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34 Quick and Healthy Chicken Dinner Ideas Anyone Can Make

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If you’re looking for quick and easy weeknight dinner ideas, you’ve come to the right place. Today, I’m going to share my 25 most popular and favorite easy and quick Chicken Dinner Ideas. 

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I’ve got you covered with sheet pan chicken dinners, skillet chicken, slow cooker chicken, and one pot chicken and rice.

Furthermore, there are numerous flavors to choose from. What’s the best part? These quick chicken recipes are ideal for busy weeknights because they are ready in 45 minutes or less.

CHICKEN DINNER IDEAS FOR FAMILY

1. SUMMER-IN-WINTER CHICKEN

Summer in Winter Chicken
Summer in Winter Chicken

Do you long for summer? This simply seasoned chicken fried with gorgeous, ripe cherry tomatoes in a creamy sauce is sure to satisfy. For an extra layer of nutty flavor, top with a dollop of pesto.

2. CLASSIC CHICKEN PARMIGIANA

Chicken Parmesanrk
Chicken Parmigiana Chicken Dinner Ideas

With our family-friendly chicken parmigiana, you can simplify your weeknights. The recipe can easily be doubled and frozen for busy weeknights.

3. BAKED QUESO CHICKEN

Queso Baked Chicken
Queso Baked Chicken

Baked queso chicken with tomatoes is a quick, cheesy, and delicious chicken dinner made with skinless chicken breasts that takes only 30 minutes to prepare. The ideal weeknight meal.

4. DUTCH OVEN WHOLE ROAST CHICKEN

Dutch Oven Whole Roast Chicken
Dutch Oven Whole Roast Chicken

The crispy golden skin of this easy Dutch oven whole roast chicken is juicy, tender, and succulent, and it’s packed with flavor. It only takes 15 minutes to prepare. Serve with creamy gratin potatoes on the side.

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5. BAKED CAPRESE CHICKEN

Baked caprese chicken with burst tomatoes, mozzarella cheese, fresh basil, and a drizzle of balsamic glaze is tender, juicy, and delicious.

Baked Caprese Chicken
Baked Caprese Chicken

6. PARMESAN CRUSTED CHICKEN

Crunchy Parmesan Crusted Chicken
Crunchy Parmesan Crusted Chicken

Baked parmesan crusted chicken is breaded in a herby parmesan breadcrumb mixture and baked until crisp. So flavorful and delectable.

CHICKEN DINNER IDEAS QUICK

7. CREAMY LEMON CHICKEN PICCATA

Chicken Piccata
Chicken Piccata

Creamy lemon chicken piccata is a quick and easy 30-minute meal that features tender chicken breast in a light lemon sauce with capers. This is one of my favorite quick chicken dinners.

8. ONE PAN GARLIC ROASTED CHICKEN AND BABY POTATOES

Chicken Breast Recipes With Potatoes And Carrots
Chicken Breast Recipes With Potatoes And Carrots

One pan garlic roasted chicken and baby potatoes is a quick, tasty, and nutritious meal for the whole family, including the kids. This sheet pan can be prepared in 10 minutes.

9. BAKED SOUVLAKI CHICKEN BREAST

Baked Souvlaki Chicken Breast
Baked Souvlaki Chicken Breast

Baked chicken breast with the best classic Greek souvlaki marinade is the most flavorful and delicious chicken dinner in less than 30 minutes. Serve it with greek lemon roasted baby potatoes or in a Greek chicken salad.

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10. ROASTED SPATCHCOCK CHICKEN (BUTTERFLIED CHICKEN)

Roasted Spatchcock Chicken
Roasted Spatchcock Chicken

With little effort, this quick and easy roasted spatchcock chicken (butterflied chicken) seasoned with garlic and thyme is juicy, tender, delicious, and flavorful. Serve with creamy mashed potatoes and garlic green beans and garnished with fresh herbs.

