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Top 10 Pampered Chef Recipes of 2021

2021 was the year we took cooking to the next level. The comfort foods we needed in 2020 continued to nourish our bodies and souls in the new year. And as cooking burnout bubbled up, home cooks found new ways to make their favorite meals in less time and with less effort.

It’s no surprise this year’s roundup of the most-loved, new, 5-star reviewed recipes include quick and flavorful one-pot dinners, restaurant-level hibachi at home, and an easy tropical icebox cake that makes us excited to start traveling again.

Creamy Chicken and Asparagus
Creamy Chicken & Asparagus

This recipe delivers warm and cozy vibes in just 30 minutes, and it all cooks in one pot. The sauce thickens thanks to the starches of the potato gnocchi instead of relying on heavy cream. And reviewers did double or even triple the bacon, because as one reviewer wisely noted, “It’s hard to go wrong adding more bacon to anything.”

One-Pot Chicken & Gnocchi
One-Pot Chicken & Gnocchi

For Sunday dinner vibes in a snap, look no further than these simple, familiar flavors. This chicken dinner is a crowd-pleaser for all ages and flexible enough for a variety of preferences by changing the type of pasta or the seasoning. And cleaning only one pan sealed the deal for many fans.

Chicken Divan
Chicken Divan

This new BFF for your morning coffee gives you the flavor of coffee cake in a grab-and-go muffin. The shredded carrot and apples, along with raisins and nuts, make it a satisfying morning meal or the hero of your 3 p.m. snack attack. It’s easy to swap in your favorite fruits, veggies, and nuts, too.

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Morning Glory Muffins

We first developed this recipe for our TasteBuds subscribers, and it was such a hit we had to share it with the world. TasteBuds delivers seasonings, recipes, exclusive tips, and online content every month and is a great way to liven up weekly menu planning. Jesse from Michigan said the recipe was “So easy and fast to make! I thought the tanginess of the sauce was such a nice complement to the salmon and something different that I hadn’t tried before.”

Carolina Barbecue Salmon
Carolina Barbecue Salmon

Fans of this one-pot wonder loved how it tasted like a restaurant-level meal, but it was flexible for different dietary needs. You can easily make it without meat. You can even set aside a portion for non-dairy folks before adding cheese. Others easily swapped spinach for the kale. No matter the changes, everyone agreed, it’s easy and delicious.

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One-Pot Sausage & Kale Pasta

This cake was the hit dessert of the summer when it was easiest to be social outside. Making it in the Rectangular Cool & Serve made it easy to keep chilled for summer picnics and overdue family reunions. The cake’s light tropical flavors made each bite feel like a mini tropical escape, and the fact it’s a no-bake cake didn’t hurt either.

Coconut-Lime Icebox Cake
Photo Credit: @chef.kpop

This 30-minute dish shook up the weeknight doldrums and made any old weeknight feel like a trip to a hibachi-style restaurant. People also found it easy to grill up shrimp, chicken, or beef and add whatever veggies they had on hand. The spicy (but not too spicy) Yum-Yum was a hit and was easy for people to dial in their personal spice preference. Desiree from Oregon said it best, “I kept saying, ‘ridiculous’ out loud as I was eating it because it’s ridiculously good. And easy! That yum-yum sauce stole the show. Wow!”

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Hibachi Shrimp & Vegetables

This flavorful and creamy sauce takes a standard chicken and veggie dish to the next level. The biggest challenge customers had with this recipe was not having any leftovers. Some people loved that you could finish this dish in the microwave, while others found it easier to pop it in the oven at 350°F (180°C) for about 15 minutes. “I don’t think  I have ever heard ‘Thank you, Mom,’ so many times during a meal!” said Charlotte from Alberta, Canada. “This recipe is a keeper.”

Creamy Chicken and Asparagus
Creamy Chicken and Asparagus

Our Deluxe Air Fryer was so popular in 2020 that we couldn’t keep them stocked. Now home cooks are looking for new, creative ways to use this versatile small appliance. What? Homemade air-fried beignets in 30 minutes, you say? With just five ingredients and a little help from our Hand Pie & Pocket Maker, people discovered an easy cooking activity with the kids or just a tasty new snack to celebrate anytime.

