9 Ways to Use Up That Leftover Chicken Salad Because You’re Going to be So Glad You Did

leftover chicken salad

I like to make my own chicken salad and I’m always left with leftover.

Here are some ideas for what to do with that last bit of chicken salad:

How to store leftover chicken salad

Leftover chicken salad can be stored in an airtight container, either refrigerated for up to 3 days or frozen for up to 3 months.

If you don’t think that you will eat all of your leftover chicken salad, consider freezing it for later use.

You can also store it in individual plastic bags; just be sure to squeeze out as much air as possible from the bag before sealing it shut.

If you want to store your chicken salad in the refrigerator, make sure that it is placed in an airtight container.

This will help prevent any bacteria from growing and spoiling your food.

If you want to prepare your chicken salad ahead of time, you can do so and store it in the refrigerator.

This will allow the flavors to blend together even more, making it taste better when you are ready to eat it.

If you prefer not to have leftovers, simply cook up all of your chicken salad at once.

9 ideas for leftover chicken salad

Make a chicken salad sandwich

We love a good chicken salad sandwich.

It’s a great lunch or dinner option that can be modified with different ingredients and spices to suit your taste.

The basics for making this are as follows:

  • 2 slices of bread
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise or salad dressing (also called “salad cream” in the UK)
  • 5 oz cooked chicken, cubed or shredded in small pieces

To make the chicken salad:

  1. Cook the chicken until it’s no longer pink inside, then remove from heat and allow to cool completely before shredding it with two forks into large chunks.
  2. If you don’t have enough cooked meat leftover from making other dishes like fajitas or tacos, purchase some pre-cooked rotisserie chicken at your local grocery store instead! It’s an economical way of creating great meals without spending much money at all on ingredients–and they’re easy too!
  3. Mix the mayonnaise or salad dressing with the chicken until it’s evenly coated.
  4. Add any other ingredients, such as raisins, sunflower seeds, and celery for crunchy texture.
  5. You can also add fruit or vegetables like cucumbers, spinach leaves or broccoli florets for extra nutrients.
  6. Sprinkle with salt and pepper to taste, then cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.
  7. This dish is great served on its own or as a side dish for any meal that could use some more protein in it!

Use it as a filling for stuffed tomatoes

It’s a great summer dish that you can make in advance and is perfect for any backyard barbecue.

Find whatever tomatoes you like best, slice them in half, scoop out the insides and fill them with chicken salad.

You can also try using different types of bread as a base for your chicken salad as well.

If you have leftover croissants (or any other deliciously flaky baked good), go ahead and use those instead—they’re excellent vehicles for soaking up extra dressing!

Chicken salad is a great make-ahead dish because it can be stored in an airtight container, either refrigerated for up to 3 days or frozen for up to 3 months.

If you don’t think that you will eat all of your leftover chicken salad, consider freezing it for later use.

You can also store it in individual plastic bags; just be sure to squeeze out as much air as possible from the bag before sealing it shut.

One word of caution: If you plan on freezing your chicken salad, make sure that you use only fresh ingredients.

Frozen vegetables won’t thaw properly and will end up being mushy when you reheat them.

Create a chicken salad wrap

You can turn your leftover chicken salad into a sandwich by using pita bread or tortillas.

Add lettuce, tomatoes, nuts and raisins, and even cheese if you want.

Last but not least add a dollop of mayonnaise on top of everything to keep it all together!

The possibilities are endless when it comes to chicken salad, but these are some of our favorites.

If you’re looking for a way to use up your leftover chicken, try one of these recipes!

Chicken salad is a great way to use up leftover chicken, and it’s also a delicious sandwich.

If you’re looking for a way to use up your leftover chicken, try one of these recipes! The possibilities are endless when it comes to chicken salad, but these are some of our favorites.

Bake it into puff pastry or biscuits

You can also use leftover chicken salad to make puff pastry and biscuits.

To do this, first roll out a sheet of puff pastry dough on a floured surface until it’s about 1/4 inch thick.

Then spread your leftover chicken salad in an even layer over the entire surface of the dough and fold it into thirds like you would a letter.

Bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 25 minutes or until golden brown and puffed up—you might need to check on its progress every 5 minutes or so if you’re making large batches or want them extra-crispy.

