How to Use Your Leftover Turkey or Chicken...

and thrill the family!First of all, this How-to Post is going to require you to trust me a little. It sounded strange to me at first too, but I think you'll be pleasantly surprised. I tried it and a new family favorite entered the rotation.

The great thing about this is it's super-fast and super-easy. Perfect for nights when you have scouts, pack meeting, New Beginnings, Jr. Jazz, dance lessons, piano lessons, baseball, temple recommend interviews, too much laundry, you've spent the day reading, you've blog-hopped a little too long, you forgot to get off the phone, or you have an unsightly blemish.

A good mom would toss a salad or pull out some carrot and celery sticks, but the pizza can totally stand on it's own, which is how I usually serve it.

If you have leftover cooked chicken or turkey and you're not in the mood for chicken/turkey noodle soup, what can you do? (From here on out, I'm just going to use the word chicken, but you can use turkey, as well.)

Make Cranberry Chicken Pizza! It is so easy and will please almost everyone. My most finicky eater turns up her nose unless she is forced to eat it for fear she'll perish of hunger.

Pizza crust: You can use any pizza crust, including homemade, but you'll want to cook it first. I prefer the di Giorno crust. It's so simple and really yummy.

Spread the pizza with jellied cranberry sauce. You can determine the amount by your love of cranberry sauce.

Sprinkle pieces of chicken on top of the cranberry sauce.

Sprinkle generously with grated cheese. I prefer mozzarella or a mozzarella/cheddar blend.

Bake for about 8-10 minutes at 450 degrees. I put it on broil for the last minute. This crisps up the crust and makes the cheese a melty dream.

For my one picky girl, I just replace the cranberry sauce with bbq sauce.

This is so easy and good, you'll want to have chicken on hand. I buy rotisserie chicken at Costco, bring it home and debone it and stick it in the freezer so I have cooked chicken on hand whenever I feel like making this.

ENJOY!!!!! And come back and tell me what you thought.

10 comments:

Christie said...

I am highly intrigued by this idea. Not a huge cranberry fan on its own, but could see the appeal -- ala leftover thanksgiving turkey sandwiches (only in pizza form!). Thanks for the idea. I'll let you know how my peeps like it.

Tawnie J said...

I did not like cranberry sauce but this is one of my favorite foods ever! I crave it often. I use a refrigerated can of pizza dough and a can of chicken. Super easy!! Super yummy!! And I'm glad you mentioned using bbq sauce for the picky eaters. Next time I'll do that. Two pizzas. One cranberry. One BBQ. Ooooo....yum. THANK YOU!!!

Linsey said...

I'm totally trying this. My kids eat all kinds of random stuff already and they might go for this. What a fabulous idea!

Donna said...

So, cranberry sauce for me and bbq sauce for the hubby! YUM!

Lizzy said...

I'll bet this is delish. We make a sandwich with cranberry so I can just imagine how scrumptious this is. And, good and fast when you are under a book deadline, huh?! :) e

Thelma said...

This sounds really good. I love cranberry sauce!

Suzanne said...

Brilliant! I have never heard of anything even close to this. I absolutely love it. Thank you!

Kristi said...

We make our own pizzas on Fridays. I need to try this version. Sounds great.
I love cranberry, cream cheese, turkey sandwiches, this sounds like it would bring out those same yummy flavors.

crystal said...

Freaking YUM. Thank you!

Cares and Mimi said...

I think this recipe is a total keeper. And I can try it this week since I have left over chicken! Yipee!!!!! Thanks!