Air Fryer Beignets
Air Fryer Beignets

The common theme for people reviewing this recipe was “Can’t stop eating it.” It’s that good. It’s also another quick, weeknight dish that’s easy to modify, so it feels fresh and new each time you make it. People tried out different kinds of pasta like penne or shells. Others added in proteins like grilled chicken and shrimp or served the fresh, lemony pasta as a side with salmon.

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Orecchiette With Brussels Sprouts & Broccoli

What were some of your favorite recipes of 2021 and why?

20 Responses to Top 10 Pampered Chef Recipes of 2021

  1. Jamie Brehmer December 2, 2021 at 8:34 pm #

    We loved making Chicken, with red onions, two apples and chicken broth with S&P in the Quick Cooker. We sliced the breasts in half as they were pretty thick. It was so tender that we even didn’t need a knife to cut the chicken. We love the Quick Cooker and use it a couple of times a week. Tonight we made the Tuscan Chicken Herb Mix in the Quick Cooker. Winner winner!

  2. CAROL CARMON December 16, 2021 at 4:48 pm #

    My family loves the Italian pot pie recipe!!! So easy and flavorful, it’s like eating an upside down sausage pizza…highly recommend!!

    • Michele January 15, 2022 at 8:16 am #

      Would love to have that recipe

      • Kathy Beam March 9, 2022 at 9:37 pm #

        Hey you can go on the website of Pamper Chef & search all kinds of these recipes & more.

  3. Linda Barnett December 29, 2021 at 8:36 am #

    Going to print out all of them. They sound delicious!!

  4. Connie Hargreaves January 11, 2022 at 10:23 pm #

    Printing as I’ve done others, can’t wait to try chicken and broccoli

  5. Carletta Edmonds January 12, 2022 at 5:17 am #

    Wow these look delicious!!! Definitely will try the one- pot chicken and gnocchi ❤️

  6. Kathy Q Archambeau January 12, 2022 at 12:20 pm #

    Wow so many great and delicious sounding recipes!
    Can’t wait to try some of them out😍✅

  7. Shannon Pena January 12, 2022 at 9:53 pm #

    They look amazing!

  8. Jeniffer LeBrun January 14, 2022 at 10:06 pm #

    They look yummy!!!

  9. Tonya Caldwell January 15, 2022 at 7:40 am #

    Will have to try several of these.

  10. Michele January 15, 2022 at 8:15 am #

    They all look good printed the gnocchi and the stir fry would love to have the Italian pot pie receipt

  11. Deborah W January 15, 2022 at 10:02 pm #

    Well…I am behind times, but here in 2022, I have done more baking in this one month f January 2022 than I have done in the last year!!! I am enjoying my new Pampered Chef Non-Stick Mini Muffin Pan and I will definitely give the Morning Muffins Recipe a try!!!

  12. Deb Ziegler January 16, 2022 at 11:19 am #

    For the chicken divan I assume you cook the chicken and pasta first but it doesn’t say. Anyone know?

    • Susan March 5, 2022 at 7:41 am #

      Incase you haven’t found an answer no you do not precook anything, it all goes into the cast iron pan and cooks into a picture perfect & delicious meal for a quick & easy weeknight meal for your family but also perfect for a stunning dinner gathering with friends! Try it it’s delicious! 🤗

  13. Kim Grunwald January 19, 2022 at 12:32 pm #

    Chicken Divan looks yummy

  14. Mary tazelaar January 20, 2022 at 9:35 pm #

    Sounds great I. Am printing them out

  15. Stacy March 3, 2022 at 7:36 pm #

    We just tried the chicken divan this weekend and my teenagers gobbled it up – broccoli and all. Highly recommend but we used 9×13 pan and cook time was a bit longer

  16. Jaci Dalton March 8, 2022 at 9:28 pm #

    I would try them all. I am really interested in the cake since I love to bake but the chicken and gnochi and the chicken divan really looked good. Yum yum yum!

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