Canned Chicken Recipes are great alternatives to roasted chicken or rotisserie chicken when making quick meals any night of the week. So often, easy meals call for leftover chicken, but what if you don’t have any?
That’s where canned chicken comes in. In as few as 20 minutes and with a few simple ingredients, dinner can be prepped and in the oven (if not on the table!)
Whether your house is filled with kids or it’s just yourself, sometimes busy days call for an easy recipe that’s still satisfying and filling. Explore the below list of canned chicken recipes for the perfect meal tonight.
What is canned chicken?
Canned chicken is exactly what it sounds like. Similar to canned tuna, canned chicken breast is fully-cooked chicken that’s ready to eat right out of the can. Like any canned good, it lasts a long time, like years!
The best thing about canned chicken is that it’s a pantry staple. Keep a few cans in your cabinet for an easy recipe when you’re in a crunch for time. Some of the below recipes can be ready in as little as 20 minutes.
Appetizers and Snacks With Canned Chicken
For when your friends show up unexpectedly, and you’re short on food, or the kids are cranky and hungry. Whip up one of these canned chicken appetizers in as little as 15 minutes.
Bacon Cheddar Chicken Salad Dip
A great appetizer for any gathering. From the Super Bowl to the Oscars, even Christmas Eve. With pre-cooked canned chicken and shredded cheddar, make this dish come together in no time.
It might be hard to choose between this buffalo chicken dip and the above bacon cheddar chicken salad dip. This dip calls for three types of cheese, buffalo sauce, and ranch dressing. Swap out the cooked chicken for canned chicken and serve with your favorite crackers or bread or veggie such as bell pepper.
Ranch seems to be a theme in this post. So, make these small and cute, and they're a perfect appetizer. Make these ranch chicken roll-ups larger, and they’re a solid meal. Serve them with a side of soup, or just eat two!
These stuffed banana peppers are perfect for snacking. Just swap out the Italian sausage in this recipe for canned chicken. This recipe is a fan favorite in our home. They're so good, just make a huge batch of them and eat them for dinner!
When you want something hearty but don't want to spend hours making it. These BBQ chicken rollups are perfect. They remind me of BBQ chicken pizza. And who doesn't love BBQ chicken pizza? These rollups are way easier to make. Just canned chicken, BBQ sauce, and shredded cheese rolled up in pizza crust dough.
Two staples in any household must be chicken and pasta. That’s in my humble opinion. With canned chicken breast and a few other ingredients you probably already have in your pantry, canned chicken pasta recipes come together quickly.
Chicken Alfredo Bake
This chicken Alfredo bake is delicious and super easy to make using canned chicken. It’s easily made either on the stove-top or in your oven. This is a one-pot meal that will leave your family asking for more.
This BBQ chicken bacon pasta is a flavor-packed dish that's easy to make. It's ready in under 30 minutes and can be made using canned chicken. This recipe is perfect for a busy weeknight or when you're short on time. It's packed with flavor and sure to be a hit with the whole family.
This chicken-baked ziti is a quick and easy recipe that's perfect for a busy weeknight. This dish is flavorful, comforting, and sure to be a hit with whoever you put it in front. You can easily make this recipe gluten-free by swapping out the ziti for a gluten-free option.
This chicken taco soup, inspired by traditional chicken tortilla soup, is hearty and soul-warming. Serve it as a side dish on a cold winter day or as the main to your meal with a hearty crust of bread or a side of tortilla chips. And don't forget a dollop of sour cream!
Delicious canned chicken recipes are just for the carb eaters. On a keto or low-carb diet? Canned chicken was made for lunch and dinner recipes.
Chicken Crust Pizza
Whether you’re on the keto diet, gluten-free, or looking to up your protein intake, a chicken crust pizza is the way to go. Making this pizza crust with canned chicken makes it extra easy. Load it up with your favorite topping, and it’s a quick and easy weeknight meal.
We could go on and on about canned chicken recipes, but we hope these few have helped spark some creativity and reduce your cooking time. And if you’re still looking for more chicken recipes, check out our list of 32 Summer Chicken Recipes.
Try one of these recipes tonight, and let us know how it went in the comments below!