Easy Chicken Recipes to Add to Your Meal Plan When You Need Quick Dinners

Green Chili Chicken Enchiladas
Photo: Andy Lyons

Short on time doesn't have to mean short on flavor. These quick and easy chicken recipes are simple yet satisfying, and they don't require tons of planning, prep, or even prowess in the kitchen. Pluck through our quick, easy chicken dinner ideas to find the ones your family will love. With fresh chicken soups and salads, creamy chicken pastas, sandwiches, and more—these chicken dinners are a breeze and take less than 30 minutes to make.

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Maple-Glazed Chicken with Sweet Potatoes

Maple-Glazed Chicken Sweet Potatoes
Jacob Fox

Comfort food just got quick. Pre-made sweet potatoes or instant potatoes are the time-saving trick for this easy chicken dinner recipe. The chicken tenderloins take only 5-6 minutes to cook through, and then it's simply a matter of removing the chicken and adding maple syrup to the warm pan to make a sweet and savory pan sauce to pour over the bed of sweet potatoes and seasoned chicken tenderloins.

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Chicken Frittata with Chimichurri

Chicken Frittata Chimichurri
Blaine Moats

Quick meals with chicken breast are delicious anytime of the day … even for breakfast! This quick chicken frittata can be on the table in less than 25 minutes. Use precooked chicken and canned beans (kidney beans or black beans) to save time on the prep work.

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Smoky Chicken Pizzas

Smoky Chicken Pizzas
Andy Lyons

This quick chicken dinner is smokin'! Heat the oven to 450°F, and then top this chicken pizza with sautéed onions, pre-cooked chicken, and smoked mozzarella. The homemade red pepper oil takes no time at all and adds tons of flavor once drizzled on top of fresh arugula post-baking.

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Chicken and Vegetable Sauté

Chicken and Vegetable Sauté
Karla Conrad

Looking for quick and easy chicken dinner ideas? Your search can end here. This chicken and vegetable sauté is full of nutritious veggies and will definitely become one of your go-to meals.

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Quick Green Chili and Chicken Enchiladas

Green Chili and Chicken Enchiladas

These easy chicken enchiladas are made from scratch and ready in just 28 minutes from start to finish. Use the money you save on takeout to upgrade your salsa game with a fancy or local product or try making your own. Top these cheesy chicken enchiladas with more salsa or a simple squeeze of lime.

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Fast Chicken and Rice

Fast Chicken Rice
Blaine Moats

Upgrade microwaved rice with this quick chicken and rice recipe. Add frozen peas directly to the rice pouch before microwaving while sautéing chicken tenders in a skillet. Once everything is cooked, everything meets up in the skillet with a healthy coating of premade stir-fry sauce. Sprinkle the mixture with slivered almonds for an added crunch.

Buy It: Kikkoman Stir-Fry Sauce ($14, Walmart)

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Chicken and Asparagus Skillet Supper

Chicken Asparagus Skillet Supper
Blaine Moats

Easy chicken dinner recipes don't have to sacrifice taste. Use your trusty skillet to brown chicken breasts, then add broth for a rich pan sauce. Crisp, crumbled bacon pieces contribute salty crunch, while asparagus and summer squash keep it fresh.

Buy It: Made In Stainless Sauté Pan ($149, Made In Cookware)

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Corn Bread Chicken with Kale

Corn Bread Chicken Kale
Jason Donnelly

Unlike many quick chicken meals, this corn bread-coated meal comes with a healthy heap of greens. Corn bread stuffing mix makes a delicious, crispy coating for chicken in this easy recipe.

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Chicken Pot Pie

Chicken Pot Pies
Blaine Moats

Although this easy chicken pot pie recipe takes 35 minutes—we know, we promised everything under 30 minutes—you'll see why it still earns a spot on our list after you take your first bite. No other chicken pot pie can taste this good, this fast. If time is really an issue, chop up a rotisserie chicken instead of cooking the chicken from raw.

