5-Ingredient Chicken Recipes

These 40 simple chicken recipes can be prepared using no more than five ingredients, not including salt, pepper, cooking spray and water.

  • South-of-the-Border Grilled Chicken and Green Tomatoes
    Photo: Oxmoor House

    South-of-the-Border Grilled Chicken and Green Tomatoes

    A fresh salsa marinade makes this Mexican-style dish as tasty as it is easy to prepare. Substitute whole wheat for regular tortillas and enjoy a nutritionally complete and figure-friendly meal.
  • Chicken and Dumplings
    Photo: Antonis Achilleos

    Chicken and Dumplings

    Use convenience products like canned soup, canned biscuits, frozen veggies and rotisserie chicken to get this home-style dinner on the table in no time.
  • Grilled Chicken Skewers

    Grilled Chicken Skewers

    Grilled chicken really doesn’t need much more than olive oil, salt and pepper to reach perfection. Serve with your favorite barbecue sauce if you wish, toss a fresh green salad, and you’ve got dinner.
  • Crunchy Pan-Fried Chicken

    Crunchy Pan-Fried Chicken

    A mix of cornmeal and breadcrumbs gives this fried chicken recipe a crisp bite while keeping the inside of the meat juicy.
  • Almond-Stuffed Chicken
    Photo: Randy Mayor; Styling: Leigh Ann Ross

    Almond-Stuffed Chicken

    The nutty, cheesy filling spices up chicken breasts and is a snap to make. Toast the almonds in a skillet before you cook the chicken and you'll have just one pan to clean.
  • Coconut Curry Chicken
    Christina Schmidhofer

    Coconut-Curry Chicken

    Perk up plain chicken breast halves by coating them in shredded coconut and curry powder.  To round out your meal with more Indian-inspired flavor, top with chicken with a spoonful of chutney and serve with basmati rice.

  • Pollo con Jugo de Morillas (Chicken with Morels)
    Karry Hosford

    Pollo con Jugo de Morillas (Chicken with Morels)

    The dried morels make this easy chicken thigh recipe fit for company, but you can substitute fresh mushrooms if you wish.
  • Southwestern Chicken Roll-Ups
    Karry Hosford

    Southwestern Chicken Roll-Ups

    Stuff boneless chicken breast halves with a spicy mixture of cream cheese, picante sauce and cilantro and coat in seasoned breadcrumbs for an easy, but impressive main dish.
  • Herbed Stuffed Chicken Breasts
    Photo: Randy Mayor; Styling: Leigh Ann Ross

    Herbed Stuffed Chicken Breasts

    Dish up a company-worthy dish that calls for only four ingredients, plus salt and pepper.
  • Rosemary-Brined Rotisserie Chicken
    Tim Turner

    Rosemary-Brined Rotisserie Chicken

    If you are fortunate enough to have a rotisserie on your grill, nothing beats a brined whole chicken that turns slowly on a spit and bastes itself while the skin turns golden brown and delicious.
  • Sautéed Chicken Breasts
    Photo: Becky Luigart-Staynor; Stylist: Cindy Barr

    Sautéed Chicken Breasts

    It's hard to find a simpler chicken dinner than sautéed chicken breasts. Simply season with kosher salt and pepper and cook in a skillet in hot olive oil until golden brown.
  • Baked Curry-Glazed Chicken

    Baked Curry Glazed Chicken

    Keep dinner economical by starting with a whole chicken, cut up into pieces. Simply bake the chicken in a tangy mixture of honey, butter, mustard and curry powder for a high-flavor, super-easy main dish.
  • Apricot-Lemon Chicken
    Photo: Oxmoor House

    Apricot-Lemon Chicken

    Simple yet elegant, this dish takes less than 20 minutes to prepare, making it perfect for a busy lifestyle. The apricot marinade adds a surprising and deliciously tangy flavor. Serve on a bed of salad greens or with a side of rice pilaf.
  • Barbecue-Stuffed Potatoes
    Photo: Oxmoor House

    Barbecue-Stuffed Potatoes

    A smoky twist turns a traditional side-dish into this mouth-watering entrée. Purchase barbecue from you favorite grocery store or barbecue joint and preparation is a breeze. Don't worry about whose turn it is to do the dishes, because a microwave is all you need to make this hearty meal.
  • Grilled Asian Drumsticks
    Photo: Oxmoor House

