100 Easy Must-Make Chicken Dinners
Chicken and Summer Vegetable Tostadas
This south-of-the-border supper is ready in a snap thanks to quick-cooking chicken tenders.
Chipotle Chicken Taco Salad
Serve a zesty chicken taco salad drizzled with a chipotle chile, cumin, and cilantro dressing. The smokiness of the chipotle brings out the rich flavors of the roasted chicken breasts.
Cilantro-Lime Chicken with Avocado Salsa
A three-minute dip into a pungent cilantro-lime marinade delivers big flavor to chicken breasts in this delicious, 20-minute summertime dish.
Lemony Chicken Saltimbocca
Saltimbocca means "jump in the mouth"–apt for a fast dish that marries woodsy sage, bright lemon, and salty prosciutto.
Maple-Mustard Glazed Chicken
Bacon and Butternut Pasta
Broth, thickened with flour and enriched with crème fraîche, forms the savory sauce in this dish. We like the earthy heartiness of kale, which helps balance the sweetness from the squash. You could also use Swiss chard, or for a more peppery bite, try substituting mustard greens.
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.
Spicy Thai Coconut Chicken Soup
Sweet-Spicy Chicken and Vegetable Stir-Fry
This colorful, 20-minute chicken and veggie stir-fry features a sweet-spicy sauce and a topping of dry-roasted peanuts, which add delicious crunch.
Chicken and Rice With Black Beans
Chicken Breasts with Goat Cheese and Tomatoes
The rich flavors of chicken and goat cheese recipes join forces in this impressive 5-star main dish. Serve with orzo or rice to soak up the shallot-thyme sauce.
King Ranch Chicken Mac and Cheese
All the flavors of a favorite casserole come together in the comfort of mac and cheese. Serve King Ranch Chicken Mac and Cheese to your family, and it will become a quick favorite.
Honey Cashew Chicken with Rice
Forget takeout and cook a super-fast and flavorful Asian-inspired dinner that's ready in less than 30 minutes.
Grilled Chicken with Rustic Mustard Cream
The pronounced lemon-pine character of rosemary goes well with olive oil and Dijon mustard, giving this grilled chicken a rustic Mediterranean flair.
Chipotle Chicken and Tomato Soup
Just one chipotle chile adds smoky heat to this top-rated soup. If you want to tame the spice, substitute 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika for the chile.
Chicken Souvlaki features the fresh-tasting combination of lemon juice, garlic, and olive oil that is so prevalent in Greek cuisine. Serve it alongside a Greek salad of chunked tomatoes, cucumber, red onion, and feta cheese. Tzatziki is a traditional Greek yogurt-based sauce flavored with lemon, garlic, and crisp cucumbers. (Try more Greek Recipes). This meal is easily one of our favorite chicken recipes.
Jamaican-Spiced Chicken Thighs
Complete the menu with mashed sweet potatoes and a mixed green salad. For more heat, leave the seeds in the jalapeño.
Chicken Cutlets with Mushrooms and Pearl Onions
The brandy-spiked sauce adds an elegant touch to this simple supper; you can sub wine.
Chicken and Guacamole Tostadas
Lemon-Rosemary-Garlic Chicken and Potatoes
Nicknamed "Anytime Chicken" by Test Kitchen Specialist Vanessa McNeil Rocchio, this winner of a chicken dinner is our new favorite roasting-pan supper for weeknights or easy entertaining with friends.
Kung Pao Chicken Tacos
Asian-Glazed Chicken Thighs
Chicken and Couscous Salad
A great way to use leftover chicken, this 20-minute dinner salad uses quick-cooking couscous and lots of brightly flavored herbs.
Creamy Chicken Pasta
Chicken Kebabs and Nectarine Salsa
This company-worthy meal that doubles as a super-fast weeknight supper blends spice from the chicken with sweet and tangy nectarine salsa.
Chicken BLT Salad
Crisp chicken in Chicken BLT Salad boosts a favorite side salad to a healthy main-course attraction.
