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50 Unexpected Chicken Dinners to Make Immediately

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Chicken nuggets? Made ‘em yesterday. Baked chicken? Snoozefest. So we’ve rounded up 50 unexpected recipes (from chicken stuffed spaghetti squash boats to Filipino soup) to get your creative juices flowing.

Half Baked Harvest

1.

Mexican Hot Pot with Avocado Crema

Traditionally, this is a Chinese soup, but this version has a Southwestern twist.

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2.

Slow-Cooker Whole Chicken with Potatoes

Set that bird right in the Crock-Pot.

Damn Delicious

3.

Spaghetti Squash Chicken Parmesan

A healthier, low-carb version of the fam’s favorite dinner.

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4.

Thai Lettuce Wraps

Taco’s bright and spicy sister.

Camille Styles

5.

Chicken Under a Brick with Sage and Olives

Here’s how to make the crispiest bird in the universe.

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6.

Slow-Cooker Chicken Potpie Soup

Your kids will be hooked.

The Roasted Root

7.

Copycat Trader Joe’s Curried Chicken Salad

Even more glorious than the O.G. version.

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8.

Keto Sheet-Pan Chicken and Rainbow Veggies

Stick to your diet and don’t do any dishes. Win-win.

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9.

Cheater’s Confit

Chicken confit is a thing, guys.

The Girl On Bloor

10.

Chicken, Spinach and Artichoke Spaghetti Squash Boats

Ditch your bowls.

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11.

Whole30 Chicken Meatballs and Cauliflower Rice with Coconut-Herb Sauce

You’ll want to pour this creamy sauce on everything.

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12.

Slow-Cooker Creamy Chicken and Wild Rice Soup

We’ll take ours with extra cheese, please.

Chew Out Loud

13.

Strawberry Avocado Chicken Salad with Poppyseed Dressing

Ready in 20 minutes.

Cook Beautiful

14.

Pan-Roasted Chicken with Shallots and Dates

Caramelized Medjool dates + green olives = heaven.

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15.

15-Minute Buffalo Chicken Sliders

Shh, it’s made with store-bought rotisserie.

Glamorous Bite

16.

Lemon Rosemary Chicken Santa Barbara

Like listening to your favorite Lana Del Ray song.

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17.

Cheater’s White Wine Coq au Vin

It’s ready in under an hour. You heard us.

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18.

Greek Lemon Chicken Skewers with Tzatziki Sauce

Almost as good as a trip to Santorini.

Kitchen Confidante

19.

Chicken and Asparagus Sotanghon

This Filipino glass noodle soup will warm you from within.

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20.

Balsamic Cranberry Roast Chicken

The only skillet recipe that’s completely hands-off.

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21.

Lime Chicken with Corn and Poblano Salad

Juicy, dark meat ups the ante.

Apt. 2B Baking Co.

22.

Eva’s Chicken Empanadas

The perfect Sunday afternoon project.

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23.

Chicken Gnocchi Soup

Hellooo, match made in heaven.

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24.

Baked Chicken and Mushroom Risotto

Who has time to stand over a hot stove for hours? (Not you.)

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25.

Rotisserie Chicken Ramen

Flavorful, filling and inexpensive.

Skinny Taste

26.

Air Fryer Chicken Nuggets

We’re calling it: This is the trendiest gadget of 2018.

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27.

Spicy Yogurt Marinated Chicken Legs

Simple but flavorful.

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28.

Skillet Roast Chicken with Peaches, Tomatoes and Red Onion

You’ll love the sweet and savory combo.

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29.

Slow-Cooker Chicken Piccata

An easier twist on the classic dish.

Yammie's Noshery

30.

Persian Honey Glazed Chicken and Jeweled Rice

Add a burst of color to your life.

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31.

Parmesan-Ranch Chicken Thighs

Try a cut that’s seasoned perfectly.

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32.

Spring Roll Bowls

Zero wrapper wrangling.

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33.

Crispy Baked Chicken Tenders

Because nobody has time for a deep fryer.

Erin McDowell

34.

Avocado Chicken Salad

It’s anything but a Waldorf.

Spoon Fork Bacon

35.

Garlic and Ginger Braised Chicken

It’ll literally drip off the bone.

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36.

Slow-Cooker Pulled Chicken

Here to satisfy all of your cravings.

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37.

Chicken and Waffle Sandwiches

Greatest meal ever? You decide.

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38.

Slow-Cooker Chicken Teriyaki

So much better than takeout.

I Will Not Eat Oysters

39.

Dad’s Chicken Curry

We’ll take ours extra spicy.

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40.

Slow-Cooker Chicken Noodle Soup

It’s surprisingly low-maintenance.

Downshiftology

41.

Roasted Balsamic Chicken with Brussels Sprouts

Everything is cooked in one pan for minimal cleanup.

The Crepes of Wrath

42.

Dijonnaise Chicken

Presenting the easiest and most flavorful marinade in the world.

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43.

Slow-Cooker Chicken Tikka Masala

So comforting.

Le Crème de la Crumb

44.

Pretzel-Crusted Chicken Tenders

Here’s how to win dinner.

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45.

Chicken Satay with Coconut-Peanut Sauce

Food on a stick > anything else.

What’s Gabby Cooking

46.

Chicken Parmesan Gnocchi Bake

We’re gonna be blunt: This is our dream dinner.

A Communcal Table

47.

One-Pan Moroccan Lemon Olive Chicken

Saucy and savory.

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48.

Grilled Peach, Chicken and Ricotta Pizza

Store-bought dough makes this the easiest.

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49.

Slow-Cooker Chicken Enchilada Casserole

Save this for nights you feel like doing zero thinking.

Pinch of Yum

50.

Marinated Kale and Chicken Bowls with Sun-Dried Tomato Sauce

We feel healthier already.