40 Leftover BBQ Chicken Recipes [With Pasta & More]

Not quite sure what to do with all that leftover BBQ chicken you’ve got? Whether it’s chicken thighs and legs or even breasts, there is a recipe out there somewhere just for you!

To make it easier on you, here is a compiled list of leftover chicken recipes, ranging from sandwiches to casseroles.

Feel free to sub out your leftover chicken for whichever cut of meat the recipe calls for. My favorite recipe is probably the BBQ chicken pineapple grilled cheese, it is to die for!

Leftover BBQ Chicken Pasta Recipes

1.Cheesy BBQ Chicken Pasta

In this simple yet delicious recipe, you’ll incorporate your leftover chicken into a pasta dish full of flavor.

Start by cooking off your pasta, in a separate pan, fry off your bacon. I like to keep the bacon pan and use it to sauté the onion afterwards! It makes it burst with flavor!

Slowly adding the remaining ingredients including the broth and tomatoes. Incorporate your pasta and leftover chicken into the pan.

To finish it off, I like to add three different kinds of cheese to the sauce! Delish!

2.Chicken Pasta

If you have chicken breast meat, this recipe is perfect for you! Cook your bacon, red onions, and freshly diced tomatoes in a skillet.

Finish off the sauce using chicken stock and spices and allow the sauce to simmer before adding in your cooked pasta and chicken.

I enjoy garnishing this with cheese and a little bit of fried onions! It really brings the dish to the next level.

3.Chicken and Vegetable Pasta Salad

Looking for something on the more refreshing side? This pasta salad is incredibly easy to make, start by cooking your pasta and setting it aside to cool.

Mix additional BBQ sauce with mayonnaise and seasonings to create the dressing. Finally, blend all your ingredients.

Pasta, beans, corn, BBQ chicken, jalapenos, and more! My kids love having this pasta salad as a side dish along hamburgers and hotdogs, but there are really so many things you can do with it.

4.One-Pot BBQ Pasta

Here is the ultimate pasta dinner, made in just one pot! I love making one-pot meals because they’re incredibly convenient, and result in the easy cleanup.

Since your chicken is already cooked, skip those steps and start by sauteing the onions and garlic in a skillet.

Make up your sauce with stock and the juice from canned diced tomatoes. Cook the pasta in the sauce, then add in your leftover chicken.

My favorite thing to use as a garnish for this dish is shredded cheese and scallions! Delicious as ever.

5.Chicken Pasta Salad with Cherry Tomatoes

This pasta salad is bursting with flavors, including fresh cilantro and lime juice.

After your pasta has been cooked, make your dressing by combining BBQ sauce, chili powder, balsamic vinegar, and olive oil.

Toss your sauce into your chicken and diced vegetables, along with your pasta. And there you go! I’ve served this dish at plenty of cookouts, and it has always been a hit!

6.Mac and Cheese

Just when you thought macaroni and cheese couldn’t get any better, try incorporating your leftover BBQ chicken into it!

For this simple recipe, make a homemade cheese sauce and fold your cooked pasta into it.

Top with leftover BBQ meat and more sauce, then bake until crispy and bubbling. My family loves to pile the panko on this mac n cheese, it gives it a nice crisp!

Leftover BBQ Chicken Keto Recipes

7.Chicken Pizza

To make this recipe low carb, simply use a baked tortilla as the pizza crust.

Smother the tortilla in BBQ sauce and load on the toppings including red onion, cheese, and leftover chicken.

Bake for just 10 minutes before enjoying the perfect slice of heaven! My favorite way to serve this is along a fresh side salad, it just hits the spot.

8.Chicken Chaffles

“What is a chaffle?”, you might ask. A chaffle is simply a “waffle” that is made out of cheese and eggs.

For this recipe, integrate your diced chicken with more BBQ sauce, eggs, cheese, and flour.

Use a waffle maker and pour the batter into it once hot. Cook the “waffle” for at least four minutes to get it crispy! My kids love dipping their chaffles in ranch, or even honey mustard.

9.Grilled Zucchini Salad

This salad itself is a refreshing combination of grilled zucchini and corn, arugula, and red onion.

My favorite part of this recipe has got to be the charred corn. It enhances all of the flavors!

I love the use of Dijon and honey in this salad, sometimes I’ll even add a dash of cayenne to the dressing to make the flavors pop.

10.Chicken Crust Pizza

Using your leftover chicken to create a pizza crust is nothing short of genius. Simply use a food processor to blend your chicken, cheese, and onion for the crust.

