. They are super delicious, portable and the kids LOVE them! Recipe by Kicking It With Kelly.

Freezer Challah Bread French Toast Sticks

Make ahead breakfast freezer meals are one way to ensure everyone starts the day off right with a nutritious and filling meal. This list includes casseroles, burritos, pancakes, waffles, smoothies, meat pastries and more!

Tired of cold cereal or breakfast bars first thing in the morning? I get it, mornings are hectic but it is nice to start the day with something warm. Especially on cold mornings. These french toast sticks will hit the spot and because you can make them ahead of time and freeze them, they are perfect when you are on the go and need to get out the door fast. Recipe by Drug Store Divas.

MEGA Breakfast Burritos

Make ahead breakfast freezer meals are one way to ensure everyone starts the day off right with a nutritious and filling meal. This list includes casseroles, burritos, pancakes, waffles, smoothies, meat pastries and more!

This freezer Breakfast Burritos recipe makes massive burritos that are stuffed with eggs, cheese, bacon, crispy potatoes, guacamole, and a secret ingredient that makes them incredible! Recipe by Food Folks And Fun.

Croissant Breakfast Sandwich

Make ahead breakfast freezer meals are one way to ensure everyone starts the day off right with a nutritious and filling meal. This list includes casseroles, burritos, pancakes, waffles, smoothies, meat pastries and more!

The BEST Breakfast Sandwich Recipe! Made with egg, cheese, and ham piled between a soft butter croissant, these warm and delicious breakfast sandwiches are freezer-friendly and perfect for a quick and easy breakfast, lunch, or dinner. Recipe by The Forked Spoon.

Vegetarian Mediterranean Inspired Breakfast

Make ahead breakfast freezer meals are one way to ensure everyone starts the day off right with a nutritious and filling meal. This list includes casseroles, burritos, pancakes, waffles, smoothies, meat pastries and more!

These easy, tasty and healthy vegetarian Greek breakfast burritos can easily be made ahead, then frozen. Perfect for a Mediterranean diet, packed with protein and low in fat. It’s an easy brunch or breakfast potluck idea. Recipe by Food Meanderings.

Breakfast Sausage Hand Pies

Make ahead breakfast freezer meals are one way to ensure everyone starts the day off right with a nutritious and filling meal. This list includes casseroles, burritos, pancakes, waffles, smoothies, meat pastries and more!

These simple breakfast hand pies can be made ahead and reheated one at a time for busy mornings. You can make several sheets at once (double or triple the recipe) to ensure you have many on hand. Recipe be Freezer Meals 101.

Easy Freezable Dippable Applesauce Waffles

Make ahead breakfast freezer meals are one way to ensure everyone starts the day off right with a nutritious and filling meal. This list includes casseroles, burritos, pancakes, waffles, smoothies, meat pastries and more!

A little breakfast meal prep and you’ll always have an easy morning! These Freezable Applesauce Waffles are gluten-free, vegan, allergy-free, and dippable! A customizable recipe perfect for kids, teens, even adults! Recipe by Strength And Sunshine.

Chicken-Apple Sausage Breakfast Burritos

Make ahead breakfast freezer meals are one way to ensure everyone starts the day off right with a nutritious and filling meal. This list includes casseroles, burritos, pancakes, waffles, smoothies, meat pastries and more!

These freezable Breakfast Burritos are a grab-and-go, make-ahead breakfast you’ll actually look forward to eating! Full of sweet chicken-apple sausage, butternut squash, savoury cheese, red peppers, and fluffy scrambled egg. These breakfast burritos are crazy-delicious, hearty, and filled with great, keep-you-fueled-up nutrition! Recipe by Two Healthy Kitchens.

Chocolate Chip Baked Oatmeal

Need a simple, healthy breakfast idea?  Try this Chocolate Chip Baked Oatmeal!  It combines old fashioned and quick oats with milk, eggs, butter, chocolate chips and a few other pantry staples for a delicious recipe that the whole family will love. Recipe by Thrifty Frugal Mom.

Make ahead breakfast freezer meals are one way to ensure everyone starts the day off right with a nutritious and filling meal. This list includes casseroles, burritos, pancakes, waffles, smoothies, meat pastries and more!

