The 12 Most Popular Chicken Dinners of 2023

The 12 Most Popular Chicken Dinners of 2023

There are plenty of holidays that have a signature main dish: the prime rib that Aunt Betty serves on Christmas Day; The baked ham that Mama makes at Easter; Roast turkey Uncle Joe cooks for Thanksgiving. And while chicken doesn’t always make an appearance on special occasions, we have many family favorite recipes that we publish year after year. Chicken is reliable and versatile: It’s a great choice for weekend dinners, Sunday dinners, brunch or Saturday afternoon brunch. In 2023, you’ve raved about so many of our chicken dishes, from the classic Chicken and Dumplings to the new Marry Me Chicken on social media (it’s a keeper), that we decided to share the best of the year. Here are dozens of delicious recipes to help you plan your meals for 2024.


Caitlin Pencil; Food Stylist: Tori Cox



The chicken recipe that guarantees wedding bells? How beautiful this sounds. This recipe is ready in just 35 minutes and is made with sun-dried tomatoes, fresh basil, cream, Parmigiano Reggiano, and white wine.




Fred Hardy II; Food stylist: Ruth Blackburn; Prop Designer: Christine Kelly



Break out the slow cooker. Made in the style of classic Mississippi roast (another Southern favorite), except the chicken stars in this comforting, easy-to-make recipe.




Caitlin Pencil; Food styling: Tori Cox

A true Southern classic. It is prepared by toasting boneless chicken pieces in a mixture of flour and biscuits, then frying them in oil. Like chicken fried steak, this is a dish the whole family will love.




Caitlin Pencil; Food styling: Tori Cox



Chicken and rice in a casserole? bring it. Instead of using a casserole dish or rectangular baking dish, our test kitchen prepared this recipe in a Dutch oven — but we shared tips on how to do exactly that using any skillet you have in your kitchen.




Morgan Hunt Glaze, Food Designer: Jennifer Wendorf, Ingredient Designer: Shell Royster



A sweet and tangy chicken dinner that comes together in less than 30 minutes? Let’s hear it for this weekend’s winner.




Victor Protasio; Food stylist: Karen Rankin; Prop Designer: Claire Spolin



This dish will bring back many good memories. It’s delicious thanks to the melted cheese, creamy soup, chicken, and pasta, making it the perfect meal to serve to a house full of hungry guests.




Antonius Achilleus; Prop Designer: Christina Dali; Food Stylist: Emily Nabors Hall



It is perhaps one of the most iconic Southern dishes of all time and deserves praise. Cozy chicken and dumplings in a bowl.




Caitlin Pencil, Food Stylist: Tori Cox



While this is our favorite recipe for outdoor gatherings and tailgates, we also make this recipe all winter long. the secret? An easy dry scrub recipe that everyone will ask for seconds.




Victor Protasio; Food stylist: Ruth Blackburn; Prop Designer: Christine Kelly



We’re making a case for roasting chicken at home. Although it may not be as simple as buying a market grill, this fresh and delicious recipe is undeniably simple and delicious.




Fred Hardy, Food Stylist: Chelsea Zimmer



Rich, creamy, and decadent, this easy-to-assemble casserole tastes like a million bucks.




Photography: Caitlin Pencil, Prop Design: Audrey Davis, Food Styling: Rayshon Hanners

Winner, Winner, Chicken Dinner: Get out your trusty skillet, make this extra crispy and juicy chicken in a rich mushroom sauce, and the whole family will be happy. In fact, one test kitchen professional said, “We call this dish ‘Old Faithful’ in our house, because everyone in our house loves it. It never lets us down!”




Will Dickey; Costume Designer: Missy Crawford; Food Stylist: Irene Merhar



The perfect addition to pasta night. This recipe for Chicken Parmesan Casserole is a delicious, lighter twist on the classic Chicken Parmesan.



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