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31 Chicken Recipes that Are Winter Winners

What’s for dinner? How about one of these simple 31 chicken recipes for an easy and delicious comfort food dinner every day of the month.

31 Chicken Dinners to Make Now foodiecrush.com #chicken #recipes #baked #healthy #easy #fordinner

31 Chicken Dinners to Make Now foodiecrush.com #chicken #recipes #baked #healthy #easy #fordinner

It’s easy to let a healthy dinner routine suffer when the weather begs us to stay wrapped snuggly in a blanket with a bowl of popcorn in our laps instead. That’s why it’s time to get back to basics and get back on track with 31 days of simple chicken recipes that are far from a bare-baked chicken breast.

This list of chicken dishes is made for every day of the week: from Sunday chicken dinners to Friday night chicken ideas that even Ina’s Jeffrey would love. These simple chicken recipes run the gamut from exotic but accessible flavors to surprising twists on classics, to simple ethnic dishes that will spice up your routine with praises of, “winner, winner, chicken dinner!”

Cast-Iron Skillet Roasted Chicken With Potatoes | foodiecrush.comCast-Iron Skillet Roasted Chicken With Potatoes | foodiecrush.com

FoodieCrush

Channel your inner Ina Garten with this easier-than-it-looks comfort food classic. Serve up a complete one-pot dinner that’s ready in just one hour for any night of the week.

Baked Chicken ParmesanBaked Chicken Parmesan

FoodieCrush

Skip the skillet and make this healthy baked chicken parmesan dinner with marinara and melty cheese on a sheet pan instead.

Baked Harissa Chicken Recipe from The Forked Spoon on foodiecrush.com

Baked Harissa Chicken Recipe from The Forked Spoon on foodiecrush.com

The Forked Spoon

Butterflied and glazed with an apricot jam, this harissa flavored chicken winner is savory, sweet, spicy, and sticky all in one.

One Pan Sesame Chicken from How Sweet Eats on foodiecrush.com

One Pan Sesame Chicken from How Sweet Eats on foodiecrush.com

How Sweet Eats

One and done with this creative, yet crazy-simple skillet meal. Toss traditional stir-fry veggies (or whatever’s in your fridge) with tender chicken thighs in a richly balanced sesame sauce for a quick weeknight meal that comes together in a single pan.

Thai Coconut Chicken and Rice | foodiecrush.com #thai #chicken #coconut #rice #recipes

Thai Coconut Chicken and Rice | foodiecrush.com #thai #chicken #coconut #rice #recipes

FoodieCrush

I’ve made this Thai chicken dinner recipe for fast weeknight dinners but because it’s easy and keeps on the stove it’s great for entertaining, too. It’s one of those recipes any home cook can easily master.

Easy Chicken Mole Enchiladas | foodiecrush.com #enchiladas #easy #chicken #mole #recipesEasy Chicken Mole Enchiladas | foodiecrush.com #enchiladas #easy #chicken #mole #recipes

FoodieCrush

A super easy, no-cook, homemade mole sauce gives regular chicken enchiladas a delicious twist for a super fast Mexican dinner to meal prep or even throw together for a quick and easy weeknight meal.

Chicken With Chiles, Olives, and Roasted Garlic from Cooking for Keeps on FoodieCrush.com

Chicken With Chiles, Olives, and Roasted Garlic from Cooking for Keeps on FoodieCrush.com

Cooking for Keeps

Rosé makes this roast chicken my way. And olives. Pucker up chicken.

Jalapeno Popper Stuffed Chicken from Skinny Taste on foodiecrush.com

Jalapeno Popper Stuffed Chicken from Skinny Taste on foodiecrush.com

Skinny Taste

Your favorite appetizer just got a dinner-friendly makeover. White meat chicken stuffed with jalapeños, cream cheese, cheddar jack cheese, scallions and bacon. Tastes naughty, but Gina from Skinny Taste always keeps it nice (and easy on the waistline).

