Happy March, foodiecrushers!
We’re thrilled to bring you the third installment to our 31 Days Series (you can check out the first one here and the second one here). We felt inspired to devote this month’s roundup to one of our most faithful kitchen staples — the timeless chicken dinner.
When we’re coming up empty for inspiration in the kitchen, or caught in a whirlwind week, we can pretty much always count on there being chicken in the fridge or freezer—or making it an easy pick-up at the grocery store. It’s lean, it’s versatile, and we can’t seem to get through a whole week without it showing up on the menu at least once.
The recipes curated here are all easy, healthy, and time-friendly, and many are made in one pot, skillet, or sheet pan—dishes are our nemesis, simplicity is our friend.
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All right already, let’s get on with these chicken dinner winners!
from Cafe Delites
You’d never guess this creamy, dreamy chicken dish was low-carb and low-fat. Oh yeah, and it’s made in one skillet (hey, we guess dreams do come true).
from Chelsea’s Messy Apron
An entire (delicious) meal, made on just one sheet pan. Now this is the kind of no-fuss, busy weeknight dinner we can rejoice over (also, a major cheers to having fewer dishes to wash)!
March 3: 20-Minute Thai Basil Chicken
from Gimme Some Oven
A healthy stir-fry chockfull of veggies and aromatic basil, and in just 20 minutes, and in one pan? Our arms don’t need twisting…
Meet the Japanese version of Chicken Milanese! This chicken may be light, but it is loaded with flavor, and is nice and crispy. The sesame cucumber relish is a cool and refreshing complement.
One pan, six ingredients, and 30 minutes is all you need to reach full-on chicken dinner nirvana with this French-inspired dish.
from Cooking and Beer
This 30-minute meal is covers all the bases and tricks your brain into thinking you’re eating carbs when you’re actually eating cauliflower. It’s sneaky but too delicious to make you feel taken advantage of.
from Andie Mitchell
Trick your brain into thinking you’re eating a sweet southern granny’s prized fried chicken recipe with this clever, healthy dinner. A light, Old-Bay-spiked Cornflake breading, plus a stint in the oven, versus the fryer, makes this dinner a healthy way to satisfy even the most intense fried chicken craving. This one’s a keeper.
March 8: Creamy Chicken and Peas
from Healthy Seasonal Recipes
This low-maintenance chicken dinner features tender chicken and sweet peas in a creamy chive sauce. You likely already have these ingredients on hand, and it takes about 20 minutes to make. It’s also kid-friendly, and perfect for spring. Ding, ding.
March 9: Mediterranean Roasted Chicken Thighs
from The Candid Appetite
Summon the glistening deep blue coast of Mediterranean with each bite of this killer sheet pan dinner.
March 10: Skinny Slow Cooker Kung Pao Chicken
from Life Made Sweeter, via The Recipe Critic
This takeout favorite is lightened up and made easy in the slow cooker (don’t worry though, it may skimp in calories, but it does not skimp in flavor)!
March 11: One Pot Chicken Enchilada Rice Casserole
from RecipeTin Eats
The whole enchilada, deconstructed, and in just one pot.
March 12: Creamy Parmesan Pesto Chicken Skillet
from Carlsbad Cravings
If pesto and Alfredo had a lovechild, it would be this sauce. Throw in some fresh, springy peas and asparagus, and some pesto-rubbed chicken, and you’re well on your way to 30-minute dinner bliss.
March 13: Asian Glazed Orange Chicken
This fast and easy chicken is the perfect marriage of sweet and spicy, and it beats your neighborhood takeout joint.
from Bev Cooks
You will want to take a bath in this creamy, homemade salsa verde sauce. Okay, maybe not, but you’ll definitely want seconds.
March 15: Easy Drunken Zoodle Chicken Casserole
from Cotter Crunch
This Asian casserole is full of protein and veggies. It’s also light, yet hearty, bursting with amazing flavor, and happens to be Paleo. Plus, it takes just 10 minutes to prep! How’s that for a weeknight win?
March 16: Sticky Garlic Chicken and Broccoli
from Pinch of Yum
Meet the healthier, more sophisticated version of General Tso’s Chicken. Baked instead of fried, perfectly sticky-sweet thanks to honey (not sugar), and goop-free (thank goodness).
from A Saucy Kitchen
Caramelized veggies and crispy chicken tango in this easy, healthy sheet pan dinner.
March 18: Red Curry Chicken
from The Woks of Life
This flavorful curry has fewer than 10 ingredients, takes less than 30 minutes to make, and is made in just one pot. We call this a weeknight dinner slam dunk if we’ve ever seen one.
March 19: Cilantro Lime Chicken with Avocado Salsa
from Joyful Healthy Eats
This fresh and zesty chicken is a cilantro-lover’s dream. It also comes together in 30 minutes!
This is a lightened-up version of the classic chicken and rice casserole you probably grew up on, and it’s just as yummy and comforting.
March 21: Citrus Jalapeño Chicken Tostadas
from Cake ‘n Knife
Sweet and spicy glazed chicken, tangy grapefruit, and cool, creamy avocado sauce all having a party on a crispy tortilla? Say no more.
from Brooklyn Supper
Roasted root veggies, tender chicken thighs, and nutty farro do a lovely, savory dance in this easy and healthy weeknight meal.
March 23: Oven Roasted Fajitas
from Rachel Schultz
These fajitas couldn’t be simpler to make, and they’re flavored with a homemade taco seasoning (no artificial packets, thank you)!
March 24: Skillet Chicken Parmesan
from Wry Toast
Cue checkered tablecloth and the song from Lady and the Tramp, because this dish will make you feel romantic. It’s got all the flavor you know and love from classic chicken parmesan, but with considerably less guilt. This chicken is half fried, half baked, and 100% amazing.
from Recipe Runner
This lighter, carb-friendly spin on classic Alfredo is so awesome that the spaghetti squash doubles as bowl.
March 26: Healthy Thai Chicken Lettuce Wraps
from B. Britnell
These fresh and healthy lettuce wraps hit every right note — crunchy, sweet, salty, and refreshing. They’re also a breeze to make.
March 27: Honey Mustard Chicken & Potatoes
from Cafe Delites
Another easy, well-balanced one pan meal that will surely become a weeknight staple.
March 28: Baked Lemon Chicken
from Gimme Some Oven
A quick brine makes these lemon-garlic-thyme-scented chicken breasts unbelievably juicy, succulent, and never dry. Serve this up with some roasted veggies or a nice salad, and then swear you’ll never cook chicken any other way.
from Feed Me Phoebe
This homemade Indian classic is weeknight dinner-friendly, since it’s made in the slow cooker. It’s also dairy-free (though you’d never know it, because it’s so creamy)!
March 30: 7 Spice Teriyaki Chicken Rice Bowls
These healthy bowls pack a punch of awesome flavor. Sticky rice and crisp, cool veggies commingle with juicy grilled chicken that’s been lacquered in a homemade Japanese 7 Spice teriyaki sauce.
March 31: One Skillet Chicken Enchiladas
from Kitchen Swagger
Chicken enchiladas have never easier than they are in this recipe (which totally means we’ll be eating them much more frequently)!
This recipe round-up was curated and written by FoodieCrush contributor Hayley Putnam. Follow her foodie tastes and other flights of fancy on Pinterest and Instagram.
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