Let's get right to the good news: After sorting through piles of ideas, we uncovered some of the best chicken recipes we've found on the internet so far. Chicken can be a flavorful, healthy, and versatile ingredient for so many reasons. But it's not every day you come by a chicken dish that's equal parts delicious and easy to make, without being boring or unhealthy. So we're pretty excited that we found 14 of them.
Baked Chicken With Jalapeño Pesto
The Recipe: Baked Chicken With Jalapeño Pesto
Why We Love It: Ultra healthy, easy to make, and packed with the perfect balance of spicy and refreshing flavors, this baked jalapeño pesto chicken recipe from Salt & Wind will be a crowd-pleaser (solo crowds included). The best part is that it only asks for 15 minutes of your hands-on time so you can whip it up on a busy weeknight.
Pro Tip: Drizzle a little olive oil on top to finish.
Honey Mustard Chicken Stir Fry
The Recipe: Honey Mustard Chicken Stir Fry
Why We Love It: Stir-fries are the answer to last-minute weeknight dinners since all you need is a skillet. Plus, they make great leftovers to bring to work for lunch the next day. Enjoy this healthy, Paleo-friendly honey mustard (honey, Dijon mustard, balsamic, soy sauce) chicken recipe from Food Faith Fitness.
Pro Tip: Add fresh basil for garnish, and serve over rice or vegetable 'rice.'
Slow Cooker Lemon Chicken
The Recipe: Slow Cooker Lemon Chicken
Why We Love It: We're not exaggerating when we say that this slow cooker lemon chicken recipe from Melanie Makes only takes five minutes to prepare with butter, lemon, and Italian dressing. The next time you want a healthy chicken dinner but just don't have the energy to lift a finger, this light, citrusy, and wholesome dish will save the day.
Pro Tip: This recipe is simple enough to repurpose in other meals throughout the week: Add it as a protein to your salad, or tuck it into a sandwich.
Sticky Pomegranate Chicken
The Recipe: Sticky Pomegranate Chicken
Why We Love It: If you're looking for something hearty and warm after a cold day, this dish from Half Baked Harvest is a great option. Complete with a Thai chile sauce and enhanced by a sweet pomegranate flavor, this sheet-pan chicken is packed with contrasting yet complementary flavors.
Pro Tip: Bake for 25 minutes, though empower your senses. Writes Half Baked Harvest, "When everything is done, the chicken should be perfectly roasted and the glaze super sticky. The squash should be tender and lightly caramelized!"
Grilled Lemon Chicken Skewers
The Recipe: Grilled Lemon Chicken Skewers
Why We Love It: For lunch, enjoy this light chicken skewer recipe from Foodie Crush. Lemon slices give it a refreshing kick during your midday slump without making you feel sluggish later on. Plus, it's super easy to prepare.
Pro Tip: It may sound like a no-brainer, but don't use the sauce for basting. "It’s been cuddling with raw chicken and the rule of the kitchen is to toss anything that’s had raw chicken relations," writes Foodie Crush.
Chipotle Chicken Tacos
The Recipe: Chipotle Chicken Tacos
Why We Love It: Half Baked Harvest's taco recipe's got texture for days. Think: A crunchy taco shell set within a soft flour tortilla, held together with guacamole, and stuffed with chipotle chicken (finely chopped chipotle peppers in adobo, chili powder, smoked paprika, honey).
Pro Tip: Top with Half Baked Harvest's recipe for tomatillo peach salsa: Tomatillos, peaches, jalapeño, cilantro, lime.
Braised Chicken With Fennel, Shallot, and White Beans
Why We Love It: Le Petit Eats's braised chicken recipe is filling and flavorful, and features "silky shallots" and "velvety white beans." You'll also need fennel, pancetta, carrots, garlic, white wine, bay leaf.
Pro Tip: Stir in the lemon zest at the very end, and serve chicken with parsley to garnish.
Thai Red Chicken Curry
The Recipe: Thai Red Chicken Curry
Why We Love It: When we're looking for chicken and spice, we're making Pickled Plum's spicy red chicken curry recipe. It calls for a fairly simple ingredient list: Red curry paste, chicken, snow peas, canned bamboo shoots, coconut milk, chicken stock, sugar, fish sauce, and basil leaves.
Pro Tip: Pickled Plum recommends serving with jasmine rice; "A variety of fragrant rice that smells vaguely like jasmine and popcorn and tastes a little sweet."
Shredded BBQ Jerk Chicken and Sweet Plantains
The Recipe: Shredded BBQ Jerk Chicken and Sweet Plantains
Why We Love It: This recipe from Shanika of Orchids + Sweet Tea pays homage to her Jamaican family's jerk chicken recipe, as well as sports a twist to her version of chips and dip. Shredded jerk chicken is bold and spicy, while plantains add sweetness, as well as serve as 'chips.'
Pro Tip: Prevent chicken from drying out while simmering by checking on it every few minutes.
Oven Baked Braised BBQ Chicken and Veggies
The Recipe: Oven Baked Braised BBQ Chicken and Veggies
Why We Love It: Frying chicken before baking it ensures all of the flavor is sealed in to Orchids + Sweet Tea's BBQ chicken recipe. Add tomato and BBQ sauce, spices like cumin, turmeric, and garlic powder; and veggies including sweet potato, red potato, and carrots.
Pro Tip: Opting to broil chicken for the last 15–20 minutes instead of baking it will result in a gravy-like sauce, writes Shanika.
Cranberry Rosemary Balsamic Roasted Chicken
The Recipe: Cranberry Rosemary Balsamic Roasted Chicken
Why We Love It: Orchids + Sweet Tea's chicken recipe requires just one pot to host a spectrum of flavors. A rosemary balsamic marinade, plus cranberry, coats the chicken; which is stuffed with onion and lemon. Then add root veggies and bake for 40–45 minutes.
Pro Tip: Garnish with dried parsley as an option.
Mediterranean Chicken Meatball Bowls With Avocado Cream
Why We Love It: Yes to Yolks' chicken meatballs get their flavor from oregano, dill, parsley, and cumin, and are held together with panko crumbs. Served over cauliflower rice, a creamy sauce made from avocado, greek yogurt, lemon, more dill and parsley complete this bowl recipe.
Pro Tip: Add feta cheese (chunks or crumbles) and lemon wedges to serve.
The Recipe: Chicken Pozole
Why We Love It: Feasting at Home's version of this traditional Mexican stew features chicken instead of pork. A garlicky, tomato-y broth flecked with spices included oregano, cumin, and chili powder simmer while chicken and hominy cook.
Pro Tip: Top with sour cream, avocado, lime wedges, and shredded cabbage. This recipe will keep up to 5 days in the fridge.
40 Clove Garlic Chicken
The Recipe: 40 Clove Garlic Chicken
Why We Love It: While this chicken breast recipe from Salt & Wind requires a bit more experience (intermediate level cooking skills suggested), it's totally worth the extra details. That reference to 40 cloves of garlic is no joke—it really does call for that much of this delicious ingredient. With vermouth, broth, and tons of sweet roasted garlic, you should give this dish a try if you're up for the challenge.
Pro Tip: "Seasoning the chicken under the skin allows the flavor to go into the chicken meat instead of the skin!" writes Salt & Wind.