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Chicken and Peach Pesto Pizza

Chicken and Peach Pesto Pizza
Blaine Moats

Dinner on the patio just got a lot sweeter, thanks to this peachy-keen pizza. Fire up the grill, then top the crust with cooked chicken, juicy peaches, and fresh arugula. Cut prep time in half by using purchased pesto instead of homemade.

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Quick Chicken Paprikash

Quick Chicken Paprikash
Scott Little

This easy chicken thigh recipe requiring less than 30 minutes of prep is inspired by a Hungarian comfort food. The star of this dish is the sweet paprika (hence the name "paprikash"), but the sliced banana peppers add a fun touch, too. It will delight your family and may just become your next go-to easy chicken noodle recipe.

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Lemon-Thyme Roasted Chicken with Fingerlings

Lemon-Thyme Roasted Chicken with Fingerlings
Karla Conrad

A classic dinner of meat and potatoes doesn't have to be heavy. Easy chicken recipes like this one are loaded with flavor without weighing you down. Bright lemon and fresh snipped thyme lighten fingerling potatoes and chicken breast halves in this 30-minute skillet recipe.

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Triple Mango Chicken

Triple Mango Chicken
Karla Conrad

Three times the mango, three times the goodness. Mango chutney, mango juice, and a whole mango work together to sweeten this easy chicken recipe. Serve this tropical chicken with ribbons of zucchini for a spring dinner worth sharing.

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Picadillo-Style Chicken Taco Salad

Picadillo-Style Chicken Taco Salad
Andy Lyons

Ground chicken seasoned with coriander and cumin joins canned tomatoes, dried plums, and olives to form the bold mixture that tops this easy chicken taco salad. The result is an absolutely un-boring salad you'll be excited to eat for dinner. Finish with crushed tostada shells and a sprinkle of shredded cheese.

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Rosemary Chicken and Grits

Rosemary Chicken Grits
Scott Little

Comfort food just got quick. Sear rosemary-rubbed chicken breasts in a skillet before combining with grapes and almonds. Spoon the sweet and savory mix onto fast-cooking grits for a from-the-heart chicken dinner that's ready in minutes.

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Luau BBQ Chicken Foil Packs

Luau BBQ Chicken Foil Packs
Matthew Clark

This chicken dinner on the grill is fast and leaves no mess. Give your dishwasher a break by cooking this mouthwatering BBQ chicken in foil packets. Simply place the packets directly on the grill, turning once, and then unwrap an easy and delicious chicken dinner.

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Pecan & Collard Chicken Salad

Pecan Collard Chicken Salad
Andy Lyons

This isn't your usual chicken salad. Some simple—and easy to master—knife work transforms collard greens into delicate ribbons for a beautiful presentation. With orange slices and toasted pecans, this easy chicken salad recipe will have everyone at your table clamoring for more.

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Chicken and Broccoli Stir-Fry

Chicken Broccoli Stir-Fry
Karla Conrad

With one bite of this time-saving easy chicken stir-fry, you'll forget all about takeout. A rich combination of hoisin sauce and soy sauce smothers chicken, broccoli, and yellow bell peppers before joining chow mein noodles for a fantastic 400-calorie meal.

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Korean Chicken Tacos

Korean Chicken Tacos
Karla Conrad

Spice up taco night with yummy Asian ingredients like kimchi and sriracha sauce. The super-easy and fast chicken tacos can be made on the grill or the stove top. Top them with cilantro and bottled Korean barbecue sauce.

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Sweet and Salty Chicken Salad

Sweet Salty Chicken Salad
Blaine Moats

Cold deli chicken, crisp napa cabbage, and sweet slices of apple and pineapple create a stellar chicken salad in a snap. Drizzle the weeknight-perfect chicken salad with a tangy ginger sauce. Stir in peanut butter to make it extra creamy.