World’s Best Pancakes

Make ahead breakfast freezer meals are one way to ensure everyone starts the day off right with a nutritious and filling meal. This list includes casseroles, burritos, pancakes, waffles, smoothies, meat pastries and more!

This easy breakfast recipe for the world’s best pancakes comes with a family secret ingredient. Have delicious pancakes at every family gathering where a special breakfast recipe is needed or make an everyday breakfast feel special! Recipe by Saving Talents.

Freezer Smoothies

Smoothies are nutritious, delicious, and so easy to make.  In fact, you can make a smoothie in under 5 minutes easily.  But there are those days where you don’t even have 5 minutes, am i right? And that is just one reason why I love these Freezer Smoothie Packs. Recipe by Fun Wine Sunshine.

Make ahead breakfast freezer meals are one way to ensure everyone starts the day off right with a nutritious and filling meal. This list includes casseroles, burritos, pancakes, waffles, smoothies, meat pastries and more!

Sausage & Cheese Breakfast Poppers

Make ahead breakfast freezer meals are one way to ensure everyone starts the day off right with a nutritious and filling meal. This list includes casseroles, burritos, pancakes, waffles, smoothies, meat pastries and more!

Having easy to grab breakfasts that are satisfying and quick to reheat like these Freezer Breakfast Sausage And Cheese Poppers are great. Using just a few basic ingredients and a creating in larger batches you can easily have breakfasts that reheat in seconds and are better than what you would grab in the local drive thru. Recipe by Midwest Modern Momma.

Start your day off right by prepping these make ahead breakfast freezer meals in advance. Trust me when I say they will be lifesavers on busy mornings and you will be confident about sending your kids off to school with a good, wholesome meal.

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Chicken Dinners My Recipes

Easy Creamy Chicken Breasts

When it comes to meal planning, I’m always on the lookout for recipes that are quick to prep yet still deliver a tasty meal on the table. These easy and creamy chicken breasts are quick and easy to make, and they are jam-packed full of flavour! These creamy chicken breasts would be great served over rice, potatoes, or over pasta if you would like!

Smoked paprika can be an excellent cooking spice, but it can also be challenging to find! This recipe doesn’t require smoked paprika and instead provides a more mild flavour without the heat. If you do want to add a little heat to this dish, you could add some cayenne pepper, but this sauce is plenty flavourful without any additional steps.

This recipe calls for some common ingredients that you may already have at home or that you can easily find at the store! While it does need to bake in the oven for an hour, it only requires 20 minutes of prep work!

My favourite way to serve up these easy cream chicken breasts is with a side of rice, over pasta, or with a side salad. However, I’ve had these on their own plenty of times without complaint!

When making my meal plan, I like to choose theme nights to keep things exciting and rotate through the meals we have in my recipe binder. These easy cream chicken breasts are a great quick and easy meal that you can prepare without less than half an hour of prep, or as a fun way to make American food more enjoyable.

This would also make a great date night at home dish and is an excellent option for those looking to try some more adventurous recipes. Since this doesn’t require a lot of preparation and there are no funky ingredients, you don’t have to worry about pleasing picky eaters!

Easy Creamy Chicken Breasts

Chicken breasts spiced with paprika and cayenne pepper are served with a creamy sour cream sauce. This simple dish is low carb and suitable for those on a keto diet. It's an easy dish that even a beginner cook can serve with confidence.

Ingredients

  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 3 bunches of green onions, thinly sliced (reserve 1/2 cup for garnish)
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth
  • 2 tbsp paprika powder
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 cold water
  • 2 tbsp cornstarch
  • 8 ounces of sour cream
  • 1 Roma tomato, thinly sliced for garnish
Chicken breasts spiced with paprika and cayenne pepper are served with a creamy sour cream sauce. This simple dish is low carb and suitable for those on a keto diet. It's an easy dish that even a beginner cook can serve with confidence.

