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Recipe Rescue: Winner, Winner—Chicken Dinner!

“If God hadn’t intended us to eat chicken, he wouldn’t have made them taste so damn good,” my father has been known to proclaim. His father, my grandfather, did not agree.

My grandfather never tasted chicken in all of his 86 years on earth (he also refused to fly in planes, but that story’s for another day). As mild-mannered and easy-going as my grandfather (George, which is what we called him, not "grandpa" or "gramps" or "pa," but his given name, George) was, the one thing he could not tolerate in his house was chicken. Not only was chicken never served, it was never even spoken about. My father actually didn’t eat chicken until he went away to college, and when he came back home to visit, he was literally not allowed to mention having eaten it.

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I asked George once, when I was too young to know any better, why he loved ham, meatloaf and pot roast yet hated chicken so. He squeezed up his face and grimaced, shook his head and continued reading his newspaper. My question seemed to have viscerally, silently aggravated him.

George took the reason for his hatred of a solid chicken dinner to his grave—telling no one. My father has made up for that marked disdain in spades; he can grill, roast, simmer, stew, poach and sauté chicken like a pro. And why not? Chicken tastes so damn good.

7 Damn Good Chicken Recipes to Try This Week:

Monday: Chicken-Stuffed Shells With Sharp Cheddar Cheese Sauce by Finding Tasty

Photograph by Finding Tasty

Tuesday: Persian Chicken by Finding Tasty

Photograph by Finding Tasty

Wednesday: Cheesy Chicken Taquitos by Catherine McCord

Photograph by Catherine McCord

Thursday: Italian Braised Chicken with Fennel and Cannelinni by Better Homes and Gardens

Photograph by Better Homes and Gardens

Friday: Chicken Cordon Bleu by Just Get Off Your Butt and Bake

Photograph by Just Get Off Your Butt and Bake

Saturday: Sweet Tea Brined Chicken by Baked Bree

Photograph by Baked Bree

Sunday: Gluten-Free Teriyaki Chicken by Kelli and Peter Bronski

Photograph by Kelli and Peter Bronski

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