30 Chicken Recipes That Are Anything But Boring

Give your typical chicken dish a stunning makeover.

August 3, 2017
chicken mango fajitas

It might be your standby dinner, or what you cook by default, but no longer does a chicken dish have to be bland and expected. Not anymore. 

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The budget-friendly meat is not only delicious on its own, but pair it with these seasoning ideas and side dishes and get ready to wow your family. These 26 chicken dinners are healthy, and will give you a brand new favorite dish. Enjoy!

Tuscan Fried Chicken With Sage
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Tuscan Fried Chicken With Sage

This Tuscan version has the softer crust you get from a quick dip in flour and then beaten egg.

Get the Tuscan Fried Chicken With Sage recipe from Salt to Taste

Balsamic Chicken
Quentin Bacon
Balsamic Chicken With Grains and Greens

Here is a saucy chicken for you! With both greens and grains, this is a one-pot dinner you can just slide onto the table with a bright salad and a crunchy whole-grain baguette.

Get the Balsamic Chicken With Grains and Greens recipe from The Family Cooks

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baked chicken parmesan with salad
Mitch Mandel
Baked Chicken Parmesan with Homemade Tomato Sauce

Baking the chicken breasts rather than pan-frying results in a crisp, golden crust without any added fat. 

To save time, look for thin sliced or filleted chicken breasts at your supermarket, which are the perfect thickness for this recipe. You can make the tomato sauce up to 2 days ahead, but jarred marinara (look for brands with less sodium) works just as well.

Get the Baked Chicken Parmesan with Homemade Tomato Sauce recipe from 101 Recipes You Can't Live Without

Wild Rice, Chicken & Chorizo Casserole
Tina Rupp
Wild Rice, Chicken & Chorizo Casserole

The beauty of an arroz con pollo dish is that it can be customized, changed, and outfitted with whatever you have hiding in your fridge and pantry. This recipe, made with wild rice, includes chicken and chorizo, but make it your own with any number of changes. For this dinner-ready meal, you may call it a wild arroz con pollo. Perhaps arroz salvaje con pollo? It doesn't make linguistic sense, but the dish is a complex meal, thanks especially to the wild rice.

Get the Wild Rice, Chicken & Chorizo Casserole recipe from Grain Mains

Chicken Bone Broth
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Chicken Bone Broth

You're about to discover that bone broth is entirely different from the broths you're used to. It's a rich, warm, satisfy-you-down-to-your-toes meal—and that's why in addition to being a hot trend in Hollywood and New York, it’s been a favorite food of every culture on the planet since the dawn of time.

This basic recipe, which can be adapted as a base for other soups, will give you a brand new way to savor chicken broth. 

Get the Chicken Bone Broth recipe from Dr. Kellyann's Bone Broth Diet

 
 
Chicken and Brussels Sprouts Slaw
Mitch Mandel
Chicken & Brussels Sprouts Slaw

In this delicious recipe, Brussels sprouts, a member of the cabbage family, are thinly sliced and used like cabbage in coleslaw.

The shredding blade of a food processor makes quick work of the carrots, but you can also use the large holes on a box grater.

Get the Chicken & Brussels Sprouts Slaw recipe from The Healthy You Diet

Maple Chicken & Waffles
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Maple Chicken & Waffles

This is quite possibly the most comforting comfort food—warm, tender, brittle-around-the-edges waffles topped with deliciously crisp baked chicken and finished with a drizzle of real maple syrup. Soul food to the nth degree, this recipe satisfies on the deepest level and is a healthier choice than other fat-packed comfort favorites. 

Get the Maple Chicken & Waffles recipe from Pretty Delicious

Chicken Pot Pie
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Chicken Pot Pie

It's a classic dish that's often gotten a bad rep. The chicken pot pie is puffy, crispy, full of veggies and protein, and can be a total calorie bomb. Until now. This Chicken Pot Pie recipe is both delicious and healthy. And that's not something you often hear when it comes to creamy chicken and veggie mixes. 

Get the Chicken Pot Pie recipe from Keepers

 
 
Chicken Not Pie
Chicken Not Pie

Chicken pot pie is the perfect antidote to shorter days and dropping temps, but the buttery, floury crust can you leave you feeling (and looking) heavier than you’d like. This recipe ditches the processed stuff for fresh potatoes, saving you time and boosting the dish's nutritional profile in the process. This meaty mixture packs plenty of flavor on its own, but if you're craving something heartier, try serving it over brown rice.

