Most of us today feel as though our lifestyles are more on-the-go than relaxed and laidback. And finding time for a home cooked meal can sometimes feel impossible. But whether you’re working long hours or attending your children’s extracurricular activities, there are plenty of ways to squeeze in some homemade goodness. Keeping shredded chicken on hand is a great way to cut your prep time in half. Not only is it one of the most versatile ingredients in the kitchen, but it’s also packed with protein that gives our bodies the ability to build and repair tissue, while also keeping us feeling full longer. From shredded bbq chicken recipes to Mexican shredded chicken recipes, here are 11 easy, healthy and innovative ways to use shredded chicken perfect for dinnertime, lunchtime or anytime!
1. BBQ Chicken Spaghetti Squash Casserole by Food Faith Fitness
Substituting spaghetti squash for regular pasta in this recipe make this recipe much healthier. But with the addition of your leftover shredded chicken and bbq sauce it fills you up and feels totally decadent.
2. Black Bean Chicken Enchiladas with Pumpkin Sour Cream Sauce by Ambitious Kitchen
This recipe is the perfect combination of cheesy comfort and vegetable goodness. Plus, the addition of pumpkin in a fun twist to enchiladas and perfect for fall (though we make these all year round!)
3. Curry Chicken Lettuce Wraps by Get Healthy U
Use your leftover shredded chicken for these super yummy curry chicken lettuce wraps. With ingredients like cashews and curry powder, it’s a flavor loaded recipe you’ll want to make again and again. Plus, lettuce makes a wonderful and low-carbohydrate substitution for bread or tortillas.
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4. BBQ Chicken Baked Sweet Potatoes by Lemon Tree Dwelling
This creative take on baked sweet potatoes that will wow whoever you’re cooking for. The simple ingredients and quick bake time make this both a crowd pleaser AND a chef’s staple—fast and flavorful!
5. BBQ Chicken Pizza by Slender Kitchen
This pizza is a Get Healthy U favorite. With just 6 ingredients, it’s an incredibly easy dinner that takes no time at all. Just don’t forget the cilantro – it’s the perfect finishing touch!
6. Low-Cal Southwestern Chicken Soup by Get Healthy U
Soup is a great way to sneak in plenty of veggies and fiber. This recipe is gluten-free, dairy-free and packed with plenty of kick from Southwestern flavors. The shredded rotisserie chicken will bulk up your soup and give your body additional nourishment that will keep you full for hours.
7. Sriracha Chicken Quesadillas by BuzzFeed
With two popular crowd pleasers, Sriracha and quesadillas, coming together for one easy and fabulous recipe, everyone will be wanting a bite out of this meal. A simple list of ingredients that pack a lot of flavor, including cilantro, sour cream and cheese, it’s a timeless meal you can whip up as an appetizer or a meal for one.
8. Healthy Shredded Chicken Burrito Bowl by Greatist
There’s never a bad time for a burrito bowl, but they can certainly come with a high calorie count. This delicious recipe is chock-full of flavor without sabotaging your waistline. It’s also a great way to use leftover shredded chicken from any other recipe you may have previously made. Brown rice takes the place of typical white rice (or you can substitute quinoa), while Greek yogurt lightens up the bowl in place of sour cream.
9. Chicken & Salad Pizza by Prevention
Pizza doesn’t have to be a guilty pleasure. This recipe only takes 30 minutes to make, and is complete with a variety of healthy and delicious ingredients like shredded rotisserie chicken, dried oregano, tomatoes, jarred roasted red peppers, Italian salad mix, reduced-fat goat cheese and whole grain flatbread wraps.
10. Mediterranean Greek Yogurt Chicken Salad by Food Faith Fitness
This is a great recipe if you have leftover shredded chicken you need to use up. Chicken salad can be overdone with too much fattening mayonnaise, but this refreshing take on a lunchtime classic is overflowing with healthy and incredibly tasty ingredients like herb-infused shredded chicken, tangy artichoke hearts, sweet sun dried tomatoes, lemon and pine nuts. Plus, this gluten-free meal uses Greek yogurt instead of mayo, so you can eat up without the guilt!
11. Cream Cheese Chicken Enchiladas by Taste and Tell Blog
This creamy enchilada recipe with shredded chicken, cream cheese and corn is perfect for filling up a table full of rich comfort food fans. An array of ingredients shine in this recipe, including salsa, cheddar cheese, pepper-jack cheese, chili powder, cumin and scallions.
12. Shredded Chicken Lettuce Wraps by That Skinny Chick Can Bake
On days when you need your looking for lighter fare, these lettuce wraps are the go-to choice. They’re packed with plenty of refreshing flavors like red bell pepper, ginger, oyster sauce, green onions, garlic, rice wine vinegar, Sriracha and low-sodium soy sauce all mixed up in a crisp cup of Boston bib.
13. Easy Chicken Nachos by Crystal and Comp
Need a quick snack for the kids or an appetizer for you and your friends to share? Nachos are a great way to use up some leftovers in the fridge to create a shareable plate everyone can fill up on. This recipe is to the point, using simple staple ingredients like lettuce, tomatoes, sour cream, avocado, guacamole and salsa, along with canned beans and leftover shredded chicken.
14. Chicken Pie with Cauliflower Crust by A Healthy Life For Me
A healthier and simpler take on a traditional pot pie, this recipe sautés layers of fresh veggies like fennel, mushrooms, celery and carrots, along with parsley and shredded chicken for the filling. The topping is a unique take on typical potatoes in a pot pie, consisting of a cauliflower cheddar crust that is browned in the oven.
15. Thai Peanut Chicken Salad by Fit Foodie Finds
This Thai peanut chicken salad is a healthy spin on a classic chicken salad! This salad is made healthy by using Greek yogurt and peanut butter as the base, and tons of crunchy veggies and peanuts on top! The peanuts are a great source of nutrients, healthy fats, and protein. This crunchy, flavorful salad is low in carbs, high in protein, and SUPER high in taste! It goes great on toast, on top of greens, in a wrap, or just how it is! You’ll love it.