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? 

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