There's a reason chicken is the go-to choice for home cooks everywhere: When you're putting together dinner, you want something tasty, endlessly versatile and relatively inexpensive. Goodness knows, there are thousands of chicken recipes out there. It's a culinary chameleon, equally at home in rich, aromatic Indian butter chicken, home-style Southern fried chicken, or in a bubbling pot of dumplings. It helps that chicken is so darn convenient. You can buy it whole (perfect for roasting), cut into pieces, or even packaged into your favorite parts (thighs or legs for dark-meat lovers, breasts for those who prefer white meat). Or cut to the chase and buy a pre-cooked rotisserie bird - there's nothing easier than shredding the meat to add to enchiladas, soups, or casseroles. No clucking around: This bird is a home cook's best friend.

See Popular Chicken Recipes

No-Fuss Snack Mix Chicken

Better Homes and Gardens

Your guests will never guess that the pretzel snack mix they've been munching is also the coating for this chicken recipe. Baking transforms the flavors.

Total: 1 hr 10 mins

Chicken in Paper

Ladies' Home Journal
Total: 45 mins

Chicken in Creamy Sun-Dried Tomato Sauce


Mediterranean flavors such as sun-dried tomatoes, kalamata olives, capers, artichoke hearts, tomatoes and white wine simmer together to flavor chicken breasts in this mouthwatering slow-cooker dish.

Total: 7 hrs 15 mins
Total: 45 mins

Chicken Italiano with Garlic Bread

Prego Italian Sauce

Sauteed chicken in a flavorful Italian sauce, served with a side of garlic bread - it's just like grandma makes, but without all the work.

Total: 55 mins

Chicken with Apricots and Dried Plums

Better Homes and Gardens

Meaty chicken pieces simmer with dried fruit in a spiced wine mixture for a richly flavored winter dish.

Total: 1 hr 15 mins

Smothered Chicken and Gravy

Betty Crocker

From Betty's Soul Food Collection... Ding, ding, ding--the health-o-meter declares our improved and lighter Smothered Chicken and Gravy recipe a winner, with its flavor boost coming from spices instead of fat.

Total: 1 hr 20 mins

Lemon Chicken

Total: 55 mins

Chicken Vegetable Ragout

Better Homes and Gardens

Serve this French stew with a crusty baguette to mop up the thick, well-seasoned sauce.

Stuffed Pizza

Family Circle

Crescent rolls pinch-hit as the crust for this pizza stuffed with chili. Lettuce, tomatoes, black olives, and cheddar cheese make the perfect toppings for this recipe.

Chicken & Bean Stew

Family Circle

This hearty chicken, bean, and corn recipe slow simmers in your slow cooker to give you a ready-made meal after a long day. Serve over mashed potatoes if you like.

Szechuan Roasted Chicken

Family Circle

This low-fat recipe is big on flavor. Both the chicken quarters and potatoes are seasoned with the spicy orange-soy sauce.

Champion Chicken Pockets

Diabetic Living

Low-fat yogurt and ranch salad dressing top cold chicken salad in this pita sandwich recipe. Wrap it up to carry for a healthful lunch.

Total: 15 mins

Quita's Egg Battered Fried Chicken

Better Homes and Gardens

The flour mixture coating for this chicken main dish recipe is simple to make, but a purchased variety speeds the process. A liberal splash of hot pepper sauce zips up the flavor.

Chicken with Artichokes

Better Homes and Gardens

For a casual Italian-style dinner, simmer chicken and artichokes in a tomato-wine sauce.

Towering Tostadas

Better Homes and Gardens

For this super fast tostada recipe, pile on lots of veggies for a low-calorie, satisfying meal.

Total: 15 mins
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