Dak Bokkeum with Spinach (Korean Stewed Chicken with Spinach)
Gochujang is an indispensable Korean sauce based on fermented soybeans and chiles. You'll find it in Asian markets, or seek out Annie Chun's brand, which is more widely available.
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.
Grilled Chicken with Tomato-Avocado Salad
All the fresh flavors of summer come together in Grilled Chicken with Tomato-Avocado Salad. The homemade buttermilk dressing balances the heat of the chicken and completes the meal.
Curried Chicken Salad with Apples and Raisins
Enjoy this fruit-studded chicken salad with whole-grain crackers, or spread it on whole wheat bread for a sandwich.
Skillet Chicken Pot Pie
Grilled Cumin Chicken with Fresh Tomatillo Sauce
Bring the heat of the Southwest to the dinner table with this delicious take on grilled chicken.
Maple-Mustard Chicken Thighs
Asian Barbecue Chicken
Mozzarella Chicken Sandwich
Serve a hearty sandwich piled high with fresh Italian flavors.
Meyer Lemon Chicken Piccata
Freshen up a classic chicken dish by using Meyer lemons for the sauce. These lemons have a great tangy aroma and are sweeter and less acidic that regular lemons.
Mediterranean Chicken with Potatoes
This tasty Mediterranean chicken dish features small red potatoes and other classic regional ingredients, like red onion, wine, olives, tomatoes, basil, artichokes, and Parmesan cheese.
Chicken with Dates, Olives, and Cinnamon
This Moroccan-style chicken dish features chicken thighs simmered in a mixture of onion, olives, dates, cinnamon and ginger. Serve over couscous for a hearty meal.
Chicken Sate with Peanut Sauce
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. Grapes are said to slow the aging process, so here is a case where eating another slice of pizza definitely has its benefits.
Oven Chicken Risotto
Make this quick and easy risotto dish featuring chicken, cheese, and grape or cherry tomatoes for a simple weeknight meal.
Slow-Cooker Barbecue Chicken
Does it get much easier than this summer crockpot recipe? Slow-cook chicken breasts in a mixture of bottled barbecue sauce, Italian dressing, brown sugar and Worcestershire sauce for a tender, sweet, and tangy barbecue chicken that’s great on a bun or even over a baked potato. This is a stress-free and tasty meal of which the whole family will want seconds.
Avocado Chicken Salad
Salsa, avocado, and cilantro give this chicken salad its addictive, south-of-the-border flavors. Serve over greens of your choice for a light and fresh dinner.
Soft Black Bean Tostadas
Shredded chicken and avocado salsa top this 20-minute Mexican dinner.
Malaysian Chicken Pizza
Malaysian chicken pizza is a pie with a spicy, sweet, peanut butter and soy sauce-based sauce that seemed ahead of its time in 1991 when it first ran. Twenty years later and it’s still a new adventurous pizza for most people. If you like barbecue chicken pizza, you’ll love this.
Roasted Chicken with Pinot Noir Sauce
For this gathering, the chicken is organic, from Sonoma's Petaluma Poultry. Seek out the best organic chicken in your area for this dish. Chef Simile's tips: Resting the chicken after roasting and then slicing against the grain will give you juicy, tender bites. To slice against the grain, position the chicken breast on a cutting board so the part that was attached to the wing is at the top of the board; slice from this point on a diagonal down the length of the breast.
Broccoli-Quinoa Casserole with Chicken and Cheddar
In our updated riff on chicken-rice casserole, whole-grain quinoa stands in for the typical white rice. It's a modern interpretation that still has loads of old-school comfort-food appeal.
Chicken Verde Enchiladas
How do you shred chicken superfast? Insert two forks into the meat while it's still warm. Then pull apart to shred.
Spicy Chicken Cakes with Horseradish Aioli
Dish up this tasty variation on the classic crab cake in less than 40 minutes. The aioli (ay-OH-lee) topping is a garlic mayonnaise from the Provence region in France and a popular condiment there for meat and vegetables. It can be made in advance and refrigerated.
