Thanksgiving & Christmas are those two family dinners where we enjoy abundant food, among them, the delicious cooked chicken. If you cooked the chicken but you couldn’t finish it, you can leave it in the fridge for two to three days. If it is still hot, you need to cool it down before storing it. If the leftover chicken is still hot, then you need to cool it down and the easiest way is to portion it out, or better still, cut it into pieces, lay the pieces on a tray or plate in one layer and as soon as it’s cold, place it in a bowl, covered with cling film or in a container with lid on in the fridge. If you want to store your chicken for longer, you can place your leftover chicken in the freezer, but you should never remove uncooked chicken from the freezer and then re-freeze without cooking.
If you want to find still delicious your leftover chicken, there are some exciting ways of using it. What do you think of:
Roast chicken sandwich
It can be our brunch at school or work. All you need is love for healthy food and 6 rashers unsmoked back bacon, leftover roast chicken, crème fraîche, watercress and baguette. Prepare it following the instructions in this recipe.
Using leftover chicken as a base for your soup is an economic way of getting your bird to go further, and it means you can get experimental will all sorts of punchy flavours, from fresh rosemary, sage and thyme to sweet, roasted tomatoes and a spicy kick of chilli. You can try it in: Spiced black bean & chicken soup with kale; Herby chicken & butter bean soup; Mexican roast chicken & tomato soup
Another way of extending life and relish a tasteful chicken is in a salad. Eat a rainbow with a dazzling Asian chicken, mandarin & cashew salad; Roast chicken & sweet potato gremolata salad or a herbed chicken, peach & feta salad. Fresh herbs, light dressings and interesting ingredients are sure to add life to leftover chicken. Pack it up and save money on a work lunch, or simply enjoy as a light but filling supper.
You can turn your leftovers into a comforting family meal with filling and flavour-packed chicken & bean enchiladas, tomato & mozzarella Italian chicken bake, and the favourite one: Spanish chicken pie. Except leftover cooked chicken, you’ll need some roasted peppers, olives and paprika as they give this bake tons of flavor.
Recipes source: BBC GoodFood Magazine