Readers' Favorite Chicken Recipes from Cooking Light
Stuff chicken breasts with a savory mixture of couscous, tomato, olive and feta cheese for an elegant, Mediterranean-style meal that’s fit for company.
Osso Buco-Style Chicken Thighs
In this chicken version of traditional osso buco, chicken thighs are simmered in a heady tomato sauce, then sprinkled with zesty gremolata and served on a bed of Gruyère-laced polenta.
Chicken with Mushroom Sauce
Make an easy sauce for chicken with fresh mushrooms, white wine, garlic and shallots. Cut the chicken breast in half, place over mashed potatoes and top with sauce for restaurant-style presentation.
Meyer Lemon Chicken Piccata
Freshen up a classic chicken dish by using Meyer lemons for the sauce. These lemons have a great tangy aroma and are sweeter and less acidic that regular lemons.
Asian-Glazed Chicken Thighs
The tasty soy sauce and honey glaze gives these chicken thighs a mahogany sheen.
Top-Rated Chicken Recipes
The people have spoken! We have compiled a list of 15 of the best-rated chicken recipes from Cooking Light. From roast chicken to pizza to sandwiches, these simple and flavorful recipes will certainly please your family and dinner guests.
Chicken with Lemon-Caper Sauce
According to our reviewers, this recipe meets the most important criteria for a great dish. It's fast and easy for a great family meal, yet nice enough to serve company – and it tastes wonderful. Simply seasoned chicken breasts are covered in a sauce of lemon, capers, vermouth, and salt and pepper, and parsley. Our reviewers even recommend doubling the sauce to spoon over vegetables.
One reader states that this dish "tastes like you spent all day in the kitchen, but can be made for a weeknight meal." Serve this chicken over a bed of pasta or rice to soak up the extra Marsala sauce.
Beer-Can Chicken with Cola Barbecue Sauce
Standing your chicken up may look a little funny, but it guarantees a moist, tender bird. And don't be fooled by the simple rub of spices: ADinSB says, "I've been doing Beer-can chicken for years. THIS is the best – perfectly seasoned, & the sauce is wonderful."
Moroccan Chicken with Almond Couscous
This spicy and slightly sweet recipe is a big hit with our reviewers because they can find many of the ingredients already their pantry. Chicken thighs are coated in a mixture of brown sugar, cinnamon, cumin, and other spices, and seared to lock in its juices.
Roast Chicken with Pears, Shallots, and Walnuts
The savory, herbaceous chicken in this entrée is balanced by sweet pears and earthy walnuts in this one-dish wonder. Our reviewers declare that it's the perfect combination for a Sunday dinner.
Chicken Sate with Peanut Sauce
This Asian-inspired recipe is described as having "lots of flavor for very little work" and goes over well with family on a weeknight and with guests at a dinner party. Our reviewers love to pair this with rice or noodles and steamed veggies for a complete meal.
Herbed Chicken Parmesan
This lightened Italian classic makes the grade with our reviewers. In addition to quick and easy instructions, they say the secret is in the sauce. A little balsamic vinegar added to the ordinary jarred tomato sauce enlivens the whole dish.
Spicy Honey-Brushed Chicken Thighs
Over 100 reviewers don't lie – these smoky, spicy, and sweet chicken thighs are a dinnertime winner. One reviewer says, "I can make it every week without a complaint!"
Walnut and Rosemary Oven-Fried Chicken
Panko, walnuts, and rosemary make a flavorful crispy crust for this lightened "fried" chicken. One reviewer admits she doesn't even care for chicken very much but found this version to have "the perfect flavor and texture."
Spicy Chicken Sandwiches with Cilantro-Lime Mayo
If you need a fast food fix, try these easy sandwiches. Crushed tortilla chips add crunch to the spicy chicken cutlets, and the mayo, slices of red onion, and lettuce jump in to cool you down.
Chicken Souvlaki with Tzatziki Sauce
Have a taste of the Mediterranean with this version of traditional souvlaki. Skewer marinated chicken with zucchini and pair with a homemade tzatziki sauce. Our reviewers recommend using Greek yogurt for a thicker sauce.
Old-Fashioned Chicken Potpie
Perfect for a cold winter night, this hearty potpie with a homemade crust doesn't disappoint. Reviewers have found that no flavor is lost, even though one serving is less than 400 calories.
Garlic Chicken Pizza
Instead of tomato sauce, this non-traditional pizza gets a light layer of red wine vinegar, Dijon mustard, and garlic. Topped with chicken, tomatoes, mushrooms, green onions, and three cheeses, one slice is less than 300 calories. Sherri says, "This was a much better alternative for my pizza craving than calling the guy to deliver! Highly recommended."
Rosemary Chicken Salad Sandwiches
There are hundreds of chicken salad recipes competing for your taste buds, but this one stands apart with a little rosemary and crunchy smoked almonds. The dressing is lightened by pairing mayo and fat free plain yogurt, but our reviewers agree that it still tastes like the real deal. Amy says, "Next time I will make a double batch because now we're fighting over leftovers."
Chicken with 40 Cloves of Garlic
Don't be put off by the 40 cloves – as garlic slowly cooks, it mellows and sweetens. The chicken will be infused with this wonderful flavor, and the pièce de résistance, according to our readers, is the sauce made from the garlic, pan drippings, broth, and wine. Serve with bread or mashed potatoes to sop up the extra sauce.