Biscuits are great too! Just mix together 2 cups flour with 2 teaspoons baking powder and 1 teaspoon salt; then add 6 tablespoons butter (cut into cubes) along with 3/4 cup buttermilk that’s been allowed to sit at room temperature for 30 minutes so that it’s nice and warm (but not hot).

Stir everything together just until combined; this should take no more than 30 seconds or so—too much mixing will cause your biscuits’ crumbly texture! Place spoonfuls of dough on an ungreased cookie sheet lined with parchment paper as close together as possible without touching one another; then bake at 425 degrees Fahrenheit for 12-15 minutes until golden brown around the edges but still pale yellow when cut into (they will turn browner once removed from the oven).

Use it in a waffle or pancake batter

Leftover chicken salad is a great addition to a traditional pancake or waffle batter.

If you have leftover chicken salad and eggs, just blend the two together in a blender.

Mix in flour, sugar, salt and baking powder until the batter is smooth and lump-free.

Cook on your waffle maker or griddle pan at medium heat until golden brown.

This recipe can also be used for pancakes—just add more water as needed to thin out the batter!

Turn it into a quesadilla or grilled cheese

You can also use leftover chicken salad to make a quesadilla.

You’ll need some tortillas and cheese, but it’s super easy: Just spread about 1/4 cup of leftover chicken salad onto each tortilla and top with another one, pressing down to seal the edges together.

Heat up a skillet over medium heat and cook until golden brown on both sides (about 5 minutes per side).

Cut into triangles or squares and serve immediately!

Add it to your pizza crust

If you’ve got leftover chicken salad, try using it as a pizza crust! You’ll need: 4 ounces of cream cheese, 1/2 cup mayonnaise, 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese and 1 pound leftover chicken salad.

  • In a medium bowl mix together the cream cheese and mayo.
  • Add in shredded mozzarella and mix until combined.
  • Spread mixture onto your pizza crust leaving a little room around the edges so that it doesn’t fall off while baking in the oven (this also helps to ensure that there is more than enough topping for each slice).
  • Bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 20 minutes or until golden brown on top and bubbling around the edges.
  • Serve hot or cold!

Heat it up and serve over rice

To prepare, add the chicken salad to the cooked rice.

  • Add some vegetables to the rice for added flavor and nutrition.
  • These can include diced carrots or peas, chopped bell peppers, cucumbers and lettuce leaves.
  • To give it more of a kick, add a sauce.
  • Mix together 2 tablespoons of soy sauce with 1 teaspoon of grated ginger root in a small bowl then pour over the chicken salad before serving.
  • It’s that easy!
  • For extra crunchy goodness and protein fillers you can also add nuts or seeds like walnuts/pecans (not peanuts) which are high in omega-3 fatty acids that help reduce inflammation in our bodies leading to a healthier immune system overall! They also contain antioxidants which protect against free radical damage caused by pollution so eat up!

Stir it into pasta salad

If you have leftover chicken salad, there are many options for putting it to use.

For example:

  • Stir it into pasta salad: This is one of the most popular ways to use leftover chicken salad.
  • You can add it to any kind of pasta, but we suggest trying this recipe for a classic version (it’s delicious!).
  • Stuff tomatoes with it: This makes a great appetizer and is easy enough to make even if you don’t have much time on your hands.
  • Make quesadillas or grilled cheese sandwiches with it as the main filling ingredient: This can be done using bread or tortillas; we prefer using slices of ciabatta bread because they’re better at soaking up the juices from the chicken salad without getting soggy too quickly!
  • Add some leftover chicken salad into your waffle batter before making breakfast tomorrow morning: this will give each waffle extra flavor! You could also mix some into pancake batter if you prefer those over waffles (or vice versa).
  • If neither option sounds appealing, then try mixing leftover chicken salad into biscuits instead—you’ll get an amazing treat that combines sweet and savory flavors seamlessly!

Conclusion

If you’re ready to get cooking, we’ve got plenty of recipes that will make use of your leftovers.

You can stir them into pasta salad or pizza crust, heat them up and serve over rice, or even bake them into puff pastry for a tasty treat.

If you’re still not sure how to use leftover chicken salad, talk with your friends and family members about what they like best!

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