Chicken is a go-to dinner choice for many people around the world: it’s healthy, versatile and the base for many simple dishes. But after a long day at work or school, it’s easy to get tired of the same old recipes with the same old flavors. It's time to be more adventurous in the kitchen, and seek out chicken options that’ll make dinner the best meal of the day. This list of 13 recipes will get you out of that taste bud rut and give you some new dishes to add to your culinary repertoire.
Make an Endless Summer Out of Oven Barbecue Chicken
Too cold for the barbecue? No problem: you can bake this barbecue chicken in your oven and still get the smoky flavor. The key to success for this dinner dish is not skimping on your favorite sauce.
Finger-Lickin' Good Oven Chicken Drumsticks
Skip the drive-thru on your way home from work and go straight for oven chicken drumsticks instead. They’re ready to eat in only an hour, and the result will be much more satisfying.
Upgrade Chicken Fingers with a Pecan Crust
When you have a few chicken breasts in the fridge, try making your own chicken fingers. But don't settle for your standard golden strips. Cover the lot in a pecan and spice crust for a game-changing dinner recipe.
Fire Up the Grill for Beer Can Chicken
Beer is good, and so is chicken. But you know what’s even better? Beer can chicken. You can use a pale lager, pilsner, wheat beer or brown ale to get incredibly juicy and flavorful meat on the grill. Cheers to that!
Minty Fresh Chicken Sliders for a Twist
Just because beef usually gets the slider treatment doesn’t mean you can’t use chicken. The inspiration for this mint version comes from a popular South Asian street snack that you can serve next to yogurt dip and pickled onions.
Takeout Tandoori Chicken at Home
Tandoori chicken is a popular item on Indian restaurant menus, and for a good reason — a yogurt marinade brings out rich, enticing flavors. Try this recipe alongside basmati rice and grilled veggies for a well-rounded plate.
Curry Chicken for a Flavorful Feast
If you’re feeling South Asian vibes for dinner, round up the ingredients for a simple chicken curry dish. Pick up some naan bread at your local Indian food market and you’re good to go.
Go Cuckoo for Coconut Chicken Curry
When you’ve gotten your fill of the standard chicken curry, try this coconut version to switch things up. Don’t feel guilty about filling up your plate, either — it’s a healthy dish.
Crockpot Chicken Wings to Depend On
It’s a great idea to have some slow cooker recipes in your arsenal. Throw chicken wings into the crockpot for an hour, and then finish baking them in the oven. Be sure to make enough for lunch leftovers the next day!
Heartwarming Chicken with a Big Spoon
Chicken soup is a classic staple, but it's quite all right to take those familiar flavors up a notch. In the morning, prep this chicken soup recipe in the slow cooker and set the dial to low. When you come home at night, the soup will be ready to eat.
Chicken Soup for the Whole Family
If your family is getting tired of "boring" chicken soup, find another spin on the recipe with broccoli and Thai condiments. The flavor will make the kids forget about their disdain for all things green.
Only-One-Pan-Needed Skillet Chicken
After a busy day, nothing sounds better than a home-cooked dinner that needs very little clean up. Break out your trusty skillet for a chicken made with parmesan cheese, mustard and brown ale. Be forewarned: if you whip this up for your family or friends, everyone will want seconds (and maybe thirds).
Skip the Tortillas for Tex-Mex Chicken in a Pan
Rethink your standard chicken burritos by putting all of the ingredients into one pan. This Tex-Mex chicken meal has cheese, black beans, peppers and more. Treat yourself and put a dollop of guacamole or sour cream on top.
Zoe Lance is a writer and editor interested in all things art and culture. She earned her bachelor's degree at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona.