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I have several cans of cooked chicken. What can I do with already cooked chicken other than salad? I want something hot for winter months. Thanks.
By Sandy from Baltimore, MD
Here are three recipes :-)
Quick & Easy Chicken Quesadillas
1 3oz can diced chicken breasts, drained
1/4 cup medium or hot salsa
4ea 8 inch flour tortillas
1 cup Colby, Monterey Jack or Cheddar cheese, finely shredded (mix & match is fun ;-)
Sour cream and extra salsa for serving
Mix chicken and salsa in a small bowl.
Layer two of the tortillas with 1/2 of the chicken mixture and 1/2 of the cheese. Top each with the remaining two tortillas.
Lightly spray the top of each quesadilla with cooking spray and lightly spray the skillet and lightly spray the skillet again for the subsequent quesadilla.
Cook each quesadilla uncovered over medium heat for 2 to 3 minutes on each side until golden brown.
Cut quesadillas into wedges and serve with sour cream and salsa.
Be creative and add items such as chopped: Green Chilis, Jalapeños, Black Olives or even Corn Kernnels.
Chipotle Chicken Soft Tacos for Two
12 ounces sliced bacon, cut in to small pieces
1/8 onion, diced
1 1/2 cups cooked chicken, diced
1 chipotle pepper in adobo sauce, minced
4 corn tortillas
1/3 cup chopped fresh cilantro
1/3 lime, juiced
In a large, deep skillet fry the bacon over medium-high heat until evenly brown. Drain the bacon fat. Add the onions to the pan with the bacon and cook 5 minutes or until the onions are translucent. Stir in the chicken and chipotle chiles; cook 4 minutes or until heated through.
I have a tortilla warmer that you pop in the microwave but if you don't have one you can heat the tortillas in an ungreased skillet over medium-high heat for about 5 to 10 seconds on each side.
Chicken Salad Bagel Sandwiches
Great way to use up leftovers and they can be wrapped and stored in the fridge for the next day if you would like to make ahead.
2 cups cooked chicken, chopped or diced
6 slices cooked bacon, crumbled
1/4 cup celery, finely chopped
2 green onions, finely chopped
1/2 tsp dried basil leaves
1/4 tsp garlic powder
1/4 cup mayonnaise, or more to taste
4 bagels, split (I happen to love sesame for this recipe but onion is yummy, too)
1/2 cucumber, thinly sliced
Mix chicken, bacon, celery, onions, basil, garlic powder and mayonnaise in a bowl. Spread chicken mixture on bottom halves of bagels, top with cucumber slices and cover with top halves of bagels.
This is an easy way to use the chicken. Saute as much onion and celery in butter as you will need for whatever amount you are making. Then add one or two cans of cream of "your choice" soup, some pimento for color and the chicken.
Season to taste and serve over biscuits. Be sure to rinse the chicken after opening. You could also toss in some sour cream and chicken bouillon. You could add diced green peppers.
You could mix the chicken with cream cheese and onion, then bake in crescent rolls. Possibilities are endless!
French Toast Chicken Sandwich: 1 cup finely diced cooked chicken, 2 T. chopped onions, 1/4 cup finely diced celery (I omit), 1/2 t. prepared mustard, 1/4 cup mayo, 1/2 t. salt, dash pepper, 8 slices buttered bread (outside), 3 eggs, 6 T. milk. Combine chicken, onion, celery, mayo, and seasonings. Spread bread with filling. Top with slice of bread. Beat eggs and milk. Dip sandwiches in mixture and fry in butter until golden brown. Yeilds 4 sandwiches. I've also buttered bread on outside of sandwiches and toasted in electric sandwich maker.
I often make fast chicken noodle soup with canned chicken. I heat canned chicken, packaged broth, and frozen mixed vegetables to a boil, add noodles until cooked. It takes perhaps 10 minutes to make and is great on a cold day or when sick.
Make a medium white sauce, add the chicken and add some peas or whatever veggies you might have leftover. Heat and serve over toast, rice or potatoes.
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I already requested recipes for canned corn and dried beans. Now this one is again from the food pantry. I have several large cans of chicken. It is meat from a whole chicken, 4 cups worth actually. I don't know what to do with it. I am single and when I make a recipe, it is always too much. I have to do with what is on hand, so I don't have the nerve to give it to a neighbor.
Sandy from Baltimore, MD
Sandy, you can divide the chicken meat up and make several different recipes up in small serving sizes, cook, cool and freeze for quickie meals later. Example; soup, dumplings, stuffing, noodles, a couple canned biscuits for dumplings, stuff the rest with chicken and veggies making a tart, use one of those cup o noodles, add chicken and voila! Get some snack size bags and freeze it plain for other uses. Hope this helps. (03/14/2007)
After opening the chicken, freeze in 1 cup portions. To use 1 cup of it:
1. Make chicken salad with mayo, chopped celery/onion, and have sandwiches.
2. Shred chicken into a can of cream of mushroom soup mixed with 1/2 can milk, heat and serve over toast, rice, noodles or mashed potatoes. Add peas if you wish.