Get the Chicken Not Pie recipe from The Runner's World Cookbook

chicken mango fajitas
Chicken-Mango Fajitas

If you reserve fajitas for a restaurant splurge, you're seriously missing out. The versatile dish lends itself to tons of healthy flavor combos that'll satisfy your hunger, AND keep you slim. 

Lean chicken breast delivers plenty of musle-friendly protein and energizing B vitamins, while mango adds a sweet kick and good amount of vitamin C. Top with avocado for a creamy finish and a dose of heart healthy monounsaturated fat.

Get the Chicken-Mango Fajitas recipe from The Runner's World Cookbook

Roasted Red Pepper Chicken Alfredo
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Roasted Red Pepper Chicken Alfredo

Veggie-based, zero-calorie sharataki noodles make for a gluten-free pasta recipe that’ll kill your carb cravings, not your healthy diet.

The chicken fills you up, the olive oil offers healthy fats, and the roasted red peppers add a welcome flavor twist on traditional Alfredo sauce. Whip up a bowl—in just 25 minutes—next time you find yourself salivating over an Olive Garden commercial.

Get the Roasted Red Pepper Chicken Alfredo recipe from Wheat Belly 30-Minute (or Less!) Cookbook

 
 
bbq chicken flatbread
Mitch Mandel
Slow Cooker BBQ Pulled Chicken Flatbreads

Hectic day? Let the slow cooker do most of the dinner prep work for you by making these flavorful, open-faced BBQ chicken sandwiches.

Get the Slow Cooker BBQ Pulled Chicken Flatbreads recipe from Eat Clean Stay Lean: The Diet

Curried Chicken Salad Sandwich with Cranberries and Pine Nuts
Mitch Mandel
Curried Chicken Salad Sandwich with Cranberries & Pine Nuts

This hearty chicken salad recipe provides whole grain carbs, filling fiber, and plenty of protein—and will provide the energy you need to get through the rest of your day.

Get the Curried Chicken Salad Sandwich with Cranberries & Pine Nuts recipe from Runner's World Cookbook

Grilled Chicken Gyros With Yogurt-Cucumber Sauce
Mitch Mandel
Grilled Chicken Gyros With Yogurt-Cucumber Sauce

Soft pita bread, crisp and crunchy vegetables, and creamy yogurt sauce make this recovery-friendly sandwich impossible to resist.

Get the Grilled Chicken Gyros With Yogurt-Cucumber Sauce recipe from Runner's World Meals on the Run

 
 
crispy roast chicken with gravy
Rodale
Crispy Roast Chicken With Gravy

The most classic, easy, and delicious dinner you can make is roast chicken with gravy.

Get the Crispy Roast Chicken With Gravy recipe from Scratch

buffalo chicken sandwich
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Buffalo Chicken Sandwich

If you're craving spicy chicken for lunch, dodge the fast-food joint and opt for this homemade sandwich instead. Its heat comes from hot sauce instead of a spicy fried batter.

Get the Buffalo Chicken Sandwich recipe from Guy Gourmet

Roasted Chicken Breasts with Sauteed Cabbage and Apples
Mitch Mandel
Roasted Chicken Breasts with Sauteed Cabbage and Apples

The term "split chicken breast" refers to one side of a chicken's breastbone, or what we would think of as a whole chicken breast. Cooking the chicken with the skin on keeps it moist, but remove it before eating to keep calories and fat low.

Get the Roasted Chicken Breasts with Sauteed Cabbage and Apples recipe from 101 Recipes You Can't Live Without

 
 
Pumpkin Seed-Coated Chicken Breasts with Bulgur Pilaf
Mitch Mandel
Pumpkin Seed-Coated Chicken Breasts with Bulgur Pilaf

You're probably most familiar with bulgur as the grain in tabbouleh, the Middle Eastern salad of diced tomatoes, cucumbers, and herbs. This type of crushed wheat is already cooked and dried, so rehydrating it is easy work.

Get the Pumpkin Seed-Coated Chicken Breasts with Bulgur Pilaf recipe from 101 Recipes You Can't Live Without

Chicken Cutlets Topped with Turkey Bacon and Avocado
Con Poulos
Chicken Cutlets Topped with Turkey Bacon and Avocado

With a high-quality hard-anodized nonstick skillet, you can brown chicken with a minimum of hot oil. Here's how: Preheat the pan and add the oil, then spread with a silicone brush. Let it heat for 1 minute before adding the chicken.