Preparation

  1. Pre-heat over at 350°F.
  2. Place chicken in lightly greased 9 X 13 inch pan.
  3. Sprinkle sliced green onions evenly over chicken.
Chicken breasts spiced with paprika and cayenne pepper are served with a creamy sour cream sauce. This simple dish is low carb and suitable for those on a keto diet. It's an easy dish that even a beginner cook can serve with confidence.
  1. Mix paprika, salt and cayenne pepper in small bowl.
  2. Add chicken broth.
  3. Stir well.
Chicken breasts spiced with paprika and cayenne pepper are served with a creamy sour cream sauce. This simple dish is low carb and suitable for those on a keto diet. It's an easy dish that even a beginner cook can serve with confidence.
  1. Pour marinade over chicken and onions.
  2. Cover pan with aluminum foil.
  3. Bake at 350°F for 60 minutes.
  4. At end of bake time, remove chicken from pan and set it aside. Cover with aluminum foil to keep warm.
Chicken breasts spiced with paprika and cayenne pepper are served with a creamy sour cream sauce. This simple dish is low carb and suitable for those on a keto diet. It's an easy dish that even a beginner cook can serve with confidence.
  1. Strain the pan juice into a sauce pan.
  2. In a separate bowl, mix water and cornstarch to make a slurry.
  3. Add the slurry to the chicken juices in the saucepan.
  4. Heat the sauce over medium high heat and bring the solution to a boil.
Chicken breasts spiced with paprika and cayenne pepper are served with a creamy sour cream sauce. This simple dish is low carb and suitable for those on a keto diet. It's an easy dish that even a beginner cook can serve with confidence.
  1. When the sauce thickens, remove from heat.
  2. Add sour cream and stir until blended.
Chicken breasts spiced with paprika and cayenne pepper are served with a creamy sour cream sauce. This simple dish is low carb and suitable for those on a keto diet. It's an easy dish that even a beginner cook can serve with confidence.
  1. Pour the sauce over the chicken and garnish with green onion and tomato slices.

You can print the recipe card here:

Easy Creamy Chicken Paprika

Chicken breasts spiced with paprika and cayenne pepper are served with a creamy sour cream sauce. This simple dish is low carb and suitable for those on a keto diet. It's an easy dish that even a beginner cook can serve with confidence.

Chicken breasts spiced with paprika and cayenne pepper are served with a creamy sour cream sauce. This simple dish is low carb and suitable for those on a keto diet. It's an easy dish that even a beginner cook can serve with confidence.

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 20 minutes

Ingredients

  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 3 bunches of green onions, thinly sliced,
  • reserve 1/2 cup of green tops for garnish
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth
  • 2 tbl paprika powder
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 tbl cornstarch
  • 8 ounces of sour cream
  • 1 roma tomato, thinly sliced for garnish

Instructions

  1. Pre-heat over at 350°F.
  2. Place chicken in lightly greased 9 X 13 inch pan.
  3. Sprinkle sliced green onions evenly over chicken.
  4. Mix paprika, salt and cayenne pepper in small bowl.
  5. Add chicken broth.
  6. Stir well.
  7. Pour marinade over chicken and onions.
  8. Cover pan with aluminum foil.
  9. Bake at 350°F for 60 minutes.
  10. At end of bake time, remove chicken from pan and set it aside. Cover with aluminum foil to keep warm.
  11. Strain the pan juice into a sauce pan.
  12. In a separate bowl, mix water and cornstarch to make a slurry.
  13. Add the slurry to the chicken juices in the saucepan.
  14. Heat the sauce over medium high heat and bring the solution to a boil.
  15. When the sauce thickens, remove from heat.
  16. Add sour cream and stir until blended.
  17. Pour the sauce over the chicken and garnish with green onion and tomato slices.
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Butternut Squash And Walnut Spaghetti

I love pasta, and I don’t think I’ve ever had pasta that I didn’t like! Whenever I’m craving some comfort food, or just looking for a more filling meatless meal, I always find myself back at this Butternut Squash and Walnut Spaghetti recipe!

The nutty yet sweet taste of the butternut squash pairs beautifully with the walnuts to create a fall-inspired pasta dish you’ll want to make repeatedly.

If you are looking for an excellent meal for a Meatless Monday or cooking for a vegetarian, this Butternut Squash and Walnut Spaghetti is an excellent option since it has no meat! The walnuts provide an excellent meat substitute that pairs nicely with the butternut squash to create a dish full of flavor without any meat necessary!

The pasta sauce is thick and creamy, which provides and is topped with just a hint of Parmesan cheese and lemon zest to bring the whole dish together.