    Grilled Asian Drumsticks

    Save yourself a trip to the grocery store and grab those pantry staples for this easy recipe. Balsamic vinegar adds a tangy flavor, while honey supplements sweetness to this oriental dish. If you can't find fresh ground chili paste, substitute with a hot pepper sauce such as Tabasco mixed with a pinch of garlic powder.
  • Chicken and Shiitake Marsala
    Photo: Oxmoor House

    Chicken and Shiitake Marsala

    Pounding the chicken to an even thickness helps it cook quickly and evenly. In just 15 minutes, this sweet and smoky Italian classic is ready to serve. Enjoy over a bed of whole-wheat pasta.
  • Sweet Mustard Chicken Thighs
    Photo: Oxmoor House

    Sweet Mustard Chicken Thighs

    This flavorful recipe is on the table in less than 10 minutes and is sure to become an instant family favorite. Whether it's the sweetness of the brown sugar, the zest of the mustard, or the punch of the red pepper, there is something in this dish for everyone.
  • Chicken Pasta Soup
    Photo: Oxmoor House

    Chicken Pasta Soup

    Using pre-chopped vegetables makes preparation easy for this dressed-up chicken noodle soup. Fresh vegetables, whole wheat pasta, and low sodium chicken broth combine to produce a soup full of flavor and low in calories.
  • Grilled Chicken and Pineapple Sandwiches
    Photo: Oxmoor House

    Grilled Chicken and Pineapple Sandwiches

    A fresh new twist on the grilled chicken sandwich, this recipe substitutes the traditional lettuce leaf with a fresh sprig of basil and then adds a slice of juicy pineapple. Add a splash of lime juice and you have a sandwich that practically bursts with tropical flavor.
  • Grilled Chicken Quesadillas

    Grilled Chicken Quesadillas

    Pickled jalapeños kick the flavor up a notch in these easy chicken and cheese quesadillas, but if you don't care for the heat, just leave them out. Serve with jarred salsa, refrigerated guacamole, and sour cream, and you've got dinner.
  • Chinese-Style Glazed Chicken Breasts
    Randy Mayor; Stuart Mallory

    Chinese-Style Glazed Chicken Breasts

    Make a super-quick glaze for chicken breasts using on-hand pantry items: hoisin sauce, fruit spread and chicken broth. Steam quick-cooking rice and a green veggie in the microwave to round out the meal.
  • Skillet-Roasted Chicken
    Photo: Amy Neunsinger

    Skillet-Roasted Chicken

    Browning the chicken in a skillet before putting it in the oven will decrease the roasting time from about an hour to only 25 minutes. And you can add succulent flavor by stuffing garlic and parsley under the skin of the chicken before you roast.
  • Lemon-Rosemary Chicken Thighs

    Lemon-Rosemary Chicken Thighs

    At $0.73 a serving, you'll stay within your grocery budget for sure with these citrusy herbed chicken thighs. Rice and steamed fresh broccoli are equally economical sides that are great with the tender dark meat chicken.
  • Chicken with Cider and Bacon Sauce
    Becky Luigart-Stayner

    Chicken with Cider and Bacon Sauce

    Apple cider and bacon give this easy sauce a salty, tangy-sweet flavor that's hard to resist. In fact, you might want to double the amount of sauce so you'll have a little extra to spoon over rice. Pounding the chicken into thinner pieces helps decrease the cooking time.
  • Sun-dried Tomato Chicken
    Photo: Jennifer Davick; Styling: Cari South

    Sun-dried Tomato Chicken

    Bottled sun-dried tomato vinaigrette along adds such great flavor to the chicken that all you need to add is a sprinkle of coarse-ground black pepper. Serve with garlic mashed potatoes for an easy dinner.
  • Pineapple-Soy Chicken Wings
    Photo: Kate Sears; Styling: P.J. Mehaffey

    Pineapple-Soy Chicken Wings

    This crowd-pleasing twist on teriyaki wings is perfect for entertaining or just an easy meal at home.
  • Bistro Roast Chicken
    Photo: Raymond Hom; Styling: Pamela Duncan Silver

