12 Contest-Winning Chicken & Chops Recipes Perfect for Weeknights
Our taste panel loved these weeknight-worthy chicken and pork recipes.
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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