Chicken Express: Healthy Family Dinners

These delicious chicken recipes put a spin on everyone's favorite dinner entree.


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Tandoori Chicken Thighs

Tandoori Chicken Thighs
Makes 4
Prep 15 m
Bake 40 m
Cook 20 m

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Chicken Parmesan

Chicken Parmesan
Makes 4
Prep 15 m
Bake 15 m
Cook 13 m

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Chicken a la Calabrese

Chicken a la Calabrese
Makes 8
Prep 20 m
Bake 15 m
Cook 15 m
Bake /25 minutes at 350 degree F

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Sweet & Sour Asian Wraps

Sweet & Sour Asian Wraps
Makes 4
Prep 20 m
Cook 5 m

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Chicken Cutlet Salad

Chicken Cutlet Salad
Makes 4
Prep 15 m
Cook 7 m

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Healthy Arroz con Pollo

Healthy Arroz Con Pollo
Makes 8
Prep 15 m
Cook 35 m

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Baked Greek Chicken

Baked Greek Chicken
Makes 6
Prep 10 m
Bake 40 m
Cook 9 m

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Chicken Cacciatore with Whole Wheat Spaghetti

Chicken Cacciatore with Whole-Wheat Spaghetti
Makes 8
Prep 15 m
Cook 35 m

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Chicken Noodle Soup

Chicken Noodle Soup
Makes 12
Prep 25 m
Cook 99 m

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Herb-Roasted Chicken

Herb-Roasted Chicken
Makes 6
Prep 15 m
Roast 30 m
Roast 55 m

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Parmesan-Crusted Chicken

Parmesan-Crusted Chicken
Makes 4
Prep 15 m
Bake 30 m

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Chicken Paillard with Greens

Chicken Paillard with Greens
Makes 4
Prep 20 m
Cook 8 m

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Spicy Chicken & Mushrooms

Spicy Chicken & Mushrooms
Makes 4
Prep 20 m
Cook 10 m

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Chicken Fajita Pitas

Chicken Fajita Pitas
Makes 4
Prep 15 m
Bake 15 m
Cook 10 m

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Hungarian Paprika Chicken

Hungarian Paprika Chicken
Makes 4
Prep 10 m
Cook 32 m

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Chicken Piccata

Classic Chicken Piccata
Makes 4
Prep 10 m
Cook 16 m

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More from Not Your Mother's Weeknight Cooking by Beth Hensperger

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How to Handle Raw Chicken

* In the supermarket, choose well-wrapped chicken, and put it in a plastic bag to keep juices from leaking onto other items.

* Store chicken at 40 degrees F. or below. If you won't use it for a couple of days, freeze it.

* Separate raw chicken from other foods.

* Wash hands with soap and hot water after handling raw chicken. Clean anything that came in contact with your hands or the chicken.

5 Chicken Rub Recipes
Plan for about 1 tablespoon rub per pound; use more or less to suit your taste.

Southwest Chili and Herb Rub Stir together 2 tablespoons chili powder, 1 tablespoon kosher salt, 2 teaspoons garlic powder, 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin, 1 teaspoon dried basil, 1/2 teaspoon black pepper, and 1/2 easpoon cayenne.

Lemon-Rosemary Rub
Stir together 1 tablespoon each of lemon juice, olive oil, Dijon mustard, chopped garlic, and chopped fresh rosemary, 1 teaspoon lemon zest, and 1/2 teaspoon each salt and black pepper.

Spice Rub Blend 3 tablespoons paprika, 1 tablespoon each garlic powder, ground cumin, and ground ginger, 2 teaspoons salt, 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon, and 1 teaspoon ground cayenne.

Fennel and Thyme Rub With a mortar and pestle, crush 2 teaspoons fennel seeds. Combine with 1/4 teaspoon each salt and black pepper, 1/8 teaspoon cayenne, 1 teaspoon olive oil, 2 cloves finely chopped garlic, and 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme.

Jamaican Rub Combine 2 tablespoons onion powder, 2 teaspoons each sugar and dried thyme, 1 teaspoon each salt, red pepper flakes, black pepper, and allspice, and 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon.

5 Chicken Marinade Recipes
To tenderize and add flavor, drizzle one of these marinades over 1 1/2 pounds chicken in a large baking dish. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour, turning once.

Lime-Ginger Marinade Combine 2 teaspoons lime zest, 1/3 cup fresh lime juice, 3 tablespoons low-sodium soy sauce, 2 tablespoons sweet rice cooking wine, 1 tablespoon each sugar and grated fresh ginger, and 1 tablespoon chopped garlic.

Lemon-Garlic Marinade Stir together 1/2 cup fresh lemon juice, 2 tablespoons chopped garlic, 2 teaspoons dried oregano, and 1 teaspoon each salt and black pepper. Slowly whisk in 1/2 cup olive oil until well blended.

Georgia Peach Marinade Stir together 1/3 cup low-sodium soy sauce, 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice, 1 tablespoon each vegetable oil and peach preserves, 2 teaspoons grated fresh ginger, and 1 clove chopped garlic.

Yogurt Marinade Combine 6 ounces low-fat plain yogurt, 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice, 1 1/4 teaspoons each sugar and salt, 1 teaspoon paprika, 1/2 teaspoon ground coriander, and 1/4 teaspoon curry powder.

Mustard Marinade Whisk together 1/3 cup olive oil, 1/4 cup each red wine vinegar and dry red wine, 1 tablespoon chopped garlic, 2 tablespoons hot and sweet mustard, 1 tablespoon ketchup, and 1 teaspoon dried basil.