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    The 20 BEST Canned Chicken Recipes

    Recipes with canned chicken… Why? They are a MUST when your refrigerator is on the verge of empty… They are a MUST when you come home late from work and are starving… They are a MUST when looking for budget friendly, economical… They are a MUST when you want to cook QUICK.

    As the chicken is already precooked, it reduces the actual time of coking into a fraction what it would take otherwise. When you add some other ingredients and flavorings, some times it would be hard even to see that it’s not fresh chicken.

    There are a number of brands of canned chicken available in the U.S. Some are higher quality than others. Some of the popular brands are Hormel, Kirkland, Keystone, and Swanson. Choose any high quality premium canned chicken to cook with.

    This collection of Canned Chicken Recipes will give you great ideas from canned chicken chili and soups to salads to tacos to pizza to fried rice and much more.

    Is Canned Chicken Healthy?

    Yes! Canned chicken is comparable to freshly cooked chicken in nutritional value. Choose one with low sodium content for the healthiest option. Well then, if canned chicken isn’t already in your pantry, grab some the next time you go grocery shopping for some quick, affordable and tasty meals…

    1. Crispy Chicken Fritters

    These easy, 5 ingredient crispy chicken fritters, or croquettes, are a great start. They’re crispy on the outside and tender on the inside. Plus, they can be made in smaller portions for kid friendly homemade chicken nuggets.

    Get the Recipe @ southyourmouth

    2. Pantry Chicken Noodle Soup

    Need an easy and comforting dinner using pantry ingredients? Try this 30 Minute Pantry Chicken Noodle Soup! This is a great meal to whip up in a hurry and you don’t have any fresh or cooked chicken. You’ll want to slurp down bowl after bowl.

    Get the Recipe @ bigbearswife

    3. Chicken Tostadas

    You can whip up might good tostadas with just a few canned ingredients. They take only 15 minutes to prepare and a quick and easy lunch of dinner is ready in zippy.

    Get the Recipe @ beautifuleatsandthings

    4. Pantry Chicken Taco Soup

    Chicken Taco Soup is a quick and easy soup to satisfy your taco cravings! It takes only 20 minutes and is made entirely with pantry staples.

    Get the Recipe @ foodfolksandfun

    5. Warm Chicken Salad

    This super easy Warm Chicken Salad is a great make ahead option. It goes great with crackers as a snack, or have it on tortillas for an easy lunch or dinner.

    Get the Recipe @ savoryspin

    6. Chicken Tinga Tacos

    Chicken Tinga Tacos out of canned chicken… Yes, really! You’re taco night just got a whole lot easier. These come together in only 15 minutes for the fastest Taco Tuesday ever!

    Get the Recipe @ bingeworthybites

    7. Chicken Noodle Casserole

    This super easy, one pan Chicken Noodle Casserole has egg noodles and canned chicken in a cheesy, creamy sauce topped with buttered bread crumbs. It’s a hearty, comforting meal that will be a huge hit with adults and kids alike!

    Get the Recipe @ thecountrycook

    8. Chicken Salad with Grapes

    Chicken Salad with Grapes is such a classic. Now it’s so much easier with canned chicken! This one is great to have in the fridge for super quick meals or snacks.

    Get the Recipe @ theskinnyishdish

    9. Buffalo Chicken Dip

    Everyone’s favorite Buffalo Chicken Dip just got a whole lot easier. Make a big batch for your next potluck or get together for endless dipping fun!

    Get the Recipe @ momdot

    10. Chicken Dumpling Soup

    Who doesn’t love a warming bowl of chicken and dumplings? If you’re running late and want that Southern classic in a jiffy, this recipe is for you! Just 30 minutes is all it takes for a potful of comfort.

    Get the Recipe @ lilluna

    11. Angel Hair Pasta with Chicken

    This light and healthy Angel Hair Pasta with Chicken has fresh tomatoes, green olives and a delicate sauce. It cooks up in only 15 minutes… great weeknight dinner option! 

    Get the Recipe @ theforkedspoon

    12. Chicken Alfredo Pizza

    This Chicken Alfredo Pizza has a low carb crust and is topped with chicken, alfredo sauce, and mozzarella. It’s a fun canned chicken recipe the whole family will love.

    Get the Recipe @ joyfilledeats

    13. Chicken Parmesan Patties

    Chicken Parmesan Patties only use five ingredients and are a great low carb, yet nutrient dense dinner option. They’re packed with flavor and only take 15 minutes!

    Get the Recipe @ thebigmansworld

    14. 8 Can Chicken Chili

    This 8 Can Chicken Chili is made entirely with pantry staples. In just 20 minutes you’ll have a hearty and nutritious pot of coziness everyone will want to dig in to.

    Get the Recipe @ togetherasfamily

    15. Instant Pot Pesto Pasta

    If you love easy, this Instant Pot Pesto Pasta is for you! Just dump everything in the pressure cooker and let it do it’s magic. It’s a simple, yet delicious pasta sure to please the whole family.

    Get the Recipe @ simplyhappyfoodie

    16. Crockpot Nacho Chicken Dip

    If you want an easy crowd pleaser for your next pot luck or Game Day, this Crock Pot Nacho Chicken Dip is the answer! Just dump four simple ingredients in your slow cooker and let it do it’s magic!

    Get the Recipe @ recipesthatcrock

    17. Chicken Crust Pizza

    Chicken crust pizza? YES! This super easy recipe will be your best friend the next time you’re craving pizza if you are watching your carbs.

    Get the Recipe @ ketoconnect

    18. Chicken Flautas

    Flautas are rolled up tortillas with filling. This super easy recipe will satisfy your Mexican cravings in no time. Just a few minutes prep then bake them to crispy perfection.

    Get the Recipe @ togetherasfamily

    19. Ziti Chicken Casserole

    This super easy and delicious ziti chicken casserole main dish recipe uses only five ingredients. Ziti can be easily replaced with whatever other shape of pasta is available in your pantry.

    Get the Recipe @ thespruceeats

    20. Pantry Chicken Fried Rice

    We’re wrapping up this list with something really easy and really tasty. This Pantry Chicken Fried Rice is a healthy and budget-friendly meal you can whip up in a flash. It’s a super flavorful and healthy Asian dish that will get you raves!

    Get the Recipe @ madaboutfood

    Well there you go. If you haven’t already got some canned chicken in your pantry, it’s time to grab some on your next shopping day. It will come in handy when you are hard pressed to cook up some speedy meal for you and your family.

    Pin or bookmark this page and you know where to turn to in those pantry staple meal times. Take care…

    Canned chicken recipes.

    The 20 BEST Ways to Cook Canned Chicken

    Yield: 6 servings
    Prep Time: 10 minutes
    Cook Time: 20 minutes
    Total Time: 30 minutes

    Make life easy with this great collection of Canned Chicken Recipes! Pantry staples have never been so tasty!


    • canned chicken
    • veggies
    • noodles
    • rice
    • sauces
    • seasonings


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    2. Make a shopping list and buy the ingredients.
    3. Cook your new favorite Canned Chicken Recipe!


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