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The Best Way To Use Leftover Chicken


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My husband has this thing he’s always saying. Ready for it?

He’s always telling me to “eat the house”. It really drives me nutso. It just sounds so barbaric. When we were younger my sister always said “busted” when I was caught with my hand in the cookie jar. I always thought “busted” especially the way she delivered it sounded kind of truck driver-ish. And I pretty much thought nothing could annoy me more than her “busted”. Comes along hubby with “eat the house” and I almost forgot about “busted” until now.

Anyone here have any clue what he means by “eat the house”?

“Eat the house” is Hubby’s way of saying “Jamie stop sending me food shopping for obscure expensive ingredients when we have plenty of good food in this house.” But what he is really saying is “Jamie I am not throwing out any more food. I don’t want to be the only one in this family eating leftovers. You also have to eat the leftovers again and again and again until there are no leftovers left. Then eat all those obscure and expensive ingredients you made me buy that are already right here in this house. Those things you had to have but have yet to use”. I know it’s a sin to throw out edible food but I can’t help but cook for an army and there are only so many times I can look at the same food. Right?

We used to have this great column years ago called right overs where we took leftovers and remade them into something new and improved and considerably different. That’s why I love this BBQ Chicken Sandwich. You can use leftover soup chicken and/or roast chicken and/or grilled chicken (even dried out chicken that doesn’t have much life left) from Shabbos or last night’s dinner and give it a makeover worthy of a before and after pict. I adore the color, texture and creamy taste of fresh sliced avocado with the sweet saucy shredded chicken. But of course feel free to stretch the meal even further (if you don’t have that much leftover chicken) by piling on lettuce, tomatoes, sprouts, cucumbers or whatever other leftover fresh veg you have in the house.

When I come up with a creative way to “eat the house” I am super proud of myself and it makes hubby’s chorus a little less annoying. Not too much less annoying, but just a little.

What’s your favorite leftover makeover?

Here is the recipe for my Pulled BBQ Chicken Sandwich and here are a few more recipes you can make with leftover chicken:

Chicken Pot Pie

Cashew Ginger Stir Fried Vegetables With Egg Noodles

Chicken Salad

Chicken Bahn Mi Sandwich




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About Jamie Geller


Jamie Geller is the only best-selling cookbook author who wants to get you out of the kitchen – not because she doesn’t love food – but because she has tons to do. As “The Bride Who Knew Nothing” Jamie found her niche specializing in fast, fresh, family recipes. Now the "Queen of Kosher" (CBS) and the "Jewish Rachael Ray" (New York Times), she's the creative force behind JoyofKosher.com and "Joy of Kosher with Jamie Geller" magazine . Jamie and her hubby live in Israel with their five busy kids who give her plenty of reasons to get out of the kitchen - quickly. Check out her new book, "Joy of Kosher: Fast, Fresh Family Recipes."




7 Responses to The Best Way To Use Leftover Chicken

  1. My favorite “recycled” food is rumballs…made from old chocolate cake crumbs!! Sometimes leftovers are a blessing. As a bakers son, I grew up with an “eat the bakery” upbringing :)

  2. First, I love the word rightovers. Second, I am a firm believer in not wasting food, so bravo to you. In addition to sustaining the earth, using left(right)overs gets our creative juices going, doesn’t it?

  3. I totally agree about leftovers…always try to make double to have leftovers for our busy evenings. Chicken stir fry it best…or salad of course. Haven’t tried pot pies, need to watch carbs.

  4. avatar says: elana

    im not the biggest fan of the top part of the chicken- but buying the chicken whole is always cheaper than buying just the kirayim-so for shabbos i put the tops in the soup for all the flavor it gives and use the actual chicken with some fried onion for those bbq sandwiches for dinner later in the week- huge hit in my house!

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