Taste great and good for you!

Butternut squash is a great vegetable to add to your diet for additional vitamins and minerals. It’s rich in vitamins A and C but is also an excellent source for vitamins B and D. It’s even high in magnesium and potassium, which can help promote bone health.

Paired with the delicious butternut squash and savory walnuts is a nice helping of spinach. Spinach is also rich in vitamins A and C, but includes K as well! This leafy vegetable can help reduce stress and even blood pressure too! While the star of the show in this dish is the butternut squash, spinach lovers will still taste a hint of leafy goodness with each bite.

Butternut Squash And Walnut Spaghetti

This Butternut Squash and Walnut Spaghetti would make an excellent dinner party recipe for special diets or a fun way to spice up your next meatless dish at home! This recipe is so easy to make, and a simple pasta recipe to make at home.

Ingredients

  • 1 (16 ounce) package dry spaghetti
  • 2 cups cubed butternut squash
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • ¼ to ½ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 3 cups baby spinach, roughly chopped
  • ½ cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 lemon, zested and juiced
  • ½ cup walnuts, toasted and coarsely chopped
This Butternut Squash and Walnut Spaghetti would make an excellent dinner party recipe for special diets or a fun way to spice up your next meatless dish at home! This recipe is so easy to make, and a simple pasta recipe to make at home.

Preparation

  1. Pre-heat oven to 400°F. Prepare a rimmed baking sheet with aluminum foil and spray with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. Toss cubed butternut squash with 1 tablespoon olive oil and season as desired with salt and pepper.
  3. Bake in the oven for 30 to 40 minutes (depending on the size of the squash) or until the squash is softened.

Tip: During the last 5 minutes of baking time, add the walnuts to one corner of the baking sheet to toast lightly.

This Butternut Squash and Walnut Spaghetti would make an excellent dinner party recipe for special diets or a fun way to spice up your next meatless dish at home! This recipe is so easy to make, and a simple pasta recipe to make at home.
  1. Meanwhile, cook spaghetti according to package instructions. Drain and return to pot. Toss with lemon juice.
This Butternut Squash and Walnut Spaghetti would make an excellent dinner party recipe for special diets or a fun way to spice up your next meatless dish at home! This recipe is so easy to make, and a simple pasta recipe to make at home.
  1. In a large skillet, heat 1 tablespoon over medium-high heat. Stir in garlic and red pepper flakes. Add the heavy cream and bring to a simmer. Stir in spinach.
This Butternut Squash and Walnut Spaghetti would make an excellent dinner party recipe for special diets or a fun way to spice up your next meatless dish at home! This recipe is so easy to make, and a simple pasta recipe to make at home.
  1. Add parmesan and cooked squash.
This Butternut Squash and Walnut Spaghetti would make an excellent dinner party recipe for special diets or a fun way to spice up your next meatless dish at home! This recipe is so easy to make, and a simple pasta recipe to make at home.
  1. Pour sauce over spaghetti and toss to combine.
This Butternut Squash and Walnut Spaghetti would make an excellent dinner party recipe for special diets or a fun way to spice up your next meatless dish at home! This recipe is so easy to make, and a simple pasta recipe to make at home.
  1. Serve topped with chopped walnuts, additional grated Parmesan and lemon zest if desired.

You can print the recipe card here:

Butternut Squash & Walnut Spaghetti

This Butternut Squash and Walnut Spaghetti would make an excellent dinner party recipe for special diets or a fun way to spice up your next meatless dish at home! This recipe is so easy to make, and a simple pasta recipe to make at home.

This Butternut Squash and Walnut Spaghetti
would make an excellent dinner party recipe for special diets or a fun way to
spice up your next meatless dish at home! This recipe is so easy to make, and a
simple pasta recipe to make at home.

