100+ Easy Chicken Recipes for a Quick Dinner Tonight

Chicken-and-Biscuit Cobbler
Photo: Alison Miksch

We've rounded up our favorite, easy ways to prepare chicken. Chicken is arguably the South's favorite protein to put on the dinner table. We love it for it's nutritional value, accessibility, low cost, and—most importantly—extreme versatility. This much-loved poultry serves as a blank slate and flavor-absorbing foundation for every type of cuisine imaginable. It can be roasted, pan-seared, grilled, and even cooked in a Southerner's favorite fashion—hand-breaded and deep-fried. We've rounded up more than 100 of our favorite chicken recipes so that you'll never have to look to far to find an easy chicken recipe that will please your crowd any night of the week. These chicken recipes include everything from Southwest Chicken Tortillas, to BBQ Chicken Pizza, to Chicken Pot Pie. For your easy weeknight chicken dinners, look no further.

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Heirloom Tomato and Chicken Toss

Heirloom Tomato and Chicken Toss
Greg DuPree

Recipe: Heirloom Tomato and Chicken Toss

Serve this fresh summer salad with plenty of crusty bread to soak up the flavorful tomato juices. If you can't find heirloom tomatoes near you, don't worry—this salad will be just as delicious with any ripe tomato.

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Chicken-and-Biscuit Cobbler

Chicken-and-Biscuit Cobbler
Alison Miksch

Recipe: Chicken-and-Biscuit Cobbler

This family-friendly dish is sure to become a new holiday staple. Use fresh herbs in the cobbler.

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Chicken and Fontina Panini

Chicken and Fontina Panini
Greg DuPree

Recipe: Chicken and Fontina Panini

Crusty on the outside, gooey on the inside, this sandwich requires little effort and makes a satisfying lunch or light dinner. You can make hot sandwiches with two heavy cast-iron skillets—no panini press required. While you're cooking a sandwich in one skillet, heat the second one on a separate burner. Once hot, place the second skillet on top of the sandwich for 1 to 2 minutes. Repeat on the flip side, cooking for 1 to 2 minutes more.

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Chicken Stir-Fry

Chicken Stir-Fry
Greg DuPree

Recipe: Chicken Stir-Fry

Fresh veggies add prep time but allow you to customize this stir-fry with summer favorites. Add any veggie you like for a meal that is sure to please the whole family. The best part? This one-dish wonder will be ready in just 10 minutes.

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Chicken Noodle Bowl with Peanut-Ginger Sauce

Chicken Noodle Bowl with Peanut-Ginger Sauce
Greg DuPree

Recipe: Chicken Noodle Bowl with Peanut-Ginger Sauce

Make the dressing and prep the veggies the day before, and dinner will be on the table in minutes. This is a great recipe to really make your own by adding and subtracting fresh veggies to suite your taste.

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Southwest Chicken Tortillas

Southwest Chicken Tortillas
Greg DuPree

Recipe: Southwest Chicken Tortillas

Serve these Southwest Chicken Tortillas with sliced avocados and extra salsa on the side. We used corn tortillas, but feel free to use flour if you prefer. Feel free to add any toppings you like. You really can't go wrong with this family-favorite.

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Chicken and White Bean Salad with Citrus Vinaigrette

Chicken and White Bean Salad with Citrus Vinaigrette
Greg DuPree

Recipe: Chicken and White Bean Salad with Citrus Vinaigrette

This vibrant salad is quick to toss together and travels well, which makes it ideal for summer picnics and potlucks. Don't worry, the salad won't wilt when dressed, so make it ahead of time and store it for several hours in the refrigerator.

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Grilled Chicken Cutlets with Strawberry Salsa

Strawberry Salsa
Photo: Greg DuPree

Recipe: Grilled Chicken Cutlets with Strawberry Salsa

This fresh and light dish will be your go-to supper this season. The chicken cutlets get a big boost of flavor from a marinade of pineapple juice, ground ancho chile, cumin, vinegar, and oil. Be sure to allow enough time for the chicken to chill in the marinade for 30 minutes before grilling. You'll probably want to make an extra batch of our strawberry salsa to serve alongside. We also love to drizzle Tangy Strawberry Barbecue Sauce over the chicken.

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Chicken Salad in Lettuce Cups

Chicken Salad in Lettuce Cups
Photo: Alison Miksch

Recipe: Chicken Salad in Lettuce Cups

Leftover chicken gets a fresh makeover with crisp lettuce leaves, toasted walnuts, and dried cherries. Freeze any extra meat in portion sizes, and use in future recipes. We love the convenience of whipping up a batch of this easy-to-make chicken salad to have on-hand throughout the week. Serve in lettuce cups, like we did here, or with crackers and fruit.

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Sesame Chicken Tacos

Sesame Chicken Tacos
Photo: Brian Woodcock

Recipe: Sesame Chicken Tacos

Baja and Beijing collide in a healthy new way with taco night.

