Over 90 of Our Best Chicken Recipes Ever

updated Jun 23, 2022
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four pieces of chicken scallopini with a green garnish on a round plate with a lemon wedge in the corner
Credit: Kelli Foster

One thing our readers (and Kitchn editors!) have in common is that we all love good list of easy chicken dinner ideas. Whether you have a pack of mild-mannered chicken breast or meaty chicken thighs, this meat is a versatile staple in meal plans because it’s quick and easy to cook, and bursting with delicious possibilities. Of all the recipes we turn to again and again, chicken really tops the charts. Our collection of tasty chicken recipes is near endless, so while it’s impossible to pick favorites, we did pull together some of our very best and brought them all together in one place. Here are more than 90 of our greatest chicken recipes of all time. You’ll definitely want to keep this list handy.

Simple Chicken Recipes

Let’s start with the simplest. While most of the chicken recipes we love dearly are easy, these are the easiest of all. Pull from here when you need a great dinner fast.

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Lemon Thyme Chicken Thighs
This quick and easy recipe for crispy, skillet-cooked chicken thighs seasoned simply with fresh lemon and thyme.
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Chicken Tempura
Featuring boneless, skinless chicken breast pieces dipped in batter and fried, chicken tempura is a Japanese style of fried chicken that’s decidedly crispy and tender.
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Zhoug-Roasted Chicken Thighs
Trader Joe's Zhoug Sauce is the key to the ultimate weeknight chicken dinner.
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Strawberry Balsamic Chicken Thighs
The key to burnished, golden chicken thighs? Strawberry jam.
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Chicken Souvlaki
This platter of grilled chicken skewers, fresh vegetables, and warm pita is simple yet satisfying.
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Two-Ingredient Chicken
This budget-friendly dinner is everything: fatty, tangy, slightly sweet, and spicy—and it comes together using just two ingredients.
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One-Pot Coconut-Cilantro Rice with Chicken
This 30-minute, one-pot recipe is perfect for nights when you want something warming and tasty without a whole lot of fuss. Store-bought rotisserie chicken keeps the cooking to a minimum, and snow peas and cilantro add a pop of freshness to an otherwise pantry-friendly meal.
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Life-Changing Garlic Butter Chicken Thighs
Thanks to a garlic butter drizzle and stovetop-to-oven cooking method, these chicken thighs are impossibly juicy and boast the crispiest, crackliest skin. Plus, you only need five ingredients to make them.
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Cajun Chicken Pasta
This weeknight-friendly pasta dish — packed with smoky chicken, cheesy sauce, and juicy tomatoes — is inspired by a cult-favorite dish at Chili's.
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One-Pan Chicken and Rice with Olives and Lemon
This weeknight-friendly chicken and rice dish cooks all in one skillet, making cleanup a breeze. It's also extremely adaptable based on what's in your pantry.
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Easy Bruschetta Chicken
Juicy chopped tomatoes, sweet basil, and tangy balsamic are stirred into bruschetta then spooned over seared chicken breast for a quick weeknight dinner.
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Easy Chicken Carbonara
We've added chicken to a pan of rich and creamy carbonara for an extra-filling dinner.
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One-Pan Coconut Milk-Braised Chicken
While most braises get cooked in stock, broth, or wine, this recipe slowly cooks chicken thighs in creamy full-fat coconut milk until they’re tender and practically falling off the bone.
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Honey-Garlic Chicken Stir-Fry
Thin strips of chicken get a sharp sear from the wok, before getting partnered with a mess of tender veggies and a blanket of savory-sweet sauce.
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One-Pot Chicken Teriyaki with Vegetables & Rice
Chicken? Check. Vegetables? Check. All in one pot? Check check. This teriyaki one-pan meal is kid-friendly and easy — what more do you want?
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Spanish-Style Chicken and Rice Skillet
This 20-minute skillet dinner, made with garlic, onions, tomato paste, and chicken broth, takes inspiration from Spanish-style rice.
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One-Skillet French Onion Chicken
This weeknight winner is inspired by the flavors of French onion soup. Chicken cutlets are smothered with melt-in-your-mouth onions and Gruyere, then finished in a richly-flavored pan sauce.
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Honey Mustard Curry Chicken
Sweet honey mingles with tangy Dijon mustard, fragrant curry powder, and a bit of rich melted butter to make the most flavorful and yet most ridiculously simple sauce for your chicken dinner.
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Healthy Chicken Recipes

