50 Chicken Dinners for the Busy Cook

Simplify dinner with these quick and easy chicken recipes that will get you in and out of the kitchen in no time.

  • Champion Chicken Parmesan

    Champion Chicken Parmesan

    You'll love this easy-to-make weeknight winner featuring tender breaded chicken served over linguine and topped with herbed tomato sauce and melted mozzarella.


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    Recipe: Champion Chicken Parmesan

  • Grilled Chicken with Tomato-Avocado Salad
    Photo: Johnny Autry; Styling: Cindy Barr and Lindsey Lower  

    Grilled Chicken with Tomato-Avocado Salad

    All the fresh flavors of summer come together in this easy grilled chicken salad. The homemade buttermilk dressing balances the heat of the chicken and completes the meal.
  • Chicken Scallopini

    Chicken Scallopini

    Prepare chicken breasts scallopini-style by pounding them into thin, quick-cooking servings, then dredge in lemon juice and breadcrumbs and sauté for about 3 minutes on each side. The white wine sauce with capers complements the flavor of the lemon juice, and makes a great topping for wild rice.


    Video: How to Pound Chicken Breasts


    Recipe: Chicken Scallopini


  • Stir-Fried Chicken Salad
    Lee Harrelson

    Stir-Fried Chicken Salad

    A vibrant six-ingredient pan sauce performs double-duty as a marinade and a vinaigrette in this quick-cooking recipe. The chicken cooks in minutes, and because it's served on top of a salad, there's no real need for side dishes. Just grab a few breadsticks and a glass of tea and enjoy.
  • Chicken with Black Bean Salsa
    Photography: Randy Mayor; Styling: Melanie J. Clarke

    Chicken with Black Bean Salsa

    Serve this flavorful dish in a bowl or wrap in a tortilla for festive Mexican flair. The simple homemade salsa adds spicy flavor and a healthy dose of corn and black beans. This recipe serves one, making it perfect for busy weeknights, and easily scales for two or four servings.
  • Cooking with Rotisserie Chicken

    How to Cook with Rotisserie Chicken

    Rotisserie chicken is a welcome time-saver in the kitchen. Learn new ways to cook with this easy ingredient from the Editors at Southern Living.
  • Pan-Roasted Chicken Cutlets with Maple-Mustard Dill Sauce
    Randy Mayor

    Chicken with Maple-Mustard Sauce

    Serve this one-pan dish in less than 20 minutes. The rich maple syrup and Dijon mustard sauce is flavored with fresh dill and orange rind, the perfect combination to spice up a basic scallopini-style chicken dinner.
  • Sweet-and-Sour Chicken-Apricot Skewers
    James Carrier

    Sweet-and-Sour Chicken-Apricot Skewers

    Bring the flavor and ease of cooking outdoors into the kitchen with simple chicken skewers infused with the bright flavors of fresh lemon juice, apricot jam, and dried herbs. They broil in about 10 minutes, just long enough to steam a green veggie and microwave quick-cooking rice.
  • Kung Pao Chicken
    Randy Mayor

    Kung Pao Chicken

    Make this Szechuan restaurant classic in just 30 minutes. The chicken, cut into uniform strips, browns quickly and absorbs the flavor of the zesty hoisin sauce. Serve with quick-cooking white or brown rice.
  • Chicken Cordon Bleu
    Beau Gustafson

    Chicken Cordon Bleu

    Bake a hearty chicken dinner with over-the-top flavor in less than 30 minutes. Smoky prosciutto, paired with mozzarella and Parmigiano-Reggiano cheeses, spices up scallopini-style chicken breasts. Steam a side of broccoli and call the family to the table for an impressive dinner.
  • Sweet Vermouth Chicken
    Becky Luigart-Stayner

    Sweet Vermouth Chicken

    Go ahead, invite last-minute company over on a weeknight. This saucy chicken dish with sweet vermouth, fresh tarragon, and dried cranberries, is impressively quick and delicious. Brown the chicken in a skillet, then bake in the oven until done. While the chicken bakes, quickly make the fragrant vermouth sauce and let it simmer while you open a bottle of wine or toss a simple salad.
  • Chicken Strips with Blue Cheese Dressing
    Randy Mayor

