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    41 Globally Inspired Recipes To Make Your Dinner Routine More Exciting

    Say goodbye to boring roast chicken and hello to globally inspired flavors.

    Let's talk about chicken. It's probably the most-cooked protein in my fridge, yet I find myself getting stuck in the same boring roast chicken routine. Luckily, there are so many different ways to cook chicken, inspired by cuisines from around the world. Here are a bunch of international chicken recipes to work into your dinner rotation.

    1. Coq Au Vin

    A pot of coq au vin with carrots and mushrooms.
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    Transport yourself to a cozy Parisian bistro with the help of this French recipe. Loaded with chicken (drumsticks and thighs are best), onion, carrots, and mushrooms in a rich and savory red wine and chicken sauce, it tastes like the poultry version of Beef Bourguignon.

    Recipe: Coq au Vin

    2. Cuban Mojo Chicken

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    The key to this tangy and juicy Cuban chicken is letting the poultry marinate in a mixture of olive oil, citrus juice, mint, cilantro, and spices for at least 12 hours.

    Recipe: Cuban Mojo Chicken

    3. Creamy Lemon Chicken Piccata

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    This one-pot recipe is ready in just about 30 minutes. It calls for boneless, skinless chicken breasts that are pounded thin, dredged in flour, and cooked in a creamy lemon caper sauce.

    Recipe: Creamy Lemon Chicken Piccata

    4. Chicken Adobo

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    This Filipino chicken recipe comes together in a single pot with just a handful of ingredients, like bone-in, skin-on chicken pieces, white vinegar, soy sauce, and garlic. Depending on your tolerance for spice, you can add some chipotle chiles to kick things up a notch.

    Recipe: Chicken Adobo

    5. Chicken Pad Thai

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    Better than take out? It just might be. This Thai favorite is made with chicken, eggs, rice noodles, and veggies all tossed in a sweet and tangy sauce made with peanut butter, fish sauce, lime, and garlic.

    Recipe: Chicken Pad Thai

    6. Chicken Shawarma

    Plates of chicken shawarma with pita, tomatoes, cucumber, and tzatziki.
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    This Middle Eastern dish features chicken, which is marinated in a blend of olive oil, garlic, lemon, and lots of spices. Roast it in the oven for an easy weeknight meal, and serve it with pita, chopped veggies, and a dip like hummus or tzatziki.

    Recipe: Chicken Shawarma

    7. Crispy Chicken Parmesan

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    The trick to getting chicken parmesan extra crispy is frying the chicken cutlets before topping them with marinara sauce and cheese. Then, it's into the broiler until the sauce is bubbly and the cheese melty.

    Recipe: Crispy Chicken Parmesan

    8. Crispy Honey Sesame Chicken

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    If you don't want to deep fry the chicken, try baking it in the oven or cooking it in the air fryer until crispy. Serve it over rice with sautéed broccoli or string beans.

    Recipe: Crispy Honey Sesame Chicken

    9. African Chicken Peanut Stew

    A bowl of African peanut stew with chicken over rice.
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    You'll find this comforting dish in many West African countries. It's made with chicken thighs, tender sweet potatoes, chickpeas, and collard greens in a creamy, savory peanut butter and chicken stock broth.

    Recipe: African Chicken Peanut Stew

    10. Chicken Tikka Masala

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    This spicy, creamy Indian classic can be prepared on the stovetop or in an Instant Pot. Chicken gets marinated in plain yogurt, lemon, garlic, and ginger, then it's cooked in a tomato and cream sauce that gets a kick from lots of spices like turmeric, garam masala, paprika, and more.

    Recipe: Chicken Tikka Masala

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    This Nashville-style hot chicken is baked rather than fried, but it's still seriously crispy on the outside and tender on the inside.

    Recipe: Baked Nashville Hot Honey Chicken Sandwiches

    12. Chicken Street Tacos

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    There are no fancy toppings necessary for these authentic-tasting street tacos. Boneless chicken thighs are cut into bite-sized pieces, marinated in spices, and sautéed in cast iron. Then, pile the chicken into corn tortillas and top them with a simple mixture of onion, cilantro, and jalapeño.

