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Chicken dinners are perfect when you want something easy and yummy on busy nights. You can make many meals with chicken so you won’t get bored. From simple stir-fries to cozy soups, there’s a chicken recipe for any night. These dishes are quickly assembled, making your evening a little less hectic.

We’ll also add some delicious chicken recipes for a leisurely weekend at home. These recipes are still incredibly easy but take longer to slow-cook in the smoker or crockpot. Plus, everyone loves a good chicken dinner. Let’s get cooking with easy recipes that make weeknights a breeze and weekends delicious.

Chicken Capri

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This easy chicken casserole is done in under an hour. It is not only flavorful but is a healthy alternative to fried chicken parmesan. Get the Recipe: Chicken Capri.

Smoked Whole Chicken

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Smoked chicken is an easy, hands-off recipe for the weekends. The chicken is slow-smoked, so it needs very little babysitting. It’s perfect to put on the smoker when doing chores around the yard and the house, or when you have you company. Get the Recipe: Smoked Chicken.

Jerk Chicken Tacos

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Spice up dinner with jerk chicken tacos! Juicy chicken meets fiery jerk seasoning, all tucked into soft tacos. Add your favorite toppings for a fun and easy meal that brings a taste of the Caribbean to your table. Quick to make, these tacos are a hit for any night. Get the Recipe: Jerk Chicken Tacos.

Champagne Chicken

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Get fancy with champagne chicken! This dish combines tender chicken with the luxurious taste of champagne. It’s easy enough for a weeknight, but it feels special. It will impress with a creamy sauce, earthy mushrooms, and a hint of elegance. Perfect for when you want something a little different. Get the Recipe: Champagne Chicken.

Chicken Tikka Masala

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Warm up with chicken tikka masala! This cozy favorite blends tender chicken in a creamy, spicy tomato sauce. It brings bold flavors and warmth to your dinner table. Easy to make, it’s a delicious way to spice up your meal routine. Get the Recipe: Chicken Tikka Masala.

Smoked Chicken Legs

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These slow-smoked chicken legs can even be made on a weeknight. They are done in about two hours, and there is virtually no prep time. The chicken is incredibly moist and tender and tastes like it has been cooked with love all day. Serve them with baked potatoes and fresh green beans for a complete meal. Get the Recipe: Smoked Chicken Drumsticks.

Green Chicken Pozole

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Green chicken pozole is a heartwarming, one-pot Mexican soup that delights with its tender chicken pieces, hominy, and rich broth. This broth, a blend of tangy tomatillos, spicy chilies, and fresh herbs, offers layers of flavor. Making your own broth takes about three hours, while using commercial stock can be done in less than an hour. Get the Recipe: Chicken Pozole.

Instant Pot Chicken Tacos

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Instant Pot Chicken Tacos offer a quick, hassle-free dinner option for those nights you are too tired to cook. A delicious chicken dinner recipe. This versatile recipe lets you cook chicken, whether it’s fresh or frozen, perfect for last-minute meals. Just toss the ingredients into the pot, and soon, you’ll have delicious tacos that the whole family will enjoy. Get the Recipe: Chicken Tacos.

Smoked Chicken Wings

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Smoked Chicken Wings simplify your cooking with minimal prep and a few hours in the smoker. These wings emerge perfectly flavored and irresistibly tender, making them a hassle-free choice for any occasion. Whether hosting a party or craving something delicious, these wings promise maximum taste with minimal effort, thanks to a flavorful marinade. Get the Recipe: Smoked Chicken Wings.

Instant Pot Chicken Breasts

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Instant Pot Frozen Chicken Breast is a game-changer for quick dinners, cooking in just about 15 minutes. It’s incredibly versatile, serving as the foundation for salads, tacos, soups, sandwiches, and rice bowls. Whether you’re pressed for time or forgot to thaw your chicken, this method delivers juicy, perfectly cooked chicken every time, simplifying meal prep on the busiest of days. Get the Recipe: Chicken Breasts.

Chicken Lo Mein

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This Chicken Lo Mein recipe brings the flavors of your favorite Chinese takeout right to your kitchen in under 30 minutes! A colorful stir-fry packed with vibrant veggies and authentic Chinese noodles, it’s an easy-to-make dish that doesn’t skimp on taste. This recipe ensures a satisfying meal in less than 30 minutes. Get the Recipe: Chicken Lo Mein.

