It’s the weeknight riddle that becomes less and less funny: What to make for dinner tonight? This list of 30 easy healthy chicken dinner recipes is the answer.
This time of year is ultra-busy for everyone – getting back in the swing of back-to-school, treasuring the memories of the last long weekend for a while, and soaking up those warm sunshiny days before Fall’s chill hits – so quick, easy dinner options are a must.
This list of 30 easy chicken dinner recipes makes cooking good healthy meals at home just as easy as picking up or ordering in. From whole roasted chickens better than any you’ll find at the grocery store check out, to the easiest ways to cook chicken breasts, this list of 30 dinner recipe ideas will satisfy every member of your family no matter how picky they may seem to be.
So break out your love of chicken and visit these chicken dinner ideas for tonight, starting now and lasting all year long.
30 Easy Healthy Chicken Dinner Ideas to Make Now
Oh So Delicioso
Take Taco Tuesdays up a notch. A little spicy, a little sweet, a little tangy – these chicken tacos are a perfect backyard dinner when you’re clinging to the last days of summer.
How Sweet Eats
This roasted chicken recipe is full of flavor, thanks to a kick of acidity from Meyer lemons, a head of garlic and an herb combo of basil, thyme and rosemary. You’ll never call chicken boring again.
This isn’t your same-old, same-old chicken dinner recipe. Pan fry chicken breasts in a creamy mushroom sauce and serve alongside orzo and asparagus for a go-to dinner idea no matter the time of year.
A Cozy Kitchen
Few things will warm you up as fast as chicken tortilla soup – just what you need for the first crisp sweater weather days of fall. Garnish with tortilla strips, sour cream, cilantro and a squeeze of lime. Add a few slices of jalapeño if you dare.
Homemade Food Junkie
Chicken + bacon + ranch = classic combo. Whip up this ultra-easy pasta salad when you’re short on time but aren’t willing to cut yourself short on flavor.
Slice of Jess
Like to add a layer of pickles to your chicken sandwich? Of course you do. Even better: this crispy chicken brined in pickle juice and buttermilk, topped with a habanero-garlic aioli and creamy coleslaw.
You’re just a few easy steps away from a spicy dinner that highlights authentic Thai flavors – think fresh ginger, Thai basil and a coconut sauce – and works perfectly over rice or noodles.
Need to let out some frustration? This recipe requires a good pounding of butterflied chicken breasts, so they’ll cook quickly and you’ll have a gluten-free dinner on the table in no time.
My Name is Yeh
With a simple list of ingredients and limited prep necessary, you can whip up this grilled chicken recipe any day of the week, particularly those “Did you get your homework done? Hurry up, we have to get to piano lessons!” type of nights.
Cooking for Keeps
Perfect for back-to-school time, this spaghetti recipe sneaks in good-for-you ingredients with whole-wheat noodles, a mix of sauteed vegetables and, of course, plenty of shredded chicken. (Just don’t forget the cheese. Lots of cheese.)
Lexi’s Clean Kitchen
Topped with tomato and avocado and wrapped in lettuce, these buffalo chicken burgers are guilt-free, as they’re for low carb, gluten-free and paleo-friendly.
The best things about this recipe is how easily you can customize it to your family’s tastes. Love barbecue? Craving tangy salt and vinegar? Keeping it real with ranch? Add some creamy mac n cheese and steamed broccoli for a delightfully kid-friendly dinner.
Quick, easy and a classic – this favorite Italian dish is on the dinner table in nearly no time, baked in less than 30 minutes. Serve alongside pasta and garlic bread for a family feast everyone will love.
Table for Two
Honey + lime + jalapeno + garlic = flavorful grilled chicken drumsticks that you’ll crave again and again. They’re a little sweet, a little spicy and a little acidic. Just how we like them.
How easy is this one-pot recipe? So easy. This chicken and rice recipe puts a load of healthy ingredients into one slurpable bowl. Serve it over rice or noodles for the perfect chopstick practicing exercise. Win/win/win.
Garlic lovers, rejoice! Even if you don’t love garlic, you will after making this chicken dinner. The garlic mellows when roasted alongside a whole chicken, becoming soft, buttery and surprisingly sweet.
Two Peas and Their Pod
Chicken and dumplings is the ultimate comfort food, just what you need as the weather turns cold. This recipe, from Chrissy Teigen’s second cookbook Cravings: Hungry for More (so you know it’s good!), is perfect for a warm, hearty meal now and long into winter.
Gimme Some Oven
Anyone else grow up eating your grandmother’s broccoli chicken casserole? This version is a healthier homage to Grandma’s recipe, with your choice of pasta and an ultra-creamy cheddar mushroom sauce.
A Spicy Perspective
Simple, fresh ingredients pair with a creamy sauce for a family-friendly chicken dinner you can make any night of the week. Spice it up with jalapeño and crushed red peppers to your liking.
Fit Foodie Finds
Dinner doesn’t get any easier. All you need for these skewers are two ingredients – pesto and chicken – and a grill. Pair with your favorite side salad for a healthy weekday dinner, and make extra for next-day lunch leftovers.
Tender and juicy, this whole roasted chicken is brushed with lemon rosemary garlic butter and stuffed with fresh aromatics, all using ingredients you likely already have at home. Bonus: as the bird cooks, your house will smell amazing.
With just four ingredients (chicken wings, salt and pepper, paprika and olive oil), add this recipe to your repertoire for a low-carb, Whole 30, paleo and gluten-free dinner.
An Italian classic! This easy chicken piccata is topped with a lemon-caper sauce for a light, bright dinner. With just 10 minutes prep time and 10 minutes cooking time, it’ll be on your plate, ready to be devoured, in nearly no time at all.
Step away from those Chinese takeout menus. This quick and simple chicken stir fry recipe, dressed in a tangy garlic and ginger soy and sesame sauce, will satiate those cravings.
Crunch Creamy Sweet
Only have 30 minutes to get dinner on the table? This chicken marsala is your solution. Simmer the skillet-seared chicken in mushrooms, garlic and wine sauce, for a fast, flavorful dish.
What’s that you’ve heard about chicken being boring? Think again. There’s nothing monotonous about stuffing chicken breasts with spinach artichoke for a low carb and keto approved dinner.
Place a whole chicken in an already-hot cast iron skillet with sliced potatoes and onions for an ultra-easy meal that’s ready in just one hour. Best yet, you’ll have plenty of leftovers to repurpose for lunches throughout the week.
The Modern Proper
This isn’t your college days ramen. All you need is eight ingredients and 30 minutes to whip together this chicken ramen soup topped with scallions, a sprinkle of sesame seeds and, of course, a perfect six-minute soft boiled egg for a recipe you’ll crave on cold nights.
The Recipe Critic
What’s not to love about these enchiladas? Stuff soft tortillas with tender chicken and veggies, then smother them in a creamy avocado sauce and sprinkled cheese. Delicioso!
Chelsea’s Messy Kitchen
One pot and 30 minutes – that’s all you need to make this healthy and flavorful coconut curry chicken. Pair with rice or naan bread and a side of roasted carrots or sweet potatoes for a well-rounded meal you’ll crave all fall.
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