Everyone loves chicken, and you can prepare it so many ways. Serve up easy and tasty recipes tonight.
Chicken dishes are fantastic for dinner, and these quick and easy chicken recipes can make preparing weeknight suppers a breeze. If you prefer one-dish chicken recipes, you will love our Cast-Iron Chicken Piccata, the Chicken with Potatoes and Carrots, or the One-Dish Chicken Pasta. For an easy family-size meal, dig into the Simple Whole Chicken with Roasted Broccoli-Mushroom Rice, or the Chicken Pot Pie with Bacon-and-Cheddar Biscuits. All of these chicken dishes will have you savoring supper—and saving the leftovers, if there are any. So pick a beloved easy chicken recipe, or better yet try a new one, then settle in to enjoy your new-favorite quick fix chicken supper.
Recipe: Chicken Stir-Fry
Fresh veggies add prep time but allow you to customize this stir-fry with summer favorites. Add any veggie you like for a meal that is sure to please the whole family. The best part? This one-dish wonder will be ready in just 10 minutes.
Chicken and White Bean Salad with Citrus Vinaigrette
This vibrant salad is quick to toss together and travels well, which makes it ideal for summer picnics and potlucks. Don't worry, the salad won't wilt when dressed, so make it ahead of time and store it for several hours in the refrigerator.
Chicken Noodle Bowl with Peanut-Ginger Sauce
Make the dressing and prep the veggies the day before, and dinner will be on the table in minutes. This is a great recipe to really make your own by adding and subtracting fresh veggies to suite your taste.
Chicken and Fontina Panini
Recipe: Chicken and Fontina Panini
Crusty on the outside, gooey on the inside, this sandwich requires little effort and makes a satisfying lunch or light dinner. You can make hot sandwiches with two heavy cast-iron skillets—no panini press required. While you're cooking a sandwich in one skillet, heat the second one on a separate burner. Once hot, place the second skillet on top of the sandwich for 1 to 2 minutes. Repeat on the flip side, cooking for 1 to 2 minutes more.
Heirloom Tomato and Chicken Toss
Recipe: Heirloom Tomato and Chicken Toss
Serve this fresh summer salad with plenty of crusty bread to soak up the flavorful tomato juices. If you can't find heirloom tomatoes near you, don't worry—this salad will be just as delicious with any ripe tomato.
Southwest Chicken Tortillas
Recipe: Southwest Chicken Tortillas
Serve these Southwest Chicken Tortillas with sliced avocados and extra salsa on the side. We used corn tortillas, but feel free to use flour if you prefer. Feel free to add any toppings you like. You really can't go wrong with this family-favorite.
Kickin' Orange-Glazed Chicken
Recipe: Kickin' Orange-Glazed Chicken
Kick things up a notch with this spicy chicken dish. Red peppers add a nice dose of heat, which the sweet orange marmalade cuts through. But remember to resist the urge to apply the marmalade too early. The sugars in the glaze will burn before the chicken is fully cooked.
Cast-Iron Chicken Piccata
Recipe: Cast-Iron Chicken Piccata
The best part of this chicken piccata is it only requires one dish to make, and we recommend a cast-iron skillet. It will heat more evenly than a nonstick pan, yielding a delicious cutlet that’s tender with crisp skin. Don’t forget to save the sauce to serve over pasta!
Grilled Chicken and Toasted Couscous Salad with Lemon-Buttermilk Dressing
This hearty dish can take down the biggest of appetites. It begins with tender chicken marinated in olive oil, garlic, and lemon, which is then added to a tasty medley of fresh asparagus, couscous, and red onions. All of that is covered in a rich, lemony buttermilk dressing.
Crispy Ramen-Crusted Chicken with Asian Salad
Buttermilk battered fried chicken might be a Southern classic (and deservedly so!), but it’s always fun to switch things up. Try this Asian-inspired dish that swaps classic batter for crushed ramen noodle pieces, which give these chicken cutlets a satisfying crunch. Complete the dish by pairing it with a citrusy Asian salad.
Southwest Chicken Rice Bowl
Recipe: Southwest Chicken Rice Bowl
Spice up dinner with a Tex-Mex classic at home with this easy, warming Southwest chicken recipe, served on a bowl of flavorful rice and topped with a sprig of cilantro. Lime juice gives it a summery zest while cayenne and jalapeño pepper add a nice kick. Perfect for pairing with margaritas.
Chicken with Potatoes and Carrots
The trick to extra-savory veggies is cooking the chicken atop the potatoes and carrots.
