35 Chicken Recipes for Busy Weeknights Gallery
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.
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.
Check out our 35 best chicken recipes for some cooking inspiration to help you get dinner on the table in a snap even on those busy weeknights.
Baked Chicken Recipes
These baked chicken recipes are anything but boring. Seasonal flavors, herbs, and spices all work together to create some of the tastiest baked chicken recipes we’ve ever tried.
Baked Chicken with Spinach, Pears, and Blue Cheese
This baked chicken dish uses the vibrant flavor of the sweet pears and salty blue cheese to bring lots of flavor to a simple and easy-to-prepare meal.
Easy Feta-Chicken Bake
All you need is 10 minutes to prep a lively Greek-inspired baked chicken dish with peppers, parsley, and feta cheese. — Athenos
Lemon-Crusted Chicken Breast
This easy and delicious baked chicken breast is perfect for topping a light and healthy salad; it has lots of lemon flavor and an irresistible crunch. — Kristie Collado
Spicy Baked Chicken Recipe
Don't let the spices in this dish scare you away — if you have them in your pantry, then this is a quick, satisfying, and easy dish to make for dinner. You can eat the chicken breast as is or serve it with rice, toasted pita bread, or turn it in to a baked chicken sandwich (great for if there are leftovers). — Yasmin Fahr
Sweet and Tangy Chicken
I’ve made a version of this sauce before and applied it to country-style ribs, but this time I switched it up a little bit for use as a delicious seasoning for chicken. It’s so simple to prepare and it has so much delicious flavor to excite your taste buds. You’d be a fool not to give it a try. — Aaron Hutcherson
Fried Chicken Recipes
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Fried chicken doesn’t have to be a long, arduous process. These fried chicken recipes produce that crispy, flavorful chicken you crave without a lot of fuss.
Crunchy Garlic Chicken Breasts
This is a simple dish that can be thrown together quickly, and I like to serve it atop dressed greens like chicken paillard. You can use pre-made breadcrumbs, but it's even better if you have a stale baguette that you can slice up and toss in a food processor. — Valaer Murray
Easy Oven-Fried Chicken Recipe
I first made Shake 'N Bake chicken when I was about 10, along with a vegetable casserole from my Care Bears Cookbook. It actually didn't turn out that badly. Later on, I got my North Carolinian grandmother's recipe for fried chicken which calls for peanut oil and, while great, is impossible for a weeknight. As a compromise, I developed this oven-fried chicken recipe over the years. The breadcrumb-flour mixture is easy and all the black pepper kind of reminded me of KFC Original Recipe. — Valaer Murray
Parmesan Chicken Fries
Why didn't anyone tell me that breadcrumbs can stick to meat just fine without the time-consuming flour/egg/breadcrumb three-step process? News flash! Raw skinless chicken is very sticky and holds this whole-grain breading quite well. No need for frying here; try this “faux fry” method of high-heat baking, using a generous coating of good-quality cooking spray oil to give these fries a nice crisp finish. A good pair of kitchen scissors is your best friend for cutting the chicken into fry-shaped sticks for this easy fried chicken recipe. — Missy Chase Lapine The Sneaky Chef
Quinoa Crusted Fried Chicken
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This quinoa-crusted fried chicken is a healthier approach to an American classic — instead of dredging the bird in bread crumbs, this easy fried chicken recipe uses quinoa to crust the chicken. Plus, it's baked in the oven instead of fried, which makes this dish a diet-friendly alternative. — Margaret LaVetty
This is such a cool recipe. What I so like about it is the cooking technique. I almost never eat or even buy skin on my chicken. I have, however, wanted to learn how to make crispy skin dishes whether it be chicken or fish. The skin on this chicken was so crisp, so good. My future answer, definitely make it again. The skin was irresistible. — Feed Your Soul Too
Grilled Chicken Recipes
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Light and easy, grilled chicken makes the perfect topping on pizzas and salads, or served alongside roasted vegetables. Grilled chicken will be your new go-to for healthy weeknight dinners.
Easiest Chicken Satay
Everyone will love this easy and delicious Thai inspired dish!
Extra Crispy Tortilla Pizza with Grilled Chicken
Full Belly Sisters
Whether you've already got grilled chicken made or you're reaching for some frozen grilled chicken strips, you've got to make this super crispy, super simple tortilla pizza! — Fully Belly Sisters
Grilled Chicken, Avocado, Rice & Cheddar Burrito
Marinate the chicken while you prepare the other ingredients. Then grill the chicken for about five minutes per side, assemble the burrito, and grill on a panini press for a simple burrito meal. Everyone wil love the fresh flavor from the avocado, lime, and cilantro.
Grilled Chicken with Mustard-Tarragon Sauce
Add flavor to a simple grilled chicken dinner with this light sauce, which uses Greek yogurt as the base. Pair with fresh vegetables for a quick and healthy weeknight meal.
Grilled Chipotle Orange Chicken
The fresh citrus marinade will keep these chicken breasts juicy throughout the grilling process. If you don't have access to an outdoor grill, a cast-iron pan will do in a pinch.
Instant Pot Recipes
Recently, the Instant Pot has taken over kitchens all over the country, and for good reason: It can get dinner on the table quickly! These recipes take less than an hour to cook, which is exactly what you need during a busy week!
