20 Old Fashioned Chicken Recipes To Make Tonight – Eat This Not That
Almost everyone loves chicken for what it is not. Chicken isn’t flashy, it’s not high in fat, and best of all, it’s not difficult to make. It easily absorbs flavors while providing a satisfying bite that everyone loves. Chicken is one of the most accessible proteins in the world as well as the most consumed. Home cooks and professional chefs have been creating recipes for this beloved meat for centuries, and some of these classic, old-fashioned chicken recipes still deserve a place at your table.
But some of these recipes can leave cooks scratching their heads if they’re unfamiliar. Do you know the difference between Chicken Divan and Chicken Dijon? Or what differentiates a fricassee from a tetrazzini? Otherwise, read on to find out the difference between these old-school classics and what made them stand the test of time. Plus, get recipes that taste the same today as they did when these chicken recipes were first created…maybe even better. Plus, check out these 15 old-fashioned cooking hacks that really work, say the experts.
Although this dish sounds fancy, the word fricassee is French for “cut and fry”. These days, says Natasha’s Kitchen, it’s cut, pan-fried, and braised chicken in a white wine cream sauce with assorted vegetables. This is more of a technique than a dish, so feel free to ad-lib with your favorite veggies.
Try this chicken fricassee recipe from Natasha’s Kitchen.
king chicken looks like a dish that was created in a French kitchen for royalty, but it was actually first prepared in New York. According to an origin story, he was born at the Brighton Beach Hotel in honor of the hotel’s owner, E. Clark King II. It appeared on more than 300 menus between 1910 and 1960. Now it’s relegated to dinner parties and old cookbooks, and there’s even a canned version that belies its sophisticated upbringing. It’s time to bring back this easy and comforting chicken dish.
Try this recipe for Chicken a la King from Taste and Tell.
Chicken Divan is another dish whose preparation and name indicate a French origin, but it was actually developed in New York. The Chatham Hotel’s Divan Parisien restaurant is said to be the birthplace of this casserole of chicken and broccoli in a cream sauce. Kevin Is Cooking’s recipe eschews condensed soup for a traditional Mornay sauce, resulting in far less sodium.
Try this Scratch Made Chicken Divan recipe from Kevin Is Cooking.
Finally a French dish! Actually no, while cordon bleu translates to “blue ribbon” in French, this dish was developed in Switzerland. For this recipe, finely pounded chicken breasts are wrapped around thin slices of ham and Swiss cheese (makes sense now, doesn’t it?). Use the best quality ham and Swiss you can get for the best flavor. Our recipe skips the frying pan for an oven-baked version that cuts down on fat and calories.
Try our chicken cordon bleu recipe with honey and mustard sauce.
French? Yes, indeed, Coq a Vin is a resolutely French dish. This simple dish was traditionally used to sweeten an older chicken by letting it tenderize in a long, slow braise with a bottle of wine and some vegetables. It literally translates to “rooster in wine”. Of course, these days we use the trusty slow cooker to do all the set-and-forget work, and it’s safe to say that most people use regular supermarket chicken and not an old rooster.
Try our classic slow cooker chicken recipe in red wine.
Chicken kyiv is a French-influenced Russian dish that was perfected in Ukraine. It is similar to Chicken Cordon Bleu, but instead of a filling of Swiss cheese and ham, the chicken fillets are wrapped around butter. Obviously, butter-stuffed chicken isn’t the healthiest thing in the world, and some recipes take it too far. This one from Wholesome Yum gives it a paleo twist and cooks it for fewer calories.
Try this Chicken kyiv recipe from Wholesome Yum.
Chicken Marengo is a French dish of chicken in a thick tomato sauce with mushrooms and wine. It bears the name of a battle won by Napoleon. This dish is naturally lighter than some of the other chicken dishes on this list.
Try this Chicken Marengo recipe from The Spruce Eats.
