12 Cool Things To Do with a Roast Chicken

So, I’ve taught Roast Chicken in my cooking classes several times, and I always suggest making two (it’s just as easy as one!) and using the leftovers for a new recipe the next day.

Then I get stares. And somebody says: “Enchiladas?”

Yes, enchiladas. But other stuff too. And I also want you to make stock from the bones. But that’s a different post. I saw a list of suggestions from Rachael Ray recently, some of them were great and some sounded terrible. Rachael Ray is a different post too.  TBC.

So here we go, in no particular order:

Cool Stuff To Do with Roast Chicken

1 – Enchiladas. Sure, bust out these Chicken & Sour Cream ones, or just toss some pulled chicken with a little store bought red sauce & cheese, roll it up in some corn tortillas & pour the rest of the sauce (& maybe a little more cheese) on top. 350 for 25 minutes. Done.

2 – Do Taco Night Top Chef style. Fire up these winning Chicken & Egg Tacos from Top Chef Season 2, or just break out some tortillas & fixings, and heat chopped chicken with a little of your favorite taco sauce or salsa. So easy.

3 – Chef Ming Tsai’s Fried Rice: The Easy Way. Chef Tsai gave us his Chicken Fried Rice recipe (yeah, it’s that good) – instead of ground chicken, toss in chopped cooked chicken, and cut your cooking time by 5 minutes. YUM.

4 – Quick Curry. Try this Red Chicken Curry dish, only you get to skip the 12 minutes of chicken cooking. Just toss pulled chicken in at the raw chicken step, heat it all through, & serve it up.

5 – Lettuce Wraps. Get yourself some butter lettuce and store-bought gluten free peanut sauce, slice up that chicken & some veggies, and go to town. Need inspiration, directions or wanna make your own peanut sauce? Check out this recipe for Thai-Style Chicken Lettuce Wraps with Spicy Peanut Sauce, but skip the chicken-cooking part.

6 – Protein Power Your Puttanesca. I love Pasta alla Puttanesca, and I love it even more when I toss chopped roast chicken in with the sauce & pasta.

7 – Put Summer In Your Salad Bowl. Mix 1 part your favorite BBQ sauce with 1 part orange juice, add honey to taste. Top chopped romaine with sliced nectarines or peaches, pecans, Gorgonzola cheese, torn fresh basil & sliced chicken, top with the BBQ sauce dressing. So delish.

8 – Go Old School Italian Restaurant. Here’s my Gluten Free Fettuccine Alfredo recipe – add some sliced chicken to the sauce right before you toss the pasta in it. You’re welcome.

9 – Get Keen on Quinoa. I love Pesto Quinoa with Tomatoes & Mozzeralla, and Herbed Quinoa too. Throw some chopped roast chicken in either one – I like to add roasted red peppers to keep it interesting.

10 – This Ain’t Your Momma’s Chicken Salad. Yeah, you could always rock a chicken salad sandwich, but you didn’t need me to tell you that. Cilantro Pepita Chicken Salad is a whole new world, and you’ll be glad you made the trip.

11 – White Chili. I’ll make chili when ever I get the chance. Whip up a quick one by sauteing crushed garlic, a chopped onion, and 1/2 cup of roasted pepper in olive oil over medium heat. Throw in salt, pepper, 2 tsp sugar, 1 tsp cumin & 1/2 tsp chili powder + a can of white beans, chopped chicken & 1 cup chicken stock. Add hot sauce, more salt & stock to taste & desired consistency.

12 – DIY Rice Bowls. Cook some white or brown rice, and while it’s cooking, toss diced celery, carrots, onion or shallots & a little garlic in a saute pan with some oil. After 3-5 minutes, add sliced peppers, & zucchini, broccoli, snow peas, or whatever else you like. Add 1 part brown sugar to 1.5 parts gluten free soy sauce, and sliced chicken. Toss to combine, serve on top of rice. Disco.

OH! You Wanna Roast Some Chickens Now? Try these recipes: Bacon & Sage Roast Chicken, Roast Chicken with Onion & Tangerine, or Spicy Roast Chicken.

A couple of them even have videos, so I’ll show you how!

Happy Eating –

KC