When it’s springtime in the South, cabbage is plentiful and we use it. One of our favorite recipes is this combo of Asian slaw and barbecue chicken. Plus, it's easy to halve or double the servings as needed. —Paula Todora, Fort Worth, Texas
Treat a loved one to this tender chicken topped with plump cranberries and simmered in a spicy orange sauce. I got the recipe at a cranberry festival in Wisconsin. Even those who don't care for cranberries like this flavorful main dish. —Kathy Mead, Gwinn, Michigan
Round out this saucy seasoned chicken with some rice or pasta, suggests Mary Kretschmer. "I often make this dish when my children and grandchildren visit," she pens from Miami, Florida. "Using the slow cooker leaves me more time to enjoy their company."
“This pared-down dish was a family favorite when my teens were still home,” recalls Tina Green in Albany, Oregon. “I could stretch it with noodles and veggies for last-minute guests. It's so tasty and easy to whip up.”
From Caldwell, Idaho, Ginger Ellsworth sends this pretty spinach salad topped with grilled chicken, strawberries and almonds in a sweet poppy-seed dressing. Made in moments, it’s a refreshing lunch or light supper for two.
Store-bought packages of lemon-pepper chicken breasts speed assembly of this main dish. From Evansville, Indiana, Gertrudis Miller writes, “I usually prepare this when I want a fast meal that tastes good.”
“This recipe is one that I have adapted over time,” says Chris Duncan of Ellensburg, Washington. “It dresses up very well for company or special dinners yet is great for every night, too. The chicken breasts can be prepared and refrigerated until baking time if needed,” she notes.
"This recipe is easy enough for kids to do, and our family loves it!" writes Ginny Watson (pictured) of Broken Arrow, Oklahoma. A crumb coating adds savory flavor to the chicken and keeps it moist while it cooks.
I'm tired at the end of the workday, so fast meals are always appreciated. I came up with this pasta dish one night using ingredients we happened to have on hand. I knew it was a success when my husband, who doesn't even like chicken, couldn't stop eating it!
“My husband loves Alfredo sauce, so I'm always looking for new variations,” writes Cindie Henf from Sebastian, Florida. “This easy-to-make soup is wonderful with crusty Italian bread and a tomato-mozzarella-basil salad. Best of all, it's the perfect amount for two of us.”