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Top 10 Make-ahead Chicken Recipes for Dinner

Written by: Lindsay Shugerman

October 26, 2011
Filed Under Food 


Contributed by Lindsay Shugerman, Top 10 Guru

You want to make tasty, nutritious meals for your family, but between work and driving carpool, who has time to spend hours in the kitchen every day?

But with make ahead chicken recipes, you can do most of the cooking once a week and have a wonderful meal on the table every night.

Here’s our top ten make ahead chicken recipes for your family.

10. Bake Ahead Chicken Casserole

This first recipe comes from the files of Bake Ahead Chicken combines comforting, affordable ingredients like mushroom soup and hearty pasta in an easy-to-make classic dinner casserole.

9. Ritzy Chicken

This tasty make ahead cheesy chicken dish from lets you assemble everything up to two day before baking … a perfect choice midweek meals or Sunday dinner. And the marinating time will let the flavors really soak into the chicken … yum!

8. Soft chicken tacos

Make ahead chicken recipes don’t have to be boring. Cook the flavorful chicken ahead of time, then assemble the meal in minutes. Your family will never guess how simple this chicken taco recipe from really is. That can be your little secret!

7. Easy Spanish chicken and rice

This delicious, Latin-inspired make ahead chicken and rice recipe isn’t what you might expect when you’re think about meals designed to be convenient.

Best of all, this dish from the Make Ahead Meals blog can be assembled and frozen for a fast and delicious dinner any time you want.

6. Chicken Casserole D’Iberville

A meal that’s fancy enough for a dinner party, yet simple to make ahead belongs in your recipe box. The creamy, rich sauce in this make ahead recipe from Absolutely Ala Carte makes it perfect for a winter supper for your family, or the centerpiece of Sunday dinner.

5. Heart Thumpin’ Peanut Butter Chicken

If you think you know fried chicken, you’ll be in for a surprise when you try the spicy, crunchy flavors of Heart Thumpin’ Peanut Butter Chicken from Prepare the chicken in advance, pop it in the fridge to marinate overnight, and then cook it in only 15 minutes.

4. Spanish Rice Chicken

Good Housekeeping Magazine makes it easy to cook today, and serve this flavorful chicken recipe whenever you need a no-fuss meal. The tangy olives and smokey paprika add flavor without making it spicy, so even kids will love it.

3. Make Ahead Chicken Bake

Taste of Home Magazine offers this simple to put together and yet suprisingly sophisticated make ahead recipe. The hint of lemon, rich almonds and crunchy noodles will make this one of your family’s favorite meals.

2. World’s Easiest Make Ahead Chicken.

Can just two ingredients and a 9×13 baking dish add up to a delicious make-ahead chicken recipe? They can if you follow the instructions at Keep this time-saving recipe as your own secret recipe!

1. Melt in Your Mouth Chiken Pan Pie

Chicken pot pies are delicious, but who has time to roll out the dough, fill them, and bake them? If you want the taste of traditional chicken pot pie with the ease of a make-ahead chicken recipe, this recipe from is the one for you.

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