Chicken Lasagna

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Chicken Lasagna Recipe reinvents comfort food, featuring fresh chicken breasts for exceptionally moist and flavorful meat. This non-traditional lasagna layers the goodness of tender chicken, creamy ricotta, and leafy spinach, creating a hearty, comforting dish. It’s an ideal pick for those looking to enjoy a classic with a delicious twist. Perfect for a rainy or cold weekend. Get the Recipe: Chicken Lasagna.

Chicken Nachos

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Spruce up your Chicken Nachos by adding any toppings you love! This recipe is tasty and budget-friendly and comes together in under 30 minutes. You can customize your nachos with whatever protein suits your mood, even opting for black beans for a vegan twist. They lend themselves perfectly to leftovers. The flexibility and deliciousness of these Chicken Nachos make them a top pick in our book! Get the Recipe: Chicken Nachos.

Air Fryer Chicken Thighs

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Air-fried Chicken Thighs offer unbeatable crispiness. Perfect for hectic evenings when you’re pressed for time, this recipe ensures a delicious dinner in under 30 minutes. It’s the go-to choice for a quick, satisfying meal that doesn’t compromise on flavor or texture. Get the Recipe: Chicken Thighs.

Chicken Pot Pies

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If you don’t have leftover chicken, a store-bought rotisserie chicken works well. These Leftover Creamy Chicken Pot Pies are the ultimate comfort food to cozy up with. And if you have turkey leftovers from Thanksgiving or Christmas, that’s an excellent substitute. This versatile recipe is sure to please! Get the Recipe: Chicken Pot Pies.

Chicken Enchiladas

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Turkey or Chicken Enchiladas Verde are both light and scrumptious, making them an ideal dish for utilizing leftover turkey or chicken. Alternatively, a rotisserie chicken from the store fits just as well. This dish offers a delightful way to repurpose leftovers into something exciting and flavorful. Get the Recipe: Chicken Enchilada Verde.

Chicken Ramen

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This chicken ramen recipe elevates your noodle game far beyond those little cups with minimal extra effort! It’s a simple, enjoyable meal that vastly outshines its instant counterpart. Whether you opt for homemade chicken stock or grab some from the store, preparing it couldn’t be easier! Get the Recipe: Chicken Ramen.

Fried Chicken

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Wondering how to get your fried chicken unbelievably crispy? The secret is surprisingly simple, and you’ll be amazed at how effortless it is to achieve that perfect crunch. Keep reading to discover my tips for crispy fried chicken that will change your cooking game! Get the Recipe: Fried Chicken.

Air Fryer Chicken Tenders

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Enjoy scrumptious and super crunchy Air Fryer Chicken Tenders with much less fat and calories than traditional fried tenders. The gluten-free coating makes them a healthier alternative that doesn’t skimp on flavor or texture. Get the Recipe: Chicken Tenders.

Air Fried Chicken Wings

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Preparing Air Fryer Chicken Wings is a breeze! This recipe delivers wings that are not only perfectly crispy on the outside but also healthier for those looking to eat lighter. It’s an ideal solution for anyone craving the delightful crunch of wings without the extra calories. Enjoy the simplicity and deliciousness of air-fried wings with this foolproof method. Get the Recipe: Air Fried Chicken Wings.

Crockpot Chicken Enchiladas

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In the world of easy and delicious weeknight dinners, few dishes rival the mouthwatering appeal of a Crockpot Chicken Enchilada Casserole. This delectable Mexican-inspired creation combines the convenience of slow cooking with the irresistible flavors of enchiladas, making it the perfect recipe to satisfy your family’s cravings without spending hours in the kitchen. Get the Recipe: Enchilada Casserole.

Sesame Chicken

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This Sesame Chicken recipe puts a twist on the classic Chinese-American takeout favorite by incorporating both orange and hot peppers, giving it a flavor profile similar to Orange Chicken with the crunch of sesame seeds. It’s a delicious blend of traditional and bold new tastes! Get the Recipe: Sesame Chicken.

Sweet and Sour Chicken

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By preparing your own sweet and sour chicken, you opt for a healthier alternative to takeout, controlling the ingredients for a fresher, more nutritious meal. The best part? It tastes so much better, offering a delicious balance of sweetness and tanginess that surpasses what you’d find in a restaurant. Easy to make, it’s a rewarding way to enjoy a classic favorite at home. Get the Recipe: Sweet and Sour Chicken.

Chicken French

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Chicken Artichoke French, also known as Chicken Francese, is simple to prepare and delightfully tasty! The key to its incredible flavor is a generous helping of Asiago cheese and lots of lemon. It is often served with artichoke, too. Get the Recipe: Chicken French.

