These dishes come from all over the world, but none take more than 20 minutes to prepare.
Juicy, flavorful thigh meat, plus plenty of ground cumin and a topping of shredded cabbage, gives these tacos authentic Mexican
flavor. While the chicken is grilling, heat the tortillas in a dry pan over medium heat for 10 to 20 seconds on each side,
or place them in the oven for a few minutes―you'll end up with firm-but-flexible tortillas with a little crispy char around
the edges. It takes a little more time, but the results are much better than microwaving them.
View Recipe: Soft Chicken Tacos
The piquant sauce in this recipe originated in Naples, and was designed to be made quickly, out of pantry odds and ends. Our
version uses bottled pasta sauce to make things even simpler, while adding the requisite capers, olives, and red pepper that
make a puttanesca. If your capers are packed in vinegar, rinse them before adding to the sauce―this makes for a more balanced
View Recipe: Chicken Puttanesca with Angel Hair Pasta
This isn't your typical mayo-heavy chicken salad. Fresh greens and veggies, crunchy almonds, and chopped chicken with a light
sesame-oil-and-ginger dressing make a simple dinner paired with breadsticks or a baked potato, or an ideal workday lunch―pack
the dressing and salad separately.
View Recipe: Asian Chicken Salad
The flavor of lemon brightens the spiced chicken patties in this recipe, and also flavors the tangy sauce, giving a double
whammy of citrus flavor. For a healthful, hearty meal, serve in whole-wheat pitas with brown rice or bulgur pilaf.
View Recipe: Lemon Chicken Pita Burgers with Spiced Yogurt Sauce
If you can't find ginger preserves, you can substitute ½ cup apricot preserves plus 2 teaspoons grated peeled fresh ginger.
View Recipe: Ginger-Soy Chicken Thighs with Scallion Rice
The second-most-popular Hungarian dish (after goulash), this recipe gets its unique flavor from the caraway seeds mixed into
a basic tomato-cream sauce. The flavor complements chicken quite well, but you can also substitute beef or eggplant for excellent
results. Serve with spaetzel or egg noodles, or, nontraditionally but just as good, rice.
View Recipe: Chicken Paprikash
The most flavorful part of the bird―the thigh―gets a quick dunk in an intensely spiced Caribbean jerk-style marinade for this
simple dish. It works equally well on a stovetop grill pan or outdoor grill, and makes a good pairing for a wide variety of
sides―sweet potatoes, rice and beans, or corn on the cob, to name a few.
View Recipe: Jamaican-Spiced Chicken Thighs
Canned, bottled, and precooked ingredients are a boon to superfast recipes. Rotisserie chicken, canned enchilada sauce, and
even preshredded cheese shave time off this recipe; all you have to do is briefly cook the onions and peppers, assemble, and
melt the cheese. Making enchiladas from scratch might take hours. This recipe takes about 15 minutes.
View Recipe: Speedy Chicken and Cheese Enchiladas
Chicken breasts and mushrooms are weeknight-meal staples that everyone should keep on hand. If that's the case for you, you
can put this dish together in less than 15 minutes, probably without a trip to the store. It's adaptable to your pantry―if
you don't have egg noodles, use another kind of pasta, and if you're out of tarragon, try basil, oregano, or thyme.
View Recipe: Chicken and Mushrooms in Garlic White Wine Sauce
This dish has everything that makes the Chinese takeout version so tasty―tender chicken, fresh veggies, a thick sweet-tart
sauce, and big chunks of pineapple―but it's a lot better for you, and you can make it faster than they can deliver. Crunchy
cashews added at the end complete the dish.
View Recipe: Sweet and Sour Chicken
A three-ingredient salsa brings tropical charm to this dish. The peanut coating adds crunch, flavor, and heart-healthy monounsaturated
fats to quick-cooking chicken cutlets for a dish that the whole family will love.