11. CHICKEN MARSALA

Chicken Marsala
Chicken Marsala

Chicken marsala in creamy mushroom sauce is a 30-minute chicken dinner that is pure comfort food perfection. A definite crowd pleaser.

12. GENERAL TSO’S CHICKEN

General Tso's Chicken: Deep Fried, Air Fried, or Baked · i am a food blog
Chicken Marsala

Baked General Tso’s Chicken is a saucy, savory, sweet, and spicy Chinese-American takeout favorite that is made healthier by using baked chicken rather than fried chicken.

CHICKEN DINNER IDEAS AIR FRYER

13. AIR FRYER CRUMBED CHICKEN SCHNITZEL

Air Fryer Chicken Schnitzel
Air Fryer Chicken Schnitzel

Air fryer chicken thighs are simple to prepare and delicious to eat. Take them to the next level with this simple breadcrumb coating, which includes a dash of dukkah for extra flavor.

14. AIR FRYER JAPANESE CHICKEN TENDERS

Air Fryer Japanese Chicken Tenders
Air Fryer Japanese Chicken Tenders

These Japanese-inspired chicken strips will become your new air-fryer staple, especially when served with ginger and mayonnaise on the side.

15. AIR FRYER CORNISH HEN

Air Fryer Juicy Cornish Hens
Air Fryer Juicy Cornish Hens

Instead of buying rotisserie chicken, make this simple air fryer cornish hen recipe at home! In five simple steps, you’ll have perfectly cooked birds with irresistibly crispy skin.

16. AIR FRYER BONELESS WINGS

Air Fryer Boneless Wings
Air Fryer Boneless Wings

Air fryer boneless wings are ideal for a quick and tasty weeknight dinner! Toss fresh or frozen Anytizer chicken with your favorite sauce and serve.

17. TRADER JOE’S ORANGE CHICKEN IN THE AIR FRYER

Best Trader Joe's Orange Chicken in Air Fryer
Best Trader Joe’s Orange Chicken in Air Fryer

Make Trader Joe’s orange chicken in the air fryer to satisfy your takeout cravings at home! Crispy and flavorful, and ready in about 15 minutes.

18. AIR FRYER CHICKEN BREAST

Best Air Fryer Chicken Breast
Best Air Fryer Chicken Breast

A quick and delicious take on chicken breasts that only takes 12 minutes to prepare. These chicken breasts, with a golden brown crust and a tender inside, are delicious on their own or in a light salad.

CHICKEN DINNER IDEAS HEALTHY

19. NUTTY CHICKEN SATAY STRIPS

Nutty Chicken Satay Strips
Nutty Chicken Satay Strips

Keep these nutty chicken satay strips in the fridge for a quick and healthy snack. The chicken is accompanied by cucumber and sweet chili sauce.

20. CHICKEN AND BASIL MEATBALLS

Basil-Parmesan Chicken Meatballs
Basil-Parmesan Chicken Meatballs

When you’re entertaining, serve these Thai chicken chicory bites and roasted pepper skewers. Both make excellent low-calorie, healthy canapés for dinner parties.

21. CHICKEN MADRAS

Chicken Madras
Chicken Madras

Instead of ordering takeout, try our healthy chicken madras curry. This easy family dinner is packed with fragrant spices and tender chicken breasts.

22. CHICKEN AND LEMON SKEWERS

Grilled Lemon Chicken Skewers
Grilled Lemon Chicken Skewers

These chicken skewers in flatbreads are delicious, healthy, and an easy-to-make dinner for busy weeknights.

23. CHILI CHICKEN AND PEANUT PIES

Chilli chicken and peanut pies
Chilli Chicken and Peanut Pies

Add peanut butter to the pie filling for creaminess, and serve with a bean and potato mash for added nutrition. A gluten-free dinner that is both healthy and filling.

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24. SLOW COOKER CHICKEN CASSEROLE

Slow Cooker Chicken Casserole
Slow Cooker Chicken Casserole

Serve this wholesome chicken casserole to the family for comfort while remaining low in fat. You can also use a slow cooker to do the majority of the work.

