100 Easy Chicken Recipes
100 Easy Chicken Recipes
Chicken and Cashews
Pair this entrée with a simple rice pilaf: Heat 1 tablespoon canola oil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Add 1⁄2 cup chopped onion and 2 teaspoons grated peeled fresh ginger to pan; sauté 2 minutes. Stir in 1 cup water, 1⁄2 cup long-grain rice, and 1⁄4 teaspoon salt; bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer 12 minutes or until liquid is absorbed. Remove from heat; stir in 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro.
Chicken Breasts with Tomatoes and Olives
Kalamata and picholine olives add salty flavor to this 5-ingredient dish . Serve over couscous with dressed greens on the side. Consider adding other fresh veggies like red or orange bell pepper, cucumber, or scallions. This versatile dish can adapt to whatever you have on hand.
Chicken Puttanesca with Angel Hair Pasta
Delicious, easy, and quick—you couldn’t ask for more for a weeknight meal. We add olives, capers, and crushed red pepper to bottled pasta sauce for a quick variation on the traditional version. Round it out with a tossed green salad and dinner is done.
Easy Bistro Chicken
Cozy up to a blazing fire on a cold winter’s night with this bistro-inspired meal. You’ll find it reminiscent of a cacciatore. Italian for “hunter,” cacciatore is a stew-like dish flavored with onions, herbs, mushrooms, tomatoes, and sometimes wine.
Chicken Tetrazzini combines cooked vermicelli, chicken, and mushrooms with a rich sherry–Parmesan cheese sauce. The mixture is sprinkled with breadcrumbs and Parmesan cheese and baked until bubbly and golden. This is a great way to use leftover cooked chicken.
Parmesan is full of flavor, so a little goes a long way. We recommend buying the real thing, which has Parmigiano-Reggiano printed on the rind. It has a sharper taste and a firmer texture than domestic Parmesan.
Shawarma is a Middle Eastern dish of garlicky meat or poultry served on pitas. From start to finish, you can have this on the table in 45 minutes.
Save any leftover yogurt-lemon sauce as a great dip for pita bread or cucumber.
Chicken, Mushroom, and Gruyère Quesadillas
Build on the traditional Mexican classic by adding fun new ingredients like sliced mushrooms and a different creamy cheese. Watermelon-jicama salad is a refreshing side for this easy dish. Combine 4 cups (1/2-inch) cubed seedless watermelon, 1 1/2 cups (1/2-inch) cubed peeled jicama, 1 cup chopped English cucumber, and 1/2 cup chopped red onion. Add 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice, 2 teaspoons sugar, and 1 teaspoon olive oil; toss well.
Three-Cheese Chicken Penne Florentine
Fresh spinach, chicken, and a combination of cheeses make this dish comforting enough for the last days of winter yet fresh enough for the first days of spring.
You can also cook the pasta mixture in individual 8-ounce ramekins, and bake for 15 minutes.
Chicken Strips with Blue Cheese Dressing
We’ve made over a family favorite without losing crunch, flavor, or fun. Omit the hot sauce for a kid-friendly version and serve with mustard instead of blue cheese dressing. Pair with cool, crunchy carrot and celery sticks.
Potato, Chicken, and Fresh Pea Salad
Spring ingredients, such as fingerling potatoes and sugar snap peas, transform rotisserie chicken into a pretty one-dish meal befitting the season. Serve warm, at room temperature, or chilled for maximum versatility. Leftovers make an easy and satisfying lunch.
If sugar snap peas are a springtime favorite, but to make this anytime of year, look for 6-ounce packages of fresh, sugar snap peas in the produce section of your supermarket year-round.
Roast Chicken Chimichangas
This Mexican-inspired dish is a great way to use leftover chicken. The chimichangas are oven-browned instead of deep-fried, making them a healthful weeknight choice compared to traditional restaurant offerings.
The chimichanga filling uses queso fresco. If it’s not available, try shredded Monterey Jack.
Hot Chicken and Chips Retro
This recipe has a nostalgic appeal that harks back to the 1950s and ’60s. If you make it ahead, don’t add the potato chips until it’s time to bake the casserole, or they’ll become soggy.
To crush baked potato chips for the casserole topping, place the chips in a large zip-top plastic bag. With a meat mallet or rolling pin, crush the chips by lightly pounding or rolling until you achieve the desired size and texture. This method makes cleanup a breeze and keeps crumbs in the bag.
Chicken Skewers with Soy-Mirin Marinade
This marinade of sweet rice wine, soy, and sesame oil would also pair nicely with salmon. Serve over rice with sautéed snow peas.
