67 Fantastic Chicken & Poultry Meal Ideas For Everyone’s Taste

Chicken & Poultry

  1. Bacon Wrapped Baked Chicken: Simply pound some boneless and skinless chicken breast flat. Fill with cream cheese and finely chopped chives. Fold the breast over and then wrap with bacon. Secure with a toothpick. Bake in a 400 F oven for about 40 minutes or juices run clear.
  1. Beer Can Chicken: Take a whole roasting chicken and cover it with your favorite rub. Open a can of beer and pour out (or drink!) ¼ off the top. Sprinkle in a bit of rub and carefully place the chicken in the cavity of the chicken. Carefully place on a baking sheet and bake in a 375 F oven for about 75 minutes or until juices run clear.
  1. Chicken a la King: Chicken a la King is easy to make and is an easy way to use leftover cooked chicken and a variety of vegetables. Saute cut up vegetables like sliced mushrooms, pepper, peas and carrots. Thicken to a sauce by adding a ¼ cup of flour and mixing thoroughly. When mixed, add 1 ½ cups of chicken stock and 1 ½ cups milk. Stir constantly until thickened. Add cooked chicken and continue to stir until warm. Serve over rice, noodles or toasted bread.
  1. Chicken Burgers: You can purchase premade chicken burgers. You can make your own by grilling a chicken breast and using that as your patty. You can also ground chicken patties, just as you would make a beef patty. Place on a bun and top with your favorite burger toppings. Serve with fries or salad.
  1. Chicken Burritos: Premade chicken burritos are simple to prepare. Be sure to shred some cheese and dice some tomatoes and colored peppers. Serve with salsa, sour cream and guacamole.
  1. Chicken Cacciatore: It sounds like a complicated dish, but it’s quite simple. Coat some chicken pieces with flour, salt and pepper and brown in a skillet. Once browned, add chopped onion, minced garlic, sliced red peppers and mushrooms and sauté. When the vegetables are tender, add a ½ cup of chicken stock and can of stewed tomatoes that you have chopped up. Bring to a covered simmer for about 30 minutes. Season with oregano and basil. Serve over your favorite noodles.
  1. Chicken Caesar Salad: Have some leftover chicken? Chop it into your Caesar salad. If you don’t have any premade chicken, simply grill a boneless breast and slice. Top your salad with croutons, parmesan cheese and even a little bit of bacon, if you’d like.
  1. Chicken Cannelloni: A delicious baked pasta dish, it’s made from cannelloni noodles stuffed with cheese, veggies and chicken. Then you top everything with pasta sauce, more cheese and bake. Delicious!
  1. Chicken Cordon Bleu: Sometimes called chicken cordon Swiss, chicken cordon bleu is a breaded chicken breast stuffed with ham or prosciutto and Swiss cheese. You can prepare your own chicken cordon bleu from scratch, but many grocery stores carry delicious premade varieties. Bake according to the package directions and serve with steamed rice and vegetables.
  1. Chicken Divan: A casserole, made with broccoli, almonds and Mornay sauce, you can make a simpler version using canned soups. Layer a baking dish with broccoli and then top with chicken breast pieces. Add a can each of condensed cream of mushroom and cream of chicken soup. Add about ½ cup of milk and cover with foil. Bake in a 350 F oven for about 45 minutes. Remove foil about 15 minutes sooner and top with shredded cheddar cheese.
  1. Chicken Enchiladas: A great one-dish meal, you can make this ahead of time and just bake when you’re ready. Made with tortilla shells stuffed with chicken and vegetables, it’s topped with a tomato-based sauce and cheese.
  1. Chicken Fajitas: Just as fun as taco night, but just a little bit different. Gather up some soft tortillas, grilled strips of chicken breast, sautéed onions, mushrooms and pepper. Top with salsa, sour cream, guacamole and shredded cheese.
  1. Chicken Fettuccini Alfredo: Cut fully-cooked chicken into cubes. Meanwhile, cook the fettuccini noodles according to the package instructions. Slice some mushrooms and finely chopped onion and sauté until tender. Add alfredo sauce and cook until heated through. Toss with the cooked fettucini noodles. Serve with parmesan and garlic bread.