3. Make macaroni salad with chicken instead of tuna.
4. Make chicken quesadillas by putting shredded chicken and shredded cheese between 2 tortillas, and browning both sides in a frying pan. Serve with salsa/sour cream.
5. Cook 1 cup noodles, make 2-3 cups chicken bouillon, combine noodles, and add chicken for a fast soup.
6. Add shredded chicken to chicken ramen noodle, if you make them. (03/14/2007)
Try this casserole. My family loves it!
Topping: 1/2 cup crushed cornflakes, 1 tablespoon butter or margarine, melted.
-Mix all ingredients, except topping. Pour into greased 13x9x2 inch baking dish. Cover and refrigerate overnight. Take out of refrigerator 30 minutes before baking. Bake covered at 350 degrees for 45 minutes. Combine cornflakes and melted butter; sprinkle over casserole. Bake uncovered for 15-20 more minutes. (03/15/2007)
Chicken and noddle dinner. Take a can of cream of chicken soup and mix with the canned chicken. Heat on stove. Do not add water. Pour over egg noodles and mix all together. A nice easy and inexpensive meal! Hope this helps you! (03/15/2007)
You might want to buy one of those vacuum sealing Food Saver type machines. This way you can package and freeze your culinary excess and put it to good use later. (03/15/2007)
Again this food is from the state food bank. I get what they give me. At this time all I buy at the store is milk, eggs and cheese, and if feeling overwhelmed I will buy some veggies. But for the most part I am eating this canned food. Thank you. (03/15/2007)
I would freeze it like suggested, but put it in small air tight containers (I like the cheap ones that they sell for freezer jam - look for them by the Ball jars in your supermarket) and top off with water or broth (canned is fine). This creates a "seal" against freezer burn. Some recipe ideas:
Cook some rice (white, brown or mixed), add some cheese sauce (Ragu Double Cheddar is good and keeps for awhile in the fridge), butter, a bit of cream of mushroom soup (freeze the rest in small containers), broccoli, cauliflower, carrots or whatever you like, and some chicken. Bake in a small oven proof bowl until bubbly.
Mix chicken with some cheese sauce, sour cream, canned diced tomatoes with green chilies. Place some of the chicken mix down the middle of a couple of tortillas and roll up. Place in a small casserole dish and bake for a few minutes. Top with salsa, sour cream, more cheese sauce, etc.
Use the rest of the can of diced tomatoes with green chilies to make an easy salsa: Mix the contents of the can (including juice) with a pinch of salt, a couple grinds of black pepper, a pinch of parsley and a couple pinches dried onion flakes. You can add a pinch or two of dried cilantro if you like. Let it sit for at least 10 minutes before using. This will keep in a glass jar (like a spaghetti sauce jar) for a week or two. Great on tortilla chips, eggs, baked potatoes, frozen burritos, etc.
Mix chicken with some mayo and some sour cream and then add the "homemade" salsa to taste. Serve on bread, chips, tortilla chips, etc. You can also do this with canned tuna. (It sounds weird, but try it.)
Mix some cooked rice, reserved frozen (thawed) cream of mushroom soup, chicken, sauteed peppers and onions.
Combine chicken with Jarred Alfredo sauce, spread on a mini pre-baked pizza shell or a soft pita. Top with onions, mushrooms, green peppers, spinach, broccoli, etc. Bake until bubbly. Top with some shredded mozzarella or Parmesan and bake a few minutes more. (03/15/2007)
All the ideas are good ones. So I will just say that when you open the chicken, one frugal idea would be to open a can of broth and add it to the extra chicken and bag it together in quart freezer zip bags, squeeze all the air out. Use one serving and freeze the rest in individual amounts.
Using freezer quart zip bags will save freezer burn from happening. Using broth with the chicken will extend the freezer life. Use a Sharpie marker to date your package the date it was frozen. Freeze flat or put a cardboard box the size of the bag to keep flat until frozen. Then can be put in another spot in the freezer. (03/16/2007)
I use can chicken quite often. If you look at www.bisquick.com, you will find many good recipes that include can chicken. If you can not eat all of the recipe at one time, you can freeze it and use for another day's meal. (03/16/2007)
I get the large cans of chicken, split it into three parts. I freeze two servings, use the other with canned gravy and heat. It makes a great chicken gravy for over mashed potatoes or add a can of cream of chicken soup, and some ritz crackers (generic works fine), crush the crackers, a little pepper, and a tad bit of onion. Put in crock pot, makes awesome shredded chicken sands. Enjoy. (09/06/2007)
It also makes a very good tasting BBQ sandwich by just adding bottled sauce to meat. (02/28/2008)
Get a package of Lipton creamy chicken and rice or noodles. Cook as directed add a can of chicken, and mix together. We put soy sauce and oriental rice noodles on ours. It is a family favorite. Tastes great as left overs. Any kind of package noodles or rice will work as long they are creamy. (09/02/2008)