Chicken with Plum Sauce

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Grilled chicken paired with Plum Sauce and Grilled Plums offers a nutritious and straightforward meal perfect for late summer. It’s ready to serve in just 40 minutes. The secret to its succulent and moist chicken lies in the indirect grilling technique after browning the chicken. This method ensures that every bite is juicy and flavorful, complemented beautifully by the sweetness of grilled plums and the rich depth of plum sauce. It’s an ideal combination for a delightful seasonal dish. Get the Recipe: Chicken with Plum Sauce.

Garlic Scape and Lemon Grilled Chicken

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What are the possibilities with Garlic Scapes? Try these Garlic Scape and Lemon Grilled Chicken Tenders for a start! They require 5 minutes of prep time and 10 minutes on the grill. Is there anything more simple than that? This recipe is a testament to the ease and flavor that garlic scapes can bring to your cooking. Get the Recipe: Garlic Scape Chicken Tenders.

Grilled Chicken Salad

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This recipe transforms mundane chicken salad into an extraordinary delight. Grilled Chicken Salad is easy to whip up and incredibly tasty, using leftover grilled chicken. It’s a simple yet delicious way to elevate your chicken salad experience. Get the Recipe: Grilled Chicken Salad.

Grilled Lime Coconut Chicken

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This Grilled Chicken Breast Recipe is wonderfully simple to make. The combination of lime and coconut flavors captivates. Marinate it the night before, and dinner is ready in 30 minutes. Get the Recipe: Grilled Lime Coconut Chicken.

Easy Chicken Marsala

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This Chicken Marsala recipe is incredibly easy. It can be prepared in about 30 minutes, making it perfect for a weeknight meal yet sophisticated enough for guests. Combining the mushrooms’ earthiness and the sweet Marsala wine adds a rich depth of flavor to this pasta dish. Get the Recipe: Chicken Marsala.

Chicken Enchiladas

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These Easy Chicken Enchiladas are just what you need to celebrate any day. They use Authentic Red Enchilada Sauce, which has dried peppers as the major ingredient. It is so much more flavorful than those that are mostly tomato-based. The perfect weekend treat to amaze the family. Get the Recipe: Chicken Enchiladas.

Maple Apple Chicken Thighs

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Grilled chicken thighs, when basted with a delightful mix of apple cider and maple syrup, become an irresistible dinner option that’s both sweet and savory. This mouthwatering dish can be ready in approximately 30 minutes, offering a quick yet flavorful meal. The apple cider lends a tangy depth, while the maple syrup adds a subtle sweetness, creating a perfectly balanced glaze that enhances the natural juiciness of the chicken thighs. Get the Recipe: Maple-Apple Chicken Thighs.

Chicken Quiche

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Quiche is one of the easiest meals to make for brunch or dinner. This quiche is made with leftover chicken and is so tasty, and adding four different kinds of cheese makes it moist and cheesy. Get the Recipe: Chicken Quiche.

Thin Crust Chicken Pizza

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Thin-Crust Chicken and Spinach Pizza is inspired by a popular thin, crispy white pizza. We opted for a multigrain crust and grilled it to achieve that perfect crispiness. It’s absolutely irresistible! Get the Recipe: Thin Crust Chicken Pizza.

Lemon Chicken Thighs

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These Lemon Chicken Thighs are incredibly delicious and remarkably simple to prepare! The entire preparation process for these zesty delights takes less than 30 minutes, with an additional 30 minutes needed for cooking. The thighs have the fresh, tangy flavor of lemon. Whether you’re looking for a quick weeknight dinner or a tasty meal that doesn’t keep you in the kitchen all day, this recipe promises to deliver succulent chicken with a vibrant citrus twist in just about an hour. Get the Recipe: Lemon Chicken Thighs.

Asian Takeout Recipes

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Sometimes, you just want to skip the dishes and have a cozy night with your favorite takeout meals. These recipes will give you that takeout flavor and feel in the convenience of your kitchen. They take less than in less than thirty minutes, so they are perfect for busy weeknights. From fried rice to flavorful lo mein and sesame chicken, these recipes will be your new go-to when craving takeout. No wok is required to make these delicious recipes. Get the Recipes: Asian Takeout Recipes.

Bright and Zesty Secrets, 30 Recipes to Savor Citrus

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Citrus fruits, ranging from tart to sweet, enhance both savory meals and desserts. Valued for their vitamin C, fiber, and antioxidants, they’re a global staple in traditional cuisines. Explore our curated list of citrus recipes to find the perfect match for any occasion. Get the Recipes: Citrus Recipes.

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