30 Tasty Chicken Recipes Everyone Will Enjoy
Chicken is the ultimate dinnertime staple. Versatile and protein-packed, it's the ideal ingredient for every level of cook. That's why we're dishing out 30 days-worth of recipes featuring the juicy meat. Our methods of cooking the protein promise to keep things fresh. Use the poultry on pizza, in casseroles, even cook the whole bird in one go, as our recipe for Roast Spatchcocked Lemon Chicken, pictured here, calls for. In this gallery, we offer fresh takes on the staple that you'll want to make again and again.
First things first, how do you cook chicken to make sure it's moist and delicious? Here, our methods span from roasting, baking, braising, and broiling to frying, grilling, stewing, and sautéing. While the techniques are diverse, the recipes remain easy to follow; that's great news for both those who are new to the kitchen and expert chefs. Start with something simple yet flavorful like our Baked Chicken Legs with Chickpeas, Olives, and Greens. This mouthwatering addition to our round-up of recipes is a must-try for anyone who loves a delectable meal that's big on flavor but low on prep work. Just make sure to also throw your favorite vegetables, like kale and chickpeas, on the baking sheet before you pop the pan in the oven.
Making something you have never tried before can be scary, but it's so rewarding when the results are superb. Test out your skills with unique meals with Eastern influences, like a Green Thai Chicken Soup for a dish bursting with flavor. Other recipes you can make for a memorable mealtime include Chicken Biryani and Hoisin-and-Chili-Glazed Chicken Drumsticks with Slaw.
Ready to get out of your usual chicken routine and whip up something new? Ahead, explore mouthwatering meals that are guaranteed to have everyone asking for seconds.
A paillard is simply a boneless, skinless chicken breast half that you butterfly and pound thin. It's one of the speediest routes to a lean meal.
Cashew Chicken Kebabs
Bite-sized pieces of boneless, skinless chicken thighs are slathered in a cashew-curry paste and skewered before grilling over charcoal or in a grill pan.
Roast Chicken with Vegetables and Potatoes
When you want to make a meal that will please everyone at the dinner table, make this one. Chicken paired with potatoes, carrots, shallots, and lemons will become your new go-to.
Crispy Chicken Cutlets
Elevate family dinners with a meal that will hit the spot for both kids and adults alike. Fry up these cutlets after marinating them in yogurt for about 15 minutes and dipping in breadcrumbs for an easy take on a family favorite.
Chicken Bolognese with Tagliatelle
A flavorful sauce for pasta comes together in 45 minutes, quicker than a traditional Bolognese and just as tasty. The secret? Using both ground white and dark meat.
Green Thai Chicken Soup
Use leftover shredded chicken or store-bought rotisserie for this fast, flavorful soup and sit down to enjoy a bowl in just 25 minutes.
This French classic starts with browning the cut-up chicken in butter and oil, then simmering the meat in wine and broth. Finally thicken it with a rich mixture of cream and egg yolks.
Market Salad with Poached Chicken
Sliced and served with a salad of endives, watercress, chicory, and watermelon radish, chicken breast halves get an elegant upgrade. Everything is tossed with a sublime lemon dressing.
Slow-Cooker Cilantro-Chutney Chicken
Set it and forget it, then enjoy this garlicky, gingery, and fragrant stew three hours later. Topped with a lively chutney made with cilantro, roasted peanuts, and lime juice—it's a company-worthy slow-cooker dish.
For a fresh take on chicken and a double dose of those favorite anti-inflammatory ingredients—garlic and ginger—try this main dish. Breast halves are brushed with a gingery-garlic oil, then roasted and shredded to make the slaw along with carrots and Napa cabbage.
Grilled Chicken with Fresh-Herb Dressing
Simply brushed with a lively dressing of cilantro, serrano peppers, scallions, lime juice, and lime zest after cooking, this is our new favorite way to enjoy the grilled meat.
General Tso's Chicken
Marinated then quickly cooked in a chili-spiked sweet-and-sour sauce, these chunks of chicken beat takeout anytime.
