Make the most of those Sunday lunch leftovers with our creative recipes, including fresh salads and pasta dishes perked up by adding roast chicken, beef or pork. See our recipes below for even more inventive ideas.


Looking for more dinner inspiration? See our ideas for left-over chicken, left-over lamb and left-over ham including pies, curries and more. Need to use up some excess veggies? See our left-over veg recipes with plenty of soups and salads.

Roast dinner leftovers recipes

Chicken and ham pie

Save time by using shop-bought pastry to make this comforting classic, filled with thick-cut ham, leeks, chicken thigh fillets and a creamy white sauce.

Chicken and Ham Pie Recipe

Roast beef and radish salad with sake dressing

This roast beef and radish salad is made even more delicious with a sake dressing. At less than 300 calories per serving and ready in 30 minutes it's a great way to use up left-over roast beef.

Ham, spinach and mozzarella lasagne

Packed with chunky ham and melting mozzarella, this inventive twist on the traditional lasagne is a great way to use up left-over ham and feed a crowd. Try our other lasagne recipes here.

Ham Spinach Lasagne

Roast chicken and spinach pilaf

Use up your left-over chicken in this quick, nutritious pilaf. It's coloured with turmeric and comes packed with baby spinach and coriander.

Chicken Pilaf Recipe with Spinach

Mexican-style lamb stew

Toss lamb neck in chipotle chilli, oregano and spices to add a smoky punch to this hearty left-over lamb stew idea.

Mexican Lamb Stew Recipe with Lamb Neck

Smoked haddock and ham gratin

This smoked haddock and ham gratin turns everyday ingredients into a really comforting dish, perfect for Christmas leftovers for the whole family to enjoy.

Tarragon and lemon roast chicken tagliatelle

This recipe for tarragon and lemon roast chicken tagliatelle is quick and easy to make, and tastes great – perfect for a midweek meal.

Shredded turkey quesadillas

An easy way to use up any turkey leftovers, these quesadillas are delicious and couldn't be easier to make for a lunch or a snack. Add fresh coriander, red onion, tomato and chilli, grate over some cheese and cook until warmed through.

Arepas reina pepiada

Shred any left-over chicken together with avocado, lime and mayonnaise, and stuff into these warming arepas, making the perfect savoury snack.

a plate of arepas with a small bowl of lime wedges and a knife on a pink fabric background

Easy lamb bhuna curry

Check out our tender lamb bhuna recipe. This juicy curry recipe is easy to make and packed with plenty of flavour. Plus, it's low in calories, too.

Pan of lamb bhuna next to a bowl of rice

Ham, pickled pear and blue cheese salad

This ham, pickled pear and blue cheese salad is a great way to use up left-over ham and cheese from the festive season. It's an easy starter for four, or a quick meal for two.

Spicy peanut noodles with chicken and water chestnuts

This noodle salad has a delicious spicy and sweet peanut dressing, and is a great way of using up left-over chicken.

Roast dinner pot pies

Check out this clever mash-up using roast dinner leftovers all bundled into one flaky pie – an easy and comforting family meal.

Chicken Pot Pie Recipe

Asian hot and sour turkey soup

Turn your turkey leftovers into an easy hot and zingy soup – ready in less than 20 minutes. Chilli and soy make a great flavour base for a healthy but hearty dish.

Lamb naanwich

Try our lamb naanwich recipe, it’s a quick and easy spicy dinner, ready on the table in 30 minutes and a simple way to use up left-over lamb.

Lamb NaanWich

Stir-fried greens with sweet chilli jam

Cooked ham is a common ingredient in Chinese cooking. Try it in this easy, flavour-packed stir-fry for two with spring greens and chilli – either use left-over ham from a roast or buy a couple of slices of thick-cut from the deli counter.

Catalan roast chicken, potato and pepper salad

This Catalan roast chicken, potato and pepper salad is quick and easy to make, and a great way to use up Jersey Royals.

Turkey tetrazzini

Tetrazzini is an American pasta dish with a creamy sauce and either poultry or seafood. This is our take on it using turkey leftovers.

Sweet and sour chicken and pineapple salad

Give your midweek meal a healthy lift with our 15-minute shredded chicken salad with juicy pineapple and crunchy cucumber.

Sweet and Sour Chicken Salad Recipe with Pineapple

Rainbow stuffed bánh mì

Bánh mì is a Vietnamese stuffed baguette. This version is packed with delicious flavours and looks fantastic with so many colourful ingredients. And, if you like this, you might want to check out some of our other Vietnamese recipes.

Turkey chilli bean stew

This is a good way of using up cooked meat over the holidays – chicken or ham would work nicely as well. The chipotle paste and smoked paprika give this a lovely smoky, mild chilli flavour.

Pork belly skewers with Vietnamese caramel sauce

These pork belly skewers make easy yet impressive canapés.


Asian ham baguette with spicy cucumber

Asian flavours and pickled cucumber give this ham baguette a spicy kick. It's really easy to make in half an hour, so a perfect lunchtime treat or quick dinner recipe.

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