Chicken Piccata Recipe foodiecrush.com #healthy #easy #lemon #recipes #chicken

Chicken Piccata Recipe foodiecrush.com #healthy #easy #lemon #recipes #chicken

FoodieCrush

This easy chicken piccata recipe with a lemon-caper sauce is a classic you’ll find on the menu of nearly every Italian restaurant, and because it can be made in just 20 minutes, it’s one of my favorite at-home recipes too. Serve it with my Easy Lemon Rice Recipe and Winter Green Salad with Orange Honey Mustard Vinaigrette.

Mediterranean Chicken Quinoa Bowls with Broccoli and Tomato | foodiecrush.com #quinoa #bowl #mediterranean #chickenMediterranean Chicken Quinoa Bowls with Broccoli and Tomato | foodiecrush.com #quinoa #bowl #mediterranean #chicken

FoodieCrush

Chicken quinoa bowls have staked their healthy claim on quick and easy meal-prep dinners that are flexible enough to mix and match ingredients for take-to-work lunches that never get boring, too.

Easy Tandoori Chicken with Vegetables on foodiecrush.com #easy #baked #oven #recipe #chicken #indian

Easy Tandoori Chicken with Vegetables on foodiecrush.com #easy #baked #oven #recipe #chicken #indian

FoodieCrush

Traditional tandoori chicken is made in a clay oven, but this version of the classic Indian chicken dinner is baked on a sheet pan with Indian spiced vegetables for a complete meal any night of the week.

Sweet Potato Chicken Skillet with Kale and Bacon from Primavera Kitchen on foodiecrush.com

Sweet Potato Chicken Skillet with Kale and Bacon from Primavera Kitchen on foodiecrush.com

Primavera Kitchen

Dirty a single dish and call it done with this ultra-savory, protein-packed, real food skillet meal. So many superfoods (and BACON) combine to make this quick and clean meal.

Oven Roasted Chicken with Lemon Rosemary Garlic Butter from foodiecrush.com on foodiecrush.comOven Roasted Chicken with Lemon Rosemary Garlic Butter from foodiecrush.com on foodiecrush.com

Foodie Crush

One of the most popular recipes on the blog, this super simple roast chicken tastes far more decadent than it’s humble ingredients might imply. The PERFECT dinner.

Creamy Salsa Chicken from Budget Bytes on foodiecrush.com

Creamy Salsa Chicken from Budget Bytes on foodiecrush.com

Budget Bytes

Use your favorite jarred salsa to simplify dinner in a snap. Pickup all the ingredients in one fell swoop at the grocery store on your way home, or (bless) you might even have everything in your pantry already. Black beans, corn and tasty toppings balance out this dish, served easily over rice or a salad.

Chicken Piccata Pasta | foodiecrush.com #chicken #pasta #dinner #piccata #capers #healthy

Chicken Piccata Pasta | foodiecrush.com #chicken #pasta #dinner #piccata #capers #healthy

FoodieCrush

This chicken piccata pasta’s lemony white wine, butter and caper sauce makes a light and snappy coating for linguine with tomato bursts and mushrooms for an easy pasta dinner that won’t weigh you down.

Goat Cheese Stuffed Chicken Thighs on foodiecrush.com

Goat Cheese Stuffed Chicken Thighs on foodiecrush.com

Foodie Crush

You don’t need a fancy French cooking degree to master this impressive one-pan skillet. Meaty thighs are stuffed with a mixture of creamy, melty goat cheese, spinach, artichoke hearts, and sun dried tomatoes that sits right under the crispy skin, so you can bid au revoir to chicken deja vu.

30-Minute Caprese Chicken Recipe | foodiecrush.com30-Minute Caprese Chicken Recipe | foodiecrush.com

FoodieCrush

With store-bought pesto (or make this homemade pesto), cherry tomatoes, leafy basil, and thick sliced fresh mozzarella, you can make this chicken caprese, skillet dinner in under 30 minutes.

