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12 Contest-Winning Chicken & Chops Recipes Perfect for Weeknights

Our taste panel loved these weeknight-worthy chicken and pork recipes.

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Grand Prize: Dijon Pork Chops with Cabbage and FennelTaste of Home

Grand Prize: Dijon Pork Chops with Cabbage and Fennel

While living in Switzerland for a few years, my friends introduced me to an area renowned for their cabbage, pork and potato dishes. I decided to try a cabbage and fennel combination and believe they complement each other well. The juniper berries are an addition that I learned after many years of cooking this recipe and adds a special flavor to the cabbage.—Grace Voltolina, Westport, Connecticut

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1st Place: Creamy Green Chile Chicken CobblerTaste of Home

1st Place: Creamy Green Chile Chicken Cobbler

Biscuity crumbs take this family-friendly combo of rotisserie chicken and cheesy, creamy green enchilada sauce over the top. —Johnna Johnson, Scottsdale, Arizona

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2nd Place: Fig-Glazed Chicken with White Beans Taste of Home

2nd Place: Fig-Glazed Chicken with White Beans

Sauteed shallots, fig jam, rosemary, lemon and sherry vinegar make a delightful sauce for both the chicken and the beans. My husband couldn’t believe how well the white beans absorbed the flavor, making this a grand slam. Matchstick carrots can be added to the bean mixture for extra color, flavor and crunch. —Arlene Erlbach, Morton Grove, Illinois

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3rd Place: Spicy Thai Coconut Chicken SoupTaste of Home

3rd Place: Spicy Thai Coconut Chicken Soup

For national soup month in January, I came up with a new recipe every day. This one is my favorite! It’s so easy, with just a touch of special Thai flavors. For an even richer flavor, try using whole coconut milk. —Diane Nemitz, Ludington, Michigan

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Runner-Up: Apple-Glazed Stuffed Pork ChopsTaste of Home

Runner-Up: Apple-Glazed Stuffed Pork Chops

I've served these Apple Glazed Pork Chops for many dinner parties. All you need to add would be a green veggie, a crunchy green salad and you have a beautiful presentation for a lovely meal. These can be prepared, refrigerated and baked later in the day.

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Runner-Up: Blueberry Chops with Cinnamon Sweet PotatoesTaste of Home

Runner-Up: Blueberry Chops with Cinnamon Sweet Potatoes

A sweet and spicy combo is the perfect accent for meaty chops. With a fresh green veggie on the side, this is a hearty summer meal. It’s easy, yet impressive enough to serve to company. —Laura Davis, Chincoteague, Virginia

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Runner-Up: Breaded Curry Chicken Drummies Taste of Home

Runner-Up: Breaded Curry Chicken Drummies

These drumsticks are crispy with just the right amount of zing to get your mouth watering for more! They are super easy to make and baked rather than fried, so they saves on fat but not flavor! Boneless, skinless chicken breasts or assorted chicken parts can also be used instead of all drumsticks. —Lynn Kaufman, Mount Morris, Illinois

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Runner-Up: Chicken Parmesan Stuffed ShellsTaste of Home

Runner-Up: Chicken Parmesan Stuffed Shells

When chicken Parmesan meets stuffed shells, it's love at first bite. The texture of the chicken holds up in the deliciously creamy cheesy mixture. —Cynthia Gerken, Naples, Florida

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Runner-Up: Five-Spice Glazed Smoked ChopsTaste of Home

Runner-Up: Five-Spice Glazed Smoked Chops

I started out fixing another recipe but didn't have all the ingredients, so I came up with this one! The spice gives it a flavorful kick. You can make your own five-spice powder by combining cloves, cinnamon, anise and nutmeg. I love that you can make this dish on the stovetop or the grill. —Jill Thomas, Washington, Indiana

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Runner-Up: Paprika Chicken StroganoffTaste of Home

Runner-Up: Paprika Chicken Stroganoff

Stroganoff is such a comfort food. While traditionally a beef dish, it can easily be adapted for other proteins, and it is just as delicious. With this creamy chicken stroganoff, I get to enjoy all the lovely sauciness with the benefits of the lighter white meat. —Leo Lo, Norfolk, Virginia

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Runner-Up: Sheet-Pan Pineapple Chicken FajitasTaste of Home

Runner-Up: Sheet-Pan Pineapple Chicken Fajitas

I combined chicken and pineapple for a different flavor on our fajitas. It's more on the sweet side but my family loved them! —Nancy Heishman, Las Vegas, Nevada

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Runner-Up: Sweet Potato-Crusted Chicken NuggetsTaste of Home

Runner-Up: Sweet Potato-Crusted Chicken Nuggets

I was looking for ways to spice up traditional chicken nuggets and came up with this recipe. The chips add a crunchy texture and flavor, while the meat is tender on the inside. —Kristina Segarra, Yonkers, New York

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