20 Essential Chicken Recipes for a Better Week of Meal Planning

20 Essential Chicken Recipes for a Better Week of Meal Planning

Kelli Foster
Mar 19, 2017
(Image credit: Maria Siriano)

Chicken is the hero of the dinner table, thanks to its nearly endless versatility and ease of cooking. It offers a little something for everyone, whether you love lean chicken breasts or budget-friendly thighs, have a schedule that demands something quick, prefer the make-ahead magic of the slow cooker, or simply want some comfort food to ease into the week. From one-skillet maple-mustard chicken thighs and slow cooker burrito bowls, to hearty chicken lentil soup and ultra-comforting chicken enchiladas, these are the 20 chicken-filled recipes to add to your meal plan master list.

Quick and Easy Chicken Dinners

These are some of our favorite chicken recipes to keep in the rotation for busy weeknights when you need to get dinner on the table fast and without much fuss. They have minimal ingredients, often require one pan for cooking, and are full of flavors that most members of the family will love. All in all, they're the rockstars.

Slow Cooker Chicken Dinners

When you need a helping hand to get dinner on the table, the slow cooker answers the call with a simple and satisfying chicken dinner. Start these in the morning before heading out or make them on Sunday for hands-off cooking that will help you with Monday's lunch or Tuesday's dinner.

Chicken Dinners Even Better as Leftovers

If you rely on leftovers for tomorrow's lunch or another dinner, like I do, these recipes do not disappoint. You'll love them as dinner, and even more the second time around. These are my top picks.

Ultra-Comforting Chicken Dinners

Because some nights (I'm looking at you, Monday) require a totally comforting meal at the end of the day. Here are a few ways chicken comes to the rescue.

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