100+ Easy Chicken Recipes Your Family Will Love
There's nothing like an easy chicken dinner on a busy weeknight. Whether you're looking for a quick casserole (this Chicken Parmesan Casserole is a real crowd-pleaser), a simple sheet pan supper (when you're craving something fast and healthy, look no further than our Sheet Pan Chicken and Veggies), or set-it-and-forget-it Crock-Pot meal (like this satisfying Slow Cooker Tex-Mex Chicken and Black Bean Soup), we've got the easy chicken recipes you need.
Easy Roasted Chicken Breasts with Tomatoes and White Beans
This simple baked chicken packs a ton of flavor atop a nice, toasty mixture of beans, tomatoes, and herbs. Since the chicken cooks on top of the vegetables, its juice add to the sauciness of the burst, roasted tomatoes, the buttery olives, and the tender creamy beans.
Easy Chicken Spaghetti
Give your traditional chicken casserole a break and serve this bright and lively chicken spaghetti. You only need a Dutch oven and a 9-x-13 baking dish to create this delicious meal, meaning there is less clean-up afterwards. Cook and shred your chicken in advance to save time.
Easy Chicken Fajitas
Make chicken fajitas a go-to weeknight dish. Our easy chicken fajitas recipe—which calls for fewer than 10 ingredients and comes together in just 20 minutes—is perfect for kids and adults alike.
Easy Chicken Parmesan
This chicken parmesan is an Italian classic that's easy to make and easy on your budget.
Easy Chicken Adobo
Inspired by the Philippine national dish, this Easy Chicken Adobo uses a simple blend of garlic, vinegar, and soy sauce to give chicken a zingy boost. Traditional adobo sauces are commonly enriched with coconut milk, and the dish is frequently made with pork. But for everyday cooking, we like this lighter, simpler chicken recipe. Serve with rice. This is the perfect dinner for spicing up your usual routine.
Easy Chicken and Butternut Squash Hash
This veggie-packed skillet supper comes together quickly thanks to smart shortcuts. Pre-cubed butternut squash saves chopping time; parcooking it with the Brussels sprouts in the microwave shortens the final cook time. Center-cut bacon adds salty, smoky flavor with 25% to 30% less fat than regular bacon. Fold any leftovers into mac and cheese.
Easy Pressure Cooker Chicken Pho
For pho, it's legitimately all about the intensely delicious broth. And thanks to the flavor-concentrating power of the pressure cooker, we were able to make a robust and dynamic chicken broth—using shallots, fresh ginger and cilantro, and a few spices—in a matter of minutes. Thus, this restaurant favorite can now be a comforting, go-to weeknight dinner.
Easy Beer Can Chicken
Crack open a cold one and get cooking. Don't worry: With just seven ingredients and three steps, this delicious beer can chicken is a lot easier than it looks.
Easy Chicken Biryani
Flavored with fragrant, Indian spices, traditional chicken biryani is an incredible comfort food, but it typically requires cooking the chicken and vegetables separately, using several pans. Our simplified method delivers the classic, crave-worthy flavors with a little less effort and cleanup.
Easy Tandoori Chicken
Try to find chicken breasts of similar size and weight to get the most even results when cooking. This low calorie, low carb recipe will become a fast favorite in your kitchen.
Easy Chicken Pot Pie
Ready made pie crusts make this homestyle Chicken pot pie recipe super easy. A 10-ounce package of frozen oven-roasted diced chicken, thawed, and a 16-ounce package of frozen vegetables can be substituted for the canned chicken and vegetables.
Easy Cheesy Chicken Casserole
Prepared in 40 minutes, this quick and easy make ahead dish is sure to make any weeknight or holiday gathering easier. This cheesy dish is similar to the potluck classic known as poppyseed chicken casserole, or Ritz cracker chicken casserole.
Easy Chicken and Dumplings
Pillowy dumplings flecked with fragrant fresh herbs cook drop-style in the stock mixture.
