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7 of the best chicken dishes for when you're craving comfort food

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As Halloween fades into Thanksgiving and then Christmas, having a few comfort food recipes on hand to ease the winter blues can make the cold months pass faster. We've combed the web for some of the best comfort dishes around.
This list includes a few classics as well as a few dishes that should be classics. Keep reading and prepare your stomach for these hunger-inducing recipes.
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1. Easy Brunswick stew
To fully appreciate all the flavors in this dish, you'll need to let it cook for 10 to 12 hours in the slow cooker. With easy prep and clean up, this comfort dish isn't just a hearty stew. It's the perfect dish for busy winter nights. Check out the full recipe from My Recipes.
2. Anchor steam mac and cheese
The ultimate in comfort food, this beer-battered mac and cheese dish serves 8. The recipe from Country Living calls for 1 cup of beer. If you don't want to use the beer, go ahead and substitute it with ginger ale or chicken broth.
3. Chicken pot pie with puff pastry
Give this classic comfort dish some class, by substituting the traditional crust with puff pastry. The cream and white wine filling are delicious too. Not only are they pretty, but this substitute will also save you time preparing the meal. Check out the full recipe from Martha Stewart.
4. Parmesan mashed potatoes
If you want to fill your belly with the best of comfort foods, these cheese-filled mashed potatoes are sure to hit the spot. The recipe serves 10. You can use red, golden or brown potatoes for this dish. Get tips for this recipe from Taste of Home.
5. Chicken-fried steak
This classic diner favorite can be yours at home. You'll have to do a bit of prep, but the taste of homemade chicken-fried steak is your reward. The crispy crust is tasty with gravy on top. Serve with fries or potatoes to get the full comfort-meal experience. Check out this recipe from Genius Kitchen.
6. Biscuits and gravy
No comfort food list is complete without the best breakfast/dinner/any-time-I-feel-like-it meal. This meal serves six and takes about 35 minutes from start to finish. This uncomplicated dish is perfect because even beginners can tackle the flavors. Get the full recipe from Self-Proclaimed Foodie.
7. Chicken broccoli rice casserole
This recipe is an excellent option for busy families because it's easy to substitute a rotisserie chicken or frozen broccoli when you don't have the time, energy, or desire to chop and bake. Gonna Want Seconds also recommends replacing brown rice for the white if you want a healthier option.
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