These easy Canned Chicken Recipes are a convenient way to get dinner on the table quickly. Chicken in a can is quick, affordable, and you can use it in all kinds of recipes. For busy families, that's a huge win!
Why Use Chicken in a Can
Chicken from a container is a great protein option. It tastes just as good as fresh chicken, and it's so versatile! It is a great item to keep in your pantry at all times because it saves time and money.
This chunk chicken breast is a great substitute for cooked shredded chicken and can be used in almost any quick and easy dinner recipe. We love using it to make this cheesy chicken soup and this chicken ravioli in minutes.
- Great Protein Source. You can use this meat in sandwiches, wraps, buffalo chicken dip, or to top salads and pasta recipes. It's a great way to add protein to your dinner recipes when you don't have time to cook something from scratch.
- Saves Time. You can pull it out of the pantry and make an easy dinner in 20 minutes. This is much quicker than cooking from scratch or taking the time to thaw and cook a whole bird.
- Short Prep Time. All you have to do is open and drain the meat before using. Rotisserie meat from the grocery store may already be cooked, but it takes time to pull everything off the bones. And sometimes you don't want to deal with that mess when making an easy meal.
- Saves You Money. It is a cheap pantry item to keep stocked. Plus, one of the best ways to save money is by making dinner at home using ingredients from your pantry instead of going out to eat.
Often people say that a rotisserie is just as quick and easy to use in recipes as a can of chicken. This is true in some ways, but not in others. Here are some pros to both types.
Chicken in a Can
- Already boneless, skinless, and shredded.
- Shelf life of 3 years.
- Best when added to a recipe.
- Extremely convenient.
- Not as salty as rotisserie.
- Always able to find at your local grocery store.
- Precooked at your local grocery store.
- Needs to be taken off the bone and shredded.
- Use within 3 days or freeze for 3-4 months.
- Great stand alone protein.
- Fairly convenient.
- Pre-seasoned and can make recipes pretty salty.
- Not available at all grocery stores.
These two popular choices can be used in just about every recipe that calls for shredded chicken. Really, it comes down to what you prefer and what you have on hand. For us, this easy protein provides the nutrition and convenience for our busy lifestyle.
Yes this is real meat. This is usually white chicken that has simply been sealed in a can like tuna. This can be a more affordable way to eat protein, and it works great in recipes calling for chicken.
No, it is actually already cooked. You could eat it right out of the can or add it to your favorite recipes. This is a time saver since you do not need to precook the meat.
All chicken is high in protein and has zero carbs. This a great choice for low carb diet plans or for building lean muscle.
If the can is not opened it has a shelf life of a few years. Once it is opened it can be stored in the refrigerator in a different container for 3-4 days.
Chunk white meat is generally a little higher in sodium than raw or uncooked meat. One way to reduce the sodium from the can is to drain and rinse it before adding it to your favorite recipes.
What to Make
Here are some of our tried and true recipes using chicken from a can that will help you get dinner on the table faster. You will find everything from appetizers to casseroles, to soups, plus so many delicious ideas.
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