Toss lots of veggies and maybe some whole grains like brown rice in with your chicken and it’s a feel-good meal that really can’t be beat.

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Saucy Sheet Pan Chicken with Sweet Potatoes and Peppers
This big-batch sheet pan dinner has it all: saucy chicken, caramelized vegetables, and a pantry-friendly sauce everyone will love. Plus, it makes intentional leftovers for rolling over into another weeknight meal.
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Sous Vide Chicken Breast
For very juicy and flavorful piece of chicken breast every single tim, turn to the sous vide machine.
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Dak Naengchae (Korean Cold Chicken Salad)
Say what you will about boiled chicken breast, this cold chicken salad with a toasty sweet mustard dressing is greater than the sum of its parts.
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Chicken and Veggie Pesto Salad
Filled with a robust assortment of tender veggies, strips of juicy chicken, and tossed with an herby pesto, this no-lettuce salad is a summer essential.
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Cold Sesame Chicken and Noodle Salad
This crowd-pleasing chilled noodle salad packs in bright and savory flavors along with chicken and a rich sesame ginger dressing.
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Parmesan Chicken and Kale Sauté
A quick and easy one-skillet dinner that fits the bill on weeknights and at dinner parties alike.
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Spicy Thai Chicken and Brown Rice Bowls
These vibrant Thai chicken and brown rice bowls are topped with a rainbow of crunchy vegetables and drizzled with curried peanut sauce.
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Mediterranean Chickpea and Chicken Soup
This is everything you want in a homemade weeknight soup. Bone-in chicken thighs make for a richly flavored broth, canned chickpeas keep the cooking time to a minimum, and tangy tomatoes and warm spices bring the whole pot together.
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Greek Chicken Grain Bowls
These Greek chicken grain bowls are inspired by classic Greek salad and lemon-herb chicken, and topped with a tangy, 3-ingredient feta sauce.
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Vietnamese-Style Chicken & Noodle Salad
This Vietnamese chicken salad is mixed with crunchy, colorful vegetables, rice noodles, and lemongrass- and ginger-marinated chicken breast.
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French Bistro Salad with Rotisserie Chicken
When you're craving a simple salad for dinner but need it to fill you up, this is the recipe to make.
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Crispy Chicken Caesar Orzo Salad
This crispy chicken Caesar orzo salad is a dinner salad for pasta lovers as much as it is for anyone who wants a generous dose of greens.
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One-Pot BBQ Chicken Burrito Bowls
These burrito bowls filled with tender spiced rice, beans, corn, and tangy barbecue chicken.
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Chicken Shawarma Salad with Lemon Tahini Dressing
Spiced chicken takes center stage in a colorful, feel-good dinner salad that’s sure to be a new favorite.
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Slow Cooker Chicken Recipes

Your slow cooker is good at many things, but whipping together a family-friendly chicken dinner definitely tops the charts. Since the meat cooks low and slow, there isn’t a risk of it drying out.

