27 great chicken dinners

Quick and tasty winners of our Chicken Dinner Challenge and more easy favorites

Fast Roast Chicken with Arugula Tomato Salad

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Roast chicken with Arugula Tomato Salad

We challenged our readers to come up wth a tasty dinner recipe using chicken, feta, and tomatoes. The catch? It had to be ready in 45 minutes or less. Reader Jennifer Wren Stoicheff won the grand prize with this delicious meal.

“It’s great to be able to have the flavor of a roast chicken dinner in less than 45 minutes”, she says.

Recipe: Roast Chicken with Arugula Tomato Salad

Chicken tagine with pine-nut couscous

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Chicken Tagine with Pine-nut Couscous

Tagines are usually quite labor intensive, but this speedy version still delivers with rich fruit flavors and Indian spices.

Recipe: Chicken Tagine with Pine-nut Couscous

Indian-style Chicken Sandwiches

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Tandoori Naan Chicken Sandwiches

This recipe comes from Sujata Chiplunkar, a runner-up in our chicken, tomato, and feta recipe challenge. The sandwich has all the flavors of a traditional Indian dish, but comes together in just 45 minutes.

Recipe: Tandoori Naan Chicken Sandwiches

Biscuit-topped chicken potpies

Leigh Beisch (Food Styling: Dan Becker; Prop Styling: Sara Slavin)

Biscuit-topped Chicken Potpies

One of the ultimate comfort foods is made even better with a cheesy-biscuit topping in place of the typical pastry crust topping.

Recipe: Biscuit-topped Chicken Potpies

Chicken Fajita Burritos with Feta Crema

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Chicken Fajita Burritos with Feta Crema

Cleta Burden's burritos have all the flavor of fajitas in an easy-to-eat wrap. Best of all, the meal comes together in 35 minutes.

Recipe: Chicken Fajita Burritos with Feta Crema

Easy chicken breast recipe

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Stuffed Chicken with Rosemary Polenta

Recipe editor Amy Machnak makes this rustic Italian dish when friends come over to watch Nip/Tuck. “It has a wow factor when you serve it with a bottle of Pinot Grigio.”

Recipe: Stuffed Chicken with Rosemary Polenta

Mushroom chicken soup recipe

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Chicken Soup with Saffron and Almonds

“I used to use saffron only in Indian dishes,” associate food editor Elaine Johnson says. “But in this Spanish soup, it adds a warm earthiness.”

Recipe:  Chicken Soup with Saffron and Almonds

Chicken tortilla wraps

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Green Goddess Chicken Wraps

Stephanie Dean, test kitchen coordinator, likes her wraps for many reasons: “They’re full of vegetables, they’re portable, and you can use leftover dressing for salad the next day.”

Recipe:  Green Goddess Chicken Wraps

Easy indian recipe

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North Indian-style Spinach Chicken

“Serve this curry with basmati rice, some plain yogurt, and a chopped cucumber–red onion salad―which you can make while the chicken cooks,” says food editor Margo True.

Recipe:  North Indian-style Spinach Chicken

Grandmother’s chicken

Annabelle Breakey (Food Styling: Karen Shinto)

Grandmother’s chicken

Start on the stovetop and finish in the oven: Sweet pearl onions, fresh thyme, smoky bacon, and earthy mushrooms flavor this streamlined version of a French classic.

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Almond-crusted chicken

Annabelle Breakey (Food Styling: Dan Becker)

Almond-crusted chicken

Crunchy almonds make this better than any plain old fried chicken. It's also quickly pan-fried, making it lighter.

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Pan-roasted chicken with asparagus and shiitakes

Annabelle Breakey (Food Styling: Randy Mon)

Pan-roasted chicken with asparagus and shiitakes

Earthy mushrooms, succulent chicken, and a sprinkle of nutty parmesan cheese make this low-fat dish feel indulgent.

