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21 Easy Canned Chicken Recipes

If you’re in the midst of a busy week, then canned chicken recipes are a great thing to have on hand.

Since the chicken is already cooked, it saves a big step in the meal prep process!

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There are delicious options for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and even snacks and appetizers!

Whatever you’re looking for, there’s a way to put that can of chicken to good use.

Chicken Quesadillas with Paprika and Cheese

Bubble up a delicious pot of chicken taco soup or flip a cheesy chicken quesadilla onto a plate in mere minutes.

These recipes are bursting with flavors you’ll love!

In a pinch or by choice, clear that canned chicken off your pantry shelf by whipping up one of these irresistible recipes.

1. Canned Chicken Salad

Canned chicken deliciously transforms into this brunch staple! Smother those morsels in plenty of mayonnaise for a sandwich filler that is out of this world.

This simple chicken salad recipe is easy to make and exciting to serve. Dress your sandwich up in tomato and lettuce, or enjoy it plain.

Toast your sandwich bread for a truly delicious experience.

2. Ranch Chicken Cheese Dip

I have never heard the word ranch and been disappointed. This ranch chicken cheese dip has it all! Your next block party isn’t ready for this flavorful dip!

Creamy chicken cheese dip is perfect for topping crackers or corn chips. With plenty of ranch flavor, everyone will love this appetizer.

Start the meal off right with this irresistible dish.

3. Chicken Fried Rice

There’s no for takeout! Make your own fried rice just as quickly with this recipe! Whip up all of your favorite fried rice flavors right in your kitchen.

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This fried rice is packed to the hilt with plenty of veggies! You can follow the recipe exactly or sub in any produce you have in your fridge.

Your family will love this tasty dish for dinner.

4. Crescent Chicken Roll-Ups

I would gobble up anything wrapped in a crescent roll, and these crescent chicken roll-ups is not an exception.

Buttery, flaky rolls wrap around creamy, savory chicken filling for a dish everyone will enjoy. Even picky eaters will beg for seconds!

This comfort food recipe is a great go-to meal!

5. Salsa Ranch Chicken Wrap 

Spice up your canned chicken by making these fiesta-filled salsa ranch chicken wraps. I didn’t know you could fit this much flavor inside one tortilla!

Heat up some classic Tex-Mex taste by combining creamy ranch dressing with spicy salsa!

Together, the duo makes a delicious sauce for the chicken and rice filling.

These wraps are filling, flavorful, and super simple! I love a good meal that can be made in a pinch.

6. Chicken Noodle Casserole

Chicken noodle soup is a long-standing childhood favorite that many adults love, too! With its buttery broth and comforting noodles, it makes any day better.

Now, you can enjoy all of the familiar flavors and textures of Campbell’s famous soup in this delicious casserole.

It’s just as buttery, satisfying, and comforting as the original soup!

7. Chicken Pot Pie

This is another satisfying chicken dish that will always be a hit. Smother your canned chicken in hearty gravy and then top it with a buttery crust.

Save yourself the time of having to boil your chicken by using a can of chicken instead!

This way, you’ll get to enjoy a gourmet meal without the gourmet timeline.

Chicken pot pie is an all-in-one entree, so you’ll get your protein, carbs, and vegetables all in one dish. There’s really no need for sides!

8. Avocado Chicken Salad

Take your chicken salad to the west coast by tossing some creamy chunks of avocado in with your chicken and mayo.

Superfood avocado is exactly what you need to power you through your day!

Use this chicken salad to top bread, crackers, or even rice cakes for a fun crunch!

This easy chicken salad is a great thing to keep on hand for quick lunches and snacks!

9. Chicken Macaroni Salad 

You’ve had chicken salad, you’ve had macaroni salad, and now you can have the best of both worlds with this chicken macaroni salad.

Noodles are always a hit, and now you can pair them with the ever-popular chicken salad craze.

Make a masterpiece out of your canned chicken with this recipe.

This salad is so scrumptious, you can eat it right off your fork!

10. Cheesy Chicken Pasta

Doesn’t that title just make your mouth water? Enjoy three of your favorite foods in one satisfying pasta recipe.