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Slow Cooker Salsa Pulled Chicken
This recipe is as simple as combining chicken breast and your favorite salsa in the slow cooker. The result is deliciously seasoned, shredded chicken that’s perfect for tacos, burrito bowls, or even taco salads.
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Slow Cooker Chicken Piccata
This slow cooker chicken piccata is cooked on a bed of tender red potatoes, then gilded with a buttery lemon sauce with a punch of briny capers.
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Slow Cooker Chicken Tikka Masala
Spooned over some steamed rice, this easy slow cooker tikka masala is about to make your busy days very happy indeed.
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Slow Cooker Ranch Chicken Sandwiches
This creamy ranch chicken is full of tangy, herby flavors, thanks to a DIY ranch mix, buttermilk, cream cheese. Add a bun, bacon, and slaw for dinner.
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Slow Cooker Honey Teriyaki Chicken
The teriyaki sauce is what you're here for, and don't worry — there's plenty of it.
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Slow Cooker Spinach and Artichoke Chicken
Poached chicken breasts in a luxurious lemon broth with wisps of green spinach and forkfuls of tender, nutty artichokes.
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Slow Cooker General Tso's Chicken
Ready your rice and your slow cooker for this better-than-takeout slow cooker General Tso's chicken at home.
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Slow Cooker Pesto Chicken
Homemade pesto mixed with hearty chunks of chicken in the slow cooker, ready for a week's worth of salads, wraps, and grain bowls.
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Slow Cooker Chicken Bacon Ragù
Slow-cooked savory chicken thighs in a tomato- and bacon-rich sauce paired with sweet and earthy fennel. A bed of buttery mashed potatoes is just right for cradling this homestyle chicken ragù.
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Slow Cooker BBQ Shredded Chicken
Slow cooker BBQ shredded chicken is an easy weeknight dinner that can be made with chicken breasts, thighs, or a combo of the two.
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Slow Cooker Cashew Chicken
A secret sauce and crisp veggies bring this takeout classic to the next level.
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Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken
Saucy slow cooker buffalo chicken is an easy, low-effort recipe to feed a crowd that comes together with just a few ingredients.
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Slow Cooker Chicken Tinga
Slow cooker chicken tinga is swimming in a full-flavored tomato-chipotle sauce, studded with sliced onions, and has just enough heat to keep you on your toes.
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Slow Cooker Chicken Tacos
Chicken thighs, peanut butter, and spicy sambal combine to create the easiest-ever slow cooker chicken tacos.
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Baked Chicken Recipes

Crank up the oven and you have endless chicken dinner options. Whether it’s a simple roast chicken you crave or a sheet pan dinner, you won’t be disappointed.

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Oven-Baked Crispy, Juicy Chicken
Learn how to make crispy crumb-coated chicken in the oven that will rival chicken fingers.
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Ritz Cracker Chicken
Boneless, skinless chicken breasts encrusted in buttery Ritz crackers, then baked until tender and juicy.
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Greek Chicken
Chicken breast soaked in a marinade that bursts with zesty, lemony, garlicky flavor.
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3-Ingredient Baked Caesar Chicken
Boneless, skinless chicken breasts are smothered in your favorite creamy Caesar dressing and baked until golden, then showered with snowy Parmesan before heading under the broiler to get nice and bubbly.
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Baked Parmesan-Crusted Chicken
Nutty Parmesan and crispy panko turn mild-mannered chicken breast into a weeknight dinner with pizzazz.
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Baked Chicken and Veggies
This quick recipe for roasted chicken and mixed vegetables is perfect for meal prep.
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Sheet Pan Chicken Souvlaki
Crispy chicken thighs are flavored with lemon and herbs, then partnered with red potatoes and sweet bell peppers for dinner ready in 30 minutes.
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Spicy Chili Crisp Chicken Thighs
Laquared with honey, vinegar, and garlic chili crisp, these sheet pan thighs and vegetables are a weeknight knock out.
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Sheet Pan Honey-Dijon Chicken and Vegetables
This weeknight-friendly sheet pan dinner of tender chicken, broccoli, potatoes, and red onion is tossed in a sweet and savory honey-Dijon glaze.
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Easy Crispy Chicken Carnitas
These tender, juicy chicken carnitas give pork carnitas a run for its money.
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Honey Harissa Chicken and Chickpeas
Honey and harissa flavor this one-dish meal of saucy chickpeas and golden-brown chicken.
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Sheet Pan Mozzarella-Topped Chicken Cutlets
Chicken breasts are sliced into cutlets — chicken parmesan-style — then cooked alongside creamy white beans, silky red onions, juicy tomatoes, and garlic.
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The Best Chicken Parmesan
Master the classic dish of chicken Parmesan by starting with the chicken, choosing a marinara sauce you love, and using a trio of cheese.
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Pesto Chicken
This quick and easy recipe features chicken breasts coated in pesto and baked with cherry tomatoes.
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The Perfect Roast Chicken
Learn the simplest, easiest method for roasting a chicken at home.
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Baked Chicken Wings
This baked chicken wings recipe is packed with flavor and easy to put together.
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Spinach-Artichoke Baked Chicken
Boneless chicken breasts are topped with a creamy, cheesy spread inspired by spinach-artichoke for the ultimate family-friendly comfort food.
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Baked Chicken with Artichokes, Cinnamon, and Preserved Lemons
This easy one-pan dinner is packed with flavor and will make your kitchen smell amazing.
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Chicken Breast Recipes