Ingredients

  • 1 (16 ounce) package dry spaghetti
  • 2 cups cubed butternut squash
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • ¼ to ½ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 3 cups baby spinach, roughly chopped
  • ½ cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 lemon, zested and juiced
  • ½ cup walnuts, toasted and coarsely chopped

Instructions

  1. Pre-heat oven to 400°F. Prepare a rimmed baking sheet with aluminum foil and spray with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. Toss cubed butternut squash with 1 tablespoon olive oil and season as desired with salt and pepper.
  3. Bake in the oven for 30 to 40 minutes (depending on the size of the squash) or until the squash is softened.
  4. During the last 5 minutes of baking time, add the walnuts to one corner of the baking sheet to toast lightly.
  5. Meanwhile, cook spaghetti according to package instructions. Drain and return to pot. Toss with lemon juice.
  6. In a large skillet, heat 1 tablespoon over medium-high heat. Stir in garlic and red pepper flakes. Add the heavy cream and bring to a simmer. Stir in spinach.
  7. Add Parmesan and cooked squash.
  8. Pour sauce over spaghetti and toss to combine.
  9. Serve topped with chopped walnuts, additional grated Parmesan and lemon zest if desired.
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20+ Leftover Chicken Ideas

Supercharge your meal planning money savings and reduce waste with these leftover chicken ideas. I promise you, your family won’t even realize they are eating leftovers.

I know I am an odd duck as I can eat the same thing over and over again without getting bored. I hate food waste and nothing brings me more pleasure than seeing all of my leftovers gone. But my family, not so much. They hate leftovers.

That is why I have to be sneaky. I am always on the lookout for ways to use up my leftovers by using recipes that look and taste fresh. The key really is variety.

One of the most economical meals I have on my meal plan is roast chicken. I have to admit that I do pick it up ready made from my local grocery store. Add fries, a side and dipping sauce and this meal replicates take-away at a fraction of the cost. It is also quick and easy to put together.

Bring home a whole rotisserie chicken and use the leftovers to make many more recipes to complete your weekly meal plan. Check out these 20+ leftover chicken ideas.

I usually buy two ready-made chickens on 2 for 1 days. This deal is offered on Tuesdays. So that means that I not only have leftovers from the first chicken, but a whole leftover chicken roast as well to use up during the rest of the week. Luckily, I have lots of leftover chicken recipes in my arsenal to help me do just that.

You don’t need to get a whole chicken to take advantage of these leftover chicken ideas either. I also like to buy in bulk if I find a super good offer on chicken breasts. I then schedule a chicken breast recipe for Monday or Tuesday. But instead of just preparing the chicken breast I need for that one meal, I lightly season and bake all of the chicken breasts I have in one go. I find this saves energy by only using the oven once plus saves me time when using the following recipes for leftover chicken breast as well.

How long is leftover chicken good for?

If you store your leftover chicken properly, is should be good for 3-4 days. Make sure it is in a air-sealed container and that your refrigerator is set to 40°F or below. Discard leftovers after 4 days as the taste and quality will have deteriorated plus bacteria may have begun to grow. If you notice a sour smell or a slimy texture, throw the chicken out, even if it is less than 4 days old.

Can you freeze leftover chicken?

Absolutely! Plain or fried pieces of chicken can last up to four months in the freezer. If you anticipate that you will not be able to use up all of your leftover chicken in the next 4 days after you have cooked it, seal it up and store it in the freezer for another week’s meal plan.

Go to the USDA for more food safety guidelines.

How to unthaw cooked chicken

  • Unwrap and place the frozen, cooked chicken in a bowl or dish inside the refrigerator for up to 24 hours before requiring it or
  • Seal it in an air tight baggie and submerge it in a tall pot full of cold tap water. Change water every 30 minutes until thawed or
  • Thaw in the microwave using low or defrost setting. Approximately 6-8 minutes per pound.

Additional Tips

No one wants to have a week of chicken recipes, nor do you want to feel pressured to use up all of your cooked chicken in 4 days. Save some chicken and refrigerate for immediate use but prepare some chicken and freeze for future weeks meal plans. Slice, cube and shred chicken and store in individual, air tight freezer baggies. That way you have them ready for recipes that require them and they unthaw quicker.

I hope you find lots of inspirational ways to use up your leftover chicken here:

20+ Leftover Chicken Easy Recipes

Lunch Ideas

By far the easiest way to use up your leftover chicken is to use it for lunches the next day. Either for eat at home or to take to work/school, it is a nice, healthy meal.

This messy chicken sandwich is just one of 20+ leftover chicken ideas you can use to fill your weekly meal plan, save you money and reduce waste.