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Simple Whole Chicken with Roasted Broccoli-Mushroom Rice

Simple Whole Chicken with Roasted Broccoli-Mushroom Rice
Alison Miksch

Recipe: Simple Whole Chicken with Roasted Broccoli-Mushroom Rice

Each member of the family can enjoy his or her favorite piece of the bird with this recipe.

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Chicken with Potatoes and Carrots

Chicken with Potatoes and Carrots
Photo: Alison Miksch

Recipe: Chicken with Potatoes and Carrots

The trick to extra-savory veggies is cooking the chicken atop the potatoes and carrots.

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Perfect Chicken Kabobs

Perfect Chicken Kabobs
Alison Miksch

Recipe: Perfect Chicken Kabobs

Mixing vegetables and meat on the same skewer is a no-go; you'll end up overcooking something. Instead, grill vegetable-only skewers to go with the meat-only kabobs. Choose thighs, a great cut of chicken for marinating because when they are deboned, the butcher leaves lots of nooks and crannies that trap the marinade. Finally, use a wide, flat skewer to keep the food from twirling around, making cooking and eating easier.

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Chicken with Cashews

Quiche Lorraine
Hector Manuel Sanchez

Recipe: Chicken with Cashews

Our Test Kitchen staffers declared that this Chinese-inspired recipe from 1979 beats any take-out meal.

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Korean Buttermilk Chicken Kabobs

Korean Buttermilk Chicken Kabobs
Photo: Iain Bagwell

Recipe: Korean Buttermilk Chicken Kabobs

Gochujang is a Korean condiment with tons of bright, peppery flavor. It's made with chile peppers but is sweet enough for kids. Try it on grilled meat or stirred into mayonnaise for a sandwich. If you'd like, swap pieces of pork tenderloin or sirloin steak for the chicken.

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Grilled Chicken-Vegetable Kabobs

Grilled Chicken-Vegetable Kabobs Recipe
Photo: Jennifer Davick

Recipe: Grilled Chicken-Vegetable Kabobs

This easy kabob dish is both beautiful and delicious. You can substitute whatever veggies you have on hand for an easy supper.

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Quick BBQ Chicken Pizzas

Quick BBQ Chicken Pizzas
Photo: Jason Wallis

Recipe: Quick BBQ Chicken Pizzas

Baking the pizzas directly on the oven rack gives you a crisp crust in less time. You can substitute shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese for fresh.

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Slow-Cooker Chicken Lettuce Cups

Slow-Cooker Chicken Lettuce Cups
Alison Miksch

Recipe: Slow-Cooker Chicken Lettuce Cups

These cups pair the freshness of a salad with the heartiness of a taco. Serve as an appetizer or light dinner.

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Garlic-Yogurt-Marinated Chicken Thighs

Garlic-Yogurt-Marinated Chicken Thighs
Photo: Hector Sanchez

Recipe: Garlic-Yogurt-Marinated Chicken Thighs

Tangy yogurt tenderizes the meat and balances the heat from the jalapeño peppers. Grill indoors on a grill pan, or rev up the outdoor grill. Steamed sugar snap peas round out the meal.

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Grilled Chipotle Chicken

Grilled Chipotle Chicken
Photo: Jennifer Davick

Recipe: Grilled Chipotle Chicken

Ditch your plain grilled chicken for a zesty, perfectly spiced dinner instead. Grilled Chipotle Chicken delivers a smoky heat flavor with a touch of sweetness. Try Mexican oregano for extra zing.

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Chicken, Farro, and Vegetable Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette

Chicken, Farro, and Vegetable Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette
Photo: Hector Sanchez

Recipe: Chicken, Farro, and Vegetable Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette

Grilling the chicken and vegetables gives this healthy and hearty salad a smoky, sweet flavor. If you prefer, substitute sliced celery for fennel and pearl barley or wheat berries for farro.

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Grilled Chicken and New Potatoes

Grilled Chicken and New Potatoes
Becky Luigart-Stayner

Recipe: Grilled Chicken and New Potatoes

Use a foil packet as a fuss-free cooking vessel for the leeks and potatoes (or any vegetable).

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Lemon-Rosemary-Garlic Chicken and Potatoes

Lemon-Rosemary-Garlic Chicken and Potatoes
Photo: Becky Luigart-Stayner

Recipe: Lemon-Rosemary-Garlic Chicken and Potatoes

This winner of a chicken dinner is our new favorite roasting-pan supper.

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Buttermilk-and-Honey Chicken Kabobs

Buttermilk-and-Honey Chicken Kabobs
Jim Franco

Recipe: Buttermilk-and-Honey Chicken Kabobs

A buttermilk marinade ensures tender meat and juicy flavor.

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Chicken Cutlets with Herbed Mushroom Sauce

Chicken Cutlets with Herbed Mushroom Sauce
Photo: Hector Sanchez

Recipe: Chicken Cutlets with Herbed Mushroom Sauce

Cleanup is easy with this one pan dinner (you'll make the sauce in the same pan you used to cook the cutlets). Serve the dish over mashed potatoes or with a loaf of crusty bread to sop up the earthy sauce. To cut costs, purchase fresh herbs labeled "poultry blend." You'll get an assortment of herbs for the price of one package.

