Transform leftover cooked chicken into this delicious and healthy leftover chicken sandwich. So quick and easy to prepare with very few ingredients.
Do you ever wonder what to do with leftover roasted chicken or leftover turkey?
Don’t worry! This shredded chicken sandwich recipe is one of the easier solutions to enjoy leftovers. It is tried and tested.
Whenever I prepare whole roast chicken at home for our weekend nights or gatherings, I usually end up having quite a bit of leftovers. This doesn’t in any way mean that my chicken roast is not tasty (:P).
We both don’t prefer eating especially chicken the next day in the same form factor. Therefore, I try to make dishes using leftover chicken that look and taste like having fresh meat. And this shredded chicken sandwich recipe is our all-time favorite.
Did I mention that it is super duper easy to prepare as well? Not just the chicken you can also use leftover Thanksgiving turkey in place of chicken in this sandwich. I am sure you will love this equally!
How to make Leftover Chicken Sandwich (or Leftover Turkey Sandwich)?
For making this sandwich apart from the chicken you will need ciabatta bread, basil pesto, some olives, tomato slices and fresh mozzarella cheese.
Using forks shred chicken or turkey into small pieces. Season the shredded meat with salt and pepper, if necessary. Cut open the bread and then spread basil pesto on both sides. Place shredded chicken on one side of the bread and top it with some tomato slices, olive slices, and fresh mozzarella cheese. Cover and toast the bread in the sandwich maker or a panini maker. If you do not have any of those then just toast the sandwich on a shallow fry pan on medium heat.
One more thing, it is not absolutely necessary to use leftover meat. You can still make this sandwich using fresh chicken. Just roast or cook it, shred it and use it.
Shredded Leftover Chicken Sandwich (or Turkey Sandwich)
- 2 cup shredded chicken
- foot long ciabatta bread cut into 4 equal parts
- ¼ cup basil pesto
- 1 roma tomato sliced
- ¼ cup olives sliced
- ⅓ cup grated fresh mozzarella cheese
- Cut open the ciabatta bread and spread basil pesto on both sides.
- Place shredded chicken on the bread evenly.
- Then top it with some tomato slices and olives. Finish with spreading some fresh mozzarella cheese and cover with the other bread slice.
- Toast the prepared sandwich in a preheated panini maker or sandwich maker until golden brown and the cheese melts.
- Serve warm
- You can brush some oil on the outside of the bread to get nice golden brown color after toasting.
- Add salt and pepper to the shredded chicken if necessary
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I use my inside grill to do the grilling I do not have one of those sandwich grills I don’t need to my inside grill dose the jobs as the samwitch maker dose and I used what ever bread I have on hand to make it and it is so good love it in this not weather so many things you can do with left over chicken or Turkey you can freeze left over meat too.and take out when you want to
Zesty Olive says
Om my goodness, this looks so good! And I love that you included black olives! 😉
Kimi Jones says
Can’t wait to make this with some leftover chicken! Thanks so much for sharing your recipe 🙂