85 Chicken Dinners for the Busy Cook
Easy Chicken Parmesan
This chicken parmesan is an Italian classic that's easy to make and easy on your budget.
Grilled Chicken with Tomato-Avocado Salad
All the fresh flavors of summer come together in this easy grilled chicken salad. The homemade buttermilk dressing balances the heat of the chicken and completes the meal.
Grilled Mango-Habanero Jerk Chicken
You probably have all the ingredients on hand to make this quick spice rub. Water or chicken stock can be substituted for rum in the mango sauce.
Maple-Mustard Glazed Chicken
The tangy-sweet flavor combination of this sauce will work equally well with chicken thighs or pork. Serve with hot cooked rice and steamed haricots verts or a tossed green salad.
Sweet-Spicy Chicken and Vegetable Stir-Fry
This colorful chicken and veggie stir-fry features a sweet-spicy sauce and a topping of dry-roasted peanuts, which add delicious crunch.
Lemony Chicken Saltimbocca
Saltimbocca means "jump in the mouth"–apt for a fast dish that marries woodsy sage, bright lemon, and salty prosciutto.
Flattened Chicken with Almond and Paprika Vinaigrette
While pounding the chicken breast thin and searing is a French technique, the flavor profile here is decidedly Spanish.
Kids will love swapping forks for skewers to build their own kebab bites. The sweet-savory glazed chicken is perfect served with basmati rice and crisp steamed veggies.
Lemony Orzo-Veggie Salad with Chicken
This colorful orzo and chicken main dish salad is packed with an assortment of chopped fresh vegetables and tossed with a tangy lemon dressing. It's a great use for leftover or rotisserie chicken.
Fast Skillet Chicken Cacciatore
Lean chicken breasts cook quickly--in just 15 minutes compared to the hour-long braise in most cacciatore recipes. If you'd like more heat in the sauce, kick up the crushed red pepper to 1/2 teaspoon.
Penne and Chicken with Tomato Sauce
Keep chicken, pasta, and canned tomatoes on hand so that you can toss this easy dinner together at any time. Any type of small pasta will work in place of penne.
Grilled Chicken Florentine Pasta
Add grilled chicken, spinach and a light cream sauce to linguine for an easy one-dish meal.
Chicken Thighs with Roasted Apples and Garlic
Bake apples alongside the chicken, and then mash the apples for a flavorful, chunky sauce. To enhance the rustic nature of the dish, leave some of the peel on the apples.
Chicken, Red Grape, and Pesto Pizza
Grapes make an ideal salad topping, but what about on pizza...? This surprising addition is a sweet contrast to the tangy Romano cheese, herby pesto, and juicy chicken.
Asian-Glazed Chicken Thighs
The tasty Asian-inspired glaze gives these chicken thighs a mahogany sheen. Rich thigh meat is higher in fat than lean white meat, so the thighs stay moist even when they're roasted without skin.
Chicken and Guacamole Tostadas
This easy, no-cook tostada recipe features store-bought tostada shells and rotisserie chicken. You only need 20 minutes to prep the ingredients and assemble.
Honey-Brushed Chicken Thighs
Spice up boneless, skinless chicken thighs with chili powder, garlic powder, cumin, paprika, and ground red pepper–ingredients which you probably already have in your pantry.
Champion Chicken Parmesan
You'll love this easy-to-make weeknight winner featuring tender breaded chicken served over linguine and topped with herbed tomato sauce and melted mozzarella.
Prepare chicken breasts scallopini-style by pounding them into thin, quick-cooking servings, then dredge in lemon juice and breadcrumbs and sauté for about 3 minutes on each side. The white wine sauce with capers complements the flavor of the lemon juice, and makes a great topping for wild rice.
Video: How to Pound Chicken Breasts
Stir-Fried Chicken Salad
A vibrant six-ingredient pan sauce performs double-duty as a marinade and a vinaigrette in this quick-cooking recipe. The chicken cooks in minutes, and because it's served on top of a salad, there's no real need for side dishes. Just grab a few breadsticks and a glass of tea and enjoy.
Chicken with Black Bean Salsa
Serve this flavorful dish in a bowl or wrap in a tortilla for festive Mexican flair. The simple homemade salsa adds spicy flavor and a healthy dose of corn and black beans. This recipe serves one, making it perfect for busy weeknights, and easily scales for two or four servings.
How to Cook with Rotisserie Chicken
Rotisserie chicken is a welcome time-saver in the kitchen. Learn new ways to cook with this easy ingredient from the Editors at Southern Living.
