How to freeze leftover chicken

Leftover cooked chicken in the fridge is best eaten within 2 days, so to make it last longer it's best to freeze it. Find out how to freeze leftover cooked chicken and what to make with it.

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How to freeze leftover chicken

Leftover chicken is best eaten within 2 days. If you have too much leftover, or you have plans that get in the way, sometimes that chicken may go to waste. Waste no more! Find out how to freeze your chicken using these tips instead.

How to freeze cooked chicken

  1. Shred the chicken, this will help it to freeze and defrost faster.
  2. Pack into zip lock bags, making sure to label and date them.
  3. Freeze as soon as possible to extend its shelf life.
  4. Frozen cooked chicken will keep for up to 2 months.

How to defrost frozen cooked chicken

To defrost your chicken before using it, place it in the fridge overnight. Use as soon as possible, and heat until it's piping hot. 

How to use up leftover chicken

Chicken can be even more delicious the second time around, try using your chicken in one of these yummy recipes!

GET THE RECIPE: Butter Chicken and Vegetable Fritters

This recipe was made for leftover chicken! Chop it up, mix with butter chicken sauce and sweet potato and enjoy these crispy fritters.


GET THE RECIPE: Fast Family Chicken Pie

This easy, cheesy chicken pie will quickly become one of your favourite ways to use up leftover chicken.

GET THE RECIPE: Red Thai Curry Chicken Noodles

If you're usng leftover chicken, these curried noodles can be ready in 15 minutes or less!

GET THE RECIPE: Chicken Pesto Pasta

Leftover shredded chicken makes this easy pasta dish even faster.