Chicken bread pudding

The other day I had a couple of things that needed using. One was some home made chicken broth. Another one was stale bread. And then I also had some chicken salad. I hate throwing out food, so I started thinking and I decided to make bread pudding. I mean, if you can do bread pudding with milk, sugar and fruit, why shouldn’t you be able to make bread pudding using stock, meat and cheese? So I embarked in my experiment.


I soaked the bread in hot stock, mixed it up with some leftover mashed potatoes and stewed vegetables, layered it with chicken salad and cheese and baked it. It turned out pretty good.

I am going to tell you what I used, but feel free to play with quantities and ingredients to accommodate whatever needs using from your fridge. This is after all meant to use left overs.

Chicken bread pudding

Prep Time: 2 hours

Cook Time: 2 hours

Yield: 5 Servings

Chicken bread pudding


  • 3/4 lb stale bread
  • 2 cups chicken stock
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 cup chicken salad (with no dressing)
  • 3/4 cup grated mixed cheeses
  • 2 spoons mashed potatoes
  • 2 spoons stewed vegetable
  • 9 sun dried tomatoes for decoration


  1. Warm up the broth and pour it over the diced bread. Let the bread soak for about 1 hr or until soft.
  2. In a mixer, blend the soaked bread with the mashed potatoes and the stewed vegetable. Adjust seasoning if necessary by adding salt and pepper.
  3. layer about half of the bread mixture on the bottom of an oven dish. Cover with the chicken salad and half the cheese. Top with the rest of the bread mixture. Decorate with the tomatoes and sprinkle with the rest of the cheese.
  4. Bake in a 350F oven for about 1 and 1/2 hours and then let it cool down. The objective of the cooking is pretty much to dry out the cake so you need a relatively low temperature and a long time.
  5. Also, the broth kind of concentrates while cooking out, so don't choose super strong broth, otherwise you'll end up tasting only chicken.

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59 Responses to Chicken bread pudding

  1. Well, you already found it, but I gave you a “Liebster Blog” – exactly b/c of things like this one. I mean, how creative is that? And I could totally have eaten this for breakfast (yep!).

  2. Hi Pola, this looks great. I hate wasting food and savoury bread pudding is a great way to use up stale bread. Love the sundried tomato – decorative as well as full of flavour.

  3. Such a cool idea!!!! I love chicken and mashed potatoes and bread pudding!

    I also wanted to let you know I’ve nominated you for The Liebster Award :)! You can check here for more details:

  4. I have to try this recipe out on my hubby. He loves anything bread pudding related!

    Thanks for the recipe,

    Grandma Kat

  5. I LOVE savory desserts, this sounds and looks incredible!

  6. Zoe says:

    At first when I look at your pic, I thought that this looks like a prune cake to me. This “savoury cake” is very innovative. What a great recipe to use leftover bread for baking.

  7. I like your idea for a savory bread pudding! Great idea for using leftovers.

  8. Ciao!
    Complimenti per il blog,molto carino!Mi unisco volentieri ai tuoi lettori…passa da me se ti va ^.^ Buona serata

  9. Gio says:

    molto interessante la torta salata al pollo!
    e grazie per il titolo del libro!

    • PolaM says:

      Figurati! Il libro e’ davvero carino con le sue ricette un po’ fuori moda, mi sa che da noi l’equivalente sarebbe qualcosa come la cucina di petronilla…

  10. Dara says:

    This is such an interesting idea. I love suggestions for how to deal with leftovers, I hate throwing things out.

  11. Pippi says:

    Ciao Pola!!! interessante quest’idea di riciclare il pollo in un tortino che è veramente invitante!


    un bacetto
    a presto

  12. What an interesting and creative bread pudding recipe!

  13. Maureen says:

    You come up with the wackiest, tastiest food!

  14. Kiri W. says:

    Wow, very interesting – I don’t think I’ve ever had savory bread pudding, much less with chicken. Very intriguing, since I adore sweet bread pudding!

  15. Ely says:

    Davvero strepitoso e originale! Un modo nuovo per consumare qualche avanzo in maniera davvero golosa e diversa! Splendida questa torta salata 🙂

  16. arabafelice says:

    Ma sai che alla prima occhiata credevo fosse un dolce? 🙂
    Povera me!

  17. I have never seen anything like this. Looks so lovely and comforting, well done with your use of leftovers! 🙂

  18. Hi Pola! This is quite clever and different. I like it! A very good experiment indeed 🙂

  19. You always think of a new way to cook something and I like that part of you (I’m always in comfort zone). I like the savory bread pudding! It sucks up all the juice from the broth and must be yummy!

  20. Alda e Mariella says:

    Hai avuto davvero una bella idea, deve essere buonissimo!
    Un abbraccio!

  21. loredana says:

    Ciao Pola M, Grazie per essere passata da me.

    Mi piace qui da te, ci sono belle ricette e molto ben fotografate.

    A presto


  22. what a great way of using up some leftovers! love it!

  23. Alida says:

    Wow, you did well here. I like this dish and well presented too!

  24. hemalata says:

    So interesting recipe looks very yummy.

  25. Simone Woods says:

    What a great and unusual pudding idea. I’m definitely going to try it next time I have bread, chicken and rabbit leftovers. Thanks for another great post.

  26. Adora's Box says:

    I’m with you there in not wanting to waste leftovers. What a very innovative way of rehashing them. Indeed if we can have strata, this would surely work. The sun dried tomato on top is such a nice touch.

    • PolaM says:

      I hate throwing away food. It seems like I’m one of the few here in the US, but I just feel guilty throwing out food, it just seems disrespectful to the food and to people who have less.

  27. Oh that sounds interessting, something totaly new! I can imagine that being a hit in my family, my dad would finnish all your chicken bread pudding. 😉

  28. Russell says:

    That looks great! I hope I can make that myself soon. Thanks for the recipe!

  29. You are so creative! A very interesting idea.

  30. Raymund says:

    Savoury pudding, that’s a great idea.

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