CHICKEN DINNER IDEAS FOR KIDS

25. EASY CHICKEN PASTA BAKE

Chicken Pasta Bake
Chicken Pasta Bake

For busy families, this is a quick and easy pasta bake! I made this for tea one evening because I had nothing else planned, and I was pleasantly surprised that everyone ate it! I’m hoping they didn’t eat it to be nice.

26. RESTAURANT CHICKEN

Restaurant Chicken
Restaurant Chicken

You’ll be surprised at how simple this is to make, yet it tastes just like something you’d order at a restaurant. Serve this at your next dinner party or to friends, and they will beg you for the recipe.

27. CHICKEN FAJITAS

Chicken Fajitas
Chicken Fajitas

These fajitas require a few ingredients, but they come together quickly and easily. This recipe appears to be time-consuming, but once you’re familiar with it, it’s actually quick enough to make after work.

28. LEMON CHICKEN

Lemon Chicken
Lemon Chicken

This is a simple authentic Chinese lemon chicken recipe, similar to what you’d find in a Chinese restaurant. I recently modified the batter for this recipe. I tried several variations and this one was the best.

29. CHICKEN CURRY

Chicken Curry
Chicken Curry

This easy chicken curry is quick to make on a busy weeknight and great for feeding the whole family! It has a rich flavor from the coconut cream, and you can adjust the amount of curry powder to make it more or less spicy.

CHICKEN DINNER IDEAS INSTANT POT

30. INSTANT POT CHICKEN BREAST

Best Instant Pot Chicken Breasts
Best Instant Pot Chicken Breasts

Isn’t this everything you want for dinner? Golden and speckled with herbs on the outside, juicy and tender on the inside: Isn’t this everything you want for dinner? If you’re tired of running around the house, this is the perfect recipe to make tonight.

31. INSTANT POT BUFFALO CHICKEN SLIDERS

Instant Pot Buffalo Chicken Sliders
Instant Pot Buffalo Chicken Sliders

These sliders are sure to please any crowd. The juicy pulled chicken is tossed in hot sauce and served on soft, toasted potato rolls, topped with fresh crunchy ranch coleslaw and creamy chunks of blue cheese.

32. INSTANT POT CHICKEN THIGHS

Best Instant Pot Chicken Thighs
Best Instant Pot Chicken Thighs

The gravy that comes with these chicken thighs is luxuriously smooth and full of chicken flavor thanks to a little slurry of flour and hot chicken broth or water. It’s the best thing you can do with those magical chicken fat drippings, in our opinion!

33. INSTANT POT WINGS

Easy Instant Pot Wings
Easy Instant Pot Wings

Who knew you could make chicken wings in an Instant Pot? Well… Yes, we did! They’re also absolutely fantastic. Cooking wings in the Instant Pot allows them to become tender before crisping to perfection under the broiler.

34. INSTANT POT CHICKEN AND PIE

Chicken Pot Pie
Chicken Pot Pie

If there’s one thing we love about Instant Pots, it’s how fast and perfectly they cook chicken and rice. The rice is the perfect consistency, and the chicken is unbelievably tender.

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Healthy Chicken Dinner Ideas (Instant Pot Chicken Pot Pie)


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  • Author: Hazel Roddy
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 6 minutes
  • Total Time: 11 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x

Description

Instant Pot Chicken Pot Pie has all of the flavor of the classic oven baked dish, but it’s ready in less than 30 minutes! This one-pot, dump-and-start Instant Pot meal will be a family favorite, from the perfectly cooked potatoes and carrots to the soft, shredded chicken!


