12 Easy Chicken Dishes from Real Simple

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

  • Chicken Souvlaki
    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.

    Recipe: Chicken Souvlaki

  • Mediterranean Chicken
    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.

    Recipe: Mediterranean Chicken

  • Simple Roast Chicken
    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.

    Recipe: Simple Roast Chicken

  • Maple-Roasted Chicken with Sweet Potatoes
    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.

    Recipe: Maple-Roasted Chicken with Sweet Potatoes

  • Roast Chicken with Olives, Garlic, and Thyme
    Dana Gallagher

    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.

    Recipe: Roast Chicken with Olives, Garlic, and Thyme

  • Lemon-Honey Chicken With Olives
    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.

    Recipe: Lemon-Honey Chicken With Olives

  • Chicken with Tomatoes and Thyme
    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!

    Recipe: Chicken with Tomatoes and Thyme

  • Roasted Chicken, Apples, and Leeks
    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.

    Recipe: Roasted Chicken, Apples, and Leeks

  • Mustard-Tarragon Roast Chicken with Egg Noodles
    Ditte Isager

    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.

    Recipe: Mustard-Tarragon Roast Chicken with Egg Noodles

  • Chicken with Roasted Sweet Potato Salad
    Kan Kanbayashi

    Chicken with Roasted Sweet Potato Salad

    Add roasted sweet potatoes and fresh spinach to skillet-browned chicken for a colorful, nutrient-packed meal.

    Recipe: Chicken with Roasted Sweet Potato Salad

  • Rosemary-Garlic Chicken
    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."

    Recipe: Rosemary-Garlic Chicken

  • Fiery "Fried" Chicken
    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.

    Recipe: Fiery "Fried" Chicken

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