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Versatile Chicken Dinner Ideas

bowl of Hungarian Chicken Paprikash

Many times I’ll get asked what’s for dinner and when I answer chicken I get an eye roll in response. Chicken for dinner gets a bad rap. To me, chicken never gets old. I think it’s quite adaptable. It can be flavorful and anything but boring.

Dee Robinson’s (Quitman, GA) Chicken Bites With Honey Mustard has been a favorite of my family’s for years.

“They say these taste like “Chick-Fil-A” nuggets,” says Dee. “The honey mustard sauce is great! Now I won’t buy the kind in a jar.”

These go fast in my house so I tend to double the recipe. Marinating the chicken helps to tenderize the meat. Using powdered sugar as part of the coating is unusual but makes them taste like the fast food favorite. Dee’s homemade honey mustard is sweet, tangy, and the perfect complement to the nuggets.

Salty, crunchy, and oh so tasty Cathie Valentine’s (Graniteville, SC) Hot Chicken Salad is a fun spin on traditional chicken salad.

“My Mom gave me this recipe when I got married in 1984,” explains Cathie. “I pulled it out and served it at a Christmas party I hosted a few years ago. Everyone asks me to make it at my next party.”

I love this because it’s a hearty casserole that’s easy to make. When I’m short on time, using rotisserie chicken is great. It’s a retro recipe I can get on the table in a jiffy.

Another super simple casserole is Christine Schnepp’s (Sarasota, FL) Chicken Alfredo.

“This semi-homemade recipe is quick, easy, and guaranteed to please,” shares Christine. “I came up with this when in a hurry one night for a fast meal for the family.”

Pair this with a salad and you have a great supper. The hardest part of the recipe is browning the chicken and boiling the pasta. It’s creamy, salty, and cheesy. Some members have suggested adding spinach, peas, or sauteed mushrooms to the dish which I think sounds amazing.

Deb Crane’s (Eagle, WI) Hungarian Chicken Paprikash is a flavorful meal.

“This is my grandmother’s version of Hungarian Chicken Paprikash,” reveals Deb. “If there is food served in Heaven, I am sure this is on the menu.”

This paprikash is comfort food at its finest. It’s a labor of love to prepare, but it is so worth every minute. The chicken falls off the bone. It’s creamy and the dumplings absorb the simple and delicious flavors. Yum!

There’s nothing dry or boring about Nina Hines’ (Lompoc, CA) Hillbilly Chicken.

“This is much like the preparation for Chicken Parmesan… but twisted,” says Nina. “I have seriously picky eaters and am constantly trying new things in hopes that they’ll eat. This was a hit.”

Nina shared a superb family meal. It’s delicious with herb-seasoned stuffing crumbs used as the crust. The chicken is slathered in gravy and baked with cheese until bubbly. Serve with pasta or over rice, and you have a meal your family will definitely be requesting again.

Each of these recipes has a different flavor profile and proves chicken can be versatile. When you’re making it for dinner what’s your go-to recipe? Share a link to it below for us to see. Happy Pinching!