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Loaded Chicken-Bacon Pot Pie

Loaded Chicken-Bacon Pot Pie
Photo: Hector Sanchez

Recipe: Loaded Chicken-Bacon Pot Pie

You can't go wrong with Chicken Pot Pie. You can't go wrong with Bacon. This high-rating recipe combines both for a classic Southern dish that your family will request over and over again. Deli-roasted chicken and puff pastry shortcut time without cutting flavor; Thick, sizzling bacon slices, dry white wine, and mustard give the gravy and vegetables a savory punch. Want to know the secret for making the perfect potpie filling? Reserve the bacon drippings, and cook it in to the flour-based broth. You can make the mini version of this recipe by using ramekins instead of a baking dish.

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Chicken Paillard with Citrus Salad and Couscous

Chicken Paillard with Citrus Salad and Couscous
Photo: Alison Miksch

Recipe: Chicken Paillard with Citrus Salad and Couscous

Israeli couscous is also sometimes labeled pearl couscous.

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Chicken Enchiladas

Chicken Enchiladas
Alison Miksch

Recipe: Chicken Enchiladas

Make the enchilada sauce up to three days ahead; the flavors will meld and only get better. We used corn tortillas in this recipe, but feel free to swap for flour tortillas if you prefer. If you're fixing and freezing this recipe, complete up to baking in step 4. For best results, wait to bake until you're ready to eat.

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Slow-Cooker Chicken Cacciatore with Spaghetti

Slow-Cooker Chicken Cacciatore with Spaghetti
Photo: Hector Sanchez

Recipe: Slow-Cooker Chicken Cacciatore with Spaghetti

Spend 20 minutes in the kitchen prepping this gorgeous, hearty sauce. Once the sauce simmers in the cooker, all that's left to do is cook a pound of pasta, and serve.

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Chicken-and-Wild Rice Skillet Casserole

Chicken-and-Wild Rice Skillet Casserole
Hector Sanchez

Recipe: Chicken-and-Wild Rice Skillet Casserole

This rustic meal, a company's-coming riff on the old-school chicken-and-rice number, is held together by a tangy gravy flavored with country ham and mushrooms.

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Grilled Chicken and Garden Salsa

Grilled chicken and Garden Salsa
Photo: Iain Bagwell

Prepare the 3-ingredient marinade using Parmesan, mayonnaise, and lemon zest for flavorful chicken breast. Toss zucchini, onion, and bell peppers with olive oil, throw them over the fire, and let the season's veggies speak for themselves.

Recipe: Grilled Chicken and Garden Salsa

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Top-Shelf Chicken Under a Brick

Top-Shelf Chicken Under a Brick Recipe
Photo: Hector Sanchez

Recipe: Top-Shelf Chicken Under a Brick

The "top-shelf" in this recipe speaks to the crispy skin, superior flavor, and juiciness of the bird.

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Buttermilk Chicken and Waffles

Buttermilk Chicken and Waffles
Jennifer Davick

Recipe: Buttermilk Chicken and Waffles

Keep waffles warm in a 200° oven up to 30 minutes before assembling. Top waffles with chicken, and drizzle with Peach-Horseradish Maple Syrup.

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Stovetop Chicken Pie

Stovetop Chicken Pie
Jennifer Davick

Recipe: Stovetop Chicken Pot Pie

After eating this pot pie version of the classic Southern chicken and biscuit meal, you'll wonder why you didn't think of this chicken pot pie biscuit casserole sooner. Use frozen buttermilk biscuits for quicker cook time; for special occasions, make our best ever biscuit recipe to take this comfort food to the next level. A family-size rotisserie chicken yields the perfect amount of chopped cooked chicken for this quick twist on traditional chicken potpie. Lighten up this down home meal with low fat cream cheese and reduced-fat cream of mushroom soup, or serve it over brown rice rather than biscuits.

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Fried Chicken Tacos with Buttermilk-Jalapeño Sauce

Fried Chicken Tacos with Buttermilk-Jalapeño Sauce
Photo: Iain Bagwell

Recipe: Fried Chicken Tacos with Buttermilk-Jalapeño Sauce

Use this creamy sauce to dress up store-bought fried chicken or as a salad dressing or dip for wings. Adjust the heat by adding more or less jalapeño. We like to double up on the tortillas, taco-truck style, for any of these tacos.

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Grilled Salt-and-Pepper Chicken Wings

Grilled Salt-and-Pepper Chicken Wings
Photo: Hector Sanchez

Recipe: Grilled Salt-and-Pepper Chicken Wings

Broiler option: Broil on a foil-lined jelly-roll pan 8 inches from heat 20 minutes or until done, turning halfway through. Amp up the flavor with one of our tasty drizzle recipes.Honey Drizzle RecipesRecipe:Cider Vinegar-Brown Butter Honey DrizzleRecipe:Horseradish-Honey Mustard DrizzleRecipe:Cracked Pepper-Rosemary Honey DrizzleRecipe:Chili-Lemon Honey Drizzle

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Margarita-Brined Chicken

Margarita-Brined Chicken
Photo: Hector Sanchez

Soak chicken in a citrus-and-tequila-spiked brine to infuse Latin flavors and keep the chicken moist as it cooks. Pat the skin dry before grilling, and start skin-side down to ensure it gets good and crispy. Feel free to sub orange juice for tequila and lemons or oranges for limes, and be sure to grill extra citrus for a pretty and functional garnish.

