Our Most Popular Chicken Recipes of All Time

creamy lemon chicken with spinach and artichokes
Marcus Nilsson

Whether we're talking about a whole chicken or individual cuts like breasts, thighs, and wings, there's no denying that chicken is one of the most popular meats. It's economical, family-friendly, and endlessly versatile. Choose between white and dark meat, depending on what flavor you're going for, and a tasty meal is in your future. To inspire your next meal, we're sharing more than 30 chicken recipes that you, our readers, love most. These are the recipes that you come back for time and time again and cook night after night.

Looking for a new recipe to try? Start with the Creamy Lemon Chicken with Spinach and Artichokes that's pictured here. This 35-minute meal that serves four is always a fan-favorite come spring because of its bright flavor and alluring colors. A combination of baby spinach and frozen artichoke hearts are cooked in a decadent cream cheese-based sauce and are then paired with seared chicken cutlets for the ultimate one-skillet supper.

You'll also find recipes that teach you how to roast a whole chicken, make an old-fashioned favorite such as chicken pot pie, dress up a chicken salad, or cook a comforting batch of chicken noodle soup. Perhaps best of all, you'll find that chicken recipes are just as well-suited to a weeknight dinner with your family as they are a larger dinner party.

Our readers—that means you!—love our takes on classic recipes just like grandma used to make, too: Try our chicken with mushrooms, chicken tetrazzini, or chicken fricassee whenever you want a comforting dish. And if you're in the mood to cook and eat a more modern chicken recipe, you'll be pleased to see a number of supremely delicious options ahead.

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Perfect Roast Chicken

perfect roast chicken
Eric Asimov

Master the art of roasting a whole chicken with this simple recipe that is one of our readers' all-time favorites. The bird is flavored with lemons, garlic, and fresh thyme, which are tucked into the cavity.

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Roasted Chicken Thighs

easy roasted chicken thighs
Diana Chistruga

In this classic chicken recipe, bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs are roasted in the oven for just about half an hour and then are glazed with a basic honey-mustard duo for a sweet-meets-sharp flavor.

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Basic Chicken Soup

basic chicken soup
Diana Chistruga

Skip the store-bought canned version in favor of this flavorful homemade chicken soup sans noodles. We use a whole chicken rather than purchasing individual cuts, which means that you get a beautiful blend of both white and dark meat in every bowl.

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Classic Chicken Potpie

Classic Chicken Potpie
Johnny Miller

Whether you choose to make it in a pie or gratin dish, this chicken recipe is the ultimate all-American comfort food. Start by making homemade all-butter pie crust, then prepare a filling using onions, carrots, frozen peas, shredded pre-cooked chicken, and plenty of fresh parsley.

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Chicken Fettuccine Alfredo


A combination of heavy cream, Parmesan cheese, and unsalted butter create the uber-creamy alfredo sauce for this favorite chicken pasta recipe.

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Breaded Chicken Breasts

breaded chicken breasts
Diana Chistruga

Use a combination of flour and fresh breadcrumbs to make these breaded chicken breasts. We like to serve them over salad, topped with marinara sauce and mozzarella for chicken parmesan, or as a simple main course alongside vegetables.

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Chicken Fricassee

Tara Donne

This chicken stew features a decadent sauce made from lemon juice, tarragon, heavy cream, and egg yolks—it's the perfect way to make chicken feel and taste extraordinary.

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Chicken and Dumplings


The filling for this chicken recipe, which is one of our readers' all-time favorites, is similar to chicken pot pie, and the topping is something truly magical—comforting and humble drop biscuits seasoned with fresh dill.

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Baked Penne with Chicken and Sun-Dried Tomatoes


Take cheesy baked penne to the next level with a combination of white mushrooms and sun-dried tomatoes, which offer significant umami flavor, plus boneless, skinless chicken breasts. Don't forget the cheese—here, we're using a combination of provolone and Parmesan.

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Classic Chicken Salad

classic chicken salad sandwich
Con Poulos

Dress up diced cooked chicken with a combination of mustard and mayonnaise, plus lemon juice and chopped parsley, which add brightness.

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Chicken Curry

chicken curry
Kristen Strecker

A combination of curry powder, ground coriander, and ground cumin bring warm, earthy flavor to this slow-cooker chicken dish.

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Chicken Tetrazzini

Chicken Tetrazzini
David Loftus

Just like Grandma used to make! Mix linguine with shredded rotisserie chicken, peas, and a creamy mushroom sauce for the ultimate old-fashioned baked pasta dish.

