Fast Skillet Chicken CacciatoreLean chicken breasts cook quickly--in just 15 minutes compared to the hour-long braise in most cacciatore recipes. If you'd like more heat in the sauce, kick up the crushed red pepper to 1/2 teaspoon.
Maple-Mustard Glazed ChickenThe 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 Tomato-Avocado SaladAll 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.
Penne and Chicken with Tomato SauceKeep 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.
Grilled Chicken Florentine PastaAdd grilled chicken, spinach and a light cream sauce to linguine for an easy one-dish meal.
Chicken Thighs with Roasted Apples and GarlicBake 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.
Sweet-Spicy Chicken and Vegetable Stir-FryThis colorful chicken and veggie stir-fry features a sweet-spicy sauce and a topping of dry-roasted peanuts, which add delicious crunch.
Chicken, Red Grape, and Pesto PizzaGrapes 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.
Asian-Glazed Chicken ThighsThe 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.
Chicken and Guacamole TostadasThis easy, no-cook tostada recipe features store-bought tostada shells and rotisserie chicken. You only need 20 minutes to prep the ingredients and assemble.
Lemony Chicken SaltimboccaSaltimbocca means "jump in the mouth"–apt for a fast dish that marries woodsy sage, bright lemon, and salty prosciutto.
Honey-Brushed Chicken ThighsSpice 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.
Champion Chicken ParmesanYou'll love this easy-to-make weeknight winner featuring tender breaded chicken served over linguine and topped with herbed tomato sauce and melted mozzarella.
Chicken ScallopiniPrepare 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.
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Stir-Fried Chicken SaladA 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 SalsaServe 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.
How to Cook with Rotisserie ChickenRotisserie chicken is a welcome time-saver in the kitchen. Learn new ways to cook with this easy ingredient from the Editors at Southern Living.
Chicken with Maple-Mustard SauceServe 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 SkewersBring 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.
Beer-Braised Chicken Thighs with Cremini MushroomsA wide skillet and less liquid allow for a relatively short, intense braise--less than 20 minutes, compared to many hour-long versions.
Kung Pao ChickenMake 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 BleuBake 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 ChickenGo 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 DressingCut 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.
How to Cook the Perfect Chicken BreastDoes 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 SalsaThree 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 SauceBrown 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 SaladFresh 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.
BBQ Chicken PizzaOnline reviews raved about the contrast of flavors provided by tangy tomato chutney, savory chicken, and sharp cheddar cheese.
Chicken-Butternut TagineCombine sweet, smoky, and salty flavors in this easy version of a classic Moroccan stew.
Chipotle Chicken and Tomato SoupNavy 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 SauceAdding 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 BeansCombine 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 TostadasPile 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.
Cold Sesame Noodles with Chicken and CucumbersAdd 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 ChickenThe 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 ChickenFive 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.
Mozzarella Chicken SandwichTake 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 ChickenThis Italian-inspired chicken dish is a one-pot meal your family is sure to love. Serve over hot cooked macaroni or cavatappi pasta.
Mediterranean ChickenStuff 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 BreastsIt'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 and Summer Vegetable TostadasA 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 SaladServe 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.
Grilled Chicken with Rustic Mustard CreamThe pronounced lemon-pine character of rosemary goes well with olive oil and Dijon mustard, giving this grilled chicken a rustic Mediterranean flair.
Spicy Chicken ShawarmaThis 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.
Jamaican-Spiced Chicken ThighsComplete the menu with mashed sweet potatoes and a mixed green salad. For more heat, leave the seeds in the jalapeño.
Chicken Salad with PeachesFresh 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 DumplingsDeli-roasted chicken, cream of chicken soup, and canned biscuits make a quick-and-tasty version of classic chicken and dumplings.
Grilled Chicken with Mustard-Tarragon SauceA 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 ChickenThis 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 SauceTry 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 SaladFor 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 SoupThis 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 PastaThis 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.
52 Chicken Dinners for the Busy Cook