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30 Canned Chicken Recipes That Your Family Will Love!

No matter how much we love to prepare our food using fresh ingredients, sometimes a canned chicken comes in handy. Do you know that you can make 30 easy canned chicken recipes?

Canned chicken simply means chicken meat in a can, so some might not like it. That’s understandable, but trying out different recipes might change your perspective regarding this canned food.

From easy chicken noodle casserole to cheesy chicken pasta, there are many canned chicken recipes you’d absolutely enjoy!

Even those who don’t consider themselves experts in cooking can make these recipes easily.

Read more below and start making these recipes that could be your next go-to meal!

Purple bowl filled with chicken salad.

List of the Best Canned Chicken Recipes

Start exploring with your canned chicken. Below is a list of the 30 easy canned chicken recipes you should try now! More of the ingredients mentioned here are pantry staples, so lots of them are really easy to make!

1. Chicken Fritters

A very simple 5-ingredient recipe that would be your next go-to chicken dish: chicken fritters are one of the best-canned chicken recipes you could make.

This recipe is easy to follow. You will need cans of white premium chunk chicken breast for this one.

Dijon mustard, eggs, bread crumbs, garlic powder, onion powder, and other seasonings are the rest of the ingredients. It is also kid-friendly.

2. Chicken Cakes and Remoulade Sauce 

If you only have canned chicken with you, no worries; you can make this chicken cake and remoulade sauce using it. This recipe is like the chicken version of crab cakes.

These chicken cakes are crispy, perfect for the remoulade sauce.

You can use either canned or leftover chicken. So, now you don’t have to worry if you’re allergic to seafood. This dish will satisfy your cravings!

3. Easy Baked Chicken Nuggets

Oven-baked chicken nuggets made with canned chicken are top-tier! You will know what I’m talking about once you try this recipe. It only requires five ingredients and is keto-friendly. 

In just about 20 minutes, you’ll be able to enjoy these crunchy chicken nuggets. Match it with your favorite sauce while watching a movie on a Friday night. Enjoy!

4. Canned Chicken Salad

If you don’t like tuna salad, why not try this recipe? Canned chicken salad is one of the most common canned chicken salad recipes.

You can also make one with boiled eggs; it is so simple and quick to make! As you usually do for your chicken salad, shred the cooked chicken first, then combine all the ingredients. 

Of course, you also have to smash the hard-boiled eggs. The dressing includes mayonnaise and mustard, but you can substitute Miracle Whip if you don’t like mayo. Add in celery, green onions, apples, and other optional ingredients based on your liking; then you’re ready to dig in!

5. Canned Chicken Patties

A gluten-free dish to add to your menu – canned chicken patties can be eaten on their own, with vegetable sides, or with bread as a burger.

It is another quick recipe that only requires 30 minutes of your time. And they make the perfect lunch or dinner that your family will love. Enjoy these chicken patties!

6. Chicken and Stuffing Casserole 

Nothing is better than having your whole family gather for dinner and having chicken stuffing casserole. You can either use rotisserie chicken or canned chicken for this recipe. 

Layer your shredded chicken, creamy sauce, and crispy crumb topping. Add cheese or vegetables for some added flavor. 

7. Seven-Can Taco Soup Chicken

The seven-can chicken taco soup is a very easy and quick recipe. All you need to do is combine all the ingredients in one pot, including the taco seasoning, and bring it to a boil.

The main ingredients are seven canned foods: canned black beans, canned pinto beans, canned petite diced tomatoes, canned sweet corn, canned chicken breast, canned green enchilada sauce, and canned low-sodium chicken broth – a total of 7 cans, hence the name. 

8. Impossible Chicken Parmesan Pie

This is one of the best recipes to make if you have canned chicken breasts or leftover chicken. Chicken with cottage cheese and grated parmesan cheese are perfectly made for each other! 

To complete this luscious dish, make sure you have mozzarella cheese, oregano, basil, and tomato paste, as they’re also some of the most important ingredients. 

9. Chicken Flautas

Do you want a chicken recipe that’s ready in 10 minutes? That’s chicken flautas! This recipe is especially for canned chicken.

If you use shredded cooked chicken or rotisserie chicken, you will need to adjust the seasoning depending on the taste. 

