Mar 11, 2022

44 Best Chicken Recipes

I’m sharing a roundup of my favorite chicken recipes organized by cut. Whether you have a whole chicken, bone-in chicken thighs, breasts or wings - I have recipes for you!

Chicken is the most popular poultry out there. It’s a crowd-pleaser protein because of its versatility. There’s a chicken dish for any occasion. Need an appetizer? Make some wings! An entree to serve guests? A whole roast is perfect. A one-pan weeknight dinner that will cook quickly? Thighs are perfect. A healthy-ish recipe? Lean chicken breasts are the answer.

44 Best Chicken Recipes 

Whole Chicken 

I love roasting a whole chicken for an intimate dinner party. It makes for an impressive centerpiece and is easily paired with numerous sides like a simple salad or roasted vegetables. And also grains like rice or risotto. Cooking a whole chicken is also significantly less expensive than buying multiples of one cut of meat. In addition, younger chickens will have more tender flesh. 

whole roast chicken on platter with olive greens garnish
Dry-Brined Herb Roast Chicken 

Seasoning the chicken ahead of time helps to dry the skin and make it crispy while tenderizing the meat. I also slide butter under the skin of the chicken and stuff the cavity with fresh herbs.

roasted chicken with salsa verde and raddichio on white platter
Roasted Chicken with Italian Salsa Verde

A whole chicken is broken down into pieces and seared then finished in the oven. The umami-packed Italian salsa verde adds the perfect fresh contrast to the chicken, while the bread is crisped in the rendered chicken fat.

whole roast chicken with halved figs and caramelized onions
Roast Chicken with Caramelized Onions and Figs in Port Wine Sauce

This whole roast chicken dish is made with roasted figs, caramelized onions, thyme and port wine.

roasted spatchcocked chicken on cutting board
Lemon and Garlic Spatchcocked Chicken

“Spatchcocking” refers to removing the backbone of the chicken and pressing down so the chicken cooks flat. In fact, this method cooks the chicken faster and more evenly than if it were whole.

buttermilk whole roast chicken in baking dish with radish peas and carrots
Buttermilk-Brined Curry-Spiced Chicken

A whole chicken is brined in curry powder-spiced buttermilk for a tangy, tender roast then paired with seasonal spring vegetables.

spinach and artichoke and orzo bake in staub pan
Spinach and Artichoke Chicken and Orzo Bake

The whole chicken is broken into parts and seared in this easy one-pot meal featuring the classic pairing of spinach and artichoke. Swap the orzo with another grain like rice or quinoa to make it gluten free.

Chicken Thighs

Chicken thighs are the portion of the leg above the drumstick often referred to as “dark meat”. Because of their flexibility, thighs are my favorite cut of chicken. They are a cheap cut, though flavorful, and much more tender than breasts. Find them bone-in, skin-on or boneless and also skinless.

Bone In

seared bone in skin on thighs in cast iron pan
Simple Salt and Pepper Chicken Thighs

I recommend this recipe to anyone looking to build their cooking skills. With crispy skin and tender meat, this bone-in, skin-on chicken thigh recipe is great for beginners. It can also be served in a variety of different ways and dressed up with sauces and marinades.

coq au vin blanc with bone in skin on thighs in creamy white sauce
Coq Au Vin Blanc

Among my friends this is my most popular chicken recipe. Pair with extra bread to soak up the creamy sauce with bacon, mushrooms and onions.

thighs with browned skin over rice with broccolini
Braised Lemongrass Chicken Thighs

This recipe uses a French method of cooking combined with Asian-inspired flavors of bright lemongrass, zesty ginger and one of my favorite condiments: fish sauce.

florentine thighs with spinach cream sauce and sun dried tomatoes
Chicken Florentine

Crispy chicken thighs are served in a creamy béchamel sauce made with spinach, sun-dried tomatoes and also mushrooms.

thighs in harissa and tomato lentils with side of grilled bread
One-Pan Chicken Thighs with Harissa Lentils

The bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs are paired with tender lentils for an easy one-pan meal. The lentils are flavored with harissa, a North African tangy and smoky spice paste.

balsamic chicken thighs in pan with peaches and tomatoes
One-Pan Honey Balsamic Chicken Thighs with Peaches

Peaches add a sweet note and delicious contrast to the tangy balsamic marinade in this vegetable-packed summer meal.

