Fall is coming up, and it’s time to prepare your meal roster. Imagine it. The changing colors of the trees. The cool evening air. Even better than the surroundings are the delicious fall chicken recipes!
The crunchy leaves on the ground. There’s nothing better than this time of year. Fall recipes are iconic for their use of spices, fresh herbs, and deliciously rich ingredients.
I scoured the Internet for some of the best fall chicken recipes to test your tastebuds. Ready to up your chicken cooking game? Let’s dive into thirty-one stunning fall chicken recipes.
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What is the Secret to Cooking Chicken?
When you’re cooking chicken, you’re looking to cook it all the way through while keeping it tender and juicy.
Some cuts, like breast meat, requires a little more care than dark meat as it’s leaner. Luckily, there are plenty of ways to nail the perfect cook on your chicken!
First thing’s first: preparation. Marinating or brineing your chicken in a saltwater solution makes it ultra moist. So, when the cooking time comes, it stays tender and juicy rather than drying out.
Season your chicken properly to make sure you get maximum flavor. Now for the cooking. It’s best to sear the chicken well, crank down the heat a little, and then cook it all the way through.
If you want to be extra careful, use a meat thermometer. Chicken is cooked when it reaches an internal temperature of around 165 degrees Fahrenheit.
Like with all well-cooked meat, it’s important to rest your meat once you’re done cooking it. This allows the juices to redistribute so your chicken is extra tender.
How Do You Make Plain Chicken Taste Good?
Brine, brine, brine! Brining and marinading your chicken is a wonderful way to make chicken taste good, even if you don’t want to add a ton of spices.
Season it with enough salt and pepper as well. Seasoning is a huge part of what makes chicken taste great.
Fall chicken recipes actually use a fair amount of spices. Black pepper, cumin, paprika, turmeric. There’s a whole world of flavor out there if we’re willing to explore it.
To get started, I’ve looked far and wide for the best easy chicken recipes to grace your dinner tables. Let’s explore thirty-one great ways to enjoy chicken with so much flavor this fall!
Fall Chicken Breast Recipes
Chicken breast is a great lean protein. It’s affordable, easy to cook with, and soaks up flavor like a sponge. Best of all, it’s boneless, so it’s super easy to prepare.
It’s important to be careful when cooking chicken breast. It’s prone to dryness, so brineing the chicken or cooking it slowly is essential to nailing that tender result.
We’re kicking things off with one of my recipes! This sheet pan chicken is one of my favorite fall recipes.
This sheet pan dinner includes a ton of great fall vegetables like Brussel sprouts, roasted to perfection and tender perfection.
All you need is a handy baking sheet to make this favorite recipe. You’ll also love these other easy sheet pan recipes!
Enjoy another take on sheet pan chicken with this delicious apple butter. It’s insanely good, floral, and full of the iconic fall flavors we all know and love. Plus, it comes together so easily!
Beat the takeout cravings with my quick and easy take on healthy orange chicken. Sweet, juicy, and fragrant, this tastes twice as good as takeout, and it’s much better for you. What’s not to love?
Pumpkin is one of the most iconic fall ingredients there is. This is an ultra-moist take on fall chicken that coats chicken breast in an incredible, thick, rich pumpkin sauce.
These other slow cooker chicken recipes are sure to impress!
Here’s another one of my recipes! Not to toot my own horn, but this one is a real winner. Tender chicken in a rich tomato broth, all cooked in a single skillet. All in just twenty-five minutes?
This is a wonderful mid-week dish the whole family can enjoy.
You must also try this mozzarella stuffed chicken breast recipe!
Looking for a meal to get you through a cold fall weeknight? This slow cooker cranberry chicken will do the trick! Slightly acidic and slightly sweet, it’s the perfect balance to warm you from the inside.
Fall Chicken Thigh Recipes
Chicken thighs are one of the best cuts of chicken to cook because they’re naturally moist!
The fat in these cuts helps keep them tender even under high temperatures, and they carry more flavor than the breast.
To stand up against the robust flavors of fall dishes, chicken thighs are an ideal protein.