Remember to soak wooden skewers in water for at least 30 minutes before using them or they’ll burn. Wooden skewers should be discarded after use. If you grill often, invest in a set of metal skewers, which can be reused and won’t require soaking.
Thai Chicken Sauté
This delicious Thai chicken dinner makes for an exotic weeknight dinner that comes together quickly. It features traditional Thai flavors like fish sauce, Sriracha, fresh ginger, coconut milk, and cilantro. Use less hot sauce for milder flavor. A squeeze of fresh lime juice before serving is the crowning touch.
Biscuit-Topped Chicken Potpie
Serve a homemade potpie that tastes just like Mom’s, but cooks in a fraction of the time. We use a few convenience products, like rotisserie chicken, canned broth, and baking mix, but the result is all-day-in-the-kitchen flavor.
Chicken and Broccoli Casserole
This recipe fits all the weeknight cooking requirements: quick, easy, and sure to please the family. Pair with a simple green salad for a complete dinner.
If you prefer crispier broccoli, remove it from the boiling water after three minutes instead of five. You could also add cauliflower to the veggie mix.
Spiedini of Chicken and Zucchini with Almond Salsa Verde
Spiedini is Italian for “little skewers.” These grilled kebabs are paired with a zesty sauce of herbs, nuts, citrus, and capers.
For a backyard barbecue, prepare the salsa up to a day ahead, and assemble the skewers earlier in the day. Coat with cooking spray and seasonings just before grilling.
Fiesta Chicken Tacos with Mango and Jicama Salad
Try this with a side of chipotle refritos: Combine 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice, 1 teaspoon minced canned chipotle chile in adobo sauce, 1 (16-ounce) can refried beans, and 1 minced garlic clove in a saucepan. Cook over medium heat 5 minutes or until thoroughly heated. Sprinkle with 2 teaspoons chopped fresh cilantro.
If you just need to make three servings and would like to bake in individual portions, use 11⁄2 tablespoons flour, cut the phyllo sheets into quarters, and scale remaining ingredients down by half. Bake the potpies in three (10-ounce) ramekins.
(Tuck one quarter of phyllo sheets on top of each ramekin; discard remaining quarter.) Bake 15 minutes or until tops are golden. Reduce the prep time by using prechopped vegetables from the supermarket.
Roast Chicken Salad with Peaches, Goat Cheese, and Pecans
Fresh peaches and goat cheese headline this simple no-cook salad recipe. The 8-ingredient vinaigrette, made with pantry staples, takes minutes to make and is a delicious complement to the other ingredients in the salad. Use a store-bought rotisserie chicken to save time in the kitchen. Serve with herbed bread.
Although we love the sweet freshness peaches add to this summertime salad, apricots or nectarines make a good substitute, too. Just be sure to use the freshest fruits you have on hand.
This 15-minute recipe is wonderfully simple and sure to become a weeknight staple. To cut down on prep time and keep cleanup to a minimum, use kitchen shears to easily chop tomatoes while they’re still in the can.
Escarole is a variety of endive but is not as bitter as Belgian endive or curly endive. It has broad, bright green leaves that grow in loose heads. When purchasing escarole, look for fresh, crisp leaves without discoloration. Store escarole tightly wrapped in the refrigerator for up to three days.
Grilled Chicken and Lemon Salad
Depending on the season, you may want to consider substituting thin, blanched, fresh asparagus for the sugar snap peas. You can’t go wrong with either application.
Freshly squeezed lemon juice is essential to the flavor of this salad. The bottled juice just doesn’t compare. Microwave lemons for about 30 seconds before squeezing them; they’ll yield more juice.
Chicken Tamale Casserole
This chicken tamale casserole is a quick and easy swap for more traditional tamales—but just as delicious!
"I came up with this Mexican dish to satisfy my cravings for the tamales I had at Mexican restaurants when I was growing up in Houston. Homemade tamale recipes are too time-consuming to prepare for weeknight meals, but I discovered a corn bread mix approximates the flavor." —Risë Minton, Smyrna, GA
Cheesy Chicken Enchiladas
Trade traditional enchilada sauce for a creamy, cheesy topping on this Mexican chicken recipe. Your family will never know they're enjoying a lightened meal. Serve with a salad of fresh mango, jicama, and shredded lettuce topped with a lime vinaigrette.
Chicken and Farfalle Salad with Walnut Pesto
To make sure the walnut pesto ingredients are evenly minced, stop the food processor halfway through processing, and scrape down the sides.
