Our 10 Most Popular Chicken Recipes This Year

Our 10 Most Popular Chicken Recipes This Year

Meghan Splawn
Dec 8, 2018
(Image credit: Joe Lingeman)

Chicken is a weeknight dinner superhero. You can roast a whole chicken, sauté thighs, or stir-fry breasts — plus, it's easy to flavor and economical. Leftovers become soup and broth and so much more. These were our 10 most popular chicken recipes of the whole year — the recipes you cooked and loved the most in 2018.

1. How To Cook Golden, Juicy Chicken Breast on the Stove

This basic stovetop method is everything we love about chicken: quick, simple, and delicious. Where high heat gives these chicken breasts a golden, caramelized crust, a gentle finish leaves them tender and juicy.

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2. Slow Cooker Chicken Burrito Bowls

These burrito bowls have been a popular recipe for a few years now, as they combine everything we love about chicken with the ease of the slow cooker. Plus everything else you need to make this recipe is likely already in your pantry.

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3. Slow Cooker Chicken Tikka Masala

Tender pieces of chicken are swathed in a creamy, warmly spiced curry and cooked to perfection. You can use breasts or thighs here, although I think the latter has much more flavor.

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4. How To Make Stuffed Chicken with Spinach & Cheese

Slightly more laborious than some of these other recipes, this is the chicken dinner you cook to impress a crowd. Stuff the breasts ahead of time and you also have an easy dinner party main that everyone will love.

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5. Slow Cooker Orange Chicken

Stop paying for takeout! You can make your beloved "mall chicken" in the slow cooker without any fussy steps. Make a big batch on Sunday and this recipe would make an excellent desk lunch throughout the week.

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6. Creamy Parmesan Garlic Mushroom Chicken

Here's a chicken dinner that is a protein and a sauce all in one. You can serve it over buttered noodles, polenta, or just plain rice and have a seriously satisfying dinner in just under an hour.

7. How To Make the Easiest BBQ Chicken in the Oven

This oven-roasted BBQ chicken changed my life this summer. Not only can you get crispy burnished skin and thick candied sauce without a grill, but you can also do it with just a sheet pan and one smart trick for your favorite store-bought sauce.

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8. These 5 Chicken Bite Recipes Need Only 2 Ingredients

Okay, so technically these are five recipes, but it's obvious why this set of recipes makes our yearly top 10. You just need two ingredients, a sheet pan, and 20 minutes. This is the kind of meal prep we love — because you can use a whole package of chicken breasts and cook a few variations at the same time.

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9. Slow Cooker Lemon-Garlic Chicken Breast

Are you noticing the chicken and slow cooker theme here? We love the transformation that takes place when basic ingredients — chicken, lemon, garlic — are loaded into the slow cooker and left to do their thing.

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10. Slow Cooker Whole Chicken Soup

Chicken soup is the reigning queen of comfort foods and so it's only natural that at least one chicken soup would make the list. This particular recipe uses a whole chicken and works incredibly well for smaller (tougher) local or organic birds.

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