31 Winter Winner Chicken Dinner Ideas To Make Now

Hi there! What’s for dinner? How about one of these 31 chicken dinner ideas for a recipe every day of the month.

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With the official kick off to the holidays a mere 8 days ago, I’m already feeling the flurry of parties, planning, family, and all the other a good/hectic things that come along with the season.

It’s too easy this time of year to let the dinner routine suffer amidst the whirlwind of gift-giving and holiday cheer—remember, that plate of fudge is for your neighbors, and gingerbread men alone do not constitute a balanced meal, even if they look super virile.


This month, step back from the appetizer table enjoy one or two cocktails instead of a bottle. It’s time to get back to basics, and keep on track with 31 days of healthy, easy, and tasty chicken dinners that are far from the naked chicken breast.


This specially curated list features exotic but accessible flavors, surprising twists on classics, and simple ethnic dishes that will spice up your routine and have you saying “winner, winner, chicken dinner!”

It’s December, so dig in.

Cast-Iron Skillet Roasted Chicken With Potatoes | foodiecrush.com

1. Cast-Iron Skillet Whole Roasted Chicken With Potatoes

FoodieCrush

Channel your inner Ina Garten with this easier-than-it-looks comfort food classic. Serve up a complete one-pot dinner that’s ready in just one hour for any night of the week.

Persian Spiced Chicken from Cotter Crunch on foodiecrush.com

2. Persian Spiced Chicken

Cotter Crunch

Keep the pan, pep up the spice. Potatoes, tomatoes, a burst of lemon, and anti-inflammatory turmeric pair up with chicken thighs for a Persian twist on skillet meals.

Baked Harissa Chicken Recipe from The Forked Spoon on foodiecrush.com

3. Baked Harissa Chicken

The Forked Spoon

Butterflied and glazed with an apricot jam, this harissa flavored chicken winner is savory, sweet, spicy, and sticky all in one.

One Pan Sesame Chicken from How Sweet Eats on foodiecrush.com

4. One Pan Sesame Chicken

How Sweet Eats

One and done with this creative, yet crazy-simple skillet meal. Toss traditional stir-fry veggies (or whatever’s in your fridge) with tender chicken thighs in a richly balanced sesame sauce for a quick weeknight meal that comes together in a single pan.

White Lasagna Chicken Soup from Carlsbad Cravings on foodiecrush.com

5. White Lasagna Chicken Soup

Carlsbad Cravings

Skip the steps but keep the layers of flavor with this creative comfort soup. Cheese, noodles, chicken, and lots of herbs combine for perfect white lasagna taste, all in one bowl.

Instant Pot Orange Chicken Lettuce Wraps on foodiecrush.com

6. Instant Pot Orange Chicken Lettuce Wraps

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When your belly needs a break from the holiday cookie crush, reach for these light and healthy restaurant copycat wraps. Sugar and calorie-slashed, so much better than takeout, and you’ll still have room for that gingerbread man ;).

Chicken With Chiles, Olives, and Roasted Garlic from Cooking for Keeps on FoodieCrush.com

7. Chicken With Chiles, Olives, and Roasted Garlic

Cooking for Keeps

Rosé makes this roast chicken my way. And olives. Pucker up chicken.

Jalapeno Popper Stuffed Chicken from Skinny Taste on foodiecrush.com

8. Jalapeno Popper Stuffed Chicken

Skinny Taste

Your favorite appetizer just got a dinner-friendly makeover. White meat chicken stuffed with jalapeños, cream cheese, cheddar jack cheese, scallions and bacon. Tastes naughty, but Gina from Skinny Taste always keeps it nice (and easy on the waistline).

Easy Harissa Chicken from Modern Proper on foodiecrush.com

9. Easy Harissa Chicken

Modern Proper

Humble chicken thighs get classy with an easy blender marinade, whizzed up with  roasted red peppers, garlic and smoky paprika. I’m adding this to my not-a-meal plan (LINK TO EMAIL) with my Easy Lemon Rice Recipe and Winter Green Salad with Orange Honey Mustard Vinaigrette.

