These 21 Chicken Dinners Are Anything But Boring

Chicken is by far the most popular protein to use when making dinner. And, truth be told, chicken can get boring when it’s on repeat. Well, not with these 21 dinners. No one will complain that you’re serving chicken again — promise.

Close-up of a cheesy casserole with visible golden melted cheese, corn kernels, and chunky pieces.
Photo credit: Bagels and Lasagna.

Chinese Chicken and Broccoli

Chinese Chicken and Broccoli cooked in a pan ready to serve.
Chinese Chicken and Broccoli. Photo credit: Erren’s Kitchen.

Your family is going to think you’ve broken your budget tradition and gotten takeout food with this Chinese Chicken and Broccoli recipe. It’s up to you if you want to tell them the truth.
Get the Recipe: Chinese Chicken and Broccoli

Maple Miso Chicken

Maple miso chicken in cast iron skillet.
Maple Miso Chicken. Photo credit: Running to the Kitchen.

You may not think about combining maple syrup and miso paste in a dinner recipe, but with this Maple Miso Chicken dish, your family is going to declare this dinner outrageously delicious.
Get the Recipe: Maple Miso Chicken

Mediterranean Chicken Bake

Chicken breast with herbs, cheese and tomatoes.
Mediterranean Chicken Bake. Photo credit: Cook What You Love.

Your family will swear that they are dining among the olive groves along the Mediterranean with this one-dish oven bake featuring juicy chicken breasts, tons of veggies and tangy feta.
Get the Recipe: Mediterranean Chicken Bake

30-Minute Creamy Chicken Corn and Pasta

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30-Minute Creamy Chicken Corn and Pasta. Photo credit: Bagels and Lasagna.

This Creamy Chicken Corn and Pasta recipe is so easy to make and so delicious to eat. Bowtie pasta complements the seasoned chicken chunks. Also, it’s topped with bacon. Bacon makes everything better.
Get the Recipe: 30-Minute Creamy Chicken Corn and Pasta

Copycat Supermarket Chicken Rotisserie

Close-up of a roasted chicken with crispy, golden-brown skin seasoned with herbs and coarse salt, on a wooden cutting board.
Copycat Supermarket Chicken Rotisserie. Photo credit: Bagels and Lasagna.

This recipe for how to cook a whole chicken in an air fryer will change your mind about supermarket rotisserie chicken forever. It is far cheaper and far more delicious. Plus, you’ll have leftovers for tomorrow’s dinner.
Get the Recipe: Copycat Supermarket Chicken Rotisserie

Broccoli Chicken Cheese Casserole

A plate of chicken with rice garnished with parsley on a white surface with an orange napkin, wooden utensils, and ingredients nearby.
Broccoli Chicken Cheese Casserole. Photo credit: Bagels and Lasagna.

You’re going to come back to this weeknight staple, a Broccoli Chicken Cheese Casserole. It includes cheesy, yummy broccoli with seasoned chicken on top, served on a bed of a rice and pasta blend.
Get the Recipe: Broccoli Chicken Cheese Casserole

Easy Chicken Enchilada Rice Casserole

A bowl of rice with corn and herbs on a striped cloth with garnishes on the side.
Easy Chicken Enchilada Rice Casserole. Photo credit: Bagels and Lasagna.

Not sure what to do with leftover chicken, cheese and rice? Don’t tell your family that you used those ingredients in a brand-new delicious dinner: Easy Chicken Enchilada Rice Casserole.
Get the Recipe: Easy Chicken Enchilada Rice Casserole

Fried Chicken in the Crock Pot

A whole chicken seasoned with herbs and spices in a slow cooker, ready to be cooked.
Fried Chicken in the Crock Pot. Photo credit: Bagels and Lasagna.

Your family will think you swung by the Colonel’s place for fried chicken when you serve them this dish you made in the Crock Pot. Saying “fried” is a euphemism. However, the end result tastes like fried chicken.
Get the Recipe: Fried Chicken in the Crock Pot

Simple Slow Cooker Ranch Chicken

Plate of chicken with a creamy sauce, served with potatoes and carrots, garnished with parsley.
Simple Slow Cooker Ranch Chicken. Photo credit: Bagels and Lasagna.

You can’t go wrong with this Simple Slow Cooker Ranch Chicken recipe. You’re only working with six ingredients, all of which you likely already have in your refrigerator or freezer.
Get the Recipe: Simple Slow Cooker Ranch Chicken

BBQ Chicken Drumsticks in Air Fryer

A close-up of chopsticks holding a piece of glazed, grilled chicken. The chicken appears juicy and well-cooked.
BBQ Chicken Drumsticks in Air Fryer. Photo credit: Bagels and Lasagna.

