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What's your favorite thing to do with the leftovers from roasting a whole chicken?

I roasted one for Rosh HaShanah dinner a few nights ago and I'm trying to think of something new and creative to do with the leftovers. Something besides a salad, preferably.

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  1. Chicken pot pie, divan, or a la king. Make stock with the meaty carcass plus some raw wings or backs (stock entirely from cooked bones tends to be grayish and weak).

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    1. re: greygarious

      Yep, the stock is simmering right now and I agree about adding some raw chicken to the chicken carcass. Mixture of raw chicken and cooked bones makes the best stock as far as I'm concerned. It's just the leftover chicken pieces themselves that I'm trying to find new ideas for. Pot pie would be good but I'm living abroad currently, with a not nearly as well-equipped a kitchen as usual, so it might be a little too elaborate for what I've got to work with.

      1. re: Lady_Tenar

        I sometimes cheat on the crust of a pot pie and use refrigerator crescent rolls as a topping!

          1. re: cheesecake17

            I use Pilsbury refrigerator biscuits. Just open them up and place them on top.


    2. Use the meat for these patties: Chop coarsely, add 1 1/2 cups shredded, *squeezed dry* potato. Add 1 small onion, grated (or chopped very fine). Add 2 tablespoons flour, 3/4 teaspoon salt, 1/4 teaspoon pepper, 1-2-3 shakes Tabasco (to taste), 3 eggs. Mix well, fry as patties. This recipe from Lee Bailey--he served it with fruit salsa. It calls for the amount of meat from 6 chicken thighs, so you'd have to estimate and adjust.

        1. Somebody wrote about chicken and wild rice soup, and I can't stop thinking about it. Alternatively, there's avgolemono made w/ chicken stock. You could make a chicken casserole of any kind; chicken and rice, chicken Divan. You could do a stir-fried noodle dish, adding the chicken at the end; maybe onions, peppers, mung bean sprouts, noodles and chicken, with an Asian flavored stir-fry sauce. You could make chicken tacos or burritos, or Asian-flavored lettuce wraps, maybe with hoisin and peanuts along w/ the veg. you use. I love and adore having leftover chicken. It's a rare thing around here.

          1. Chicken soup with wild rice, chicken noodle soup, chicken tortilla soup or put in cheddar cheese soup.
            Chicken eggrolls.
            Chilaquiles for breakfast).
            Mix with veggies and make "turnovers" with puff pastry.
            Enchiladas or put in a burrito with black beans.
            In Quesadillas with Cheddar or Jack cheese.
            Served cold with hot sauerkraut.
            I also cook ramen noodles in chicken stock and add chopped chicken, green onion and mushrooms.

            I have done all these with chicken or game hen except the sauerkraut. My wife did that while I was out of town and raved about it.

            1. Cinese chicken salad.
              Chicken noodle soup

              1. This "Winter Carnival" Mexican-Style Chicken and Quinoa hot dish: http://www.twincities.com/ci_11528141


                1. I love leftover chicken and make many of the dishes already mentioned.

                  A few others are chicken & yellow rice with onion, and green olives, a quasi-Mexican casserole with poblanos, rice, onion, goat cheese and spicy salsa or enchilada sauce or stuffed pasta shells.

                  One of my favorites is an old Frugal Gourmet recipe. It is a very simple dish of leeks, cream and chicken. I serve it over rice or toast points. Rich, comforting, quick and easy.

                  1. stir fry, enchiladas, burritos, chicken salad sandwiches or any kind of chicken sandwich for that matter.

                    1. Chicken Tortilla Soup
                      Mexican Mac and Cheese with Chicken
                      Shepherd's Pie (yes, I know it isn't technically shepherd's pie since it isn't lamb)

                      1. Sandwiches (chicken and avocado), tacos and tostadas, stir-fry with almonds and veggies!


                        1. Chicken and dumplins

                          1. Love to make croquettes. Makes use of leftover gravy if you have it,and mashed potatoes. Very simple if you chop it in a food processor.

                              1. I make up a recipe of stuffing using Stove Top or the cubed bread and my own onions and sage. I put this in a baking dish, lay the leftover chicken on top of it, and pour a jar of chicken gravy over this. Then I wrap it and freeze it and some winter night I will be so glad to find it.

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                                1. re: Querencia

                                  Hmmm...At home in the states, I'm the family stuffing-maker at Thanksgiving. I've been meaning to make some for my housemates here, since it's a classic American dish and they've never had it before (we've been having fun cooking dishes from our own cuisines for each other). I've never put poultry meat right in the stuffing itself but that could potentially be quite tasty. Thanks for the idea!

                                2. My sons love when I make Nachos with shredded chicken, jalapenos, black olives, tomato, and cheese: heated in the oven until the cheese is nice and melty then top with sour cream, guacamole and serve with cold beer or soda, Yum !!!

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                                  1. re: oooYUM

                                    Now that would be a huge hit here. I might heat the chicken in taco sauce or salsa. Moisten the meat and give it Latin flavor.

                                  2. So many recipes using leftover chicken are Tex-Mexish, but why fight it? This is my favorite recipe using leftover or rotisserie chicken, http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/foo.... I made it tonight using corn instead of flour tortillas.

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                                    1. I love to make Giada's Chicken Tettrazini and it gets raves from guests.