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7 Chicken Dishes to Eat All Week (and What to Serve with Them)

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We always start out with good intentions—armed with binders full of dinner inspiration, well-meaning grocery lists, and recipe collections dedicated to "Easy Weeknight Dinners!"—but some weeks, making dinner from scratch every single night just isn't going to happen. Our solution? Cheat the system.

This may look like chicken with orzo, but it's actually a weekday warrior.
This may look like chicken with orzo, but it's actually a weekday warrior. Photo by Bobbi Lin

By cooking one large dish on Sunday or Monday evening, you'll have the foundation for several nights of meals—then each night, just make a side or two to go along with it, which will make your main last through the end of the week. Here are 7 chicken dinners to enjoy all week and the sides to serve with them:

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Roasted Achiote Chicken with Potatoes, Broccoli, and Tangerine Aioli
Roasted Achiote Chicken with Potatoes, Broccoli, and Tangerine Aioli
Freekeh Salad with Fennel and Mint

Freekeh Salad with Fennel and Mint by drbabs

Zahav's Hummus Tehina

Zahav's Hummus Tehina by Genius Recipes


Chicken Thighs with Tomato, Orzo, Olives, and Feta
Chicken Thighs with Tomato, Orzo, Olives, and Feta
Burrata and Olive Tapenade Crostini

Burrata and Olive Tapenade Crostini by timmytwinkle

Kale, Cabbage, and Brussels Sprout Chopped Salad

Kale, Cabbage, and Brussels Sprout Chopped Salad by Kenzi Wilbur


Richard Olney's Chicken Gratin
Richard Olney's Chicken Gratin
Hasselback Potato Skillet Bake

Hasselback Potato Skillet Bake by Kat Suletzki

Brussels Sprouts with Pine Nuts and Thyme

Brussels Sprouts with Pine Nuts and Thyme by Cassie Jones


Annabel Langbein’s Chicken and Leek Gratin
Annabel Langbein’s Chicken and Leek Gratin
Nonno Corrado's Everyday Italian Bread

Nonno Corrado's Everyday Italian Bread by Francesca Andreani

Pea Shoot and Baby Arugula Salad with Meyer Lemon Vinaigrette

Pea Shoot and Baby Arugula Salad with Meyer Lemon Vinaigr... by Merrill Stubbs


Asian-Inspired Chicken Lettuce Wraps with Slaw
Asian-Inspired Chicken Lettuce Wraps with Slaw
Turnip Green Gomae

Turnip Green Gomae by Fairmount_market

Amanda Cohen's Secret Weapon Stir-Fry Sauce (for Vegetable Fried Rice & More)

Amanda Cohen's Secret Weapon Stir-Fry Sauce (for Vegetabl... by Genius Recipes


Roasted Chicken with Garlic and Bread
Roasted Chicken with Garlic and Bread
Mushrooms with Caramelized Shallots and Fresh Thyme

Mushrooms with Caramelized Shallots and Fresh Thyme by Josh Cohen

Creamed Lentils with Kale

Creamed Lentils with Kale by Josh Cohen


Moroccan Chicken Hash with Harissa Cream
Moroccan Chicken Hash with Harissa Cream
Josh Ozersky's 3-Minute Hash Browns

Josh Ozersky's 3-Minute Hash Browns by Genius Recipes

Dan Leader's 4-Hour Baguette

Dan Leader's 4-Hour Baguette by Genius Recipes

What are your go-to, week-long meals? Do you have any favorite chicken dinners built to last? Tell us in the comments below!


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