    Chicken Strips with Blue Cheese Dressing

    Cut chicken breasts into strips and pan-fry for a crispy, low-fat version of fried chicken tenders. A simple, six-ingredient dip, flavored with blue cheese, garlic, and red wine, accents the peppery buttermilk batter on the strips. Serve with a side of extra veggies for dipping, and you'll have dinner on the table in less than 20 minutes.
  • Prosciutto and Fontina–Stuffed Chicken Breasts
    Photo: Becky Luigart-Stayner; Styling: Cindy Barr

    How to Cook the Perfect Chicken Breast

    Does your chicken breast always turn out tough, dry, or undercooked? Learn how to cook the perfect chicken breast using a meat thermometer.
  • Cilantro-Lime Chicken with Avocado Salsa
    Photo: Becky Luigart-Stayner; Styling: Jan Gautro

    Cilantro-Lime Chicken with Avocado Salsa

    Three minutes in a flavorful cilantro-lime marinade is all that's needed to deliver big flavor to these pan-cooked chicken breasts.
  • Chicken with Sherry-Soy Sauce
    Randy Mayor

    Chicken with Sherry-Soy Sauce

    Brown chicken breasts in a skillet, then make a tangy Asian-style sauce with soy sauce, sherry vinegar, red pepper flakes and green onions in the same skillet for a flavorful one-dish chicken entree. Serve with bagged salad greens and quick-cooking rice noodles.
  • Asian Chicken Salad
    Photo: Randy Mayor; Styling: Leigh Ann Ross

    Asian Chicken Salad

    Fresh and colorful, this main dish chicken salad get its Asian-style flavor from fresh ginger, soy sauce, rice vinegar, and chili paste. Almonds add crunch and orange sections add sweetness for a well-rounded meal.
  • Chicken Thighs with Roasted Apples and Garlic
    Randy Mayor; Melanie J. Clarke

    Chicken Thighs with Roasted Apples and Garlic

    Bake apples alongside the chicken, and then mash the apples for a flavorful, chunky sauce. To enhance the rustic nature of the dish, leave some of the peel on the apples.
  • BBQ Chicken Pizza
    Randy Mayor; Katie Stoddard

    BBQ Chicken Pizza

    Online reviews raved about the contrast of flavors provided by tangy tomato chutney, savory chicken, and sharp cheddar cheese.
  • Chicken-Butternut Tagine
    Photo: Randy Mayor; Styling: Kellie Gerber Kelley

    Chicken-Butternut Tagine

    Combine sweet, smoky, and salty flavors in this easy version of a classic Moroccan stew.
  • Chipotle Chicken and Tomato Soup
    Lee Harrelson

    Chipotle Chicken and Tomato Soup

    Navy beans, chicken and canned tomatoes make this main dish soup hearty and satisfying, and chipotle chile gives it a rich smoky flavor.
  • Chicken with Lime Sauce

    Chicken with Lime Sauce

    Adding cornstarch to the tangy sweet lime sauce gives it a silky texture, and a small amount of butter adds richness.
  • Chicken-Penne Salad with Green Beans
    Randy Mayor; Melanie J. Clarke

    Chicken-Penne Salad with Green Beans

    Combine colorful fresh veggies, herbs, pasta and shredded chicken for a nutrient-packed main dish salad. This one-dish meal is a great way to use rotisserie chicken or leftover chicken.
  • Grilled Chicken Tostadas

    Grilled Chicken Tostadas

    Pile grilled chicken, feta cheese, refried beans, and homemade slaw on top of a crunchy tortilla shell for a simple dinner that's ready in a hurry.
  • Penne and Chicken Tenderloins with Spiced Tomato Sauce
    Becky Luigart-Stayner

    Penne and Chicken with Spiced Tomato Sauce

    Keep chicken, pasta, and canned tomatoes on hand so that you can toss this easy dinner together at any time. Any type of small pasta will work in place of penne.
  • Cold Sesame Noodles with Chicken and Cucumbers
    Photo: Photo: Randy Mayor; Styling: Jan Gautro

