Family friendly recipe: 10 ideas for leftover roast chicken

My tummy rumbles just at the thought of a chicken roast dinner with all the trimmings.

But it’s not just the roast dinner that’s exciting, it’s everything you can do with the leftovers later in the week.

I love to get the most out of ingredients once we’ve got them home. I generally get dinner for me and hubby plus our toddler, then two lunches and another dinner again for us all from a chicken costing around £10. I don’t think that’s bad going.

Perhaps my favourite thing to do on a Monday night after we’ve had a roast is a chicken leftover curry. It’s super easy to make and so satisfying. My only problem with homemade curry is I still haven’t managed to replicate that flavour you get in a local curry house. All the Indian cookery books are packed with authentic cooking, but I just want to recreate that lovely Balti I always order from the takeaway down the road. I have a book called The Curry Secret which I keep meaning to try as it promises to deliver just what I’m after. However the curry sauce is a bit of a long-winded process and I’m just a bit busy these days (two kids and my blog, which I’ve come to think of as my third baby!).

Anyway until I find a recipe that satisfies that craving, this one works pretty well. Sometimes I just use of jar of supermarket sauce but I like to make it from scratch too. This works well with leftover pork or beef too.


Leftover roast chicken curry

Serves 3
Leftover roast chicken (picked clean, save the carcass for making stock or soup)
1 small onion diced
1 clove garlic finely chopped or crushed
5cm piece of ginger grated
Tin chopped tomatoes
2 tablespoons medium (or mild!) curry powder
2 teaspoons Garam masala
Handful of coriander leaves

Heat some oil in a pan and fry the onions over a medium to high heat for a couple of minutes until onions start to brown.

Add garlic and ginger and fry for a couple more minutes

Add the curry powder and garam masala and stir. Allow to cook for one minute.

Add the tomatoes and add a splash of water to the can and chuck this in the pan too.

Give it a good stir and leave to cook for 5 minutes.

Add the chicken and give it a good stir. Allow to warm through for 3 minutes. Place on plates and scatter with coriander leaves.

Serve with rice and enjoy! You can also dice up leftover roast potatoes and cauliflower and add these when you add the onions. It tastes amazing!

Here’s a list of nine other family favourite meals to whip up with leftover roast chicken.m!

Buy a sachet of fajita spice mix and follow the instructions, skipping the cooking or the chicken. Just cover your cooked chicken with the mix and fry it for just a few minutes to warm it through and cook with the veg.

Chicken and bean casserole
Get a tin of your favourite beans, cannellini beans work well, and cook with stock and chopped tomatoes plus some fresh thyme.

Chicken pie
Whether you buy your puff pastry readymade or make it from scratch (but really, who has the time), a pie always goes down a treat. Jamie Oliver has a great recipe for chicken and mushroom pie flavoured with mustard that is seriously tasty. Find it here.

Club sandwich
Just add your club favourites to a nice roll and eat. The perfect lunch!

Add diced up ham to make your risotto sing!

Jambalaya with chorizo
I love chorizo and it goes so well with chicken. I generally chuck cherry tomatoes, chopped up peppers and whatever else I feel like in with this too. It may go against the “rules” of a jambalaya but I don’t care!

Cous cous salad
Cook up some cous cous and add some spring onions, peppers and tomatoes along with the chicken to make a warm salad.

Chicken pasta bake
Pop the leftover chicken in a white cheesy sauce then scatter breadcrumbs over the top and a grating of cheese then pop in the oven for 20 mins.

Chicken soup
Use the chicken carcass to make a delicious soup for lunch. Cook it with whatever extra veggies you have to hand like carrots, potatoes, parsnips etc.

Have you got any leftover roast meal ideas? Please share!


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