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The most popular of poultries, chicken has been a staple on menus of all cuisine types for centuries. Whether grilled, smoked, roasted or fried, this easy-to-love bird has earned a reputation as a solid menu standby — the original white meat to order up when nothing else seems appealing and no adventuresome entree will do.

But recently, lots of classic chicken dishes have been revived, reimagined and revamped in restaurants across the country, making this farm-to-table favorite the comeback protein of 2016. Here are 23 dishes that prove chicken is the bold choice.