Recipe: Margarita-Brined Chicken

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King Ranch Chicken Mac and Cheese

King Ranch Chicken Mac and Cheese
Photo: Becky Luigart-Stayner

Recipe: King Ranch Chicken Mac and Cheese

All the flavors of a favorite casserole come together in the comfort of mac and cheese. Freeze this hearty, cheesy favorite in lidded bakeware for easy transport between oven, freezer, and fridge.

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Crispy Chicken Thighs with Pasta and Pesto

Crispy Chicken Thighs with Pasta and Pesto Recipe
Photo: Greg Dupree

Recipe: Crispy Chicken Thighs with Pasta and Pesto

This stovetop-to-oven method yields crisp, dark-golden skin and juicy, tender meat.

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Pasta-Chicken-Broccoli Bake

Pasta-Chicken-Broccoli Bake
Iain Bagwell

Recipe: Pasta-Chicken-Broccoli Bake

Cheese-filled tortellini and a chopped pecan topping add extra flavor to this kid-friendly Pasta-Chicken-Broccoli Bake, while broccoli and red bell pepper contribute pops of color throughout this one-dish meal. Add even more fun color by using colored tortellini. The unlikely pairing of ingredients like white wine and pecans will impress guests, while the delicious buttery crackers and grated Parmesan cheese will please even the pickiest eaters. Make this casserole dish for a potluck group or your family and receive rave reviews from all. One reviewer said that she enjoyed it so much, that she immediately emailed the recipe to her girlfriends.

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Sesame Chicken Garden Salad

Sesame Chicken Garden Salad
Photo: Hector Sanchez

Recipe: Sesame Chicken Garden Salad

Dress a double batch of this light but satisfying dinner with the sesame dressing. The flavors get even better overnight in the fridge, and leftovers make a gourmet on-the-go lunch.

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Curried Chicken Chowder

Chicken Soups Curried Chicken Chowder
Melina Hammer

Recipe: Curried Chicken Chowder

To preserve the textures of meat and vegetables in soup, it's important to cool hot soups completely before freezing. To quickly reduce the temperature, transfer to large, shallow containers (13- × 9-inch baking dishes). Refrigerate uncovered, stirring occasionally, until cool.

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Roasted Chicken Caesar Salad

Roasted Chicken Caesar Salad
Photo: Becky Luigart-Stayner

Recipe: Roasted Chicken Caesar Salad

Reinvent the Caesar by roasting the lettuce to caramelize it, and jazz up store-bought dressing to make it taste like homemade.

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Chicken and Veggie Stir-Fry

Chicken and Veggie Stir-Fry
Photo: Jennifer Davick

Recipe: Chicken and Veggie Stir-Fry

This colorful chicken and vegetable stir fry is a delight for the eyes as well as the taste buds with its colorful array of yellow squash, red bell pepper, broccolini, and green onions.

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Grilled Chicken-Asparagus Salad

Grilled Chicken-Asparagus Salad
Photo: Jacob Snavely

Recipe: Grilled Chicken-Asparagus Salad

This hearty salad is brightened up with mint, lemon juice, and fresh dill.

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Pan-Grilled Chicken with Fresh Plum Salsa

Pan-Grilled Chicken with Fresh Plum Salsa
Photo: Jennifer Davick

Recipe: Pan-Grilled Chicken with Fresh Plum Salsa

A mix of sweet and heat on these chicken cutlets is sure to get your family's taste buds ready for dinner. Add a side of steamed vegetables for a complete meal.

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Peanut Chicken Scaloppine

Squash Ribbon Salad
Photo: Jennifer Davick

Recipe: Peanut Chicken Scaloppine

Get the crunch you crave by dredging your chicken in a savory peanut coating. Bring fresh flavor to the table by serving with Squash Ribbon Salad.

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One-Dish Chicken Pasta

One-Dish Chicken Pasta
Photo: Howard Lee Puckett

Recipe: One-Dish Chicken Pasta

If you're craving a cheesy casserole but don't have the time to assemble and bake one, make a quick cooktop casserole with all your favorite casserole ingredients.

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"Man Catching" Fried Chicken with Honey-Pecan Glaze

"Man Catching” Fried Chicken with Honey-Pecan Glaze
Photo by Erin Adams

Recipe: "Man Catching" Fried Chicken with Honey-Pecan Glaze

From the kitchen of Leah Stacey, Montgomery, Alabama: "I borrowed the recipe name from a former First Lady of Alabama who claimed her fried chicken had such powers."

