Chicken Dinner Recipes

We revisit America's favorite weeknight staple: Fresh new ways to deliciously moist and tasty chicken.

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Healthy Chicken Dinners

Big-flavor recipes add up to a chick-tacular flock of fresh ideas for simple and healthful dinners.

Chicken Piccata Recipe

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Chicken Piccata

Sautéeing is a high-heat, quick-cooking method that puts a chicken dinner on the table in a flash. Dust bird with a supersheer layer of flour for a crisp, golden exterior, or simply season with salt and pepper.

First up, briny capers and bright lemon really make this bird sing. Serve tangy Chicken Piccata with mashed potatoes or roasted seasonal root vegetables.

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Open-Faced Chicken Club Sandwiches Recipe

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Open-Faced Chicken Club Sandwiches

This flavorful sandwich will add brightness to even the coldest winter day. Serve it with fresh seasonal citrus or other fruit.

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Sautéed Chicken with Warm Bacon Vinaigrette Recipe

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Sautéed Chicken with Warm Bacon Vinaigrette

If you can't find arugula, substitute mixed salad greens or fresh baby spinach for this warm salad.

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Variations:
If you like Brussels Sprouts try: Maple-Brined Chicken with Sautéed Brussels Sprouts
If you like Olives try: Sautéed Chicken with Olive Tapenade
If you like Onions try: Sautéed Chicken with Onion Jam

Double Plum Baked Chicken Recipe

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Double Plum Baked Chicken

Dried plums and plum wine come together for Double Plum Baked Chicken. If you can't find plum wine, substitute a sweet white wine, such as riesling, or plum brandy.

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Chicken with Olives and Lemons Recipe

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Chicken with Olives and Lemons

Briny olives and tart lemons combine with fresh herbs for a Mediterranean-influenced chicken dish. Serve with hot cooked orzo.

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Variations:
If you like Pepper Jack Cheese try: Chicken and Rice
If you like Sweet Potato try: Chicken with Root Vegetables

Maple-Mustard Glazed Chicken Recipe

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Maple-Mustard Glazed Chicken

Brush chicken with a savory-sweet glaze for gorgeous results. Browning in a skillet first gives it a delicious crust and pretty appearance. Finishing it in liquid ensures it will be moist.

The tangy-sweet flavor combination of this maple syrup and stone-ground mustard glaze will work equally well with chicken thighs or pork. Serve with hot cooked rice and steamed haricots verts or a tossed green salad.

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Miso Chicken Recipe

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Miso Chicken

If you can't find miso, substitute 2 teaspoons anchovy paste and 1 teaspoon tahini instead. With miso, the darker the color, the more pronounced the salty flavor.

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Variations:
If you like Pomegranate try: Pomegranate Chicken
If you like Chipotle try: Chipotle Chicken
If you like Balsamic Vinegar try: Balsamic Chicken

Szechuan Chicken Stir-Fry Recipe

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Szechuan Chicken Stir-Fry

Chop or slice chicken for fastest possible cooking. Bonus: More exposed surface area allows the chicken to absorb flavor from sauces or other high-flavor ingredients.

All the tasty take-out flavors you crave come together with fresh ingredients for a quick 25-minute meal.

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Chicken Pizza Recipe

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Chicken Pizza

Cubed chicken breast halves along with sweet Italian sausage, mushrooms, and plenty of veggies make for a tasty pizza sans red sauce. Ask for fresh pizza dough in the bakery of your supermarket to yield a crust with pizzeria quality.

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Chicken Spaghetti Recipe

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Chicken Spaghetti

Creamy Chicken Spaghetti is comfort food at its best. We use frozen English peas so this dish can be made year-round.

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Variations:
If you like Brie try: Chicken Quesadillas
If you like Butternut Squash try: Moroccan-Style Chicken Tagine
If you like Coconut Milk try: Green Curry Chicken

Chicken Enchiladas Recipe

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Chicken Enchiladas

Poaching is a gentle cooking method, less popular but absolutely worthwhile. Beautiful flavor and moist meat result, and the cooking liquid can double as a tasty element in the recipe.

Use the freshest tortillas you can find for these Chicken Enchiladas since older ones tend to dry out and crack even though they're moistened in the flavorful sauce. We love La Tortilla Factory brand. Look for their low-fat, lower-sodium tortillas.

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Chicken and Chorizo Stew Recipe

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Chicken and Chorizo Stew

Chorizo comes in two forms: Spanish, which is used in this recipe, is cured and firm.