Press the crust into a pan and bake It for 20 minutes. Top with BBQ sauce, cooked bacon, and additional cheese! I love garnishing this with cilantro and diced tomato!

11.Chicken Salad

Here is a recipe that will have you coming back for seconds. It is best made with shredded chicken but diced will work as well!

Join all your ingredients together (chicken, celery, BBQ sauce, onion, etc.) and put them in the refrigerator to chill.

My family goes crazy over this chicken salad! We usually eat it on top of lettuce boats, or sometimes we use it as a dip for carrots and celery.

12.Chicken Taquitos

With traces of fresh cilantro and red onion, this homemade taquito recipe is top-notch. Instead of using tortillas, bake mozzarella slices until crispy.

When the cheese is still pliable, place your filling full of leftover BBQ chicken inside and wrap them up.

Let the taquitos set before savoring this flavorful dish! My suggestion for serving this would be to serve it alongside some fresh salsa, you can’t go wrong there!

13.Chicken Zucchini Noodle Casserole

This recipe is an enjoyable way to learn how to make homemade zucchini noodles!

Once the noodles are done, make your cheesy BBQ sauce on the stovetop, adding Greek yogurt and leftover chicken.

Lastly, add in the noodles and remaining ingredients before spreading in a pan and baking for 25 minutes!

I love bringing this casserole to family gatherings, because it is not only healthy but extremely scrumptious.

Leftover BBQ Chicken Sandwich Recipes

14.Tomato Chicken Sandwich

If you want to incorporate your extra chicken into a sandwich, this is the way to go.

The recipe includes a guide to making additional sauce for the sandwich, so you don’t have to worry about it being dry.

The sandwich is loaded with saucy BBQ chicken, pickles, coleslaw, and onion. To make it more delightful, I usually make these sandwiches with a brioche bun.

15.Chicken Hawaiian Sliders

Bite-size sandwiches loaded on Hawaiian rolls and packed with flavor! For this recipe, assemble the sliders by piling on shredded chicken, BBQ sauce, pepper jack cheese, and red onions.

I like having the sauce somewhere in the middle of the sandwich, that way it doesn’t make the buns soggy!

Loosely cover with foil, then bake the sandwiches in the oven until the cheese is gooey and the rolls are golden!

16.Chicken Paninis

Who doesn’t love a good panini? If you don’t have a panini press, a skillet will work just fine!

Build the sandwich by loading it up with BBQ chicken, onion, bacon, and cheese. It is best cooked low and slow to prevent the bread from burning!

I usually serve this alongside fresh sliced avocado with a little bit of lime juice.

17.Pulled Chicken Sandwiches

Since you already have cooked chicken on hand, this recipe will be a breeze.

The only thing left to do is make your slaw with cabbage, red onion, lime juice, and seasonings.

Use hamburger buns and assemble the sandwich by placing slaw, BBQ chicken, and pickles on the bun. To make it even better, I usually toast the bun beforehand!

18.Chicken and Pineapple Grilled Cheese

This sandwich is simply irresistible! To prep for your sandwiches, shred your chicken and thinly slice your pineapple. Butter one side on each piece of bread, then build the sandwich.

Alternate layering BBQ sauce, chicken, shredded cheese, and pineapple to build a flawless sandwich.

Place in a skillet, butter side out, and grill each side until it is golden and crispy. I recommend waiting until the cheese is gooey and the sauce is running a bit!

19.Open-Faced BBQ Chicken Sandwiches

Here is a sandwich that will be a crowd-pleaser! Slice a loaf of French bread in half lengthwise, butter it, and lightly toast it.

Next, we’ll build the sandwich. kids love building their own sandwich, so they can customize it however they want!

Once barely crispy, make a heap of all the toppings, including BBQ chicken, shredded cheese, scallions, and cilantro.

Throw it back in the oven for about 5 minutes, and you’re good to go.

20.Chicken Subs

This recipe goes into detail about how to make white BBQ sauce! you can choose to incorporate your BBQ chicken with the white sauce, or if your chicken is already saucy enough, skip ahead to building the hoagie.

Chop your chicken and mix it with cooked onions, Monterrey jack cheese, and sauce. Divide the mixture into your sub rolls.

I usually sprinkle more cheese on top accompanied by some extra sauce before placing them under a broiler.

21.Chicken Avocado Melt

Chipotle and BBQ sauce make this sandwich complete with just the right level of sweet and spicy!

My family loves having this sandwich with two different kinds of cheeses on it! Mix the mayonnaise with chipotle sauce to make aioli and spread on both pieces of the bread.

Build the sandwich by heaping on avocado, chicken, BBQ sauce, and cheese. Grill the sandwich as you would a grilled cheese, and there you have it.

