Everyday Leftovers Recipes

So many possibilities for leftovers - try fried rice, soup, pot pie, tetrazzini, quiche - with family-friendly recipes for everyday leftovers complete with ratings, reviews and cooking tips.

Staff Picks

Incredibly Easy Chicken and Noodles

Rating: 4.54 stars 568
The richness of the condensed soups that comprise the creamy sauce for this simple dish will have folks thinking you made it from scratch.

Bubble 'n' Squeak

Rating: 4.45 stars 209
Cabbage, bacon, ham, onion and leftover potatoes make up this tasty, easy dish. This is a great way to get the kids to eat cabbage. Using leftovers makes this main dish especially quick to make. I recommend using a good nonstick pan. Serve with ketchup, if desired.

Brunch Enchiladas

Rating: 4.42 stars 301
Enchiladas filled with ham, vegetables and cheese and baked in a creamy egg batter.

Chicken Chimichangas

Rating: 4.48 stars 271
Tortillas filled with a chicken, rice, beans and olive mixture - rolled, fried and topped with a piquant avocado mix, sour cream and cheese, all served on a bed of lettuce. Being raised 12 miles from the border of Mexico, I was brought up on Mexican food and learned how to make many of the dishes.

Turkey Pot Pie

Rating: 4.72 stars 530
A perfect way to use up left over turkey. This pie tastes yummy, and will feed up to eight hungry people.

Brown Rice Breakfast Porridge

Rating: 4.41 stars 109
Use up that leftover brown rice and try something new for breakfast. Experiment with it to make it your own, you can try using any mixture of dried fruit instead of the blueberries.

Delicious Egg Salad for Sandwiches

Rating: 4.65 stars 2018
Simple ingredients and quick prep makes the perfect egg salad for sandwiches!

Loaded Mashed Potato Cakes

Rating: 4.32 stars 122
Mashed potato cakes have been a staple in my southern family all throughout my childhood. I came up with this recipe when trying to put a new spin on an old favorite.

Fried Rice Restaurant Style

Rating: 4.37 stars 1571
A great way to use up leftover rice, this quick fried rice cooks up with frozen peas, baby carrots, eggs, and soy and sesame sauces.

Avocado Ranch Chicken Salad

A chicken salad with avocado, ranch, and cashews. Goes best on a pretzel bun.

Creamy White Chicken Chili with Salsa Verde

You will enjoy everything to do with this white chicken chili made with salsa verde. It tingles the nostrils, warms the tongue, and causes taste bud euphoria. Serve with sour cream and shredded pepper Jack cheese.

Quick and Easy Pancit

Quick, Easy and delicious! Will remind you of Island Fiestas!
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Inspiration and Ideas

Chicken or Turkey Tetrazzini Deluxe
Rating: Unrated 371
"REALLY good. Easy meal to make ahead and freeze for a group, then just heat and serve with salad." – charlesforster13
Pork Fried Rice
Rating: Unrated 288
"Made this with leftover pork chops as well as leftover rice. Doubled the recipe and it turned out delicious!" – Genelle
Pecan Chicken Salad
Rating: 4.6 stars
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This chicken salad comes together fast using rotisserie chicken breasts. The herbs, along with the pecans, help to make this chicken salad flavorful. Serve on top of toasted croissants, or butter lettuce.