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Just 21 (Really Good) Chicken Recipes If It's The Protein You Cook Most Often

Chicken can be bland and boring — but it definitely doesn't have to be.

We've all been there — there was a great sale on chicken at the store. Awesome! But now...what to do with all of it? These easy chicken recipes are here to help.

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Here are some of our favorite flavorful, juicy, and inventive ways to use all that chicken hanging around in your fridge or freezer.

1. Creamy Tuscan Chicken

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Crispy chicken skin, creamy sauce, tons of veggies — I'm drooling already, tbh. And not only is this delicious, but it comes together in less than an hour, and the leftovers are fantastic over pasta. Is there anything better?

Recipe: Creamy Tuscan Chicken

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2. Chicken Bibimbap

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Most bibimpap is made with beef, but swapping it out for chicken is just as delicious — it's the marinade that really packs a punch. And while the veggies are definitely adaptable to what you have in the fridge, don't skip the egg! The runny yolk really brings it all together into one cohesive dish.

Recipe: Chicken Bibimbap

3. Chicken Teriyaki Chow Mein

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Like all stir-fries, this takes a little prep work, but once you get it in the pan, it cooks in an absolute flash. And if you want to take a little time off the prep, commenters recommend using bagged coleslaw mix for the veggies instead of chopping it all yourself.

Recipe: Chicken Teriyaki Chow Mein

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4. American Buttermilk Fried Chicken

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Fried chicken can be intimidating — it's hard to know when the inside is done, and there's nothing worse than biting into a golden, crispy drumstick, only to get a cold, pink interior. But the buttermilk marinade on this is key — it means that you can fry at a medium temperature for quite a while, and the chicken won't dry out, which will leave you with a perfect crunch and delicious, juicy interior.

Recipe: American Buttermilk Fried Chicken

5. Chicken Fajita Quesadillas

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You might never go back to a plain chicken-and-cheese quesadilla again after this recipe. The onions, peppers, and seasoning take it to a whole new level of scrumptiousness that you'll be dying to remake at the earliest opportunity.

Recipe: Chicken Fajita Quesadillas

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6. Cheesy Chicken Alfredo Pasta Bake

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Alfredo is already a top-tier comfort food, but adding that crispy cheesy crust on top really makes it *chef's kiss* perfection. And if you really want to gild the lily, throw in some bacon. You won't regret it.

Recipe: Cheesy Chicken Alfredo Pasta Bake

7. One-Pan Honey Garlic Chicken

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My favorite part about one-pan meals (besides fewer dishes!) is how the flavor builds on every bit of the recipe. This one is no exception — the chicken fat flavors the honey garlic sauce, which flavors the green beans and the chicken, and it all adds up to one delicious easy meal.

Recipe: One-Pan Honey Garlic Chicken

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8. 40-Clove Garlic Chicken

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If you're like me, this is pretty much the amount of garlic you use in every recipe. But if you're not and you're intimidated by the amount, don't be — the garlic cooks gently in the sauce and gets sweet and melty and wonderful.

Recipe: 40-Clove Garlic Chicken

9. Easy Butter Chicken

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A lot of takeout faves are simply too complicated to make at home, but butter chicken is not one of them. Just simmer chicken, tomatoes, cream, and a bunch of spices together and you're on your way to Indian food heaven. And don't forget to have some naan on hand to mop up all that sauce!

Recipe: Easy Butter Chicken

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10. Creamy Chicken Piccata

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The white wine and caper sauce is suuuuuper versatile. You can serve it over pasta, but it also goes great with roasted potatoes, basically any sautéed veggie, or even a salad and a side of bread.

Recipe: Creamy Chicken Piccata

11. Cajun Chicken Alfredo

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The chicken, sausage, and creamy, spicy sauce are truly a marriage made in heaven. Do pay attention to your sausage, though — if it ends up rendering out a ton of fat, drain off a bit so the sauce ends up creamy and silky instead of just oily.

Recipe: Cajun Chicken Alfredo

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12. One-Pot Chicken Fajita Pasta

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All the flavors of Fajita Night, but in yummy pasta form! I'm a big fan of shape-shifting, and this is no exception. Tortillas who?

Recipe: One-Pot Chicken Fajita Pasta

13. Pineapple Sweet & Sour Chicken

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This is one that will impress everyone at the table, whether it's guests or just your kids. The chicken itself is delicious, but serving it in the pineapple amps up the wow factor to 11.

Recipe: Pineapple Sweet & Sour Chicken

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14. Slow Cooker Chicken & Biscuits

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Is there anything more comforting than chicken and biscuits? Just imagine coming home after a long day and getting to dish yourself up a bowl of this after it's been slowly cooking all day. Bliss.

Recipe: Slow Cooker Chicken & Biscuits

15. Paprika Chicken & Rice Bake

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This recipe makes an easy, no-fuss, no-mess dinner that comes out spectacular. And while the final step to crisp the chicken skin is "optional," definitely don't skip it. You need that crispy skin!

Recipe: Paprika Chicken & Rice Bake

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16. Hasselback Chicken

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Hasselbacking can seem complicated, but really, it's just a simpler way to stuff chicken — you don't have to fuss around with all the slicing and pounding and tying that comes with a traditional roulade. Just slice almost all the way through the chicken breast, fill it, and you're good to go.

Recipe: Hasselback Chicken

17. One-Skillet Chicken Pot Pie

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Everybody loves chicken pot pie, I'm pretty sure. But I know I don't make it as often as I should, because of the effort and the prep. This recipe streamlines it all into one skillet and uses a premade piecrust, so you can eat chicken pot pie every day of the week if you like.

Recipe: One-Skillet Chicken Pot Pie

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18. Hainanese Chicken Rice

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This is basically one of Singapore's national dishes, and for good reason. The chicken is juicy, the rice is incredibly flavorful, and the sauces are divine. Trust me, you won't regret making this.

Recipe: Hainanese Chicken Rice

19. Slow Cooker Honey Teriyaki Chicken

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This recipe was basically made for meal prep. You can set it and forget it while you do other things, and then use the meat in absolutely everything: over rice, in a stir-fry — heck, you can even put it in a tortilla.

Recipe: Slow Cooker Honey Teriyaki Chicken

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20. Buffalo Chicken Dip

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If you're hosting a tailgate and there isn't Buffalo chicken dip, no offense, but I don't want to come. It's all the best parts of wings without any of the mess, and there's cheese on top! I can't think of a better game day food.

Recipe: Buffalo Chicken Dip

21. Chicken Gyros

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Roasting the chicken on the skewers might seem a little intimidating (commenters recommend splitting it onto two, for balance), but it's totally worth it. The chicken stays soooooo juicy, and you get to dramatically slice it right off the stack, just like at a real Greek place.

Recipe: Chicken Gyros

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