The Kitchen's Best-Ever Chicken Recipes

Fried, roasted, seared and grilled — there's no shortage of ways to prepare the humble chicken.

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Roasted Chicken with Croutons

Katie roasts her bird atop thick slices of bread, which absorb the savory juices from the meat as it cooks. Afterwards, the bread is at once toasted and moist, full of the rich flavors of the chicken.

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Easy Juicy Chicken Breast

Say goodbye to plain dry chicken breast. The key here is cooking the meat in chicken stock so that it stays nice and moist!

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Baked BBQ Chicken

The secret to making this barbecue chicken is quickly grilling it before letting it bake with the barbecue sauce. This ensures you get the charred flavor you crave without the risk of the sauce burning. Katie says that you can use your favorite store-bought BBQ sauce or make your own.

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Sunny's Herbed Lemon Pepper Chicken Glaze

Sunny’s zesty lemon pepper glaze is made with fresh herbs, lemon curd, Worcestershire sauce and chicken stock. Use part of the mixture to glaze the chicken as it’s grilling, then use the rest to drizzle over the chicken when serving.

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Greek Lemon Chicken and Orzo Casserole

This is a two-for-onedeal — two recipes in one dish. Jeff first gives a recipe for orzo casserole, and then one for Greek lemon chicken to top it off. The key here is baking the chicken right on top of the orzo, so all of the flavors come together in the end.

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Sticky Honey-Chili Garlic Grilled Chicken with Cucumber Salad

Katie’s cool cucumber salad brings a fresh balance to the sticky-sweet flavors of honey, and chili garlic sauce.

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Sunny's Quick Sizzlin Chicken Fajitas

Sunny uses frozen mixed veggies here for an easy fajita. Serve the warm tortilla, chicken and veggies with all the fixings you like. Sunny recommends avocado, salsa and cheese.

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Popcorn-Coated Popcorn Chicken

Using salty popcorn mixed with panko and paprika for the breading gives traditional chicken tenders an unexpected crunch and a boost of flavor.

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Mediterranean Grilled Chicken Thighs and Eggplant

Katie adds sumac, which boasts a subtle lemony flavor, to the spicy blend in her bold marinade. This chicken and eggplant recipe comes with grilled naan bread and a refreshing yogurt-tahini dipping sauce for a complete Mediterranean dinner.

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Chicken "Stir-Fry" Cheat Sheet

This isn’t your typical chicken stir-fry. Instead of a stovetop pan, this recipe is made right on a baking sheet, which means prep and cleanup are a breeze.

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Pretzel-Crusted Chicken Skewers

Elevate your chicken game with a common pantry snack — pretzels! Here they become the crunchy coating to these simple chicken skewers.

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Sweet and Sour Pulled Chicken

Put a homemade spin on store-bought rotisserie chicken by dressing up the meat with Jeff Mauro's tangy barbecue sauce. It takes just a few minutes for the bold flavors of the hoisin, chili and soy sauces to combine with peppery fresh ginger to create flavor-packed results.

Get the Recipe: Sweet and Sour Pulled Chicken Sandwich

Honey Garlic Chicken Thighs

A sweet-savory combination of honey, soy sauce and cider vinegar serves two purposes in this quick-fix chicken recipe: It's both a marinade for the meat and a basting sauce. If you don't want to grill the chicken thighs, try searing them on a cast-iron pan then finishing them in the oven. 

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Caprese Chicken with Pomegranate Glaze

Inspired by the classic salad you know and love, this hearty dinner features layers of tender sliced chicken breasts, juicy tomatoes and creamy mozzarella. For an added boost of flavor, Jeff drizzles the platter with syrupy pomegranate juice for a sweet-tart finish.

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Chicken and Waffle Cones

While these cones may look like a sweet treat, they're surely not a dessert. A scoop of silky mashed potatoes fills in for the usual vanilla ice cream, while spicy popcorn shrimp adorn the potatoes as "toppings." 

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Pan-Seared Chicken with Olives

After cooking the chicken, use the same skillet to make a simple pan sauce. Here GZ combines briny olives, sweet shallots and a splash of vinegar to form the base of his sauce, which he rounds out with garlicky tomatoes to complement the chicken.