Messy Chicken Sandwich

Ingredients: Shredded chicken, favourite gravy or dipping sauce for chicken, bread, peas.

Directions:

  1. Warm chicken in microwave.
  2. Coat chicken with hot gravy.
  3. Spread between two slices of bread.
  4. Top with gravy and pre-heated peas.

Buffalo Chicken Grilled Cheese

Ingredients: Shredded chicken, buffalo sauce, cheddar cheese slices, bread, butter.

Directions:

  1. Warm up skillet.
  2. In a small bowl, combine shredded chicken and buffalo sauce.
  3. Spread butter on one side of each slice of bread and place butter side down in hot skillet.
  4. Cooking about 4-5 minutes on each side. Flip when golden brown and cheese melted.

Chicken Salad Sandwich

Ingredients: 1 1/2 cups cubed chicken, 1 small celery stalk chopped, 1 small onion chopped, 1/2 cup mayonnaise, pinch of salt and pepper to taste, 8 slices of bread.

Directions:

  1. Mix all ingredients except bread in a bowl.
  2. Spread mixture in between slices.

Chicken Pita

Ingredients: Cubed chicken pieces, mayonnaise, mustard, salt, pepper, pitas. Optional: caramelized onions, green pepper.

Directions:

  1. Coat chicken with mayonnaise.
  2. Add mustard, salt and pepper to taste.
  3. Fill pita and add any additional ingredients as desired.

Chicken Soup

Ingredients: Cubed chicken pieces, favourite noodle soup or chicken broth and egg noodles, cubed carrots, sliced celery stalk.

Directions:

  1. Warm up pre-made noodle soup or broth with pre-cooked egg noodles.
  2. Add chicken, carrots and celery.
  3. Heat till hot but don’t over boil.

Chicken Caesar Salad

Ingredients: Strips chicken pieces, romaine lettuce, parmesan cheese, bacon bits, croutons, caesar salad dressing.

Directions:

  1. Chop up romaine lettuce.
  2. Mix lettuce, cheese, croutons, bacon bits and dressing to desired consistency.
  3. Top with chicken strips.
This chicken caesar wrap is just one of 20+ leftover chicken ideas you can use to fill your weekly meal plan, save you money and reduce waste.

Chicken Caesar Wrap

Do real men eat salads? Well, yes they do if I wrap it in a tortilla! You can pretty much put any kind of salad in with your sliced chicken in a wrap for a nice lunch.

Ingredients: Prepared Chicken Caesar Salad, tortillas.

Directions:

  1. Fill tortilla with salad.
  2. Roll and serve.

Chicken Tacos

Ingredients: 2 cups shredded chicken, 2 cups grated strong cheddar cheese, diced tomato, salsa, 10 hard taco shells, shredded lettuce, sour cream, guacamole.

Directions:

  1. Pre heat oven to 350°F.
  2. Line baking tray with aluminium foil.
  3. Line up taco shells upright.
  4. Layer in each shell in this order: chicken, salsa, tomatoes and cheese.
  5. Bake for 15 minutes or cheese has melted.
  6. Remove from oven and top with salsa, sour cream and guacamole.

Chicken Quesadilla

Ingredients: diced chicken pieces, tortillas (pack of 10), shredded strong cheddar cheese, sour cream, salsa, finely chopped green pepper and onions, guacamole.

Directions:

  1. Warm tortilla in non stick skillet.
  2. Add chicken, cheese, salsa, pepper and onions.
  3. Fold tortilla over.
  4. Flip and cook 2 minutes.
  5. Remove and serve with salsa, sour cream and guacamole.

Chicken Burrito

Ingredients: diced chicken pieces, tortillas (pack of 10), taco seasoning, rice, refried beans, sour cream, guacamole.

Directions:

  1. Warm chicken in skillet.
  2. Add taco seasoning as per package directions.
  3. Cook rice according to directions.
  4. Warm beans in microwave.
  5. Add rice and beans to skillet.
  6. Mix well.
  7. Warm tortilla in microwave.
  8. Layer filling on tortilla.
  9. Roll and serve with sour cream and guacamole.