Easy Bistro Chicken
Simple Sheet Pan Chicken And Veggies
Comforting, savory, and satisfying, this sheet pan chicken dinner is perfect for weeknights. The chicken has a crispy, slightly salty skin with a juicy, tender interior. Meanwhile, the vegetables get lightly bathed in the chicken’s buttery juices.
Sheet Pan BBQ Chicken Thighs with Green Beans and Potatoes
Looking for a sheet pan meal that’s just as delicious as it is seamless? These tender, juicy sheet pan chicken thighs have just enough bbq sauce glaze to make them super tasty and beautiful. The potatoes get cooked until they’re tender in the middle, but crispy on the outside.
Sweet-and-Spicy Sheet Pan Chicken with Cauliflower and Carrots
There’s nothing quite as satisfying as a sheet pan supper that’s high on flavor and low on cleanup. This tangy sheet pan chicken supper gets a little kick from cayenne pepper that’s balanced in the sauce with caramelized grapes. Roasted cauliflower and carrots offer a savory touch to the dinner.
Sheet Pan Greek Chicken with Roasted Potatoes
Two spice rack staples—cinnamon and nutmeg—give this chicken a wonderful depth of flavor, and fresh tomatoes, lemons, and herbs add zest. Buy bone-in chicken breasts that are about the same size so that they cook evenly.
Sheet-Pan Chicken Tikka Masala
With a little sheet pan savvy, flavor-packed chicken tikka masala has never been more accessible. While we suggest marinating the chicken for at least four hours, if you didn’t plan ahead, you can simply marinate the inherently tender chicken thighs for as long as you have time for.
Sheet Pan Chicken with Dressing
Crusty, toasty chunks of cornbread team up with juicy chicken thighs and tender roasted fennel, apples, celery, and carrots in this wonderful sheet pan supper. Whether your cornbread is store-bought or homemade, make sure that it is not overly sweet. Cut the apple and vegetables as directed so that they all cook in the same amount of time.
Sheet Pan Parmesan "Fried" Chicken with Broccoli and Sweet Potato Wedges
In addition to getting the food into the oven in stages, you should also prep the food in stages to make most efficient use of your time. As the oven preheats, skin and bread the chicken; when the chicken goes in, prepare the sweet potatoes. Once those go in, get the broccoli ready.
Chicken Sausage and Vegetables Sheet Pan Supper
"Fab, fuss-free dinners are my holy grail,” says Michelle Tam (nomnompaleo.com,@nomnompaleo) about sheet pan meals. This one is adapted from her and husband Henry Fong’s latest Nom Nom Paleo cookbook, Ready or Not! “Sheet pan suppers allow me to maximize the amount of veggies for dinner," she says. "And cleanup is a breeze."
Sheet Pan Chicken with Roasted Baby Potatoes
A very hot oven quickly roasts the potatoes and finishes the chicken without overcooking. You can substitute fingerling potatoes, halved lengthwise, for the small Yukon gold potatoes.
Sheet Pan Orange Chicken with Garlicky Green Beans
Make Orange Chicken that's cheaper, fresher, and more delicious than Chinese take-out. Believe it or not, all you need is sheet pan to make sticky, orange-glazed chicken and crisp green beans. If you can't find French green beans, blanch regular green beans for 2 minutes, dry them, and proceed with the chili sauce.
Greek Chicken Kabobs With Simple Herb Yogurt Dip
These easy chicken skewers are packed with flavor and make a perfect lunch for you or the kids. Your secret weapon? Greek salad dressing, which has all the flavor of a homemade marinade without the hassle of buying and preparing extra ingredients.
Simple Slow Cooker Whole Chicken
This simple whole chicken recipe is great served as is with crusty bread or over rice, but it’s also a great way to cook chicken ahead of time to use in a variety of dishes, such as chicken salad, soups, and casseroles.