  1. Chicken Florentine: This dish is made in a variety of ways and with varying ingredients, but here’s a simple approach. Take some fully cooked chicken pieces and place them in one layer on a baking dish, top with a few handfuls of spinach and some Alfredo sauce. Sprinkle on parmesan and bake in a 350 F oven for 30 minutes.
  1. Chicken Fried Rice: All you need is some fully-cooked chicken pieces, steamed rice, carrots, peas, corn and scrambled eggs. Slice the carrots thinly and sauté them in a large skillet. Add the peas and corn and sauté a little longer. Then add the rice and stir until heated through. Then add the scrambled eggs and mix thoroughly. Serve with soy sauce.
  1. Chicken Kebabs: Always a great addition to the grill, chicken kebabs are easy to make. Add cubes of chicken and any vegetables you want to your skewer. Brush with seasonings and olive oil.
  1. Chicken Kiev: This Ukranian or Russian dish is a chicken breast rolled in garlic and herb butter. The breast is then breaded and fried. Serve it with rice and vegetables.
  1. Chicken Masala: This is an Indian curry dish with boneless chicken pieces and spicy masala sauce. The sauce is made with yogurt, cream and pureed tomato. It’s can be seasoned in a variety of way and may contain cayenne pepper, cinnamon, ginger, cumin, paprika and jalapeno pepper. Serve with rice and/or bread.
  1. Chicken Noodle Soup: All you need is some chicken stock, your favorite vegetables cut in small pieces, fully-cooked chicken chopped into small pieces and some noodles. Start by heating the stock over medium-high heat and adding the vegetables. Add the densest vegetables first as they’ll need more time to cook. Allow carrots to simmer for about 20 minutes, while frozen peas and corn only need about 5 minutes. Add the noodles and cook for the length indicated in the package directions. Add the chicken 5 minutes before serving.
  1. Chicken Parmesan: Breaded and pan fried chicken breast is topped with a tomato-based sauce and cheese. It’s then baked and served over pasta.
  1. Chicken Pot Pie: Homemade chicken pot pie always tastes better than the frozen kind. You can make your own crust from scratch or simply use a premade one from the grocery store. It’s always a great “leftovers” meal after a roasted chicken dinner. Just use the leftover chicken meat and vegetables in your pie.
  1. Chicken Primavera: “Primavera” refers to a dish made with sautéed Spring vegetables. Whether you use an olive-oil sauce, cream sauce or even tomato sauce, there are no rules for making this dish with chicken, plenty of vegetables and your favorite pasta noodles.
  1. Chicken Quesadillas: If you’ve got leftover chicken, you’ve got easy quesadillas. Just cut into small pieces, place on a soft tortilla, add cheese and your other favorite quesadilla fillings. Fold the tortilla in half and cook on a medium skillet until heated and cheese is melted.
  1. Chicken Ramen: A great way to use leftovers, add chicken to ramen noodles. Add vegetables for extra flavor, texture and nutrition too.
  1. Chicken Rice Soup: Much like chicken noodle soup, use rice instead of noodles. You can add rice to your broth as you cook the soup, but be careful not to overcook it, or it will be soggy.
  1. Chicken Salad Sandwiches: Take some leftover chicken, chop it finely with a food chopper. Then chop some celery finely too. Mix chicken and celery with a few tablespoons of mayo and a bit of mustard. Season with salt and pepper. Serve on bread and add some lettuce and tomato, if you’d like.
  1. Chicken Satay: A wonderful appetizer or make it a meal by adding rice and vegetables, chicken satay sounds exotic, but is easy to make. It’s marinated chicken breast meat, grilled on a skewer. Serve with peanut sauce and dip away!
  1. Chicken Schnitzel: For this simple meal, take a boneless and skinless chicken breast and slice it lengthwise in half. Then pound the meat until it is tender and flat. Coat the pieces lightly in flour, then dip in egg and finally roll in bread crumbs. Then fry until browned on both sides and chicken is fully cooked, about 4-5 minutes for each side. Serve with potatoes or rice and vegetables; or slice it up and put it on a hearty salad.
  1. Chicken Stir Fry: A stir fry is what you make it. All you need is some boneless chicken breast, cut in pieces, and your favorite vegetables. Saute the chicken until no longer pink on each side. Then add your vegetables and cook until desired tenderness. Serve over rice, noodles and add soy sauce or other preferred seasonings.
