Leftovers Don’t Have to Be Boring: Part 2 (Chicken)

“She rises while it is yet night and provides food for her household and portions for her maidens.”  ESV Proverbs 31:15

By: Jennifer Mullen

Continued from Part 1

This post is not as extensive as part one, but I want to show you how you use leftover chicken in a couple different way.  Disclaimer: in our home, we could eat Mexican dishes every meal.  These two meals and snack may not seem different to you, but they are different enough to us that it is not boring.

To make the seasoned chicken you will need:

  • 2 chicken breast
  • 1 can of chicken broth
  • 1 packet of McCormick chicken taco seasoning

Combine the three ingredients in a crock pot and cook for 6-8 hours on low.  Shred the chicken one hour before it is done so that it can fully soak in the flavors and juices. (I plan on using this as a base to make a chicken soup someday when I figure out what I want to do.)

Here is what we can do with two chicken breast:

Monday Night- Chicken Tacos:

  • shredded chicken
  • taco shells (We use Mission Blue Corn and Flax Seed soft taco shells)
  • toppings (cheese, salsa, lettuce, black beans, etc.)

When I was in weight loss mode, we would have these once a week. With very little cheese and sour cream, the calorie count is 200 calories per taco.

Also, my kids don’t like chicken so we open a can of re-fried beans and make them bean burritos.

Midnight Snack of Chicken Nachos:

My husband plays basketball one evening a week with some of the guys from church.  When he gets home, he enjoys a plate of nachos with some of the leftover chicken and re-fried beans.



Tuesday Night- Chicken Enchilada Pie:

  • shredded chicken
  • cheese
  • soft tortillas (We use Great Value flour tortillas)
  • Kraft Philadelphia Cooking Cream- Santa Fe Blend
  • 1 can of drained and rinsed black beans
Combine the cooking creme and chicken.  Coat pie pan with cooking spray. Layer starting with the tortillas, then chicken mixture, black beans, and cheese. Top with a tortilla, some cooking creme, and cheese.  Cover with foil.  Cook at 350 degrees until warm and bubbly.  Remove the foil for the last five minutes of cooking.

I put this together while cleaning up on chicken taco night.  I can pop it in the oven for a quick dinner the next night, or I can freeze it for later.

Again, because my kids don’t eat chicken I saved back some of the black beans and served cheese quesadillas with a side of beans and rice to them.


Also see: Leftovers Don’t Have to Be Boring: Part 1 (Beef Dishes)

Related Mosaic of Moms Articles: To see Gretchen’s three-part series on meal planning complete with helpful tips, grocery lists, and menu templates, start here.

5 thoughts on “Leftovers Don’t Have to Be Boring: Part 2 (Chicken)

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  2. Melanie

    You had a great hook for this article; I couldn’t resist finding out how to feed 4 people for 2+ meals on only 2 chicken breasts. But I see it’s just the 2 grownups eatin’ on the chicken. Good ideas and good planning. We also love Mexican food.

    TMI alert – I found a taco seasoning that doesn’t give me indigestion (aka taco belches) and it’s Old El Paso. Buying it in the canister is more economical than the envelopes, too.

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