Easy Chicken Pad Thai from Spicy Perspective on foodiecrush.com

10. Easy Chicken Pad Thai

Spicy Perspective

Another take-out fake-out, this quick dish of chicken and rice noodles is made with a pared down list of ingredients to simplify your shopping while staying true to authentic Thai flavor.

Chicken Parmesan from foodiecrush.com

11. Chicken Parmesan

FoodieCrush

Forget floury and fried–this traditional Italian dish is re-made healthy in under 30 minutes. Still crisp, juicy, and covered in cheese, this lightened up chicken parm is a delightful meal that only FEELS sinful.

Sweet Potato Chicken Skillet with Kale and Bacon from Primavera Kitchen on foodiecrush.com

12. Sweet Potato Chicken Skillet with Kale and Bacon

Primavera Kitchen

Dirty a single dish and call it done with this ultra-savory, protein-packed, real food skillet meal. So many superfoods (and BACON) combine to make this quick and clean meal.

Oven Roasted Chicken with Lemon Rosemary Garlic Butter from foodiecrush.com on foodiecrush.com

13. Oven Roasted Chicken with Lemon Rosemary Garlic Butter

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One of the most popular recipes on the blog, this super simple roast chicken tastes far more decadent than it’s humble ingredients might imply. The PERFECT dinner.

Creamy Salsa Chicken from Budget Bytes on foodiecrush.com

14. Creamy Salsa Chicken

Budget Bytes

Use your favorite jarred salsa to simplify dinner in a snap. Pickup all the ingredients in one fell swoop at the grocery store on your way home, or (bless) you might even have everything in your pantry already. Black beans, corn and tasty toppings balance out this dish, served easily over rice or a salad.

Oven Baked Pineapple Chicken from I Am a Food Blog on foodiecrush.com

15. Oven Baked Pineapple Chicken

I Am a Food Blog

This sweet and sour one-pan meal uses juicy pineapple and just a handful of other basic ingredients for an easy and healthy main dish that creates it’s own sauce as it bakes, ideal for scooping over rice or noodles.

Goat Cheese Stuffed Chicken Thighs on foodiecrush.com

16. Stuffed Chicken Thighs with Spinach and Goat Cheese

Foodie Crush

You don’t need a fancy French cooking degree to master this impressive one-pan skillet. Meaty thighs are stuffed with a mixture of creamy, melty goat cheese, spinach, artichoke hearts, and sun dried tomatoes that sits right under the crispy skin, so you can bid au revoir to chicken deja vu.

Skinny Chicken A La King from A Spicy Perspective on foodiecrush.com

17. Dijon-Maple Chicken with Brussels Sprouts

Reluctant Entertainer

Classic comfort with the sweet bite of maple is what sets this chicken sheet pan dinner apart and ahead of the rest.

Sheet Pan Pesto Chicken from Budget Bytes on foodiecrush.com

18. Sheet Pan Pesto Chicken

Budget Bytes

You all know I love a good sheet pan meal, and I want to try this one out soon. Basil-y Italian chicken, perfectly complimented by rustic roasted potatoes and a simple Caesar-style salad make a balanced, but comforting, winter meal.

Chicken Tikka Masala Casserole from Fit Foodie Finds on foodiecrush.com

19. Chicken Tikka Masala Casserole

Fit Foodie Finds

Get ready to give your take out the boot with this mind-blowing comfort food take on Indian food. Tender marinated chicken ingeniously baked up with rice, bell peppers, and potatoes for traditional taste without the tandoor.

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20. One-Pot Creamy Chicken and Rice

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It’s not easy being cheesy…but actually, it is with this saucy chicken dish mixed with carrots, peas, chicken and rice for a dinner that feeds four all under 10 bucks.