Ingredients

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  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 3 medium potatoes peeled and cubed
  • 1 cup petite baby carrots
  • 1/4 medim onion minced
  • 6 chicken tenders fresh, raw
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/8 tsp pepper
  • 1/2 cup peas frozen
  • 1/2 cup milk

Butter and Flour paste

  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 1 tbsp flour

Instructions

  1. In the Instant Pot, combine the broth, potatoes, carrots, onion, chicken tenders, salt, and pepper. Cook for 3 minutes on Manual HIGH.
  2. Combine equal parts butter and flour to make the butter and flour paste.
  3. NPR for 6 minutes, followed by a rapid release.
  4. Take out the chicken tenders. Set aside the shredded meat.
  5. Add the frozen peas first (this is vital to reduce the temperature down so the milk does not curdle when added), followed by the milk. To blend, stir everything together.
  6. Reactivate the saute function. When the liquid begins to bubble, add the butter paste and stir until it is melted and the sauce has thickened.
  7. Return the chicken to the Instant Pot. To blend, stir everything together.
  8. Serve alone or with biscuits or pie crust.

Notes

None

  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: None
  • Cuisine: American

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 4 servings
  • Calories: 369kcal
  • Sugar: 5g
  • Sodium: 104mg
  • Fat: 13g
  • Saturated Fat: 4g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 0g
  • Trans Fat: 0g
  • Carbohydrates: 47g
  • Fiber: 6g
  • Protein: 17g
  • Cholesterol: 37mg

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Frequently Asked Questions

What are some different ways to cook chicken?

Let’s take a closer look at these techniques:
Stir-frying.
Pan-frying.
Grilling/BBQ.
Baking/roasting.

What’s a good idea for dinner tonight?

8 Dinner Suggestions for Tonight (plus Easy Recipes):
Casserole of Tater Tots
Pie with Cottage Onion.
Pizzas on French bread.
Meatloaf.
Pasta with Philly Cheesesteak.
Chicken Casserole in Crescent Rolls
Stew with beef.
Quesadilla de Pizza

What is good with chicken?

Recipes for the Best Chicken Breast Side Dishes (That Go Way Beyond Salad)
Bacon and tangy potato salad
Crescent Cheesy Bread with 5 Ingredients
Toasted Herb Rice in the Crockpot
Salad of Watermelon, Cucumber, and Feta.
Mashed Potatoes Made From Scratch.
Carrots with Cumin and Citrus.
Baked Asparagus with Cheesy Sauce.
Cucumber Salad with Cream.

Which herb goes best with chicken?

Herbs that pair well with grilled chicken:
Cilantro.
Rosemary.
Sage.
Oregano.
Thyme.
Marjoram.
Tarragon.
Garlic.

What exactly is chicken meal?

Chicken meal is a powdery substance made from chicken byproducts and parts. Animal by-products are basically meat parts (chicken, beef, pork, etc.) that are left over after removing what is safe for human consumption—in other words, the parts we don’t want to eat.

How do you add flavor to chicken?

Adding specific ingredients to a marinade, brine, rub, sauté, or sauce can greatly enhance the flavor of chicken and give it an international flair. Use fresh minced garlic, dried oregano, dried basil, and dried thyme in Italian chicken recipes.

Which country is famous for chicken?

Argentina, known for its beef and as the birthplace of ‘asado’ (Argentinian barbeque), adores chicken. They eat about 187 pounds of chicken per year. Chicken is now more popular than ever in the country, while red meat consumption is declining.

What is the most famous chicken?

Who do you think is the most well-known chicken in the world? We have our own poultry legend, “Mike the Headless Chicken,” here in Western Colorado. How many more can you come up with?

What can I eat with grilled chicken?

Side Dishes to Serve with Grilled Chicken:
Broccoli, steamed
Corn on the grill.
Asparagus in the Air Fryer
Mashed potatoes in the microwave.
Salsa de Fruits
Fries made from sweet potatoes
Salad with Creamy Potatoes
Sweet potatoes cooked sous vide.

What does paprika do for chicken?

Mild paprika is the hot chili pepper family’s sweeter, gentler cousin. It brightens almost any dish with its fruity, slightly sweet notes and vivid red color. It’s great in rubs and marinades, as a garnish for eggs and fish, and as a showpiece in chicken paprikash.

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