Leftover Chicken Laksa

Leftover Chicken Laksa Recipe

When there’s leftover meat in the fridge, but no plan written down, curry is my go to meal. Whether it’s Indian, Thai or otherwise, curry is almost always the answer. My recipe for Leftover Chicken Laksa stays within that pseudo-tradition, transforming cold meat into something worth devouring.

The biggest draw for me when it comes to preparing a chicken laksa is that it’s a true one-pot dinner. No boiling rice separately or toasting spices; pour it all in. And because it’s ready in around 30 minutes, laksa is perfect for a hassle-free evening meal.

Recipe For Leftover Chicken Laksa

Don’t let the number of ingredients required to make chicken laksa put you off; the process is painfully simple. No more complicated than making any other type of curry. Making chicken laksa is a case of creating a paste and incorporating a few extras.

Once you know how to make chicken laksa, you’ll always come back for more. But chicken isn’t the only leftover meat you can use; turkey, lamb and even fish all have flavours that pair well with the fragrance of lemongrass, coconut milk and coriander.

How Do You Make Chicken Laksa

I’m always looking for recipes that ensure those vital leftover never go to waste, and I’ve built up quite a collection; leftover lamb hotpot, leftover turkey curry and Singapore fried rice.

Leftover Chicken Laksa

Serves 4 – 6


  • 3 cloves of garlic
  • 2 lemongrass stalks, roughly chopped
  • juice of 1 lime
  • a generous handful of coriander, plus extra to serve
  • 3 tbsp sunflower oil
  • 3 red chillies, including seeds
  • 2 tsp turmeric
  • 400g leftover chicken, in large chunks
  • 1 red pepper, roughly chopped
  • 400ml can of coconut milk, low-fat is fine
  • 100ml water
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce
  • a few drops of fish sauce
  • 1 tbsp peanut butter
  • 1 tbsp sesame oil
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 300g fresh rice noodles, or similar
  • a small handful of mint, to serve
  • 3-4 spring onions, roughly chopped


  1. Using a food processor, create a paste using the garlic, lemongrass, lime juice, coriander, sunflower oil and 2 of the red chillies.
  2. Heat the remaining oil in a large pan or wok and briefly stir fry the paste, before adding the turmeric, chicken, red pepper, coconut milk, water, soy sauce, fish sauce, peanut butter, sesame oil and salt.
  3. Simmer until the chicken is hot through and the red pepper is softened slightly. Add the fresh noodles to the dish and warm through.
  4. Serve immediately, topped with roughly torn mint, coriander, chilli, sesame oil and the spring onions.

What To Do With Leftover Chicken Recipes For Leftover Chicken

Cost: A great way to use up leftover chicken, your laksa shouldn’t set you back too much; certainly not as much as if you used chicken breast. All included, the entire curry shouldn’t cost more than £6.

17 comments on “Leftover Chicken Laksa

    April 16, 2015 at 4:14 pm

    I am definitely going to try this!! This looks delicious!

  2. cookinginsens
    April 16, 2015 at 4:18 pm

    Delicious photos!

  3. tinywhitecottage
    April 16, 2015 at 5:01 pm

    A spot on recipe! And Rosemary is right, these are delicious photos.

  4. TinyKitchenGreatTasteBigHeart
    April 16, 2015 at 5:22 pm

    Good morning… Wondering if you purchased your fresh rice noodles or used homemade rice noodles. Inspiring photos… Thank you.

    • frugalfeeding
      April 27, 2015 at 10:43 pm

      I bought them, unfortunately making my own noodles takes up more time than I currently have!

  5. Chica Andaluza
    April 16, 2015 at 6:44 pm

    Beautiful – I have everything to hand except the leftover chicken 🙁

  6. Jasline @ Foodie Baker
    April 16, 2015 at 8:38 pm

    This looks really delicious! Too bad I never really have leftover chicken on hand haha.

    • frugalfeeding
      April 27, 2015 at 10:42 pm

      Well… You could always cook some thighs up anyway.

  7. lovinghomemade
    April 17, 2015 at 1:15 pm

    That’s worth cooking the chicken for anyway!

    • frugalfeeding
      April 27, 2015 at 10:41 pm

      Hah – you’re right, but then it’s not really leftovers 🙂

  8. marymtf
    April 18, 2015 at 6:52 am

    I like Laksa. Great idea to transform boring left overs.

    • frugalfeeding
      April 27, 2015 at 10:40 pm

      If there’s one thing I can stand, then it’s boring food…

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