Whether you’re new to cooking or consider yourself to be an advanced at-home chef, we can all benefit from a new recipe or two. Even if you have tried and true recipes you always turn to, one of the most enjoyable experiences in the kitchen is cooking up something completely new.
If you’re searching for cozy, comfort food recipes, look no further than the Pioneer Woman herself, Ree Drummond. Between her show on Food Network, her cookbooks, and her blog, Ree knows a thing or two about home cooking.
So if you’re at a loss for what to make for dinner tonight, or you’re simply doing some research for future meal prep, check out some of our favorite Pioneer Woman recipes to try out in your modern kitchen.
Pioneer Woman Recipes: Chicken
Chicken is one of America’s most popular foods. In fact, chicken is so popular, the United States Department of Agriculture reports that Americans consume an average of 93 pounds of chicken a year per person.
As a homesteader (raising chickens for both eggs and meat), I typically have a freezer full of chicken parts after butchering. I love chicken. It tastes good and is nutritious for me and my family so I end up cooking a lot of chicken. I have become somewhat bored, however, with my old and predictable ways of preparing chicken.
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Fried, roasted, barbecued, boiled, broiled, or grilled: If you too love chicken, try these quick, easy-to-prepare, absolutely scrumptious, and highly addictive Pioneer Woman recipes featuring chicken.
Slow Cooker White Chicken Chili
Food Network of Canada features many of the Pioneer Woman’s most popular recipes. Out of more than 70(!) Pioneer Woman recipes that feature chicken, Ree’s chili recipe is ranked number 1. When it’s cold outside, this tasty white chicken chili, served up with a hunk of cornbread hot from the oven, is the perfect comfort meal.
Chicken Alfredo Stuffed Shells
If you love chicken and pasta, you will most definitely love this delicious baked pasta dish. Perfect for a busy weeknight, family supper, this dish can be made ahead and baked just prior to serving. From freezer to table takes less than 30 minutes.
Tender bites of chicken in a mouthwatering sauce, this homemade version of a classic takeout favorite can’t be beat. Mildly spicy, the subtle heat of this dish comes from the smooth and creamy sauce that includes soy sauce, brown sugar, and white rice wine vinegar.
Italian Chicken Sheet Pan Supper
If you are looking for a quick and easy chicken supper recipe, this fast and simple-to-prepare sheet pan supper takes just minutes to make and 25 minutes to bake.
Creamy Spinach and Red Pepper Chicken
Sweet and slightly spicy red peppers and fresh spinach give this creamy chicken dish an unforgettable flavor that is sure to please the pickiest palettes.
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Serve with a side of wild rice and a salad of thinly sliced cucumbers marinated in rice wine vinegar and sweetened with a bit of honey.
Middle Eastern Chicken and Eggplant Kebabs With Tahini Yogurt Sauce
Add Middle Eastern flair to Saturday suppers. Seasoned with garlic, lemon, honey, parsley, and mint, these tasty kabobs are the perfect make-ahead entrée for any party. Serve with a salad of sliced fresh fruits: Kiwi, pineapple, watermelon, honeydew, and cantaloupe drizzled with a tart and tangy lemon-poppy seed dressing.
Homemade Chicken Nuggets
Children just seem to be naturally drawn to chicken nuggets. My grandkids like them in any form from fast-food restaurants to store-bought frozen nuggets they can pop in the oven themselves. However, they will quickly tell you, Grandma’s homemade chicken nuggets are the very best ever.
If you want to impress your family, whip up a batch of the best chicken nuggets you have ever tasted. Even if you double the recipe, the whole family will be asking for more.
Chicken and Dressing Sheet Pan Supper
I love sheet pan supper recipes; simple straight-forward ingredients normally found in my pantry or freezer, easy prep, and only one pan to wash. If you are looking for a different twist on a roast chicken and dressing dinner, give this recipe a try. You won’t be disappointed.
Chicken Broccolini With Mustard Cream Sauce
Tender chicken breasts stuffed with broccolini and smothered in a mustard cream sauce is so, so very good. Try this recipe pairing mustard and chicken. You will be addicted.
Slow Cooked Mexican Chicken Soup
I love the convenience of letting a slow cooker work its magic — allowing the spices blend with the flavor of chicken, fresh vegetables, and beans. Topped with crisp tortilla strips, grated cheese and a dollop of sour cream, this dish is easy, and a joy to eat, no-fuss supper.
This fast and easy dish is a fine choice when asked to bring a covered dish for a church, school, or family function. Easy on the budget, this crowd-pleasing casserole dish can be made ahead, then frozen or refrigerated until ready to bake and serve.
White Chicken Enchiladas
Creamy comfort food, white chicken enchiladas (enlivened with roasted green chilies and jalapeno bits) is a nutritious, make-and-bake dish for a weekend supper.
Roasted chicken served with mashed potatoes and fresh garden peas is the perfect choice for a family Sunday dinner.
Chicken and Noodles
On a cold wintry day, a bowl full of homemade chicken and noodles deliciously satisfies my family’s cravings for comfort food like grandma used to make. You will adore this recipe.
Spicy Chicken Wings
Are you wondering what to serve at your next football party? Perfect for serving a crowd, these finger-licking good, spicy wings can be prepared mild, medium, or hot. It is easy to adjust the flavor and kick of the spices to fit your family’s taste preferences. Serve with ranch or blue cheese dressing.