You are going to put these BBQ Chicken Drumsticks in the Air Fryer on repeat this summer. It’s an easy way to simulate cooking on the grill without having to step outside.
Get the Recipe: BBQ Chicken Drumsticks in Air Fryer

Jalapeno Popper Chicken Casserole

Chicken enchilada casserole with corn and jalapenos.
Jalapeno Popper Chicken Casserole. Photo credit: Call Me PMc.

If your family likes a little spice, then they’re going to love this Jalapeno Popper Chicken Casserole. When you layer on corn, peppers, rice and cheese, no one will mind that the dish also has chicken in it.
Get the Recipe: Jalapeno Popper Chicken Casserole

Chicken on The Ritz Casserole

A spoonful of chicken casserole with a Ritz cracker topping.
Chicken on The Ritz Casserole. Photo credit: Not Entirely Average.

Ritz Crackers and chicken for dinner? You bet, with this ‘Chicken on The Ritz’ Casserole. It’s perfect for busy nights and just like something your grandmother might have made. No one complains about her cooking.
Get the Recipe: Chicken on The Ritz Casserole

Air Fryer Chicken Drumsticks

Close-up of a stack of seasoned, grilled chicken drumsticks, with one drumstick partially eaten, revealing moist, cooked meat inside. A lemon wedge and herbs are visible in the background.
Air Fryer Chicken Drumsticks. Photo credit: Bagels and Lasagna.

With these Air Fryer Chicken Drumsticks, you can get the taste of fried chicken without oil or the mess. Plus, they’re fast to make — prep and cooking time is 30 minutes total.
Get the Recipe: Air Fryer Chicken Drumsticks

Chicken Fried Rice

Chicken fried rice on a white plate with a green napkin.
Chicken Fried Rice. Photo credit: Cook What You Love.

Elevate a side dish to the main course with this Chicken Fried Rice recipe. Ready in a jiffy and made with common ingredients, you’ll have a meal in one dish in no time.
Get the Recipe: Chicken Fried Rice

Southwest Ranch Chicken Salad Sandwich

Southwest ranch chicken salad sandwich on pumpernickel.
Southwest Ranch Chicken Salad Sandwich. Photo credit: Running to the Kitchen.

Cold sandwiches for dinner might not cut it but this Southwest Ranch Chicken Salad Sandwich will. That’s because it really is a flavorful cheddar melt.
Get the Recipe: Southwest Ranch Chicken Salad Sandwich

Cast Iron Chicken Thighs

Closeup overhead shot of 3 crispy chicken thighs in a black cast iron skillet.
Cast Iron Chicken Thighs. Photo credit: Two Cloves Kitchen.

You know what the secret is to getting crispy chicken your family will devour? Cooking in a cast iron. This recipe featuring chicken thighs will be ready in under 30 minutes.
Get the Recipe: Cast Iron Chicken Thighs

Texas Roadhouse Copycat Herb-Crusted Chicken

A picture of Herb-crusted Chicken Texas Roadhouse copycat recipe.
Texas Roadhouse Copycat Herb-Crusted Chicken. Photo credit: Easy Homemade Life.

Save your money and make this Texas Roadhouse Copycat Herb-Crusted Chicken at home instead. It features juicy, tender chicken breasts packed with a ton of flavor from dried herbs and black pepper.
Get the Recipe: Texas Roadhouse Copycat Herb-Crusted Chicken

Sticky Garlic Chicken Nuggets

A bowl of asian chicken in a white bowl with chopsticks.
Sticky Garlic Chicken Nuggets. Photo credit: Call Me PMc.

Picky eaters may be okay with chicken nuggets every night, but if you’re looking to spice things up a bit — literally and figuratively — give this Sticky Garlic Chicken Nuggets recipe a try.
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Creamy Balsamic Chicken Skillet

A serving of creamy balsamic chicken skillet next to a serving of green salad.
Creamy Balsamic Chicken Skillet. Photo credit: Renee Nicole’s Kitchen.

Creamy Balsamic Chicken Skillet is a one-pan dinner that is simply delicious. That’s thanks to the caramelized onions, tasty herbs and, of course, the chicken in a creamy balsamic sauce.
Get the Recipe: Creamy Balsamic Chicken Skillet

Thai Chicken Curry

Low angle shot of a blue and white striped bowl filled with Thai chicken curry.
Thai Chicken Curry. Photo credit: All Ways Delicious.

Is your family craving Thai food but you want to save money by avoiding takeout? This Thai Chicken Curry will tick all the boxes. You can make it with whatever veggies you have on hand.
Get the Recipe: Thai Chicken Curry

Rotisserie Chicken Pasta Salad

Rotisserie chicken pasta salad in a bowl.
Rotisserie Chicken Pasta Salad. Photo credit: Cook What You Love.

A cool dinner idea for a hot summer night: Rotisserie Chicken Pasta Salad. It’s loaded with leftover rotisserie chicken, veggies, a creamy dressing and of course, the pasta of your choice.
Get the Recipe: Rotisserie Chicken Pasta Salad

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