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Variations:
If you like Crème Fraîche try: Creamy Chicken and Mushrooms
If you like Brown Rice try: Chicken and Rice Salad

Classic Chicken Noodle Soup

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Classic Chicken Noodle Soup

Bone-in chicken fortifies commercial stock and adds meaty depth to these soups.

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Variations: 
If you like Peanut Butter try: Peanut-Chicken Soup
If you like Hot Peppers try: Spicy Chicken Soup
If you like Curry try: Curried Chicken Soup

Vietnamese Chicken Sandwiches

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Vietnamese Chicken Sandwiches

Lean chicken stands in for pork, yielding a light twist on traditional 'wiches.

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Variations: 
If you like Fresh Basil try: Tuscan Pesto Chicken Panini
If you like Pickles try: Pressed Cuban-Style Sandwiches
If you like Avocado try: Chicken-Avocado Club Sandwiches

Tortilla Chip Casserole

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Tortilla Chip Casserole

Less-heavy but full-flavor versions of popular chicken comfort dishes.

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Variations: 
If you like Wild Rice try: Chicken and Wild Rice Casserole
If you like Poppy Seeds try: Poppy Seed Chicken

Chicken in Wine Sauce

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Chicken in Wine Sauce

French, Greek, Moroccan: International takes on classic American fare.

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Variations: 
If you like Kalamata Olives try: Greek-Style Stewed Chicken
If you like saffron try: Moroccan Stewed Chicken

BBQ Chicken Pizza with Fresh Mozzarella and Pickled Jalapeños

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BBQ Chicken Pizza with Fresh Mozzarella and Pickled Jalapeños

Chicken shows its versatility with tangy BBQ flavors, peppery arugula, or 3 cheeses.

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Variations: 
If you like Arugula try: Chicken, Arugula, and Prosciutto Pizza
If you like Parmesan try: Three-Cheese Chicken Pizza

Creamy Chicken Pasta

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Creamy Chicken Pasta

Pasta, creamy mascarpone, and chicken—a winning combo any way you toss it.

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Variations: 
If you like Butternut Squash try: Butternut Squash and Chicken Pasta
If you like Mascarpone try: Chicken Caesar Pasta Salad

Meyer Lemon Chicken

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Meyer Lemon Chicken

A piping-hot pan browns chicken, veggies, and fruit for stunningly delicious results.

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Variations: 
If you like Red Potatoes try: Skillet Chicken and Vegetables

Chicken BLT Salad

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Chicken BLT Salad

Crisp chicken boosts a favorite side salad to a healthy main-course attraction.

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Variations: 
If you like Pita Bread try: Middle Eastern Bread Salad with Chicken
If you like Escarole try: Escarole, White Bean, and Chicken Salad

Chicken Breast with Pancetta Cream and Peas

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Chicken Breast with Pancetta Cream and Peas

We sautéed these chicken breasts hot and fast to get them golden brown outside and moist within. If you don’t have pancetta and mascarpone, substitute bacon and cream cheese instead.

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Chicken Cutlets with Mushrooms and Pearl Onions

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Chicken Cutlets with Mushrooms and Pearl Onions 

Just a touch of butter gets the brandy-spiked sauce gorgeously glossy and adds an elegant touch to this simple supper.

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Chicken Kebabs with Cucumber Noodles

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Chicken Kebabs with Cucumber Noodles

Marinated in a little honey, ginger, soy sauce, and peanut oil, these Asian-inspired chicken kebabs  are paired with cucumber noodles to create an easy weeknight dinner.

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Hazelnut Chicken

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Hazelnut Chicken

This oven-fried chicken recipe delivers a lot of flavor, and is ready in less than 40 minutes.

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Parmesan and Pine Nut-Crusted Oven-Fried Chicken

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Parmesan and Pine Nut-Crusted Oven-Fried Chicken

The combination of Parmesan cheese and pine nuts lends an extra boost of flavor to this dish. The crust gets golden and crisp in the skillet, and helps insulate the chicken to keep it supremely juicy.

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Sautéed Chicken with Roasted Pepper Pasta

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Sautéed Chicken with Roasted Pepper Pasta

For maximum deliciousness, we tossed sautéed chicken in rotini pasta and dressed it with a light but zingy sauce. If you can’t find mozzarella pearls, dice a block of mozzarella. 

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Individual White Chicken Pizzas

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Individual White Chicken Pizzas

The key to these amazing cheesy pizzas is to make fresh ricotta cheese, which is more moist and creamy than store-bought. Pack your freezer full of these cheesy pies. You'll thank us again and again.

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