01/31/2012 10:25 am ET Updated Apr 01, 2012

12 Can't-Miss Chicken Dishes

I love chicken. But, like a lot of chefs and cooks, I get tired of preparing it the same way. While I love fried chicken, it's not always the healthiest dish on the menu and should really be a "once in a while" treat. The key to healthy eating is moderation, and even when you enjoy a dish like my Fried Yard Bird, one of the most popular dishes at Red Rooster, it's important to pair it with healthier sides like collard greens or a salad.

The great thing about chicken is that its flavor is so versatile and lends itself to many different styles of cooking. A juicy chicken breast can be the perfect accompaniment to a classic Caesar salad or a club sandwich. It's also easy to cook, and can be as simple as dressing it with a few spices and popping in the oven.

If you're looking for interesting ways to spice up your regular chicken nights, Food Republic and I have you covered! Check out our gallery for 12 recipes that will knock your ordinary chicken dishes out of the park. They'll definitely keep your family from groaning, "Chicken, again?"

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