    Bistro Roast Chicken

    Fresh herbs, butter, and Dijon mustard provide big flavor in this simple roast chicken. It first cooks breast side down, then is turned over to finish cooking, ensuring extra moist breast meat.
  • Poppy Seed Chicken Salad
    Photo: Jennifer Davick; Styling: Lydia DeGaris Pursell

    Poppy Seed Chicken Salad

    This classic chicken salad recipe incorporates grapes and pecans for sweetness and crunch. If you prefer, go tropical and substitute chopped pineapple for the grapes and macadamia nuts for the pecans. Stir in about 1/2 cup coconut for more island flavor.
  • Lime and Pepper Grilled Chicken Breasts
    Annabelle Breakey

    Lime and Pepper Grilled Chicken Breasts

    Fresh lime juice brightens up simple grilled chicken. Throw a few sliced fresh vegetables on the grill with this chicken, add thick corn tortillas, and enjoy a tasty summer dinner.
  • Chicken Sandwiches with Melted Cheese
    Photo: Michael Paul

    Chicken Sandwiches with Melted Cheese

    Dress up a plain chicken sandwich by adding tangy blue cheese and tart apple slices. Serve with simply steamed veggies and potato chips for a relaxed weeknight meal.
  • Vietnamese Stir-Fry
    Photo: Randy Mayor; Styling: Cindy Barr

    Vietnamese Stir-Fry

    Few ingredients lend big flavors to this Asian stir-fry. Serve with wide rice noodles tossed with sliced green onions and fresh cilantro leaves.
  • Lemon-Rosemary Chicken
    Photo: Ryan Benyl; Styling: Stephana Bottom

    Lemon-Rosemary Chicken

    Simple ingredients take roast chicken from boring to great. Here, lemon, garlic, and fresh herbs are the flavor boosters.
  • Chicken Parmesan
    Photo: Frances Janisch

    Chicken Parmesan

    Just 5 ingredients and 20 minutes stand between you and this delicious chicken dinner. Serve with mixed greens dressed with a simple vinaigrette.
  • <p>Mesquite-Smoked Beer Can Chicken</p>
    Photo: Justin Walker; Food Styling: Simon Andrews; Prop Styling: Kaitlyn du Ross

    Mesquite-Smoked Beer Can Chicken

    Pop open a cold one for a moist smoked chicken. Just add a few spices and brown sugar to boost the flavor profile.
  • Soy-Marinated Chicken Thighs
    Photo: Randy Mayor; Styling: Cindy Barr

    Soy-Marinated Chicken Thighs

    Soy sauce is great in marinades for grilled chicken, as it stands up to charred flavors. The simple solution would also be tasty with steaks, pork tenderloin, or pork chops.
  • Oatmeal-Crusted Chicken Tenders

    Oatmeal-Crusted Chicken Tenders

    Oatmeal-crusted chicken tenders are delightfully crunchy, and are sure to be a hit with adults and children alike. Serve with commercial honey mustard or light ranch dressing for dipping.
  • Chicken Cordon Bleu
    Photo: Iain Bagwell; Styling: Kevin Crafts

    Chicken Cordon Bleu

    In an attempt to create something new, we sometimes forget how good the classics can be. That's the perfect reason to bring back cordon bleu in its simplest form to your table tonight.
  • Crispy Oven-fried Drumsticks
    Photo: Ralph Anderson; Styling: Rose Nguyen

    Crispy Oven-Fried Drumsticks

    These oven-fried chicken drumsticks have a satisfyingly crunchy texture. We loved the flavor results when we used 1/2 tsp. red pepper. Use 1/4 tsp. for kids.
  • Buffalo Chicken Pizza
    Photo: Lee Harrelson; Styling: Jan Gautro

    Buffalo Chicken Pizza

    The prebaked Italian pizza crust and deli-roasted whole chicken make this buffalo chicken pizza meal a quick and easy choice for weeknights.
  • Marian's Easy Roast Chicken
    Photo: Beth Dreiling Hontzas; Styling: Mindi Shapiro Levine

    Marian's Easy Roast Chicken

    A good roasted chicken is like a little black dress--always appropriate and very versatile. Add this recipe to your repertoire and you will always be prepared to make quick, easy chicken dinners.
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