  1. Chicken Strips and Fries: An old standard, whether you make it from scratch or save a bit of time with pre-packaged chicken and fries, serve with your favorite dipping sauces and enjoy.
  1. Chicken Taco Salad: Increase the health value of your tacos, by skipping the fried shells and topping your favorite lettuce mix with seasoned chicken, tomatoes, sour cream, salsa and cheese.
  1. Chicken Tacos: Reduce the cholesterol content in your tacos, by using ground chicken or even chunks of chicken breast instead of ground beef. Brown and cook the chicken thoroughly, add your seasonings and water and simmer for about 10 minutes. Serve in soft or hard shells with cheese, lettuce and tomato.
  1. Chicken Teriyaki: Use teriyaki sauce to marinate strips of chicken breast. Saute with onions, carrots and bean sprouts. Serve over rice to enjoy this filling meal.
  1. Chicken Tortellini: Made with cheese stuffed tortellini, add diced chicken, vegetables and Alfredo sauce. Serve with a sale and garlic bread.
  1. Chicken Udon: Instead of boring old ramen, try thick and tender udon noodles for your next noodle soup. Add pieces of pre-cooked chicken and vegetables.
  1. Chicken Chili: Another idea for reduced cholesterol and a different flavor. You can use ground chicken instead of beef in your chili and it’s easy to make in the crockpot. Brown the ground chicken and add it to the crockpot. Then add chopped onion, peppers, kidney beans (soak first or use canned, but drain them first) and your seasoning. You can use pre-packaged seasonings or make your own with chili powder, basil, oregano, salt and pepper. Add some hot sauce if you like it hot.
  1. Club Sandwiches: This double decker sandwich is sure please. All you need is 3 pieces of bread per sandwich, sliced turkey, bacon, lettuce, tomato and mayo. Spread mayo on one side of each piece of bread Take one slice of bread and top with turkey, bacon, lettuce and tomato. Top with a slice of bread and spread mayo on the top side. Then add another layer of turkey, bacon, lettuce and tomato. Top with the last slice of bread. Season with salt and pepper and serve with soup or a salad.
  1. Cobb Salad: A hearty and delicious salad, all you need is your favorite lettuce mix, chicken breast pieces, crisp bacon, sliced boiled egg, avocado and Roquefort cheese. If you don’t have Roquefort cheese, any shredded cheese will do in a pinch. Serve with a red wine vinaigrette.
  1. Cream of Chicken Soup: You can make it from scratch or purchased canned varieties. Try topping with a toasted baguette slice for some crunch.
  1. Curry Chicken: Instead of boring old chicken, try adding some kick with curry spices. Serve with rice and vegetables. If you’re making it spicy, add some plain yogurt on the side.
  1. Deep Fried Whole Turkey: While it may seem strange to the uninitiated, a deep fried turkey produces a very juicy piece of poultry. Make sure to use a deep fryer, instead of frying of large meats and do it outside to avoid messes and accidents.
  1. Egg Drop Soup: This simple traditional Chinese soup is made with chicken broth, chives and ginger. Egg is drizzled in slowly and then the broth is thickened with cornstarch.
  1. Fried Chicken and Mashed Potatoes: A classic, you can coat your chicken with a bread crumb or corn flake based coating. Serve with mashed potatoes, corn on the cob or other favorite vegetables.
  1. Garlic Chicken: A simple, but flavorful dish, you can make garlic chicken from boneless and skinless chicken breast. Coat with bread crumbs, crushed garlic, parmesan and bake until fully cooked and golden.
  1. Ginger Chicken: Ginger adds great flavor to chicken. You can do a whole roast chicken or just bake chicken pieces. Combine some soy sauce, crushed garlic and ginger. Then rub all over the chicken and bake.
  1. Honey Garlic Chicken Wings: Who says chicken wings are just an appetizer? Turn them into a meal instead. You can make your own honey garlic sauce with soy sauce, honey and crushed garlic cloves.
  1. Hot Wings: Make a meal from your hot wings by adding roasted potatoes and vegetables. Serve with blue cheese dip.
  1. Indian Butter Chicken: A traditionally spicy dish, usually served with rice, you can adjust your Butter Chicken to desired spiciness. Butter chicken is made by creating a sauce with finely chopped shallots and onions, garlic, butter, lemon juice, tomato puree and plain yogurt. It’s seasoned with garam masala, chili powder, cumin, bay leaf and cayenne pepper. Cooked boneless chicken pieces are added and the sauce is thickened with cornstarch and water.
