30-Minute Chicken Recipes

Satisfy your family and your budget with these easy chicken recipes, on the table in 30 minutes or less.

  • Chicken Tortilla Soup
    Lee Harrelson

    Chicken Tortilla Soup

    It's hard to believe a soup with this much flavor simmers for only 20 minutes. And making the crisp tortilla strips for the topping is a great way to use up any extra corn tortillas you have on hand.
  • Chicken with Mashed Potatoes and Gravy
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    Chicken with Mashed Potatoes and Gravy

    The gravy is the standout, perfect for stirring into mashed potatoes. Serve with quick-cooking greens like spinach or kale for an easy, family-friendly meal.
  • Sweet and Sour Chicken
    Photo: Iain Bagwell; Styling: Ginny Branch  

    Sweet and Sour Chicken

    Powdered peanut butter (which you'll find on the nut butters aisle) adds richness to this Asian-inspired dish; if you'd rather not use it, sub more flour.
  • Louisiana-Style Chicken Soup
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    Louisiana-Style Chicken Soup

    OK, so technically we can't call this a gumbo because there is no roux. But it certainly tastes like a gumbo, right down to the Cajun trinity of onion, celery, and green bell pepper.
  • Chicken Thighs with Cilantro Sauce
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    Chicken Thighs with Cilantro Sauce

    As a variation, you could grill the chicken thighs--a little charring would complement the sauce. No mortar and pestle? Process the paste base in a mini chopper.
  • Roasted Chicken with Mustard Greens
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    Roasted Chicken with Mustard Greens

    This complete meal of Roasted Chicken with Mustard Greens produces juicy and tender meat, while the greens are a welcome departure from salads.
  • Crispy Chicken with Greek Green Bean Salad
    Photo: Hector Sanchez; Styling: Buffy Hargett Miller

    Crispy Chicken with Greek Green Bean Salad

    This quick-fix dinner of Crispy Chicken with Greek Green Bean Salad celebrates the season's freshest green vegetable.
  • Garden Alfredo with Chicken
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    Garden Alfredo with Chicken

    Fresh vegetables shine in this super creamy pasta recipe for Garden Alfredo with Chicken.
  • Roasted Chicken Caesar Salad
    Photo: Becky Luigart-Stayner; Styling: Heather Chadduck Hillegas

    Roasted Chicken Caesar Salad

    Reinvent the Caesar by roasting the lettuce to caramelize it, and jazz up store-bought dressing to make it taste like homemade.
  • Speedy Chicken Potpie
    Photo: Randy Mayor; Styling: Leigh Ann Ross

    Speedy Chicken Potpie

    You really can get this chicken potpie on the table in 20 minutes. Strips of pastry are a quick stand-in for the traditional crust on top.
  • Hoisin-Grilled Chicken with Soba Noodles
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    Hoisin-Grilled Chicken with Soba Noodles

    Hoisin-Grilled Chicken with Soba Noodles is easily to the table in 30 minutes. Use time-savers like bagged, pretrimmed sugar snap peas for this quick one-dish meal.
  • Chicken with Ratatouille
    Photo: Dhanraj Emanuel; Styling: Buffy Hargett

    Chicken with Ratatouille

    This is the perfect one-dish dinner when the garden is in full swing. Feel free to substitute whatever is overflowing in your garden or at the market for the vegetables in the ratatouille.
  • White Lightning Chicken Chili
    Photo: Becky Luigart-Stayner; Styling: Becky Hargett

    White Lightning Chicken Chili

    White Lightning Chicken Chili gets its name because it only takes 30 minutes from start to finish to get this one-dish meal to the table.
  • Chinese Chicken Salad
    Lee Harrelson

    Chinese Chicken Salad

    Author Mary Ostyn's version of this popular ramen noodle-and-chicken salad calls for chopped peanuts instead of more pricey almonds that are often called for in Asian chicken salads.
  • Mexican Bow-tie Pasta with Chicken
    Lee Harrelson

    Mexican Bow-tie Pasta with Chicken

    You can use any shape of pasta you have on hand for this creamy pasta recipe. All you need to give it Mexican flavor is a jar of salsa, and the creaminess comes from a block of cream cheese.
  • Quickest Chicken Noodle Soup
    Lee Harrelson

    Quickest Chicken Noodle Soup

    Make this soup your "go-to recipe" for super-easy dinners. It has only 6 ingredients, and instead of chopping fresh veggies, you can use frozen. Add even more flavor with optional ingredients like fresh ginger and soy sauce.
  • Chicken-Mint Couscous with Raisins and Apricots
    Lee Harrelson

    Chicken-Mint Couscous with Raisins and Apricots

    This Moroccan-style one-dish meal gets its mint flavor from cooking the couscous in mint-flavored tea instead of adding fresh mint. But if you're not a fan of mint, just cook the couscous in water without the tea bags.
  • Easy Chicken Fajitas
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    Easy Chicken Fajitas

    If you've got picky eaters in your family, set out bowls of the toppings so that each person can assemble their own fajita.
  • Chicken Mole
    Lee Harrelson

    Chicken Mole

    Chocolate adds a deep, rich accent rather than sweetness to this tomato sauce and gives it a more authentic Mexican flavor.
  • West African Peanut Chicken
    Lee Harrelson

    West African Peanut Chicken

    Combine peanut sauce, tomato, onion, pepper, garlic and chicken pieces for a dish with authentic African flavors. To keep the peanut sauce from being too sweet, use a natural peanut butter. Serve over rice for a complete one-dish meal.
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