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45 Favorite Chicken Recipes

Roasted, stir-fried, stuffed, grilled, served with sauce or in soup—our chicken recipes cook up perfectly for everyday suppers or special occasions.

Oven-Fried Parmesan Chicken

Think this is loaded in fat and calories? Think again! Herb bread crumbs and Parmesan cheese make the coating on this oven-baked dish extra tasty.

Oven-Fried Parmesan Chicken

Chicken Dijonnaise

This sauteed chicken with mustard cream sauce is easy enough for weeknights, but elegant enough for guests, too. The recipe comes from a Painesville, Ohio restaurant.

Chicken Dijonnaise

Lemon-Avocado Chicken Salad

Avocado adds luscious richness to this bright, citrusy chicken salad. Be sure to toss the ingredients gently so the avocado doesn't blend in completely.

Lemon-Avocado Chicken Salad

Spicy Chicken-Peanut Thai Pizza

If you love Thai peanut sauce, you'll go nuts for this simple pizza. We especially love how the veggies go on after the pizza bakes, so they stay fresh, crispy and colorful.

Spicy Chicken-Peanut Thai Pizza

Roasted Chicken with Sage Pan Sauce

This sage-infused, company-worthy fall recipe takes full advantage of cast iron's versatility. The pan goes from stove top to oven and back to stove top.

Roasted Chicken with Sage Pan Sauce

Sesame Grilled Chicken

A lively ginger marinade flavors chicken pieces on their way to the grill. The recipe is a backyard favorite from Linda Taylor of West Des Moines.

Sesame Grilled Chicken

Coconut Chicken Noodle Bowl

Ready in 25 minutes, this restaurant-style noodle bowl is a breeze to throw together. It uses Vietnamese bahn pho noodles, which you can find at large supermarkets or Asian groceries. It's fine to substitute another rice noodle or vermicelli.

Coconut Chicken Noodle Bowl

Pineapple Chicken Stir-Fry

Garden-fresh veggies and juicy pineapple give classic stir-fry a seasonal refresh. For an easy substitute, switch the chicken for thinly sliced boneless pork or peeled, deveined medium shrimp.

Pineapple Chicken Stir-Fry

Unforgettable Chicken Pie

This from-scratch deep-dish chicken casserole comes from a Caledonia, Michigan, reader. "It's not your run-of-the-mill chicken pie," says the reader, who adds a bit of pork sausage for farm-hearty flavor. "Anyone who tries it just can't get enough of it."

Unforgettable Chicken Pie

Lemon-Thyme Roast Chicken with Artichokes

We used all packaged veggies (baby carrots, frozen pearl onions and jarred artichoke hearts) to make this Mediterranean-inspired roast chicken a convenient Sunday supper choice. Luscious honey-mustard pan gravy adds to the appeal. If you like, serve with Herbed Brown Rice and use the leftover chicken and rice to make Easy Chicken Gumbo later in the week.

Lemon-Thyme Roast Chicken with Artichokes 

Chef Joe's Cranberry Orange Chicken

Joe Schadler of Celebration River Cruises in Moline, Illinois, loves to fix this colorful make-ahead dish; his passengers savor its sweet-tart flavor.

Chef Joe's Cranberry Orange Chicken

Jamaican Jerk Chicken Wings

Mix cider vinegar, Jamaican jerk seasoning, orange juice, lime juice, olive oil and soy sauce for this version of jerk marinade. Let chicken marinate 4 to 24 hours, and you'll be ready to go straight to the grill. Serve with Mango Salsa for more Caribbean flavor.

Jamaican Jerk Chicken Wings

Mango Salsa

Texas-Style Casserole

Patterned after a legendary Texas recipe, this irresistible main dish includes seasoned chicken stacked up with chili peppers, tortillas, sour cream sauce, and cheese.

Texas-Style Casserole

Chicken Dinner in a Packet

Chicken, mushrooms, zucchini and carrots steam in tidy foil packages in your oven. Serve in the foil packets, or transfer chicken and vegetables to serving plates and drizzle with cooking juices. If you like, serve with rice and garnish with basil.

