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Chicken Recipes for Busy Weeknights

Easy and delicious dinners for any day
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Weeknights can be a stressful and busy time. Between working, keeping your children busy with fun activities and learning new skills of your own, it can be hard to figure out what to cook. While there are plenty of quick dishes you can whip up, here are easy options that incorporate a crowd-pleasing protein: chicken.

Grilled Chicken and Peach Kabobs

Grilled Chicken and Peach Kabobs
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Peaches are a great fruit for grilling. For a sweet spin on kabobs, skewer chunks of peaches that will hold up well and taste delicious once off the grill with some marinated chicken.

For the Grilled Chicken and Peach Kabobs recipe, click here.

Tuscan Chicken and Vegetables

Tuscan Chicken and Vegetables
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This skillet recipe is inspired by flavors from the Mediterranean. It is filled with oregano, sun-dried tomato, lemon and earthy seasonings. The best part is it only takes about 20 minutes to throw together.

For the Tuscan Chicken and Vegetables recipe, click here.

Peri-Peri Chicken Wings with Dipping Sauce

Peri-Peri Chicken Wings with Dipping Sauce
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Recreate dishes from around the world in your kitchen with this recipe for peri-peri chicken wings. This traditional South African sauce is made from bird’s eye chili peppers and creates a delicious and spicy sauce that coats your wings in flavor. Store-bought peri-peri mix will do the job to add heat to your wings.

For the Per-Peri Chicken Wings with Dipping Sauce recipe, click here.

Instant Pot Chicken Adobo

Instant Pot Chicken Adobo
Courtesy of Corrie Cooks

This recipe is inspired by flavors from the Philippines and combines apple cider vinegar, garlic, bay leaves and soy sauce for an easy Instant Pot meal.

For the Instant Pot Chicken Adobo recipe, click here.

Grilled Moroccan Spice Chicken

Grilled Moroccan Spice Chicken
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Want to cut down on dishes? This recipe uses just one pan and is a flavorful dish that will take you less than half an hour to whip up.

For the Grilled Moroccan Spice Chicken recipe, click here.

Grilled Orange-Ginger Chicken

Grilled Orange-Ginger Chicken
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Not only does this dish take less than half an hour to make, but it features a versatile Asian marinade of orange and soy sauce that tastes great on chicken. 

For the Grilled Orange-Ginger Chicken recipe, click here.

Instant Pot Super Simple Chicken Wings

Instant Pot Super Simple Chicken Wings
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On a new trendy diet? This keto-friendly chicken recipe is super easy and quick to make. 

For the Instant Pot Super Simple Chicken Wings recipe, click here.

Lemon Thyme Chicken

Lemon Thyme Chicken
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The marinade for this chicken recipe only takes two simple ingredients: lemon and thyme. This marinade will elevate your chicken to the star of the dish as well as prove you can make way more than lemonade with some extra lemons.

For the Lemon Thyme Chicken recipe, click here.

BBQ Chicken Flatbread

BBQ Chicken Flatbread
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A twist on a popular pizza recipe, this chicken flatbread recipe is made by tossing chicken in your favorite barbecue sauce and sautéing onion and peppers.

For the BBQ Chicken Flatbread recipe, click here.

Air Fryer Chicken Parmesan

Air Fryer Chicken Parmesan
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This is not your normal chicken parmesan. Your air-fryer can make flawless crispy breaded chicken without the oil.

For the Air Fryer Chicken Parmesan recipe, click here.

Chicken Parmesan

Chicken Parmesan
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So nice it’s on here twice. If you don’t have an air fryer, this is the chicken parm for you. It is still a lighter take on the quintessential Italian dish. The homemade marinara sauce, pan-fried breaded chicken cutlets and thick slices of mozzarella cheese make it a cheesy and delicious chicken recipe.

For the Chicken Parmesan recipe, click here.

Instant Pot Schezwan Chicken Wings

Instant Pot Schezwan Chicken Wings
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If you are looking for a chicken recipe that isn’t boring, these wings are perfect for you to make after a long day of work. Bonus points: They are super crispy.

For the Instant Pot Schezwan Chicken Wings recipe, click here.

Buffalo Chicken Skewer

Buffalo Chicken Skewer
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Craving some of America’s best wings? Kick it up a notch right in your own kitchen. Instead of just regular buffalo wings, turn your buffalo chicken into skewers.

For the Buffalo Chicken Skewer recipe, click here.

Instant Pot Glazed Chicken Wings

Instant Pot Glazed Chicken Wings
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This chicken recipe uses fish sauce, sugar and garlic to infuse flavor into the wings. These wings are sticky, delectable and hit the spot after a busy day of working. 

For the Instant Pot Glazed Chicken Wings recipe, click here.

Chicken Frittata With Kalamata Olives

Chicken Frittata With Kalamata Olives
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Could it be a brunch food? Sure. But who says a frittata has to be reserved for brunch. This recipe combines chicken with vegetables, herbs, cheese and eggs, one of the foods you should eat every day.

For the Chicken Frittata With Kalamata Olives recipe, click here.

Vietnamese Chicken Wings

Vietnamese Chicken Wings
Courtesy of Blue Apron

These chicken wings have a Vietnamese twist. They feature tartar sauce and are roasted instead of fried for a lighter touch.

For the Vietnamese Chicken Wings recipe, click here.

Wood-Smoked Chicken Burgers with Orange Peel Aioli

Wood-Smoked Chicken Burgers with Orange Peel Aioli
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This chicken burger is wood-smoked instead of grilled. The finishing touch of orange peel compliments the smoky flavor of the burger. If you’re in the mood for a burger, here are more of the best burger recipes to choose from.

