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It's always a challenge to find recipes that won't be dry and tasteless by the time everyone comes back from Shul on Friday night.   Chicken being the most budget-friendly main can easily dry out, but there are some recipes that hold up better than others.  

In general saucy chickens with or without the bones can stay pretty moist as long as they don't lose their liquid, so add a little extra and don't let it heat at too high a temperature.  

Breaded, fried or baked, chicken usually does pretty well too, the coating helps lock in the moisture and it is still very good if you have to serve at room temperature.   

Here are 10 chicken recipes you can make ahead that would be perfect for Friday night or any weekday dinner.

Apricot Chicken Tajine

Apricot Chicken Tajine

Tajine is a type of pot and also refers to a type of cooking in Morocco.  Chicken tajines are affordable and sit well as they slowly cook with vegetables and lots of spices. 

Chicken Meatball Stew

Chicken Meatball Stew

Ever tried kosher chicken meatballs in a stew? Worth it!!

Kishka Stuffed Chicken

Kishka Stuffed Chicken

Stuff your kosher chicken breast, bread it and bake it, love it. 

Chicken in a Pot 

Chicken in a Pot

Layer lots of veggies and brown the chicken then cook low and low until ready to eat. 

Magluba (1 pot meat)


Magluba is a rice and chicken dish that gets turned upside down, one pot meal with tons of flavor. 

Jamie's Secret Fried Chicken

Jamie's Favorite Fried Chicken

Fried chicken sits so well and is even great cold. 

Chicken with Prunes and Apple Butter Sauce

chicken with apple butter

Coat your chicken with sticky yummy sweet sauce. 

Honey Pecan Chicken

Honey Pecan Chicken

Breaded and baked with pecans adds the perfect nutty flavor. 

Jamie's Speedy Coq Au Vin (a juicy chicken perfect for a late friday night)


It is basically a fancy chicken and wine - but shockingly easy. 

Herb and Pumpkin Seed Drumsticks

Herb and Pumpkin Seed Coated Chicken Drumsticks

More ways to coat your chicken, try pumpkin seeds. 

Skillet Shawarma Dinner

Chicken Shawarma 30 minute dinner

This quick dinner cooks the chicken quickly on the stove while the rice cooks in the oven, a quick and easy dinner that also reheats well. 

Za'atar Chicken Pita

Zaatar Chicken in Pita

Make extra chicken and you can save for later and even freeze for future pita sandwiches. 

Pomegranate Chicken and Couscous Salad


Make the salad fresh, but the chicken can be cooked ahead and the salad can be eaten room temp. 

Lemon Olive Chicken Tagine

Lemon and Olive Chicken Tagine

We love our chicken over couscous so much we wanted a hot one on this list. Tagine is the ultimate make-ahead chicken.