A beautiful chicken melt! My favorite thing to serve with this recipe is some homemade potato salad!

Leftover BBQ Chicken Dinner Entrees

22.Chicken Tostadas

Nothing compares to a tasty tostada! Gather all of your ingredients including the shells, lettuce, chicken, shredded cheese, and green onions.

Add extra BBQ sauce to your chicken, then build up the tostadas with all the ingredients except the lettuce. Bake in the oven until the cheese is melted.

I love serving these tostadas with sautéed corn and peppers! It really hits the spot.

23.Chicken Soup

Making soup is a great way to incorporate leftovers into a meal! This soup is similar to tortilla soup. It has hints of cumin, pepper, corn, and garlic.

Make the soup by using chicken stock and BBQ sauce, your leftover chicken can be added along with the other ingredients. Simmer for 10 minutes.

I love topping this soup with tortilla chips and sour cream! You can even put cilantro on top as well.

24.Chicken Tacos

The pickled onions and smoked paprika make this entrée a delicacy. To prep, make your pickled onions and slice your leftover chicken.

Warm the tortillas and fill them with the chicken, BBQ sauce, corn, cilantro, and any other toppings you wish to add.

My favorite part is squeezing on some fresh lime juice to brighten up the flavors.

25.Chicken and White Bean Soup

This soup brings together all the flavors of a BBQ chicken pizza in the best way. Chicken broth, BBQ sauce, and several spices make up the base.

Although this recipe calls for the stovetop, I love making this soup in my crockpot!

Put corn, navy beans, chicken, and cilantro inside the soup. The garnishes are arguably the best part!

Shredded mozzarella, red onion, and tortilla strips adorn the soup, bringing the whole meal together.

26.Ranch Chicken Wrap

There is just something special about the combination of BBQ sauce and ranch dressing!

Fill 10-inch tortillas with ingredients including diced tomato, avocado, corn, and black beans.

Continue filling the wrap by adding your leftover chicken accompanied by onion strings and sauces.

My favorite way to finish off these wraps is to grill them to make them nice and crispy on the outside.

27.Chicken Quesadillas

My kids are constantly asking to have these for dinner, and lucky for me, they are super quick and easy to make!

If you want to try, start by dicing your leftover chicken and combine it with extra BBQ sauce, corn, and seasonings. Heat the mixture in a pan.

Smother the tortilla in the mixture and top with cheese before folding it in half. Grill the quesadillas long enough for each side to get browned and buttery!

I love serving these with homemade Pico de Gallo and lime wedges!

28.Crispy Chicken Wraps

To make these flavorful wraps, combine all the ingredients (red onions, cilantro, cheddar cheese) in a bowl including your leftover BBQ chicken.

Add additional BBQ sauce if needed and load the mixture into a large tortilla before frying it in a skillet.

My family loves eating these lovely wraps with French fries or even a side salad.

29.Healthy BBQ Tostadas

The use of freshly toasted corn tortillas and Roma tomato topping makes this recipe so divine! Spread BBQ sauce onto the shell once it is toasted and add all your other toppings.

Don’t be afraid to load on the leftover chicken, and then garnish it with cilantro!

It will be ready after being baked in the oven for just six to eight minutes. My favorite garnish for these tostadas is a dollop of sour cream and some salsa!

30.Chipotle and Pineapple BBQ Chicken Quesadillas

Loaded quesadillas are a great way to utilize your leftovers! This recipe brings together so many distinct flavors that it is hard to pass up.

Load up your quesadillas with gouda cheese, pineapple, and BBQ chicken. After frying your quesadillas in a skillet, drizzle them with chipotle aioli and dip them in BBQ sauce.

To make it even better, I usually serve these with sautéed onions and peppers on the side!

31.BBQ Chicken Stuffed Baked Sweet Potatoes

To prep for this delicious entrée, start by baking your sweet potatoes for approximately 45 minutes, or until fork tender.

Once the potatoes are baked, all you have to do is fill them before finishing them off. Top the potatoes with your BBQ chicken, red onions, cilantro, and cheese.

Place in the oven until the cheese is gooey! My kids love having these with chili served on the side! You could even have a side salad with them too.

Leftover BBQ Chicken Casserole Recipes

32.Chicken Cornbread Skillet

Yes, this casserole does taste as great as it sounds. I love bringing this dish to cookouts because it is so unique!

To make your filling, combine your BBQ chicken with green chiles, onions, and tomato sauce. Throw in some extra BBQ sauce while you’re at it.