Boneless

boneless chicken thighs with roasted carrots and kale salad
Easy Boneless Skinless Chicken Thighs

I like this basic recipe for beginners before you get into my favorite chicken recipes! Cook these boneless, skinless chicken thighs and also serve with vegetables, over rice, pastas or salad.

fried chicken sandwich with Alabama white sauce, slaw and pickles on potato bun
Fried Chicken Sandwich with Alabama White Sauce

Fried chicken thighs are served with a tangy Alabama white sauce, a regional BBQ sauce that pairs perfectly with chicken.

chicken breasts with spicy basil fried rice
Spicy Basil Fried Rice 

Pieces of chicken thighs are added to this stir fry recipe though chicken breasts can also be used.

cheesy rice and bean bake with spatula lifting up portion
Cheesy Rice and Bean Bake with Chipotle Adobo Chicken

The chipotles in adobo sauce add a smoky and spicy kick to the chicken thighs served with this cheesy rice and bean bake.

Mexican chicken street tacos topped with diced onion and cilantro and lime wedges best chicken recipes
Mexican Chicken Street Tacos

Boneless, skinless chicken thighs are marinated in a combination of garlic powder, onion powder, paprika and cayenne. I also serve these tacos as found at street food stalls – on small corn tortillas topped with chopped onion, cilantro and jalapeño with lime juice.

waffle topped with fried chicken pouring syrup over the top best chicken recipes
Fried Chicken and Waffles

This sweet and savory combination makes the perfect brunch! I also add a bit of cinnamon to my waffles and stir a bit of hot sauce into the maple syrup.

fried Nashville style hot chicken topped with pickles on white bread in silver tins
Nashville-Style Hot Chicken

Adjust the heat of this hot chicken based on preference. Serve paired with pickles and white bread to absorb the heat, or use the hot chicken in a sandwich.

three cup chicken over white rice with basil
Taiwanese Three Cup Chicken

This dish is made by stir-frying cubed chicken thighs in a sticky sauce made from soy sauce, rice vinegar and sesame oil. Also try pairing this recipe with garlic crab fried rice.

chicken skewers with pita and charred lemons
Chicken Souvlaki 

Cubes of chicken thighs are marinated in a Greek-inspired spice mixture and then cooked on skewers. Eat alone with tzatziki and rice or pile onto warmed pita bread.

fried orange chicken garnished with green onion over white rice with chopsticks
Crispy Orange Chicken

I coat cubed chicken thighs in a light cornstarch dredge (a gluten-free breading) and shallow fry them until crispy and then toss them in a tangy orange and soy glaze.

mini chicken and prosciutto pot pies cut open with peas carrots and potatoes
Mini Chicken & Prosciutto Pot Pies

These mini pies are always a hit! The filling is made with a mix of vegetables, creamy chicken and prosciutto in a flakey, buttery crust.

Chicken Breasts 

Chicken breasts, from the chest of the bird (with two per bird) are often favored because they are a lean cut of meat. Because they are a lean protein they can also dry out quickly and easily. I recommend braising, poaching or roasting the meat until just cooked through.

crispy chicken tina tagos with green onion and cilantro garnish and lime wedges
Baked Crispy Chicken Tinga Tacos

This flavorful braised chicken is piled onto tacos and then baked until crispy.

chicken enchiladas with salsa verde and cheese on blue plates
Cheesy Chicken & Sweet Corn Enchiladas

Enchiladas are stuffed with a combination of shredded chicken breasts, sweet corn and cheese, and then smothered with a homemade green enchilada sauce (and more cheese) made with tomatillos.

chicken parmesan topped with marinara and mozzarella cheese
Chicken Parmesan

Pound chicken breasts thin and bread in flour, egg wash and breadcrumbs and then pan fry for a classic pairing with marinara and mozzarella.

chicken burrito bowl with cilantro lime rice, black beans, pico de gallo, roasted corn, guacamole
Chicken Burrito Bowl

This flexible recipe is a great weeknight meal. I also serve seasoned chicken breasts over cilantro lime rice with black beans, corn, pico de gallo, guacamole and shredded Monterey Jack cheese.

shredded chicken rice bowl topped with black beans, pico and sunnyside up fried egg
Shredded Chicken and Rice Bowl

Make this breakfast bowl using leftover shredded chicken for a protein-heavy start to the day. The rice is also a great vehicle to soak up the runny egg yolk.

butter chicken over white rice with naan bread
Indian Butter Chicken (Murgh Makani)

Chicken cooks quickly in this rich and creamy sauce made with spices, tomatoes and yogurt.

creamy penne pasta with  chicken, andouille sausage and collard greens
Creamy Cajun Pasta with Chicken and Andouille Sausage

Shredded chicken is paired with andouille sausage and penne pasta in a creamy, spicy sauce. To make this recipe easier the chicken legs can also be swapped with rotisserie chicken.

tequila lime chicken fajitas in flour tortillas
Tequila Lime Chicken Fajitas

This Mexican-American classic is made with marinated chicken breasts served with peppers and onions on flour tortillas.