Sheet Pan Pesto Chicken from Budget Bytes on foodiecrush.com

Sheet Pan Pesto Chicken from Budget Bytes on foodiecrush.com

Budget Bytes

You all know I love a good sheet pan meal, and I want to try this one out soon. Basil-y Italian chicken, perfectly complimented by rustic roasted potatoes and a simple Caesar-style salad make a balanced, but comforting, winter meal.

Chicken Tikka Masala Casserole from Fit Foodie Finds on foodiecrush.com

Chicken Tikka Masala Casserole from Fit Foodie Finds on foodiecrush.com

Fit Foodie Finds

Get ready to give your take out the boot with this mind-blowing comfort food take on Indian food. Tender marinated chicken ingeniously baked up with rice, bell peppers, and potatoes for traditional taste without the tandoor.

One Pot Chicken and Rice Casserole | foodiecrush.com #chicken #casserole #rice #white #recipes #healthy

One Pot Chicken and Rice Casserole | foodiecrush.com #chicken #casserole #rice #white #recipes #healthy

FoodieCrush

It’s not easy being cheesy…but actually, it is with this saucy chicken dish mixed with carrots, peas, chicken and rice for a dinner that feeds four all under 10 bucks.

Homemade Chicken and Dumplings from The Novice Chef on foodiecrush.com

Homemade Chicken and Dumplings from The Novice Chef on foodiecrush.com

The Novice Chef

Creamy, dreamy pillows of dumpling heaven that take only 5 minutes to make are just part of the winning ways of this chicken and dumplings equation.

Slow Cooker Chicken Cacciatore on foodiecrush.com

Slow Cooker Chicken Cacciatore on foodiecrush.com

FoodieCrush

This dish is all about old-school Italian flavor made modern with simple slow-cooker instructions. Meaty bone-in chicken thighs add body to savory herbs and rich tomato sauce for flavor that feels like you spent the day cooking. Add my fluffy garlic rolls and some noodles or steamed veggies to round out the meal.

Sheet Pan Chicken Fajitas from Two Peas and Their Pod on foodiecrush.com

Sheet Pan Chicken Fajitas from Two Peas and Their Pod on foodiecrush.com

Two Peas and Their Pod

The key to killer fajitas is a good marinade, and this one has all the right stuff. Even better–the chicken and veggies all bake together on a sheet pan to save time and maximize flavor so you can get your Tex-Mex on in a flash. Love this with oven-warmed tortillas, or over crisp lettuce.

Potato Chip Crusted Chicken Breast on foodiecrush.com

Potato Chip Crusted Chicken Breast on foodiecrush.com

FoodieCrush

The best things about this recipe is how easily you can customize it to your family’s tastes. Love barbecue? Craving tangy salt and vinegar? Keeping it real with ranch? Add some creamy mac n cheese and steamed broccoli for a delightfully kid-friendly dinner.

Skillet Sweet and Sour Chicken from The Real Food RDs on foodiecrush.com

Skillet Sweet and Sour Chicken from The Real Food RDs on foodiecrush.com

The Real Food RDs

This healthy spin on your favorite Chinese dish is full of veggies, chicken and basic sauce ingredients you’ll be able to pronounce for a clean, easy meal prepped in one skillet.

Chicken Breasts with Creamy Mushroom Sauce | foodiecrush.com

Chicken Breasts with Creamy Mushroom Sauce | foodiecrush.com

FoodieCrush

Basic be gone–this recipe saves the dinner day with velvety smooth white wine, lemon, and thyme mushroom sauce with a hint of cream. Pro-tip: While I recommend different types of mushrooms, you can pick up the pre-sliced variety in your produce section when you’re in a pinch.

Tuscan Sheet Pan Dinner from Recipe Girl on foodiecrush.com

Tuscan Sheet Pan Dinner from Recipe Girl on foodiecrush.com

Recipe Girl

Blistered green beans, juicy roma tomatoes, and Parmesan-dusted chicken make a flavorful and nutritious pan dinner when you’re short on time. I’d love to try this with my crispy oven-roasted potatoes.