Legend has it that Chicken Dijon was created when a jar of paprika accidentally fell into a chicken dish prepared for famous 1930s food critic Gaston Gerard. Most recipes these days don’t even use paprika, but these White Wine and Dijon Mustard Braised Chicken Breasts are utterly delicious and easy to make.
Try this Chicken Dijon recipe from The Seasoned Mom.
Chicken Marbella is one of the most famous dishes to come out of The Silver Palace cookbook published in 1982. This seemingly odd combination of braised chicken, prunes, olives and capers, but fans say it really works!
Try this Chicken Marbella recipe from Zestful Kitchen.
Marinated in citrus juice, garlic and spices, then baked, Cuban Chicken Mojo is infused with bright flavors and delicious served with rice and fried beans and plantains. This marinade is traditionally made with sour oranges, which can be hard to find, chef Kathy of Lemon Blossoms uses a mixture of fresh orange juice and lime juice to achieve a similar flavor.
Try this Cuban Mojo Chicken recipe from Lemon Blossoms.
This convenient way to bread chicken without the traditional three extra dishes for flour, eggs and breadcrumbs came out in 1965. Update the classic by skipping the canned mix and just using a plastic bag, which is basically what the boxed product used.
Try this Shake ‘n Bake Chicken recipe from Love From the Oven.
This typically incredibly rich casserole of pasta, chicken, and cream sauce was named for Luisa Tetrazzini, a popular 20th-century Italian opera singer. While the original is unhealthy, the one in A Pinch of Healthy is flavorful without being heavy.
Try this Chicken Tetrazzini recipe from A Pinch of Healthy.
When in doubt, the chicken and rice, aka arroz con pollo, is a crowd pleaser that will stretch your dollar. The Cozy Cook adds spinach for a healthy pop and uses just one pot to reduce cleanup.
Try this Arroz con Pollo recipe from The Cozy Cook.
Chicken Française or Francese is another dish with a French name but a much different origin. It is an Italian-American dish in the style of a French dish, hence its name. Thin chicken cutlets are usually dusted with flour, shallow fried, then coated in a white wine, butter and lemon sauce. Add capers to the sauce and you have chicken piccata yourself.
Try this French Chicken recipe from Not Entirely Average.
This rustic dish from the French countryside literally translates to “hunter’s” chicken. Typically, chicken on the bone is braised with tomatoes, white wine, chicken broth, cognac, mushrooms and herbs, and finished with butter.
Try this Hunter Chicken recipe from Food & Wine.
This dish is the Italian version of hunter’s chicken. Like chicken chasseur, this dish has chicken simmering in a sauce of tomatoes, mushrooms, and a little wine, and sometimes olives.
Try this chicken cacciatore recipe from Well Plated.
Perhaps one of the most beloved chicken dishes in America, Chicken Parmesan did not originate in Italy but was created in the United States by Italian immigrants. In the end, who cares where it was made when it’s one of the best chicken dishes of all time?
Chicken Parmesan can be really heavy, but we’ve updated it by baking it instead of frying it and serving it over healthy sautéed spinach.
Try our Spinach Chicken Parmesan recipe.
The quality of this traditional Hungarian dish depends on the quality of the paprika you get. Look for Hungarian paprika and skip the stuff on your spice rack that expired in 2012.
Try this chicken paprikash recipe from The Cozy Apron.
Created in Delhi in the 1950s, butter chicken had humble beginnings as a leftover dish. The cooks at Moti Mahal tossed leftover Tandoori chicken with butter and tomato and that’s how this velvety, beloved chicken dish was born. Like most great Indian dishes, butter chicken calls for spices like cumin, ginger, garam masala, and preferably spices that you grill yourself. Marinating chicken overnight in yogurt helps tenderize it and adds richness to the dish.
Try this recipe for butter chicken from RecipeTinEats.
We couldn’t in good conscience have a list of old fashioned chicken recipes without this classic standby. Don’t worry, in this recipe we’ve made it healthier and perfect for any night of the week.
Get our recipe for the healthiest chicken pot pie ever.