36 Leftover Fried Chicken Recipes [Keto & More]

Fried chicken is an all-American classic dish. Next time you fry up a batch be sure to put your leftovers in one of these creative dishes. I loved everything on this list from the casseroles to the tacos. I know there is sure to be something here to please everyone in your family!

Frequently Asked Questions

How Long is Leftover Fried Chicken Good For?

The USDA recommends using cooked chicken within three to four days of first cooking if properly stored in a refrigerator. Store your chicken at 40 °F or less. 

Refrigeration slows but does not stop bacterial growth. USDA recommends using cooked leftover meats within three to four days.

Can You Freeze Leftover Fried Chicken?

Yes, you can freeze leftover fried chicken. The USDA recommends consuming your frozen cooked meats within 6 months.

How to Reheat Leftover Fried Chicken in the Microwave

  1. Place chicken on a plate and cover it with a paper towel to absorb moisture.
  2. Microwave the fried chicken for 30 seconds at a time until warm. If you over-microwave fried chicken it will dry out.

How to Reheat Leftover Fried Chicken in the Oven

  1. Let the second-day chicken rest at room temperature for thirty minutes while the oven preheats to 400°.
  2. Place chicken on a baking sheet, insulated between two pieces of foil.
  3. Bake for 15-20 minutes. 
  4. Let the chicken rest for 5 minutes and enjoy!

Final Considerations

Fried chicken can be used in a myriad of different ways. Next time you make fried chicken, plan ahead and get creative with the leftovers.

Fried chicken is a multistep process and you want to get every bang for your buck. Just remember to consume the chicken within a safe time frame!

You might want to check out our Leftover Shredded Chicken Recipes.