Kalamata olives are great to have on hand to add zesty saltiness to salads, sandwiches, and spreads.
Add a variety of root vegetables, such as turnips and parsnips, to chicken soup for subtle sweetness and bite. Or, feel free to omit them and simply add more carrot and leek, if you prefer. Be sure to cook the egg noodles separately so the starch in the noodles doesn’t cloud the clear soup broth.
Black Bean and Chicken Chilaquiles
A traditional Mexican breakfast favorite, chilaquiles (chee-lah-KEE-lays) is a sauté of day-old tortilla strips, fresh tomato sauce, cream, and cheese. This Mexican entrée is usually prepared in a skillet, but our hearty version is baked.
Refrigerate leftover chilaquiles in individual microwave-safe containers with tight-fitting lids. To reheat, drizzle with a tablespoon of water, and microwave just until thoroughly heated.
Grilled Chicken and Pesto Farfalle
This dish comes together quickly if one person grills the chicken while another cooks the pasta and sauce. If you serve wine, a chardonnay complements the creamy sauce perfectly. Topping with fresh basil brings brightness to the final dish.
Chicken Scaloppine with Broccoli Rabe
If you can’t find chicken cutlets, place chicken breast halves between two sheets of heavy-duty plastic wrap, and pound to 1⁄4-inch thickness using a meat mallet. Broccoli florets can be substituted for broccoli rabe; the cooking time may be a little longer, though. Add a side of roasted potato wedges and carrots, if desired.
Herbed Stuffed Chicken Breasts
Dish up a company-worthy entrée that calls for only four ingredients, plus salt and pepper. Choose roasted asparagus as a bright, fresh partner for this main dish. Complete the meal with a baguette slice and a glass of crisp white wine.
Arugula Salad with Chicken and Apricots
This simple main course salad is perfect for lunch or a light supper option. Plums or peaches would be a delicious substitute for the apricots.
In this salad, arugula’s peppery bite is nicely balanced by fragrant herbs, sweet apricots, and grilled chicken. A pinot gris from Oregon is a great wine to serve with a complexly flavored salad like this. It has a fresh, clean feel and a creamy, fruity flavor.
Roasted Vegetable-Rosemary Chicken Soup
This hearty soup’s flavor comes from the roasted vegetables that have been caramelized. Serve with crusty bread on a cold winter’s night.
Mediterranean Chicken with Potatoes
The small red potatoes in this dish are roasted in the oven to give them a deep caramelized flavor before they’re tossed with the other ingredients. A Greek salad makes a great side dish for this wonderful blend of flavors and textures. A crusty bread loaf and a good bottle of wine are all you need to round out this meal.
Lemon-Grilled Chicken Breasts
To round out your meal, serve this versatile grilled chicken with a couscous and pine nut pilaf and grilled asparagus. Garnish with grilled lemon slices for a special touch. This recipe makes a lot, so save extra chicken to top a salad for tomorrow’s lunch or dinner.
Chicken Breasts with Tomatillo Salsa and Queso Fresco
Moist, well-seasoned chicken is topped with fantastically flavorful tomatillo salsa and queso fresco. If you’re short on time you can use a bottled salsa verde, but we think this fresh salsa is worth the effort.
Queso fresco is a Mexican cheese that is mild, crumbly, and a bit salty. It’s a wonderful topping for the tangy tomatillo salsa.
Feta, Herb, and Sun-Dried Tomato-Stuffed Chicken
Sun-dried tomatoes and fresh basil temper tangy feta in a savory chicken breast stuffing. Serve with quick-cooking orzo pasta tossed with fresh parsley.
Sun-dried tomatoes add a burst of vivid flavor and nutrition to many dishes. When dried, the naturally sweet taste of Roma, or plum, tomatoes intensifies. Their slightly chewy texture adds richness to the consistency of a dish.
Hearts of Romaine Caesar Salad with Grilled Chicken
Coddling the egg makes it creamy but does not heat it to 160°, the temperature required to kill bacteria. Use a pasteurized whole egg if you have safety concerns.
Chicken Barley Soup with Walnut Pesto
Habanero peppers are fiery hot, so handle them carefully. In this dish, you simply pierce the chile with a fork and float it in the broth as the soup cooks. Remove it with a slotted spoon before serving. If you prefer milder heat, use the same technique with a jalapeño.
Chicken Thighs with Olives and Tomato Sauce
A slow cooker is a boon to a busy cook because it does most of the work for you—it cooks dinner while you’re away. By the day’s end, you have a homecooked meal ready and waiting.
