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The 101 Best Chicken Recipes for When You’re in a Dinner Rut

We love to shake up our weeknight dinner routine, but there’s no denying that chicken has a special place in our heart. It’s versatile, easy to prepare and crowd-pleasing to boot…but that also doesn’t mean you have to stick with the same old grilled boneless, skinless breast every time (bo-ring). Break out of your comfort zone with this handy roundup of the 101 best chicken dinner recipes—from chicken tinga tacos to the ultimate potpie—that will never let you down.

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1. Slow Cooker Pulled Chicken

Serve it as a main dish with hearty sides or as a simple sandwich.

3. Bruschetta Chicken

It’s satisfying and flavorful without being heavy.

5. Lemon and Herb Roast Chicken

Use the leftovers in salads, soups and pastas all week long.

6. Potato-Chip ‘Fried’ Chicken

Crispy on the outside, tender on the inside and a lot less fuss than frying.

7. Chicken and Waffle Sandwiches

Fried chicken + cheese waffles = the greatest invention since sliced bread.

11. Slow Cooker Chicken Teriyaki

Set it and forget it. See? It’s easier than ordering in.

15. Roasted Drumsticks with Tomatoes

This chicken dinner is almost too pretty to eat. (Almost.)

16. Chicken Tinga Tacos

Don’t save this one just for taco Tuesday.

17. Oven-Baked Buffalo Wings

Wings are the best thing about game day, hands down.

18. Whole Roasted Chipotle Chicken

It’s the easiest way to feed a crowd (or meal prep for an entire week).

19. Slow Cooker Chicken Tikka Masala

Behold, a takeout favorite that requires just ten minutes of prep.

20. Garlic Breaded Roast Chicken Breast

Thanks to crispy Panko breadcrumbs, deep fryers need not apply.

21. Chrissy Teigen’s Cheesy Chicken Milanese

It takes only 40 minutes to make, but tastes like it took all day.

22. Crispy Baked Chicken Tenders

No one is immune to the siren call of the chicken tender, even adults.

23. Chicken Satay with Spicy Peanut Dipping Sauce

Confession: We’d eat this peanut sauce by the spoonful.

24. Slow Cooker Chicken Piccata

Are you some kind of fancy chef? This sure tastes like it.

25. Family-Style Chicken Caesar Salad

The dressing is anchovy-free, in case you were wondering.

26. Black Pepper Chicken

We’re suckers for healthier take on one of our go-to takeout orders.

29. Buffalo-Stuffed Sweet Potatoes

Make the sweet potatoes ahead of time and dinner is halfway made.

30. Buffalo Chicken Meatballs

We challenge you not to eat all of these in one sitting.

32. Chicken Gnocchi Soup

Warning: This recipe is about to change your soup game for good.

34. Tangy Green Chicken Enchiladas

Don’t tell anyone, but there are tons of veggies hidden inside.

35. Gochujang Chicken Stir Fry

It’s twice as flavorful as takeout and comes together in a single skillet.

36. Chicken Enchilada Casserole

Serve this one with tortilla chips. Lots of tortilla chips.

37. Crispy Grilled Chicken

Our advice? Eat this in the backyard with a glass of rosé.

38. Greek Chicken and Rice Skillet

This is just as good as any restaurant dish, so we’re probably never going out to eat again.

39. Firecracker Chicken with Rice

Boneless, skinless chicken breasts don’t have to be bland. We prefer them spicy, sticky and irresistible.

40. Sheet Pan Persian Lemon Chicken

This dish can be assembled in five to ten minutes, so it’s what we call “meal-prep magic.”

41. Grilled Lemon-Herb Chicken and Avocado Salad

Introducing the salad to end all others (because it’s all about the toppings, really).

43. Grilled Curried Chicken Thighs

The secret to maximum flavor with minimal effort? Basting the chicken with a five-ingredient curry sauce as you grill.

44. Chicken with Feta Cheese, Dill, Lemon and Harissa Yogurt

We’ll never say no to a harissa yogurt sauce—or feta, for that matter.

45. Honey-Lime Chicken and Veggies In Foil

The whole meal cooks inside the foil packets, so there’s zero cleanup. (Genius, right?)

46. Crispy Coconut Chicken Tenders

The coconut coating is sweet and crunchy in all the right ways.

48. Crispy Za’atar Chicken and Cauliflower

Za’atar is a Middle Eastern spice blend of dried herbs, sesame seeds and sumac, and an excellent match for chicken thighs.

50. Potato Chip Crusted Chicken with Arugula Pesto

Is it the greatest chicken Parm rendition of all time? We’d bet money on that.

51. Baked Chicken and Ricotta Meatballs

They’re tender, quick-cooking and easy enough to make on a weenight.

52. Grilled Thai Chicken Lettuce Wraps

We could all use a few more lettuce wraps in our lives.

54. One-Pan Lemon Sage Chicken and Cauliflower

A one-pan dinner that’s low-carb and made with cauliflower? Be still our heart.

55. Slow Cooker Chicken Tikka Masala Meatballs

We love meatballs. We love chicken tikka masala. It was only a matter of time before they joined forces.

56. Sheet Pan Chicken and Rainbow Vegetables

Proof that diet-friendly doesn’t have to mean flavorless or sad.

