Canned chicken? It's not just emergency food. From casseroles and dips to soups and salads, there's so much you can whip up with a can of shredded chicken breast!
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Your pantry is a treasure trove. All it takes is a dash of creativity (and a can opener) to make weeknight dinners exciting again!
- Easy Canned Chicken Recipes for Weeknight Dinners
- 1. Old Fashioned Canned Chicken Salad Recipe
- 2. Cheesy Chicken Pasta Recipe
- 3. Mini Chicken Pot Pies for Easy Dinner
- 4. Easy Chicken Noodle Casserole
- 5. Buffalo Chicken Dip
- 6. Salsa Ranch Chicken Wraps
- 7. Broccoli Rice Chicken Casserole
- 8. 7 Can Chicken Taco Soup
- 9. Mexican Chicken Enchiladas
- 10. Creamy Chicken Flautas
- 11. Teriyaki Chicken Fried Rice
- 12. Chicken Spaghetti Casserole Dinner Recipe
- 13. Gluten Free Cream of Chicken Soup Recipe
- 14. Pantry Chicken Noodle Soup
- 15. BBQ Chicken Sandwiches
- 16. Chicken Pizza Crust
- 17. BBQ Chicken Pizza
- 18. Thai Chicken Salad
- 19. Canned Chicken Pasta Salad
- 20. Cold Chicken Macaroni Salad
- 21. Chicken Caesar Wraps for Easy Meal
- 22. Mayo-Free Avocado Chicken Salad
- 23. Pesto Chicken Pasta
- 24. Canned Chicken Patties
- 25. Quick and Easy Chicken Quesadillas with Canned Chicken
- 26. Keto Canned Chicken Nuggets
- 27. Sour Cream Chicken Enchilada Casserole
- 28. Easy Recipe Using Chicken and Rice Soup
- 29. White Cheddar Mac & Chicken Bake
- 30. Leftover Chicken Cakes and Remoulade Sauce
- 31. Chicken Taco Casserole with Orzo
- 32. Easy to Make White Chicken Chili
- 33. Chicken Calzones
- 34. Shredded Chicken Salad with Grapes and Pecans
- 35. BBQ Chicken Roll-Ups
- 36. Angel Hair Pasta Recipe with Chicken
- 37. Chicken Sandwich Melts
- 38. Chicken Tortilla Soup
- 39. Chicken With Wide Noodles And Alfredo Sauce
- 40. Crispy Chicken Fritters
- 41. Chicken Curry Bowl
- 42. Easy Chicken Tetrazzini
- 43. Copycat Olive Garden Chicken Gnocchi Soup
- 44. Chicken and Prosciutto Grilled Cheese
- 45. Chicken and Black Bean Burritos
- 46. Canned Chicken Fajita
- 47. Chicken Empanadas Recipe
- 48. Chicken Stuffed Pepper
- 49. Quick Chicken Stir Fry
- 50. Nacho Chicken Ravioli
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Easy Canned Chicken Recipes for Weeknight Dinners
Check out these super quick, easy, and mouth-watering canned chicken recipes that'll make weeknight dinners a breeze.
With these recipes up your sleeve, canned chicken is no longer the overlooked item in your pantry. Whether you're cooking for one or hosting a dinner party, these canned chicken recipes promise flavor, convenience, and creativity.
1. Old Fashioned Canned Chicken Salad Recipe
Combine your canned chicken with some mayo, mustard, chopped celery, and seasonings. Toss it on fresh greens, and voila - an old-fashioned classic.
2. Cheesy Chicken Pasta Recipe
Stir fry canned chicken, add in cooked pasta, and smother with your favorite cheese sauce. Dinner's ready faster than you can say "cheesy goodness."
3. Mini Chicken Pot Pies for Easy Dinner
4. Easy Chicken Noodle Casserole
Think comforting chicken noodle soup, but in a casserole form. Mix canned chicken with pasta, cream, and your fave veggies, and dive into the nostalgia.
5. Buffalo Chicken Dip
Love buffalo wings? This one’s for you! Creamy chicken meets hot sauce, cream cheese, and a sprinkle of ranch. Dip in and set your taste buds on fire.
6. Salsa Ranch Chicken Wraps
Chicken, zesty salsa, ranch dressing, and cheese wrapped up in tortilla goodness. Quick, messy, delicious.
