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30 Best Christmas Chicken Recipes for Your Holiday Feast

Dress up your dinner table with these easy Christmas chicken recipes!

With colder weather ahead, we’re just inches away from the holiday season.

It’s time to start planning your holiday meals, and Christmas chicken is on the menu! 

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If you’re wanting to try something new this holiday season, I have some awesome recipes for you. 

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From herbal chicken to sweet and spicy, this list has something for everyone.

This roundup of Christmas chicken recipes has dinner the whole family will celebrate.

Complete your Christmas feast with one of these dishes!

1. Sticky Glazed Christmas Chicken

This meal has all the holiday spices you love in one delicious chicken recipe

A brown sugar marinade creates a sweet and spiced sticky glaze for baked chicken.

Imagine a delicious ham glaze on tender spiced chicken. 

You can make this recipe with a whole chicken, or cutlets. Whatever you do, make a big batch! It will be gone quickly.

2. Cranberry Rosemary Chicken

Holiday dinners are incomplete without bright bursting cranberries.

Add in a sprig of rosemary, and you have holiday magic in a roasting pan!

Pan-searing the chicken breasts before baking creates a perfect caramelization.

Sprinkle on fresh cranberries and rosemary, and bake to perfection.

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Serve this with steamed veggies, rice, or potatoes for a meal everyone will love.

3. Christmas Chicken (Roast Chicken)

A beautifully roasted whole chicken is a classic Christmas staple.

Bookmark this recipe to have a show-stopping recipe this Yuletide season!

The best roasted chicken has loads of butter and flavor-enhancing ingredients.

With fresh herbs, citrus, and veggies, there is no lack of that here. 

For a juicy and flavorful chicken, season the night before and rest it in the fridge. 

4. Lemon Garlic Roast Chicken

If roasting a chicken intimidates you, this is the recipe for you!

You’ll have a beautiful, juicy, and flavorful roasted chicken in a snap.

The key to this recipe is fresh poultry herbs, garlic, and lemon.

Each ingredient saturates the meat with flavor for fall-off-the-bone chicken.

Baste the meat with drippings as it cooks for juicy chicken and crispy skin. Perhaps this will be your Christmas gift this year!

5. Cranberry Balsamic Roasted Chicken {Paleo}

Hosting a big crowd for Christmas dinner can seem intimidating.

You’ll wow the crowd with this beautiful paleo chicken recipe.

Cranberry season is at its peak, and this chicken takes full advantage.

With a sticky balsamic glaze and bright cranberries, you can’t go wrong!

Between the marinade and roasting, this chicken is unbelievably juicy and tender.

Serve it with roasted veggies, salad, or rice for a full meal.

6. Lemon & Herb Roasted Chicken

Ditch the stress of a turkey dinner and whip up an easy whole chicken instead.

Whether you have a roasting pan or not, roasted chicken is a win for Christmas dinner.

This recipe has a few tricks for making the best roasted chicken.

Chill your seasoned chicken overnight to keep it flavorful and moist.

Let the chicken rest for about 15 minutes before slicing so the juices can redistribute.

Serve it with potatoes and roasted veggies for a complete Christmas dinner!

7. Homemade Chicken Pot Pie

Sometimes breaking tradition makes room for new holiday traditions.

Nothing says “warm holiday hug” like a hearty chicken pot pie.

With a prep time of just 10 minutes, this is the perfect meal for a busy holiday season.

Use rotisserie chicken, cream of chicken soup, and mixed veggies for your pot pie fillings.

For full holiday flavor, serve this with a dollop of cranberry sauce! 

8. Buffalo Chicken Meatballs

Football and Yuletide go hand in hand in houses across America.

Why not spice things up for your holiday meals with some buffalo chicken meatballs?

If you love chicken wings but want to keep your fingers clean, try these meatballs!

They’re made like traditional homemade meatballs, but with ground chicken instead.

Dress them with buffalo sauce and serve with ranch for dipping!

9. Creamy Garlic Chicken Breasts

Cold winter evenings are made all the better with warm comforting dinners.

Creamy garlic chicken hits the spot and is the perfect way to end your Christmas day. 

The chicken breasts come out with lovely caramelization and juicy meat. Add in a creamy garlic sauce, and this dinner is complete.

Serve it with pasta, rice, or veggies. There’s no use counting carbs at Christmas!

10. Baked Breaded Chicken

We often think of holiday dinners as being big, fancy, and typically stressful.

That’s why this easy meal is a breath of fresh air.

Chicken breasts are coated with a parmesan and breadcrumb mixture before baking.

his creates a delectable crust that has the perfect crunch you want!