Chicken with Maple-Mustard Sauce
Serve this one-pan dish in less than 20 minutes. The rich maple syrup and Dijon mustard sauce is flavored with fresh dill and orange rind, the perfect combination to spice up a basic scallopini-style chicken dinner.
Sweet-and-Sour Chicken-Apricot Skewers
Bring the flavor and ease of cooking outdoors into the kitchen with simple chicken skewers infused with the bright flavors of fresh lemon juice, apricot jam, and dried herbs. They broil in about 10 minutes, just long enough to steam a green veggie and microwave quick-cooking rice.
Beer-Braised Chicken Thighs with Cremini Mushrooms
A wide skillet and less liquid allow for a relatively short, intense braise--less than 20 minutes, compared to many hour-long versions.
Kung Pao Chicken
Make this Szechuan restaurant classic in just 30 minutes. The chicken, cut into uniform strips, browns quickly and absorbs the flavor of the zesty hoisin sauce. Serve with quick-cooking white or brown rice.
Chicken Cordon Bleu
Bake a hearty chicken dinner with over-the-top flavor in less than 30 minutes. Smoky prosciutto, paired with mozzarella and Parmigiano-Reggiano cheeses, spices up scallopini-style chicken breasts. Steam a side of broccoli and call the family to the table for an impressive dinner.
Sweet Vermouth Chicken
Go ahead, invite last-minute company over on a weeknight. This saucy chicken dish with sweet vermouth, fresh tarragon, and dried cranberries, is impressively quick and delicious. Brown the chicken in a skillet, then bake in the oven until done. While the chicken bakes, quickly make the fragrant vermouth sauce and let it simmer while you open a bottle of wine or toss a simple salad.
Chicken Strips with Blue Cheese Dressing
Cut chicken breasts into strips and pan-fry for a crispy, low-fat version of fried chicken tenders. A simple, six-ingredient dip, flavored with blue cheese, garlic, and red wine, accents the peppery buttermilk batter on the strips. Serve with a side of extra veggies for dipping, and you'll have dinner on the table in less than 20 minutes.
How to Cook the Perfect Chicken Breast
Does your chicken breast always turn out tough, dry, or undercooked? Learn how to cook the perfect chicken breast using a meat thermometer.
Cilantro-Lime Chicken with Avocado Salsa
Three minutes in a flavorful cilantro-lime marinade is all that's needed to deliver big flavor to these pan-cooked chicken breasts.
Chicken with Sherry-Soy Sauce
Brown chicken breasts in a skillet, then make a tangy Asian-style sauce with soy sauce, sherry vinegar, red pepper flakes and green onions in the same skillet for a flavorful one-dish chicken entree. Serve with bagged salad greens and quick-cooking rice noodles.
Asian Chicken Salad
Fresh and colorful, this main dish chicken salad get its Asian-style flavor from fresh ginger, soy sauce, rice vinegar, and chili paste. Almonds add crunch and orange sections add sweetness for a well-rounded meal.
BBQ Chicken Pizza
Online reviews raved about the contrast of flavors provided by tangy tomato chutney, savory chicken, and sharp cheddar cheese.
Combine sweet, smoky, and salty flavors in this easy version of a classic Moroccan stew.
Chipotle Chicken and Tomato Soup
Navy beans, chicken and canned tomatoes make this main dish soup hearty and satisfying, and chipotle chile gives it a rich smoky flavor.
Chicken with Lime Sauce
Adding cornstarch to the tangy sweet lime sauce gives it a silky texture, and a small amount of butter adds richness.
One-Pan Chicken with Lemon, Olives, and Artichokes
You’ll love the bold flavors of this Mediterranean-inspired dish. Lemony chicken and artichokes are topped with a bright and tangy relish of green olives, parsley, and thyme. We love serving this dish over pearl couscous to soak up the delicious pan sauce, but you can swap it out for rice or even pasta.
Chicken-Penne Salad with Green Beans
Combine colorful fresh veggies, herbs, pasta and shredded chicken for a nutrient-packed main dish salad. This one-dish meal is a great way to use rotisserie chicken or leftover chicken.
Grilled Chicken Tostadas
Pile grilled chicken, feta cheese, refried beans, and homemade slaw on top of a crunchy tortilla shell for a simple dinner that's ready in a hurry.
Cold Sesame Noodles with Chicken and Cucumbers
Add a little Asian flair to your dinner with this chilled noodle main dish featuring udon noodles and chicken flavored with rice vinegar, sesame oil, soy sauce, ginger and chili paste.