Superfast Chicken Recipes

Quicken your chicken with these dishes that require only about 20 minutes to prepare.

Chicken and Summer Vegetable Tostadas

Randy Mayor

Chicken and Summer Vegetable Tostadas

Want to shave off a few more precious minutes from this superfast recipe? Skip the step of broiling the tortillas and you'll end up with equally tasty soft tacos. Have more time? Pair these light and crispy tostadas with our fresh Mexican soup for a festive meal that's worthy of guests.

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Chicken-Peanut Chow Mein

Lee Harrelson

Chicken-Peanut Chow Mein

This quick and easy chow mein recipe is just as tasty as take-out, but better for you. Look for chow mein noodles (sometimes labeled as chuka soba) in the Asian section of the supermarket. If you can't find them, you can always substitute spaghetti or linguine.

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Pan-Roasted Chicken Cutlets with Maple-Mustard Dill Sauce

Randy Mayor

Pan-Roasted Chicken Cutlets with Maple-Mustard Dill Sauce

Try not to skimp on the real maple syrup―this quality ingredient is worth the splurge. Grated orange rind and fresh dill add dimension to a sauce you'll want to savor. Serve orange-scented couscous to make it go farther.

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Spicy Honey-Brushed Chicken Thighs

Spicy Honey-Brushed Chicken Thighs

Mix. Toss. Broil. Brush. That's it for this super simple, 5-star recipe. Skinless, boneless thighs are more flavorful than skinless chicken breasts, so they need less embellishment. Bought more thighs than you need? Put them to use in another one of our favorite recipes― Margarita-Braised Chicken Thighs.

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Pan-Seared Chicken with Tomato-Olive Relish Recipe

Photo: John Autry

Pan-Seared Chicken with Tomato-Olive Relish

Select your favorite varieties of olives from the supermarket olive bar to make the relish without leftovers.

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Grilled Chicken Thighs with Pineapple, Corn, and Bell Pepper Relish Recipe

Photo: John Autry

Grilled Chicken Thighs with Pineapple, Corn, and Bell Pepper Relish

We love the high-impact flavors in this recipe. The vibrant, colorful relish will not only look divine when plated atop grilled chicken thighs, but will taste just as amazing.

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Herb-Crusted Chicken and Parsley Orzo Recipe

Photo: John Autry

Herb-Crusted Chicken and Parsley Orzo

Chicken receives a flavor kick with a medley of herbs in this satisfying dish. Orzo dressed with parsley makes for a refreshing accompaniment.

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Barbecue Pulled Chicken Sliders Recipe

Photo: John Autry

Barbecue Pulled Chicken Sliders

Didn't think pulled chicken was possible in less than 20 minutes? You'll become a believer once you try your first bite of this delicious sweet and savory sandwich. For a less sweet option, use sliced dill pickles.

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Maple-Glazed Chicken with Apple Brussels-Sprout Slaw Recipes

Photo: John Autry

Maple-Glazed Chicken with Apple Brussels-Sprout Slaw

Chicken cutlets can range in size from about 2 ounces each to close to 5 or 6 ounces each. For this dish, we chose the smaller ones.

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Chicken Piccata with Orzo Recipes

Photo: John Autry

Chicken Piccata with Orzo

Lemon rind gives the orzo floral, muted citrus notes, a nice companion to the zingy sauce. Salty capers bring another layer of flavor without being overbearing.

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Chicken, Carrot, and Cucumber Salad

Chicken, Carrot, and Cucumber Salad

This is no run-of-the-mill chicken salad. Cucumber gives this salad a cool crunch, while sliced radishes and cilantro add a distinctly different flavor. Try it for a light dinner, and save the leftovers for tomorrow's lunch.

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Seared Chicken with Tomatillo-Avocado Salsa

Beau Gustafson

Seared Chicken with Tomatillo-Avocado Salsa

Tangy tomatillos join buttery avocados and peppery radishes in an unusual salsa that transforms an ordinary chicken breast into something special.

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One-Dish Chicken and Kielbasa Rice

Lee Harrelson

One-Dish Chicken and Kielbasa Rice

Turkey sausage, turmeric, and manzanilla olives add depth and interest to this simple one-dish meal. Feeling indulgent? Substitute crushed saffron threads for the turmeric.

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Chicken Panini with Fig Jam

Lee Harrelson

Chicken Panini with Fig Jam

A little heat turns a sandwich into a meal. This panini combines the sweet and savory flavors of fig jam and crumbled blue cheese for a special treat. Don't have a sandwich press? No problem―it's easy to improvise. Just place the sandwich in a regular nonstick skillet and press it under the weight of a cast-iron skillet or a regular skillet weighted down with cans.

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Chicken Cobb Salad

Chicken Cobb Salad

Creamy avocado is the standout ingredient in a Cobb salad. Full of nutrients and monounsaturated fat, it's a nutrition star as well. Pair this salad with a soup or sandwich for an enjoyable meal.

