If there's one staple that should always be in your freezer, it's chicken. Delicious, healthy, affordable, and filling, it's also easy to defrost and incredibly versatile. From tacos to pasta to salad, there isn't much you can't do with it. Don't have a lot of time to spare for most meals? That's OK: slender chicken tenders can be ready in a flash, and even soul-soothing chicken noodle soup can be ready in under an hour. Join us for some fast and creative ideas with America's most popular meat.
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Put a Tex-Mex spin on traditional spaghetti with this bold chicken spaghetti casserole .
Chicken and Kale Salad
A healthy salad can also taste amazing. Don't believe us? This kale and chicken salad  is proof that you can pull together unexpected flavors and textures to create a fresh, quick, and flavorful dinner.
Lemon-Garlic Chicken Drumsticks
Cooking an entire chicken can take time. If you're in a rush, these lemon-garlic drumsticks  are a delicious alternative that will cut down the work for you.
Chicken Lo Mein
Don't be tempted by takeout. Make chicken lo mein  at home instead and celebrate your culinary talents.
Rotisserie Chicken Tacos
Bulk up leftover chicken by stuffing it in homemade tacos . Corn tortillas with guacamole, pico de gallo, and cotija cheese are all you need to make that chicken shine.
Chicken Parmesan Sub
A sandwich may sound more like an option for lunch, but this chicken parmesan sub  is robust, meaty, and worthy of your evening meal.
Chicken Noodle Soup
On a night when you're craving something cozy, there's nothing like a rich bowl of chicken noodle soup  to warm you up.
Larb Gai (Thai Chicken Salad)
Embrace the taste of Thailand with this Thai chicken salad  that blends hot, sweet, and savory notes perfectly.
Baked Fried Chicken
Who knew you could bake fried chicken ? The crust is made of a combo of pecans and Ritz crackers and tastes possibly better than the traditional fried batter.
Chili Con Queso Nachos
Some nights, junk food like nachos is all you crave. This cheesy nacho recipe  with chicken sausage fills the bill.