I love using chicken thighs when cooking sheet pan recipes. They’re so forgiving. It’s tough to overcook a chicken thigh because of the layer of fat on top.
Added to the vegetables, the flavor of this chicken makes the whole dish incredible.
You’ll love these other chicken sheet pan recipes as well!
The only thing better than tender chicken is tender chicken with a crispy skin. Nail your chicken prep every time with this simple oven-baked chicken thigh recipe, complete with a delicious spice mix.
I’ve always been a fan of cauliflower. It’s versatile, takes on flavor easily, and it’s super affordable! That’s why it’s such a great companion to chicken thighs in this quick and easy sheet pan dish.
When I think of fall, I think of crackling chicken skin, the smell of garlic, and the comfort of a home-cooked meal.
This dish provides all those things in just under an hour, so it’s great for weeknights!
Apples and chicken are one of the most well-recognized fall flavor combinations. The sweet apple and savory chicken balance each other perfectly. This is delicious with rice or roasted vegetables.
Looking for something Paleo-friendly? This roast chicken and roast vegetables combination is the perfect thing! Flavorful, herbaceous, and packed with nutrients, this dish is a great mid-week option.
When fall rolls around, the scent of apple cider comes with it. Make a delicious chicken dish that’s tender and slightly acidic in under an hour with this amazing recipe.
Fall Chicken Crockpot Recipes
When the air starts to cool, and the leaf colors start to change, it’s time to break out the crockpots! Crockpots are a wonderful appliance, especially for busy home cooks who love comforting meals.
Whether you need to prepare dishes in advance or you need a simple dinner you can whip up in the morning, these crockpot recipes have your back.
Cooking a chicken breast in a crockpot is the perfect way to keep it tender and juicy. Featuring apple slices and cubes of pumpkin in a delicious chicken broth, this is the perfect fall chicken dish.
Bring the sunny climes of Italy to your very own table with this simple dish.
It’s creamy and hearty, but it’s refreshing enough to balance the heat of summer with the chill of fall perfectly. It’s a must-try!
Speaking of creamy Italian dishes, here’s another one for you to try! This is a marsala dish with plenty of mushrooms, cream, and tender chicken to warm up any fall evening.
Rather than roasting a chicken in the oven, did you know that you can cook it in your crockpot? That’s right! All the traditional fixings of a roast chicken in under five hours, with barely any effort.
A great chicken stew is the perfect solution to a busy fall weeknight. It’s warm, comforting, and packed with plenty of nutrients. If a loved one is feeling unwell, this is the dish to help!
In love with crockpot recipes? You’re not alone. Here’s my collection of the 41 Best Crockpot Soup Recipes for a Cozy Night In.
Fall Chicken Soup Recipes
Soup recipes are another great staple to reach for in the colder months. Making big batches of soup and keeping them in the freezer for later is like a rite of passage in the fall.
Whether you like light, clear broths or deep, rich stews, this part of our list has something for every soup lover.
A great minestrone soup is the kind of dish that can turn your whole day around. Chunky vegetables, a dose of carbs from the pasta, and the all-important chicken. All of this makes for a great soup!
A tortellini soup is a wonderful choice for a busy weeknight! Pre-made tortellini take just five minutes to cook. The soup itself takes only twenty minutes, so you’ll be sitting down to eat in no time.
Hearty, nourishing, and delicious, this is the soup to call on when you’ve had a rough day.
This is a creamy chicken noodle soup, so it includes milk in the base. You can absolutely leave it out if you prefer.
If you’re looking for a soup dish that would fit in well at a dinner party, this Tuscan chicken soup will be great! It’s rich, creamy, and well-spiced. The sundried tomatoes and spinach are so good, too.
Enjoy these other tasty chicken and spinach recipes!
Garlic, mushrooms, and chicken are amazing together. This soup is a lot like a stroganoff but with more broth! It’s warm, comforting, and super easy to whip up on a cold fall evening.
Chicken and rice is a tried-and-tested combination that’s guaranteed to please the whole family. That’s why this Instant Pot recipe is essential during fall.