View Recipe: Peanut-Crusted Chicken with Pineapple Salsa
Thickening with a roux and pureeing some of the corn gives this soup the classic rich, creamy, hearty texture you expect of
chowder. It's perfect to warm up your family on a cold winter night, but it's also great in the summertime, when you can use
fresh sweet corn cut straight off the cob (you'll need about six medium ears for the recipe). Take leftovers to work for a
healthful, homemade heat-and-eat lunch.
View Recipe: Chicken Corn Chowder
"Fabulous! I made for a 4th of July picnic and everyone raved over it. About six months later a relative of a close friend
called and wanted the recipe, she had been thinking about the salad since the picnic!" —PURDUEKEL
Tangy and creamy goat cheese makes a nice partner to starchy orzo in this salad, which comes together in 10 minutes or so. If even that is more time than you have, it can be made ahead, whenever you can find the time. Mix together the dressing and all ingredients except the arugula and tomatoes, then add those just before serving.
View Recipe: Chicken-Orzo Salad with Goat Cheese
The simple addition of curry powder turns plain chicken salad into something altogether different. This recipe also adds caramelized
onion for a sweetness that perfectly balances the curry's spice. The salad comes together in less than 10 minutes, but you
can make it up to a day ahead―this allows the flavors to meld. Any kind of hearty bread is good for the sandwiches―try rye,
three-seed, or whole-wheat pitas instead of pumpernickel.
View Recipe: Curried Chicken Salad Sandwiches
Work new, healthful whole grains into your diet with this recipe. Kamut pasta should be near the regular pastas at the supermarket―use
whole-wheat or another whole-grain pasta like spelt or quinoa if you can't find it. The flavorful sauce, with acidic notes
from the wine and grassy ones from the artichokes, combines with the hearty noodles to make a hearty dish. A topping of fresh
basil and lots of Parmesan seals the deal.
View Recipe: Kamut Spirals with Chicken-Artichoke Wine Sauce
This tangy, creamy, and spicy Asian-flavored sauce is so delicious and easy, it might just replace tomato sauce as your go-to
way to dress pasta. The depth of flavor is surprising for such a simple recipe. A salad dressed with rice vinegar and sesame
oil or any kind of stir-fried or steamed vegetable, especially broccoli, would make a great side.
View Recipe: Sesame Noodles with Chicken
There's a lot to these simple-sounding sandwiches, but that doesn't mean they take more than 10 minutes to make. Chickpeas,
bell pepper, olives, onion, and cilantro join chicken in a tangy lemon-cumin-yogurt dressing. This is a great recipe to make
meatless, as well: Just replace the chicken with cubes of firm tofu.
View Recipe: Mediterranean Chicken Salad Pitas
The classic version of this Middle Eastern bread salad is tasty and quick, with lots of vegetables and torn pita bread in
a bright lemon vinaigrette, but it's not a full meal. We added chicken and kidney beans to make this a filling main dish without
sacrificing any of the original flavor or increasing the prep time.
View Recipe: Fattoush
An ingenious solution makes this Southern comfort-food classic take less than 15 minutes start to finish. Simply use strips
of flour tortilla in place of biscuit dough; they absorb the cooking liquid and take on the proper soft-and-chewy texture
while thickening the final dish.
View Recipe: Quick Chicken and Dumplings
Here's a recipe that's as pretty to look at as it is delicious to eat. Crisp, fresh, and colorful carrots, peppers, and snow
peas are stir-fried, then doused in a simple-but-fiery sauce. The whole process takes less time than cooking the boil-in-bag
rice over which the dish is served.
View Recipe: Spicy Chicken and Snow Peas
Crusty and chewy ciabatta, creamy and herbal pesto mayo, and melty mozzarella come together to add a comfort-food note to
these sandwiches. There aren't many ingredients, but they come together in a sophisticated way. Baked chips and orange wedges
are a good side for a casual dinner, but try grilled or sautéed asparagus for a slightly fancier option.
View Recipes: Mozzarella Chicken Sandwich
Lettuce wraps make for a fresh burst of crunch and flavor, or spoon the stir-fry over rice. Look for fish sauce in your grocery
store's Asian foods section.
View Recipe: Spicy Thai Basil Chicken