October 17, 2016

Fall is a hectic time of year, no doubt about it. The kids are back in school and extracurriculars, seasonal events (tailgates, fall festivals, parties, and more) are in full swing, and the holidays are right around the corner. It's completely understandable that sometimes, especially during the week, you cannot find the time to make a completely from-scratch meal. And in those cases, smart swaps and time-saving ingredients can make all the difference (i.e. keep you from calling in pizza). Here are 5 quick chicken dishes that utilize such time-saving techniques and smart ingredients so you can get satisfying dinners on the table in a matter of minutes this week.

 

1. Sweet-Spicy Chicken Stir Fry

Stir-frying chicken and veggies in a wok or large pan with sweet-and-savory Asian sauce is always a winning idea when it comes to getting a flavorful dish on the table in a flash. Pro tip: Double the amount of veggies called for in the recipe to pack in the nutrients (and stretch for some lunch leftovers).

 

2. Quick Chicken-Corn Chowder

There's a reason this Cooking Light chicken-corn soup has been given over 100, 5-star ratings from our users. It's quick and easy (ready in just 2o minutes), light(er), and makes super smart use of rotisserie chicken to boost flavor while cutting prep time. If you already have raw chicken on hand, feel free to use it instead. Just keep in mind that you will need to adjust the cooking time and you may have to tweak the seasoning of your soup.

 

3. Parmesan Chicken and Rice

Chicken and rice casserole is a family-favorite for a reason. It's simple, budget-friendly, and is surprisingly flavorful for being so easy to put together. We simplified the baked casserole even further here with a simple skillet version. Top with cheese and parsley to pack a finishing flavor punch.

 

4. Fast Chicken Chili

We love chili prepped in the slow cooker, but when you aren't able to let dinner simmer all day, this 15-minute chicken chili will be your new weeknight dinner hero. Green chiles, cumin, cilantro, and lime deliver intense depth and vibrancy to this speedy, comforting stew.

 

5. Quick Chicken and Dumplings

This recipe uses flour tortillas in place of biscuit dough for a quick riff on traditional chicken and dumplings. A one-pot supper in 20 minutes is hard to beat.

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