Raising kids revolves a lot around food. As a mom I’m constantly figuring out what to feed my family for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. On those occasions when we’re lucky enough to have leftovers, I try to figure out how they can help me fill the lunch boxes the next day! Foster Farms is sponsoring this post so I can share with you my five favorite easy (and delicious!) leftover chicken recipes that I pack for my girls’ lunches. Make sure you read all the way to the bottom to see the recipes and find my tip for keeping meals warm in lunch boxes.
One of the great things about chicken is its versatility. You can adjust the flavors and create so many dishes with chicken, which is why it’s one of our go to meat/protein picks for dinner. Living in the Pacific Northwest, our go to chicken choice is Foster Farms, a local family-owned and operated poultry producer. As a mom, I was very happy to hear about their recent introduction of a Simply Raised fresh chicken line and the upcoming line of organic poultry. The Simply Raised line means I can feel confident knowing my chicken: has no antibiotics administered, ever, is 100 percent vegetarian feed, American Humane Certified, raised cage-free, 100 percent natural (minimally processed, no additives or preservatives, steroids or hormones), produced with no added sodium, and it’s locally produced throughout CA, OR, and WA. This helps me know that I can feed my family safe poultry for dinner and again for lunch, thanks to Foster Farms.
This meal is so easy! You can even cook the pasta ahead of time, perhaps when cleaning up from dinner. Add some leftover chicken and your favorite Alfredo sauce to the pasta, and you’ve got a meal ready to go. Add a side salad in a container and an apple, and your lunch is complete.
The rice is possibly the only thing that isn’t easy about this, however if you use a rice cooker, you can have fresh rice done in 30-45 minutes. Depending on your food choices you could also consider using quick cook rice. Then toss the chicken in your favorite teriyaki sauce and add some to the top of the rice. Pair this chicken recipe with some carrots and your favorite fruit.
Divided lunch containers make this meal come together nicely. Add your favorite salsa to your leftover chicken, then put together your taco lunch. I add some black beans, a tortilla, lettuce and tomato, and some cheese to complete the taco kit. You might consider including an applesauce to finish this meal.
Ranch Chicken Wrap
Pick your favorite tortilla and get ready to wrap! I take a nice piece of green leaf lettuce to act as the base layer between my ranch chicken and the tortilla. This will help prevent the ranch chicken from making the tortilla soggy. Mix up your leftover chicken with your favorite ranch dressing, and I like to add in some peas for a bit of veggies and flavor. Add the ranch chicken on top of the lettuce and tortilla, roll it up, and you’ve created a fresh and tasty leftover chicken recipe lunch. Include some apples, oranges or pears to complete this meal.
BBQ Chicken Sliders
This one really is too easy! Simply mix your leftover chicken with your favorite BBQ sauce and add it to a dinner roll. Packaged with some carrots and peaches, you’ll feel like your having a backyard bbq instead of toiling away at school or work.
Here’s my tip for keeping food warm in lunches. Note, this only works with individuals who can be told and understand what is edible and what isn’t, you need to use your own discretion on whether to try this technique. I like to add a hand warmer packet next to the container that is holding the food I want to keep warm. You can use a rubber band to secure it to the one dish or compartment. Just remember, it is your responsibility to know if it is safe to use this technique.
I hope you’ve enjoyed seeing these 5 easy leftover chicken recipes and that they’ll help you when you’re left figuring out what to pack for school or work lunches. Don’t forget to check out the new Simply Raised Foster Farms line and keep your eyes out for the upcoming organic line.
This post is sponsored by Foster Farms®, the opinions expressed are my own.