For extra flavor, add a packet of ranch mix to your breading. Serve it with rice pilaf and veggies. 

11. Spicy Greek Yogurt Marinated Chicken Legs

Who doesn’t love a bit of Mediterranean at the holiday dinner table?

Serve up some deliciously spiced drumsticks for your next Christmas dinner.

The ample spices in this recipe are tamed down with Greek yogurt in the mix.

Pair the dish with rice with extra sauce over top!

12. Chicken Piccata

Winner winner, Christmas chicken dinner! This simple piccata is always a favorite at our holiday meals.

Fried chicken cutlets are coated in a sublime sauce and topped with capers before serving. 

Serve it with pasta, salad, or risotto for a feast to remember.

13. Coq au Vin Blanc (Chicken in White Wine)

Coq au vin has the perfect level of sophistication and simplicity for any holiday meal. 

Pan-seared chicken and bacon in a succulent white wine sauce sound like Christmas to me!

Add in cremini mushrooms and cream and you have one beautiful dinner.

14. Campbell’s Chicken Pot Pie

If Christmas dinner isn’t cozy, is it even Christmas? This pot pie is filling, full of flavor, and perfect for entertaining families.

If you follow this recipe, it’s quite easy to put together!

Use pre-made pie crust, rotisserie chicken, and frozen veggies for dinner in a pinch.

Cozy up to a big slice of this creamy chicken pot pie, and enjoy.

What better way is there to celebrate Christmas?

15. Hoisin Chicken

Try something new at Christmas this year, with a tasty Asian stir-fry.

This hoisin chicken recipe has everything you want in a Chinese dish.

Plus, it has the bonus addition of a sweet and sticky sauce.

Serve with rice for the perfect Christmas takeout substitute!

16. Bourbon Chicken

This simple bourbon chicken is the perfect quick and easy meal to serve for lunch on the holidays. 

Tender chicken in a Cajun-inspired sauce is just what you need to keep you going on Christmas day.

It’s full of flavor and ready to serve in thirty minutes!

17. Coca-Cola Chicken

No use serving a boring Christmas dinner with chicken like this around!

Begin by placing your chicken breasts in a single layer in a baking dish.

Then, pour over the cola glaze combined with ketchup and Worcestershire.

This recipe is great to try with wings for some finger-licking-good appetizers.

18. Fall Harvest Cider Roasted Chicken with Walnut Goat Cheese + Grapes

Okay, Christmas might be in winter, but why not bring the best of both worlds in one dish?

Everything in the name tells you this chicken is amazing.

Tender roasted chicken with grapes, goat cheese, and walnuts? I promise this combination is even better than it sounds! 

19. Buffalo Chicken Dip

Some families prefer finger foods for the holidays, so why not make chicken dip? 

You’ll find that this buffalo chicken dip has all the flavors of buffalo wings, with the convenience of a dip!

Serve it with veggies, crackers, or tortilla chips for dipping. Talk about a tasty Christmas snack!

20. Sweet and Sticky Pomegranate Chicken

Beautiful Christmas dinners don’t have to be stressful, and this recipe proves that point!

Cook chicken drumsticks (or any bone-in cut you prefer) in a pan, and prepare for magic.

This pomegranate sauce is supremely sweet and savory. 

Sprinkle on arils for a bright and bursting garnish before serving. 

21. Rotisserie Chicken Salad

If you’re anything like me, you forget to plan for lunch before a big Christmas dinner.

This chicken salad is simple and light, so it’s ideal for a mid-day meal.

Tender rotisserie chicken, grapes, and crunchy almonds are all necessary for this salad. Don’t forget the tangy mayo sauce, too!

Serve it with crackers, as sandwiches, or even on lettuce for a salad!

22. Sweet & Spicy Roast Chicken with Carrots, Dates & Pistachios

Wow the crowd with this beautiful and easy roast chicken recipe. 

The glaze is loaded with citrus, herb, and spices for finger-licking-good chicken.

Adding dates to your mixture of carrots and onions brings a sweet and savory element.

Pistachios, chives, and fresh herbs should be added just before serving. 

23. Cracker Barrel Grilled Chicken Tenders

If you’re serving kids at the Christmas table, this meal is for you!

Rather than unhealthy breaded chicken strips, serve up these glazed chicken tenders.

Simple, healthy, and delicious? Yes, please!

The sauce ingredients will reduce to a sticky, caramelized sauce after cooking.

24. King Ranch Chicken Casserole

Is it just me, or do casseroles just belong on the Christmas table?