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Greek Chicken Tacos

Fried Chicken Tacos with Buttermilk-Jalapeño Sauce
Photo: Iain Bagwell

Recipe: Greek Chicken Tacos

Crisp lettuce cups offer a light, refreshing spin to this Greek salad-inspired taco, but feel free to use warm flour tortillas or pitas instead.

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Tomato-Chicken Salad

Tomato-Chicken Salad
Photo: Jennifer Davick

Recipe: Tomato-Chicken Salad

Main-dish salads are a refreshing change for your easy weeknight meals. Try this salad full of tomatoes, cucumbers, and basil, and serve it with seasoned ciabatta bread.

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White Lightning Chicken Chili

White Lightning Chicken Chili
Photo: Becky Luigart-Stayner

Recipe: White Lightning Chicken Chili

White Lightning Chicken Chili gets its name because it only takes 30 minutes from start to finish to get this one-dish meal to the table. Don't drain the chopped green chiles or navy beans. Serve chili with cornbread.

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Mixed Fruit Chicken Salad

Mixed Fruit Chicken Salad
Iain Bagwell

Recipe: Mixed Fruit Chicken Salad

For extra fiber and a boost of antioxidants, serve over dark greens. Drizzle salad with Orange-Raspberry Vinaigrette.

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Fried Chicken Wings

Broccoli Slaw
Photo: Jennifer Davick

Recipe: Fried Chicken Wings

Soak chicken twice in the egg-milk mixture and double-dredge in the highly seasoned flour for a superior crust. When serving, brighten up fried wings with lemon slices and parsley leaves. Voilá!

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Chicken-and-Collards Pilau

Chicken-and-Collards Pilau
Photo: Greg Dupree

Recipe: Chicken-and-Collards Pilau

Chicken, rice, and greens fill one soulful pot in our family-friendly take on a Lowcountry staple. Quick-cooking basmati rice helps turn this recipe into dinner in no time and stays fluffy throughout the entire cooking process.

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Chicken Enchilada Casserole

Chicken Enchilada Casserole
Hector Sanchez

Recipe: Chicken Enchilada Casserole

Layers of corn tortillas give this ultra-creamy casserole some texture. Structured like a lasagna but flavored like the classic Tex-Mex enchilada dish, this chicken casserole is bursting with smoky, spicy flavor and sure to impress. We seasoned it with poblano peppers, green chiles, taco mix, and two creamy cheeses so that your Mexican-food cravings are satisfied without leaving the house. We also love it because of its versatility - try it with smoky shredded BBQ brisket or pulled pork in place of the chicken, or small cooked, peeled shrimp. Set out the finished dish with sour cream and fresh chopped cilantro for toppings.

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Chicken-and-Three-Bean Chili Verde

Chicken-and-Three-Bean Chili Verde
Photo: Becky Luigart-Stayner

Recipe: Chicken-and-Three-Bean Chili Verde

For true Tex Mex flavor, serve with a side of tortilla chips and top with fresh avocado slices.

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Slow-cooked Barbecued Chicken Sandwiches

Pickled Peppers & Onions
Becky Luigart Stayner

Recipe: Slow-cooked Barbecued Chicken Sandwiches

Barbecued chicken served atop Sweet Potato Cornbread with Pickled Peppers & Onions makes for a delicious and satisfying sandwich.

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Chicken Risotto with Spring Vegetables

Chicken Risotto with Spring Vegetables
Jennifer Davick

Recipe: Chicken Risotto with Spring Vegetables

Skinless, boneless chicken breasts rule the roost in this fast weeknight meal, topped with savory Parmesan cheese slivers.

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Chicken Enchiladas

Chicken Enchiladas
Photo: Jennifer Davick

Recipe: Chicken Enchiladas

For a fast flourish, char one side of the tortillas directly over gas flames for a few seconds using tongs. These enchiladas are served with our super quick and easy (and oh-so-delicious) Tomatillo Salsa. If you aren't a fan of tomatillos or can't find them in your grocery store, swap in your favorite tomato variety or whip up one of our other salsa recipes to use as a topper.

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Chicken-and-Squash Casserole

Chicken-and-Squash Casserole
IAIN BAGWELL

Recipe: Chicken-and-Squash Casserole

Get all the satisfaction of a hearty casserole with none of the messy cleanup. Preparing it in a slow cooker will ensure an even more tender bite.

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Basil-Peach Chicken Breasts

Wednesday: Basil-Peach Chicken Breasts
Photo: Jennifer Davick

Recipe: Basil-Peach Chicken Breasts

Starting the chicken on the stovetop and finishing in the oven helps prevent dry, overcooked chicken. The flavorful juices make a fresh and clean sauce–much lighter than a flour-thickened gravy. Serve with steamed rice, couscous, or quinoa for a simple summer meal.

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Tex-Mex Chicken Chili with Lime

Tex-Mex Chicken Chili with Lime
Photo: Jennifer Davick

Recipe: Tex-Mex Chicken Chili with Lime

Store-bought rotisserie chicken shortcuts the cook time, while white ale adds spice, body, and flavor.