Roast-Chicken Grain Bowl
Make a trendy, healthy, and delicious grain bowl by using sliced leftover cooked chicken. Place on top of a bed of bulgur, along with grated carrots, beets, and Greek yogurt. A zingy dressing made with fresh lemon juice and Dijon mustard completes the dish. Should you not have any cooked chicken in the refrigerator, roast bone-in skin-on breasts and slice.
Pan-Roasted Chicken with Za'atar, Potatoes, and Greens
This complete dinner which only uses one baking sheet features kale, red onion, and fingerling potatoes. A za'atar (herb) rub gives the chicken tons of flavor.
Chicken Zoodle Soup
Enjoy this lighter, colorfully vegetable-packed take on noodle soup that's just as comforting.
Broiled Skillet Chicken with Leeks, Potatoes, and Spinach
This skillet dinner is all about spring. Chicken thighs cook quickly atop leeks and baby potatoes under the heat of the broiler. Stir in spinach before serving for extra greens.
Spatchcocked and Roasted Whole Chicken
Speed up the roasting process by spatchcocking your chicken. Scissor it down the back, then flatten (we leave the meaty backbone attached). Smear with butter, season with chunky sea salt, and place the meat on a platform of bread to absorb the juices—this is the fastest, easiest no-waste roasted chicken ever. While it's still hot, scatter fresh herbs over the top and add a squeeze of lemon for a fresh sauce that basically makes itself.
BBQ Chicken Pizza
Shredded and tossed with barbecue sauce after cooking, chicken becomes the topping for this California-style pizza.
Nashville-Style Hot Chicken Sandwich
Like your chicken with a fiery kick? Our take on the Nashville specialty calls for pounding boneless thighs flat then coating with a spicy buttermilk mixture, frying, and serving in a soft potato bun with cooling coleslaw.
Tandoori Chicken Wings
We mimic the effect of a tandoor clay oven that grills and roasts at the same time in this clever broiler recipe. The meat is protected by a garam masala-spiced yogurt marinade, and the wing tips get crisp. Glaze the wings with store-bought mango chutney after cooking.
First browned to create the all-important flavor base, the chicken parts are then braised in broth and sherry vinegar. They fit snugly in the ovenproof pan alongside more Spanish flavors, courtesy of green olives and jarred marinated piquillo peppers.
Greek-Chicken One-Pan Pasta
If you don't have leftover cooked chicken on hand, cook boneless, skinless chicken breast in the same pan the pasta boils in for this 30-minute dinner.
Chicken-Liver Mousse with Raspberry Jelly
Too often overlooked, it's time to reconsider the chicken liver. This rich mousse, made with Marsala, butter, and cream, is an excellent place to start.
Green-Chile Chicken Burgers
Why should beef get all the burger action? As this zesty patty proves, a chicken burger can be a winner with the right seasonings—here, canned green chiles take it to the next level of flavor.
In our riff on this Indian classic, the boneless, skinless meat is first browned then simmered with toasted spices, garlic, chiles, and yogurt. Then rice and saffron milk are added, and the biryani is baked to reach its aromatic deliciousness.
Bacon-Wrapped Chicken Tenders
A perennial kids' favorite becomes even more crowd-pleasing when wrapped in bacon. Fresh sage leaves add a wonderful earthy note.
Hoisin-and-Chili-Glazed Chicken Drumsticks with Slaw
A two-ingredient glaze is slathered on drumsticks for addictive results. Serve over steamed rice alongside our light, crunchy Asian-inspired slaw.
Where chili meets stew, that's this make-ahead marvel that calls for bone-in, skin-on thighs, creamy white beans, and poblano chiles (yes there's chili powder, too!).
Baked Chicken Legs with Chickpeas, Olives, and Greens
A Mediterranean meal is within reach. This one-pan dish is simply placed in the oven and topped off with Aleppo pepper, thyme, coriander, and orange zest spice rub to make it complete.