13 Easy, Flavor-Packed Chicken Recipes That Won’t Put You to Sleep
Chicken may be basic, but it's definitely not boring. With a little know-how and the right recipe, you can turn the affordable protein source into something that'll keep you and everyone you know coming back for more. If you're still not convinced, these 13 easy and exciting chicken recipes are sure to change your mind. Sticky bourbon-glazed thighs, spicy Korean-style wings, healthified air-fried chicken tenders, and more will prove once and for all that no part of this bird deserves the bad reputation.
Chicken Tikka Masala Naan: Think of this chicken and naan wrap as a spicier spin on shawarma.
Chicken Finger Sub: Cold cuts on sub sandwiches are fine, but chicken tenders are so much better. A homemade Dijon honey-mustard adds just the right amount of heat and sweetness.
One-Pot Chicken Couscous: Seasoned with saffron, paprika, and cumin, and garnished with pomegranate seeds, lemon zest, and plenty of cilantro, this no-fuss, Moroccan-style chicken dish has a little bit of everything.
Baked Korean Wings: These baked wings are just as crispy as fried wings, but way healthier.
Sheet Pan Honey-Mustard Chicken: You can either eat this recipe for dinner or use it to meal prep a bunch of lunches for the week.
Paleo Air-Fried Chicken Tenders: An air fryer is a device that fries your food without any oil, making these healthier, Paleo-approved "fried" chicken tenders totally possible.
Crispy Honey-Lemon Chicken Thighs: Wondering how to get that perfectly crispy chicken skin that makes this recipe so great? You have to make sure you've thoroughly patted it dry before you start cooking.
DIY Chicken and Waffles Tacos: Here's a Frankenstein food we can get behind. Pro tip: Try drizzling them with maple syrup and hot sauce.
Chicken and Zoodle Soup: Since this recipe uses zucchini noodles instead of regular noodles, it's totally Whole30-approved.
Michigan Cherry-Bourbon Glazed Chicken: If you've only ever cooked cherries into desserts, this chicken dish will show you that they deserve a spot in your savory meals too.
Popcorn Fried Chicken: This crispy, salty chicken and sweet and spicy honey hot sauce is going to be all you'll want to eat from now on.
One-Pan Cheesy Jalapeño Lime Chicken: Plenty of cheese keeps this easy chicken and jalapeño dinner from being too spicy.
Green Chili Chicken and Corn Enchilada Casserole: This spicy casserole makes a ton of servings and is easy to reheat — great for meal prep!
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