It is getting colder, and that means the desire to be home, comfy and cozy is setting in. Along with that feeling comes the craving for heartwarming meals. Chicken makes an excellent fall dinner option for several compelling reasons. Its versatility allows for a wide range of preparations, from hearty roasted chicken with root vegetables to comforting chicken soups and stews that provide warmth on chilly evenings. Chicken's lean protein is a satisfying choice that complements the heartier ingredients often associated with autumn, like squash, apples, and hearty grains. And, its adaptability in absorbing flavors means it can be infused with seasonal spices and herbs, making it a perfect canvas for exploring the rich and diverse tastes of fall. Whether you're in the mood for a cozy comfort food or a lighter, healthier option, these fall chicken recipes offer delicious and adaptable choices for evening meals. Let’s dive right in!
One always comforting dish is a creamy one. For fall chicken recipes, this creamy garlic chicken is smothered in a rich and flavorful gravy and served over mashed potatoes with roasted green beans. It’s hearty, slightly healthy, and packed full of fall flavors. Garlic and gravy go hand in hand when craving a comforting meal.
Soup absolutely has to be one of the top on the list of fall chicken recipes. This creamy chicken tortilla soup is a simple recipe to make, but delicious nonetheless. You can make it with a crockpot or right on the stovetop. You can even use pre-cooked chicken like rotisserie chicken to make it even easier!
Garlic Chicken Gnocchi Skillet is an amazing weeknight dinner option. It’s done in under 30 minutes, all in one skillet. We love easy clean-up! The use of chicken thighs rather than chicken breast gives this meal a wonderful, hearty flavor. Perfect for a chilly Autumn evening. It also makes a great meal prep option as it will keep all week in the fridge.
Apple Cider Chicken Skillet - just the name alone puts it on the fall chicken recipes list. It looks amazing, but it’s simple and easy to make. Breaded chicken is seared to a golden brown before the whole dish simmers in a sweet apple cider sauce. The sweet apple and the tangy cider flavors pair amazingly with this chicken to bring you the best of fall flavors in one pot.
If you’ve heard of Marry Me Chicken, you know how delicious it is. This version is in meatball form, making it cute and scrumptious. The meatballs are tender and juicy, and even a bit healthier than regular meatballs as they are made with lean ground chicken. Marry Me Chicken Meatballs are simmered in a thick and creamy broth that will have everyone drooling - or ready to marry you!
Let’s just stuff chicken with all the delicious fall flavors! Apple Gouda Stuffed Chicken is made with creamy, savory gouda that perfectly melts within the chicken. It pairs with sweet apples to balance out the entire dish. Serve this with roasted sweet potatoes, and you have an amazing entree to add to the fall chicken recipes list.
With just six ingredients and a few simple steps, you can have maple-glazed chicken and sweet potatoes on the table in about 20 minutes. It’s perfect for a weeknight meal when you don’t want to spend a lot of time in the kitchen, but you want the feel of a home-cooked meal. It’s hearty and makes the best use of autumn flavors.
On the savory side of fall flavors, we have honey dijon which can be used in a variety of ways. Lemon helps brighten the dish and pairs well with the strong honey dijon flavor. And both lemon and honey dijon are known to go well with chicken. Serve this with a side of risotto to keep things hearty, or even a side of Tuscan beans!
The amount of flavor you can get out of just one pan is astounding. Crispy skin on the chicken thighs and tender, slightly sweet butternut squash take on a bit of garlic, thyme, and paprika to make a fall-flavored entree. This is the dish to make if you want a meal that is impressive but simple to whip up.
If you haven’t tried the combination of BBQ chicken with sweet potatoes, you’re missing out! It’s a personal favorite and it’s absolutely delicious. It can be made any time of year, but in the fall when sweet potatoes are at their largest, it’s a fantastic use for them. The sweetness of the soft potatoes pairs well with the smoky BBQ flavor. And chicken always adds a healthy dose of protein.
The combo of maple and mustard brings the best out of a sweet and savory dish. This glazed chicken is healthy and hearty. You can use this recipe for fall-inspired meal prep, and pair it with roasted root veggies for the ultimate autumn meal prep lunch. And, it’s all done in 30 minutes or less.
I love a sheet pan meal. It’s easy to make because you don’t have to stand over a stove and monitor what’s going on. You can roughly chop things and lay it on the sheet pan, and it still looks fantastic. Plus, it’s easy to combine flavors just how you would want them. In this case, using chicken sausage to pair with roasted vegetables and apples gives delicious fall savory vibes.
This apple chicken recipe is an easy and healthy dinner recipe that's packed full of flavor. You’ll love it because of the sweet, crisp, Ambrosia apples, bacon, light honey mustard sauce, and it’s a one pan easy dinner recipe. It looks beautiful too, even when presented in a skillet, so serve it family style at your next dinner party.
