12 Easy Chicken Dishes from Real Simple
These top-rated chicken recipes are guaranteed to take the stress out of preparing weeknight meals.
Here's the chicken version of a classic Greek lamb dish. Chunks of chicken are tossed in a mixture of lemon juice and herbs before cooking, served over pita rounds, and topped with yogurt and cucumber.
Recipe: Chicken Souvlaki
Add Mediterranean flavor to chicken breast halves by stuffing them with a mixture of feta cheese and olive tapenade and cooking them in olive oil.
Recipe: Mediterranean Chicken
Simple Roast Chicken
A basic roasted chicken recipe is a must in your weeknight dinner rotation, and you can add variety by using a number of different sauces and rubs.
Recipe: Simple Roast Chicken
Maple-Roasted Chicken with Sweet Potatoes
Savor the flavors of autumn by cooking the chicken with sweet potatoes and maple syrup. You can vary the recipe by using butternut squash in place of the potatoes.
Roast Chicken with Olives, Garlic, and Thyme
Make a basic vinaigrette (that can be used in other recipes), add lemon zest, olives, garlic and thyme, and use it as a marinade for this tender, juicy chicken. With a pronounced lemon flavor, it's reminiscent of chicken dishes you might enjoy in Greece.
Lemon-Honey Chicken With Olives
Achieve the perfect salty-sweet combination in this chicken dish featuring olives, kosher salt, lemon juice, and honey. And a bonus for this recipe is that you can make it a day ahead and reheat before serving.
Recipe: Lemon-Honey Chicken With Olives
Chicken with Tomatoes and Thyme
Season the chicken with lemon, tomatoes, thyme and capers, then freeze up to 3 months until you're ready to cook. How great to have a meal this good waiting for you in the freezer!
Recipe: Chicken with Tomatoes and Thyme
Roasted Chicken, Apples, and Leeks
Roast chicken thighs and drumsticks along with apples and leeks for a rich and savory one-dish meal.
Mustard-Tarragon Roast Chicken with Egg Noodles
Make a tangy mustard sauce by deglazing the pan with white wine, then spoon the sauce over the chicken and parslied egg noodles.
Chicken with Roasted Sweet Potato Salad
Add roasted sweet potatoes and fresh spinach to skillet-browned chicken for a colorful, nutrient-packed meal.
Online reviewers love this recipe for weeknight dinner and for entertaining, claiming that "it looks and tastes like it took a lot more prep time than it actually does."
Recipe: Rosemary-Garlic Chicken
Fiery "Fried" Chicken
Chili-garlic sauce provides the fire, but it gets tamed a bit with the addition of pineapple juice. After you toss the chicken in this sauce mixture, you dredge it in breadcrumbs and oven-fry to get the crispy coating.
Recipe: Fiery "Fried" Chicken
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