You Need Just 7 Ingredients (or Fewer!) for These 14 Chicken Recipes

Southwestern Chicken and Macaroni Salad
Photo: Andy Lyons

Take the hassle out of cooking tonight (and grocery shopping) with these easy chicken recipes for dinner with few ingredients. All have 7 ingredients or less (many are 5-ingredient chicken recipes), so there's minimal prep. No, we didn't count things like salt, pepper, nonstick spray, and oil in our total ingredient list. But you can count on recipes such as chicken Alfredo, chicken salad, and chicken wraps for the perfect weeknight dinner solution.

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Lemon-Thyme Air-Fryer Rotisserie Chicken

Lemon Thyme Air-Fryer Rotisserie Chicken
Antonis Achilleos

Number of Ingredients: Three

If you're as hooked on the air fryer as we are, this is the less-than-5-ingredient chicken dinner you've been waiting for. It's essentially a quicker roast chicken that needs zero oven time to cook to crispy-skin perfection. If you're lucky enough to have leftovers of this healthy chicken entrée, enjoy them in sandwiches, on salads, or as part of a platter of nachos the next day.

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Corn Bread Chicken with Kale

Corn Bread Chicken Kale
Jason Donnelly

Number of Ingredients: Six

Bye-bye, boring bread crumbs. You've never coated chicken like this before, and you'll never go back to the standard breaded chicken strategy after trying this twist. Simply dip chicken breasts in corn bread stuffing mix for an easy chicken recipe for dinner with few ingredients. Bonus: Cooking it in a skillet keeps the calories much lower than expected in this faux-fried entrée.

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Lemon-Ginger Chicken Thighs

Lemon Ginger Chicken Thighs
Andy Lyons

Number of Ingredients: Six

Think fresh! A fragrant mix of lemon and green onions decks our easy chicken skillet recipe. A lemon-ginger rub and tangy honey-lemon sauce crank up the citrus factor even more while still utilizing few ingredients.

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Chicken with Parmesan Noodles

Chicken Parmesan Noodles
Blaine Moats

Number of Ingredients: Six

Make yourself a cozy (inexpensive) weeknight dinner with this easy chicken recipe for dinner with few ingredients. Pesto-coated chicken, cooked carrots, and Parmesan cheese bring the flavor; pasta pleases anyone craving carbs. (If you're watching 'em, try this meal with zucchini noodles instead of angel hair.)

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Southwestern Chicken and Macaroni Salad

Southwestern Chicken and Macaroni Salad
Andy Lyons

Number of Ingredients: Six

Bold flavors such as traditional Mexican salsa and poblano peppers amp up this pasta salad to must-make-weekly territory. The easy chicken casserole recipe with few ingredients calls for frozen cooked chicken strips and jarred salsa, so it's a cinch to prep, requiring just 18 minutes of hands-on time.

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Chicken and Lemon-Broccoli Alfredo

Chicken Lemon-Broccoli Alfredo
Blaine Moats

Number of Ingredients: Six

Light Alfredo pasta sauce dresses up stove-top chicken and mushrooms in this delicious dinner. Cooking broccoli with slices of fresh lemon is an easy way to add zing to the dish. Try the easy six-ingredient chicken recipe for dinner over a bed of pasta, quinoa, or rice on nights you're craving a heartier meal.

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Pan-Roasted Chicken with Brussels Sprouts and Apples

Pan-Roasted Chicken with Brussels Sprouts and Apples
Blaine Moats

Number of Ingredients: Five

Your regular pan-roasted chicken has never tasted this good. Drizzled with maple syrup and baked with apples and Brussels sprouts, the indulgent chicken dinner is perfect for any occasion. Luckily, the 5-ingredient chicken recipe is easy enough for weeknights too.

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Chicken Breasts with Herbs

Chicken Breasts with Herbs
Andy Lyons

Number of Ingredients: Seven

A quick sauté followed by a brief braising keeps chicken breasts moist—and the garlic, lemon, and parsley bright. The fresh herb mixture is our shortcut version of Italian gremolata.

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Lemon-Thyme Roasted Chicken with Fingerlings

Lemon-Thyme Chicken with Fingerlings
Karla Conrad

Number of Ingredients: Six

Not only does our low-fuss roasted chicken recipe come together with only a handful of ingredients but it also can be on your table in 30 minutes. Slices of lemon and thyme provide the one-dish recipe with loads of flavor. (We consider garlic a kitchen staple, so this is essentially a 5-ingredient chicken recipe.)

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Chicken and Asparagus Skillet Supper

Chicken Asparagus Skillet Supper
Blaine Moats

Number of Ingredients: Six

"This is a wonderful summer dish ... nice and light. I serve it with brown rice to complete the meal," says BH&G home cook Elsie. Asparagus, squash, and green onion add a garden-fresh touch to this chicken-and-bacon combo. The skillet dinner gets rich flavor from the salty, savory goodness of bacon.

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Pineapple Chicken

Pineapple Chicken
Andy Lyons

Number of Ingredients: Six

Juicy pineapple tempers the spice of this curry-flavor chicken dish. Sweet peppers and jalapeños make a pretty garnish and the dinner still is eligible for our 7-ingredient chicken recipes collection.

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Chicken with Summer Squash

Chicken with Summer Squash
Andy Lyons

Number of Ingredients: Six

Come summer, not much tastes better than this easy chicken recipe for dinner with few ingredients. Plus, it will keep your kitchen fairly cool because it only calls for 15 minutes of skillet cook time. (You could also try it in a pan on the grill.) Prepared rotisserie chicken is a shortcut: Quarter the chicken and serve it on a bed of sautéed squash, cherry tomatoes, and arugula or spinach leaves.

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Veggie Wraps with Chicken

Veggie Wraps with Chicken
Andy Lyons

Number of Ingredients: Six

Consider this simple weeknight supper an Italian twist on fajitas. The light wrap recipe makes the most of garden-fresh veggies. Grilled chicken breast (DIY or purchase grilled)is healthy, filling protein, and dried-tomato pesto makes a zesty spread.

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Easy Chicken Jambalaya

Easy Chicken Jambalaya
Andy Lyons

Number of Ingredients: Seven

Enjoy a taste of New Orleans in the comfort of home. This seven-ingredient chicken recipe packs a spicy Cajun kick despite the short prep list and prep time—23 minutes start to finish. Serve the jambalaya over fluffy rice to soak up the full-bodied sauce.

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