Grandma’s Favorite Chicken Recipes

March 18, 2024

Chicken doesn’t always get the attention it deserves. It’s great tossed with pasta, layered on sandwiches, and piled high on nachos. Chicken dishes are easy to pull together for or for serving hungry guests joining you for an early (and unexpected) Sunday supper. Grandma is known for pulling out her from her recipe box, and you’ll be happy to see that stars in so many, from Bourbon Chicken to Easy Chicken Parmesan. Here are 25 of Grandma’s go-to chicken recipes that are perfect for any occasion.

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Grandma warned us to only make this recipe for very special occasions and for that very special someone. This dish is made in under an hour and features sun-dried tomatoes, fresh basil, cream, Parmigiano Reggiano, and white wine.

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Break out the crock pot for this budget-friendly dish. Made in the same style as  , but with chicken taking on the star role. Easy to whip up and filled with so much flavor.

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Make room on the table for this Southern icon. This crispy fried chicken is breaded in a seasoned flour mixture after chilling in a flavorful buttermilk marinade. Great for potlucks, picnics, or weeknight dinner.

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Meet the go-to recipe for springtime. Asparagus-stuffed chicken is tender and juicy topped with a buttery sauce that makes it a an anytime meal.

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A recipe made for any day and any occasion. Moist chicken, fresh vegetables, and the aromatic filé powder makes this a must-make dish.

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Grab a spoon! A comforting choice for chilly weeknights, this recipe brings together tender chicken, beans, broth, and tortilla chips.

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Sure, this recipe is a tailgating season essential but these chicken wings are great for any time of year. The pepper jelly sauce make them the most-requested recipe in the house.

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Simple and quick to make (under an hour), these crispy breaded chicken breasts are a great idea for serving for dinner with a side or layered on sandwiches.

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Turn you favorite recipe into a decadent sandwich that features chicken, ham, and gooey melty cheese.

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Because sometimes we just really want a pasta night with a flavorful kick. Panko-crusted chicken sits on a bed of tender linguine that’s tossed with a lemon-cream sauce.

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Everyone loves Now add layers of chicken to the noodles and cheese and you’ll have a satisfying and delicious meal.

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Bored of the same chicken dinner? Not so fast. Spice up your classic fried chicken with some Cajun seasoning.

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Turn to the trusty Instant Pot for a dish made with chicken, chopped vegetables, and pitted olives and tossed with pasta of your choice.

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If you love (who doesn’t?), then prepare to be impressed by this cozy and filling casserole. It’s a keeper alright. Buffalo chicken, cheeses (both shredded Cheddar and crumbled blue), sour cream, and pasta combine for a recipe that has some kick.


Love tortilla soup? Make room for this hearty dish that turns the beloved soup into a can’t resist casserole that the whole family will love.

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Time to break out the skillet. Chicken meets mushrooms in a creamy sauce that comes together in just 30 minutes.

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Sweet meets smoky in this crowd-pleasing recipe. Chicken is sautéed in a sauce made with ketchup, brown sugar, honey, soy sauce, apple cider vinegar, spices, and bourbon. Serve over rice for a wonderful weeknight dinner.

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Some recipes need no introduction. Whether it’s a game day appetizer or an easy weeknight family-favorite, these nachos are piled high with chicken, cheese, and all the fixings.

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Chicken salad lovers, this is a treat for you. While this recipe is similar to the classic, it adds in a few twists like avocado, grapes. pistachios, and parsley. Perfect for a light dinner or lunch with your friends.

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A dish the whole family will request time after time. All you need is 30 minutes, chicken thighs, and then turn on the heat or make these extra sweet.

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Taco night? Taco night! In just 20 minutes, you can make a fresh and flavorful dish with chopped chicken, bell peppers, and tomatillos. Add tomatoes, avocado, and cheese for the ultimate family-friendly meal.

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Start with chicken… and then things get very interesting. After a tangy Dijon mustard coating, this chicken is wrapped in prosciutto for a can’t resist dinner.

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A tried-and-true recipe, chicken cutlets are topped with marinara sauce and thick slices of mozzarella cheese. Comfort food that serves a crowd.

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Tamales are turned into a one-skillet pie with a corn muffin base and an ooey, gooey, cheesy topping.

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When you need something a little different from the typical chicken parm, this recipe does the trick. Made with pasta tubes stuffed with chicken, cream cheese, spinach, and mozzarella, and topped with a Alfredo sauce that can’t be beat.

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