10. Avocado Chicken Egg Salad

If you like avocado, try making avocado chicken egg salad. This recipe is so simple as you already have the rest of the ingredients in your pantry staples. 

For storing, you should put it in a container that’s airtight and then chill it in the fridge. It will last for five days. However, do not put it in the freezer as it’s not advisable to freeze and thaw before consuming.

11. Crispy Chicken Cakes

You can use canned chicken breast or leftover chicken for these crispy chicken cakes. It is not only delicious and kid-friendly but also budget-friendly.

You can easily make this as most of the ingredients might be in your kitchen pantry – you only need six ingredients to make this!

12. Chicken Spaghetti Casserole 

Chicken spaghetti casserole using canned chicken might be your next favorite dish.

Using canned chicken will save time on the already quick dish. This recipe is highly recommended, especially if you have kids at home. 

13. Cream Cheese Chicken Croissants

Cheesy chicken croissants that you will surely crave once you start having them. Cream cheese chicken croissants are so versatile that there are many add-ins you can choose from.

You’re good to go if you have the main ingredients like Pillsbury croissant biscuits, canned chicken, cream cheese, diced green onions, milk, and seasonings!

14. Chicken Ravioli with Nacho Cheese Sauce

A chicken ravioli with just five ingredients. The canned chicken, cheese ravioli, and spicy cheese sauce are hard to resist! Who can say no to this luscious dinner? 

With this recipe, you will need frozen ravioli. You can still use fresh or homemade ravioli, though preparing will take longer. The spicy cheese sauce and tomatoes can add a kick to it that you will always crave.

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15. Deviled Chicken

Are you looking for the perfect spread for your crackers? The deviled chicken will do the job!

This canned chicken recipe is also great for sandwiches. Even those picky eaters would love this!

16. Buffalo Chicken Quesadillas

If you like buffalo chicken wings, then you need to try this recipe. Buffalo sauce mixed with chicken, sour cream, and mayo is an excellent addition to your weekly meal plan.

These buffalo chicken quesadillas are ready in 15 minutes. If you like something to heat you up, this quick dish should be your go-to recipe.

17. Ranch Chicken Pasta

Ready in 10 minutes and only four ingredients? Ranch chicken cheese dip is not the only chicken pasta you can make.

This ranch chicken pasta is so easy to make that it can be your go-to recipe if you’re in a hurry (or just lazy for that day). That’s the benefit of having canned chicken: you don’t need extra stuff and more complex cooking.

18. Enchiladas with Canned Chicken

These canned chicken enchiladas are so good you wouldn’t even know they’re made with canned chicken!

For you to achieve the cheesiness, combine shredded cheddar cheese and pepper jack cheese. But adding in green chiles would absolutely make this recipe a crowd favorite. 

19. 4-Ingredient Mini Chicken Pot Pies

With just a few ingredients, you can make this chicken pot pie. Yes, you only need four ingredients for this one: canned chicken breast, a can of cream of chicken soup, refrigerated biscuits, and frozen mixed vegetables. Even your picky kids would enjoy these mini chicken pot pies!

20. Chicken Macaroni Salad

Another chicken salad recipe you should try is chicken macaroni salad. It’s a canned chicken recipe to add to your potluck. Chicken macaroni salad is always a good idea! Canned chicken is optional; you can use rotisserie or leftover chicken.

But canned chicken is a life-savior if you run out of fresh meat. Given that, this recipe is budget-friendly.

21. Chicken Pillows

The smell of chicken pillows is already enough to make you drool. This is one of the canned chicken recipes you should try.

Tasty crescent rolls filled with creamy chicken and topped with delicious chicken gravy are such a delight! 

22. Fiesta Chicken Casserole

Fiesta chicken casserole doesn’t need complicated preparation like chopping. So even those who are beginners in cooking can easily make this.

This recipe includes canned chicken, black beans, corn, and seasonings. It also has a mild taste, so you can adjust and make it spicy if you want some kick.

23. Cheesy Chicken Broccoli & Rice Dinner Casserole

You can use brown or white rice for this cheesy chicken broccoli & rice dinner casserole. You will also need frozen broccoli, crushed cornflakes, shredded cheddar cheese, butter, sour cream, and some seasoning to taste.

