5-Star Spring Chicken

Put a little spring in your step–and on your plate–with these top-rated chicken recipes.

  • Baked Chicken Roulade
    Photo: Jennifer Davick; Styling: Lydia Degaris Pursell

    Baked Chicken Roulade

    Fill tender chicken breast pieces with asparagus and spinach, bake, and top with a light white wine sauce for an elegant springtime entrée.
  • Chicken and Asparagus Pasta Toss
    Photo: Karry Hosford

    Chicken and Asparagus Pasta Toss

    Add pre-cooked chicken strips, chopped asparagus, and tomatoes to corkscrew pasta for an easy main dish pasta meal.
  • Chicken-and-Strawberry Salad

    Chicken-and-Strawberry Salad

    Top a mixture of mixed salad greens, strawberries and almonds with a sweet poppy seed dressing for a colorful springtime main dish salad.
  • Chicken Scallopine with Morels and Spring Vegetables
    Becky Luigart-Stayner; Lydia DeGaris-Pursell

    Chicken Scallopine with Morels and Spring Vegetables

    Turn this classic chicken dish into a springtime specialty with the addition of green peas, asparagus, and morel mushrooms.
  • Pan-roasted Chicken with Asparagus and Shiitakes
    Annabelle Breakey; Randy Mon

    Pan-roasted Chicken with Asparagus and Shiitakes

    Meaty shiitakes, a good sear on the chicken, and a sprinkle of nutty parmesan cheese—not to mention the sweet, tender-crisp asparagus—make this low-fat dish a winner.
  • Chicken Risotto with Spring Vegetables
    Photo: Jennifer Davick; Styling: Lydia Pursell

    Chicken Risotto with Spring Vegetables

    Make creamy risotto the main dish by adding strips of chicken and fresh asparagus.
  • Chicken and Strawberry Salad
    Photo: Randy Mayor; Styling: Rose Nguyen

    Chicken and Strawberry Salad

    Strawberries are at their peak, so now is the perfect time to toss them with chicken and fresh greens for a simple no-cook salad.
  • Grilled Chicken Pita Salad
    Photo: Iain Bagwell; Styling: Kevin Crafts

    Chicken Pita Salad

    Showcase springtime asparagus along with sliced chicken, kalamata olives, tomato and feta cheese in this hearty Mediterranean main dish salad.
  • Steamed Chicken and Vegetables with Soy Dipping Sauce
    Photo: Becky Luigart-Stayner; Styling: Rose Nguyen

    Steamed Chicken and Vegetables with Soy Dipping Sauce

    Pile steamed fresh sugar snap peas and crisp asparagus on top of steamed chicken and serve with a soy dipping sauce for a dinner that comes in at only 250 calories per serving.
  • Mediterranean Chicken
    Photo: Andrew McCaul

    Mediterranean Chicken

    Make a slit in the side of each chicken breast halves and fill the "pockets" with feta cheese and olive paste. With the wilted spinach on the side, it's a one-dish meal oozing with Mediterranean flavor. Reviwer DClady1980 says, "I make this recipe at least twice a month. It's very simple and tastes wonderful."
  • Chicken and Farfalle Salad with Walnut Pesto
    Lee Harrelson

    Chicken-Farfalle Salad with Pesto

    Making the pesto with walnuts instead of the more traditional pine nuts adds a rich, toasty flavor to the sauce. Reviewer Wachterkim raves, "Excellent, easy recipe. Simple, but delicious."
  • Caesar Chicken-Pasta Salad
    Photo: Oxmoor House

    Caesar Chicken-Pasta Salad

    Have your (pasta) salad and eat it too! This recipe combines the best flavors of Caesar and pasta salad. Reviewer Mpls Erin recalls, "YUM! My entire family was licking the bowl. Now it's a requirement for just about every visit. My 3-year-old, who does NOT like salad, loved it."
  • Yogurt-marinated Chicken Kebabs with Israeli Couscous
    Photo: Iain Bagwell; Styling: Dan Becker

    Chicken Kebabs with Couscous

    Kebabs are a light, easy way to prepare chicken, especially when served atop a bed of homemade couscous. "What a fantastic flavor change! If you're not typically eating east-Indian food, this one is a fantastic introduction," recommends reviewer Bill W.
  • Rosemary Chicken Salad Sandwiches
    Randy Mayor

    Rosemary Chicken Salad Sandwiches

    Fresh rosemary and smoked almonds set this chicken salad apart from all the others, and rotisserie chicken breasts make it quick and easy. Reviewer Raquel recalls, "This chicken salad was so great! We served it at a wedding shower and everyone loved it."
  • Chicken and Strawberries Over Mixed Greens
    Becky Luigart-Stayner; Mary Catherine Muir

    Chicken and Strawberries Over Mixed Greens

    Using precooked chicken makes this dish a snap to throw together for lunch. Serve with focaccia topped with coarse salt and rosemary to complement the sweet strawberries and raisins in the salad.
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