Chicken is not just for busy weeknights. Show your style and add one of these impressive recipes to your menu the next time you entertain.
Slow Cooker Chicken with 40 Cloves of Garlic
White meat can dry out after a long haul in the slow cooker, so we opt for bone-in thighs to guarantee optimal flavor and succulence. Make prep easier with prepeeled garlic, and pretty-up the platter with lemon slices and thyme sprigs.
Rosemary Chicken Paillards
Paillards, pieces of meat that have been pounded thin, are great for weeknights because they cook fast. If you have time the night before to rub them with seasonings, they'll be all the more flavorful.
Charred Lemon Chicken PiccataLightly charring the lemon slices intensifies their flavor and creates a gorgeous look. Be sure to include any of the sweet, tangy liquid the lemons give off in the bowl; it adds incredible depth to the sauce.
Country CaptainThis Indian-inspired chicken, infused with the curry flavor of garam masala, coriander, and turmeric, is the quintessential dish to spice up your next dinner party.
Golden Chicken with Cilantro-Cashew Pesto and Coconut Rice
The golden hue comes from a rich blend of curry spices, which definitely make this dish company-worthy fare.
Roast Chicken with VegetablesRoast a whole chicken and fresh fall veggies for a delicious main dish.
Roasted Breast of Chicken with Pinot Noir SauceSeason chicken breasts with fresh herbs and serve with a rich red wine sauce for great flavor and an impressive presentation. Serve with green beans and roasted potatoes.
Spice-Rubbed Chicken with Honey-Glazed PlumsThis chicken dish gets its flavor from first rubbing it with a spice mixture, and then basting it with a juice and plum mixture.
Chicken Kale Caesar With Crispy Artichokes
Step up your Caesar salad game with crispy artichokes and grilled chicken. Toss kale with half of dressing and top with chicken, onion and artichokes. Drizzle with remaining dressing, sprinkle with pepper and serve. Tip: Slice the chicken with the grain for a smooth and even cut.
Chicken MarsalaIf you’re selecting a dish to serve to company, you can’t miss with this classic Italian chicken dish. This version is particularly tasty because you coat the thin pieces of chicken in a mixture of flour and ground pecans.
Chicken Scaloppine with Mushrooms
Pounded thin, chicken thighs cook fast and stay moist. The lemony sauce is great with a side of asparagus.
Wine Pairing: A no-oak white like Stoller Family 2015 Chardonnay (Dundee Hills; $25).
Grilled Chicken with Cilantro Coconut ChutneyDesigned for cilantro fans, this Indian-style chutney gives chicken breasts loads of flavor and keeps them moist in their parchment-paper packets.
Roast Chicken With Peas and PastaThis bright chicken dish is just as flavorful as it is colorful.
Crispy Chicken Leg Confit with Couscous and OlivesThis recipe from Chef Donald Link is sure to impress your guests. He cooks the chicken duck fat until it’s tender, but this simple version uses olive oil.
Chicken JardinièrePancetta lardons lend rich flavor to this simple French stew, adapted from Pépin's new cookbook, Jacques Pépin: Heart and Soul in the Kitchen.
Chicken with Preserved LemonWhole lemons preserved in a salty brine are a flavor powerhouse. Look for preserved lemons at specialty stores, or order online from rakuten.com. They work wonders in dishes that can use a tangy, salty punch: Try chopping a little into a grain salad, or mix into a simple pasta dish with parsley, garlic, and grated cheese.
- Becky Luigart-Stayner; Stylist: Melanie J. Clarke
Chicken Breasts Stuffed with Goat Cheese and Sun-Dried TomatoesFill boneless skinless chicken breast halves with a savory mixture of cheese, tomatoes, caramelized shallots and basil for an impressive entrée that's perfect for an intimate dinner party.
More: Our Best Chicken Recipes
Simple Whole Chicken with Roasted Broccoli-Mushroom RiceEach member of the family can enjoy his or her favorite piece of the bird with this recipe.
Chicken with Asiago Polenta and MushroomsStylish and stunning is the way to describe this festive dinner party chicken dish. You're sure to get rave reviews when you serve it to your guests.
Roast Chicken with PearsThe earthy flavor of walnuts complements the sweet and savory notes of fruit and honey in this stunning roast chicken. To impress guests, present the whole bird surrounded by the roasted pear mixture on a platter before carving.
Chicken with Goat Cheese, Onions, and ThymeThis recipe is a great choice for entertaining because you can stuff the chicken breasts up to one day ahead and refrigerate until you're ready to bake.
Shortcut Tandoori Chicken
This version of the classic is super-simple (no tandoor oven required) and very tasty. Add a few vegetables to the grill and some naan to round out the dinner.
Wine pairing: A light-bodied red like Kitá 2012 Camp 4 Vineyard Grenache (Santa Ynez Valley; $30).
Chicken with Artichoke Pan SauceServe with whole-wheat orzo or fettuccine to sop up the rich sauce.
Mustard-Glazed Chicken with Roasted VegetablesWith butternut squash, carrots, and parsnips, this glazed chicken dish is perfect to share with family and friends.
Chicken with Chorizo and Tomato SalsaWe add smoky Mexican pork chorizo, quickly seared, to a fresh tomato salsa for a little extra heat. Chicken breast halves cook in the chorizo drippings for even more flavor.
Classic Roast Chicken with GravyWhen you're having company for dinner, you can never go wrong with a classic like roasted chicken. Serve with wild rice and steamed asparagus to round out the meal.
Roast Chicken ProvençaleStart with a 7-pound roasting chicken to make this elegantly simple dish that will serve 12 people.
Cheese-Stuffed Chicken in PhylloOnline reviewers loved this recipe because it's a new way to serve chicken and is always a hit with dinner guests. You can also slice the chicken pieces a little thinner and serve as an appetizer.