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4 Leftover Chicken Recipes

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On April 22 we will celebrate Earth Day, and millions of people across the globe will engage in activities that “celebrate” and appreciate our planet.  I want to touch on a topic that is often overlooked (in many parts of the world), food waste. In the US alone, it is estimated that we throw away about 70 billion pounds of food each year.  While some of it may be necessary because the food spoils, often times it’s because we get tired of eating the food we initially purchased.

 

To that end, one of the foods I hear people complain about most often is – dry chicken breasts. I’m guilty of tossing it out too – there’s not enough hot sauce in the world that can help us choke it down! Lol However, with a few tweaks in the kitchen – and by chopping it up into smaller bites – I find that you can actually enjoy the chicken breasts that once tasted like tires.

Here are 4 easy leftover chicken recipes to get the wheels in your head turning so you can make your own, better versions to compliment your diet! I kept the serving sizes small because you generally only have 1 or 2 chicken breasts left at the end of the week and the recipes are pretty streamlined, requiring very little effort and using store-bought ingredients. I purchased everything from my local Kroger (Ralph’s, Fred Meyers, Fry’s, etc) so items should be easy to find.

 

Always adjust portions to compliment your needs.  In general per serving, average adult male consumes 5oz to 7oz cooked chicken breast and average adult female between 3oz to 5oz cooked chicken breast per serving.

 

LEFTOVER CHICKEN RECIPES

 

CHICKEN LASAGNA

leftover chicken recipes - chicken lasagna

Ingredients for 2 servings (in a 17.5oz jar):

  • 6oz cooked chicken breast (shredded in a food processor)
  • 1 zucchini
  • 1 egg white
  • 1/3 cup ricotta cheese (part skim milk)
  • 1 cup Simple Truth basil marinara/pasta sauce
  • 1/8 cup reduced fat Simple Truth mozzarella

 

Approximate macros for 1 of 2 servings:

290 calories, 15g carbohydrates, 8g fat, 38g protein, 3g fiber, 8g sugar


 

KETO CHICKEN ALFREDO (HIGH FAT RECIPE)

leftover chicken recipes - keto chicken alfredo

Ingredients for 1 serving:

  • 5oz cooked chicken breast (chopped into small pieces)
  • 1 large zucchini
  • 1/2 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/3 cup diced red onion
  • 1/2 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 2/3 cup heavy cream
  • 1/4 cup grated parmesan
  • fresh basil (optional)
  • Garnish:
    • parsley
    • pepper

 

**Remember, to ALWAYS adjust ingredients and portions to compliment your diet, goals and needs.**

Approximate macros for 1 serving:

675 calories, 10g carbohydrates, 46g fat, 57g protein, 2g fiber, 5g sugar

 


 

SPICY PEANUT BUTTER CHICKEN

leftover chicken recipes - spicy peanut butter chicken

Ingredients for 1 serving:

  • 6oz cooked chicken breast (chopped into small pieces)
  • 3 tablespoons Simple Truth peanut powder
  • 3 teaspoons arrowroot starch
    • 1 teaspoon sprinkled on chicken (while it cooks)
    • 2 teaspoons in the sauce
  • 1/2 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon ginger
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon rice vinegar
  • Garnish:
    • brown rice
    • lime

 

Approximate macros for 1 serving (without rice):

402 calories, 15g carbohydrates, 11g fat, 60g protein, 3g fiber, 3g sugar

 


 

AVOCADO CHICKEN SALAD

leftover chicken recipes - avocado chicken salad

Ingredients for 2 servings:

  • 6oz cooked chicken breast (shredded in a food processor)
  • 1 medium avocado
  • 1/3 cup diced red onion
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • fresh lime juice (to taste)
  • 1/2 cup cilantro
  • sea salt & pepper to taste
  • Garnish:
    • whole wheat pita bread
    • tomatoes & mixed greens

 

Approximate macros for 1 serving of JUST salad:

290 calories, 10g carbohydrates, 16g fat, 28g protein, 7g fiber, 2g sugar

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