To pay homage to Congress’s riveting game of chicken this week, I’ve compiled eight of our top-rated chicken recipes for you. After all, we’re going to need some help coping with the loss of the National Zoo’s Panda Cam… and cooking chicken seems as good a way to ease the pain as any.

I’m glad folks up on the hill at least waited until after meatless Monday to get this cock fight going. Thanks, guys.

1.) Quick Chicken-Corn Chowder. Perfect for the chillier nights coming our way, this wholesome chowder is rich, comforting, and comes together in under 30 minutes.

2.) Kung Pao Chicken. What a mighty fine time to celebrate other cultures. This lightened favorite packs a powerful punch of flavor and can be on your table in less time than it takes to pick up take-out.

3.) Chicken Marsala. A great dish for entertaining, this warming dish remains one of my (and readers’) all time favorites for a special meal any night of the week.

4.) Chicken Breasts Stuffed with Goat Cheese and Sun-Dried Tomatoes. Rich goat cheese, tangy sun-dried tomatoes, delicately decadent shallot-thyme sauce… those poor presently under-filmed pandas will be the furthest thing from your mind once you dig into this 5-star entree.

5.) Cider-Roasted Chicken. For this awesomely autumnal recipe, a brine of salt-and-cider makes for super moist and flavorful meat. Poultry party on.

6.) Chicken Enchiladas with Salsa Verde. Brightened with lime, fresh cilantro, and prepared green salsa, our Chicken Enchiladas are a vibrant meal to remedy any lackluster day… say the day your garbage collection stops. Sorry, D.C.

7.) Chicken Tagine with Lemon and Olives. Maintaining the deep flavors of traditional Moroccan stew, our test kitchen staff has simplified the dish replacing preserved lemons with lemon rind and cutting down the simmer time. Rich and saucy, the final product is heaven blanketed over a bowl of couscous.