Chicken tends to be the classic weekday meal.

It also tends to have a reputation for being boring.

But it can make a great dinner – most of us can agree on that, right?

We always have some organic chicken thighs (Costco!) in the freezer for weeknight meals, but chicken on a regular basis requires some creativity!

Here are my top seven ways (with ideas and recipes for each) to make chicken for dinner!

Stir-Fry: frozen vegetables + bottled sauce | thai ginger | saucy coconut

On/In a Salad: caesar | fall chicken salad | tomato + avocado

Cheater Chicken Parmesan: top cooked chicken breast with marinara sauce and a slice of mozzarella; broil until golden brown

Coated with Crumbs: panko | italian breadcrumbs | almond meal

Slow-Cooker: bbq sauce | tikka masala | asian chicken

Grilled: citrus | yakitori | mediterranean kebabs

Mexican: fajitas | tacos | slow-cooker chicken mole

Anything to add to the list? 

12 Comments (Reply )

  1. Amy @ The Little Honey Bee
    Sep 19, 2013 @ 8:06 am

    Considering chicken is the only meat I’m eating nowadays I definitely try to get creative with it. Salads and grilled chicken is a staple and you can always make it different depending on the salad: summery/sweet with berries, nuts or peanut sauce and edamame for a more Asian feel. I definitely have “sick of chicken” phases… love the Mediterranean kabob recipe!


  2. Mellissa
    Sep 19, 2013 @ 8:40 am

    I mix the parm and panko and bake the chicken, top with marinara. So good!


    • Emily
      Sep 19, 2013 @ 1:26 pm

      Oh, good idea! I’ll have to try that.


  3. Chelsea @ Designs on Dinner
    Sep 19, 2013 @ 1:04 pm

    I really need to start cooking chicken in the crock pot, especially when winter comes! I like making chicken curry for dinner or just cooking it on the grill.


  4. Davida @ The Healthy Maven
    Sep 19, 2013 @ 2:54 pm

    Thanks for such awesome recipes! I bake or grill chicken on Sundays for food prep but my recipe has been getting a little boring. This will help to spice things up!


  5. Megan (Braise The Roof)
    Sep 19, 2013 @ 3:51 pm

    I made a sweet potato/poblano/chicken hash a few days ago and it was a hit!


  6. erin
    Sep 19, 2013 @ 9:40 pm

    Great list! We eat a ton of chicken, so this will come in handy. Our go-to: Sauteed in rogan josh. We also recently had a mix of chicken, zucchini, coconut rice and butternut squash sauce… so tasty!


  7. Luv What You Do
    Sep 20, 2013 @ 9:09 am

    Great suggestions!
    I always love to make chicken in the crock pot. A tagine, a stew, or pulled chicken tacos.


  8. Sarah K. @ The Pajama Chef
    Sep 21, 2013 @ 9:40 pm

    great ideas! i was tired of chicken for awhile, but have gotten back into it lately.


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