5 Fall Chicken Dinner Ideas that Deliver the Warmth

October 01, 2021 | Food Lion
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Bright, colorful leaves, crisp cool air and delicious fall flavors like pumpkin spice and maple; these are just a few things we all look forward to in the autumn months. But, the list doesn’t stop there. Warm, comforting foods are another staple of the season; things like soups and stews, cheesy dishes and baked casseroles, to name a few. Are you feeling hungry yet? We’re right there with you.

That’s why in this blog, we pulled together five of our favorite comforting recipes that are perfect for fall. And not only are they comfort foods, but they’re also chicken dinner ideas. So, if your family loves this variety of poultry, you’re in luck! Keep reading to get inspired with tasty meals this season.

Chicken Dinner Idea #1: Bake a Hearty & Easy Pot Pie

Chicken and Biscuit pot pie in bowl next to serving dish of chicken pot pie, wood table background

What’s more comforting than a chicken pot pie? This baked dish is the perfect meal to enjoy on a cool autumn day with a buttery, flaky crust and hearty, creamy inside. And with our recipe, you can make preparing this chicken dinner idea super simple. First off, you can use rotisserie chicken instead of cooking it yourself, which is a great time-saver. Secondly, instead of a pastry crust, you’ll use refrigerated biscuits.

Head on over to our recipe portal to see all of the ingredients that go into preparing this delicious Chicken and Biscuit Pot Pie!

Chicken Dinner Idea #2: Enjoy the Sweet Fall Flavor of Maple

Top down of one-Pan maple-mustard roast chicken in cast iron pan, serving bowl of halved potatoes in background

Maple is a natural sweetener mostly known as a pairing with breakfast foods. However, it is also a decadent fall flavor that tastes fantastic as a glaze on chicken. Want to give it a try? Our One-Pan Maple-Mustard Roast Chicken recipe is made with chicken drumsticks and red potatoes with a maple Dijon glaze and fresh thyme.

For pairing, all you’ll need are some vegetables (such as sauteed green beans or roasted broccoli) and you have a complete chicken dinner ready to enjoy! Do you prefer the white meat of the bird? Feel free to substitute the drumsticks for chicken breasts instead.

Chicken Dinner Idea #3: Warm Up with a Creamy Chicken Soup

Mango Honey Sriracha Glazed Drumsticks

Our third chicken dinner idea is a creamy soup that will remind you of a loaded potato soup, but with chicken mixed in. And similar to the pot pie dish we listed above, we recommend using rotisserie chicken in this Chicken and Potato Chowder recipe as well. So, be sure to swing by the Deli department when shopping for the soup ingredients at your neighborhood Food Lion to pick up a fresh rotisserie chicken. In addition, you’ll also need:

  • Red potatoes
  • Bacon bits
  • Frozen corn
  • Chicken stock
  • Milk
  • Flour
  • Butter

Garlic powder, fresh chives and fresh thyme (such as Nature’s Promise brand) are additional ingredients that you can mix in if desired.

Chicken Dinner Idea #4: Use Some Spaghetti Squash

Chicken Parmesan Stuffed Spaghetti Squash on white plate, fresh tomatoes and spinach in background on cutting board, wood table

Warm, cheesy and comforting, this Italian-style recipe takes the family favorite dish of chicken parmesan and transforms it into a low-carb meal baked in halves of spaghetti squash. This fall and winter time vegetable gets its name from the strands within the cooked squash, which when shredded with a fork resemble thin spaghetti noodles.

For this Chicken Parmesan Stuffed Spaghetti Squash recipe, you are certainly welcome to cook chicken breasts and cut them into small pieces. However, we suggest using rotisserie chicken in this nutritious baked dish as well to keep the combined prep and cook time to 45 minutes or less. Talk about a good meal in no time!

Chicken Dinner Idea #5: Glaze Chicken with Apple Butter

Cast iron pan of apple butter and cream cheese stuffed chicken, cutting board with fresh apples and parsley with serving dish of sauce

Apples are a family favorite year-round, but did you know that apple season is actually in the fall months? That’s right! So, for our last chicken dinner idea in this blog, we’re incorporating the sweet taste of the fall fruit into a quick & easy Apple Butter and Cream Cheese Stuffed Chicken recipe.

You’ve probably had apple butter on toast or biscuits, but with this dish, you can try the sweet and spiced spread on juicy, savory chicken breasts. Sounds delicious, right? Serve with rice and steamed vegetables for a complete meal.

There you have it - five chicken dinner ideas that are perfectly comforting for a fall evening. Plus, they’re all easy to make and are sure to be a hit with your loved ones. Want to enjoy some other items with fall flavors? Be sure to look for Limited Time Originals, such as maple leaf creme cookies, pumpkin-flavored ice cream, apple cider and more when you visit your local Food Lion!

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