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Chicken, bacon, blue-cheese sandwiches

Leo Gong (Food Styling: Randy Mon)

Chicken, bacon, blue-cheese sandwiches

This tasty Western combo is a satisfying and simple dinner to whip up any weeknight.

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Chicken stew with olives and lemon

Dan Goldberg (Food Styling: Karen Shinto)

Chicken stew with olives and lemon

Tangy lemon juice and briny olives and capers flavor this medley of chicken and artichokes.

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Thai chicken coconut soup

Annabelle Breakey (Food Styling: Randy Mon)

Thai chicken coconut soup

This simple take on an aromatic Thai favorite can be made in less than 30 minutes.

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Chicken and corn summer chowder

Leo Gong (Food Styling: Randy Mon)

Chicken and Corn Summer Chowder

Sweet corn, picked at the peak of ripeness, is paired here with tender chicken and creamy chunks of avocado.

Recipe: Chicken and Corn Summer Chowder

Spring vegetable-chicken ragout

Dan Goldberg (Food Styling: Dan Becker)

Spring vegetable-chicken ragout

This restorative soup is packed with healthy produce and chunks of juicy chicken ― boneless, skinless chicken thighs keep the chicken really moist.

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Chicken with tomatoes, apricots, and chickpeas

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Chicken with Tomatoes, Apricots, and Chickpeas

The mix of apricots, spices, and tomatoes gives an interesting and delicious twist to chicken dinner.

Recipe: Chicken with Tomatoes, Apricots, and Chickpeas

Tortilla soup

David Prince (Food Styling: Dan Becker; Prop Styling: Emma Star Jensen)

Tortilla Soup

Spicy and loaded with all our favorite toppings, tortilla strips, avocado, Monterey jack cheese, and sour cream ― this chicken soup is a crowd pleaser.

Recipe: Tortilla Soup

Green chile-chicken stew

Jim Henkens (Food Styling: Stacy Ducharme; Prop Styling: Molly Hurd)

Green chile-chicken stew

We love the warm, lingering heat that Anaheim and Serrano chiles give to this dish, which only gets better when made ahead.

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Stacked chicken enchiladas

Leo Gong (Food Styling: Dan Becker)

Stacked chicken enchiladas

This impressive, layered take on enchiladas is smothered with a rich and smoky tomato sauce that couldn’t be simpler to make.

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Green chile chicken enchiladas

Annabelle Breakey (Food Styling: Karen Shinto)

Green chile chicken enchiladas

New-Mexican chiles are the star in this very spicy version of enchiladas ― we love that the whole casserole can be made ahead and frozen so you always have something on hand to impress last minute guests.

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Crisp chicken tacos

James Carrière (Food Styling: Karen Shinto; Prop Styling: Emma Star Jensen)

Crisp chicken tacos

Standard crunchy tacos are given a refresher here with a cool tomato-cucumber salsa.

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Braised chile chicken

Leo Gong (Food Styling: Karen Shinto)

Braised chile chicken

Rich and complex chile flavors this incredibly moist and tender chicken dish.

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Chicken with rice (Arroz con Pollo)

Leigh Beisch (Food Styling: Merilee Bordin)

Chicken with rice (Arroz con Pollo)

This fresh and flavorful interpretation of the classic is so easy, you can vary it with whatever veggies you have on hand.

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Roast chicken with Meyer lemon shallot sauce

Annabelle Breakey (Food Styling: Dan Becker)

Roast Chicken with Meyer Lemon Shallot Sauce

Nothing says Sunday dinner like the smell of roast chicken ― this version is jazzed up with a simple gravy accented with sweet Meyer lemons and roasted shallots.

Recipe: Roast Chicken with Meyer Lemon Shallot Sauce

Pan-roasted chicken on bacon mushroom ragout

Rachel Weill (Food Styling: Dan Becker)

Pan-roasted chicken on bacon mushroom ragout

Earthy mushrooms and smoky bacon pair perfectly with this crisp-skinned roast chicken.

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