30+ Super Speedy Chicken Dinner Recipes

Don't be chicken — these easy dinners are a cinch to make.

easy chicken dinners - Zesty Orange Glazed Drumsticks
Con Poulos

Everyone loves chicken. From the perfect roast to a soothing soup to crispy, crunchy fried chicken, it's hard for us to get enough of America's top bird. Other than being delicious in so many ways, it can be healthy and nutritious (one 3.5 oz serving of chicken breast meat is only 165 calories, with 31 g protein). Another bonus: chicken is fast! Especially if you turn to quick-cooking pieces like boneless skinless thighs and chicken breast cutlets. Most people have favorite preparations that they rely on when they need to get dinner on the table immediately to avoid a meltdown (yours or your family's). But it’s easy to get stuck in the routine of making it the same way night after night, until those formerly beloved chicken recipes all start to feel like that tired old dress you adored when it was brand new but are now ready to drop in the charity box.

Well, say goodbye to the chicken doldrums: With this collection of recipes, we use chicken in fresh new ways to make salads, sautés, pasta, and even nachos. You’ll be sitting down to a meal in half an hour or less, to an easy (winner!) chicken dinner that reminds you why chicken became your busy weeknight go-to in the first place.

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easy chicken dinner recipes - Grilled Basil Chicken and Zucchini
Danielle Occhiogrosso Daly
Grilled Basil Chicken and Zucchini

Lime juice and tons of fresh basil give this 20-minute meal an extra-fresh hit of flavor.

Get the recipe for Grilled Basil Chicken and Zucchini.

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easy chicken dinner recipes - Chicken Mole Tacos
Danielle Occhiogrosso Daly
Chicken Mole Tacos

Traditional mole sauces can have up to 30 ingredients — our shortcut uses cocoa, ground chiles and cinnamon to give some of the same rich flavor in a fraction of the time.

Get the recipe for Chicken Mole Tacos.

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easy chicken dinner recipes - Roasted Chicken Citrus Salad
Chris Court
Roasted Citrus Chicken Salad

Brighten up crisp thighs with roasted oranges and lemon juice, then toss in crispy croutons to soak up all the juices.


Get the recipe for Roasted Citrus Chicken Salad.

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easy chicken dinner recipes - Chicken with Stewed Peppers and Tomatoes
Mike Garten
Chicken with Stewed Peppers and Tomatoes

Smoked paprika, peppers, and sliced almonds give this pan roast a Spanish flair.

Get the recipe for Chicken with Stewed Peppers and Tomatoes.

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easy chicken dinner recipes - Moroccan Chicken Bowl
Con Poulos
Moroccan Chicken Bowl

A medley of spices — paprika, cumin, and cinnamon — gives this chicken an extra kick.

Get the recipe for Moroccan Chicken Bowl.

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easy chicken dinners - Grilled Chicken Caesar Baguette
Kate Mathis
Grilled Chicken Caesar Baguette

At just 235 calories per serving, you can make this baguette ahead of time and serve it at dinner time.

Get the recipe for Grilled Chicken Caesar Baguette.

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easy chicken dinners - Crispy Chicken Thighs with Escarole and Parmesan Salad
Mike Garten
Crispy Chicken Thighs with Escarole and Parmesan Salad

It may be hard to believe, but this savory and flavorful crispy chicken is also gluten-free.

Get the recipe for Crispy Chicken Thighs with Escarole Salad.

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easy chicken dinners - Spaghetti with Roasted Chicken and Peppers
Mike Garten
Spaghetti with Roasted Chicken and Peppers

Pasta night just got a lot more colorful thanks to orange and red peppers.

Get the recipe for Spaghetti with Roasted Chicken and Peppers.

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easy chicken dinners - Sheet Pan Chicken Nachos
Mike Garten
Sheet Pan Chicken Nachos

Thin-sliced radishes and a homemade avocado-cilantro sauce gives easy elegance to this app-turned-dinner.

Get the recipe for Sheet Pan Chicken Nachos.

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easy chicken dinners - Roasted Chicken and Squash Panzanella
Mike Garten
Roasted Chicken and Squash Panzanella

This golden chicken tastes even better with roasted squash by its side.

Get the recipe for Roasted Chicken and Squash.

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easy chicken dinners - Smoky Chicken with Charred Corn Salad
Ryan Dausch
Smoky Chicken with Charred-Corn Salad

Chipotle chicken and a corn and jalapeño salad are just 25 minutes away.

Get the recipe for Smoky Chicken with Charred-Corn Salad.

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easy chicken dinners - Greek Chicken and Farro Salad
Ryan Dausch
Greek Chicken and Farro Salad

Feta, cucumbers, tomatoes, and avocado add color and flavor to healthy chicken dish.

Get the recipe for Greek Chicken and Farro Salad.

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easy chicken dinners - Skillet Chicken and Orzo
Chris Court
Skillet Chicken and Orzo

Prep this chicken and orzo dish in just 15 minutes and put it on the table in 30.

Get the recipe for Skillet Chicken and Orzo.

