30 Easy Chicken Dishes from Real Simple

These top-rated chicken recipes are guaranteed to take the stress out of preparing weeknight meals.

  • Chicken Souvlaki
    Photo: Antonis Achilleos

    Chicken Souvlaki

    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.
  • Mediterranean Chicken
    Photo: Andrew McCaul

    Mediterranean Chicken

    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.
  • Simple Roast Chicken
    Photo: Jim Franco

    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.
  • Maple-Roasted Chicken with Sweet Potatoes
    Photo: Sang An

    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"
    Photo: Dana Gallagher

    Roast Chicken with Olives

    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
    Photo: Miki Duisterhof

    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.
  • Chicken with Tomatoes and Thyme
    Photo: Kana Okada

    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!
  • Roasted Chicken, Apples, and Leeks
    Photo: Miha Matei

    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
    Photo: Ditte Isager

    Mustard-Tarragon Roast Chicken

    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
    Photo: Kan Kanbayashi

    Chicken with Sweet Potato Salad

    Add roasted sweet potatoes and fresh spinach to skillet-browned chicken for a colorful, nutrient-packed meal.
  • Chicken Curry
    Photo: Sang An

    Chicken Curry

    Whip up this 30-minute chicken curry recipe and enjoy Indian cuisine in the comfort of your own home.
  • Rosemary-Garlic Chicken
    Photo: Maura McEvoy

    Rosemary-Garlic Chicken

    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."
  • "Fiery ""Fried"" Chicken"
    Photo: John Kernick

    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.
  • Honey Chicken Skewers with Grilled-Corn Salad
    Photo: Anna Williams; Styling: Anna Last

    Honey Chicken Skewers with Grilled-Corn Salad

    This 10-minute recipe couldn't be easier to make (or eat!). Chicken breasts are skewered and doused in a salty-sweet glaze, then grilled to perfection and served with a simple corn salad.
  • Chicken Thighs Braised in Garlic and White Wine
    Photo: Ditte Isager

    Chicken Thighs Braised in Garlic and White Wine

    This simple dish can be made using ingredients you should have in your pantry. Serve with long-grain white rice to soak up the flavorful juices.
  • Chicken and Vegetable Pot Pie
    Photo: Maria Robledo; Styling: Anna Last

    Chicken and Vegetable Pot Pie

    Who needs butter? This pie gets its velvety richness from olive oil, wine, low-fat milk, and a double dose of vegetables.
  • Chicken with Pesto Potatoes
    Photo: Kana Okada

    Chicken with Pesto Potatoes

    Herby pesto potatoes are perfect nestled up next to baked chicken in this simple entree.
  • Southwestern Chicken Soup
    Photo: Oxmoor House

    Southwestern Chicken Soup

    Use rotisserie chicken or leftover chicken in this easy Southwestern-flavored chicken soup.
  • Chicken Cacciatore
    Photo: Dana Gallagher

    Chicken Cacciatore

    This one-pot chicken cacciatore dinner is the perfect choice for Italian night.
  • Ginger-Stuffed Chicken with Sesame Spinach
    Photo: Kana Okada

    Ginger-Stuffed Chicken with Sesame Spinach

    This easy chicken dinner gets its sublte Asian flavor from ingredients like ginger and sesame seeds.
  • Chicken Stroganoff
    Photo: Quentin Bacon

    Chicken Stroganoff

    Swap chicken for beef in your stroganoff for a fresh twist on a classic comfort food meal. Serve over rice, pasta, or toast alongside a mixed green salad.
  • "Sautéed Chicken and Peppers with Coconut Rice"
    Photo: Kana Okada

    Chicken and Peppers with Coconut Rice

    Coconut rice is just rice cooked with coconut milk. This island-flavored meal is simple, yet extremely satisfying.
  • Golden Chicken with Tomatoes and Olives
    Photo: Kana Okada

    Golden Chicken with Tomatoes and Olives

    Humble chicken breasts become luxurious when bathed in a savory sauce consisting of tomatoes, garlic, white white, and pimiento-stuffed olives.
  • Chicken Posole
    Photo: Dana Gallagher

    Chicken Posole

    Posole is a hearty Mexican soup made with hominy and a variety of fresh vegetables. This version has shredded chicken and gets its distinct flavor from jalapeno peppers, chili powder, cumin, cilantro, and lime juice.
  • Chicken Teriyaki Meatballs with Edamame and Snow Peas
    Photo: Marcus Nilsson

    Chicken Teriyaki Meatballs with Edamame and Snow Peas

    These Asian-inspired meatballs are a new way to bring chicken to your dinner table. Green veggies provide a crunchy contrast to the chicken and rice.
  • Rosemary Chicken with Zucchini
    Photo: Anna Williams

    Rosemary Chicken with Zucchini

    This freezable one-dish meal roasts up nicely in any season. Flavors like mustard and rosemary complement both the chicken and vegetables.
  • Spanish Chicken and Rice
    Photo: Marcus Nilsson

    Spanish Chicken and Rice

    Simmer seasoned chicken breast pieces, veggies, and rice together in a tomato and wine-based sauce for a flavorful and low-fat one-dish meal. Top the finished dish with chopped olives for a Spanish flair.
  • Chicken Kebabs with Chickpea Salad
    Photo: Marcus Nilsson

    Chicken Kebabs with Chickpea Salad

    Chicken kebabs are marinated in a mixture of yogurt, garlic and spices before they are grilled to perfection. Roast potatoes would make a great side dish alongside the chickpea salad.
  • Satay Chicken Stir-Fry with Snow Peas and Cilantro
    Photo: Petrina Tinslay

    Satay Chicken Stir-Fry with Snow Peas

    Stir-fry is one of the simplest ways to cook fresh vegetables and protein. This recipe calls for snow peas and broccoli, but feel free to subtistute any fresh veggies you have on hand.
  • Chicken Potpie Empanadas
    Photo: Antonis Achilleos

    Chicken Potpie Empanadas

    This recipe only looks complicated, but in fact, it comes together in a flash! Store-bought ingredients like rotisserie chicken, refrigerated piecrusts, and frozen peas and carrots are the secret to this dish's simplicity.
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