Anytime you combine sundried tomatoes, spinach, and parmesan, you get decadence. That’s the only way to describe this dish. Chicken is simmered in an amazing creamy, cheesy sundried tomato sauce that has a handful of spinach to brighten it up. You can enjoy it as is, or serve it with your favorite sourdough bread.
In this autumn chicken dinner, butternut squash and Brussels sprouts are combined together with smoked paprika chicken, cheese tortellini, and garlic butter sauce. The end result is a beautiful, colorful, and vibrant dinner. It’s very easy to reheat (no sauces will break in the process of storing it), so you can make it ahead of time if need be.
Chicken marsala is a classic dish that is served year round, but it easily makes it onto the fall recipes list because of the comforting, hearty feel. Mushrooms add a depth of flavor and additional comfort. This whole dish is satisfying and warms you from the inside out. Consider serving this with toasted naan bread or sourdough bread.
If you want a kid-friendly fall bake, try out this chicken bacon ranch pasta. It’s got all the flavors kids love - bacon and ranch - as well as their favorite carb - pasta. The chicken hides in there to give them a boost of protein. The whole family will love it, and you will love how easy it is to make on a cold night in!
Spruce up the regular spaghetti and meatball night, and make these baked chicken ricotta meatballs instead. When paired with al dente pasta, and a creamy spinach alfredo sauce, it’s a delicious and comforting dinner. Once made, this recipe will be added to the weekly rotation for sure! Just like Italian meatballs, these have a bit of breadcrumbs and Italian herbs added. But the addition of ricotta keeps the lean chicken moist and tender.
Rather than make just a side dish of scalloped potatoes, make scalloped chicken instead and you’ll have a full one pot meal. It only takes 15 minutes of prep time, even though it cooks for 1 hour. But that frees you up to do other things throughout the house while it cooks, which is always a win in my book.
This recipe for Oven Baked Chicken with cheese and mushrooms mixed through is packed with flavor and low in carbs, making it a perfect dinner for picky eaters. For this recipe, you can use any kind of mushrooms you have on hand, including canned ones. Use boneless, skinless chicken breasts or chicken thighs for additional flavor.
Just looking at this recipe will show you how comforting and delicious it is. The creamy Dijon sauce is made from butter, garlic, flour, white wine, chicken broth, heavy cream, and dijon. The chicken is then coated in the sauce and the whole dish is served over creamy mashed potatoes. It’s the ultimate classic, fall dish to serve for your friends or family.
Chicken Cordon Bleu is delicious, there’s no debating that. But it can be quite unhealthy, so if you’re looking for a comforting dish packed with flavor, but not packed with calories, this open face chicken cordon bleu is going to be your new favorite. This “skinny” version isn’t breaded and fried, but it still packs all the classic cordon bleu flavors we love.
You will love this Garlic Herb Chicken and Scalloped Sweet Potatoes because the chicken and potatoes bake right in one pan, and the chicken juices soak into the sweet potatoes for the most flavorful scalloped sweet potatoes. A delectable wet rub of pantry staple spices, Dijon, soy sauce, and olive oil, makes the chicken so restaurant-worthy. It will become your new go-to wet rub with or without scalloped potatoes.
Get ready for the leaves to fall, and the evenings to get chilly. With this list of fall chicken recipes, you’ll be ready to keep everyone full and warm all night long, while using the best flavors the autumn season has to offer.
And I'll leave you with one of my favorite fall chicken recipes, Marry Me Chicken.
23 Cozy Fall Chicken Recipes
- 4 breasts fillet (about 300 grams)
- 2.5 cups low fast greek yogurt, plain, 700 g
- 6 sun-dried tomatoes, chopped
- ½ cup chicken broth, 120 ml
- ¼ cup fresh basil leaves, chopped
- 1 teaspoon herbes de Provence
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Start by drying the chicken breasts with a towel and seasoning them with salt, pepper, and herbes de Provence.
- In a large pot or skillet, heat the olive oil over medium-high heat. Place the seasoned chicken breasts in the pot and sear them on both sides until they develop a golden-brown crust.
- Once the chicken is nicely browned, add the chicken broth, sun-dried tomatoes, fresh basil, and Greek yogurt to the pot. Stir everything together to combine the flavors.
- Reduce the heat to medium-low and let the chicken simmer in the sauce for about 15-20 minutes, allowing the flavors to meld together and the sauce to thicken slightly. Make sure to stir occasionally to prevent sticking.
- Once the chicken is fully cooked and the sauce has reached the desired consistency, remove the pot from the heat.
- Serve the Marry Me Chicken hot, spooning the flavorful sauce over the chicken breasts.