7. Broccoli Rice Chicken Casserole
Canned chicken, rice, broccoli, and cheese sauce - that’s all you need! Layer them in a dish and bake until bubbly and delicious.
8. 7 Can Chicken Taco Soup
Dump seven cans including beans, corn, tomatoes, and of course, chicken, into a pot. Heat and eat!
9. Mexican Chicken Enchiladas
Rolled tortillas stuffed with a spicy canned chicken mixture, doused in enchilada sauce, and baked. Your homemade Mexican fiesta is served!
10. Creamy Chicken Flautas
Creamy chicken mix rolled in tortillas, crisped to perfection. Don’t forget the salsa!
11. Teriyaki Chicken Fried Rice
Sauté canned chicken in teriyaki sauce, toss in leftover rice and veggies. A quick trip to flavor town.
12. Chicken Spaghetti Casserole Dinner Recipe
Imagine spaghetti in a creamy chicken sauce, sprinkled with cheese. Sounds divine, doesn’t it?
13. Gluten Free Cream of Chicken Soup Recipe
Craving for a delicious chicken soup minus the grains? You’ll love this one.
Blend canned chicken, broth, and your gluten-free thickener for a warm and comforting appetizer.
14. Pantry Chicken Noodle Soup
Just when you thought soups take forever. Canned chicken, stock, noodles, and a handful of veggies. Hot soup in 30!
15. BBQ Chicken Sandwiches
Mix canned chicken with your favorite BBQ sauce, pile it onto buns. Add slaw on the side and you've got a winner!
16. Chicken Pizza Crust
Who says pizza needs flour? Mash canned chicken, cheese, and egg for a crust, top with your faves, and munch away! Healthy and delish!
17. BBQ Chicken Pizza
Spread BBQ sauce on your pizza dough, add canned chicken, red onion slices, and cheese. A smoky, tangy treat for your taste buds!
18. Thai Chicken Salad
Give your canned chicken a Thai twist! Toss it with veggies, herbs, and a spicy peanut dressing. It’s like a trip to Bangkok in a bowl.
19. Canned Chicken Pasta Salad
Boil some pasta, throw in canned chicken, veggies, and your go-to dressing. Refreshing and hearty at the same time.
20. Cold Chicken Macaroni Salad
A creamy mix of macaroni, canned chicken, mayo, and crunchy veggies. Perfect for picnics and potlucks!
21. Chicken Caesar Wraps for Easy Meal
Fill tortilla wraps with a mix of canned chicken, romaine lettuce, Caesar dressing, and parmesan. It’s like Caesar went on a roll. Literally.
Be sure to check out Chicken Wrap Recipes for more tasty leftover chicken wrap ideas.
22. Mayo-Free Avocado Chicken Salad
Ditch the mayo, mash some avocado. Mix with canned chicken and you've got a creamy, dreamy, healthy salad.
23. Pesto Chicken Pasta
Pasta, canned chicken, and a dollop of pesto. Sometimes, the simplest things bring the most joy.
24. Canned Chicken Patties
Shape canned chicken into patties, season, fry, and indulge. Who knew canned chicken could look (and taste) this fancy?
25. Quick and Easy Chicken Quesadillas with Canned Chicken
Tortilla + cheesy canned chicken mixture + pan-frying = Quesadilla heaven. Serve with a side of salsa!
26. Keto Canned Chicken Nuggets
Craving nuggets but watching carbs? Mix canned chicken with almond flour and spices, then air fry. Crunchy, keto-friendly goodness!
27. Sour Cream Chicken Enchilada Casserole
Layers of tortilla, creamy chicken, and sour cream sauce baked to perfection. Oh, and did I mention cheese?
28. Easy Recipe Using Chicken and Rice Soup
Sometimes, all you need is a bowl of warm chicken and rice soup. With canned chicken, it's quicker and just as heartening.
29. White Cheddar Mac & Chicken Bake
Creamy white cheddar macaroni, mixed with canned chicken and baked. Yum!
30. Leftover Chicken Cakes and Remoulade Sauce
In this recipe, chicken is shaped into cakes and fried until golden. Dip in a tangy remoulade for a lunch like no other.
31. Chicken Taco Casserole with Orzo
Combine orzo and chicken with a hint of taco flair. Your taste buds will thank you!
