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.
Lime juice and tons of fresh basil give this 20-minute meal an extra-fresh hit of flavor.
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.
Brighten up crisp thighs with roasted oranges and lemon juice, then toss in crispy croutons to soak up all the juices.
Smoked paprika, peppers, and sliced almonds give this pan roast a Spanish flair.
A medley of spices — paprika, cumin, and cinnamon — gives this chicken an extra kick.
At just 235 calories per serving, you can make this baguette ahead of time and serve it at dinner time.
It may be hard to believe, but this savory and flavorful crispy chicken is also gluten-free.
Pasta night just got a lot more colorful thanks to orange and red peppers.
Thin-sliced radishes and a homemade avocado-cilantro sauce gives easy elegance to this app-turned-dinner.
This golden chicken tastes even better with roasted squash by its side.
Chipotle chicken and a corn and jalapeño salad are just 25 minutes away.
Feta, cucumbers, tomatoes, and avocado add color and flavor to healthy chicken dish.
Prep this chicken and orzo dish in just 15 minutes and put it on the table in 30.
Tuck seasoned grilled chicken into pita pockets with cooked chickpeas and spinach for a light Mediterranean meal.
This twist on the traditional Mexican dish will have everyone "rolling up" for seconds.
This balsamic chicken and leafy greens recipe will be ready in 25 minutes flat.
Ground chicken meatballs, floating in a ginger-flavored broth with carrots and bok choy, make for a light and healthy soup dinner.
Go bold with dinner tonight—pair sesame crusted chicken with a gingery lime-flavored slaw.
Sweet summer peaches perfectly complement juicy, seared chicken breast.
Flavor-packed chicken salad makes the perfect picnic sandwiches.
A tailgate favorite gets the dinnertime treatment.
Top a slice of chewy flatbread with chicken salad and you've got yourself an easy, hearty dinner.
Cream cheese makes a quick velvety sauce with less saturated fat.
There are so many ways that you can cook chicken. This time around make a mustard glaze and you'll be good to go.
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.
Juicy chicken cutlets gets a boost from Asian-inspired ingredients like ginger and cilantro.
Combining avocado with sour cream and lime juice creates a creamy dressing for your nachos.
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!
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.
Quick-poached chicken breasts plus lowfat yogurt in the blue-cheese sauce keeps these fast wraps healthy and delicious.