    Cold Sesame Noodles with Chicken and Cucumbers

    Add a little Asian flair to your dinner with this chilled noodle main dish featuring udon noodles and chicken flavored with rice vinegar, sesame oil, soy sauce, ginger and chili paste.
  • Mushroom-Herb Chicken
    Photo: Oxmoor House

    Mushroom-Herb Chicken

    The delicate flavor of marjoram is ideal with the pan-cooked chicken, mushrooms and green onions in this 5-ingredient main dish. Serve with refrigerated mashed potatoes and steamed broccoli.
  • Tarragon Chicken
    Photo: Oxmoor House

    Tarragon Chicken

    Five ingredients and 11 minutes is all you need to get this flavorful chicken entrée on the table. Serve with a quick-cooking barley or rice salad for a super-speedy dinner.
  • Spicy Honey-Brushed Chicken Thighs
    Photo: Randy Mayor; Styling: Jan Gautro

    Honey-Brushed Chicken Thighs

    Spice up boneless, skinless chicken thighs with chili powder, garlic powder, cumin, paprika, and ground red pepper–ingredients which you probably already have in your pantry.
  • Mozzarella Chicken Sandwich
    Randy Mayor

    Mozzarella Chicken Sandwich

    Take a break tonight and make this easy, hearty chicken sandwich for dinner. Ciabatta bread, roasted red peppers, basil and mozzarella give it a distinct Italian flair.
  • Easy Bistro Chicken
    Photo: Oxmoor House

    Easy Bistro Chicken

    This Italian-inspired chicken dish is a one-pot meal your family is sure to love. Serve over hot cooked macaroni or cavatappi pasta.
  • Mediterranean Chicken
    Photo: Andrew McCaul

    Mediterranean Chicken

    Stuff chicken breast halves with Feta cheese and olive tapenade for a Mediterranean chicken meal. Serve with a side of wilted spinach tossed with fresh lemon juice and capers.
  • 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.
  • Chicken & Summer Vegetable Tostadas
    Photo: Johnny Autry; Styling: Cindy Barr

    Chicken & Summer Vegetable Tostadas

    A south-of-the-border supper is ready in a snap thanks to quick-cooking chicken tenders. The tostadas can easily become soft tacos if you skip broiling the tortillas. Serve with black beans.
  • Chipotle Chicken Taco Salad
    Lee Harrelson

    Chipotle Chicken Taco Salad

    Serve a zesty chicken taco salad drizzled with a chipotle chile, cumin, and cilantro dressing. The smokiness of the chipotle brings out the rich flavors of the roasted chicken breasts.
  • Lemony Chicken Saltimbocca
    Photo: Johnny Autry; Styling: Cindy Barr

    Lemony Chicken Saltimbocca

    Saltimbocca means "jump in the mouth"–apt for a fast dish that marries woodsy sage, bright lemon, and salty prosciutto.
  • Maple-Mustard Glazed Chicken
    Photo: Johnny Autry; Styling: Mary Clayton Carl

    Maple-Mustard Glazed Chicken

    The tangy-sweet flavor combination of this sauce will work equally well with chicken thighs or pork. Serve with hot cooked rice and steamed haricots verts or a tossed green salad.
  • Grilled Chicken with Rustic Mustard Cream
    Photo: Oxmoor House

    Grilled Chicken with Rustic Mustard Cream

    The pronounced lemon-pine character of rosemary goes well with olive oil and Dijon mustard, giving this grilled chicken a rustic Mediterranean flair.
  • Chicken and Guacamole Tostadas
    Photo: John Autry; Styling: Lindsey Ellis Beatty

    Chicken and Guacamole Tostadas

    This easy, no-cook tostada recipe features store-bought tostada shells and rotisserie chicken. You only need 20 minutes to prep the ingredients and assemble.
  • Spicy Chicken Shawarma
    Photo: Randy Mayor; Styling: Leigh Ann Ross

    Spicy Chicken Shawarma

    This chicken shawarma is a Middle Eastern version of a gyro and features thin slices of chicken mixed with yogurt and wrapped in pita bread spread with tahini. The sandwiches are then topped with fresh cucumber, tomato and onion for an easy 20-minute meal.
  • Sweet-Spicy Chicken and Vegetable Stir-Fry
    Photo: Iain Bagwell; Styling: Mary Clayton Carl

