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Spinach and tortellini go so well together and this salad makes an easy meal with leftover cooked chicken. What really makes it special is the roasted onions that add some oomph to bottled salad dressing. —Robin Haas, Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts
Pears and dried cherries go amazingly well with chicken and balsamic vinegar. It’s easy enough to make for a weeknight meal, but you can also dress it up for company. —Marcia Whitney, Gainesville, Florida
My husband and I love meatballs, and we love butter chicken. Before an appetizer party, we had the brainwave to combine these two loves, and they got rave reviews! Want them as a main dish? Just serve with basmati rice. —Shannon Dobos, Calgary, AB
If you've ever tried the Hot Brown Sandwich at the Brown Hotel in Louisville, Kentucky you'll love this version. It can be assembled ahead and refrigerated; just adjust baking time accordingly if cold. —Diane Halferty, Corpus Christi, Texas
Whether I make enough for just the two of us or increase the amounts for a social occasion, I always get a request for this recipe. There's a nice mixture of flavors with the pickles and ripe olives, and a good crunch from the celery.
For our must-have meal, we roast chicken using bone-in, skin-on thighs. This version without skin and bones has a zesty rub of turmeric, paprika and chili powder. —Bill Staley, Monroeville, Pennsylvania
This south-of-the-border chowder is one of my favorite slow cooker recipes, and it's a winner at family dinners and potlucks alike. We like ours topped with fresh avocado, shredded cheddar cheese and chili cheese corn chips. —Nancy Heishman, Las Vegas, NV