Add capers along with the olives, parsley, and seasoning to add a more briny flavor to the sauce, if you like. The parsley goes in last to keep its flavor and color intense.
Grilled Chicken with Fruit Salsa
Combine lemon juice, soy sauce, fresh ginger, lemon pepper, and garlic to make a flavorful marinade for grilled chicken. Fruit salsa adds sweetness, crunch, and a healthy dose of nutrients to this tropical dish.
Chicken with Dried Plums and Sage
Aromatic fresh sage and sweet dried plums and balsamic vinegar combine for a warming chicken dish. The sauce is delicious spooned over whole wheat couscous. Complete the meal with steamed green beans.
For more on cooking with herbs, see 11 Herbs Every Cook Should Use.
Buttermilk Oven-Fried Chicken with Coleslaw
Cracker meal gives the coating more crunch; look for it on the baking aisle of your supermarket. If you can’t find cracker meal, make your own by pulsing 10 saltine crackers in a food processor until they’re finely ground. Or place them in a zip-top plastic bag and crush them with a rolling pin. Add a dinner roll to round out the meal.
Pan-Roasted Chicken, Squash, and Chard Salad with Bacon Vinaigrette
Chard is often cooked to tenderize the tough, fibrous stems. Here the crisp leaves are sliced and used as a salad green. To add interest, use a variety of seasonal wild mushrooms, such as oyster, lobster, or chanterelle. Be sure to check the temperature of the chicken breasts early because they will probably cook a little more quickly than the leg quarters.
Chicken and Wild Rice Soup
Light cheese and a flour-and-milk mixture keep this soup creamy but surprisingly low in fat. Make a batch and reheat throughout the week for effortless and satisfying meals.
Chicken and Root Vegetable Potpie
In the magazine’s early days, we shied away from indulgent ingredients like puff pastry. Now, though, we understand that these items can fit into a healthful diet. This dish registers at just 30 percent calories from fat—root vegetables help balance the fat from the flaky topping. Garnish with fresh thyme sprigs, if desired.
Grilled Cumin Chicken with Fresh Tomatillo Sauce
Bring the heat of the Southwest to the weeknight dinner table with this delicious take on chicken. Serve with chipotle rice: Combine 1 cup long-grain rice and 2 cups fat-free, less-sodium chicken broth in a medium saucepan; bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer 15 minutes or until liquid is absorbed. Stir in 1/4 cup thinly sliced green onions and 1/2 teaspoon minced chipotle chile, canned in adobo sauce.
Tomatillos are an apple-green fruit with tangy flavor and a papery husk that splits open as the fruit matures. They’re easy to find at most supermarkets and add authentic Southwestern flavor to recipes.
Cilantro-Lime Chicken with Avocado Salsa
Here’s a terrific recipe for a busy weeknight or for a casual alfresco dinner party. A three-minute dip into a pungent marinade is all that’s needed to deliver big flavor to these chicken breasts. In addition, just-squeezed citrus brightens the taste of the chicken and adds zip to the simple toss-together salsa.
It’s especially wonderful in the summer with vine-ripened tomatoes, but plum tomatoes work well anytime of year. Serve with saffron rice to round out the meal.
Oven-Roasted Chicken Breasts with Artichokes and Toasted Breadcrumbs
If you can’t find baby artichokes, use six large globe artichokes instead and cook them a bit longer, just until tender.
Contrary to popular belief, baby artichokes are not immature. In fact, they are fully grown but simply positioned low on the stalk. Choose those that are olive green with tightly closed leaves. Because they have a tendency to discolor, place them in acidulated water after cutting.
Chicken and Bacon Roll-Ups
Made hearty with shredded chicken, these easy sandwiches can be endlessly adapted to suit any taste. Add sweet potato chips to complete the meal. Substitute 1 teaspoon chopped fresh basil or chives for tarragon in the mayonnaise mixture, if you prefer. Also, use flavored wraps, or try applewood-smoked bacon for a smoky punch.
Chicken Pasta Soup
This quick twist on classic chicken noodle soup is loaded with fresh vegetables—carrots, celery, onion, and green bell pepper. You’ll agree 100 percent that fresh is best.
Herbed Chicken and Dumplings
Fluffy herb-flecked dumplings, tender vegetables, and rich dark-meat chicken combine in this soul-satisfying comfort dish. Garnish each serving with a fresh sprig of parsley, if desired. This is a perfect, cozy dinner for two on a chilly night.