Chicken Dinner in a Packet

Asian-Style Chicken Salad

Curly noodles, almonds, sesame seeds and rice vinegar blend in this crunchy, tangy brunch or luncheon salad from a West Des Moines, Iowa, reader.

Asian-Style Chicken Salad

Grape-Stuffed Chicken with Lemon Orzo

Fruit-and-nut stuffing transforms everyday chicken breasts into a company-ready feast. Bonus: It's deceptively simple; you’ll have dinner on the table in an hour.

Grape-Stuffed Chicken with Lemon Orzo

Angel Chicken

Chicken and fresh mushrooms slow-cook in cream cheese, wine and soup. It's easy to put together but tastes like chicken in a complex cream sauce -- smooth with delicate seasoning.

Angel Chicken

New Potato and Chicken Casserole

Green beans, mushrooms, leeks, potato and handy rotisserie chicken make this creamy casserole a true one-dish meal.

New Potato and Chicken Casserole

Loaded Greek Chicken Pizza

Frozen spinach-artichoke dip is the secret ingredient in this fabulous pizza that delivers an authentically salty punch of kalamata olives and feta cheese.

Loaded Greek Chicken Pizza

Tender-Crisp Spring Braise

Chicken, potatoes and veggies cook together for a nutritious dinner that's missing only one ingredient—a bottle of white wine.

Tender-Crisp Spring Braise

Chicken Pot Pie

Ina Pinkney, owner of Ina's in Chicago-- home of this pot pie recipe--calls this dish creamy, chickeny goodness. The pastry lids can be made a day or two ahead. Bake as directed; cool and then cover loosely with plastic wrap and store at room temperature.

Chicken Pot Pie

Spiced Chicken with Cucumber-Mint Sauce

Garlic, garam masala and fresh ginger season the chicken in this Indian-inspired recipe from The Spice House shop in Milwaukee. The refreshing yogurt-based sauce is similar to traditional cucumber raita. 

Spiced Chicken with Cucumber-Mint Sauce

Cashew Chicken Stir-Fry

This dish from Max Archer of McPherson, Kansas, packs some heat. Adjust it to suit your taste by varying the amounts of chili paste and poblano chiles.

Cashew Chicken Stir-Fry

Chunky Bean and Chicken Chili

Crushed tortilla chips, stirred into the chili's base, give this dish a lusciously creamy texture.

Start to finish: 20 minutes

Chunky Bean and Chicken Chili

Chicken and Corn Hash Brown Bake

This comfort food hotdish offers a new twist on the usual hash brown casserole. Try it for everyday meals as well as potlucks!

Chicken and Corn Hash Brown Bake

Pesto Penne with Deli-Roasted Chicken

Purchased pesto and roast chicken help get this quick and easy main dish on the table in just 20 minutes. Fresh broccoli cooks with the pasta and lends straight-from-the-garden flavor.

Pesto Penne with Deli-Roasted Chicken

Garlic-Roasted Chicken with Lemons and Vegetables

This flavor-packed dish combines garlic-infused chicken with perfectly cooked vegetables. Roasting the lemon in the pan brings out its flavor.

Garlic-Roasted Chicken with Lemons and Vegetables

Oven-Fried Parmesan Chicken

Think this is loaded in fat and calories? Think again! Herb bread crumbs and Parmesan cheese make the coating on this oven-baked dish extra tasty.

Oven-Fried Parmesan Chicken

Chicken and Asparagus Risotto

Don't be afraid to try this Italian classic at home! Our hearty version is made with convenient rotisserie chicken and loaded with asparagus, herbs and lemony flavor.

Chicken and Asparagus Risotto

Garlic Chicken Italiano

Garlic lovers will enjoy the aroma of this chicken almost as much as its flavor. The recipe comes from Ristorange Brissago at Grand Geneva Resort & Spa in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin. We've reduced their suggested 40 cloves of garlic to about 16--though you can add more if you like!

Garlic Chicken Italiano

Country-Style Chicken Paprikash

A paprika-seasoned sour cream sauce adds buttery flavor to tender, juicy chicken. Serve with spaetzle or noodles. The recipe comes from the Sidekick Cafe in Osseo, Michigan.

