5-Star Chicken Recipes

Choose one of our top-rated outstanding chicken recipes to please your family tonight at the dinner table.

  • Hoisin Barbecued Chicken

    Hoisin Barbecued Chicken

    Serve dinner guests a guaranteed favorite complete with a zesty homemade barbecue sauce. Marinate drumsticks and thighs in the sauce overnight to let the flavors marry, then bake for 50 minutes, basting with the reserved marinade. While the chicken bakes, reduce the reserved marinade on the stovetop to crate a thick, flavorful sauce for the chicken.
  • Chicken Parmesan with Oven-Roasted Tomato Sauce
    Photo: Randy Mayor; Styling: Cindy Barr

    Chicken Parmesan with Oven-Roasted Tomato Sauce

    Smoky, low-sodium, oven-roasted tomatoes stand in for jarred sauce, and fresh mozzarella adds a cheesy finish to this portion-perfect Chicken Parmesan.
  • Coconut-Curry Chicken Soup
    Photo: Randy Mayor; Styling: Jan Gautro

    Coconut-Curry Chicken Soup

    Chicken soup flavored with coconut and curry make this Thai recipe a reader favorite. Snow peas, spinach, and chicken breast give this coconut curry chicken soup flavor, texture, and a wealth of nutrients.
  • Chicken & Summer Vegetable Tostadas
    Photo: Johnny Autry; Styling: Cindy Barr

    Chicken & Summer Vegetable Tostadas

    A south-of-the-border supper is ready in a snap thanks to quick-cooking chicken tenders. The tostadas can easily become soft tacos if you skip broiling the tortillas. Serve with black beans.
  • Chicken Cordon Bleu
    Beau Gustafson

    Chicken Cordon Bleu

    This lightened version of Chicken Cordon Bleu remains tres délicieuse despite a modest amount of butter. Fix mashed potatoes and a side of green beans while the chicken bakes.
  • Balsamic Chicken with Olives and Walnuts
    Photo: Jennifer Causey; Styling: Ginny Branch  

    Balsamic Chicken with Olives and Walnuts

    In Balsamic Chicken with Olives and Walnuts, we dressed the bird boldly with briny olives and tangy-sweet vinegar.
  • Cilantro-Lime Chicken with Avocado Salsa
    Photo: Becky Luigart-Stayner; Styling: Jan Gautro

    Cilantro-Lime Chicken with Avocado Salsa

    A three-minute dip into a pungent cilantro-lime marinade is all that's needed to deliver big flavor to chicken breasts. Serve with saffron rice.
  • Spiced Chicken Thighs with Garlicky Rice
    Photo: Randy Mayor; Stylist: Cindy Barr

    Spiced Chicken Thighs with Garlicky Rice

    High-flavored seasonings coat this easy, 40-minute meal of Spiced Chicken Thighs with Garlicky Rice. Serve with Raspberry and Blue Cheese Salad.
  • Lemony Chicken Saltimbocca
    Photo: Johnny Autry; Styling: Cindy Barr

    Lemony Chicken Saltimbocca

    Saltimbocca means "jump in the mouth"–apt for a fast dish that marries woodsy sage, bright lemon, and salty prosciutto.
  • Maple-Mustard Glazed Chicken
    Photo: Johnny Autry; Styling: Mary Clayton Carl

    Maple-Mustard Glazed Chicken

    The tangy-sweet flavor combination of this sauce will work equally well with chicken thighs or pork. Serve with hot cooked rice and steamed haricots verts or a tossed green salad.
  • Chicken Pot Pie

    Chicken Pot Pie

    A favorite for fundraisers, family reunions, and offerings for neighbors in need, this generous chicken pot pie recipe makes 100 servings. Once the filling is made, the filled refrigerated piecrusts cook in about 30 minutes, making this rich dish deliciously giftable.
  • Indian Cashew Chicken
    Photo: Randy Mayor; Styling: Jan Gautro

    Indian Cashew Chicken

    Indulge in a fresh-take of the full-bodied sauce that typically accompanies this classic Indian dish. Marinate chicken in a dynamic sauce of cashews, Greek yogurt, garam masala, and white vinegar before cooking. The marinade is added back to the dish at the end of cooking, so not a drop of flavor is lost.
  • Rosemary-Garlic Chicken
    Photo: Maura McEvoy