    Recipe: Chicken Street Tacos

    13. Thai Basil Chicken

    Chopsticks digging into a bowl of Thai basil chicken and rice.
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    Instead of ordering takeout tonight, try whipping up this Thai-inspired recipe from scratch. It's surprisingly easy and comes together with chicken, basil, chilies, and bell pepper in a three-ingredient stir fry sauce.

    Recipe: Thai Basil Chicken

    14. Rice Noodles With Lemongrass Chicken

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    Marinated in lemongrass, garlic, lime, fish sauce, and soy sauce, this Thai chicken is delicious enough to eat on its own, but it's even better over a bed of rice noodles with lots of fresh veggies.

    Recipe: Rice Noodles With Lemongrass Chicken

    15. Easy Chicken Marsala

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    Starting with thinly pounded chicken breasts seriously speeds up the cooking time. If you can't find marsala wine, try using sherry, port, or sweet vermouth.

    Recipe: Easy Chicken Marsala

    16. Nigerian Jollof Rice with Chicken

    A skillet of yellow rice with vegetables and roasted chicken.
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    Fluffy rice and veggies are cooked in butter, chicken bouillon, and a homemade tomato, bell pepper, ginger, and garlic paste. Top it with baked chicken for a hearty meal that's perfect for feeding the whole family.

    Recipe: Nigerian Jollof Rice With Chicken

    17. Thai Coconut Chicken Curry

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    It's hard to believe that this creamy curry is totally dairy-free. Red curry paste, yellow curry powder, and coconut milk give it a delightful richness.

    Recipe: Thai Coconut Chicken Curry

    18. Green Chicken Enchiladas

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    Sometimes you just crave something cheesy and cozy...like these enchiladas verdes. You only need a few cheap ingredients, and you can even start with store-bought rotisserie chicken to speed things up in the kitchen.

    Recipe: Green Chicken Enchiladas

    19. Chicken Cacciatore

    Chicken cacciatore in a skillet.
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    This rustic, Italian chicken dish will transport you right to the hilly vineyards of Tuscany. This chicken stewed in tomato sauce pairs perfectly with a glass of your favorite red wine.

    Recipe: Chicken Cacciatore

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    The hardest part about making this recipe is planning ahead: you'll want to pat the chicken dry, rub it with salt, and let it sit in the fridge overnight so that the final result is juicy and flavorful. Tossed in a four-ingredient ginger scallion sauce, it's next-level good.

    Recipe: Chinese Steamed Chicken with Ginger Scallion Sauce

    21. Chicken Biryani

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    Basmati rice is loaded with tender, yogurt-marinated chicken, crispy onions, coriander, and mint for a seriously satisfying homemade take on an Indian favorite.

    Recipe: Chicken Biryani

    22. Thai Chicken Satay with Peanut Sauce

    Chicken satay skewers coated in peanut sauce.
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    Two words: peanut sauce. Need I say more?

    Recipe: Thai Chicken Satay With Peanut Sauce

    23. Oven-Baked Peri Peri Chicken

    Marinated peri peri chicken drumsticks.
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    This South African and Portuguese chicken dish calls for a marinade of olive oil, orange and lemon juice, paprika, and oregano. If you like a little spice, add some cayenne pepper or red pepper flakes.

    Recipe: Oven-Baked Peruvian Peri Peri Chicken

    24. Chicken Cordon Bleu

    Breaded chicken Cordon Bleu covered in cream sauce.
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    Leave it to the French to discover what is possibly the most delectable way to eat chicken, which is breaded, stuffed with ham and Swiss cheese, baked, and smothered in Dijon mustard cream sauce.

    Recipe: Chicken Cordon Bleu

    25. Chicken Pozole Verde

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    The Mexican take on chicken soup, this comforting recipe is made with tender chicken, poblano chiles, tomatillos, hominy, and onions. Top your bowl with sliced avocado, radish, and tortilla chips.

    Recipe: Chicken Pozole Verde

    26. Chicken Francese

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    There's something totally irresistible about this pan-fried chicken nestled in a creamy, tangy sauce made of lemon juice, butter, dry white wine and chicken broth.

    Recipe: Chicken Francese

    27. Greek Baked Chicken and Orzo

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    This Greek chicken is baked in orzo with onions, bell peppers, and canned plum tomatoes. Drizzle it with good olive oil, lemon juice, a sprinkle of feta cheese, and some fresh herbs to take things to the next level.

