The last thing anyone wants to do after a long day commuting, working, and running errands is slave over a hot stove. Luckily, you don’t have to spend hours in the kitchen toiling away to produce delicious, flavorful, mouthwatering meals.
We selected 35 of our best chicken recipes that won’t compete for your attention while you multi-task cooking dinner, helping out with homework, and finishing last-minute house chores.
Why chicken? It’s nutritious, inexpensive, and versatile. That picture-perfect roast chicken might appear like too much work for a busy weeknight, but Katie Workman, author of Dinner Solved! and Associated Press columnist, says don’t waste time trussing and carving your chicken. Instead, buy a pre-cut chicken.
“Buying chicken already cut into parts (bone-in) allows you to pick the pieces or assortment of pieces you like best, takes less cooking time, and cuts out that pesky carving step. Roasting chicken pieces is a great way to go. You still get the wonderful qualities of roasting: the juiciness, the moistness, the tenderness, and the flavor,” explains Workman.
If you are looking for creative baked chicken recipes, we're your source. Need a slow-cooker chicken meal that will cook while you’re away at your job? It is on our list. Taking time, taste, and technique into consideration, we broke down our best chicken recipes into categories based on cooking technique, so whether you want a healthy grilled chicken dish; an indulgent, simple fried chicken recipe; or a basic stuffed chicken to serve to last-minute dinner guests, all the recipes you need are right at your fingertips.
Still not sure you can cook a chicken dinner on the fly? Jessica Fisher author of Good Cheap Eats: Dinner in 30 Minutes (Or Less), shared her favorite chicken cooking hack explaining, “For busy nights, I rely on a quick sauté of frozen chicken tenders that I keep on hand in the freezer. They are easy to portion and cook quickly without needing to thaw first. I heat some coconut or olive oil in a pan, add the chicken pieces and one of my custom seasoning blends. I can mix and match the seasoned chicken with vegetables alongside rice, pasta, polenta, or couscous. It's a fast, affordable versatile preparation that everyone loves.”
Baked Chicken with Spinach, Pears, and Blue Cheese
Easy Feta-Chicken Bake
Angela Carlos is the Cook Editor at The Daily Meal. Find her on Twitter and tweet @angelaccarlos.