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easy chicken dinners - Spinach, Chickpea, and Chicken Pitas
Con Poulos
Spinach, Chickpea, and Chicken Pitas

Tuck seasoned grilled chicken into pita pockets with cooked chickpeas and spinach for a light Mediterranean meal.

Get the recipe for Spinach, Chickpea, and Chicken Pitas.

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easy chicken dinners - Fajita Chicken Rollups
Chris Court
Fajita Chicken Roll-Ups

This twist on the traditional Mexican dish will have everyone "rolling up" for seconds.

Get the recipe for Fajita Chicken Roll-Ups.

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easy chicken dinners - Balsamic Chicken with Apple, Lentil, and Spinach Salad
Jonny Valiant
Balsamic Chicken with Apple, Lentil and Spinach Salad

This balsamic chicken and leafy greens recipe will be ready in 25 minutes flat.

Get the recipe for Balsamic Chicken with Apple, Lentil, and Spinach Salad.

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easy chicken dinners - Gingery Meatball Soup with Bok Choy
Con Poulos
Gingery Meatball Soup with Bok Choy

Ground chicken meatballs, floating in a ginger-flavored broth with carrots and bok choy, make for a light and healthy soup dinner.

Get the recipe for Gingery Meatball Soup with Bok Choy.

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easy chicken dinners - Sesame Chicken with Chili Lime Slaw
Chris Court
Sesame Chicken and Chili Lime Slaw

Go bold with dinner tonight—pair sesame crusted chicken with a gingery lime-flavored slaw.

Get the recipe for Sesame Chicken and Chili Lime Slaw.

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easy chicken dinners - Chicken with Peaches and Ginger
Chris Court
Chicken with Peaches and Ginger

Sweet summer peaches perfectly complement juicy, seared chicken breast.

Get the recipe for Chicken with Peaches and Ginger.

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easy chicken dinners - Pressed Grilled Chicken Salad Sandwiches
Steve Giralt
Pressed Grilled Chicken Salad Sandwiches

Flavor-packed chicken salad makes the perfect picnic sandwiches.

Get the recipe for Pressed Grilled Chicken Salad Sandwiches.

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easy chicken dinners - Grilled Buffalo Chicken with Cucumber Salad
Chris Court
Grilled Buffalo Chicken with Cucumber Salad

A tailgate favorite gets the dinnertime treatment.

Get the recipe for Grilled Buffalo Chicken with Cucumber Salad.

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easy chicken dinners - Grilled Caesar Salad Flatbread
Con Poulos
Grilled Caesar Salad Flatbread

Top a slice of chewy flatbread with chicken salad and you've got yourself an easy, hearty dinner.

Get the recipe for Grilled Caesar Salad Flatbread.

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easy chicken dinners - Lemon Chicken and Pea Gemelli
Con Poulos
Lemon Chicken and Pea Gemelli

Cream cheese makes a quick velvety sauce with less saturated fat.

Get the recipe for Lemon Chicken and Pea Gemelli.

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easy chicken dinners - Crispy Mustard Chicken with Spring Potato Salad
Mike Garten
Crispy Mustard Chicken with Spring Potato Salad

There are so many ways that you can cook chicken. This time around make a mustard glaze and you'll be good to go.

Get the recipe for Crispy Mustard Chicken with Spring Potato Salad.

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easy chicken dinners - Grilled Chicken Caprese
Con Poulos
Grilled Chicken Caprese

Adding chicken is a great way to turn a Caprese salad into a full-blown meal. Bonus! This recipe is heart healthy and takes 20 minutes total to make.

Get the recipe for Grilled Chicken Caprese.

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easy chicken dinners - Baked Chicken Cutlets with Pineapple Rice
Chris Court
Baked Chicken Cutlets with Pineapple Rice

Juicy chicken cutlets gets a boost from Asian-inspired ingredients like ginger and cilantro.

Get the recipe for Baked Chicken Cutlets with Pineapple Rice.

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easy chicken dinners - Loaded Chicken Dinners
Chris Court
Loaded Chicken Nachos

Combining avocado with sour cream and lime juice creates a creamy dressing for your nachos.

Get the recipe for Loaded Chicken Nachos.

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easy chicken dinners - Chicken Caesar Salad with Garlicky Croutons
Con Poulos
Chicken Caesar Salad with Garlicky Croutons

This classic salad gets a kick from crunchy garlic infused croutons. It takes only 25 minutes to make, and instead of using preservative-filled store-bought dressing, we'll show you how to make your own!

Get the recipe for Chicken Caesar Salad with Garlicky Croutons.

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easy chicken dinners - Lemony Chickpea Pita
Con Poulos
Lemony Chickpea Pita

This fresh, zesty salad proves hummus isn't the only great way to get your chickpea fix. This recipe is bright, colorful and super healthy.

Get the recipe for Lemony Chickpea Pita.

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easy chicken dinners - Buffalo Chicken and Blue Cheese Wrap
Kana Okada
Buffalo Chicken and Blue Cheese Wraps

Quick-poached chicken breasts plus lowfat yogurt in the blue-cheese sauce keeps these fast wraps healthy and delicious.

Get the recipe for Buffalo Chicken and Blue Cheese Wraps.

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