    Rosemary-Garlic Chicken

    Prepare chicken scallopine style, then cook with garlic, sherry vinegar, chicken broth, and rosemary for a comfort-style dinner in about 20 minutes. Pair with steamed veggies or mashed potatoes, to soak up the extra sauce.
  • Chicken Verde Enchiladas
    Photo: Andrew Purcell; Styling: Alistair Turnbull

    Chicken Verde Enchiladas

    Enchiladas are always easy, always delicious, and always fun. Need a top-rated tip for how to shred chicken superfast? Insert two forks into the meat while it's still warm. Then pull apart to shred.
  • <p>Chipotle Chicken with Coriander Rice</p>

    Chipotle Chicken with Coriander Rice

    A spicy-sweet sauce is just the thing you need to make a humble chicken dinner wow-worthy. Coriander rice and a simple green salad with parmesan are the perfect mild accompaniments to balance the flavors in the sauce.
  • Smoky Chicken Chili
    Jennifer Davick

    Smoky Chicken Chili

    Save time on this top-rated recipe by picking up a pound of smoked chicken from your local barbecue shack. Once your ingredients are prepped, the hands-on time for this chili is about 15 minutes. After that, let the chili simmer for about an hour to let the flavors marry.
  • Chicken Piccata
    Photo: Johnny Autry; Styling: Mary Clayton Carl

    Chicken Piccata

    Mashed potatoes or roasted seasonal root vegetables make the perfect accompaniment to this quick and easy Chicken Piccata.
  • Sweet-Spicy Chicken and Vegetable Stir-Fry
    Photo: Iain Bagwell; Styling: Mary Clayton Carl

    Sweet-Spicy Chicken and Vegetable Stir-Fry

    This colorful chicken and veggie stir-fry features a sweet-spicy sauce and a topping of dry-roasted peanuts, which add delicious crunch.
  • Greek Chicken and Barley Salad
    Photo: Becky Luigart-Stayner; Styling: Melanie J. Clarke

    Greek Chicken and Barley Salad

    Dress up a Greek salad by adding barley to the cucumber, tomato, feta and kalamata olives. The addition of chicken makes this a one-dish meal that’s high in fiber and also a source of vitamins A and C.
  • Yakitori
    Randy Mayor; Melanie J. Clarke


    Add bold flavor to cubed chicken thighs by soaking them in a marinade of sake, soy sauce, ginger, garlic, red pepper, and a hint of sugar. Grill the chicken cubes, brushing with the soy-sugar mixture to create a tangy glaze.
  • Chicken Cutlets with Mushrooms and Pearl Onions
    Photo: Jennifer Causey; Styling: Ginny Branch  

    Chicken Cutlets with Mushrooms and Pearl Onions

    This is a fantastic chicken dish, according to reviewers. The brandy-spiked sauce adds an elegant touch to this simple supper; you can sub wine.
  • Lemon-Rosemary-Garlic Chicken and Potatoes
    Photo: Becky Luigart-Stayner; Styling: Heather Chadduck Hillegas

    Lemon-Rosemary-Garlic Chicken and Potatoes

    Nicknamed "Anytime Chicken" by Test Kitchen Specialist Vanessa McNeil Rocchio, this winner of a chicken dinner is our new favorite roasting-pan supper for weeknights or easy entertaining with friends.
  • Cajun Chicken Pasta
    Photo: Ralph Anderson; Styling: Lisa Powell Bailey

    Cajun Chicken Pasta

    One easy way to kick up the flavor in a dish is to add Cajun seasoning. Here, the seasoning is sprinkled on the chicken strips before they're sautéed and tossed into the linguine-vegetable mixture.
  • Tortilla Soup
    David Prince

    Tortilla Soup

    Invite guests to dinner for a dinner party featuring this top-rated recipe. Make the soup ahead of time and allow guests to customize their toppings. Options include avocado, sour cream, Monterey jack cheese, cilantro, and green onions. Pair with chips and salsa and welcome the raves.
  • Honey Chicken Salad

    Honey Chicken Salad

    Traditional chicken salad gets a sweet facelift by adding cranberries, pecans, and orange-blossom honey. The mayonnaise-and-honey mixture is reminiscent of poppy seed dressing, making this rich dish taste refreshing and flavorful.
  • Creamy Chicken Enchiladas

    Creamy Chicken Enchiladas

    It's no surprise that this recipe rang up as a user favorite. The ingredient list alone (green chiles, cream cheese, Monterey Jack, whipping cream) is enough to make your mouth water. Make this one-dish dinner for your next potluck, neighborhood gathering, or cozy night in. Serve with sangria and enjoy.
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