01/25/2015 09:49 am ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

8 Chicken Dinners That Are Anything but Boring

1. Thai Minced Chicken Lettuce Cups


If you like Thai food, you'll love these minced chicken lettuce cups boldly flavored with fresh ginger, lime, chili pepper, fish sauce and brown sugar. The recipe is easy to make with ingredients found at your regular supermarket. GET THE RECIPE

2. Middle Eastern Chicken Kebobs


In this recipe, chicken thighs are marinated in a tangy blend of Greek yogurt, lemon and spices, then grilled on skewers until golden brown. Everyone seems to love it -- in fact, the first time I made it for a crowd, I actually ran out of food. Lesson learned: make extra! GET THE RECIPE

3. Peruvian-Style Roast Chicken


This is my take on Pollo a la Brasa, the delicious spit-roasted chicken made popular by so many Peruvian restaurants. The chicken is first marinated in olive oil, lime juice, garlic and spices, and then oven-roasted until tender, juicy and crisp-skinned. The accompanying green sauce, which gets it's color from cilantro and jalapeño peppers, is spicy, creamy and downright addictive. You can put it on virtually everything, and it even makes a fabulous dip or salad dressing. GET THE RECIPE

4. Tandoori Chicken


Tandoori chicken is simply chicken marinated in yogurt, citrus and spices, then grilled or broiled. The name comes from the cylindrical clay oven -- or tandoor -- in which the dish is traditionally prepared. This is my favorite version: the chicken is deliciously spiced with super-crispy skin, and the mango chutney served alongside adds fruity, tangy flavor. GET THE RECIPE

5. Chipotle Chicken Quesadillas


Crisp flour tortillas filled with gooey melted cheddar and shredded chicken in a smoky chipotle-tomato sauce -- these are truly the ultimate quesadillas. The recipe is adapted from the website of Curtis Stone, one of my favorite chefs and cookbook authors. GET THE RECIPE

6. Grilled Thai Curry Chicken Skewers with Coconut Peanut Sauce


This crowd-pleasing recipe originally comes from food writer Alice Currah of the blog and book, Savory Sweet Life. The curry-flavored chicken is delicious in its own right but it's the rich coconut-peanut sauce that takes it over the top. GET THE RECIPE

7. Chicken Enchiladas


My whole family loves these enchiladas. They take a bit of time to make, but you can make the sauce and filling ahead of time, then assemble and bake the enchiladas another time for a quick and easy weeknight meal. GET THE RECIPE

8. Asian BBQ Chicken


Think of this dish as Chicken Teriyaki with a South Asian flair, or India meets the other flavors of Asia. It sounds exotic but it's actually kid-friendly and easy to make. GET THE RECIPE