40 Favorite Chicken Recipes | Midwest Living

40 Favorite Chicken Recipes

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

Mediterranean Stuffed Breast of Chicken

Stuff chicken with a colorful mix of tomatoes, mushrooms, pine nuts and goat cheese or feta cheese in this recipe from the DeSoto House Hotel in Galena, Illinois. A rich cream sauce tops the chicken.

Mediterranean Stuffed Breast of Chicken

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Rosemary Garlic Stir Fry

Fresh garlic and chopped rosemary flavor this easy chicken-and-vegetable stir-fry dinner from a Zumbro Falls, Minnesota, reader. Top with crunchy cashews.

Rosemary Garlic Stir Fry

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

East Indian garam-masala blend seasons this grilled chicken, giving off an enticing aroma as it cooks. Creamy Cucumber-Mint Sauce adds a cool touch to the spiced chicken.

Spiced Chicken with Cucumber-Mint Sauce

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

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

Chicken Salsa Chili

Our Test Kitchen created this quick and easy chicken chili, which takes just 15 minutes to prepare and 20 minutes to cook. Serve with assorted toppers such as sour cream, low-fat yogurt, chopped red onions, shredded sharp cheddar cheese and chopped avocado.

Chicken Salsa 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

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

BBQ Chicken Grilled Pizza

Barbecue-sauced pizza tops the favorites list at many pizzerias. Here's our quick and easy version, which uses boneless chicken breasts, purchased barbecue sauce, smoked cheese and bottled banana pepper rings.

BBQ Chicken Grilled Pizza

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

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

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 and Wild Rice Casserole

This easy, cheesy chicken recipe combines long grain and wild rice with fresh basil and Parmesan cheese. Serve with a fresh salad and crusty bread.

Chicken and Wild Rice Casserole

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

Buffalo-Style Chicken Fingers

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

Buffalo-Style Chicken Fingers

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

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

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

Lemon-Grass Chicken Over Noodles

The popular Thai herb lemon grass seasons this stir-fry, which has strips of chicken and a variety of fresh vegetables. Serve it with your choice of noodles, such as Chinese egg noodles, vermicelli, capellini, fettuccine or linguine.

Lemon-Grass Chicken Over Noodles

Mediterranean Stuffed Breast of Chicken

Stuff chicken with a colorful mix of tomatoes, mushrooms, pine nuts and goat cheese or feta cheese in this recipe from the DeSoto House Hotel in Galena, Illinois. A rich cream sauce tops the chicken.

Mediterranean Stuffed Breast of Chicken

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

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

Tex-Mex Cheesy Chicken Chowder

Nina Swan-Kohler of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, loves easy-to-make dishes. Tex-Mex Cheesy Chicken Chowder is one of her favorites. "It uses a variety of convenience foods that are stirred together in one big pot, and brings out the great flavor of all the ingredients," Nina says.

Tex-Mex Cheesy Chicken Chowder

Showstopper Chicken Surprise

Smoked cheese melts inside chicken breasts for this easy-to-make entrée. It's from the Roth Kase USA cheese factory in Monroe, Wisconsin. The company says the hole in the center of its Italian-style Rofumo lets the distinctive hickory-smoke flavor penetrate the cheese. If you can't buy Rofumo, substitute smoked Gouda, Edam or cheddar.

Showstopper Chicken Surprise

Strawberry Spinach Salad with Hickory-Smoked Chicken

Top spinach, strawberries, blueberries, cheese, mushrooms and smoked chicken with Orange-Balsamic Vinaigrette for a main-dish salad that's full of seasonal flavors.

Strawberry Spinach Salad with Hickory-Smoked Chicken

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

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