32. Easy to Make White Chicken Chili
Chicken meets beans and peppers for the coziest chili ever. Seriously, it's like a warm hug in a bowl.
33. Chicken Calzones
Golden pockets of dough, filled with a spicy chicken blend. Dunk them in marinara and you’re in for a treat!
34. Shredded Chicken Salad with Grapes and Pecans
The juiciness of the grapes, the crunch of pecans, and the creamy backdrop of chicken come together for a mouth-party you'll RSVP 'yes' to every time.
35. BBQ Chicken Roll-Ups
Roll it, bake it, love it. Tortillas wrap around BBQ chicken, creating a finger food that’s not just delicious but irresistibly fun.
36. Angel Hair Pasta Recipe with Chicken
Angel hair pasta paired with the hearty canned chicken makes for a meal that's both light and fulfilling.
37. Chicken Sandwich Melts
Imagine gooey cheese, succulent canned chicken, sandwiched between perfectly toasted slices. Heaven!
38. Chicken Tortilla Soup
Another comforting soup, this one screams "hug me" with every sip. Perfect for cold weather!
39. Chicken With Wide Noodles And Alfredo Sauce
Wide noodles? Check. Creamy Alfredo? Check. Mix them up with your canned chicken, and you've got a plate of creamy dreamy perfection.
40. Crispy Chicken Fritters
Dip, fry, devour. Take that can of chicken out of your fridge, combine with your fave veggies, and fry. Bite-sized delights ready to party!
41. Chicken Curry Bowl
You know what spices up life? Curry! Toss your canned chicken in a fragrant mix of spices, serve over rice, and garnish with cilantro.
42. Easy Chicken Tetrazzini
This is pasta’s risqué cousin from Italy. Combine canned chicken, spaghetti, mushrooms, and a creamy sauce together. Bake until bubbly.
43. Copycat Olive Garden Chicken Gnocchi Soup
Whisk yourself away to an Italian villa. Canned chicken, soft gnocchi, fresh spinach, and creamy broth come together for a meal that’s molto delizioso!
44. Chicken and Prosciutto Grilled Cheese
Grilled cheese's older, fancier sibling. Layer chicken, prosciutto, and cheese and grill it to golden perfection.
45. Chicken and Black Bean Burritos
Spice up dinner nights with Chicken and Black Bean Burritos! Roll chicken, beans, cheese, and salsa into tortillas. Roll, eat, repeat!
46. Canned Chicken Fajita
Bring the sizzle to your dinner table. Quickly sauté peppers and onions, throw in the chicken, and serve it up. Add some fiesta vibes with salsa and guacamole on the side.
47. Chicken Empanadas Recipe
This isn't your average pastry. Gently unfold your pastry sheets, spoon in a spicy chicken mixture, and bake to a crispy golden brown.
48. Chicken Stuffed Pepper
Take a vibrant bell pepper, generously stuff it with a zesty chicken mix, and bake until it's meltingly tender.
49. Quick Chicken Stir Fry
Got veggies? Got chicken? Toss 'em in a pan, add soy sauce, and bam - dinner's ready!
50. Nacho Chicken Ravioli
Where Italy meets Mexico. Tender ravioli pouches stuffed with chicken and cheesy goodness, served up with zingy salsa and creamy guacamole.
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Easy Canned Chicken Recipes
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- Old Fashioned Canned Chicken Salad Recipe
- Cheesy Chicken Pasta Recipe
- Mini Chicken Pot Pies for Easy Dinner
- Easy Chicken Noodle Casserole
- Buffalo Chicken Dip
- Salsa Ranch Chicken Wraps
- Broccoli Rice Chicken Casserole
- 7 Can Chicken Taco Soup
- Mexican Chicken Enchiladas
- Creamy Chicken Flautas
- Teriyaki Chicken Fried Rice
- Chicken Spaghetti Casserole Dinner Recipe
- Gluten Free Cream of Chicken Soup Recipe
- Pantry Chicken Noodle Soup
- BBQ Chicken Sandwiches
- Chicken Pizza Crust
- BBQ Chicken Pizza
- Thai Chicken Salad
- Canned Chicken Pasta Salad
- Cold Chicken Macaroni Salad
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Sarah Mock is a classically trained Chef and graduate of Johnson & Wales University. A culinary blogger for 14 years Sarah helps the home cook prepare her recipes with professional results.