    Sweet-Spicy Chicken and Vegetable Stir-Fry

    This colorful chicken and veggie stir-fry features a sweet-spicy sauce and a topping of dry-roasted peanuts, which add delicious crunch.
  • Jamaican-Spiced Chicken Thighs

    Jamaican-Spiced Chicken Thighs

    Complete the menu with mashed sweet potatoes and a mixed green salad. For more heat, leave the seeds in the jalapeño.
  • Roast Chicken Salad with Peaches, Goat Cheese, and Pecans
    Photo: Becky Luigart-Stayner; Styling: Leigh Ann Ross

    Chicken Salad with Peaches, Goat Cheese, and Pecans

    Fresh peaches and goat cheese headline this simple no-cook salad recipe. The 8-ingredient vinaigrette, made with pantry staples, takes minutes to make and is a delicious complement to the other ingredients in the salad. Use a store-bought rotisserie chicken to save time.
  • Easy Chicken and Dumplings
    Photo: Beth Dreiling Hontzas; Styling: Buffy Hargett

    Easy Chicken and Dumplings

    Deli-roasted chicken, cream of chicken soup, and canned biscuits make a quick-and-tasty version of classic chicken and dumplings.
  • Grilled Chicken Florentine Pasta
    Photo: Mary Britton Senseney/Wonderful Machine; Styling: Mary Clayton Carl

    Grilled Chicken Florentine Pasta

    Add grilled chicken, spinach and a light cream sauce to linguine for an easy one-dish meal.
  • Asian-Glazed Chicken Thighs
    Photo: John Autry; Styling: Cindy Barr

    Asian-Glazed Chicken Thighs

    The tasty Asian-inspired glaze gives these chicken thighs a mahogany sheen. Rich thigh meat is higher in fat than lean white meat, so the thighs stay moist even when they're roasted without skin.
  • Grilled Chicken with Mustard-Tarragon Sauce
    Photo: Becky Luigart-Stayner; Styling: Rose Nguyen

    Grilled Chicken with Mustard-Tarragon Sauce

    A tangy sauce enlivens simple grilled chicken breasts; a hint of sugar balances the tangy flavors of mustard and red wine vinegar.
  • Lemony Orzo-Veggie Salad with Chicken
    Photo: John Autry; Styling: Leigh Ann Ross

    Lemony Orzo-Veggie Salad with Chicken

    This colorful orzo and chicken main dish salad is packed with an assortment of chopped fresh vegetables and tossed with a tangy lemon dressing. It's a great use for leftover or rotisserie chicken.
  • Chicken Sate with Peanut Sauce

    Chicken Sate with Peanut Sauce

    Try this flavorful Asian-style chicken skewers with a spicy peanut sauce for an easy weeknight dinner. Serve with noodles or steamed rice.
  • Chicken and Strawberry Salad
    Photo: Randy Mayor; Styling: Rose Nguyen

    Chicken and Strawberry Salad

    For an easy springtime no-cook meal, combine rotisserie chicken with strawberries, serve over fresh greens and top with cashews and crumbled blue cheese.
  • Southwestern Chicken Soup

    Southwestern Chicken Soup

    This top-rated Southwestern chicken soup is a great way to use up leftover chicken. The creamy chunks of avocado add a richness that's unusual to find in most chicken soups.
  • Creamy Chicken Pasta
    Photo: Brian Woodcock; Styling: Mary Clayton Carl

    Creamy Chicken Pasta

    This easy chicken recipe features the winning combinations of pasta, creamy mascarpone cheese, and chicken, all enhanced by the addition of wild mushrooms and fresh herbs.
  • Chicken, Red Grape, and Pesto Pizza
    Photo: Photo: Becky Luigart-Stayner; Styling: Leigh Ann Ross

    Chicken, Red Grape, and Pesto Pizza

    Grapes make an ideal salad topping, but what about on pizza...? This surprising addition is a sweet contrast to the tangy Romano cheese, herby pesto, and juicy chicken.
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