Quick and Easy Chicken Dishes Recipes

Chicken is an inexpensive, healthy mainstay of family dining, and our quick and easy dinner recipes make serving chicken to your family and friends a breeze. You'll never get tired of whipping up chicken with these quick, easy dinner ideas.

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Mediterranean Chicken and Polenta

From Better Homes and Gardens

Mediterranean Chicken and Polenta

Poached Chicken Salad Stackup

From Better Homes and Gardens

Poached Chicken Salad Stackup

Ham-&-Cheese-Stuffed Chicken Breasts

From EatingWell

Making a pocket in the chicken breast to hold the stuffing is easy with a good, sharp, thin-bladed knife. Browning the chicken in a skillet before baking gives it a beautiful golden color, and finishing in the oven ensures that it cooks evenly throughout.

Ham-&-Cheese-Stuffed Chicken Breasts

Cornmeal-Crusted Chicken with Pepian Sauce

From EatingWell

Tomatillos and pepitas form the basis for pepian sauce--one version of Mexican mole.

Cornmeal-Crusted Chicken with Pepian Sauce

Chicken a la King

From EatingWell

There's no need to feel guilty over this classic creamy combination of chicken, peppers and mushrooms. Our version uses low-fat milk and flour for thickening to make it plenty rich without all the saturated fat. Serve over whole-wheat egg noodles.

Chicken a la King

Cheesy Chicken Pasta

From EatingWell

This ooey-gooey pasta dish is a crowd-pleaser for adults and kids alike--think rich and creamy macaroni-and-cheese tossed with cauliflower and chicken. Serve with a spinach salad.

Cheesy Chicken Pasta

Stuffing-Topped Chicken

From EatingWell

Here's a one-skillet version of chicken and stuffing made with wholesome ingredients. We use chicken thighs because we love the rich flavor of dark meat, but boneless, skinless breast works too. Serve with Brussels sprouts and mashed potatoes.

Stuffing-Topped Chicken

Pineapple-Teriyaki Chicken

From EatingWell

Grilled teriyaki chicken with pineapple can be made with just a few pantry staples. Although it's delicious when made with canned pineapple, fresh pineapple and its juice can easily be used in its place. Serve with brown rice and snow peas.

Pineapple-Teriyaki Chicken

Chicken Thighs with Pear & Leek Sauce

From EatingWell

Here, we combine currant jelly--a tasty "secret" ingredient in rich sauces for game birds or poultry--with a medley of fall flavors, such as pears, walnuts and leeks, to make a quick pan sauce. Serve with quinoa and broccolini.

Chicken Thighs with Pear & Leek Sauce

Grilled Chicken Ratatouille

From EatingWell

We gave this classic Provencal dish a taste of summer by grilling the vegetables traditionally used in ratatouille (bell pepper, eggplant, zucchini, tomato). Topped with grilled chicken, it makes an easy main course for summer entertaining. We like fresh marjoram and basil to complement the flavors, but any fresh herb will work. Serve with polenta and a glass of Pinot Noir.

Grilled Chicken Ratatouille

Grilled Chicken & Polenta with Nectarine-Blackberry Salsa

From EatingWell

Grilled nectarines and fresh blackberries turn into a summery salsa to top cumin-rubbed chicken and polenta in a dish that's special enough for weeknight entertaining. Make it a meal: Serve with a spinach salad and a crisp glass of rose.

Grilled Chicken & Polenta with Nectarine-Blackberry Salsa

Chicken & Fruit Salad

From EatingWell

Chicken, melon, walnuts and feta top mixed salad greens for a refreshing summer salad. Use your favorite summer fruit in place of the melon if you wish.

Chicken & Fruit Salad

Grapefruit Chicken Satay Salad

From EatingWell

This tossed salad borrows the basic flavors of Thai satay and turns them into a rich and satisfying entree salad.

Grapefruit Chicken Satay Salad

Chicken Cassoulet

From EatingWell

A classic cassoulet takes two days to make and is larded with fat. This version keeps it simple with one skillet and a light touch. Serve with some crusty whole-grain rolls.

Chicken Cassoulet

Warm Arugula Salad with Chicken & Chevre

From EatingWell

Grown-up and sophisticated, this salad will make you happy you're not a finicky kid. For an even dressier spin, substitute boneless skinless duck breasts for the chicken.

Warm Arugula Salad with Chicken & Chevre

Chicken & Asparagus with Melted Gruyere

From EatingWell

For this elegant dish, boneless chicken breast and asparagus are smothered in a luxurious white-wine sauce with just the right amount of melted Gruyere cheese. Tarragon and lemon add a delicious light flavor that is perfect with asparagus.

Chicken & Asparagus with Melted Gruyere

Thai Chicken Pizza

From EatingWell

Serve this Thai twist on pizza as is or with optional toppings, such as thinly sliced basil, cilantro, chopped peanuts and/or crushed red pepper on the side.

Thai Chicken Pizza

Pecan-Crusted Chicken

From EatingWell

This recipe coats tender chicken breasts with a buttery pecans flavored with spicy chipotle and zesty orange. Serve with a spinach salad.

Pecan-Crusted Chicken

Sweet & Sour Chicken with Brown Rice

From EatingWell

In about the time it takes to order and pick up Chinese takeout, you can make this much healthier version of sweet & sour chicken. Our version loses all the saturated fat that comes from deep-frying, along with the extra sugar and salt. If you prefer, use tofu instead of chicken, and use your favorite vegetables; just be sure to cut them into similar-size pieces so they all cook at about the same rate.

Sweet & Sour Chicken with Brown Rice

Grilled Chicken Tenders with Cilantro Pesto

From EatingWell

Cook chicken tenders quickly on the grill and top with pesto made with cilantro and sesame seeds for a zesty, speedy dinner. Serve with: Quinoa and grilled asparagus.

Grilled Chicken Tenders with Cilantro Pesto

Thai Chicken Satay with Spicy Peanut Sauce

From EatingWell

Satay is Southeast Asian street food--strips of spiced meat, threaded on skewers and sold at carts all over the region. Although it's served with all sorts of condiments, peanut sauce has become the Western favorite. And why not? It's spicy, sweet, salty and the perfect match to the chicken strips.

Thai Chicken Satay with Spicy Peanut Sauce

Chicken Salad-Stuffed Tomatoes

From EatingWell

Tuna, seafood or tofu salad would be a tasty filling for plum tomatoes as well.

Chicken Salad-Stuffed Tomatoes

Chicken Tacos with Charred Tomatoes

From EatingWell

Charring tomatoes in a hot, dry skillet makes them smoky and flavorful; in combination with fresh herbs and spices, they elevate this dish from "everyday" to "ta-da!" Serve the tacos with reduced-fat sour cream.

Chicken Tacos with Charred Tomatoes

Tandoori Chicken with Tomato-Cucumber Raita

From EatingWell

Associated with India, tandoori cooking, a high-heat process, is actually a Middle Eastern invention, originally done in ceramic ovens, which have been unearthed at Babylonian archeological digs. In 1948, a fashionable, jet-setter restaurant in New Delhi installed a tandoori oven, the media picked up the story, and the craze went around the world so fast that tandoori cooking is now almost exclusively associated with India. Here, a hot grill produces similar results.

Tandoori Chicken with Tomato-Cucumber Raita

Chicken Breasts with Roasted Lemons

From EatingWell

Tangy roasted lemons harmonize beautifully with chicken. They are also delicious chopped and sprinkled over fish.

Chicken Breasts with Roasted Lemons

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