56 exciting chicken recipes
Take your chicken dinner to the next level with our recipes, from French casserole to Caribbean stew, Nepalese one-pots to classic chicken curries
Looking for chicken dinner ideas to make midweek more exciting? We have plenty of exciting chicken recipes to try, from hearty chicken casserole and chicken curry to zingy chicken salads and Asian chicken skewers.
Whether you are using chicken breasts or chicken thighs, these quick and easy recipes will give you some great ideas to use up this bird. For more dinner inspiration, check out our collections of healthy chicken recipes, chicken breast recipes and chicken thigh recipes.
Exciting chicken recipes
Chicken breast is wrapped in bacon, smothered in BBQ sauce and topped with molten cheese to make a hearty dinner for two. Serve with mash and wilted greens, if you like.
Chicken is marinated with bay and lemon, then roasted and slathered in tarragon butter – expect beautifully juicy meat with a subtle aniseed flavour.
Looking for a succulent chicken dish to wow a crowd? This impressive chicken chasseur is brimming with warm flavours and is served with creamy, garlic mash.
We use pomegranate molasses to make a sticky caramel coating for these marinated chicken thighs, ideal for a pretty dinner party dish.
A timeless comfort food that’s rich in flavour, try this classic coq au vin for an impressive dinner for four.
This take on an Indo-Chinese classic sees juicy chicken thighs marinated in soy and tossed in a punchy savoury sauce – perfect for a speedy midweek meal with a difference.
Check out this epic bbq chicken thigh recipe with punchy buffalo sauce, fresh and crunchy iceberg lettuce and creamy ranch dressing. This easy recipe is perfect for a summertime bbq with friends and ready in under an hour.
Check out this chicken thigh tray-bake with romesco. This all-in-one bake is a great summer evening meal. The smoky paprika and sweetness of honey give this dish a real edge. We've got plenty of great traybake ideas to try here...
Check out our epic chicken kiev recipe where Japanese chicken katsu meets chips ’n’ curry sauce. This indulgent recipe is easy to make and seriously comforting.
This recipe for Dijon chicken casserole with buttery herb dumplings is an easy one-pot that will feed the family in just an hour.
Try our moreish tray bake packed with crisp chicken thighs, creamy lemon sauce and fragrant rosemary.
Try our twist on the classic chicken pie, filled with succulent, spiced chicken thighs in creamy curry sauce and topped with a crusty naan. This indulgent recipe beats any Saturday night takeaway.
This African chicken curry makes for a delicious family meal. It also freezes well: Cool the curry completely, then transfer to freezer containers or food bags to freeze completely. The night before eating, defrost in the fridge overnight. Try our other chicken curry recipes here...
The perfect midweek supper, just tip the chicken breasts, cherry tomatoes and chickpeas into a tray and roast with tarragon. Dinner just doesn’t get easier than that!
Looking for an impressive chicken pie recipe? Check out Edd Kimber's chicken, leek, tarragon and bacon pie. This classic British pie is a great warming recipe for those winter months; what's more, it will be a winner with the whole family. Here are our top pie recipes to try...
This is our healthy version of a KFC takeaway. Oven 'fried' chicken is coated in crispy breadcrumbs and served with a fresh and crunchy slaw.
Follow our expert tips and take your pie-making skills to the next level with this winning chicken and chorizo pie with a rich crème fraiche sauce.
Check out our quick and easy burrito recipe with tikka-marinated chicken. Serve this simple recipe with ready made rice, a simple homemade yogurt dip and warmed rotis.
Flavour chicken thighs with sweet smoked paprika and honey, then roast until sweet and sticky alongside new potatoes, red peppers and green olives. Create this easy, throw-together super in a matter of minutes.
This chicken, leek and Dijon casserole is really simple to make, is ready in under and hour and comes in at under 500 calories. What more could you want from a midweek meal?
Creamy, rich and filled with the freshness of spring, turn your hand to making this effortless spring pie with chicken and leek.
Mix up dinnertime with this vibrant recipe. Chicken thighs are slathered with harissa and cooked in a rich tomato sauce with beans and olives to make a healthy, high-protein family meal.
Looking for a healthy chicken curry recipe? Our really popular chicken saag recipe proves that you can eat healthily without having to miss out on your favourite foods. This comes in at under 500 calories and is ready in under an hour. Try our healthy chicken recipes here...
Want an easy chicken dinner recipe? Check out this North African inspired recipe, butterflied chicken ras el hanout. This dish is low cal, gluten free and packed full of flavour... an easy midweek meal.
This epic spatchcock chicken dish, made sticky with a golden honey-masala glaze, requires a little effort but offers impressive results.
This chicken casserole recipe makes an interesting chicken dinner. Serve this simple one-pot chicken goulash with tagliatelle or rice for an easy midweek family meal. Plus it's low in calories, too.
Putting a thick layer of homemade herb and garlic flavoured soft cheese under the skin will keep the breasts succulent and juicy. Don't forget to slather some on top to give the skin a beautiful finish. Serve with fresh seasonal veg! Pair with our perfect roast potatoes recipes here...
A chicken dish to serve to family or friends at your next dinner party: semur is a hearty dish in which a whole chicken is cooked in a thick soy broth with vermicelli noodles.
