25+ Healthy & Simple Canned Chicken Recipes

Do you have a few cans of chicken stored away in your pantry? Then this post is for you! Learn how to transform them into delicious and satisfying meals. Get ready to be inspired with these tasty recipes with canned chicken!

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Canned chicken has so many possibilities!

With a few cans and some pantry staples, you can create a variety of flavorful, wholesome meals. These healthy canned chicken recipes are sure to inspire in the kitchen.

What to Make with Canned Chicken

Quesadillas arranged on plate with sour cream and pico de gallo.
In less than 10 minutes, you’ll be enjoying a delicious cheesy air fryer quesadilla with this simple recipe!
Air Fryer Quesadilla
When you need a quick, healthy option to add a little variety and a touch of sunshine to your lunch try this amazing canned chicken salad recipe.
Get the RECIPE from The Little Pine
This Angel Hair Pasta Recipe with canned chicken is fast, easy, and loaded with vine-ripened tomatoes, green olives, and needs just 15-minutes to prepare.
Get the RECIPE from The Forked Spoon
If you love buffalo chicken wings, this buffalo chicken wrap is a great one to try. You get all of the flavors combined in flour tortillas!
Get the RECIPE from Easy Good Ideas
These Canned Chicken Patties can be made in only 20 minutes and are gluten-free, low-carb, keto-friendly, and kid-friendly!
Get the RECIPE from Real Balanced
Pesto Chicken Pasta is an easy meal, made with 5 shelf-stable ingredients. Bow tie pasta and chicken are coated in a flavorful pesto sauce.
Get the RECIPE From The Toasty Kitchen
Need a fast and easy home cooked meal using pantry ingredients? Have no fear, 30 Minute Pantry Chicken Noodle Soup is here!
Get the RECIPE from Big Bears Wife
This simple Chicken Vegetable Soup recipe is the easiest soup you’ll ever make. You’ll likely be able to find all of the ingredients in your pantry.
Get the RECIPE from Pip and Ebby
This Seven Can Chicken Tortilla Soup Recipe is easy and full of flavor. It comes together in minutes!
Get the RECIPE from Six Sister’s Stuff
Keto Air Fryer Chicken Nuggets made with canned chicken are well-seasoned and crispy outside with no breading! You won’t believe how easy they are to make in just 20 minutes. And using canned chicken means these nuggets are budget-friendly too!
Get the RECIPE from An Edible Mosaic
Easy Cheesy Chicken Dip is just the ticket for game days and gatherings when you need a super quick, flavorful appetizer. This cheesy chicken dip needs only 5 ingredients and 5 minutes.
Get the RECIPE from Chew Out Loud
This canned chicken pizza crust is so easy to make with just a few ingredients. Top with your favorite pizza sauce and add pepperoni, mushrooms, and maybe some onions!
Get the RECIPE from Michigan Mama News
This Low Carb Thai chicken salad recipe has a low-carb peanut dressing that you are going to love! It’s low-carb and slightly-spicy for a fun meal.
Get the RECIPE from Stylish Cravings
A delicious chicken, bacon, ranch and cheese mixture all wrapped in crescent dough. This Crack Chicken Ball is an irresistible appetizer you can’t stop eating!
Get the RECIPE from The Country Cook
Southwest Hot Chicken Dip
This Southwest hot chicken dip is cheesy, loaded with corn, black beans, and has just the right amount of heat from the jalapeños.
Get the RECIPE From Natasha’s Kitchen
Pull together canned items in your pantry to make super easy green chili smothered burritos. This flavorful meal comes together in a pinch!
Get the RECIPE from Lil’ Luna
Are you looking for quick budget meals for your family? These awesome pot pies are made with just a few cheap ingredients including Pillsbury biscuits, canned chicken, mixed veggies, and canned soup!
Get the RECIPE from The Lazy Dish
An easy lunch or picnic idea, these Chicken Bacon Ranch Wraps are made with only 6 ingredients, come together in a snap, and are always a family pleaser.
Get the RECIPE from Taste and Tell Blog
This Easy Chicken Noodle Casserole is made with egg noodles, chicken breast, a creamy, tasty filling and topped with buttered bread crumbs!
Get the RECIPE from The Country Cook
Chicken Macaroni Salad is a wonderfully creamy pasta salad that’s perfect for a cookout. Made with canned chicken, it’s budget-friendly and easy to make.
Get the RECIPE From Spicy Southern Kitchen
This scrumptious Mexican Chicken Tortilla Casserole is perfect for busy weeknights because it’s simple and easy to prepare. Plus it’s pure comfort food!
Get the RECIPE From Jamie Cooks It Up
Barbecue chicken and avocados in a melty cheese quesadilla shell makes these BBQ Chicken & Avocado Quesadillas a delicious and easy dinner recipe.
Get the RECIPE From Inside Bru Crew Life
Buffalo chicken nachos are the perfect game day appetizer. This fast and easy nacho recipe is ready in just 15 minutes of time!
Get the RECIPE From All Things Mamma
These chicken sandwich melts are scrumptious, easy company-ready dish that takes minutes to put together. They will win over a crowd every time.
Get the RECIPE from Natasha’s Kitchen
Simple and yet filling, these moist, flavorful Salsa Ranch Chicken Wraps are easy to make and always a hit! They are perfect for quick, last minute meals.
Get the RECIPE from Thrifty Frugal Mom

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Canned chicken quesadillas arranged on plate.

Canned Chicken Quesadillas

Do you have a few cans of chicken stored away in your pantry? Then this post is for you! Get inspired with these 25+ canned chicken recipes! Try these Air Fryer Quesadillas with canned chicken. In less than 10 minutes, you’ll be enjoying a delicious cheesy air fryer quesadilla with this simple recipe!
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Prep Time: 2 minutes
Cook Time: 8 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 2 people



  • Lay two tortillas out and top one half of each tortilla with cheese (and chicken, if using).
  • Fold each tortilla in half and spray the top with cooking spray (or brush with olive oil).
  • Pace each folded tortilla, sprayed side down, in the air fryer basket.
  • Spray the tops with cooking spray.
  • If you have one available, place a cooking rack or metal trivet on top of the tortillas.
  • Air fry at 370-degrees for 6 minutes. Flip then continue air frying for 2 minutes longer.
  • Enjoy.


Store leftovers wrapped in plastic or tinfoil in the refrigerator for up to 2-3 days.
To reheat, place the quesadillas back into the air fryer at 350 degrees for 2-3 minutes, then flip and air fry for another 2-3 minutes or until heated through.
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Calories: 207kcal | Carbohydrates: 16g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 28mg | Sodium: 406mg | Potassium: 59mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 283IU | Calcium: 244mg | Iron: 1mg

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