4 Recipes To Transform Leftover Fried Chicken

Fried Chicken Tacos with Buttermilk-Jalapeño Sauce
Photo: Photo: Iain Bagwell

Looking for a new way to enjoy leftover fried chicken? Besides just reheating leftover fried chicken for dinner, it makes a great addition to sandwiches, pizzas, and even tacos. The next time you make a batch of homemade fried chicken, make a little extra to repurpose it into tasty new dishes. Or use those extra drumsticks or tenders from your takeout box to put a new spin on a favorite meal. Try these four simple recipes for fast, delicious dinners.

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Chicken Parmesan Pizza

Pizza Recipes: Chicken Parmesan Pizza

A frozen garlic bread loaf and deli fried chicken strips ensure this five-ingredient pizza will be ready for the oven in only 15 minutes. Serve it with a simple romaine lettuce salad tossed with grated Parmesan cheese, croutons, and your favorite bottled Caesar dressing. This easy dinner is a meal you'll return to.

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Fried Chicken Tacos with Buttermilk-Jalapeño Sauce

Fried Chicken Tacos with Buttermilk-Jalapeño Sauce
Photo: Iain Bagwell

Pick up a sack of crispy, crunchy, oh-so-good store-bought fried chicken and serve up some of these convenient tacos in no time. Transform store-bought ranch into a jalapeño-spiked sauce for a spicy topper. Use two tortillas to make these taco truck style.

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Fried Chicken Sliders with Pimiento Cheese

Fried Chicken Sliders with Pimiento Cheese
Victor Protasio; Prop Styling: Heather Chadduck Hillegas; Food Styling: Emily Nabors Hall

Sliders are just the right size for leftover chicken tenders. Spread the buns with a generous amount of homemade pimiento cheese made with three kinds of cheese and Vidalia onion. Top these small bites with pickled okra slices.

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Fried Chicken Salad with Basil-Buttermilk Dressing

Fried Chicken Salad with Basil-Buttermilk Dressing
Victor Protasio; Food Styling: Rishon Hanners; Prop Styling: Audrey Davis

Here’s a salad that takes a family favorite and makes it healthy. Leftover fried chicken tenders satisfy your crunchy craving. Homemade buttermilk ranch dressing with fresh basil is even better than your favorite dipping sauce.

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