Homemade Chicken and Dumplings from The Novice Chef on foodiecrush.com

21. Homemade Chicken and Dumplings

The Novice Chef

Creamy, dreamy pillows of dumpling heaven that take only 5 minutes to make are just part of the winning ways of this chicken and dumplings equation.

Slow Cooker Chicken Cacciatore on foodiecrush.com

22. Slow Cooker Chicken Cacciatore

FoodieCrush

This dish is all about old-school Italian flavor made modern with simple slow-cooker instructions. Meaty bone-in chicken thighs add body to savory herbs and rich tomato sauce for flavor that feels like you spent the day cooking. Add my fluffy garlic rolls and some noodles or steamed veggies to round out the meal.

Sheet Pan Chicken Fajitas from Two Peas and Their Pod on foodiecrush.com

23. Sheet Pan Chicken Fajitas

Two Peas and Their Pod

The key to killer fajitas is a good marinade, and this one has all the right stuff. Even better–the chicken and veggies all bake together on a sheet pan to save time and maximize flavor so you can get your Tex-Mex on in a flash. Love this with oven-warmed tortillas, or over crisp lettuce.

Potato Chip Crusted Chicken Breast on foodiecrush.com

24. Potato Chip Crusted Chicken Breast

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The best things about this recipe is how easily you can customize it to your family’s tastes. Love barbecue? Craving tangy salt and vinegar? Keeping it real with ranch? Add some creamy mac n cheese and steamed broccoli for a delightfully kid-friendly dinner.

Skillet Sweet and Sour Chicken from The Real Food RDs on foodiecrush.com

25. Skillet Sweet and Sour Chicken

The Real Food RDs

This healthy spin on your favorite Chinese dish is full of veggies, chicken and basic sauce ingredients you’ll be able to pronounce for a clean, easy meal prepped in one skillet.

Chicken Breasts with Creamy Mushroom Sauce | foodiecrush.com

26. Chicken with Easy Mushroom Cream Sauce

FoodieCrush

Basic be gone–this recipe saves the dinner day with velvety smooth white wine, lemon, and thyme mushroom sauce with a hint of cream. Pro-tip: While I recommend different types of mushrooms, you can pick up the pre-sliced variety in your produce section when you’re in a pinch.

Tuscan Sheet Pan Dinner from Recipe Girl on foodiecrush.com

27. Tuscan Sheet Pan Dinner

Recipe Girl

Blistered green beans, juicy roma tomatoes, and Parmesan-dusted chicken make a flavorful and nutritious pan dinner when you’re short on time. I’d love to try this with my crispy oven-roasted potatoes.

Maple Mustard Chicken from Running to the Kitchen on foodiecrush.com

28. Maple Mustard Chicken

Running to the Kitchen

Cinnamon and pecans bring a special seasonal touch to chicken thighs delicately flavored with maple syrup, and complimented by toasty sweet potato wedges.

Chicken and Mushroom Stuffed Bell Peppers from foodiecrush.com

29. Creamy Chicken and Mushroom Stuffed Bell Peppers

FoodieCrush

Fresh green bell peppers stuffed with chicken, rice, mushrooms, and a creamy mushroom-infused sauce create an easy-to-make weeknight dinner in a convenient, nutritious and delicious little package.

Buffalo Chicken Enchiladas from Add a Pinch on foodiecrush.com

30. Buffalo Chicken Enchiladas

Add a Pinch

Kick up classic chicken enchiladas with a spicy buffalo-style sauce, Monterrey jack  and a sprinkle of blue cheese.

Cheesy Chicken and Broccoli with Whole Wheat Pasta on foodiecrush.com

31. Cheesy Chicken and Broccoli Whole Wheat Pasta

FoodieCrush

Enhance the nutty notes in whole wheat pasta with a smooth and silky cheese sauce, tossed together with broccoli florets and shredded chicken for a nutritious bowl to soothe any winter-weary soul.


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