Get the Chicken Cutlets Topped with Turkey Bacon and Avocado recipe from Flat Belly Diet Family Cookbook!

Chicken Breasts with Pine Nuts and Tangerines
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Chicken Breasts with Pine Nuts & Tangerines

Pine nuts can be a little pricey, so if you prefer, make this dish with slivered almonds.

Get the Chicken Breasts with Pine Nuts & Tangerines recipe from The Rodale Whole Foods Cookbook

 
 
Mediterranean Chicken and Penne
Mitch Mandel
Mediterranean Chicken and Penne

Quick and convenient, rotisserie chicken packs protein, B vitamins, and immune-boosting zinc, while the nitrates found in spinach may help bolster oxygen delivery to muscles.

Get the Mediterranean Chicken and Penne recipe from Runner's World Meals on the Run

Chicken and Apricot Tagine with Saffron Quinoa
Mitch Mandel
Chicken and Apricot Tagine with Saffron Quinoa

This will become one of your all-time favorites if you enjoy the combination of apricot and a host of savory spices.

Get the Chicken and Apricot Tagine with Saffron Quinoa recipe from The All-Day Fat-Burning Cookbook

Chicken Breasts Stuffed with Millet, Dried Fruit, and Pecans
Mitch Mandel
Chicken Breasts Stuffed with Millet, Dried Fruit, and Pecans

In this fancy recipe, a Mediterranean-style stuffing gets spooned into pockets in chicken breasts, which get pan-fried until golden and then finished off in the oven.

Get the Chicken Breasts Stuffed with Millet, Dried Fruit, and Pecans recipe from Dr. Kellyann's Bone Broth Cookbook

 
 
Hearty Chicken Panzanella
Mitch Mandel
Hearty Chicken Panzanella

This hearty lunch salad brings together summer vegetables, a bright Dijon-caper vinaigrette, juicy grilled chicken, and chunks of toasted multigrain bread. pack it for a picnic!

Get the Hearty Chicken Panzanella recipe from Eat Clean Stay Lean: The Diet

Chicken Pot Tot Hotdish
Molly Yeh
Chicken Pot Tot Hotdish

This hearty and warm Midwestern dish will give you the comfort you need on a cold winter day.

Get the Chicken Pot Tot Hotdish recipe from Molly on the Range

Asian Chicken Salad in Lettuce Cups with Peanut Sauce
Asian Chicken Salad in Lettuce Cups with Peanut Sauce

Sriracha, a Thai sun-ripened chile sauce with garlic, adds heat and flavor to the salty-sweet peanut dip and can be found in large supermarkets and Asian markets. Regular hot sauce, such as Tabasco, may be substituted.

Get the Asian Chicken Salad in Lettuce Cups with Peanut Sauce recipe from 101 Recipes You Can't Live Without

 
 
Soba Noodles with Almond Sauce and Shredded Chicken
Soba Noodles with Almond Sauce and Shredded Chicken

This easy-to-transport noodle bowl is delicious eaten right away at room temperature or straight out of the office fridge. It makes good use of leftover grilled or poached chicken, but a purchased rotisserie bird works just as well.

Get the Soba Noodles with Almond Sauce and Shredded Chicken recipe from 101 Recipes You Can't Live Without

Lemony Chicken, Spinach, and Orzo Soup
Lemony Chicken, Spinach, and Orzo Soup

Tempering the egg yolks with a small amount of hot soup before adding them to the pot keeps them from cooking too quickly and scrambling. If this does happen, the soup will still taste great—it just won't have the rich, creamy mouthfeel we're after.

Get the Lemony Chicken, Spinach, and Orzo Soup recipe from 101 Recipes You Can't Live Without

Orange-Sage Braised Chicken Thighs
Orange-Sage Braised Chicken Thighs

They take an hour and 15 minutes to prep, but boy, are they worth it! These orange and sage-spiced chicken thighs will give your typical dinner a zesty new flavor. 

Get the Orange-Sage Braised Chicken Thighs recipe from Eat Clean, Stay Lean

 
 
Chicken Skewers With Pineapple & Green Chile Garlic Salt
Ellen Silverman
Chicken Skewers With Pineapple & Green Chile Garlic Salt

The key to this dish is the green chile salt, but if you want, you could also use any other seasoning salt you like, like your favorite BBQ rub or Cajun spice mix.

Get the Chicken Skewers With Pineapple & Green Chile Garlic Salt recipe from Back to the Kitchen

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