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Spiced Chicken Thighs with Yogurt Sauce

Spiced Chicken Thighs with Yogurt Sauce

A creamy yogurt sauce creates a cool complement to the blend of Indian spices that flavor this chicken dish. Serve with couscous or fragrant basmati rice. 

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Chicken Souvlaki

Randy Mayor

Chicken Souvlaki

Typically made with grilled lamb, this Greek dish works well with poultry, too. Pre-cooked chicken saves prep time in this recipe. Complement the dish with store-bought hummus and tabbouleh or try our home-made versions: Spicy Orange Hummus and Quinoa Tabbouleh.

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Spicy Basque-Style Chicken

Spicy Basque-Style Chicken

Smoked paprika, green olives, prosciutto, and diced chiles marry into a richly spicy sauce that you'll want more of, so pair this with saffron rice to soak it all up.

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Spiced Chicken and Greens with Pomegranate Dressing

Photography: Randy Mayor

Spiced Chicken and Greens with Pomegranate Dressing

This superfast salad gets a boost from luscious pomegranate, which is packed with vitamin C and potassium. Sprinkle on other seasonal fruits for an additional nutrient boost. With just 6.7 grams of fat and 42.2 grams of protein per serving, you'll want to make this recipe a staple.

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Moroccan Chicken with Fruit and Olive Topping

Beau Gustafson

Moroccan Chicken with Fruit and Olive Topping

This exotic spin on the ordinary boneless, skinless chicken breast earned top ratings from our readers. Sweet-tart dried fruit and salty olives combine for a sweet and savory flavor profile characteristic of North African cuisine. Serve with creamy pearls of jumbo-sized Israeli couscous.

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Sicilian Chicken

Lee Harrelson

Sicilian Chicken

Sicilian cuisine is among the healthiest in the world. The flavors of this blue zone inspired a dish that uses many pantry staples for a tasty and effortless dinner with just 304 calories and 6.8 grams of fat per serving.

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Herbed Greek Chicken Salad S

Herbed Greek Chicken Salad

Quick. Simple. Classic. The Greek salad pairs well with most entrees or stands alone as a light meal with toasted pita wedges. If you have time for a more substantial (and leisurely) meal, make this alongside our Greek Lamb Pilaf.

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Pineapple Chicken Salad Pitas

Pineapple Chicken Salad Pitas

If you don't have pitas on hand, substitute whole-grain bread for this interesting chicken salad. Pineapple adds a hint of sweetness, while matchstick carrots and slivered almonds add texture and crunch. The recipe calls for canned pineapple, but works equally well with fresh if you've got the time.

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Creole Chicken and Vegetables

Creole Chicken and Vegetables

Healthful convenience ingredients such as frozen vegetables and canned tomatoes make this a great weeknight staple to add to your repertoire. For a filling meal, serve over rice.

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Cider-Glazed Chicken with Browned Butter-Pecan Rice

Cider-Glazed Chicken with Browned Butter-Pecan Rice

Seasonal flavors abound in this twist on a family-favorite.

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Thai Chicken Saute

Thai Chicken Sauté

This elegant Thai dish is impressive enough to serve company, but your guests never need to know you didn't spend hours in the kitchen. Serve with a fresh Thai salad for a meal that's long on flavor and short on fat.

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Citrus Chicken

Randy Mayor

Citrus Chicken

This recipe's super-speedy marinade doubles as a sauce. Served atop prewashed, bagged spinach, this meal is a breeze. If you're serving adults, try fruity cocktails as a fun complement.

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Chicken with Honey-Beer Sauce

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Chicken with Honey-Beer Sauce

Opt for an inexpensive, full-flavored domestic beer, like Blue Moon wheat ale.

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Raspberry-Chipotle Chicken Breasts with Cucumber Salad

Photo: John Autry

Raspberry-Chipotle Chicken Breasts with Cucumber Salad

Quick and easy-to-make in just three simple steps, this chicken recipe will soon become a weeknight, family favorite.

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Chicken, Arugula, and Radish Pizza

Photo: John Autry

Chicken, Arugula, and Radish Pizza

If you don't have white wine vinegar on hand, substitute red wine vinegar or champagne vinegar.

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Chicken Salad with Orange-Pistachio Vinaigrette

Photo: Iain Bagwell

Chicken Salad with Orange-Pistachio Vinaigrette

If you can't find precooked quinoa and brown rice together, substitute a package of precooked brown rice.

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Chicken Salad Melts

Photo: Becky Luigart-Stayner

Chicken Salad Melts

For a touch more sweetness, substitute halved grapes for the apple. You can also chop the apple and add it to the salad mixture.

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Quick BBQ Chicken Pizzas

Photo: Jason Wallis

Quick BBQ Chicken Pizzas

Baking the pizzas directly on the oven rack gives you a crisp crust in less time. You can substitute shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese for fresh.

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Chicken, Rice, and Parmesan Skillet

Photo: Brian Woodcock

Chicken, Rice, and Parmesan Skillet

This Chicken, Rice, and Parmesan Skillet is perfect for a sunny weekend al fresco lunch or dinner.

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