What to do with leftover BBQ chicken: 17 easy recipes

Wondering what to do with leftover BBQ chicken? After spending hours creating the perfect barbecue feast, you don’t want it to go to waste! Check out these 17 delicious leftover BBQ chicken recipes. From super easy quesadillas to unique ideas, like tetrazzini, there is a delicious dish for using up your leftovers.

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Leftover BBQ Chicken Recipes

This summer I plan on grilling a lot. And one of our go-to meats to grill is chicken. But then I’m left wondering what to do with leftover BBQ chicken.

I love using leftovers for my meal planning. These leftover BBQ chicken recipes are a great way to add an easy meal to our summer rotation.

A lot of the recipes we found could easily be subbed with a rotisserie chicken and your favorite barbecue sauce. And most of the dishes will work whether your grilled chicken breasts or the whole chicken.

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Each of these leftover barbecue chicken ideas will tell you:

  • Type of recipe
  • Number of ingredients
  • How how much leftover chicken you will need.
  • The complexity of ingredients (aka, whether or not you might need to hit the grocery store first)
  • How long it takes to prepare (including cook time)
  • Special diet (Keto, Gluten-free, etc)
  • Equipment needed. (Instant Pot, Slow Cooker, etc.)

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What to do with leftover BBQ chicken.

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Ingredients that work well with chicken:

These ingredients will pop up in a lot of the recipes below. So if you have them on hand, you will be able to find more ideas to make.

  • Crispy Bacon
  • Your Favorite Salsa
  • Red Onions
  • Green Onions
  • Green Peppers
  • Lime Juice
  • Flour Tortillas
  • Cheddar Cheese
  • Cream Cheese
  • Sour Cream
  • Red Pepper

What to make with BBQ chicken

We love helping people find new recipes for the foods they already have.

Each of these leftover BBQ chicken dishes gives you some key information, so you can choose the best ideas for the whole family.

Check out the bloggers that created each recipe to use their tips and see the full set of instructions.

Some of the recipes below call for leftover shredded chicken and your favorite barbecue sauce. Just sub these two for your leftovers and you'll be good to go!

Note: pantry ingredients include dry ingredient pantry staples like olive oil, all-purpose flour, brown sugar, corn starch, salt, black pepper, spices, etc. Please check the recipe to make sure that you have the ingredients needed to create the dish. If you are making gluten-free recipes, it may include things like almond flour and other common gluten-free pantry items.

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