You can always count on chicken. It’s widely available, packed with protein, and can fit in almost any type of cuisine. Even in a house filled with picky eaters, a chicken dinner is sure to satisfy everyone.
Chicken is a versatile lean protein. We love it as the center of everything from Asian-inspired noodle dishes so spicy tacos. No matter what flavors you’re in the mood for, you’ll love one of these chicken dinners.
11 Chicken Dinner Ideas
Verjus blanc, the tart, fresh juice of young wine grapes, is the key to our rich pan sauce’s pleasant tanginess—making it the perfect complement to the savory chicken and sweet sautéed apple in our veggie hash.
To give tender chicken a delicately crispy exterior and deliciously bold flavor, we’re lightly dusting it with cornstarch just before it hits the pan, then finishing it with a sweet and spicy sauce of sambal oelek, sesame oil, honey, and more.
Seared chicken gets an easy, flavorful lift from a sauce of sharp dijon mustard, bright lemon, and smooth fromage blanc—a type of French fresh cheese. Simple sides of garlic mashed potatoes and roasted carrots bring it all together for a well-rounded meal.
In this recipe, soft flour tortillas are toasted with a layer of melty cheddar cheese, then filled with a duo of sautéed chicken and poblano pepper. They’re perfectly matched by a side of fiery chipotle-roasted sweet potatoes and a bright, cooling lime mayo for dipping.
To give the chicken its characteristic flavor, we’re employing sesame two ways. Nutty sesame oil adds depth to our savory sauce, while black and white sesame seeds bring pleasant crunch (and make for an elegant garnish). Sautéed bok choy and a bed of fluffy jasmine rice and round out this satisfying dinner.
For our take on panzanella (or Italian bread salad), you’ll make your own golden brown croutons to toss with fresh tomatoes, spinach, and cipolline onions—small, delicately sweet onions marinated in balsamic vinegar for delightful, tangy flavor. It’s the perfect savory complement to seared chicken finished with a creamy hot honey sauce.
This classic dish gets a few flavorful twists thanks to the spicy maple syrup that we’re using to glaze crisp, seasonal green beans and provide a finishing drizzle for our spiced chicken. It’s all complete with a hearty potato and pickled pepper salad.
This vibrant dish features bites of tender chicken coated with rice flour before searing to create a delightfully crispy crust—perfect for soaking up a rich, sweet combo of soy glaze, vinegar, and butter. For a hearty accompaniment, we’re serving it over a bed of rice studded with bok choy and mushrooms.
In this flavorful Middle Eastern-inspired recipe, za’atar-coated chicken roasts alongside a trio of carrots, green beans, and red onion. You’ll then toss the vegetables with warm farro to make a hearty grain salad, and finish the dish with a drizzle of creamy labneh mixed with feta cheese.
To achieve the same irresistible flavors of slow-cooked chicken Marbella, we’re making our take on the classic sweet and savory sauce by marinating our chicken breasts in a punchy mix of prunes, olives, capers, and garlic, then sprinkling it all with a bit of brown sugar just before baking.
At the base of this vibrant dish is a hearty bed of nutty farro, arugula, and sweet dates tossed with a sour cherry dijonnaise. You’ll top it all with bites of seared chicken and a colorful duo of roasted shallot and watermelon radish.
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