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    The 35 BEST Chicken Dinner Ideas

    If you need some amazing new Chicken Dinner Ideas, you’ve come to the right place!

    What flavors are you craving? Asian? Italian? Soul food? Latin? Indian? This list has it all, and then some!

    Chicken is an incredibly versatile base for your meals, and you’ll find it all here. From stews to stir frys, curries to easy one pan skillets, the variety here is amazing.

    You’ll find tons of easy weeknight dinners, as well as some extra special dishes for company. Cook your way through all of these great chicken dinners. And please be sure to let us know your favorites!

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    Chicken Dinner Ideas

    1. Easy Creamy Chicken Skillet

    Chicken dinner ideas: Easy Creamy Chicken Skillet

    This creamy chicken skillet is your weekday best friend. It’s super easy and it’s super tasty. Chicken and veggies cook in an amazingly tasty creamy sauce.

    Start to finish in 30 minutes, this is one of our favorite chicken dinner ideas.

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    2. Japanese Teriyaki Chicken Bowl

    Chicken dinner ideas: Japanese Teriyaki Chicken Bowl

    Our Teriyaki Chicken Bowl is absolutely amazing! Tender juicy chicken, glistening in tasty sauce, alongside Asian coleslaw and creamy avocado, all atop a bed of hot rice.

    If you have some chicken in the fridge, here’s your answer to “what’s for dinner?”

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    3. Crockpot Tuscan Chicken

    Chicken dinner ideas: Crockpot Tuscan Chicken

    This Crockpot Tuscan Chicken is a winner, winner chicken dinner!! 

    Once you make this and find out how amazingly delicious it is compared to the efforts you put in, it’s going to be your forever favorite.

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    4. Chicken Cacciatore

    Chicken dinner ideas: Chicken Cacciatore

    Chicken Cacciatore is a classic Italian dish, where chicken is braised to tender perfection in a well seasoned tomato based sauce.

    It is a rustic dish with plenty of fresh herbs, veggies, and usually a good splash of wine. The next time those Italian cravings hit, give this Italian Chicken Dinner Idea a try!

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    5. Smothered Chicken

    Chicken dinner ideas: Smothered Chicken

    Smothered Chicken… Classic Soul Food at its best! This is a comfort food that generations have grown up on. 

    Perfectly seasoned chicken is smothered in the most delicious, luscious creamy and rich gravy till fall of the bone tender.

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    6. Baked Honey Mustard Chicken

    Chicken dinner ideas: baked honey mustard chicken legs

    Here’s one of the easiest chicken dinner ideas you’ll ever come across. This baked honey mustard chicken only takes 10 minutes of your time, the oven does the rest.

    Plus, it’s quite versatile and goes with a bog variety of sides.

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    7. Pesto Bruschetta Chicken

    Chicken dinner ideas: Pesto Bruschetta Chicken

    This gorgeous dish highlights two summer favorites: fresh basil and vine ripe tomatoes!

    It’s a great chicken meal prep option, only 10 minutes of prep time and then your trusty old oven does the rest.

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    8. Creamy Ground Chicken Pasta

    Chicken dinner ideas: Creamy Ground Chicken Pasta

    Our creamy ground chicken pasta is a true one-pot meal. Everything cooks together, even the pasta!

    It’s a perfect weeknight dinner option.

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    9. Country Captain Chicken

    Chicken dinner ideas: Country Captain Chicken

    Often found on tables from Charleston to Savannah, Country Captain Chicken a delicious Southern curry recipe that tastes amazing.

    If you like your chicken dinner with big time flavors, you’ve gotta try this one!

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    10. Mediterranean Chicken Skillet

    Chicken dinner ideas: Mediterranean Chicken Skillet

    This Mediterranean Chicken Skillet is a one skillet meal from stovetop-to oven-to table. Fresh, healthy and jam packed with amazing flavors!

    It’s also another meal with next to no prep time.