As it is considered a lazy dish, it is perfect if you’re looking for a cheap and quick dinner recipe. 

24. Copycat Chick-fil-A Chicken Salad

Are you a fan of Chick-fil-A chicken salad? No need to rush to the chain, as you can now make it in the comfort of your home! However, instead of using liquid or granular sweetener, use swerve confectioners sugar substitute.

This chicken salad recipe will only take 15 minutes to prepare and costs less than the original Chick-fil-A!

25. Air Fryer Canned Chicken Nuggets

An easy dinner recipe – an air fryer is the key if you prefer to use less oil in your recipes! This recipe only contains 0.2 net carbs and 28 calories for each nugget, perfect for a keto diet! 

26. Chicken Rotel Casserole

Who can say no to a layer of chicken, cheese, and tortilla? Just prepare some added ingredients such as diced bell peppers and onions, Rotel tomatoes, and cream of chicken soup.

Then garnish it with green onions, sliced jalapeños, and minced cilantro. Your whole family would love this recipe!

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27. Cheesy Green Chile Chicken and rice Casserole

The combination of cheesy and spicy always goes perfectly. But since green chiles are not that spicy, you can add jalapeños for some kick to this cheesy green chile chicken & rice casserole. It makes the perfect dinner that even kids would love!

28. Canned Chicken Noodle Soup

Make your canned chicken noodle soup more flavorful using this recipe. Add more canned chicken, egg noodles, or pasta, and more seasoning like dried chives, cayenne, and more! Enjoy this chicken noodle soup!

29. Bacon Cheddar Chicken Salad Dip

This bacon cheddar chicken salad dip will be your go-to cold dip for any chips and crackers you have. It is filled with canned chicken, cream cheese, mayo, crumbled bacon, shredded cheese, and green onions. 

30. Barbeque Chicken Salad 

It’s a simple chicken salad recipe perfect for busy weekdays and weeknights. Barbecue chicken salad is so versatile that you can use any cooked chicken you have (canned chicken, too).

Also, although chicken salad is served cold, this dish can be served hot or cold – both are delicious! It is excellent in sandwiches, wraps, or on top of salads. Add celery for crunch and flavor. 

Benefits of using canned chicken in Cooking

Reduced Cooking Time: When you use canned chicken in recipes, it truly reduces the cooking time significantly, making it a time-saving option for busy households.

Cost-Effective: it is often more affordable than fresh chicken, especially if you are buying it in bulk from Costco, making it a budget-friendly option for adding protein to your meals.

Versatility: Canned chicken can be used in a wide range of recipes, including soups, salads, sandwiches, casseroles, and more. Its versatility allows you to add protein to various dishes quickly.

What is the best brand of canned chicken to buy?

When buying canned chicken, check the ingredients list to ensure there are no additives or preservatives you want to avoid. Look for options with minimal ingredients, preferably just chicken and water.

My favorite picks are the Costco brand and Valley Fresh.

Costco’s Kirkland Signature brand often receives positive feedback for its canned chicken breast. It’s known for its quality and affordability.

Valley Fresh is known for its all-natural canned chicken products with no artificial ingredients. They offer various options, including white and dark meat chicken, so you can pick the one you prefer better.


I’m sure that these 30 chicken recipes made with canned chicken will be added to your weekly meal plan. Aside from the fact that they are quicker to prepare, they also don’t require too many ingredients. Save time and money with these recipes!

If you try any of these recipes, you can share with us your experience. If you also have other suggestions or added ingredients to any of these recipes, that would be helpful! Enjoy cooking, and tell us your favorite recipe!

Purple bowl filled with chicken salad.

30 Canned Chicken Recipes That Your Whole Family Will Love!

Natalia-Flavorful Home
Do you know that you can make 30 easy canned chicken recipes? From easy chicken noodle casserole to cheesy chicken pasta, there are many canned chicken recipes you’d absolutely enjoy!
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Prep Time 30 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine American


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Natalia is a recipe developer, food photographer, and home cook. She started Flavorful Home to document her recipes and share home cooking tips. She loves creating flavorful and nutritious meals while keeping the cooking process simple and joyful!
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