Crispy Chicken Thighs with Pasta and Pesto
Ready in 45 Minutes: This stovetop-to-oven method yields crisp, dark-golden skin and juicy, tender meat.
Chicken with Cashews
Recipe: Chicken with Cashews
Our Test Kitchen staffers declared that this Chinese-inspired recipe from 1979 beats any take-out meal.
Simple Whole Chicken with Roasted Broccoli-Mushroom Rice
Each member of the family can enjoy his or her favorite piece of the bird with this recipe.
Chicken Paillard with Citrus Salad and Couscous
Israeli couscous is also sometimes labeled pearl couscous.
Chicken Pot Pie with Bacon-and-Cheddar Biscuits
Homemade biscuits replace the traditional pastry crust in this delicious twist on a classic. These biscuits are made with sharp Cheddar cheese, chopped bacon, and chives, making them just as tasty solo as atop this chicken pot pie.
Stovetop Chicken Pie
Recipe: Stovetop Chicken Pie
Update your chicken pot pie with this recipe that includes buttermilk biscuits for the crust and sauteed mushrooms and baby peas. A family-size rotisserie chicken yields the perfect amount of chopped cooked chicken for this recipe.
Pecan-Crusted Chicken and Tortellini with Herbed Butter Sauce
This nutty and buttery dish is your winning solution to getting dinner on the table in 30 minutes.
Sesame Chicken Garden Salad
Recipe: Sesame Chicken Garden Salad
Dress a double batch of this light but satisfying dinner with the sesame dressing. The flavors get even better overnight in the fridge, and leftovers make a gourmet on-the-go lunch.
Chicken Breasts with Mushrooms and Asparagus
Toasted bread is the perfect starch to sop up the tasty pan sauce.
Lemon-Rosemary-Garlic Chicken and Potatoes
This winner of a chicken dinner is our new favorite roasting-pan supper for weeknights or easy entertaining with friends.
One-Dish Chicken Pasta
Recipe: One-Dish Chicken Pasta
If you're craving a cheesy casserole but don't have the time to assemble and bake one, make a quick cooktop casserole with all your favorite casserole ingredients.
Chipotle Orange Chicken Legs
Recipe: Chipotle-Orange Chicken Legs
This sweet-and-spicy Asian-inspired dish is an impressive meal, but takes less than an hour! Serve with coleslaw for an easy summer side.
Recipe: Chicken Enchiladas
This recipe tops chicken enchiladas with a quick green chile cream sauce and colby-Jack cheese for a twist on traditional enchilada sauce.
Recipes: Peanut-Baked Chicken
For a change of pace from frying, try this crunchy chicken dish. Marinate the chicken while you make the toasted peanut coating. Once it’s in the oven, you can focus on the rest of the menu, including the fluffy rice, flavored with easy ingredients.
Baked Chicken and Rice With Black Beans
Online reviewers give this recipe five stars for being an easy weeknight dish. Because it's brimming with veggies in addition to the rice, chicken, beans and cheese, it really is a one-dish meal.
Pan-Fried Chicken-and-Ham Parmesan
Recipe: Chicken Enchiladas
Faster than fast food and way more delicious, these cheesy enchiladas come together in a snap. A quick spritz of vegetable cooking spray adds extra crispness to flour tortillas as they bake.
Chicken Cobbler Casserole
Recipe: Chicken Cobbler Casserole
Buttery cubes of sourdough rolls make a quick and crunchy topping for this speedy twist on chicken pot pie.
Bacon-Wrapped Chicken with Basil Lima Beans
A basil puree makes a quick sauce for chicken and lima beans.
Snappy Smothered Chicken
Spicy Thai Chicken Kabobs
Recipe: Spicy Thai Chicken Kabobs
Stir up a superfast peanut sauce, and marinate the chicken before you head out for the day. The remaining ingredients can be quickly put together when you get home from work.
Grilled Chicken With Corn and Slaw
For a complete meal ready in 30 minutes, grill corn and chicken breasts brushed with a simple mayonnaise-based spread. While the corn and chicken cook, mix a simple oil-and-vinegar dressing with coleslaw mix. Viola, supper! Dice leftover grilled chicken, and then combine with leftover slaw for a tasty lunch.
Easy Chicken and Dumplings
Chicken Cutlets with Pecan Sauce
Recipe: Chicken Cutlets with Pecan Sauce
Ready in 23 Minutes
This chicken cutlet recipe is delicious, easy, and light enough to become a regular supper for your family. For an easy side, cook 1 (11– oz.) package frozen steam-in-bag baby mixed vegetables according to package directions. Toss with 1 tsp. freshly ground garlic-pepper seasoning.