Chicken Panini

Ingredients: Sliced chicken, thick sliced bread, baby spinach leaves, thick cheddar cheese slices, pre-cooked bacon, sliced tomato, ranch dressing, salted butter.

Directions:

  1. Set the panini press to medium heat.
  2. Butter all bread on one side.
  3. Place one slice, butter side down, on the hot press.
  4. Top with chicken, then some ranch dressing then all the other ingredients.
  5. Place slice of bread, butter side up, on top.
  6. Shut the panini press and let cook for 7 minutes or until the bread is toasted golden brown.

Chicken Gyros

Ingredients: Pita bread, Tzatziki sauce. For the marinade: Chicken strips, 3 tbsp. olive oil, 1 tbsp. lemon juice, 1 tbsp. red wine vinegar, 1 tsp. parika, 1 tsp. dried oregano, 1/2 tsp. salt and pepper. Toppings: lettuce, sliced tomatoes, sliced cucumbers, sliced onion, Feta cheese.

Directions:

  1. Place the chicken in a medium bowl and add all of the marinade ingredients.
  2. Mix well then cover with plastic wrap, and marinate for at least 2 hours, preferably overnight.
  3. Warm the pita bread (in the oven or microwave).
  4. Add a bit of shredded lettuce, tomato, cucumber, onion, and chicken on top. Drizzle with a generous amount of Tzatziki and feta cheese.
  5. Fold the gyro in half and serve.

Sides

Chicken doesn’t always have to be centre stage. Use it as in a side dish to compliment your next dinner, BBQ or picnic.

These chicken kabobs are just one of 20+ leftover chicken ideas you can use to fill your weekly meal plan, save you money and reduce waste.

Chicken Kabobs

Ingredients: 1 inch cubed chicken, cubed pineapple, large green pepper cubed, large diced red onion, favourite BBQ sauce, skewers.

Directions:

  1. Alternate chicken, pineapple, pepper, and onions on skewer.
  2. Place on grill.
  3. Brush with sauce.
  4. Heat till crispy and vegetables tender.

Chicken Pasta Salad

Ingredients: Cubed chicken pieces, favourite pasta, green pepper, onion, tomato, Italian salad dressing. Optional: sunflower seeds, tart green or red apple cubes.

Directions:

  1. Prepare pasta as directed.
  2. Chop up onions, peppers, and tomatoes.
  3. In a large bowl, mix chicken, vegetables and Italian dressing.
  4. Refrigerate and serve cold over bed of lettuce.

Chicken Fried Rice

Ingredients: 1 cup small cubed chicken, 1 tbsp. oil, 2 large onions diced, 3 medium carrots diced, 1 red pepper diced, 2 cups cooked and chilled rice, 3 tbsp. low sodium soy sauce, 1 tbsp. maple syrup, 2 large eggs beaten, 1/2 cup frozen peas.

Directions:

  1. Heat the oil in large skillet or wok on medium-high heat.
  2. Reheat the cooked chicken and turn to brown on all sides.
  3. Add onions and carrots and cook until the onions turn translucent, about 3 minutes.
  4. Add the pepper and cook until softened.
  5. Stir in pre-cooked rice and cook until starting to brown. 
  6. Stir in the soy sauce and maple syrup.
  7. Push the fried rice to the side of the pan to make room in the middle.
  8. Add the beaten eggs and cook over medium-low heat until just set.
  9. Cut into pieces with a spatula and stir into the rice.
  10. Add the peas and stir well and cook until they’re hot.

Dinner Ideas

Use your stored, frozen cooked chicken for a main course.

This chicken alfredo recipe is just one of 20+ leftover chicken ideas you can use to fill your weekly meal plan, save you money and reduce waste.

Chicken Alfredo

Ingredients: Cubed chicken pieces, favourite pasta, alfredo sauce, bacon bits, cheddar cheese.

Directions:

  1. Prepare pasta as directed.
  2. Warm up chicken in microwave.
  3. Drain pasta.
  4. Add sauce and chicken.
  5. Serve topped with bacon bits.