58. Whole30 Chicken Meatballs and Cauliflower Rice with Coconut-Herb Sauce

Whether you’re Whole30-ing or not, that coconut sauce is something to talk about.

59. Pasta Florentine with Grilled Chicken

You'll use ¾ cup of wine to make this cream sauce. What you do with the rest of the bottle is your call.

61. Pomegranate-Sumac Chicken with Roasted Carrots

The buttermilk brine ensures ultimate tenderness and beautiful browning.

62. Ina Garten’s Updated Chicken Marbella

You didn’t think we’d leave the queen of chicken recipes off this list, did you?

64. Sheet-Pan Chicken Shawarma with Lemon-Tahini Drizzle

FYI, this one also happens to be paleo-friendly and gluten-, dairy- and grain-free.

65. Oven-Baked Chicken Kofta Wraps

Fill those lettuce cups with alllll the cucumbers, tomatoes and lemon-garlic aioli.

66. Spicy Lemon-Ginger Chicken Soup

This chicken soup is as customizable as it is easy to make.

68. Slow Cooker Creamy Chicken and Wild Rice Soup

It’s just as easy as opening up a can of soup but about a million times more delicious.

69. Honey Mustard Sheet-Pan Chicken with Brussels Sprouts

On our ideal dinner checklist? Fast, easy and minimal cleanup. This chicken dinner ticks all the boxes.

70. Antoni Porowski’s Chile-Maple Roast Chicken

This bird relies on just a few ingredients (chili powder, maple syrup and, of course, butter) for maximum flavor.

71. Chicken Kebabs with Garlic Lemon Yogurt

Once again, yogurt sauce proves it’s worth its weight in gold.

72. Sticky Orange Chicken with Caramelized Onions and Fennel

A word of warning: You’ll want to stock up on napkins for this one.

73. Slow Cooker Whole Chicken with Potatoes

No basting or babysitting your oven required. (Just don’t tell Ina Garten.)

74. Spicy Stir-Fried Chicken and Shredded Brussels Bowls

Brussels sprouts in a stir-fry might be unconventional, but they’re also damn tasty.

75. Spicy Glazed Popcorn Chicken

The spicy-sweet glaze will have you coming back for thirds.

76. Dorie Greenspan’s Sheet Pan Balsamic Chicken with Baby Potatoes and Mushrooms

You only need 15 minutes to prep this dish, but when it comes out of the oven, prepare for the oohs and ahhs.

77. Baked Caprese Chicken Skillet

Mozzarella cheese, balsamic vinegar and jammy roasted tomatoes? There’s nothing not to love.

78. Rotisserie Chicken Ramen

This is miles ahead of what you’ll find at the grocery store.

79. Mini Chicken Shawarma

Pack these cuties into lunches or serve them for dinner—no silverware required.

80. Meal-Prep Honey Sesame Chicken with Broccolini

If you thought meal prep was intimidating, you probably just hadn’t met this chicken recipe yet.

81. Chicken Pesto Focaccia Sandwiches

The chicken gets pounded paper-thin then cooked to golden, crispy perfection. Any questions?

82. One-Pot Creamy Chicken Alfredo

Aside from minimizing the amount of cleanup, this one-pot method results in the creamiest sauce ever (and surprisingly, you don’t have to use cream).

83. Chicken Parmesan Bites

The more bite-size, the better, if you ask us. They’ve got the ideal ratio of coating to chicken (and they’ll never get soggy).

86. Kung Pao Chicken

You only need one skillet to make this spicy-sour-sweet masterpiece.

87. Cheater’s Grilled Whole Chicken and Vegetables

By spatchcocking the chicken (aka removing its backbone), you can cook it in an hour on the grill and leave the dirty kitchen for another night.

88. Everything Chicken Wings

Is there anything this seasoning blend doesn’t make better? (That’s a rhetorical question.)

89. Grilled Jerk Chicken Cutlets with Mango Salsa

The cinnamon and spicy cayenne flavors in the jerk seasoning pair magically with the juicy, zesty fruit salsa.

90. Pineapple Korean Chicken Thighs

Gochujang, Korean chile paste, is the key to maximum flavor in this dish.

91. Fried Chicken BLT with Jalapeño Honey

To be quite honest, we’d eat this for breakfast, lunch or dinner.

92. Greek Yogurt Chicken Salad Stuffed Peppers

The Greek yogurt dressing has the creamy, tangy flavor you crave, just lightened up a little.

93. One-Pan Creamy Chicken Fricassee with Sage

It’s luscious, lemony and has a half cup of white wine in the sauce (just FYI).

94. 15-Minute Buffalo Chicken Sliders

We’d let these cuties—made with store-bought rotisserie chicken—slide into our DMs any day.

95. Honey-Mustard Chicken Bake

Reserve half of the honey-mustard sauce and add it just before broiling at the end, to caramelize the top.

96. Chicken Sausage, Spelt and Pepper Skillet

We’re not sure what’s more exciting: a nutritious dinner or the lack of dishes to clean afterward.

97. Green Bowl with Chicken, Citrus and Herbs

There’s something about a warm weeknight bowl that just feels right.

99. Cheater’s White Wine Coq au Vin

Our version of the French classic isn’t necessarily authentique, but it’s undeniably delish and oh-so-easy to make.