    Recipe: Greek Baked Chicken and Orzo

    28. Hungarian Chicken Paprikash

    Hungarian chicken paprikash in a skillet.
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    Not only is this one-pan chicken recipe easy, but it's also very affordable and made with just a few basic ingredients, like bone-in, skin-on chicken, flour, milk, sour cream, and lots of paprika.

    Recipe: Hungarian Chicken Paprikash

    29. Spanish Arroz con Pollo

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    This Spanish-style chicken and rice comes together in a single pot, making it an easy recipe to make for a family or when you're hosting a crowd. The chicken is seasoned in lots of flavorful spices, then it's baked in brothy, tomato-based rice.

    Recipe: Spanish Arroz con Pollo

    30. Chicken Milanese

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    Sometimes, simple is best. This classic Italian chicken cutlet is breaded, pan-fried until golden, and topped with lemony arugula. It's the weeknight meal you'll want to make on repeat.

    Recipe: Chicken Milanese

    31. Roasted Tandoori Chicken

    Roasted tandoori chicken with naan, sliced red onion, and tzatziki.
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    If you're sick of plain old chicken, shake things up with this roast chicken with an Indian twist. The whole bird gets coated in tandoori-seasoned yogurt and then roasted until the skin is nice and crispy.

    Recipe: Roasted Tandoori Chicken

    32. Kung Pao Chicken

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    You can make this spicy Szechuan classic made with chicken, red chilies, hot peppercorns, roasted peanuts, and scallions in your own kitchen. And best of all: the whole thing comes together in about 30 minutes.

    Recipe: Kung Pao Chicken

    33. Korean Chicken Wings

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    Rubbed in baking powder and spices, then coated in a sticky Korean-inspired glaze made with soy sauce, gochujang, honey, and sesame oil, these decadent wings can be baked, fried, or air fried.

    Recipe: Korean Chicken Wings

    34. Chicken Lettuce Wraps

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    P.F. Chang's got nothing on you once you whip up these Chinese-inspired chicken lettuce wraps in your home kitchen.

    Recipe: Chicken Lettuce Wraps

    35. Chicken Souvlaki

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    Cut chicken into cubes and marinate them in olive oil, yogurt, garlic, lemon, and oregano. Arrange them into skewers and grill until slightly charred, then serve them over salad or in pita bread with your favorite Greek spreads and chopped veggies.

    Recipe: Chicken Souvlaki

    36. Moroccan Chicken Tagine Skillet

    A skillet of chicken with olives and preserved lemons.
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    This North African chicken dish is an irresistible flavor burst of salty, sweet, and savory thanks to kalamata and castelvetrano olives, preserved lemon, cinnamon, saffron, and paprika.

    Recipe: Moroccan Chicken Tagine Skillet

    37. Middle Eastern Chicken and Rice

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    Don't be intimidated by the ingredients. The vast majority of ingredients are spices for the chicken marinade, and if your pantry is lacking a few, you can do without them. Whatever you do, don't skimp on the tahini yogurt sauce, which requires just four ingredients.

    Recipe: Middle Eastern Chicken and Rice

    38. Chicken Katsu

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    The Japanese take on fried chicken cutlets, this chicken breast is dredged in panko and pan-fried until golden brown. Serve it over rice, or better yet, as a sandwich between two slices of fluffy milk bread.

    Recipe: Chicken Katsu

    39. Chicken Banh Mi

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    These Vietnamese-inspired sandwiches are filled with pickled veggies and grilled chicken that have been marinated in a spicy and zesty mix of garlic, fish sauce, soy sauce, lime, and Sriracha.

    Recipe: Chicken Banh Mi

    40. Saffron Rice with Chicken, Yogurt, and Spinach

    Rice with spinach, dates, and chicken.
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    This Persian recipe is made with basmati rice, spinach, prunes, and chicken thighs, which are marinated in yogurt and saffron.

    Recipe: Saffron Rice With Chicken, Yogurt, and Spinach

    41. Chicken Yakitori

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    Pro tip: use boneless, skinless chicken thighs instead of breasts. The dark meat gives the final skewers so much more flavor. If you can't find tapioca starch, use cornstarch to thicken the yakitori sauce.

    Recipe: Chicken Yakitori