Delicious pieces of tender red pepper add a pop of color and flavor to this perfect dish.

This cheesy chicken pasta is easy to make ahead and then pop into the oven at a moment’s notice.

Discover your family’s new favorite food when you serve this dish!

11. Chicken Quesadilla 

If you think you know how to make a chicken quesadilla, think again! This recipe gives the classic chicken quesadilla a makeover.

Take your quesadilla game up a level by adding black beans and taco sauce to your chicken and cheese mixture.

Bring on the flavor when you make these chicken quesadillas!

12. Chicken Dip 

Go crazy for this creamy, well-seasoned chicken appetizer! Key ingredients like ranch dressing, bacon, and cream cheese make this dip a hit.

Spend more time partying and less time cooking when you bring this appetizer to your next party.

Full of flavor, everyone will love the taste of chicken dip, and you’ll love how easy it is to make.

13. Chicken Patties 

Toss out those frozen chicken nuggets because once you try these chicken patties, you’ll never settle for them again!

Mix your canned chicken with this creamy dill and parmesan batter before rolling individual chicken patties in crispy bread crumbs.

The result is delicious chicken cakes your whole family will love!

14. Easy Chicken Spaghetti

When it comes to spaghetti, ground beef typically gets all the glory. Not anymore!

With this easy chicken spaghetti recipe, meat sauce will take on a whole new meaning.

Satisfying spaghetti noodles and flavorful sauce take your canned chicken to the next level. Your whole family will enjoy this crowd-pleasing dish!

15. Chicken Taco Soup

Taco Tuesday just got a lot more exciting! Swap up the typical taco for this chicken taco soup. 

Filled with all of your favorite taco flavors and toppings, this soup is the perfect swap for traditional tortillas.

Savor chicken in a whole new way with this recipe!

16. Chicken Stew

Cozy up with a hearty bowl of this chicken stew! It is the perfect way to warm up on a cold day. Tender chicken, potatoes, carrots and make up this delicious stew.

Add in a buttery broth and you have the makings of a winning dish right here folks! Serve up warm bowls of goodness with this recipe!

Pair this savory stew with a piece of crusty bread to complete this meal!

17. Easy Chicken Caesar Wraps

These creamy chicken caesar wraps are the perfect grab-and-go lunch, or even a light dinner!

Ready-made chicken and salad dressing quickly come together to make these flavorful wraps.

With a filling that flavorful, no one will know this dish came together last minute.

These wraps are so easy, they’re perfect for tossing into school lunches on busy mornings.

These two flavors go together like peanut butter and jelly, and they’re just as easy to make!

18. Chicken Enchilada Skillet

I love a one-pot recipe, and this chicken enchilada is that and more. Not only does it minimize clean-up, but the resulting dish is bursting with family-friendly flavor.

This dish is full of chicken and rice, then topped with cheese. You can even add diced jalapenos if you would prefer it a bit spicier!

19. Chicken Nacho Dip 

This dish has all of the flavors of nachos in one festive dip! Toss these nacho toppings into a slow cooker for a quick and easy Tex-Mex meal.

Dip your nacho chips into this dip for a nacho-inspired appetizer you can snack on while mingling.

It’ll be gone in a flash!

20. Chicken Flautas

If you love taquitos, you’ll love this chicken flauta recipe! Wrap rice, chicken, and cheese in flour tortillas and then bake until they’re warm and golden brown.

The crisp outer shell gives way to a warm and savory filling. Every bite of these flautas is satisfying!

Try dipping your chicken flautas in taco staples like salsa and sour cream for a little extra flavor.

21. Ranch Chicken Salad 

Chicken is one of my favorite salad toppings! The added protein is exactly what you’ll need to power through the rest of your day.

Add in a buttermilk ranch, and you’ll have a delicious salad ready to go whenever you’re extra hungry or are short on time.

With all of that flavor, this salad is anything but boring!

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Hey there! I'm Kim. I love running, cooking, and curling up with a good book! I share recipes for people who LOVE good food, but want to keep things simple :)

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