Fried Chicken and Buttermilk Biscuits
Golden brown, crispy, and so flavorful, fried chicken and flaky buttermilk biscuits smeared with butter and honey are Southern comfort food at its best.
Cap’n Crunch Chicken Strips
A favorite way to serve chicken when the grandchildren come for a visit. Kids love the touch of caramelized sweetness, and when cut into thin strips, Cap’n Crunch Chicken Strips are perfect finger food for little hands.
Grilled Chicken and Pineapple Quesadillas
Grilled chicken breasts and pineapple slices spiced with cilantro, cumin, cayenne, sliced jalapeno peppers, Monterey Jack cheese, and taco seasoning, and served up in a crispy flour tortilla, are a tasty and easy-to-prepare luncheon choice.
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Add a salad of fresh spring greens dressed with lemon-laced coconut oil in a white rice wine vinaigrette. Serve with more fresh cilantro, lime wedges, sour cream, and your favorite fresh salsa.
Sesame Chicken Salad
A cool and crisp salad perfect for lunch on the patio or poolside, this sesame chicken is a summertime favorite. Serve with ice cold homemade lemonade and fresh from the oven parmesan breadsticks.
Pioneer Woman Recipes: Pork
Did you know that pork is the number 1 consumed meat in the world? Pork is also a big part of many Americans’ favorite meals. Pork chops, ribs, ham, and of course, bacon. What’s not to love?
Many Americans, once devoted to beef and chicken, are consuming more pork now than ever before. Maybe it’s all that bacon we love on our cheeseburgers, but it adds up. The average American eats 89 pounds of pork a year. I bake a ham on holiday occasions, and prepare a roast or pork chops a couple of times a month. However, in our household, most of that 89 pounds of pork per person is most likely bacon. We love bacon!
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Pork contains significant amounts of many vitamins and minerals including vitamin B6, vitamin B12, iron, phosphorus, niacin, zinc, and thiamine.
Because my family and friends love pork almost as much as they love chicken, I am always looking for new and taste-tantalizing recipes. Again, Ree Drummond at Pioneer Woman is one of my go-to sources.
You can’t go wrong when following Pioneer Woman recipes. Be adventurous. Try out these scrumptious selections. The whole gang will be asking for second helpings.
Pork Rind Chicken Strips
Crunchy, hot, spicy, and absolutely delicious, these moist and tender pork rind chicken strips are a mouthwatering taste surprise that is sure to become a family snack night favorite.
Ranch Pork Chop Sheet Pan Supper
Are you in a rush and yet want to serve your family a fabulous meal? Ree’s sheet pan recipe makes dinner preparation fast and easy. You only use one pan to prepare the meal, so cleanup is a breeze.
Pioneer Woman Pulled Pork
With a splash of Dr. Pepper for an unexpected flavor burst, Pioneer Pulled Pork is the best. It’s great on a bun, or if you are watching calories and carbs, generously sprinkle it on a salad of fresh greens and sliced cucumbers.
Smothered Pork Chops
Lightly breaded, golden brown, and smothered in a rich gravy embellished with sweet baby bell peppers, this recipe is quick and easy to make and guaranteed to please.
Served with warm tortillas and fresh peach salsa, pork carnitas are a special treat for Sunday brunch or a late afternoon lunch.
Pioneer Woman Recipes: Sides
While you could certainly enjoy your pork or chicken meals on their own, some flavorful side dishes help to bring the entire meal together. Here are a few of our favorite side dishes from Ree Drummond.
Shrimp Caesar Salad
A Caesar salad is the perfect complement to grilled chicken, pasta, steak, and plenty of other dishes. This salad incorporates shrimp and avocado with all the traditional ingredients you’d expect.
Macaroni and Cheese
Though we’re putting this in the side dish section, feel free to enjoy it as a main dish, too! If you want to make it a little less carb heavy, you can sub in quinoa or chickpea pasta. And if you need to get your greens, add a healthy serving of broccoli.
More Side Dish Recipes to Consider
- Rosemary Garlic Fried Potatoes From The Pioneer Woman
- Pasta Salad With Tomatoes, Zucchini, and Feta From The Pioneer Woman
- Roasted Carrots With Vinaigrette From The Pioneer Woman
Pioneer Woman Recipes: Desserts
Along with chicken, pork, and side dish recipes, there are a number of delectably sweet Pioneer Woman recipes worth trying out in your kitchen. And of course, if you’re making anything out of fruit, try your best to make it when the produce is in-season. It’s much more satisfying.
Strawberry Ice Cream
Who doesn’t love a scoop of ice cream on a warm day? Try your hand at making ice cream at home with this Pioneer Woman recipe.
No-Bake Peanut Butter Bars
Enjoy that delicious peanut butter and chocolate combo (without having to turn on the oven) with this no-bake recipe. If you like your peanut butter chunky, don’t forget to add a big helping of peanuts on top.
More Dessert Recipes to Consider
- Strawberry Pretzel Pie From Pioneer Woman
- Bananas Foster From Food Network
- Blackberry Cobbler From Food Network
- U.S. Chicken Consumption, National Chicken Council
- Food Statistics, United States Department of Agriculture
- Fresh Pork From Farm to Table, United States Department of Agriculture
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