The Best Chicken Recipes for Busy Weeknights

Planning dinner got you down? Here are 29 chicken recipes to the rescue, from a new take on chicken parm to the easiest roast chicken

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Parmesan-Ranch Chicken Thighs

Roast chicken never tasted so good

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Slow-Cooker Pulled Chicken

Dinner's ready when you walk in the door

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Spicy Yogurt Marinated Chicken Legs

This is the roast chicken of our dreams


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Avocado Chicken Salad

It’s time to really update this classic, and it all begins with avocado.


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Chicken and Waffle Sandwiches

No contest: These are better than the classic dish

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Lemon and Herb Roast Chicken

Tender, juicy and ready in an hour

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Spinach and Cheese Stuffed Chicken

A lighter take on chicken parm



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Garlic Breaded Roast Chicken Breasts

Crispy chicken—without frying—right this way.



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Buffalo Chicken Meatballs

Wings without the mess

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Potato-Chip Fried Chicken

Pick your favorite flavor and get cooking

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Skillet Chicken Fajitas

A simple dinner made even simpler



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The Simplest (and Tastiest) Way to Grill a Whole Chicken

Ugh, grilling chicken breasts can be so tedious. Especially when you've got guests to entertain and pasta salad to prepare. So why not free yourself up and just grill the whole bird? We'll show you how. (Bonus: You get to sip a beer in the process.)



Orange Chicken Fingers

(from Food Network)

Lightened Chicken and Eggplant Parmesan

(from Food Network)

Creamy Lemon-Pepper Orzo with Grilled Chicken

(from Food Network)



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Roasted Drumsticks with Tomatoes

Instead of throwing the whole bird into the oven again, get creative.


Middle Eastern-Style Chicken

(from Food Network)

Tandoori Chicken Salad

It's all about the herbs and spices

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Roasted Buffalo Chicken Wings

For game day or any day


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Crispy Baked Chicken Tenders

Comfort food grows up

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Spicy Chicken Stir-Fry

A healthier take on kung pao chicken

Chicken Piccata

(from Food Network)


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Southern Comfort Chicken and Waffles

Be prepared to share the recipe (or not)

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Baked Mini Chicken Burritos

Burritos can be of a reasonable size?bite-size even

Homemade Frozen Chicken Fingers

(from Food Network)


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Chicken Satay with Spicy Peanut Dipping Sauce

Food-on-a-stick shouldn't be reserved for fairgrounds

Spicy Kale and Corn Stuffed Chicken Breasts

(from Food Network)

Roasted Chicken with Pumpkin Seed Salsa

(from Food Network)


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Chicken Tortilla Soup

Just four simple steps and dinner is served


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How to Cut Up a Whole Chicken

Fact: You don't have to be a butcher to carve a whole chicken like a pro. It's actually pretty simple—and then you'll have different cuts to cook throughout the week (yesssss, drumsticks). It also happens to be a way cheaper way to stretch your weekly budget. Watch the video to see exactly how to cut up a whole chicken.