Simple Whole Roasted Chicken
This is a foolproof method for how to roast a whole chicken, yielding immaculately crispy skin and incredibly juicy meat. Try it once, and you may never go back to buying prepared rotisserie chicken from the deli again—because honestly, it’s almost as easy to make this incredible version at home. The secret to getting super-crisp skin when roasting a chicken is getting it as dry as possible before going into the hot oven. And yes, that means skipping rubbing the chicken with oil or butter. Chicken skin naturally contains fat, you don’t have to worry about that, but what you do want to worry about is patting the chicken down all over with paper towels, making sure the skin is as dry as possible. Any moisture left on the bird is going to contribute to creating steam in the oven, which works against your mission for perfect golden crispness. In fact, that’s why we only place aromatics (like citrus fruit, thyme, and garlic) inside the cavity of the chicken… not only does this infuse the meat of the bird with flavor as these ingredients release their aromas, but it keeps any steam that they create within the chicken. Be sure to generously salt both the exterior and interior of your chicken before roasting. When it’s time to slice and serve, you should definitely consider spooning the rich, savory pan drippings over your roasted chicken—next to the crisp skin, some (i.e. we) might argue they’re the best part.
Simple Pressure Cooker Whole Chicken
This easy pressure cooker recipe yields perfectly cooked, juicy chicken, along with a flavorful broth, that can be served over rice or used in any number of other chicken dishes—such as soups, pastas, casseroles, salads, and more. You can use a traditional pressure cooker here, but this is also a great recipe for the Instant Pot, if that’s your cooker of choice. Typically, cooking a whole chicken in the oven can take close to an hour, but using the pressure cooker, you have a whole bird’s worth of succulent chicken in 40 minutes. This largely hands-off method for chicken is a great meal prep move to make on Sunday to give yourself a healthy supply of lean protein to use in meals throughout the week.
For pho, it's legitimately all about the intensely delicious broth. And thanks to the flavor-concentrating power of the pressure cooker, we were able to make a robust and dynamic chicken broth—using shallots, fresh ginger and cilantro, and a few spices—in a matter of minutes.
Easy Slow-Cooker Jambalaya
Have dinner ready when you come home with this ultimate, slow-cooker Jambalaya. Featuring chicken, shrimp and smoked sausage, this classic Creole rice dish is perfect for the slow-cooker as all the flavors blend together over time in a marvelous way. As a simple one-pot meal, bring Jambalaya to your next potluck as a crowd-pleasing dish that doesn't skimp on flavor or presentation. Don’t be afraid of making too much because leftover Jambalaya still tastes great warmed up the next day with a splash of your favorite hot sauce.
Slow Cooker Chicken, Bacon, and Potato Soup
This chicken potato soup is perfect for ushering in fall: It's hearty enough for the beginning of soup season, yet brothy and veggie-packed so it doesn't feel too heavy. This recipe is ideal for a weekend, when you can check on the slow cooker after just a few hours.
Slow-Cooker Chicken Stew with Pumpkin and Wild Rice
This savory fall stew is filled with tender cubes of pumpkin, shredded chicken, and nutty wild rice in a creamy sauce. When choosing a pumpkin, look for a sugar or cheese pumpkin. Field pumpkins, which are larger in size, have watery, stringy flesh and are best used for decoration. Or substitute a butternut squash.
Slow Cooker Tex-Mex Chicken and Black Bean Soup
This filling and flavorful soup is ideal for a chilly evening. Freeze leftover chipotle chiles and adobe sauce in a flattened Ziploc bag for future use. Want to make it in your Instant Pot? Click here for the recipe.
Slow Cooker Mediterranean Chicken and Quinoa Stew
Look for bags of cubed butternut squash in the produce section to save you the trouble of peeling and dicing a whole squash. Find Castelvetrano olives either jarred in the olive and pickle section or fresh at most specialty market antipasti bars.