Despite the rising popularity of chicken thighs, chicken breast continues to reign supreme. It’s versatile and crowd-pleasing, so we’re totally fine with it sticking around.

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Chicken Scallopini
Chicken scallopini is simple, straightforward, and thanks to the bath of buttery lemon-white wine sauce, is far, far greater than the sum of its parts.
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The Best Oven-Baked Chicken Breasts
The simplest, easiest way to bake moist and tender chicken breasts in the oven every single time.
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Stuffed Chicken Breast with Spinach & Cheese
Learn how to make a creamy, cheese spinach filling for stuffing golden juicy chicken breasts.
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Chicken Breast in the Instant Pot
This method is specifically for plain chicken breast that you can use as meal prep for building salads and grain bowls or for using in recipes that call for cooked chicken.
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Moist & Tender Chicken Breasts
This is the most foolproof method. It takes some trust, but believe me — it works flawlessly every single time.
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Feta-Brined Chicken Breast with Rosemary
For moist and tender boneless, skinless breasts, turn to this staple Greek ingredient.
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Juicy, Flavorful Grilled Chicken Breast
The key steps to really juicy grilled chicken, from pounding the chicken, making a marinade, and achieving great grill marks.
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3-Ingredient Oven-Baked Cajun Chicken Breasts
These oven-baked chicken breasts are super savory and slightly smoky with a bold flavor, and come together with just three ingredients.
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Tuscan Chicken Skillet
Caramelized mushrooms, sun-dried tomatoes, tender white beans, juicy chicken: there's nothing but good flavor happening here. And all in one skillet!
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Green Goddess Skillet Chicken and Veggies
A bottle of herby green goddess dressing from Trader Joe's plays both that marinade and the sauce in this colorful chicken and radish skillet.
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Cilantro-Lime Chicken
A weeknight-friendly recipe for chicken breasts cooked in a tangy cilantro-lime sauce.
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Simple One-Skillet Chicken Alfredo Pasta
Everything is done in the same skillet in this recipe — easy cooking and easy cleanup.
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Chicken Cacciatore
This comforting recipe for chicken cacciatore is made in a skillet and comes together oh so quickly.
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Creamy Chicken Recipes

Sometimes you just need a dash of comfort — adding a splash of cream or some melty cheese to your chicken dinner usually does the trick just perfectly.