For the Wood-Smoked Chicken Burgers with Orange Peel Aioli recipe, click here.

Spicy Korean Chicken Wings

Spicy Korean Chicken Wings
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Looking for some heat, but want to be more creative than just dousing your chicken in your favorite hot sauce? Look to the Korean flavors that are celebrated all throughout this dish. It has a sweet-savory taste and gochujang, a kind of Korean chile paste, adds some spice to your wings.

For the Spicy Korean Chicken Wings recipe, click here.

Chicken Cordon Bleu

Chicken Cordon Bleu
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It will take less than a half an hour to make this retro recipe that deserves a comeback, which features chicken, cheese and ham.

For the Chicken Cordon Bleu recipe, click here.

Freezer Friendly Chicken Wings

Freezer Friendly Chicken Wings
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This recipe is a great quick and easy meal that comes from the freezer. You can make it up ahead so these will be weeknight-ready.

For the Freezer Friendly Chicken Wings recipe, click here.

Caprese-Stuffed Chicken Burgers

Caprese-Stuffed Chicken Burgers
Courtesy of Perdue

Fresh basil, ripe tomatoes and creamy mozzarella make this chicken burger perfect for the summer.

For the Caprese-Stuffed Chicken Burgers recipe, click here.

Greek Chicken Burgers with Lemon Pepper Yogurt Sauce

Greek Chicken Burgers with Lemon Pepper Yogurt Sauce
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This chicken burger takes inspiration from Greek ingredients with lemon pepper yogurt that adds a fresh flavor to a classic summertime dish.

For the Greek Chicken Burgers with Lemon Pepper Yogurt Sauce recipe, click here.

Instant Pot Chicken and Wild Rice Soup

Instant Pot Chicken and Wild Rice Soup
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Soup is warm, hearty, comforting and delicious. It won’t take hours to make and is even easier because it is made with rotisserie chicken.

For the Instant Pot Chicken and Wild Rice Soup recipe, click here.

Easy Chicken Enchiladas

Easy Chicken Enchiladas
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This Tex-Mex dish that you can find at the best Mexican restaurants in America is filled with classic Mexican ingredients such as cheese, chicken and tortillas that everyone in the family will be able to enjoy during the week.

For the Easy Chicken Enchiladas recipe, click here.

Chicken Parm Chili

Chicken Parm Chili
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Want to eat your chicken parm out of a bowl? With a little bit of everything in each bite? Then here’s a weeknight dish for you.

For the Chicken Parm Chili recipe, click here.

Roast Chicken Tacos with Salsa Verde and Crema

Roast Chicken Tacos with Salsa Verde and Crema
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Tacos are a Mexican food that everyone is familiar with. This dish uses chicken thighs and is topped with homemade salsa verde. It’s not only a quick meal but also an inexpensive one.

For the Roast Chicken Tacos with Salsa Verde and Crema recipe, click here.

Chicken Noodle Soup

Chicken Noodle Soup
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A commonly made and classic dish, this is great if you want to throw together a childhood favorite.

For the Chicken Noodle Soup recipe, click here.

Impossibly Easy Chicken Pot Pie

Impossibly Easy Chicken Pot Pie
Courtesy of Betty Crocker

This is another nostalgic dish that is a great comfort food no matter how hot or cold it is outside. This pie is filled with chicken, potatoes, peas, carrots and onions. If you want to save time beforehand, you can use rotisserie chicken.

For the Impossibly Easy Chicken Pot Pie recipe, click here.

Chicken Salad Tostadas

Chicken Salad Tostadas
Courtesy of Nestlé

If you are craving Mexican flavors, but do not have a lot of time to spend in the kitchen, this quick recipe is one the whole family will enjoy.

For the Chicken Salad Tostadas recipe, click here.

Chicken Chili with Black Beans and Corn

Chicken Chili with Black Beans and Corn
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Is chicken chili a regional chili style? No. However, this recipe only takes a little over a half an hour to make and is great if you have a big family to feed.

For the Chicken Chili with Black Beans and Corn recipe, click here.

Farmer’s Market Chicken and Vegetables

Farmer’s Market Chicken and Vegetables
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Every one of the ingredients for this chicken recipe you can get from the farmer’s market. You just have to know what’s in season.

For the Farmer’s Market Chicken and Vegetables recipe, click here.

The Cheesecake’s Factory Chinese Chicken Salad

The Cheesecake’s Factory Chinese Chicken Salad
Courtesy of The Cheesecake Factory

If this chain restaurant is beloved by you and your family, then this dish should be a weeknight go-to. This salad is super quick to make and is packed with flavor.

For The Cheesecake’s Factory Chinese Chicken Salad recipe, click here.

Mexican Chicken and Rice Casserole

Mexican Chicken and Rice Casserole
Courtesy of Blue Apron

Hearty rice recipes are perfect for a weeknight. This delicious chicken casserole is loaded with rice, beans and broccoli. To finish it off, top it with cheese before it is thrown in the oven and served for everyone to enjoy.

For the Mexican Chicken and Rice Casserole recipe, click here.

Buffalo Chicken Casserole

Buffalo Chicken Casserole
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Turning a classic dip recipe into a whole meal? Sign us up. This casserole is a comforting dish after a long day of work and is something that the whole family can enjoy together.

For the Buffalo Chicken Casserole recipe, click here.

Lemon Chicken Ramen Soup

Lemon Chicken Ramen Soup
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