Cooking Video: Quick-Fix Chicken Cutlets
Crispy Chicken with Greek Green Bean Salad
Feel free to sub kid-friendly chicken strips for chicken breasts.
Grilled Chicken with Fresh Corn Cakes
Start with a package of cornbread mix and fresh corn kernels to make these homestyle corn cakes. Top with grilled chicken, bacon, and chopped arugula for a colorful one-dish dinner.
Grilled Chicken Tacos
Recipe: Grilled Chicken Tacos
Spice up taco night with these quick tacos. Jazz up ordinary salsa with mango, cilantro, and hot sauce, and serve a side of refried black beans for an easy weeknight meal.
Recipe: Tomato-Chicken Salad
Main-dish salads are a refreshing change for your easy weeknight meals. Try this salad full of tomatoes, cucumbers, and basil, and serve it with seasoned ciabatta bread.
Pepper and Chicken Nachos
Recipe: Pepper and Chicken Nachos
Pick up some colorful peppers from the market and smother them with chicken, cheese, cilantro, and spices for a fresh and easy dinner.
Rosemary Chicken Kabobs
Recipe: Rosemary Chicken Kabobs
These chicken kabobs are marinated with rosemary, Dijon mustard, and red wine vinegar, and are paired with bell peppers, cherry tomatoes, and mushrooms for an easy weeknight meal. Easy side: Toss 1 (5-oz.) head Bibb lettuce with 1/2 cup drained mandarin oranges. Serve with bottled ginger dressing.
Peanut Chicken Scaloppine
Baked Chicken Risotto
Recipe: Baked Chicken Risotto
Whip up this easy one-plate-wonder complete with artichoke hearts, zucchini, and Parmesan cheese.
Grilled Chicken-Vegetable Kabobs
Recipe: Macadamia-Mango Chicken
Once you try this grilled chicken recipe with chopped macadamia, Mustard Sauce and Mango Salsa, chicken will never be the same. Juicy mango chunks mixed with cilantro, lime juice, and red onions create a Latin-inspired topping that adds a variety of flavors to ordinary chicken breasts. You can add or substitute pineapple in the salsa if preferred.
Grilled Chicken and Garden Salsa
Recipe: Grilled Chicken and Garden Salsa
Ready in 30 Minutes
Top tender grilled chicken with a fresh salsa of zucchini, bell pepper, onion and basil for a colorful one-dish meal.
Chicken Fried Rice
Recipe: Chicken Fried Rice
Ready in 25 Minutes
In the amount of time it takes for takeout to be delivered to your door, our homemade Chicken Fried Rice will be on the table and ready to eat.
Honey-Lime Chicken with Coconut-Black Bean Rice
Ready in 35 Minutes
Coconut and lime lend coastal flavor to this quick and easy chicken cutlet recipe.
Hot Sauce Fried Chicken with Pickled Okra Slaw
Ready in 35 Minutes. Fried chicken is a dinner staple in the South. If your mouth isn't already watering, a drizzle of hot sauce might do the trick with this savory meal.
Pan-Grilled Chicken with Fresh Plum Salsa
Ready in 26 Minutes
This dish starts with fast-cooking chicken cutlets, giving you a leg up on dinner—it's ready in 26 minutes.
Grilled Chicken Chipotle
Recipe: Grilled Chipotle Chicken
Ditch your plain grilled chicken for a zesty, perfectly spiced dinner instead. Grilled Chipotle Chicken delivers a smoky heat flavor with a touch of sweetness. Try Mexcian oregano for an extra zing.
Farmers' Market Pasta Salad
Recipe: Farmers' Market Pasta Salad
Cook the pasta al dente (1 or 2 minutes shorter than package directions specify) so it holds its shape when tossed with the vegetables and vinaigrette. Ripe for riffs, this pasta salad recipe is also delicious with cheese-filled tortellini.
Video: Farmers' Market Pasta Salad
Roasted Chicken Caesar Salad
Recipe: Roasted Chicken Caesar Salad
Reinvent the Caesar by roasting the lettuce to caramelize it, and jazz up store-bought dressing to make it taste like homemade.
Chicken 'n' Spinach Pasta Bake
Recipe: Chicken 'n' Spinach Pasta Bake
This italian-inspired dish is perfect for company. But it's also speedy enough for weeknight meals. Stock your freezer with cooked cubed chicken or turkey, and shredded cheese, and you can assemble this family-pleasing main dish in a snap.
