10 ways to use chicken GAPS diet

Meat stock is a staple of the GAPS diet protocol.  Consuming the recommended 3-5 cups per day for therapeutic dosage means lots of boiled meat.  Using drumsticks, wings, or necks to make your meat stock will yield less meat.  Still, eating chicken soup can get a bit old after a while, so we came up with ten delicious ways to use leftover chicken on the GAPS diet. Try drinking the stock in a mug as a side for one of these delicious recipes!

Leftover Chicken Recipes for Intro GAPS Diet

  1. Shred the meat and use as a topping on a pureed soup, such as this delicious roasted garlic soup.  This soup is legal from Stage 4 on, or Stage 2 if you simmer rather than roast the veggies and use fresh rather than dried basil.
  2. Make this delicious and easy Creamy Chicken and Peas recipe, legal from Stage 4 on.
  3. Make a small salad of soft lettuce and cilantro, top with shredded chicken and homemade sauerkraut.  Drizzle over the salad a simple dressing of olive oil (3 Tbs) + lemon or lime juice (1-2 Tbs) + 1/2 avocado + pinch of salt.  Stage 5 and beyond.
  4. Make classic chicken salad by mixing chopped chicken with this mayo, chopped fresh scallions, dill, lemon juice, and salt. Make lettuce wraps using soft lettuce for lunch or a snack. Stage 5 and beyond.
  5. Put it in this frittata with other veggies. This could be made from Stage 3 if cheese is omitted and non-fibrous veggies are used.

Leftover Chicken Recipes for the Full GAPS Diet

  1. Replace the ground meat in this chili recipe with leftover chicken. Just add it in with all the other ingredients, after sauteing the onions.
  2. Make this Masala sauce and heat it in a skillet with the chicken. Serve over cauliflower rice.
  3. Mix the chicken in with this cauliflower “mac” for a hearty meal.
  4. Make this chicken pot pie recipe GAPS friendly by replacing the mozzarella with jack or cheddar, omitting the xanthan gum, and replacing the heavy cream with GAPS 24-hr cultured cream.
  5. Use this pesto recipe to make dressing for a chicken pesto salad with lettuce, tomatoes, and red onion. Or serve the chicken with pesto over zucchini noodles.

Do you have other favorite ways to use leftover boiled meat?  Please share in the comments!


4 thoughts on “10 Ways to Use Leftover Chicken on the GAPS Diet”

  1. Another great idea from our reader Rebecca, submitted via email:

    “Yes!! This is the post I needed that I never knew I needed!! I’m always looking for things to do with boiled chicken- it’s not easy to keep it interesting!! We make a modified chicken enchilada! Add tomatoes, tomatillos, cilantro, cumin, garlic, lime, salt, pepper, whatever spicy you like and sautée it all together in lots of ghee to warm the chicken and mix the flavors . For full gaps you can often find safe already made salsas to use which can make this super easy to whip up. And of course the best part is adding a dollop of homemade sour cream on top!”

    1. Hi Paul,
      Thanks for your question! I really wasn’t sure what the “official” answer was to your question and I was curious so I searched it as well, and found this very helpful article from the USDA: https://ask.usda.gov/s/article/How-long-can-you-freeze-chicken. I like that they divided it out into raw, cooked, parts, whole and even chicken covered with broth or gravy, which it says “tastes best” within 6 months. I pack an old yogurt container (you may want to avoid plastic in which case you can use a mason jar) with the cooked chicken and then pour meat stock over the top until the chicken is covered, then put the top on, label it with the date and contents and freeze it. I have never had an issue with freezer burn or spoilage this way.

      Happy cooking!
      Deanna, HB Assistant and Certified GAPS Coach

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