Spicy Soba Noodles with Chicken in Peanut Sauce
Classic Asian flavors come together to create a quick and easy chicken dish with spicy soba noodles that you can have on the dinner table in no time.
Chicken and Mushrooms with Marsala Sauce
Try a lighter take on classic chicken marsala with this dish dressed in mushrooms and a marsala wine sauce. Serve with mashed potatoes or egg noodles to soak up the tasty sauce.
Chicken Breast with Pancetta Cream and Peas
You can substitute bacon for pancetta, and cream cheese for mascarpone.
Garden Alfredo with Chicken
Fresh vegetables shine in this super creamy pasta recipe for Garden Alfredo with Chicken.
White Lightning Chicken Chili
Grilled Chicken with Mustard-Tarragon Sauce
A tangy sauce enlivens simple grilled chicken breasts while a hint of sugar balances the flavors in this top-rated recipe.
Cajun Red Beans and Rice
Prechopped vegetables and canned beans keep this version of red beans and rice simple yet satisfying. Because this recipe begins with oil-sautéed aromatics, it contains more grams of fat per serving than its boxed counterpart—but the calories and sodium are significantly lower, and the taste is terrific.
Quinoa Salad with Chicken
Biriyani is a baked Indian dish of spiced rice combined with chicken, seafood, or other meats. This version omits the baking step while maintaining the authentic flavors. Whole-milk yogurt keeps its creamy texture when cooked; don't substitute low-fat yogurt, which will curdle.
Cajun Chicken Pasta
The charm of this Tortilla Soup lies in the toppings, which guests can customize to their liking. This soup recipe is a simple, yet popular weeknight dinner favorite that will never disappoint on a chilly winter evening. It's the perfect touch of spice to add some excitement to your dinner routine. This soup can be as rich or as simple as you want it to be. It can be made as a crock pot soup recipe or with a regular large soup pot.
Grilled Cilantro Chicken with Pickled Tomato and Avocado Salsa
Look no further for this season's go-to grilled chicken dish featuring a simple marinade and an addictive Indian-style pickled salsa on top.
Skip the bucket of fast-food fried chicken and remember what it's like to eat "real" fried chicken like Mama used to make. Mashed potatoes and biscuits are optional.
Grilled Chicken with Honey-Chipotle BBQ Sauce
You can also use 8 thighs or 8 drumsticks or 4 pieces of each; cook about 10 minutes per side.
Grilled Chicken and Vegetable Quesadillas
Grilled Chicken and Vegetable Quesadillas are a family favorite and table-ready in only 40 minutes. For spicier quesadillas, add a grilled jalapeno to the veggie mix.
Chicken Parmesan with Oven-Roasted Tomato Sauce
Smoky, low-sodium, oven-roasted tomatoes stand in for jarred sauce, and fresh mozzarella adds a cheesy finish to portion-perfect Chicken Parmesan with Oven-Roasted Tomato Sauce.
Old-Fashioned Chicken Fricassee
Rosemary Grilled Chicken Thighs
Online reviewers claim that these honey-and-mustard-marinated thighs are definitely "company-worthy." Serving them over cheese grits and sautéed spinach makes this grilled chicken dish extraordinary. For a tasty alternative, try these with our quick Honey Mustard Sauce.
Double-Crust Chicken Pot Pie
Lose the centerpiece to your table. This Double-Crust Chicken Pot Pie is enough dazzle guests.
Raspberry-Balsamic Glazed Chicken
Other fruit preserves, such as apricot, blackberry, or peach, will also work in this recipe.
Green Chile Chicken Enchiladas
Like all good New Mexico food, these Green Chile Chicken Enchiladas are simple, earthy, and delicious. Its heat depends on the chiles; go with Anaheims if you scorch easily.
Chicken and Quinoa Stew
Paired with: Gordon Biersch Blonde Bock.
Briny olives, chiles, and bright citrus: That's what you call a pairing challenge. This smooth, strong (7 percent alcohol) golden bock from the Bay Area can handle it, playing up the orange and toning down the chiles.