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We get it — chicken isn’t always the most exciting ingredient, especially when you eat it three times a week. Turning to it as a dinner option can feel more like an obligation than something you eagerly look forward to, but it doesn’t have to be that way. Think of perking things up a bit with a spicy chili and cheese stuffed chicken breast or switching over to the more flavorful chicken thigh with a recipe for grilled chicken thighs with chimichurri. Suddenly, chicken isn’t so boring anymore.
Quit the breast for bone-in thighs.
When it comes to chicken, the breast is the most boring cut of all. Try using the thighs instead for a more moist, flavorful bite of chicken.
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Grilled Chicken Thighs
Thanks to a soy-lime marinade flacked with punchy bits of garlic and ginger (that does double duty as a glaze at the end of cooking!), each piece of crispy-edged, juicy chicken is packed with a ton of flavor.Go to Recipe
Or trade in for boneless thighs.
For the ultimate easy chicken dinner, use boneless, skinless thighs.
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Sheet Pan Pineapple Chicken
This Paleo-friendly dinner is a riff on Huli Huli chicken, a classic Hawaiian barbecue staple featuring a sweet and savory sauce made with pineapple juice, ketchup, and soy sauce.Go to Recipe
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Dill Pickle Chicken
Spicy and tangy pickle juice is the one-ingredient brine that makes the most tender and delicious chicken you will eat all summer.Go to Recipe
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Chorizo Chicken Chili
This 30-minute chili, featuring the flavorful power couple of chorizo and chicken, is what you make on Wednesday when you hit a wall on what to make for dinner.Go to Recipe
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Chicken Curry in a Hurry
Michell Tam of Nom Nom Paleo makes her chicken curry in a hurry with a velvety coconut milk base, seared chicken thighs, and a spicy kick of curry paste. Go to Recipe
Use just a little bit of chicken.
Instead of serving one large piece of chicken, cut or shred it into a complex dish with a lot of other flavors and textures going on for a less chicken-centric experience. It’s a good way to stretch that protein a little.
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Sesame Chicken Noodle Bowl Go to Recipe
This recipe brings the flavors of sesame chicken to the noodle bowl, with a sweet and savory mix of tamari, sesame oil, brown sugar, and a splash of rice wine vinegar.
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BBQ Chicken Cobb Salad Go to Recipe
This version is loaded with zesty barbecue chicken, black beans, and cheddar jack cheese for a Southwestern spin on the American classic.
Zhuzh it with flavor and spice.
Sometimes you have no choice, and chicken it is for dinner tonight. Since chicken is famous for being a blank canvas, blast it with lots of heat and flavor and you just may fall in love with chicken all over again.
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Kung Pao Chicken
A spicy stir-fry of chicken, bell peppers, and roasted peanuts make this a takeout favorite you can make at home.Go to Recipe
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Chili and Cheese Stuffed Chicken Breast Go to Recipe
Grab that last bit of leftover chili or a can from the pantry, and the nub of cheddar hanging out in the fridge, because they are the duo that’s going to make tonight’s mild-mannered chicken breast something to talk about.
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Tom Kha Gai Go to Recipe
This Thai chicken soup is made from chicken lightly poached in a silky coconut milk broth which has been infused with galangal (kha), lemongrass, and makrut leaves.
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Spicy Korean Grilled Chicken Go to Recipe
Using chicken drumsticks and chicken thigh meat doused in a spicy, flavorful marinade, this grilled chicken needs to make an appearance on your dinner table soon!