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Chicken-and-Artichoke Penne

Chicken-and-Artichoke Penne
Alison Miksch

Recipe: Chicken-and-Artichoke Penne

A handheld Microplane grater makes it easy to add fresh Parmesan flavor.

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Baked Chicken Roulade

Baked Chicken Roulade
Photo: Jennifer Davick

Recipe: Baked Chicken Roulade

Baked Chicken Roulade is fancy enough for a special occasion.

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Peanut Chicken Stew

Peanut Chicken Stew
Photo: Penny De Los Santos

Recipe: Peanut Chicken Stew

A lot of times, when people say a soup is thick enough to be a meal, they're playing you. But this soup sustains. This recipe takes its cues from West Africa, particularly Senegal and The Gambia, known for peanut, or groundnut, stews.

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Chicken and Gnocchi

Chicken and Gnocchi
Hector Sanchez

Recipe: Chicken and Gnocchi

This fast became a Test Kitchen favorite and our new go-to chicken and dumplings because it's the easiest gnocchi we've ever made. Simply use a zip-top bag to pipe the pillowy mounds straight into the simmering water.

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Smoky Chicken Panini with Basil Mayo

Smoky Chicken Panini with Basil Mayo
Jennifer Davick

Recipe: Smoky Chicken Panini with Basil Mayo

Smoky Gouda cheese, sun-dried tomatoes, and baby spinach join grilled chicken breasts in this panini that's slathered with fresh Basil Mayo.

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Easy Chicken Fried Rice

Chicken Fried Rice Recipe
Photo: Iain Bagwell

Recipe: Chicken Fried Rice

Have dinner on the table in less time than this take-out favorite could be delivered to your door. A great catch-all dish, fried rice can be made with any vegetables and proteins left over in the fridge at the end of the week. Quickly chop up your ingredients and sauté them in a mixture of Asian chili-garlic sauce and soy sauce for bold flavor.

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Real Buttermilk Fried Chicken

Real Buttermilk Fried Chicken

Fried chicken is a go-to lunch after church on Sundays. Keeping the shortening hot enough is the key to crisp chicken. Use a thermometer the first few times. After that, judging the heat becomes second nature.

Recipe: Real Buttermilk Fried Chicken

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Chicken & Honey Sandwiches

Chicken & Honey Sandwiches
Photo: Iain Bagwell

Recipe: Chicken & Honey Sandwiches

No chopping, slicing, or frying required. Assemble these hearty sandwiches for a winner everytime.

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Chicken-and-Wild Rice Casserole

Chicken-and-Wild Rice Casserole
Becky Luigart-Stayner

Recipe: Chicken-and-Wild Rice Casserole

Save time (and dirty dishes) with lidded bakeware that goes from oven to freezer to fridge with ease.

Sliced almonds, water chestnuts, cream of mushroom soup, and Cheddar cheese add a depth of flavor and texture to this satisfying casserole.

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Lemon-Basil Chicken Salad

Lemon-Basil Chicken Salad
Photo: Iain Bagwell

Recipe: Lemon-Basil Chicken Salad

Baby spinach and sun-dried tomatoes add flavor and color to this tasty chicken salad. Serve on whole grain flatbread.

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Chicken Biscuit

Chicken Biscuit
Photo: Jennifer Davick

Recipe: Chicken Biscuit

These taste similar to the chicken from a certain closed-on-Sundays fast-food chain that folks love. The secret? Dill pickle juice! If your cutlets are thick, put between sheets of plastic wrap, and flatten to 1/2 inch thick using a rolling pin.

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Bacon-Wrapped Chicken with Basil Lima Beans

Bacon-Wrapped Chicken with Basil Lima Beans
Photo: Hector Sanchez

Recipe: Bacon-Wrapped Chicken with Basil Lima Beans

A basil puree makes a quick sauce for chicken and lima beans.

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Cornmeal Cakes with Smoked Chicken and Coleslaw

Cornmeal Cakes with Smoked Chicken and Coleslaw
Photo: Jennifer Davick

Recipe: Cornmeal Cakes with Smoked Chicken and Coleslaw

Pick up coleslaw, smoked chicken, and sauce from your favorite barbecue joint.

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Molasses-Brined Roasted Chicken

Molasses-Brined Roasted Chicken
Photo: Helen Norman

Recipe: Molasses-Brined Roasted Chicken

The brined, roasted chicken is juicy, rich, and great on its own, but the Roasted Chicken Jus, a concentrated homemade stock, is worth the effort.

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Spicy Thai Chicken Kabobs

Spicy Thai Chicken Kabobs
Photo: Jennifer Davick

Recipe: Spicy Thai Chicken Kabobs

Stir up a superfast peanut sauce, and marinate the chicken before you head out for the day. The remaining ingredients can be quickly put together when you get home from work.

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Rosemary Chicken with Corn Quinoa

Rosemary Chicken with Corn Quinoa
Photo: Melina Hammer

Recipe: Rosemary Chicken with Corn Quinoa

Boil the Fresh Corn Quinoa first, then sear chicken while quinoa stands for 15 minutes.