Braised Chicken Thighs With Carrots and Potatoes
Oven Chicken Risotto
Chicken Cannelloni with Roasted Red Bell Pepper Sauce
A creamy mix of chicken, spinach, and mozzarella turns manicotti shells into an impressively easy one-dish meal.
Recipe: Chicken Tetrazzini
A speedy Italian classic, this tetrazzini can be made ahead for easy weeknight dinners. Freeze an unbaked casserole up to 1 month, if desired. Thaw overnight in refrigerator. Let stand 30 minutes at room temperature, and bake as directed
King Ranch Chicken Casserole
Grilled Chicken-and-Veggie Tortellini
Pimiento Cheese-Stuffed Fried Chicken
This award-winning recipe takes ordinary fried chicken up a notch by melting pimiento cheese inside the chicken breasts. Garnish with freshly chopped chives and enjoy.
Chicken-and-Green Chile Enchiladas
Chicken and Bow Tie Pasta
Recipe: Chicken and Bow Tie Pasta
Ready in less than 45 minutes, this creamy bow tie pasta recipe combines chicken, cream of mushroom soup, and cheese for a satisfying main dish. Cooking the pasta in the same water that the chicken was cooked in gives the noodles extra flavor—and using just one pot makes for easy cleanup.
Cajun Chicken Pasta
Recipe: Cajun Chicken Pasta
One easy way to kick up the flavor in a dish is to add Cajun seasoning. Here, the seasoning is sprinkled on the chicken strips before they're sautéed and tossed into the linguine-vegetable mixture.
Recipe: Herb-Grilled Chicken
We've concocted a simple, healthful recipe to start your season of outdoor cooking. Choose your favorite fresh herb to enhance the flavor of grilled chicken. Remove the herb sprig before serving, or leave it as a garnish.
Chicken Thighs with Chunky Tomato Sauce
Spinach Chicken Enchiladas
Recipes: Spinach Chicken Enchiladas
When you're in the mood for Tex-Mex, this is the dinner to make. From kitchen to table, it takes about an hour, and half of that is hands-off baking or cooking time. I like to make a few pans of enchiladas and keep them in the freezer for this busy month.
Balsamic-Garlic Chicken Breasts
Recipe: Balsamic-Garlic Chicken Breasts
Balsamic vinegar and fresh garlic add a punch of flavor to these skillet-cooked breasts. Easy side: Stir together 1 cup uncooked orzo pasta, cooked according to package directions, and 1/4 cup refrigerated pesto. Sprinkle with freshly grated Parmesan cheese, if desired.
Recipe: Lemon Chicken
This easy lemon chicken recipe is one of our most popular main dish chicken recipes. Pair it with crisp veggies and a side of rice for a delicious dinner.
Recipe: Chicken Dijon
Streamline weeknight cooking with this creamy, kid-friendly dish. For an easy side prepare frozen mashed sweet potatoes according to package directions. Then stir in fresh sage, butter, and salt and pepper to taste.
Recipe: Chicken Chimichangas
Make these chimichangas for a dinner your whole family will love. Top with your favorite picante sauce, salsa or guacamole.
Spicy Oven-Fried Chicken
Recipe: Spicy Oven-Fried Chicken
For a quicker version, substitute 3 cups chili-flavored corn chips for regular, and omit spices.
Buttermilk Baked Chicken
Recipe: Buttermilk Baked Chicken
Bake this chicken coated in buttermilk to make it tender and juicy. Baby portobello mushrooms and thyme add savory flavor to the meat and complement a simple buttermilk-mushroom sauce. Serve this delicious main-dish recipe with creamy mashed potatoes and green beans for an easy weeknight meal.
Mediterranean Chicken Couscous
Recipe: Mediterranean Chicken Couscous
No pots and pans are required for this easy, no-mess Mediterranean recipe. Simply use a glass measuring cup to heat the broth in the microwave, place dry couscous in the serving bowl, and then add the broth. Once the remaining ingredients are stirred in, the dish is ready to serve.
Grilled Chicken Salad with Raspberry-Tarragon Dressing
Dress up a bottle of raspberry vinaigrette with fresh tarragon and green onions. It's perfect drizzled over a salad of grilled chicken, cantaloupe, blackberries, and Gorgonzola cheese.
Coconut Chicken with Pineapple Fried Rice
Meat marked "family pack" is the best deal per pound. You'll buy at least 3 pounds, so cook what you need and freeze what's left.
Quick Chicken Piccata
Recipe: Quick Chicken Piccata
Flattened chicken breasts absorb tons of flavor when cooking. Lemon juice, butter, and fresh parsley finish off this tasty dinner. Serve over warm egg noodles.