Chicken

19 Cozy Chicken Recipes We Can’t Wait to Cook This Fall

Think: cheesy chicken gratin, gingery chicken soup, and more.

July 30, 2020
Photo by Rocky Luten

With temperatures currently breaking the 90-degree mark, it's no wonder that we're already dreaming of all the cozy, comforting dishes we're going to cook once it's finally cool enough to turn on the oven without overheating the whole house.

One of our favorite dinner staples during the brisk autumn months is chicken. This highly versatile protein happily cozies up to some of the season's favorite flavors (think: apple cider, warming spices, and more), and welcomes preparations like braising and roasting.

From a cheesy chicken gratin to tangy one-pan chicken thighs, here are 19 fall chicken recipes we're already looking forward to making.


Our Best Fall Chicken Recipes

1. Apple Cider Braised Chicken

This tender braised chicken is all about classic fall flavors, from sweet apple cider to aromatic sprigs of rosemary.

2. Fall Fig & Chicken Sandwich

Sweet meets savory in this fall-forward chicken sandwich with balsamic-grilled chicken, a nutty blue cheese spread, and jammy sautéed figs.

3. Chicken Cacciatore

Get your fall off to an extra-cozy start with a batch of this stewy chicken cacciatore served over a pile of pasta, polenta, potatoes, or whatever you're in the mood for.

4. Instant Pot Butter Chicken by Urvashi Pitre

The key to pulling off this creamy butter chicken from blogger and cookbook author Urvashi Pitre is the garam masala. If you want to make your own, try this recipe.

5. Deep-Dish Chicken Pot Pie

Traditional chicken pot pie gets the deep-dish treatment in this "rustically impressive" recipe from baking pro Erin McDowell.

6. Chicken Adobo

"This garlicky, vinegary chicken adobo is a beloved dish in the Philippines—and a weeknight staple in my house," writes recipe developer and food stylist Amelia Rampe.

7. Engagement Roast Chicken With Carrot Panzanella

This golden-crisp roast chicken looks (and tastes!) impressive enough for company, but it's also a perfectly comforting dish to cook for just yourself.

8. Richard Olney's Chicken Gratin

We'll never say no to anything—especially juicy chicken thighs and legs—smothered in a creamy sauce thickened with nutty Gruyère cheese.

9. Slow-Cooker Chicken Soup With Ginger & Fennel

Whether you've got the sniffles or need a little pick-me-up, this gingery slow-cooker soup is sure to life your spirits.

10. Oma's Chicken Paprikash

This family recipe was finally written down after the writer's mom watched her husband's Oma (his mom) make it over and over again until she had it just right.

11. Instant Pot Chicken in Red Wine Sauce

With help from the pressure-cooking wonders of the Instant Pot, this recipe gives you fall-apart chicken and a rich, earthy wine sauce in under an hour.

12. Chicken Marsala

A lush, velvety sauce dotted with thinly sliced mushrooms is the star of this take on traditional chicken Marsala.

13. Simple Roasted Grape Chicken

A trip to the oven renders fall grapes impossibly juicy and sweet—the perfect seasonal accompaniment to crispy-skinned roast chicken.

14. One-Pan Roasted Chicken with Sherry Vinegar Sauce

Scroll through the comments section of this recipe and all you'll find is glowing reviews. One community member even wrote: "We loved this so much... The liquid is so good—I could drink it."

15. Lavash, Chicken & Herb Pie with Barberries

"This extremely simple dish, taught to me by an Armenian friend, is one of the best ways to turn chicken leftovers into something mind-blowing," writes cookbook author Olia Hercules.

16. Filipino Chicken Porridge (Arroz Caldo)

Consider this Filipino chicken and rice porridge the coziest, most comforting antidote to extra-chilly days and nights.

17. Chunky Chicken Chili

You probably wouldn't believe that this flavor-filled chicken chili calls for just a handful of ingredients—but indeed it does.

18. Creamy, Cheesy Artichoke & Chicken Pasta Bake

A pasta-ified version of a New York pizzeria's most beloved pie, this artichoke and chicken bake is cheesy, absurdly creamy, and so satisfying.

19. Donald Link's Braised Chicken With Salami & Olives

This Genius braised chicken brings on the salty-savory tang with handfuls of diced salami and a healthy serving of chopped olives.


What chicken recipes are you fall go-tos? Tell us in the comments below!
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Erin Alexander is the Associate Editor at Food52, covering pop culture, travel, foods of the internet, and all things #sponsored. Formerly at Men’s Journal, Men’s Fitness, Us Weekly, and Hearst, she currently lives in New York City.

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Jose V. August 1, 2020
The best way possible for the good chicken and be the best family members. Thank you!