Chicken Casserole

Ingredients: 2 cups shredded chicken, 2 cups uncooked egg noodles, 1 cup bread crumbs, 1 package (10oz) thawed frozen peas and carrots, 1 package (10oz) thawed frozen corn, 1 cup milk, 1 can cream of chicken soup, 1 can cream of mushroom soup, salt and pepper, 1/2 tbsp. dried minced onion, 2 tbsp. melted butter, 1/2 tsp. melted butter, 1/2 tsp. garlic powder, 1/2 tsp. Italian seasoning.

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350° F.
  2. Spray 9×13 inch baking dish with nonstick spray.
  3. Boil egg noodles according to package directions. Drain water.
  4. In large bowl combine all the other remaining ingredients.
  5. Add cooked noodles to mixture. Gently stir to combine all ingredients.
  6. Pour into prepared baking dish. Cover with foil.
  7. Bake 30 minutes or until heated through.
  8. Remove from oven and let stand 5 minutes before serving.

Skillet Chicken Stew

Ingredients: Cubed chicken pieces, salt and pepper. Choice of sauce: Buffalo, BBQ, Teriyaki, Greek marinade, lemon pepper marinade, Jamaican jerk sauce. Optional vegetables: corn, carrots, potatoes, peas.

Directions:

  1. Add chicken, choice of sauce and vegetables to skillet.
  2. Heat and stir for 5-10 minutes.
  3. Serve over rice.

Weekend Favourites

Get ready for game day with these fabulous chicken recipes.

This buffalo chicken pizza is just one of 20+ leftover chicken ideas you can use to fill your weekly meal plan, save you money and reduce waste.

Buffalo Chicken Pizza

Ingredients: cubed chicken pieces, ready-made pizza crust, hot sauce, cream cheese, dry ranch seasoning, Mozzarella.

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 400°.
  2. Coat chicken with hot sauce.
  3. Spread warmed up cream cheese over pizza crust.
  4. Sprinkle with ranch dressing, Mozzarella and chicken.
  5. Top with layer of Mozzarella.
  6. Bake for 10 minutes.

BBQ Chicken Pizza

Ingredients: finely chopped chicken pieces, ready-made pizza crust, BBQ sauce, Monterey Jack cheese, finely chopped red onion.

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 400°.
  2. Spread thin layer BBQ sauce over crust, not quite to edges.
  3. Spread cheese, then chicken and onions over pizza crust.
  4. Top with layer of Monterey Jack.
  5. Bake for 10 minutes.

Chicken Ranch Pizza

Ingredients: 1 cup shredded chicken, ready-made pizza crust, 2 cups mozzarella, Romano, Asiago and Parmesan mix, 1 cup diced tomato. Sauce: 2 tbsp. sour cream, 3 tbsp. mayo, 2 tbsp. milk, 1/2 tsp. garlic powder, 1/2 tsp dill weed, 1/2 tsp. onion powder, 1 tbsp. lion juice, 1 tsp. minced garlic.

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 400°.
  2. Combine sauce ingredients and mix well.
  3. Spread on pizza, not quite to the edges.
  4. Top with 1 1/2 cups of the cheese mixture, then the chicken and tomatoes.
  5. Sprinkle remaining cheese on top.
  6. Optional topping: add some crumbled bacon.
  7. Bake for 18-25 minutes until crust is fully cooked and cheese is melted.

Chicken Nachos

Ingredients: 2 cups shredded chicken, 1 bag tortilla chips, 16 oz strong cheddar cheese, 1 can drained black beans, 1 can drained corn, 1 sweet bell pepper cubed, guacamole, salsa, sour cream, chopped cilantro.

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 425˚F.
  2. Line a large sheet pan with foil.  
  3. Spread whole chips (don’t use crumbs) evenly to cover sheet pan.
  4. Sprinkle half the cheese over the nachos.
  5. In small bowl, combine beans, corn, pepper and chicken.
  6. Spread mixture evenly over cheese layer.
  7. Top with remaining cheese.
  8. Bake for 10-15 minutes or until cheese on top is just starting to brown.
  9. Remove from the oven and top with your choice of guacamole, salsa, sour cream, and fresh chopped cilantro.

Hopefully this list has inspired you to get creative, reduce your food waste and helped you add some new leftover chicken recipes to your next meal plan.

Having leftover chicken ideas makes meal planning budget wise plus treats your family with a variety of tasty, healthy meals. Let me know if you have any additional ideas for leftover chicken for me to add to my list.