Quick & Easy Chicken Recipes

Tight on time? No problem. These crowd pleasers are perfect solutions on hectic weeknights.


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Chicken-Broccoli Mac and Cheese

    Put a healthy spin on this favorite by adding broccoli, chicken, and dried tomatoes to your mac and cheese.

Makes: 4 servings
Start to Finish   21 mins 
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Chicken Breast with Herbs

    Chicken breasts browned in butter are delicious when topped with a fragrant mix of parsley, oregano, lemon peel, and garlic.

Makes: 4 servings
Prep   15 mins 
Cook   14 mins 
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Almond-Crusted Chicken

    Finely chopped almonds and panko crumbs (Japanese-style bread crumbs) give this chicken its crunchy texture. Serve over spinach sautéed with shallots.

Makes: 4 servings
Prep   25 mins 
Cook   8 mins 
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Buffalo Chicken Cobb

    Forget about messy Buffalo sauce-covered fingers; toss boneless Buffalo-style chicken with lettuce and blue cheese dressing for a yummy meal you can eat with a fork.

Makes: 4 servings
Start to Finish   25 mins 
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Balsamic-Glazed Chicken Tenders

    Upgrade chicken tenders by cooking them in a sweet sauce made of orange juice, vinegar, applesauce, and cardamom.

Makes: 4 servings
Start to Finish   25 mins 
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Lemon Ginger Chicken Thighs

    Rub a mix of lemon peel and grated ginger under the chicken skin before cooking to infuse the meat with flavor. Simmer with a tangy sauce made from lemon juice, honey, and soy sauce for a full-flavored meal.

Makes: 4 servings
Start to Finish   35 mins 
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Tangy Chicken Salad

    Running behind? Whip up this fast dish in 15 minutes flat. While diced onions give the salad bite, grapes and mango chutney add a hint of sweetness.

Makes: 2 servings
Start to Finish   15 mins 
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Chicken and Gnocchi with Squash

    Tender gnocchi and sautéed chicken sit atop buttery acorn squash cooked with sage and nutmeg.

Makes: 4 servings
Cook   14 mins  to  19 mins 
Stand   5 mins 
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Cinnamon Roasted Chicken with Pumpkin-Sage Grits

    Grits get a makeover with the addition of canned pumpkin and sage. Cinnamon chicken rounds out the fall-inspired dish.

Makes: 4 servings
Prep   10 mins 
Roast   18 mins  400°F 
10/29
Chicken and Pasta in Peanut Sauce

    This Asian-inspired meal cooks effortlessly, thanks to bottled peanut sauce. Just mix it with pasta and veggies for a go-to healthy dinner.

Makes: 4 servings
Start to Finish   20 mins 
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Saucy BBQ Chicken

    Homemade barbecue sauce gives broiled chicken drumsticks a sweet-and-spicy flavor, while broiled onions make a fast side dish.

Makes: 4 servings
Start to Finish   30 mins 
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Soba Noodle Bowl

    Think chicken soup -- but better. Jalapeno pepper slices and crushed red pepper crank up the heat, while thick soba noodles give the soup substance.

Makes: 4 servings
Start to Finish   25 mins 
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Poached Chicken Salad Stack

    Chicken poached in broth with lemon and garlic stacks high on cucumber and tomato slices in this vertical salad topped with a lemon-garlic yogurt vinaigrette.

Makes: 4 servings
Start to Finish   30 mins 
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Chicken with Capers

    The only thing better than this dish's bold flavor--a mix of lemon, Dijon mustard, and capers--is that the chicken and green beans cook together in one pot.

Makes: 4 servings
Start to Finish   20 mins 
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Greek-Style Quesadillas

    Red onions, feta cheese, grape tomatoes, and Kalamata olives turn basic chicken quesadillas into Greek tributes to the Mexican original.

Makes: 4 servings
Prep   15 mins 
Cook   4 mins per batch
Heat  300°F 
16/29
Pan-Fried Chicken with Tomato Jam

    Buttermilk chicken breasts served with wilted spinach and quick-cooking polenta get a boost of flavor from homemade tomato jam.

Makes: 4 servings
Start to Finish   20 mins 
17/29
Greek Chicken Salad

    Have leftover roasted chicken? Combine it with lettuce, tomato, cucumbers, and Greek dressing for a fast Mediterranean meal.

Makes: 4 servings
Start to Finish   15 mins 
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Pasta Stackup with Chicken Sausage

    Lasagna noodles piled high with chicken sausage, dried tomatoes, and spinach make for a satisfying dinner.

Makes: 4 servings
Start to Finish   25 mins 
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Mediterranean Chicken and Polenta

    Liven up boring chicken breasts by cooking them with herbed tomatoes, olives, and white wine. Serve over easy-to-make polenta.

Makes: 4 servings
Start to Finish   25 mins 
Bake   10 mins  to  15 mins  375°F uncovered
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Pecan-Crusted Chicken Thighs with Braised Greens and Grapes

    Warm grapes cooked with grape juice make a sweet topping for chicken thighs coated in chopped pecans and served over wilted greens.

Makes: 4 servings
Start to Finish   28 mins 
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Jerk Chicken and Slaw

    It's the perfect pairing: spicy jerk chicken over crunchy slaw. Chopped pineapple adds a hint of sweetness to the dish.

Makes: 4 servings
Start to Finish   20 mins 
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Lemon Chicken with Olives and Ricotta

    Here's a new use for lasagna noodles: pair with lemony ricotta cheese, chicken breasts, and briny olives.

Makes: 4 servings
Start to Finish   27 mins 
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Spicy Orange Chicken

    Garlic chicken in an orange glaze is a delicious Asian-inspired meal. Ginger and crushed red pepper give the sauce heat, while soy sauce and honey add a salty-sweet flavor.

Makes: 4 servings
Start to Finish   30 mins 
24/29
Creamy Ranch Chicken

    Instead of Alfredo sauce, top your pasta with chicken, Parmesan cheese, and ranch salad dressing mix. Throw in some bacon for added flavor.

Makes: 4 servings
Start to Finish   30 mins 
25/29
Pulled Roast Chicken Sandwiches

    At your next family get-together, serve pulled roasted chicken dressed in homemade barbecue sauce.

Makes: 6 servings
Prep   25 mins 
Cook   7 mins 
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Papaya and Coconut Chicken Salad

    This salad is infused with flavors from the tropics. Chicken rolled in coconut and sliced papaya sit atop a bed of greens tossed with papaya vinaigrette.

Makes: 4 servings
Start to Finish   30 mins 
Bake   12 mins  450°F 
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Feta-Stuffed Chicken Breasts

    Guests will love this Mediterranean chicken dish. A stuffing made from feta, tomatoes, and basil gives chicken great flavor.

Makes: 4 servings
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Chicken Salad Sandwiches

    Not sure what to do with your leftover chicken? Dice it up with apples and egg, then toss with mayonnaise and yogurt for a fast chicken salad sandwich.

Makes: 4 servings
Start to Finish   20 mins 
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