Winter Chicken Main Dishes

Chicken stars in this assortment of delicious main dishes ideal for serving on a cold winter's night.


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White Beans, Pasta, and Chicken
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White Beans, Pasta, and Chicken

    Canned beans are one of the all-time great staples of the cook's pantry. They're always ready when you are. Here, they add heartiness to a satisfying dish that comes together in 30 minutes.

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Apricot-Chicken Roll-Ups

    Slice open this tender, crumb-covered chicken breast to reveal a filling of apricots and cranberries.

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Chicken Fingers with Red Eye Ketchup

    For the chicken, a cast-iron skillet maintains constant, even heat for the crispiest results, but use your deep fat fryer for equally good results. Find chipotle chili powder in the spice section of the grocery store.

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Deep-Dish Chicken Pie

    This savory filling of chicken, leeks, mushrooms, and sweet peppers is topped with a flaky pastry that will remind you of Grandma's home cooking.

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Chicken with Sourdough-Mushroom Stuffing

    You can make this chicken and stuffing in one pot. The lemon peel, parsley, and chopped walnut topping give it a fantastic citrusy flavor.

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Chicken and Rice Stuffed Peppers

    Down-home chicken-and-rice casserole gets a healthful makeover, complete with sweet pepper "baking dishes."

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Lemon Chicken Lasagna

    To make this one-hour meal even quicker to pull together, you can omit heating the sauce. Just add 10 minutes to the baking time.

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Tortellini and Cheese

    Any leftover cooked meat is a good substitute for the chicken here. Or skip the chicken altogether because there's plenty of protein in this dish without it.

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Italian-Style Enchiladas

    Go cross-cultural with chicken and Italian pasta sauce and mozzarella cheese in Mexican tortillas.

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Creamy Ranch Chicken

    This kid-pleasing chicken entree features noodles, bacon, and ranch dressing mix.

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Chicken Tetrazzini

    This excellent spaghetti dish with a creamy chicken sauce was named after a famous Italian soprano, Madame Luisa Tetrazzini.

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Rosemary Chicken

    Twelve cloves of garlic may sound like a lot, but it mellows as it cooks with the chicken.

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Pear-Chicken Monte Cristo Sandwiches

    These golden sandwiches are dipped like French toast then baked so they're lighter than the normal batter-fried Monte Cristo sandwich.

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Rice with Chicken and Sour Cherries

    Short- and medium-grain rices, which are stickier than long grain, create just the right texture to showcase the sweet-tart mixture of cherries and chicken.

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Green Chili Fried Chicken

    Fried chicken lovers will ask for this sour cream and chili pepper seasoned dish time and again. Adjust the heat level by adding more or less bottled hot pepper sauce. It's a satisfying meal when served with baked beans and potato salad.

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Curried Squash Bisque

    Change up your normal soup-and-salad routine. Instead, try this chunky chicken bisque seasoned with garlic, curry, and unsweetened coconut milk.

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Chicken Stuffed with Smoked Mozzarella

    Boneless chicken breast is a great candidate for stuffing because it can be easily flattened and goes well with a variety of fillings, like this cheese and spinach mixture.

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Two-Bean and Chicken Cassoulet

    To add a little American ease to this French country supper, we called on canned beans -- no soaking required. The results are equally as "ooh-la-la" as the classic.

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Picadillo Chicken Pizza

    A premade bread shell and leftover cooked chicken make this a quick and easy weeknight meal.

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Low-Cal Buffalo Wings with Blue Cheese Dip

    Don't tell anyone...it takes just three ingredients to replicate this sports-bar favorite at home! Serve with crisp celery sticks and lots of napkins.

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Chicken Mac and Cheese

    This grown-up version of a childhood favorite gets its sophistication from smoked cheddar cheese and a bread crumb topping.

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Chicken Cobbler

    Bake this tasty entree in ramekins for individual servings. Make a presentation statement by wrapping a 16-x-2-1/2-inch strip of parchment paper around each individual dish and tying with 100 percent cotton string before baking.

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Wide Noodles with Chicken and Lima Beans

    Tomatoes and lima beans join with chicken breasts to make this stovetop meal. Any width pasta will do here, but wider, ruffle-edge noodles, such as pappardelle or mafalda, create plenty of places for the sauce to cling.

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Low-Cal Crispy Chicken Nuggets with Honey-Mustard Dip

    Serve these crispy nuggets with our easy-to-make Honey-Mustard Dip or try Chipotle Catsup or Blue Cheese Sauce -- all three recipes are included.

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Glazed Chicken and Vegetables

    The carrots, potatoes, and apples cook alongside this glazed chicken during the last few minutes of roasting.

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Crunchy Chicken Fingers

    Coated in sour cream and herbed stuffing mix, the chicken has lots of flavor and every bite is moist and juicy. Finger shapes make a fun presentation.

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Crispy Chicken Nuggets with Honey-Mustard Dip

    Worried about how much fat is in your kid's favorite chicken nuggets? Make your own. These crispy nuggets are baked, not fried, keeping fat levels low.

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Kickin' Chicken

    Barbecue in the winter? Why not -- it's all done in the oven. Juicy chicken drumsticks are coated with a slightly sweet barbecue sauce, offering a taste of summer while the snow is still flying.

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Chicken with Skillet Tomato Sauce

    Rigatoni, a deftly seasoned tomato sauce, almonds, and olives all make this chicken dish a winner.

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Pecan Crust Chicken

    Crunchy and slightly sweet, this is a surefire way to dress up a plain chicken breast for dinner.

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Chicken Manicotti with Chive Cream Sauce

    Broccoli and pimiento add vivid colors to the tasty chicken filling that spills from these pasta shells.

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Firecracker Fried Chicken

    Whether your family is spice-wary or fire-hardened, our chicken recipe lets you adjust the heat to whatever suits your family. The longer the chicken chills in the hot pepper sauce, the hotter it gets.

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Down-Home Chicken 'n' Greens

    Match up braised chicken breasts with Southern-style greens for a meal that's low in fat but rich in vitamins A and C. A drizzle of balsamic vinegar provides a pleasant piquant sweetness.

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Oven-Roasted Chicken with Spicy Cornmeal Crust

    This oven-roasted buttermilk marinated chicken coated in a chili cornmeal crust rivals even Grandma's pan-fried chicken.

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Cajun Chicken Lasagna

    Tired of plain lasagna? This version, spiced up with Cajun seasoning and andouille sausage, will surely become a perennial favorite.

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Crunchy Munchy Chicken

    These chicken drumsticks stay crunchy on the outside, tender on the inside, thanks to the cornmeal coating.

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Spicy Marinated Chicken in Onion Sauce

    Another name for this spicy African dish is Chicken Yassa. Yassa is a classic dish from Senegal (in West Africa); it is sometimes prepared with meat or fish instead of chicken.

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