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Fried Chicken

The secret to Katie Lee's top-rated fried chicken is the buttermilk-hot sauce marinade in which she bathes the bird for a few hours before frying. Not only does it infuse the meat with flavor, but it also guarantees moist results.

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Chile-Rubbed Chicken Breast with Kale, Quinoa and Brussels Sprouts

Who said you have to cook Brussels sprouts? Here they're combined with leafy kale and nutty quinoa to form a hearty salad, which rounds out Marcela Valladolid's chipotle-laced chicken.

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Grilled Chicken Paillard with Arugula and Shaved Pecorino

Just 10 minutes and only a handful of ingredients? Yes, believe it or not, that's all it takes to turn out Katie's fuss-free dinner.

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Sunny's Ham-and-Cheese-Stuffed Chicken Breasts (Chicken Cordon Bleu)

Stuffing is the name of the game in Sunny's speedy breaded chicken. To make room for the filling, slice a pocket into the side of the chicken breast — but take care that you don't cut right through the other end of the meat.

Get the Recipe: Sunny's Ham and Cheese Stuffed Chicken Breasts (Chicken Cordon Bleu)

Roasted Chicken with Bibb Lettuce and Roasted Chicken Vinaigrette

GZ's succulent roasted chicken does double duty in his dinner: The meat serves as the star of the plate, of course, and the drippings from the roast lend a savory bite to his Dijon-laced salad vinaigrette.

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Chicken and Broccoli Twice-Baked Spaghetti Squash

For the ultimate all-in-one meal, start with pre-cooked chicken and combine it with a creamy cheese sauce before baking it in a halved spaghetti squash.

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Nashville-Style Hot Chicken Sandwich

To impart just enough heat to his take on the Nashville classic, Jeff opts for a two-tiered approach to spice: first a cayenne spice rub right on the chicken, then a dunk in a mixture of buttermilk and hot sauce before frying.

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Chicken Salad

Ever suffer a kitchen mishap and end up with less-than-perfect chicken? Follow Jeff Mauro's lead and repurpose it in this easy chicken salad. "This is the perfect opportunity to make use of dry or overcooked chicken breasts," he explains.

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Jerk Chicken

It's all about the sweet, savory spice rub that coats the chicken in Jeff's classic recipe. The key ingredients? Dark brown sugar, a pinch of cinnamon and a bold habanero. 

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Italian Chicken Pasta Salad

Save time in the kitchen by taking advantage of store-bought rotisserie chicken when prepping Geoffrey Zakarian's simply dressed pasta salad.

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Katie Lee's Chicken Pot Pie

Katie keeps it traditional in her 5-star recipe, with tender chunks of chicken, a creamy vegetable sauce and a blanket of golden pastry on top.

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Sunny's Root Beer BBQ Wings

Not just for drinking, your favorite root beer soda serves as the base of Sunny Anderson's tangy, spicy barbecue sauce, which she heats up with the spice from a single ghost pepper.

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Chicken Ramen Stir-Fry

A bold sauce featuring grated ginger and a squeeze of honey marries the ramen noodles, sliced veggies and juicy chicken in Katie's quick-fix stir-fry.

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Quick Chicken Tortellini Soup

A duo of lemon zest and fresh lemon juice brightens up Jeff's fuss-free soup.

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Sweet Glazed Butterflied Grilled Chicken

It's best to wait until the last few minutes of cooking to add the buttery brown sugar-mustard glaze to the chicken. If you do it any earlier, the sugars could burn.

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Smoked Honey-Mustard Chicken Wings

You've had honey mustard before, right? Jeff upgrades that timeless flavor with a splash of apple cider vinegar for welcome brightness, and he uses the mixture to transform crispy chicken wings.

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Grilled Chicken Burgers with Pasilla Aioli

Marcela guarantees bold flavor in her finished chicken burgers by mixing the ground meat with chopped onions and garlic, and serving the patties with classic and creative toppings: creamy pepper Jack cheese, pasilla-laced mayonnaise and crispy fried Poblano Rings.

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Sunny's Easy Chicken Parmesan

To keep her ingredient checklist as trim as possible, Sunny opts for prepared pizza sauce, not tomato sauce, to dress up her breaded chicken breasts, as pizza sauce often comes already seasoned with flavorful herbs.

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