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4 Leftover Chicken Recipes

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FitMenCook

My name is Kevin. My life changed when I realized that healthy living is truly a lifelong journey, mainly won by having a well-balanced diet and enjoying adequate exercise. By experimenting in the kitchen and openly sharing my meals, I learned that healthy eating is hardly boring and that by making a few adjustments, I could design a diet that could help me achieve my personal fitness goals. Our bodies are built in the kitchen and sculpted in the gym.

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.

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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
Steps

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Calories
290
Protein
38g
Fat
8g
Carbs
15g
Sodium
-
Fiber
3g
Sugar
8g
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KETO CHICKEN ALFREDO (HIGH FAT RECIPE)

Ingredients
  • 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
Steps
Calories
675
Protein
57g
Fat
46g
Carbs
10g
Sodium
-
Fiber
2g
Sugar
5g
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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
Steps
Calories
402
Protein
60g
Fat
11g
Carbs
15g
Sodium
-
Fiber
3g
Sugar
3g
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AVOCADO CHICKEN SALAD

Ingredients

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
Steps
Calories
290
Protein
28g
Fat
16g
Carbs
10g
Sodium
-
Fiber
7g
Sugar
2g
About the author

FitMenCook

My name is Kevin. My life changed when I realized that healthy living is truly a lifelong journey, mainly won by having a well-balanced diet and enjoying adequate exercise. By experimenting in the kitchen and openly sharing my meals, I learned that healthy eating is hardly boring and that by making a few adjustments, I could design a diet that could help me achieve my personal fitness goals. Our bodies are built in the kitchen and sculpted in the gym.