Country-Style Chicken Paprikash

Chicken and Wild Rice Casserole

This hotdish combines a handful of pantry ingredients. It’s a great way to use up leftover chicken or turkey. Or, if you prefer, just shred a supermarket-deli rotisserie chicken.

Chicken and Wild Rice Casserole

Midnight Star Chicken

Orange juice, red sweet pepper and green onions make a sweet-and-tangy sauce for chicken in this colorful stir-fry recipe, which comes from Jake's restaurant at the Midnight Star Casino in Deadwood, South Dakota.

Midnight Star Chicken

Wild Rice and Chicken Soup

Mix a can of cream of chicken soup, mushrooms, veggies and rice mix for the soup base. Any boneless cooked chicken works in this slow-cooker recipe, but chicken thighs, with more moisture from fat, cook the best.

Wild Rice and Chicken Soup

Chicken Veneto

Salvatore's Ristorante in Indianapolis has served this classic Italian dish for years. Artichokes, white wine and pistachios add flavor and texture to a simple sauce spooned over sautéed chicken. The recipe takes only 30 minutes from start to finish.

Chicken Veneto

Blue-Ribbon Cranberry Chicken

Just three ingredients make the sweet-tart sauce for this super-easy chicken. While it's baking, cook rice and a quick-fixing frozen vegetable mix for a quick-and-simple dinner.

Blue-Ribbon Cranberry Chicken

Buffalo-Style Chicken Fingers

Dunk this neat-to-eat chicken breast variation of chicken wings in bottled blue cheese dressing.

Buffalo-Style Chicken Fingers

Creamy Chicken-Broccoli Bake

Chicken breast and chopped broccoli combine with a soup-based cream sauce and noodles in this classic potluck dish. We've lightened the traditional recipe by using reduced-fat, reduced-sodium soup and fat-free sour cream, though you can substitute the richer versions if you prefer.

Creamy Chicken-Broccoli Bake

Spinach-Stuffed Chicken

A spiral of chicken stuffed with oozing cheese creates an impressive and irresistible main dish--perfect for company. The recipe is from Grand View Lodge in Nisswa, Minnesota.

Spinach-Stuffed Chicken

Chicken with Lemon-Thyme Dumplings

This country-style chicken soup with dumplings will remind you of Grandma's recipes--hearty, rich and comforting.

Chicken with Lemon-Thyme Dumplings

Spicy Chicken Wings with Blue Cheese Dressing

These succulent chicken wings might disappear as fast as you can grill them. The recipe comes from Danny Edwards Famous Kansas City BBQ, formerly Li'l Jake's Eat It and Beat It. The tiny, no-frills eatery has served weekday lunch crowds in Kansas City for more than two decades.

Spicy Chicken Wings with Blue Cheese Dressing

Chicken Spiedini

Zia's restaurant on the Hill in St. Louis uses provel in this grilled chicken dish. It's a cheese made in the neighborhood that tastes like a blend of cheddar, Swiss and provolone. You can substitute mozzarella if provel isn't available.

Chicken Spiedini

Blackened Chicken with Avocado Salsa

A zesty fresh salsa tops flavorful chicken breast. A little bit of creamy avocado goes a long way to making the dish taste more indulgent than it really is.

Blackened Chicken with Avocado Salsa

Old-Time Fried Chicken

This crispy chicken keeps diners returning to the Brookville Hotel restaurant in Abilene, Kansas. Brookeville Restaurant owner Mark Martin skillet-fries his chicken in lard, just as his grandma did. If you'd rather, you can cook your chicken in shortening or cooking oil.

Old-Time Fried Chicken

Chicken and Garden Vegetable Penne Pasta with Oven-Roasted Tomatoes

Tomatoes, squash, red sweet peppers and green onions give fresh flavor and color to this recipe, which comes from the Culinary Vegetable Institute in Milan, Ohio.

Grilled Chicken and Garden Vegetable Penne Pasta with Oven-Roasted Tomatoes

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