Italian-Style Chicken Recipes

Turn your dinner table into an Italian restaurant with these easy chicken recipes that are perfect for weeknight dinners and entertaining.

  • Chicken Cacciatore
    Photo: Dana Gallagher

    Chicken Cacciatore

    The online audience loves this Real Simple recipe, and one reviewer claims "When I make this dish it's like Giada came to my house and made it herself!"
  • Fettuccine with Chicken and Squash
    Photo: Antonis Achilleos; Styling: Gerri Williams for James Reps  

    Fettuccine with Chicken and Squash

    Incorporate more vegetables into your weeknight menu with Fettuccine with Chicken and Squash—a variation on a favorite Italian classic.
  • Chicken Marsala
    Photo: Jennifer Davick; Styling: Buffy Hargett

    Chicken Marsala

    If you’re selecting a dish to serve to company, you can’t miss with this classic Italian chicken dish. This version is particularly tasty because you coat the thin pieces of chicken in a mixture of flour and ground pecans.
  • Chicken Risotto with Spring Vegetables
    Photo: Jennifer Davick; Styling: Lydia Pursell

    Chicken Risotto with Spring Vegetables

    Make a main dish meal of rice by adding chicken, asparagus, zucchini, herbs and cheese to a a creamy risotto.
  • Tuscan Baked Chicken and Beans
    Photo: John Autry; Styling: Mindi Shapiro

    Tuscan Baked Chicken and Beans

    This savory Italian-inspired recipe is a wonderful way to prepare a budget-friendly whole chicken. Fresh rosemary, cannellini beans, and canned diced tomatoes make this dish flavorful, yet simple to prepare.
  • Chicken with Pepperoni-Marinara Sauce
    Photo: Johnny Autry; Styling: Cindy Barr and Leigh Ann Ross

    Chicken with Pepperoni-Marinara Sauce

    Commercial marinara sauce and quick-cooking chicken cutlets give you a jump start on dinner when preparing this Italian-inspired chicken entree. Pepperoni slices and shredded mozzarella make this meal appealing to kids and adults alike.
  • Chicken with Italian Sweet-Sour Fennel
    Photo: John Autry; Styling: Leigh Ann Ross

    Chicken with Italian Sweet-Sour Fennel

    Experiment with fennel—a great source of vitamins and minerals—for a fun new flavor that pairs well with chicken.
  • Meyer Lemon Chicken Piccata
    Photo: Randy Mayor; Styling: Cindy Barr

    Meyer Lemon Chicken Piccata

    Freshen up a classic chicken dish by using Meyer lemons for the sauce. These lemons have a great tangy aroma and are sweeter and less acidic that regular lemons.
  • Italian Chicken Sausage and Artichoke Soup
    Photo: Annabelle Breakey; Styling: Karen Shinto

    Italian Chicken Sausage and Artichoke Soup

    We like the fennel flavor of Italian sausage, but any chicken sausage will work. Artichokes and chard amp up the health factor of this heartwarming soup.
  • Parmesan Polenta and Spicy Sausage Sauce
    Photo: Iain Bagwell; Styling: Cindy Barr

    Parmesan Polenta and Spicy Sausage Sauce

    Top creamy parmesan polenta with a spicy tomato sauce filled with fresh herbs and sun-dried tomato chicken sausage.
  • Chicken Piccata with Capers
    Dennis Gottleib

    Chicken Piccata with Capers

    To make this classic Italian recipe, brown thin pieces of chicken in a skillet, deglaze the pan with lemon juice, wine and capers, and serve over pasta. It's easy enough for weeknight family fare, but special enough for company.
  • Herbed Chicken Parmesan
    Photography: Howard L. Puckett; Styling: Melanie J. Clarke

    Herbed Chicken Parmesan

    Take a shortcut with this classic Italian dish and use a jarred pasta sauce instead of making tomato sauce from scratch. Mixing herbs into the breadcrumb coating is an easy way to add extra flavor.
  • Chicken and Basil Calzones
    Photo: Beau Gustafson; Styling: Cindy Barr

    Chicken and Basil Calzones

    Making calzones is easy when you start with a can of refrigerated pizza crust dough. Because this recipe features ground chicken breast in place of ground beef, it's lower in fat and calories than a traditional meat-stuffed calzone.
  • Grilled Chicken with Italian Salsa
    Lee Harrelson

    Grilled Chicken with Italian Salsa

    Make a simple salsa with fresh tomatoes, basil, balsamic vinegar and a splash of orange juice, and spoon it over grilled herbed-marinated chicken breasts.
  • Italian Chicken with Chickpeas
    Becky Luigart-Stayner; Melanie J. Clarke

    Italian Chicken with Chickpeas

    This rustic meal is cooked in one skillet in about 20 minutes, making it ideal for a quick weeknight dinner. Pantry items such as canned tomatoes, canned chickpeas and bottled minced garlic keep the preparation simple.
  • Sicilian Chicken
    Lee Harrelson

    Sicilian Chicken

    Simmering the chicken pieces in tomatoes, olives, golden raisins, balsamic vinegar and basil provides the flavors of Sicily in this one-skillet dish.
  • Chicken Breasts Stuffed with Italian Sausage and Breadcrumbs
    Randy Mayor

    Chicken Stuffed with Sausage and Breadcrumbs

    Stuffing chicken breasts with a mixture of sausage and breadcrumbs is a great way to turn plain chicken into an extraordinary entree.
  • Pesto Fettuccine with Chicken

    Pesto Fettuccine with Chicken

    Pesto and pasta are two quintessential Italian ingredients, and when you combine them with tomatoes and chicken, you've got dinner.
  • Italian-Seasoned Chicken Breasts
    Photo: Beth Dreiling Hontzas; Styling: Rose Nguyen

    Italian-Seasoned Chicken Breasts

    One of the easiest ways to add Italian flavor to chicken is to coat it with Italian-seasoned breadcrumbs and serve with an herbed tomato sauce. The sauce in this recipe uses pantry ingredients that you probably already have on hand.
  • Chicken Focaccia Sandwiches
    Photo: Beau Gustafson

    Chicken Focaccia Sandwiches

    Top sliced chicken with onion, bell pepper and cheese, and serve on focaccia bread for a quick and easy main dish sandwich.
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