Instant Pot Orange Chicken Lettuce Wraps on foodiecrush.com

Instant Pot Orange Chicken Lettuce Wraps on foodiecrush.com

FoodieCrush

When your belly needs a break from the holiday cookie crush, reach for these light and healthy restaurant copycat wraps. Sugar and calorie-slashed, so much better than takeout, and you’ll still have room for that gingerbread man ;).

Chicken and Mushroom Stuffed Bell Peppers from foodiecrush.com

Chicken and Mushroom Stuffed Bell Peppers from foodiecrush.com

FoodieCrush

Fresh green bell peppers stuffed with chicken, rice, mushrooms, and a creamy mushroom-infused sauce create an easy-to-make weeknight dinner in a convenient, nutritious and delicious little package.

Buffalo Chicken Enchiladas from Add a Pinch on foodiecrush.com

Buffalo Chicken Enchiladas from Add a Pinch on foodiecrush.com

Add a Pinch

Kick up classic chicken enchiladas with a spicy buffalo-style sauce, Monterrey jack  and a sprinkle of blue cheese.

Chicken Alfredo (Instant Pot and Stove Top) | foodiecrush.com #pasta #fettuccine #alfredo #chicken #recipes

Chicken Alfredo (Instant Pot and Stove Top) | foodiecrush.com #pasta #fettuccine #alfredo #chicken #recipes

FoodieCrush

This easy Instant Pot fettuccine alfredo recipe is a classic one-pot meal made even faster in the pressure cooker (or on the stove top) for a comfort food dinner that’s ready in just 30 minutes or less.

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31 Chicken Recipes that Are Winter Winners

Try one of these 31 chicken dinner ideas for an easy and delicious comfort food recipe every day of the month. This perfectly tender and juicy whole oven-roasted chicken gets brushed with a fresh lemon rosemary garlic butter and stuffed with aromatics for extra flavor. It’s perfect for Sunday dinner, but easy enough for a weeknight!

Course Main Course

Cuisine American

Keyword Baked Chicken, Whole Chicken

Prep Time 10 minutes

Cook Time 1 hour 10 minutes

Total Time 1 hour 20 minutes

Servings 6

Calories 427kcal

Ingredients

  • one 4-5 pound chicken at room temperature, giblets and neck removed from cavity
  • 2 onions quartered
  • 1 head of garlic cut in half plus 3 garlic cloves minced
  • 3 lemons 2 cut in half and remaining half sliced into thin slices
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter* softened
  • 2 teaspoons grated lemon zest
  • 2 fresh rosemary sprigs plus 1 sprig minced
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
  • ½ cup white wine

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 425°F and position a rack in the lower third of the oven. Mix the butter with minced rosemary, 3 cloves of minced garlic, lemon zest, salt and pepper.

  • Pat the chicken dry and rub half of the butter, garlic and lemon zest mixture under the skin and the rest over the chicken and season with salt and pepper. Generously season cavity of chicken with salt and pepper and stuff with lemon half, ½ head of garlic, 2-3 quarters of onion and 2 rosemary sprigs. Truss legs with cooking twine and tuck wings under bird.

  • Place chicken in a roasting pan breast-side-up with the remaining onion, garlic, lemons and herbs. Add ½ cup of white wine.

  • Roast for 30 minutes or until the breast is firm and just beginning to brown in spots. Using tongs, turn the chicken breast-down, baste with juices and roast for 20 minutes longer, until the skin is lightly browned. Using tongs, turn the chicken breast-side-up and baste again. Add ½ cup of water if wine has evaporated. Roast for about 20 minutes longer, until an instant-read thermometer inserted in the inner thigh registers 155°F to 160°F and juices are running clear.

  • Transfer the bird to a cutting board and tent with foil. Remove aromatics and vegetables from the cavity, carve the chicken and serve.

Notes

*Use real butter (not margarine) for this recipe.

Nutrition

Calories: 427kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 28g | Fat: 30g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Cholesterol: 129mg | Sodium: 106mg | Potassium: 417mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 458IU | Vitamin C: 35mg | Calcium: 42mg | Iron: 2mg

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