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Double-Crust Chicken Pot Pie

Double-Crust Chicken Pot Pie
Photo: Jennifer Davick; Styling: Amy Burke

Recipe: Double-Crust Chicken Pot Pie

Lose the centerpiece to your table. This impressive pot pie is enough dazzle guests.

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Quick Chicken Noodle Bowls

Quick Chicken Noodle Bowls Recipe
Photo: Jennifer Davick

Recipe: Quick Chicken Noodle Bowls

Fresh lime juice adds extra bright flavor. Bringing the broth back to a boil before serving ensures the snap peas cook to a crisp-tender texture.

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Dry-Brined Beer-Can Chicken

Tart Apple-and-Cabbage Toss
Photo: Iain Bagwell

Recipe: Dry-Brined Beer-Can Chicken

Grilling is a delicious way to "roast" a whole bird, especially when beer is involved. Use a milder brew if you wish, but skip hoppy IPAs.

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Carolina Chicken Burgers with Ancho Slaw

Carolina Chicken Burgers with Ancho Slaw
Alison Miksch

Recipe: Carolina Chicken Burgers

Our BBQ sandwich-meets-burger is a slam dunk for grilling season. Try it with Creamy Ancho Slaw and Carolina Burger Sauce.

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Sesame-Chicken Thigh Paillard with Peanut Sauce

Sesame-Chicken Thigh Paillard with Peanut Sauce
Photo: Hector Sanchez

Recipe: Sesame-Chicken Thigh Paillard with Peanut Sauce

Paillard is a French cooking term used to describe a thinly pounded piece of meat that cooks quickly. This recipe gives you a flavorful weeknight meal that's on the table in less than 45 minutes.

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Skillet Chicken Pot Pie

Skillet Chicken Pot Pie
Photo: Becky Luigart-Stayner

Recipe: Skillet Chicken Pot Pie

No rolling pin is needed for this pot pie. Refrigerated pie crusts give you a leg up in the preparation of this classic comfort dish.

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Chicken Pot Pie with Bacon-and-Cheddar Biscuits

Chicken Pot Pie with Bacon-and-Cheddar Biscuits
Photo: Becky Luigart-Stayner

Replace the traditional pastry crust in chicken pot pie with homemade biscuits. These biscuits are made with sharp Cheddar cheese, chopped bacon, and chives, making them just as tasty solo as atop this chicken pot pie.

Recipe: Chicken Pot Pie with Bacon-and-Cheddar Biscuits

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Ginger "Beer Can" Chicken

Ginger "Beer Can" Chicken
Alison Miksch

Recipe: Ginger "Beer Can" Chicken

Retire the beer can and opt for a can of ginger ale instead. The spicy soft drink puts a tangy twist on your whole bird. Look for canned ginger beer (Gosling's makes a good one) to add even more spicy, fresh ginger flavor. Don't forget the ginger ale glaze.

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Citrus-Braised Chicken Thighs

Citrus-Braised Chicken Thighs
Photo: Hector Sanchez

Braising gives you tender, tasty results and a pan sauce to boot.

Recipe: Citrus-Braised Chicken Thighs

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Chicken Breasts with Mushrooms and Asparagus

Chicken Breasts with Mushrooms and Asparagus
Photo: Hector Sanchez

Recipe: Chicken Breasts with Mushrooms and Asparagus

Toasted bread is the perfect starch to sop up the tasty pan sauce.

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Crispy Chicken with Greek Green Bean Salad

Crispy Chicken with Greek Green Bean Salad
Hector Sanchez

Recipe: Crispy Chicken with Greek Green Bean Salad

Feel free to sub kid-friendly chicken strips for chicken breasts.

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Chicken Salad Empanadas

Chicken Salad Empanadas
Photo: Hector Sanchez

Recipe: Chicken Salad Empanadas

Take a shortcut by using canned jumbo biscuits as the flaky shell of these savory empanadas. Just seal in chicken, pecans, celery, and bake!

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Buffalo Chicken Pot Stickers

Buffalo Chicken Pot Stickers
Photo: Hector Sanchez

Recipe: Buffalo Chicken Pot Stickers

"These pot stickers are hearty while still being the perfect size for snacking."

From the kitchen of Robyn Stone, Carrollton, GA, addapinch.com

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Grill-Roasted Chicken

Grill-Roasted Chicken
Photo: Hector Sanchez

Recipe: Grill-Roasted Chicken

Grilling over the indirect heat of a two-zone fire mimics oven heat. An aromatic rack of early fall apples and vegetables catches all the chicken's flavorful juices.

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Buffalo Chicken Meatball Sliders

Buffalo Chicken Meatball Sliders
Photo: Hector Sanchez

Recipe: Buffalo Chicken Meatball Sliders

For a cool, crunchy slider topping, toss thinly sliced celery and fresh parsley leaves with a splash of Champagne vinegar and drizzle of olive oil. Season with table salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste.