Chicken Legs 

The term “leg” refers to the portion of meat encapsulated by both the chicken thigh and drumstick. Chicken legs have a good amount of dark meat for an inexpensive cut. Because of their size they are harder to sear in a pan so I often prefer to roast or grill whole chicken legs. Because the drumsticks don’t have a lot of meat I often use them alongside chicken thighs. The drumsticks themselves are great slow cooked, roasted or grilled.

braised korean inspired gochujang chicken legs
Braised Gochujang Chicken Legs

This recipe utilizes both drumsticks and thighs though one or the other can be used.  They’re braised in a flavorful spicy gochujang and soy sauce and served over rice but taste amazing in tacos with a slaw too!

filipino chicken adobo in dutch oven with bay leaves
Filipino Chicken Adobo

This famous Filipino dish is made with whole chicken legs broken down into chicken drumsticks and thighs and braised until tender. The tangy sauce comes together with soy sauce, vinegar and lots of garlic.

whole roast chicken legs with white beans and kale in stone dish
Roast Chicken Legs with White Beans and Kale

This comforting recipe is a winter staple in my house. My trick for extremely crispy chicken is shoving pats of butter under the skin before roasting the whole legs.

khao soi curry soup with chicken in bowls topped with crispy fried noodles
Khao Soi

This tangy, creamy yellow curry is my favorite Northern Thai dish. A homemade curry paste is simmered with chicken legs and coconut milk and served with both boiled and fried noodles.

whole roast jerk chicken legs with mango avocado salsa  black beans and rice
Roast Jerk Chicken with Mango Avocado Salsa

These chicken legs rubbed with homemade jerk seasoning and topped with a refreshing mango salsa make for a great summer dinner.

Chicken Wings

Chicken wings have three portions, the flat (the segment with two bones), the drumette (which looks like a small drumstick) and the wingtip (the pointy end that doesn’t have any meat and is typically discarded when the wing is segmented). What they lack in meat, they make up for with flavor. While most popular for game days, chicken wings can be fried, baked or grilled as an appetizer for a crowd. I recommend planning about 4 wing segments per person as an appetizer and doubling it as an entrée.

whole chicken wings in soy marinade with peanuts and herbs
Garlic Soy Chicken Wings with Herbs and Peanuts

These sticky chicken wings are served in a soy sauce, lime juice, brown sugar and honey sauce. Garnish with crunchy roasted peanuts, green onions and cilantro leaves.

lemon pepper wings on baking sheet
Baked Lemon Pepper Chicken Wings

Marinate wings in a dry rub and serve tossed in a lemon butter sauce with grated Pecorino Romano and plenty of cracked black pepper.

buffalo wings in black dish with blue cheese sauce carrots and celery
Classic Buffalo Wings with Homemade Buttermilk Blue Cheese

Pair this game day favorite with your favorite store-bought buffalo sauce or make your own using my recipe.

pineapple teriyaki whole wings
Pan-Fried Pineapple Teriyaki Chicken Wings

The sweet, bold flavors of the pineapple teriyaki sauce perfectly compliment the tender whole chicken wings with bits of fresh pineapple.

sweet chili fried wings with green onions and cilantro
Sweet Chili Wings

Marinating the wings in a combination of fish sauce and curry powder gives them a unique flavor. They are served in a sweet chili sauce made from gochujang.

Chicken Soup

These chicken soup recipes are comforting. They can be made with whole chickens, relying on the bones to flavor the broth of the soup or shredded meat for a shortcut.

chicken and dumpling soup with spoon in bowl
Chicken and Dumpling Soup

I cook the roux a bit longer than usual for a deep, golden brown color in this creamy classic and hearty winter soup.

lemon egg soup with lemon wedges and dill
Greek Lemon-Egg Chicken Soup

Tempering eggs into this broth creates a thicker soup without curdling it.

tortilla soup with chopped breasts and monterey jack cheese and tortillas
Chicken Tortilla Soup

This chicken tortilla soup recipe is made with spiced broth topped with lime, cilantro, Monterey Jack cheese, avocado and fresh tortilla chips.

classic chicken noodle soup
Old-School Chicken Noodle Soup

There’s nothing like a warm bowl of simple chicken soup when you’re sick or need to warm up from the inside out.

chicken stock in pot with onions carrots celery
How to Make Homemade Chicken Stock

Chicken stock is made with leftover bones from other recipes, making the most of ingredients and stretching them further.

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