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Chicken with Mushrooms

chicken mushrooms pan
Andrew Purcell

Start by browning chicken cutlets dredged in flour in a skillet until crispy. Mushroom, thyme, and butter are sautéed in the same pan and then everything finishes cooking in a white wine sauce for this timeless recipe.

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Chicken Enchiladas


Grated Monterey Jack cheese and minced canned chipotles are key players in this lightened-up chicken recipe, which is one of our readers' all-time favorites.

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Slow-Cooker Chili Chicken Tacos


Make good use of everyone's favorite slow-cooker in this chicken recipe that you, our readers, love. Boneless, skinless chicken thighs cook with prepared tomato salad, chopped chipotle chiles in adobo, and chili powder cook until the meat is fork-tender and super flavorful.

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Chicken Soup


This chicken soup is a total classic, but gets adorned with bouquet garni, an herbaceous combination of whole black peppercorns, dried bay leaf, fresh thyme, and garlic, which give homemade chicken broth extra flavor.

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Sautéed Chicken in Mustard-Cream Sauce


Good-quality Dijon mustard is the star of this indulgent cream sauce, which we serve alongside boneless, skinless chicken breasts in one of your all-time favorite recipes.

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Roast Spatchcocked Lemon Chicken

spatchcocked chicken
Chris Court

If you love the look and taste of roast chicken but are short on time, try spatchcocking—this technique means butterflying the chicken and cooking it breast side down on a roasting rack or cast-iron skillet. It cooks in half the time, but you still get crisp skin on the outside and tender meat on the inside.

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Classic Chicken Vegetable Soup

classic chicken-vegetable soup
Maxwell Cozzi

Start with our chicken soup base, which includes a homemade broth made with a whole chicken, and then make it even heartier with more carrots, celery, and Yukon gold potatoes for a classic recipe that our readers love.

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Slow-Cooker Garlic Chicken Couscous

Romulo Yanes

A whole chicken is cut into pieces, then braised in a slow-cooker with white wine, six cloves of garlic, and dried thyme in this reader-favorite recipe.

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Half-Hour Chicken Gumbo


If you're crunched for time, make this speedy chicken recipe—it calls for pre-cooked rotisserie chicken, which is the secret to getting this dinner on the table in just 30 minutes.

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Baked Chicken Nuggets

Baked Chicken Nuggets
Romulo Yanes

Kids and adults alike will fall head over heels for this chicken recipe. Boneless, skinless chicken breasts are dredged in a combination of grated Parmesan cheese and panko breadcrumbs.

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Braised Chicken Thighs

Emeril's Braised Chicken Thighs

Our readers love this chicken recipe, which calls for dredging chicken thighs in Creole seasoning and flour, creating an extra crispy and flavorful skin. The meat is sautéed in a combination of olive oil and butter and then braises with herbs and chicken stock until the is cooked through and uber tender.

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Herb-Roasted Chicken and Vegetables

Herb-Roasted Chicken and Vegetables

This is no ordinary one-pan chicken dinner. A whole chicken is stuffed with fresh herbs, like thyme and parsley, and roasts along with leeks, carrots, and baby red potatoes for a family-friendly meal that is one of our readers' favorites.

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Chicken Lettuce Wrap Tacos


Boneless, skinless chicken breast strips are seasoned with a Mediterranean spice blend, which gives them an earthy flavor in this gluten-free dinner. The chicken is then tucked into butter lettuce wraps and topped with Tzatziki, crumbled feta cheese, and Kalamata olives.

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Basic Poached Chicken

Basic Poached Chicken

Learn the basic steps of poaching chicken by following this recipe, which is one of our most popular of all time. The result is incredibly moist and tender chicken that is a blank canvas for so many other preparations.

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Chicken Noodle Soup

chicken noodle soup
Romulo Yanes

In this popular chicken soup recipe, we added thin angel hair pasta at the very end of the cooking process for a mightier scoop.

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Chicken and Kale Casserole

Chicken and Kale Casserole
Anna Williams

You'll enjoy this familiar friendly casserole year-round, but especially during winter when kale is at its peak. It provides a vivid deep green hue and heartiness to this creamy baked pasta recipe with chicken.

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Sautéed General Tso's Chicken


A combination of fresh ginger, light brown sugar, soy sauce, and red pepper flakes make boneless, skinless chicken breasts extra flavorful. Instead of deep-frying the chicken, we sautéed it for a slightly lighter spin.

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Brown Sugar BBQ Chicken Drumettes


Whip up your own barbecue sauce using ketchup, light brown sugar, Worcestershire sauce, and cider vinegar. Toss chicken drumettes with the sauce, then bake them for about half an hour.

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