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Cream Cheese Chicken
This recipe turns rich cream cheese into a savory sauce.
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Garlic Parmesan Chicken
The garlic Parmesan sauce is thick, creamy and packed with a mellow aroma of garlic and shallot.
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Creamy Chicken Tortellini Soup
Pull out your biggest spoon for a taste of velvety broth, cheesy tortellini, juicy chicken, and tender vegetables in every bite.
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30-Minute Creamy Chicken and Rice Soup
Noodles are nice, but they have nothing on soothing comfort of creamy chicken and rice soup. And best of all, since this version leans on both leftover rice and leftover chicken, you can make it in less than 30 minutes.
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Skillet Creamy French Mustard Chicken
Chicken thighs braise quickly in a sauce made with two kinds of mustard and just a touch of cream.
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One-Pot Creamy Chicken Orzo
This easy orzo dish is pure veggie-packed comfort. Made all in pot, it tastes like grown-up mac 'n cheese — creamy, cheesy, and packed with good-for-you greens and chicken.
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Creamy Turmeric Chicken Skillet
This creamy one-skillet chicken dinner gets a double dose of vibrant turmeric and is finished with a lush sauce.
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Creamy Parmesan Garlic Mushroom Chicken
Inspired by cream of mushroom soup, this creamy Parmesan garlic mushroom chicken skillet comes together in 30 minutes.
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Slow Cooker Cream of Chicken Soup
This creamy, dreamy slow cooker soup has all the comforts of chicken pot pie without any of the effort.
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Slow Cooker Creamy French Mustard Chicken
Tender braised chicken is bathed in a creamy French mustard wine sauce.
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The Best Creamy, Cheesy Slow Cooker Chicken and Rice
The nostalgic casserole we love, made even easier with help from the slow cooker.
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Chicken Florentine
If your usual chicken breast routine is starting to feel a little ho-hum, this simple recipe is sure to shake things up.
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Creamy Chicken Soup
Chicken soup with vegetables and herbs is pure cold weather comfort food, and this version takes it up a notch with a luxe, creamy broth.
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Easy Chicken Casseroles

A casserole is always a great way to feed your whole crew. These range from classic to newfangled and are sure to be a hit.

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Chicken and Stuffing Casserole
An easy bake casserole recipe made from boxed stuffing, canned cream of chicken/mushroom soup, and what Thanksgiving leftovers you've got.
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Chicken Bacon Ranch Casserole
Ranch-enthusiasts will love this cheesy, flavor-packed casserole.
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Chicken Cordon Bleu Casserole
This leftover-friendly recipe turns this classic chicken dish into a cheesy casserole.
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The Best Chicken and Rice Casserole
Get ready to grab your largest serving spoon to scoop up generous portions of seasoned chicken and creamy rice and vegetables.
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Caprese Chicken Casserole
This Italian-inspired chicken casserole is packed with all the flavors of a classic caprese salad. Shredded chicken and pasta make it a substantial meal.
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Chicken Pot Pie Casserole
This large-format pot pie, which is made in a casserole dish and topped with a sheet of puff pastry for ease, is the absolute best way to serve pot pie to a crowd (or a hungry family).
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BBQ Chicken Casserole
This Paleo-friendly weeknight casserole is loaded with shredded chicken breast and riced cauliflower, laced together with a homemade BBQ sauce.
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Chicken Noodle Soup Casserole
This chicken noodle soup casserole has all the familiar flavors of the classic soup, but instead of a brothy base, egg noodles studded with sliced onions, carrots, and celery make up the bulk of it, as well as some shredded cheddar and Parmesan cheeses.
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Cheesy Southwestern Chicken Casserole
This comforting Southwest chicken bake is sure to satisfy. It's comprised primarily of canned goods and a store-bought rotisserie chicken, meaning most of the work is already done for you.
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Tomato-Basil Chicken and Rice
Partner chicken thighs with tomato basil rice, bake it into a casserole, and you've got a guaranteed crowd pleaser on your hands.
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Healthier Chicken and Rice Casserole
This healthier chicken & rice casserole gets a heavy dose of vegetables and a homemade cream of mushroom sauce for a light-yet-familiar flavor.
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Chicken & Tomato No-Boil Pasta Bake
A quick and easy one-pot casserole that uses dry pasta instead of boiled pasta and can be adapted to your diet and taste.
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Chicken Parmesan Biscuit Bake
This weeknight-friendly Chicken Parmesan biscuit bake is held together by two staples — and smart supermarket shortcuts — for an easy meal the whole family will love.
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