Prepare cornbread batter and spread It into a skillet, then top the batter with the chicken mixture. Allow the casserole to bake for approximately 25 minutes!

Something I do to make this dish even more special; I glaze the cornbread with a light layer of honey. Delish.

33.Chicken and Beans Bake

Who doesn’t love comfort food? The casserole is filled with nostalgic flavors including bacon, beans, and cheese.

My family is constantly asking me to make this casserole, there is just something about it that makes you feel at home!

Fold all of your filling ingredients together, incorporating your leftover chicken into the mix.

Scoop biscuit dough on top of the mixture and bake the casserole until the biscuits are golden and the filling is bubbly!

34.Chicken Tater Tot Skillet

One-pan meals are fantastic because they’re extremely convenient! For this tater tot casserole, cook your bacon, onions, garlic, peppers, and chicken in the pan according to the directions.

Next, add in BBQ sauce, chicken stock, and seasonings to make the filling nice and saucy.

Layer on shredded cheese and then finally frozen tater tots. Bake for 25 minutes! When making this skillet, I love to save some gravy to serve on the side with it!

35.Chicken Sweet Potato Bake

Here is another recipe that highlights how well BBQ sauce and sweet potatoes pair together. Prepare the sweet potatoes by peeling, cubing, and baking them.

Layer the casserole by topping the potatoes with BBQ chicken, and then shredded cheese.

After baking the casserole, sprinkle on the garnishes. Personally, I love topping it with green onions, bacon, and fried onions to complete the dish.

36.Chicken Pizza Bake

BBQ sauced- biscuits create a unique crust in this pizza bake recipe! This entrée is almost too easy! All you have to do is combine the ingredients and bake it for 30 minutes.

The filling consists of BBQ chicken, cheese, bacon, and green onions. You can’t go wrong with this dish.

My kids love having this dish with a side salad, and of course some ranch dressing on the side.

37.Tangy BBQ Chicken Casserole

If you have leftover shredded chicken, here is a great way to take advantage of it. Make the filling by tossing your chicken with black beans, corn, and green peppers.

Pour the filling into a baking dish, not forgetting to sprinkle on heaps of shredded cheese before throwing it in the oven to bake.

You can garnish with cilantro. Sometimes I even drizzle additional BBQ sauce on top once it’s done!

38.Chicken and Rice Casserole

Chicken and rice bakes are one of many classic casseroles, but this recipe puts a twist on it.

If your family is like mine, they will love this BBQ comfort food! Make sure to start by having both your chicken and rice already cooked.

Chicken, black beans, corn, BBQ sauce, and more make the perfect flavor combination here.

After combining everything for your filling, bake it in the oven for 20 minutes, and serve immediately!

I love bringing this dish to gatherings because it is so unique! Don’t forget to drizzle it with extra sauce once it is out of the oven.

39.Chicken and Coleslaw Casserole

To produce this wonderful casserole, all you have to do is layer it up with all the ingredients, then bake it for 15 minutes!

Alternate the layers by putting chicken, BBQ sauce, zesty coleslaw, monetary jack cheese, and bacon bits.

You’ll know it is done baking once the sides are bubbly and crispy! This casserole is so yummy to serve with some kettle chips! The contrast of textures just goes perfectly.

40.Spaghetti Casserole

Even though this recipe originally calls for BBQ pulled pork, you can substitute it with your BBQ pulled chicken to create a unique dish.

In my opinion, the recipe is even better with chicken!

The sauce consists of sour cream, tomato sauce, BBQ sauce, and more. Meanwhile, the filling brings together pulled meat, green onions, cheese, and pasta.

Toss everything together and bake for a half-hour! Ridiculously easy and mouthwatering!

Frequently Asked Questions

Can You Freeze Leftover BBQ Chicken?

Yes, you can freeze any leftover chicken that you have! The best recommendation is to put it in an airtight bag or container, to prevent your freezer from drying it out.

How Long Does Leftover Chicken Last?

According to the USDA, leftover chicken that has been cooked will last in the refrigerator for up to four days!

What Is the Best Way to Store Leftover Chicken in the Refrigerator?

Wrapping the cooked chicken sufficiently in aluminum foil or even plastic wrap will work.

Airtight containers are a good way to store the chicken. I have found that the shallower the container, the better.

Final Considerations

It’s normal to feel stumped sometimes when trying to figure out how to make use of leftovers, but luckily BBQ chicken is so versatile that it can be put to use in creative ways.

Many of the dishes are healthy and quick, so there is no stopping you.

As shown by these recipes, you can take advantage of the leftovers by dicing or shredding the meat and embracing it in new recipes that are fun to try!

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