These easy canned chicken recipes make for quick and easy dinners! From buffalo chicken dip to chicken pot pie and chicken taquitos, we’ve got a little of everything.
Canned chicken is so convenient to cook with, but it’s also a healthy, real food item you can feel good about serving. Keep some in the pantry at all times, and you will always have some options to make a quick home cooked weeknight dinner recipe.
And of course you can also use leftover chicken. Just pull it or dice it, and it will work in any recipe that tells you to use canned chicken.
This list has a lot of one-pot meals and soups that make a complete dinner. You can always add a side, but it’s not necessary.
canned chicken recipes
Instant Pot Buffalo Chicken Dip
This crowd-pleasing appetizer only takes about five minutes to make in the Instant Pot. It's a cheesy Buffalo Chicken dip featuring canned or shredded chicken, spicy buffalo sauce, cream cheese, butter, and ranch.
It's great for game day entertaining or you can even make it the basis of a meal.
Crack Deviled Eggs
Chicken plus eggs, cheddar and bacon bits, along with some ranch dressing dip and mayo, and you've got a really special deviled egg. It makes a great appetizer or light meal.
Chicken Bacon Ranch Salad
This salad salad is easy to put together. It has layers of veggies, chicken, bacon, boiled eggs, cheese and a homemade ranch dressing.
Pesto Chicken Pasta (5 ingredients)
Pesto Chicken Pasta is an easy, 20 minute meal that's made with just five shelf-stable ingredients. Bow tie pasta and chicken are coated in a rich and flavorful pesto sauce.
BBQ Bacon Ranch Chicken Salad Sandwiches
This is a partly homemade lunch or dinner you can throw together quickly. Kids love it.
These BBQ Bacon Ranch Chicken Salad Sandwiches are a perfect recipe for busy days when you don't have time to cook.
Tex-Mex Chicken Salad Bites
Take a traditional chicken salad and add Tex-Mex flavors, along with corn, tomatoes, cilantro, avocado and more. Serve it on top of tortilla chips, crackers, or whatever you like.
Easy Chicken Pot Pie Soup (One Pan)
Here's a soup with all the flavor of chicken pot pie. You can make it with pantry ingredients and one pan convenience. It's a delicious, warming comfort food that's easy to make most any night.
Southwest Chicken Chili (DF + GF)
This creamy, flavorful, southwest chicken chili is loaded with veggies and protein. The creaminess comes from pureed corn, so no dairy is needed.
Slow Cooker Tuscan Chicken Pasta
This is an easy and affordable one pot meal that's comforting and delicious. It's a creamy crockpot pasta full of delicious Mediterranean flavor, tender chicken, and healthy veggies that the whole family will love.
Buffalo Chicken Zucchini Boats
These Buffalo Chicken Zucchini Boats are made more affordable by the canned chicken. They're also low carb, gluten-free, healthy and even Weight Watchers friendly, gluten-free, and low carb.
Chicken Vegetable Lasagna with Homemade Cheese Sauce
This is a great recipe to add to your list of dinners you can make quickly. It's a chicken vegetable lasagna wtih a homemade cheese sauce. It's easy to make and has less fat and calories than a beef lasagna.
Best Chicken Salad with Grapes Recipe
If you've never had chicken salad with grapes, it's a treat. This recipe only needs six ingredients and it's easy to make.
Kids Favorite Chicken Pie
This chicken pot pie is made with a Bisquick crust to save time. It's like a chicken casserole you can cut into pieces. It makes a great one-dish meal.
Golden Chickpea Soup with Halloumi
This soup is a wonderful, hearty, meatless soup that's made with chickpeas, red lentils and spices. You top it with Halloumi croutons - unless you're vegan. You can leave those out of make croutons without cheese.
It's creamy and delicious!
Greek Lemon Chicken Orzo Soup (Soothing and Easy!)
This is a quick and easy way to make traditional Greek lemon chicken orzo soup. It's a soothing soup that tastes like comfort in a cup.
Chicken Dinner Pasta Salad : Easy Weeknight Recipe
This quick and easy Chicken Pasta Salad features canned chicken, pasta, mayo, buttermilk and seasonings. It's great for days when you don't have time to cook - or don't even want to turn on the range.
BBQ Chicken Taquitos!
Taquitos are a highly addictive food item that should come with a warning. But they're also so satisfying that you can eventually stop. For a while.
These BBQ chicken taquitos ade made with shredded or canned chicken, cheddar cheese, and barbecue sauce.
If you want, you can make your own homemade BBQ sauce for these.
Chicken Avocado Salad Recipes: Grilled, Keto, More
You may never find an easier chicken avocado salad than this. You can make it in ten minutes or less.
Chicken And Squash Dutch Oven Casserole Over Campfire
Here's a casserole you can actually make over a campfire - or over a wood stove when the power is out. It's got canned chicken with the liquid from the can, zucchini squash, canned mushrooms and cream of mushroom soup. Plus box stuffing.
Chicken, Broccoli, & Rice Casserole with Curry
This is a great make ahead meal that's perfect for batch cooking. It has diced or canned chicken, broccoli, and rice with curry seasonings.
It's a delicious one-dish meal that that adults and kids will both love. And it's easy to make in big portions and freeze for later.
Easy Healthy Buffalo Chicken Dip
This Healthy Buffalo Chicken dip is easy because it's made with canned chicken breast. It's also quick and simple to make on your stove top and Weight Watchers friendly.
Easy Canned Chicken Salad Recipe
You can make this chicken salad in less than ten. It has the same creamy texture of tuna salad, and you flavor it with seasoned salt, black pepper, onion powder, and garlic powder.
It uses Greek yogurt instead of mayonnaise, making it a healthier option than many recipes.
4 Ingredient Crockpot Chicken
This crockpot chicken is easy to make in the slow cooker. With a can of cream of chicken soup, cream cheese, and some seasonings, you can turn canned chicken into a satisfying main dish.
Chicken Crust Pizza with BBQ Toppings
Make this BBQ chicken crust pizza with shredded or canned chicken, parmesan cheese, eggs, and garlic powder. It’s got plenty of protein and will give you the feel of traditional thin crust pizza without all the carbs!
Chicken Enchiladas with Homemade Cheese Sauce
These delicious chicken enchiladas have a creamy homemade cheese sauce and just a hint of chili pepper. No need to go out for enchiladas - you can make these at home with pantry ingredients.