Check out this recipe for drunken chicken, where steamed chicken thighs are marinated with a bittersweet mixture of shaoxing rice wine and light soy sauce.
So good we put it on our cover in August 2020, this simple chicken traybake recipe comes sprinkled with olives, feta, oregano and baby plum tomatoes – flavours that will have you feeling like you're in the Med.
Uyen Luu’s Vietnamese chicken dish features ginger, tangy lemon, hot chillies and sticky honey, served with steamed rice and greens to make a midweek dinner with a difference.
Maunika Gowardhan's super-simple version of chettinad chicken flavours thigh fillets with ginger, turmeric, fennel seeds, cinnamon and dried red chillies. It's adapted from the classic curry and can be prepared in much less time.
A great chicken recipe for quick and easy entertaining. Check out this flavour packed recipe for these next-level chicken fajitas. Our cookery writer Adam Bush shares his tips and tricks to getting this classic family meal right, every time.
Chicken legs are marinated in a punchy scotch bonnet, marjoram and lime seasoning then barbecued until brown and fragrant in this this Barbados recipe from David Carter, chef and founder of Smokestak in London.
Make a batch of this comforting, freezer-friendly chicken dish. If you're feeling fruity, fry cored apple wedges in a knob of butter until golden, then stir through before reheating.
If you’re looking for inventive new ways to cook with chicken, this Syrian-style burghul bl jaj from Imad’s Syrian Kitchen packs in fragrant flavours and is easy to follow, too.
This Caribbean chicken stew recipe comes from Trinidadian recipe writer, Shivi Ramoutar. It's flavoured with thyme, ginger, lime, Angoustura bitters and scotch bonnet sauce. Serve with coconut rice and peas. Shivi says: “Ma’s stew chicken with rice and peas, and macaroni pie, was our family’s steadfast Sunday comfort lunch from our childhood in Trinidad to now, and it always takes me back to a happy place."
Often made with basmati rice, this easy, filling chicken dinner is one of the most popular weeknight meals in Romania. It uses a whole chicken – ask the butcher to joint it for you.
Make our nourishing yet vibrant chicken salad for a flavoursome meal for four.
Packed with plenty of nutritious veg, this hearty French chicken dish will warm you up on a chilly day.
Add a bit of spice to your chicken traybake with cinnamon, cumin and turmeric for an easy midweek dinner.
Check out our simple ramen recipe with chargrilled chicken, crunchy vegetables and noodles. This fresh and vibrant dish is easy to make, ready in 30 minutes and a great source of protein.
Check out our super simple roast chicken recipe with a quick spicy yogurt marinade. Serve this easy chicken dish with basmati rice and naans to mop up the juices. Click here for more roast chicken ideas...
Want to make a recipe using a whole chicken? Check out our chicken ramen recipe with crispy chicken and soy-marinated eggs. This recipe does call for a bit of butchery but, as you’re using the whole bird, it doesn’t matter if it isn’t done perfectly.
A spicy Spanish one pot. Made with chicken and chorizo and plenty of hot smoked paprika, this is a gutsy rice dish that is sure to impress friends and family. Chicken and chorizo is a fab combo, and we've got some more ideas about how to pair these ingredients here...
Check out Luiz Hara's crunchy marmite chicken with a quick cucumber pickle. This simple but moreish dish is packed with flavour and an easy weekend recipe to serve friends.
This summery Italian one-pot is easy to make and freezes brilliantly, plus, it's low cal and gluten free. The recipe is easily halved if you only want to serve 3-4 people.
Koji is a natural umami-packed seasoning made of rice fermented with special mould pores, a key component in Japanese cooking. In this recipe, it is used to marinate the meat and makes a really succulent roast chicken full of delicious flavours.
This low calorie chicken salad recipe uses juicy pomegranate molasses, fat-free yoghurt and fresh salad leaves. Garnish with some homemade dressing, a handful of mint and enjoy!
Combine stir-fried noodles with shredded carrots, cabbage and satay sauce, and the result is an utterly irresistible combination of tastes and textures.
This recipe for really easy Thai roast chicken is exactly that and we love it for it. Spice up you usual roast with fantastic Thai spices that deliver big flavours with minimal effort.
This recipe for sesame miso chicken with sweet and sour salad is really easy, ready in 30 minutes and under 500 calories. Miso paste keeps for ages in the fridge and adds a deep savoury flavour.
Thai yellow curry paste adds a mild, fragrant spice to this light coconut curry with chicken and crunchy mangetout.
Soaking the chicken in buttermilk tenderises the meat and helps the crispy coating stick. This recipe for buttermilk chicken rolls with simple slaw makes a great DIY takeaway to make at home on the weekend.
You don't have to spend hours in the kitchen to get authentic Asian flavours. This Thai-style shredded chicken salad is ready in just 15 minutes - perfect for a midweek meal.
This quick roast chicken and lentils with salsa verde makes a comforting meal for two in just 1 hour, making it perfect midweek.
Make this popular dish your next Friday night fakeaway, with extra instructions to make the recipe using a slow cooker. You can control the fat and sugar in this recipe, and it will taste fresher than any takeaway version.