Instant Pot Chicken Breast
This recipe is loaded with savory capers, mushrooms, thyme, and tomatoes. Inspired by the flavors of Tuscany, this chicken breast recipe is sure to please everyone at the table.
Instant Pot Healthy Chicken Meatballs With Salsa Verde
If you’re in the mood for some meatballs, but are looking for something a little bit lighter, look no further! These chicken meatballs are healthy — and, more importantly, delicious and easy to make.
Instant Pot Chicken Chili
Who doesn’t love a nice bowl of tasty chili? When you want it in a flash, turn to your multi-cooker and get the job done in half the time. This chili has great texture because it uses whole pieces of chicken rather than the traditional ground chicken.
Asian Chicken Salad
The taste of zesty lime, crunchy noodles, and perfectly poached chicken make this Asian chicken salad an obvious choice for an easy weeknight dinner. In less than 30 minutes, you can have this sweet and spicy dinner salad on the table, fried wontons and all.
Braised Chicken with Artichokes and Sun-Dried Tomatoes
Braising chicken doesn't take as long as you think — this recipe takes just 25 minutes from start to finish. And braising allows the meat to really soak up the seasonings and the flavor of the broth. The result is a juicy, moist chicken breast that is delicious and satisfying. — Liz Vaccariello
Think you don't have time for a marinade? Think again, because the chicken only has to sit in the refrigerator for about 20-30 minutes, during which time you can prep a salad to go with dinner. — Nisa Burns
One Pot Chicken and Vegetables
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No one will ever complain about fewer dishes to wash after dinner. Even better than the absence of dishes to wash is that this one-pot chicken and vegetable meal only takes about 30 minutes to cook.
Really Juicy Chicken Breasts with Garlic Spinach
This incredibly juicy chicken is gently poached and then finished in the pan, and it only takes about 30 minutes to make. While you wait for the chicken to poach, prepare a vegetable side or simple salad.
Roasted Chicken Recipes
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Heat up the oven and pull out your spices; these roasted chicken recipes highlight what roasting does best — crisp, golden skin.
Easy Roast Chicken
Roasted Chicken and Tomatoes
These roast chicken thighs are simple to prepare and delicious. The dark meat stays moist throughout the cooking process, and the tomatoes burst in the oven, mingling with the herbs and other juices to form an excellent no-work pan sauce.
Roasted Chicken Drumsticks
Roasted chicken with herby, crispy skin is one of those minimal-effort, majorly impressive kind of dishes, which happen to be the best dishes to have on hand for last-minute dinner parties. And the coconut oil? Worked like a charm. — Kristin Vrana
Roasted Chicken Thighs
This simple preparation of roasted chicken thighs only requires four ingredients, but the results are exquisite. These crispy thighs are as close as you'll get to fried chicken without pulling out the deep-fryer.
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Looking for the simplest of the simple chicken recipes? Pull out your slow-cooker because nothing says easy worknight dinner like a meal that cooks while you’re at work.
Crock-Pot Chicken Tacos
This chicken taco recipe will soon be one of your favorite quick and easy dinners because of its effortless process with the Crock-Pot. It takes less than 5 minutes to put the ingredients in the pot, and 6 hours later you'll have delicious shredded chicken tacos. — Kristl Story
Crock Pot Santa Fe Chicken
Everything can be prepared the night before: pop it in the Crock-Pot and have a great Mexican meal ready when you get home. Tender, juicy shredded chicken breast is combined with black beans and corn and can be served over rice, as a filling for a burrito, or with tortilla chips. — Patricia Stagich
Slow Cooker Chicken Pot Pie Soup
Cook this creamy, hearty soup in your slow-cooker while you are at work. This delicious soup really tastes like chicken pot pie minus the crust. If you miss the crust, serve with these simple-to-make biscuits you can dunk in the soup.
Slow Cooker Lemon Chicken and Rice Soup
Looking for a light dinner option that won't take hours to prepare? Try this wholesome chicken and rice soup packed with fresh herbs and vegetables for a healthy and filling meal that won't leave you feeling stuffed.
Spicy Corn and Chicken Chili
Quick, easy, and delicious, this chili is perfect for a stress-free weeknight dinner. The corn adds a mildly sweet flavor to the spicy sauce. Add a can of pinto or kidney beans for extra nutrition. Lean ground turkey or beef may also be substituted for the chicken. — Whole Foods Market
Stuffed Chicken Recipes
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A simple, elegant way to change-up your usual chicken dinner. These stuffed chicken recipes are quick and easy to prepare, and perfect for serving at a last minute dinner party.
Pumpkin Stuffed Chicken Breast
Pound the chicken breasts thin, spoon on the pumpkin purée, roll, and bake for a mere 15 minutes. This chicken and pumpkin meal is a quick and easy stuffed chicken dinner that is absolutely delicious.
Stuffed Chicken Caprese
Mix the simple marinade and let the chicken soak up all the extra flavor overnight. Then, when you get home from work, pull the chicken out of the fridge — and in less than 20 minutes dinner is on the table. For more easy weeknight dinners, a store-bought rotisserie chicken is a great solution. Check out these 21 great dishes you can make with supermarket rotisserie chicken.