Superfast Chicken Recipes
Quicken your chicken with these dishes that require only about 20 minutes to prepare. By: Cooking Light staff
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.
The lemony, nutty gremolata is addictive. Dollop it over any number of proteins, or spread it on a toasty sandwich. Serve the chicken with a peppery arugula salad, and you're good to go.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Tangy tomatillos join buttery avocados and peppery radishes in an unusual salsa that transforms an ordinary chicken breast into something special.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Look for plain rotisserie chicken in the deli section of your supermarket. Use the lean, mild breast meat for pastas and sandwiches, and the leg and thigh meat for more robust salads, soups, or tacos.
This colorful, flavor-forward dish makes the most of peak-season produce with a sweet and tangy fruit salsa that would be equally delicious served over pork chops or with whole-grain tortilla chips. The heat from the seeded jalapeño is mild, but it can be omitted. To round out your plate, try serving the chicken and salsa over a bed of rice or with a simple side salad.
View Recipe: Chicken Cutlets with Strawberry-Avocado Salsa
A crunchy coating from a snacktime favorite is sure to win big with the kids—especially when paired with a creamy garlic dip. Honey mustard would be good, too.