  1. Jerk Chicken: This grilled chicken is full of flavor and spice. Jerk spice is traditionally made with Scotch bonnet peppers, some of the hottest peppers available.
  1. Lemon Chicken: Marinate your chicken in a mixture of lemon juice, garlic, rosemary and thyme. Then grill or bake. Serve with roast potatoes and vegetables.
  1. Orange Chicken: A traditional Chinese dish, you can make it at home. It consists of boneless chicken meat, batter and fried. It’s then topped with lemon sauce. Serve over steamed rice.
  1. Pineapple Chicken: Another traditional Chinese dish, it consists of marinated chicken breast served with a thickened pineapple sauce. Serve with steamed rice and other favorites.
  1. Popcorn Chicken: Skip the KFC and make your own baked popcorn chicken instead. Cut boneless, skinless chicken breast into small bite-sized pieces. Coat the pieces with flour, salt and pepper. Place in a well-buttered baking dish and add the chicken pieces in a single layer. Bake at 350 F for 10-12 minutes, stir and cook for another 10-12 minutes until crispy.
  1. Roast Chicken with Roasted Vegetables: Roasting a chicken is not only delicious, it’s actually quite easy. Coat a whole chicken with your favorite rub and place in a roasting pan. Place roughly chopped potatoes, carrots and onions around the chicken. Roast covered for about an hour and a half or until the chicken reaches and internal temperature of 165 F. Don’t forget to baste every half or so and you can remove the cover in the last half hour to help the skin brown.
  1. Roast Duck: It goes great with a sweet honey and orange glaze, trim off excess fat and always cook duck to an internal temperature 165 F.
  1. Roast Turkey with Stuffing: A traditional meal, but it needn’t just be reserved for Christmas and Thanksgiving. Enjoy it any time of year and serve with your favorite potatoes and vegetables.
  1. Roasted Cornish Game Hens: A great change from chicken, Cornish game hens are easy to roast. You can cut them in half, brush them with an orange marinade and roast.
  1. Rosemary Chicken: Rosemary adds such great flavor to chicken, so use it readily. All you need is some chicken thighs and drumsticks. Season with salt, pepper and top with fresh chopped rosemary. If you don’t have fresh, you can use dried. Cook in a 375 F oven for about 45 minutes. Serve with potatoes or rice and vegetables.
  1. Shake and Bake Chicken: Less fat and cholesterol than its fried counterpart, Shake and Bake can be just as satisfying. Serve with oven roasted fries too.
  1. Turkey Burgers: Instead of traditional ground beef, try lean ground turkey. Try some stronger seasonings for your patties to add more flavor as ground turkey tends to have a blander flavor than ground beef on its own.
  1. Turkey Chili: Whipping up a batch of your favorite chili? Try using ground turkey instead of ground beef. Add each to a sourdough loaf for a hearty and comforting meal.
  1. Turkey Meatballs: While turkey can be leaner (make sure to check the label) than ground beef, it doesn’t always have as much flavor. Add garlic and other strong seasonings to your meatball recipe for delicious turkey meatballs.
  1. Turkey Meatloaf: Ground turkey, egg, oatmeal and a bit of milk can form your loaf. To add more flavor, add tomato paste, basil, oregano, salt and pepper. Serve with mashed potatoes.
  1. Turkey Stroganoff: An old traditional favorite, usually made with ground beef meatballs, can also be made with ground turkey. Serve over egg noodles and enjoy.
  1. Turkey Tacos: Taco seasoning goes great with ground turkey because it brings out so much flavor. Serve with soft or hard shells, lettuce, tomato, salsa and sour cream.
  1. Turkey Noodle Soup: Forget boring old turkey sandwiches, make turkey noodle soup with your turkey leftovers. Add your favorite vegetables and noodle of choice. Whether it’s small soup noodles or whole wheat rotini, there are no wrong answers to this yummy soup.
  1. Turkey Schnitzel: Take thin pieces of uncooked turkey breast and pound with a wooden mallet. Coat in flour, then egg and finally bread crumbs. Pan fry until fully cooked and golden.

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