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30 Easy Dinner Ideas Made With Canned Chicken

One of the best ways to save money is to use the items you have in your pantry. I always keep a few cans of chicken breast on hand for quick and easy dinners when I don’t have time to cook and shred the meat myself. If you are looking for a fast and budget-friendly meal to feed your family, you will love these recipes.

Canned chicken cassserole

Easy Recipes With Canned Chicken Breast

I’m gonna let you in on a little life hack:

Canned chicken makes life easier.

Sure, you can toss some chicken breasts in the crock pot and hand shred it if you have 4-6 hours for that.

But if your family is like mine, most nights you need to get dinner on the table ASAP to feed your hungry family.

A long time ago I learned that canned chicken breast tastes just as good as the fresh stuff and is perfect to keep in the pantry for family-friendly meals.

If you’re a Costco shopper (ummm…who isn’t) you can grab their 6-count Kirkland brand canned chicken for a great price so you always have some on hand to throw together one of these delicious weeknight recipes.

I have personally made each of the recipes below and my family devoured them…even my youngest who is quite picky.

Be sure to save this list of budget-friendly recipes you can make with canned chicken. I am sure they are gonna be a hit with your family too!

30 Easy dinner ideas made with canned chicken.

There you have it, mama! Easy and affordable meals you can make for your family using canned chicken breast from the pantry.

What is canned chicken good for?

Canned chicken is great at saving you time in the kitchen. It can easily be used in any recipe that calls for diced, shredded or chopped chicken.

Since canned chicken is pre-cooked you can even use it in cold food recipes like chicken salad. It’s also great for other meals like:

  • Quesadillas
  • Enchiladas
  • Soups
  • BBQ chicken sandwiches
  • Casseroles
  • Chicken tacos

How can I make canned chicken taste good?

As long as you use it in a recipe, like the ones listed above, there is nothing that you need to do to the chicken.

However, if you are making a recipe where the canned chicken will be the “star” or if there are few other ingredients you might want to do a few things to jazz it up.

I like to quickly sauté it in a hot pan with some olive oil to get it slightly browned and add some flavor.

You can also add salt and pepper for seasoning. Depending on the type of dish you make you can also add additional seasonings and spices. For example, I like to use canned chicken to make tacos, so all you need to do is sauté it in a pan with some taco seasoning and it really is delicious.

Do you need to rinse canned chicken?

No, you do not need to rinse canned chicken. In fact, you can eat it straight out of the can.

Of course, you can rinse it if you like, which may help to rinse away some of the sodium if it is added in processing. However, most canned chicken is just packed in water.

What is the best canned chicken?

In a taste test, Kirkland Brand Canned Chicken took the prize for best taste, followed by Valley Fresh All Natural Canned Chicken Breast.

Easy Canned Chicken Dinner Recipes

30 Easy Recipes With Canned Chicken Breast


  1. I have so far tried the BBQ chicken roll up with canned meat and the canned chicken pasta salad. both turned out awesome thanks to the given recipes here. looking forward to trying out the tacos soon.

  2. This week I was so busy that I didn’t even have the time to breathe! Thanks to these amazing canned chicken recipes which saved my time and energy. A total saviour this article was in times of need. I am planning to try some more of these recipes this week again.

  3. I made the Barbeque chicken roll-ups when I had some friends coming over last night. They were simply smitten by the flavors and asked me the secret behind the recipe. I am about to try out the pot pie and will not lie I am actually super excited about it. Wish me luck!

  4. Today early in the morning I had been to the stores and came back with canned chicken! I was looking for recipes when I came across this column! Now it just makes me wish that I could try all of them out.

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