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13 Healthy Canned Chicken Recipes

Try it in chicken salads, dips, pot pies, and even tacos!
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Canned chicken can substitute shredded or cooked chicken in a multitude of dishes, especially when it's combined with flavorful sauces and spices that make up chicken salads, dips, or stuffing for pot pies and tacos. The texture of canned chicken is similar to that of canned tuna or canned salmon, which can be a great starting point for coming up with your own canned chicken recipes.

However, we've chosen 13 recipes that work particularly well for canned chicken—a great protein staple to have on hand when your freezer is lacking meat. And for more, check out these 15 Classic American Desserts That Deserve a Comeback.

Chicken Noodle Soup

Healthy mom's chicken noodle soup
Mitch Mandel and Thomas MacDonald

A classic chicken noodle soup can easily sub in canned chicken for leftover shredded or rotisserie chicken in a pinch. It's one of the more seamless transitions of canned chicken into a really healthy meal.

Get our recipe for the Best-Ever Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup.

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Chicken and Black Bean Nachos

Low-calorie nachos with chicken and black beans
Mitch Mandel and Thomas MacDonald

Chicken nachos are another opportunity to use canned chicken in a highly flavorful, highly snackable scenario without compromising the overall texture. This version ensures that every chip is evenly covered with protein-packed chicken and fiber-rich beans, plus enough salsa and lime-spiked sour cream to keep your mouth watering.

Get our recipe for Low-Calorie Chicken and Black Bean Nachos.

Chicken Salad Sandwich

Chicken salad sandwich with curry and raisins
Mitch Mandel and Thomas MacDonald

Chicken and tuna salad sandwiches are consistently the worst option you'll find on a deli menu, be it Subway or your neighborhood sandwich shop. Not this recipe, though! Use canned chicken in this lighter version that relies on a modest amount of mayo, some raising, and curry powder, to create big flavors.

Get our recipe for Chicken Salad Sandwich with Raisins and Curry Powder.

Chicken Parmesan Patties

chicken parmesan patties
Courtesy of The Big Man's World

If you're looking for ways to use a can of chicken in a quick, healthy dinner, this recipe comes together in ten minutes and will leave you feeling full and satisfied. Pair it with a side salad or a bed of quinoa.

Get the recipe from The Big Man's World

BLT Ranch Chicken Wraps

blt ranch chicken wraps
Courtesy of Taste and Tell Blog

Besides canned chicken, you'll need five other ingredients to make these low-effort, high-deliciousness wraps. The chicken salad here is a simple two-ingredient affair, and you can make it with two cans of chicken and store-bought ranch dressing. A really nice lunch prep shortcut for busy weeks.

Get the recipe from Taste & Tell

White Chicken Chili

white chicken chili
Courtesy of Gimme Some Oven

This soup recipe calls for any kind of diced or shredded chicken leftovers, and canned chicken is an equally workable option. Another thing we love about this soup is that it's truly a simple pantry creation—almost all the ingredients come from cans, which can then be dressed up with some fresh herbs.

Get the recipe from Gimme Some Oven.

Crescent Roll Chicken Bundles

crescent roll chicken bundles
Courtesy of Lil Luna

Warm chicken hand pies don't need to be a big kitchen ordeal if you use canned chicken and store-bought crescent roll dough. Any opportunity to make the canned chicken juicy by combining it with a sauce or some sort of a creamy base will make the protein live up to its true potential, and in this recipe, it's combined with cream cheese and canned cream of chicken soup for maximum flavor.

Get the recipe from Lil Luna

Chicken Enchilada Roll Ups

chicken enchilada roll ups
Courtesy of The Girl Who Ate Everything

Canned chicken can be substituted for shredded chicken here. It's made into a cheesy, tomatoey, garlicky pate that gets slathered on tortillas. Cut them into smaller freezable portions for ready-t0-go lunches all week long.

Get the recipe from The Girl Who Ate Everything.

Creamy Chicken Dip

canned chicken recipes creamy chicken dip
Courtesy of A Beautiful Mess

Canned chicken is joined by cream cheese, mayo, and soy sauce for a flavorful dip that can be served as is or turned into finger food. It stores beautifully in the fridge or freezer.

Get the recipe from A Beautiful Mess

Chicken Pot Pie

canned chicken recipes chicken pot pie
Courtesy of Lil Luna

The recipe for this chicken pot pie couldn't be easier. It calls for shredded or canned chicken, frozen or fresh vegetables, and some instant biscuit mix to create a faux pot pie crust. Hey, we're all about easy peasy!

Get the recipe from Lil Luna

Chicken Tinga Tacos

canned chicken recipes chicken tinga tacos
Courtesy of Pinch of Yum

Mixing your canned chicken with the aromatic tinga sauce turns it into a great taco or enchilada filling. Top your creation off with some cotija cheese, chopped red onion, and fresh cilantro.

Get the recipe from Pinch of Yum

Chicken Noodle Casserole

canned chicken recipes chicken noodle casserole
Courtesy of Half Baked Harvest

Canned chicken works beautifully in casseroles because it becomes a seamless part of a larger whole. This indulgent version also features noodles and a crispy potato chip topping.

Get the recipe from Half Baked Harvest

Baked Chicken Chimichangas

canned chicken recipes baked chimichangas
Courtesy of The Girl Who Ate Everything

Any recipe where chicken gets tossed with a cast of flavorful ingredients and sauces, and wrapped in a dough of some kind, is a winner winner chicken can dinner in our books. To make this recipe even more amazing, you'll brush the chimichangas with a layer of butter and bake in the oven until crispy.

Get the recipe from The Girl Who Ate Everything

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