A hearty casserole is perfect for a potluck-style Christmas meal!

With eleven layers of deliciousness, you know this is one hearty meal.

Layer corn tortillas, chicken, sauces, and cheeses in one pan before baking. 

Bake it to bubbly perfection, and dig right in! 

25. Applebee’s Fiesta Lime Chicken

This copycat Applebee’s chicken recipe is sure to impress this holiday season.

It’s so easy to put together and tastes fantastic every time.

There’s a corn chip crust at the bottom of the chicken, and it’s topped with a creamy salsa.

Serve this with rice or even as a tasty tender sandwich!

26. Creamy Tomato Chicken Drumsticks

Stop serving plain ham for Christmas dinner and spice it up with a beautiful new chicken dish. 

Chicken drumsticks, mushrooms, and broccoli are baked in a creamy tomato sauce.

The sauce consists of canned tomato sauce, diced tomatoes, and cream cheese. 

You can keep this meal healthy with cauliflower rice, or serve it with hearty pasta. No judgment of carbs at Christmas! 

27. Melt In Your Mouth Chicken

When your holidays are full of family, don’t sweat cooking and make a simple meal instead!

You need just five minutes to get this chicken into the oven, so there’s more time for family!

Hear me out. Mayo-coated chicken breasts result in ridiculously tender and juicy meat.

Serve this easy recipe with loaded mashed potatoes or mac and cheese.

It might not be the healthiest, but it could be the best chicken ever!

28. Chipotle Lime Butter Whole Roasted Chicken with Black Bean Corn Salad

Some of our favorite holiday dinners are ones that feature other cultures.

This chipotle chicken and zesty bean salad will absolutely add some holiday flare.

A whole chicken is seasoned with adobo sauce, lime, and chipotle seasoning. Serve your chicken over this tasty corn and black bean salad.

If you’re the type who enjoys an adult beverage with Christmas, margaritas are in order! 

29. Marry Me Chicken

Whether you have a lifelong love or not, marry me chicken might be the ticket to love in the holidays!

It’s supremely scrumptious and never disappoints.

With bacon, sun-dried tomatoes, and a cream sauce, this chicken is holiday love on a plate.

There are loads of flavors combined in this recipe, so get your tastebuds ready.

Pop a bottle of your favorite wine and be sure your nails are manicured.

You might be wearing some new bling after serving this for Christmas dinner!

30. Beer Can Chicken

Grab a leftover beer, and you’re ready to make your new favorite chicken! 

This funky recipe has been around for decades, and if you haven’t made it you need to!

It’s as ridiculously delicious as the idea of putting a beer can in a chicken sounds.

The flavor of this chicken comes from a simple dry rub.

Put an open beer can inside to release moisture while cooking for tender meat. 

30 Best Christmas Chicken Recipes for Your Holiday Feast

These Christmas chicken recipes will be the hit of the holidays! From roasted chicken to pot pie to casserole, each dish is bound to be a hit.


  • Sticky Glazed Christmas Chicken

  • Cranberry Rosemary Chicken

  • Christmas Chicken (Roast Chicken)

  • Lemon Garlic Roast Chicken

  • Cranberry Balsamic Roasted Chicken {Paleo}

  • Lemon & Herb Roasted Chicken

  • Homemade Chicken Pot Pie

  • Buffalo Chicken Meatballs

  • Creamy Garlic Chicken Breasts

  • Baked Breaded Chicken

  • Spicy Greek Yogurt Marinated Chicken Legs

  • Chicken Piccata

  • Coq au Vin Blanc (Chicken in White Wine)

  • Campbell’s Chicken Pot Pie

  • Hoisin Chicken

  • Bourbon Chicken

  • Coca Cola Chicken

  • Fall Harvest Cider Roasted Chicken with Walnut Goat Cheese + Grapes

  • Buffalo Chicken Dip

  • Sweet and Sticky Pomegranate Chicken

  • Rotisserie Chicken Salad

  • Sweet & Spicy Roast Chicken with Carrots, Dates & Pistachios

  • Cracker Barrel Grilled Chicken Tenders

  • King Ranch Chicken Casserole

  • Applebee’s Fiesta Lime Chicken

  • Creamy Tomato Chicken Drumsticks

  • Melt In Your Mouth Chicken

  • Chipotle Lime Butter Whole Roasted Chicken with Black Bean Corn Salad

  • Marry Me Chicken

  • Beer Can Chicken


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Hey there! I'm Kim. I love running, cooking, and curling up with a good book! I share recipes for people who LOVE good food, but want to keep things simple :)

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