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Chicken-Vegetable Kabobs with White BBQ Sauce

Chicken-Vegetable Kabobs with White BBQ Sauce
Hector Sanchez

Recipe: Chicken-Vegetable Kabobs with White BBQ Sauce

Swap new veggies to transform the meal. Go Mediterranean with cauliflower florets and eggplant.

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Chicken and Sweet Potato Dumplings

Chicken and Sweet Potato Dumplings
Photo: Melina Hammer

Recipe: Chicken and Sweet Potato Dumplings

Sweet potato creates pillowy, gnocchi-like dumplings and adds Vitamin C, Beta Carotene, Calcium, and Potassium. Start with a whole chicken to create a flavorful, refined broth.

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Swiss Chicken Crêpes

Swiss Chicken Crêpes
Photo: Iain Bagwell

Recipe: Swiss Chicken Crêpes

If you're a fan of lasagna, you'll love this variation: a layered casserole with melt-in-your mouth Swiss cheese and tender chicken. In place of lasagna noodles, egg roll wrappers work perfectly as quick rolled crêpe layers and soak up flavors of basil and garlic. Instead of a tomato-based sauce, expect a savory cheese sauce with lots of flavor. When choosing a jar of roasted bell peppers for the base, choose one that suits your preference – some are more acidic, while some have a smokier, charred flavor. Our test kitchen also suggests adding salt along the way in this recipe – add a dash to the blended bell peppers, and a dash to the rolled crêpes.

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Grilled Chicken Tequila Burgers

Grilled Chicken Tequila Burgers
Photo: Becky Luigart-Stayner

Recipe: Grilled Chicken Tequila Burgers

A juicy chicken burger is nestled under tender bell peppers and onions and dressed with cool Cilantro-Lime Mayonnaise—this one can't be missed.

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Roast Chicken with Sweet Potatoes and Apples

Roast Chicken with Sweet Potatoes and Apples
Photo: Iain Bagwell

Recipe: Roast Chicken with Sweet Potatoes and Apples

Feed the gang with one large 5- to 6-pound bird or two smaller ones. To achieve golden brown skin, first roast at high heat, then turn the oven temperature down to cook the chicken through. Serve with sweet potatoes and apples for a perfect finish.

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Cajun Chicken Cassoulet

Cajun Chicken Cassoulet
Photo: Iain Bagwell

Recipe: Cajun Chicken Cassoulet

Prepare this delectable cassoulet with a Toasted Herbed Breadcrumb Topping for added crunch and flavor in every bite.

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Chicken-and-Bacon Satay

Chicken-and-Bacon Satay
Photo: Iain Bagwell

Recipe: Chicken-and-Bacon Satay

A satay is an Indonesian version of kabobs: thinly sliced marinated meat grilled on a skewer and served with lip-licking peanut sauce.

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Chicken Enchiladas

Chicken Enchiladas
Photo: Becky Luigart-Stayner

Recipe: Chicken Enchiladas

This Tex-Mex one-dish meal is a family-friendly favorite. It's an easy make-ahead meal that can be frozen for up to one month. Think about these enchiladas when time is tight.

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Pecan-Crusted Chicken and Tortellini with Herbed Butter Sauce

Pecan-Crusted Chicken and Tortellini with Herbed Butter Sauce
Photo: Jennifer Davick

Recipe: Pecan-Crusted Chicken and Tortellini with Herbed Butter Sauce

This nutty and buttery dish is your winning solution to getting dinner on the table in 30 minutes.

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Chicken-and-Brisket Brunswick Stew

Chicken Soups Chicken-and-Brisket Brunswick Stew
Iain Bagwell

Recipe: Chicken-and-Brisket Brunswick Stew

You won't be able to get enough of this hearty stew! And with a price that won't hurt your wallet, you may want to make extra for the freezer.

How To Freeze and Store Soup

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Smoked Chicken Pizza with White Barbecue Sauce

Smoked Chicken Pizza with White Barbecue Sauce
Alison Miksch

Recipe: Smoked Chicken Pizza with White Barbecue Sauce

Enjoy a savory slice of grilled homemade pizza topped with smoked chicken, white barbecue sauce, tomatoes, and cheese.

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Mama's Fried Chicken

Mama's Fried Chicken
Southern Living

This traditional Southern recipe simply features buttermilk, flour, salt and pepper. The end result is juicy chicken on the inside and crispy on the outside.

Recipe: Mama's Fried Chicken

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Classic Chicken Tetrazzini

Classic Chicken Tetrazzini
Photo: Beth Dreiling Hontzas

Recipe: Classic Chicken Tetrazzini

Portion individual servings and freeze in containers that are freezer- and microwave-safe. This allows you to reheat dinner for one, two, or the entire family.

Make a classic comfort food recipe with this chicken casserole. This family-friendly dish takes less than an hour and provides a filling one-dish meal.

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Tarragon Chicken Salad

Tarragon Chicken Salad Recipe
Photo: Jennifer Davick

Recipe: Tarragon Chicken Salad

This creamy chicken salad pairs perfectly with the crunch of pecans, Granny Smith apples, red onions, and celery.

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