Marinated Grilled Chicken Breast with Watermelon-Jalapeño Salsa
Sweet watermelon perfectly complements the earthy spices—oregano, chili powder, and cumin—used to marinate juicy chicken breasts.
When cutting or seeding jalapeño peppers, wear rubber gloves to prevent your hands from being burned. To seed the peppers, slice off the stem end, and cut the pepper in half lengthwise. Remove the seeds with a knife or by running your finger along the inside of the vein, scraping off the seeds. Stack the two peppers halves on top of each other, and cut into irregular pieces about the size of peas.
Prosciutto and Fontina-Stuffed Chicken Breasts
Finely ground saltine cracker crumbs create a golden crust. You can save the step of making your own crumbs if your supermarket stocks cracker meal; if so, start with about 11⁄2 cups.
Serve a crisp green salad with apple wedges to contrast the creamy, melted cheese filling inside the chicken.
Vanilla Balsamic Chicken
After scraping the seeds for the sauce, add the vanilla bean pod to a canister of sugar. The scent of the bean will permeate the sugar. Serve the chicken with a tossed green salad.
Mediterranean Chicken Salad Pitas
Add honeydew melon and cantaloupe slices on the side to complete your meal. Greek yogurt has a thick, rich consistency similar to sour cream. It gives the pita filling a creamy texture.
Nothing says comfort food like a bowl of hearty chicken soup. The addition of fresh baby spinach offers a nutrition and flavor boost. Pair with a sandwich for a simple, heartwarming dinner option.
Country Captain Chicken
Both South Carolina and Georgia lay claim to this Southern classic, which may have been brought to America by a ship’s captain ferrying spices from the Far East. If desired, top each serving with 1 tablespoon bottled mango chutney.
Rice is a traditional side dish. To make it fast, cook 1 (31⁄2-ounce) bag boil-in-bag rice, omitting salt and fat. Stir in 1⁄4 teaspoon salt and 1⁄4 teaspoon black pepper.
The key to success with this recipe is even heat. If the oil gets too hot, the chicken may brown too quickly before fully cooking. You can lower the heat, or brown the chicken on the stovetop and then cook in a 350° oven until done. If the oil is not hot enough, the chicken will absorb too much of it. Omit spices in the breading, if you prefer.
For more how-to advice, check out our Cooking Class on Pan-Frying.
Spicy Honey-Brushed Chicken Thighs
Skinless, boneless thighs cook quickly and are more flavorful than white meat, so they need fewer ingredients. Serve with garlic-roasted potato wedges and a salad or broccolini.
Little Italy Chicken Pitas with Sun-Dried Tomato Vinaigrette
Use oil from the sun-dried tomatoes to prepare the vinaigrette for this zesty sandwich. Pair with a cup of soup for dinner or with chilled green grapes for a great lunch.
Coconut-Curry Chicken Soup
Start with shredded cooked chicken breast and transform your dinner tonight into restaurant-quality Thai cuisine. The coconut milk gives the soup a creamy, smooth texture.
Quick Barbecue Chicken
Rub chicken breasts under the skin with the spice paste, and grill for a simple, delicious late-summer dinner. Leave the skin on the chicken as it cooks so the breasts will remain juicy, and discard skin just before serving.
Purchase a preshredded slaw mix and bottled low-fat dressing for a quick side dish to round out this last-of-the-season grill-out menu.
Chicken with 40 Cloves of Garlic
This classic dish is French comfort food at its simple and satisfying best. One of the basic tenets of French cuisine is making full use of ingredients—hence, whole chickens in this recipe.
Don’t be shocked by the thought of 40 cloves of pungent garlic. Slow-cooking mellows the flavor, making it easy to spread over baguette slices and delightfully sweet. Serve with steamed asparagus or haricots verts.
Honey-Pomegranate Roasted Chicken Thighs
You can find pomegranate molasses in Middle Eastern and specialty stores. Serve these succulent thighs warm or at room temperature. Garnish with chives, if desired. Feel free to use the richly flavored marinade with any cut of chicken you like.
Rosemary Chicken Salad Sandwiches
Although this seems like your typical chicken and mayonnaise mixture, crunchy smoked almonds, fresh rosemary, green onions, and a little Dijon mustard make this anything but ordinary. Add a lettuce leaf to each sandwich for extra crunch.
Chicken Chili with Pesto
Swirl in a generous dollop of pesto before serving to liven up this classic white chili. We call for making your own homemade pesto, which can be made-ahead and frozen, or you can use bottled prepared pesto.