We’re all about chicken for dinner here at Delish. Chicken breasts, thighs (our favorite cut), or even a whole bird all have a spot on our kitchen table. Unfortunately, that can mean falling into a dinner rut much too easily for our liking. If you’re like us, and just can’t bear to make you (or your family’s) old standbys for the umpteenth time, we’ve got you. Get inspired with our list of 65 chicken dinner recipes — you’ll be sure to find a new weeknight favorite.
We bet you’ve got a classic like chicken Parmesan in your rotation already, so let’s switch it up. We’ve included some fun spins on it here, like chicken parm pasta (with everything bagel seasoning) and mozzarella-stuffed chicken parm. We’ve even got chicken parm meatballs stuffed in a sub sandwich — great for eating outdoors or when you’ve got to do dinner on the go. And Parmesan isn’t just for tomato sauce! We love it just as much in a garlicky, lemon cream sauce, like in our lemon asparagus chicken pasta or paired with breadcrumbs, like in our Parmesan chicken cutlets. And don’t even get us started on alfredo sauce. We’ve included our favorite recipe for chicken alfredo, and a few new ones too. Our fave? Chicken tikka alfredo. Somehow the parmesan + curry works!
While pork and beef sometimes get all the love when it comes to south-of-the-border food, we love using leaner white meat for healthy Mexican-inspired weeknight meals. Chicken pairs SO well with cheese, avocado, and spices, in everything from flautas (pretty much taquitos + chimichangas, if you’re unfamiliar) to quesadillas. Grab a pack of tortillas (or make your own!), and you’ll have myriad different options for how to serve your chicken.
When everything cooks together everyone wins.
Made with shredded chicken wrapped in flour tortillas and then pan-fried, flautas are somewhere between taquitos and chimichangas. They're also super versatile — you can use rotisserie chicken, cheddar, and queso blanco like we have here, or change it up with what you prefer or have at home.
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You don't really need a recipe to make this insanely popular Mexican dish. Top a tortilla with cheese (and whatever else you've got), then fold it in half and cook until the tortilla is crispy and the cheese is melty. But if you're looking for some guidance, especially in cooking up some quick and easy chicken to stuff inside, this recipe won't let you down.
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Be sure to have some crusty bread on hand, because this sauce is KILLER.
Get the Creamy Tuscan Chicken recipe.
The Parmesan sauce on this pasta makes us come back to this dish again and again. We love using asparagus in spring, then changing it up to zucchini, Brussels, or broccoli in other seasons.
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We can thank the cuisine of Tex-Mex for the classic fajita. Minimal prep and minimal cook time means these can be on your dining room table FAST. Fiesta time!
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When it comes to weeknight dinners, this is what we dream of. It's simple, creamy, and so dang satisfying.
Get the Creamy Lemon Parmesan Chicken recipe.
You don't need an excuse to have a party to make taquitos. They make a great anytime meal and bring the party themselves. The avocado cream sauce, though, is a non-negotiable.
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When we're craving something hearty and healthy, this chicken chili immediately jumps to mind. The white beans make it heartier than your average chicken noodle soup, the green chilis and jalapeño add just the right amount of spice, and a dollop of sour cream adds a tangy creaminess that keeps you coming back for more.
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Tender, crispy, and made without a drop of oil. MAGIC.
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This dish started as way to use leftover fried rice that has dried out some and may not be great on its own, but is still perfectly edible. The addition of oil and soy sauce and veggies and meat spruce up the rice for a delicious meal.
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Turns out the absolute best way to achieve the crispiest skin on chicken thighs is using your air fryer! The quick cook time achieves the crispiest, juiciest chicken that we devoured in mere minutes. The marinade doubles as a sticky glaze that is *just* spicy enough.
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Make no mistake: this slow cooker version isn't authentic, but it is quick, easy, flavorful, and filling. Mix and match your favorite toppings and feel free to sub in your favorite protein — pork, beef, or turkey would all be delicious. Just be sure to adjust your cook time accordingly. If you're looking for something more classic, check out our Best-Ever Red Pozole.
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When we want an extra-crispy coating, we almost always go for panko breadcrumbs. Here, we mix them with some Parmesan, lemon zest, and a pinch of cayenne for extra flavor.
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This recipe starts on the stovetop for a perfect golden sear then finishes in the oven for the juiciest, most flavorful results. If you don't want to turn on your oven, you can do everything over the stovetop too!
Get the Lemon Pepper Chicken recipe.
Making Indian at home doesn't have to be intimidating. This one's primarily comprised of ingredients you probably already have on hand: chicken, onions, garlic, pantry spices, heavy cream, and canned tomatoes.
Get the Easy Chicken Curry recipe.
There is literally only one dirty dish to clean with this recipe. If you'd rather sub in chicken breasts, you totally can — we just love thighs for their flavor and crispy skin.
First you cook the chicken mixture, and then for the last hour you cook the biscuits. The heat in the slow cooker will help the biscuits rise and "bake". They'll need a while in the slow cooker though—about an hour to be fully cooked through.
No time to make it to the Caribbean? We've got you covered.
Get the Jerk Chicken recipe.