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Papaya and Coconut Chicken Salad

Papaya Coconut Chicken Salad
Andy Lyons

You need only 30 minutes to make this yummy fruit-filled salad. Chicken is baked with a delicious coconut coating, while blueberries and papaya give this dinner salad a burst of freshness. Quick baked chicken recipes like this one can be a welcome addition to your weekly meal rotation.

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Asian Lettuce Wraps with Chicken

DIY Asian Wraps sesame dip
Matthew Clark

Skip takeout—you can make your own lettuce wraps at home in just 30 minutes. Quick and easy chicken recipes aren't always cooked on the stove; this no-cook recipe comes together in just a bowl. These wraps are filled with a yummy mixture of precooked chicken, shredded cabbage, peanuts, and fresh ginger.

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Grilled Ham and Chicken Sandwich

Grilled Ham Chicken Sandwich
Adam Albright

Grilled cheese? Please. Look to chicken and ham to switch up your chicken sandwich recipe routine, then smear on the good stuff: a secret spread starring red wine vinegar, cream cheese, olive oil, and horseradish.

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Chicken Enchilada Wraps

Chicken Enchilada Wraps
Andy Lyons

Try our handheld spin on spicy enchiladas with these easy-to-make wraps. With bold seasonings and fresh ingredients, they're a delicious option for any busy night. Refrigerate leftovers for a quick chicken lunch the next day.

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Chicken with Basil Sauce & Cucumber-Radish Salad

Chicken Basil Sauce Cucumber-Radish Salad
Andy Lyons

You don't have to spend all day in the kitchen to serve a delicious and impressive chicken dinner. This picture-perfect plate—with sautéed chicken breast, creamy basil sauce, and a bright cucumber salad—can be on your table in just 30 minutes. Doesn't get much better than that.

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Grilled Chicken & Peaches With Green Beans & Orzo

Grilled Chicken and Peaches with Green Beans and Orzo
Andy Lyons

Upgrade your chicken and pasta dinner with fresh peaches and tender orzo. You can hit all five food groups with this easy chicken dinner. Combine grilled chicken, peaches, orzo, green beans, and feta cheese for a delicious and nutritious meal.

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Feta-Stuffed Chicken Breasts

Feta-Stuffed Chicken Breasts
Andy Lyons

This easy recipe is far from your average cheesy chicken dinner. Guests will love this fast Mediterranean chicken recipe. A stuffing made from feta cheese, tomatoes, and basil gives the chicken dinner big flavor.

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Greek Chicken Kabobs

Greek Chicken Kabobs
Karla Conrad

Get all the flavor of food-truck gyros from the comfort of your kitchen. Simply skewer chicken breast tenderloins with grape tomatoes and fresh herbs and broil until cooked through. Pile the meat into pita bread along with our homemade cucumber-yogurt sauce for unbeatable quick Greek chicken sandwiches.

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Soba Noodle Bowl

Soba Noodle Bowl
Andy Lyons

Think chicken soup—but better. This quick chicken noodle soup is ready in 25 minutes. Jalapeño pepper slices and crushed red pepper crank up the heat, while thick soba noodles give the chicken soup substance.

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Buffalo Chicken Cobb

Buffalo Chicken Cobb
Andy Lyons

Forget about messy, sauce-covered fingers. These grown-up chicken wings are served on a bed of lettuce offering a fork-friendly (and healthy) way to get your buffalo wing fix. Toss boneless Buffalo-style chicken with lettuce and blue cheese dressing for a yummy chicken dinner.

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Spiced Chicken-Lentil Tacos with Quick-Pickled Red Onions

Spiced Chicken-Lentil Tacos Quick-Pickled Red Onions
Jacob Fox

Adding cooked lentils to quick chicken breast recipes boosts the protein content and texture variety, especially when served together in a corn tortilla. These easy chicken tacos get a sweet and tangy crunch from quick-pickled red onions and a homemade sour cream sauce. All the little details of this impressive chicken dinner can be made within the 30-minute window this recipe requires.

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