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    11. Thai Cashew Chicken

    Thai Cashew Chicken

    Give your stir fry night a new twist with this Thai Cashew Chicken. It’s an easy dish that’s bursting with layers of flavor and texture.

    Just a little chopping, mix up a sauce, and a quick stir fry is all the effort needed to put this tasty and nutritious chicken dinner on the table.

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    12. Hawaiian Chicken Salad

    Hawaiian Chicken Salad

    Hawaiian Chicken Salad – Take a look at this colorful platter. It’s full of tropical flavors, a variety of textures, and it happens to be healthy.

    Give this Hawaiian Chicken Salad a try the next time you’re looking for a light meal, or just want that tropical feeling.

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    13. Southern Braised Chicken with Black Eyed Peas

    Southern Braised Chicken with Black Eyed Peas

    Southern Braised Chicken is the newest addition to your comfort food repertoire. It’s hearty and full of cozy flavors.

    With just a few humble ingredients and a few minutes of hands on time, you’ll have a dish the whole family is going to love. It’s one of our go-to chicken dinner ideas.

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    14. Sesame Chicken Bowls

    Sesame Chicken Bowls

    Our Sesame Chicken Bowls are the easy answer to your weeknight Chinese food cravings.

    In less than half an hour, you can have your own, customizable dish that’s so much better than takeout. So good!

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    15. Chicken Shawarma

    This easy Chicken Shawarma brings the flavors, big time! Marinated with vibrant and aromatic spices, it can be your easy weeknight dinner, or crowd pleaser for company nights.

    You can grill it, cook it in a skillet, or bake it. Whichever way you choose, you’re in for one delicious dinner.

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    16. Greek Chicken Souvlaki

    Greek Chicken Souvlaki

    Chicken Souvlaki – Sometimes, all you need is a few simple ingredients to create some amazing flavors. These Greek skewers are one of those recipes.

    Bite sized chunks of chicken are marinated with lemon juice, oregano and garlic and can be grilled, baked or cooked on the stovetop. YUM!

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    17. Chicken Lettuce Wraps with Peanut Sauce

    chicken lettuce wraps on a blue plate alongside peanut sauce

    Inspired by P.F. Chang, this quick and tasty dish is a sure crowd pleaser, and an easy low-carb meal option!

    They only take about 25 minutes to get on the table, and taste amazing.

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    18. Creamy Lemon Chicken

    Creamy Lemon Chicken in a cast iron pan.

    Easy and delicious! This chicken can make for a relatively easy week night meal, but looks and tastes so good it will impress guests as well.

    It’s one of our all-time favorite chicken dinners!

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    19. Cajun Chicken Pasta

    Cajun Chicken Pasta

    Looking for pasta recipe that is straight out of restaurant menu, and is a breeze to make on busy weeknights? This Cajun Chicken Pasta is your answer!

    It’s a super easy and super tasty meal that combines the comfort of pasta and the bold flavors of New Orleans.

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    20. Chicken Stir Fry Recipe

    Chicken Stir Fry

    This easy Chicken Stir Fry recipe is a quick weeknight chicken dinner with tons of great flavor and plenty of veggie power!

    Serve it with rice or your favorite Asian noodles, and enjoy…

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    21. Mediterranean Braised Chicken with Apricots

    Mediterranean Braised Chicken with Apricots

    This gorgeous Mediterranean braised chicken is your coq au vin taken to the next level! So many layers of flavor, yet so easy.

    Besides being a good looker, it’s a simple one pot meal that can act like your regular weekday meal or a great elegant company meal to wow your guests.

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    22. Pollo Asado

    Pollo Asado

    This Pollo Asado recipe is a must try. Chicken is marinated in a blend of citrus juice and plenty of great Latin flavors, giving you tender, juicy, delicious results.

    Serve with rice, or in tacos or burritos.

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    23. Hungarian Chicken Paprikash

    Hungarian Chicken Paprikash

    Chicken Paprikash… Out-of-this-world Delicious! Paprika basks in the limelight here, in a rich, comforting Hungarian Chicken Stew.