Whip up a big batch and freeze it, or make portions for the week ahead. It’s a great meal prep option!
Looking for a soup option that can bring a little bit of sunshine to fall? Here’s a bright and refreshing cilantro chicken soup with tangy Mexican flavors that can turn any dreary fall day into a sunshine day.
Dutch ovens are wonderful for cooking soups and are often underestimated! In just one hour, you can have this creamy and hearty chicken noodle soup on your kitchen table, ready to enjoy.
Combine two of the most delicious and comforting dishes the world has ever known into one great weeknight treat! Chicken pot pie and lasagna? Sign me up!
Fall Chicken Dinner Recipes
Finally, we’re capping off the list with some essential fall chicken dinner recipes. From dinner party-ready fare to simple and easy mid-week dinners the whole family can enjoy.
When fall rolls around, this is one of my go-to recipes. It’s crunchy on the outside, with tender, moist, and juicy chicken on the inside. With a side salad or some rice, it’s a delicious dinner!
Take to the isles of Andalusia with this combination of chicken, apples, and honey. Served with some fluffy rice or cous cous and a side salad, this is a great way to inject some brightness into fall.
Create a dish that will easily impress your family and friends without stressing you out. This chicken bake uses Moroccan flavors and chicken drumsticks to create a mouthwatering dinner party dish.
Finally, we come to the all-important maple chicken! There’s nothing quite like the aroma of maple wafting into the air in fall. That’s what makes this dish such a great fit.
Baked on a single dish and packed with great flavors, this dish represents how delicious and convenient fall cooking can be.
And that’s thirty-one! Do you have a favorite on this list? Or did I miss any essential fall chicken recipes that should be on the list? Let me know in the comments!
Whether you need some holiday dinner recipes for this coming fall or you’re just a fan of great chicken, I hope you found something on this list to add to your meal rotation.
Happy cooking, and I’ll see you next time!
- 1. Sheet Pan Chicken with Sweet Potatoes, Apples, and Brussels Sprouts
- 2. Sheet Pan Apple Chicken
- 3. Healthy Orange Chicken
- 4. Slow Cooker Chipotle Pumpkin Chicken
- 5. Creamy Tomato Chicken Skillet
- 6. Slow Cooker Cranberry Chicken
- 7. Sheet Pan Chicken Thighs with Garlic and Honey
- 8. Oven Baked Chicken Thighs
- 9. Sheet Pan Chicken and Cauliflower
- 10. Crispy Garlic Butter Chicken Thighs
- 11. Apple Chicken Thighs Skillet
- 12. Paleo Chicken Thighs with Roasted Vegetables
- 13. Baked Chicken Thighs with the Greatest Apple Cider Sauce
- 14. Crockpot Apple Chicken Breast
- 15. Crockpot Tuscan Chicken
- 16. Creamy Crockpot Chicken Marsala
- 17. Crockpot Whole Chicken
- 18. Slow Cooker Chicken Stew
- 19. Chicken Minestrone Soup
- 20. Chicken Alfredo Tortellini Soup
- 21. Chicken Noodle Soup
- 22. Tuscan Chicken Soup
- 23. Creamy Chicken Noodle Soup with Garlic and Mushroom
- 24. Instant Pot Chicken and Rice Soup
- 25. Cilantro Chicken Soup
- 26. Dutch Oven Chicken Noodle Soup
- 27. Chicken Pot Pie Lasagna Soup
- 28. Baked Chicken Cutlets
- 29. Baked Chicken with Apples and Honey
- 30. Chicken, Dried Fruit & Olives Bake
- 31. Maple Ginger Chicken Tray Bake
- Scroll up to get a bunch of easy, yummy, and delicious autumn recipes. Don't be afraid to get creative with the ingredients. You might discover a flavor you didn't know you liked.
- Get your shopping list going and make sure you've got all the ingredients.
- Get cooking and make your next Fall Chicken Recipe!
Which one of these recipes was your favorite? Let me know in the comment section or on Pinterest!