    This silky, smooth stew is cold weather comfort food at its finest!!

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    24. Jamaican Jerk Chicken

    Jamaican Jerk Chicken

    This Jamaican Jerk Chicken recipe is marinated in an amazing concoction of ingredients. It’s a total flavor bomb with a customizable level of kick.

    This is a chicken dinner for all lovers of big time flavors!

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    25. General Tso’s Chicken

    General Tso’s Chicken

    General Tso’s Chicken is a Chinese restaurant favorite. Skip the takeout, homemade is so much better!

    This easy recipe is lightened up, no deep frying required, but still has those same amazing flavors you love.

    The next time those Chinese cravings hit, give our version a try. It’ll be one of your new family favorites!

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    26. Thai Green Curry

    Thai Green Curry

    This Thai Green Curry is an absolute flavor bomb, with spicy, salty, umami and sweet Thai flavors. You can customize it from mild to Thai Hot!

    It’s one of our very best chicken dinner ideas.

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    27. Crustless Rotisserie Chicken Pot Pie Casserole

    Crustless Rotisserie Chicken Pot Pie Casserole

    Pot pie without the pie? Yes, if you are like me craving those comfy, cozy flavors without the extra work.

    It’s a total crowd pleaser that ever your picky eaters will love.

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    28. Chicken Korma

    Creamy, rich and finger licking, Korma is cooked slow and low with flavors created to suit the King’s palate. Korma is an iconic dish from India.

    It can be made with different types of meats, but we love it most with chicken.

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    29. Thai Basil Chicken (Pad Krapow Gai)

    Thai Basil Chicken (Pad Krapow Gai)

    Are you looking for a really fast meal that’s really tasty? Not only is this Thai Basil Chicken bursting with flavor, you can whip it up in 15 minutes or less.

    This might be your chicken dinner idea yet!

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    30. Crack Chicken (Crockpot / Instant Pot)

    Crack Chicken (Crockpot / Instant Pot)

    This addictingly delicious Crack Chicken is loaded with creamy cheesy goodness. And it’s topped with bacon. This easy recipe is equally great in the crockpot or instant pot.

    It can also be served in a ton of different ways, making it very versatile.

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    31. Vietnamese Chicken Salad

    Vietnamese Chicken Salad

    This is not your usual chicken salad. It’s almost like a shredded slaw, but with amazingly tasty dressing and the goodness of chicken.

    If you want something light for dinner, this is a wonderful option.

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    32. Kung Pao Chicken

    kung pao chicken in a black bowl with rice

    Kung Pao Chicken – it’s savory, it’s sweet, it’s tangy, and those dried chilis give it just a bit of kick!

    Very popular in Chinese restaurants, you can whip up your own in half-hour or less. Perfect week-night meal!

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    33. Harissa Chicken

     Harissa Chicken

    Harissa Chicken is a hugely flavorful dish using my new favorite flavor bomb, North African harissa.

    This recipe is a one pot wonder with chicken, potatoes, carrots and chickpeas. As a bonus, it takes only a few minutes of your hands on time.

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    34. Southwest Chicken Dinner

    Southwest Chicken Dinner

    Here’s an easy chicken dinner idea that has a little Tex-Mex theme going on. This Southwest Chicken is your quick chicken recipe for busy weeknights.

    Chicken breast is baked with delicious Mexican staples like taco seasoning, corn, black beans, salsa and cheese. It’s so good!

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    35. Spanish Chicken

    Spanish Chicken

    This beautifully flavored Spanish Chicken is slow braised in a tomato sauce along with chorizo sausage, chick peas and other tasty ingredients. It’s a delicious combination.

    What a great way to wrap up our list of chicken dinner ideas!

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    So there you go, thirty five great chicken dinner ideas. The only question now is, which to try first?

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    35 BEST Chicken Dinner Ideas

    This collection of Chicken Dinner Ideas has 35 easy weeknight dinners from around the world featuring your favorite poultry.


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