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24 Best Chicken Recipes for Busy Weeknights

by Sidney Yang – Feb 13, 2023
24 Best Chicken Recipes for Busy Weeknights
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Chicken Recipes for Busy Weeknight – Cooking a delicious, nutritious meal doesn’t have to take hours of preparation and cooking time. Whether you’re looking for a quick and easy dinner or something a bit more complex, these easy chicken recipes are sure to fit the bill! From delicious one-pan chicken dishes to flavorful slow cooker chicken dinner, these chicken recipes are perfect for busy weeknights. Whether you’re feeding a family or just cooking for one, these chicken recipes will make it simple to put a flavorful meal on the table in no time. Including recipes for sheet-pan chicken, Instant Pot chicken, chicken bake, air-fryer chicken, chicken salads, and more! So go ahead and get cooking – it’s time to make some delicious and easy chicken recipes! ❤️

Chicken Recipes: 24 Best chicken Recipes for Busy Weeknights

1. Lemon Garlic Butter Chicken and Green Beans Skillet

Lemon Garlic Butter Chicken and Green Beans Skillet - #recipe by #eatwell101 - https://www.eatwell101.com/lemon-garlic-butter-thighs-and-green-beans-skillet
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24 Best Chicken Recipes for Busy Weeknights
This skillet chicken Thighs recipe with green beans is a snap to fix and is so addicting!
Cooking time: 20 minView recipe >> Save to recipe box

2. Salsa Fresca Chicken Bake

Salsa Fresca Chicken Bake - #recipe by #eatwell101 - https://www.eatwell101.com/salsa-fresca-chicken-bake-recipe
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24 Best Chicken Recipes for Busy Weeknights
This crazy good chicken breast bake with salsa Fresca is so quick and easy to make - a guaranteed hit for tonight!
Cooking time: 25 minView recipe >> Save to recipe box

3. Honey Garlic Chicken Bites

Honey Garlic Chicken Bites - #recipe by #eatwell101 - https://www.eatwell101.com/honey-garlic-chicken-recipe
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24 Best Chicken Recipes for Busy Weeknights
Honey garlic chicken bites is the easiest dinner to throw together! Make it all in one skillet and let the flavors blow your mind!
Cooking time: 12 minView recipe >> Save to recipe box

4. Garlic Butter Chicken with Spinach and Bacon

Garlic Butter Chicken with Spinach and Bacon - #recipe by #eatwell101 - https://www.eatwell101.com/garlic-butter-chicken-spinach-bacon-recipe
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24 Best Chicken Recipes for Busy Weeknights
This garlic butter chicken recipe with spinach and bacon is rich, creamy, and hearty - everyone will love it!
Cooking time: 25 minView recipe >> Save to recipe box

5. Pepper Chicken Stir Fry (15 Minutes)

Pepper Chicken Stir Fry (15 Minutes) - #recipe by #eatwell101 - https://www.eatwell101.com/pepper-chicken-stir-fry-recipe
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24 Best Chicken Recipes for Busy Weeknights
Our delicious pepper chicken stir fry is sweet and savory, with incredible umami flavors. Quick, easy, and delicious - You won’t want to miss this chicken stir-fry recipe!
Cooking time: 15 minView recipe >> Save to recipe box

6. Garlic Butter Chicken and Potatoes Skillet

Garlic Butter Chicken and Potatoes Skillet - #recipe by #eatwell101 - https://www.eatwell101.com/garlic-butter-chicken-and-potatoes-skillet
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24 Best Chicken Recipes for Busy Weeknights
This garlic butter chicken and potatoes skillet is the easiest and tastiest weeknight dinner - One skillet for amazing flavors!
Cooking time: 20 minView recipe >> Save to recipe box

7. Creamy Chicken Breast in Spinach Parmesan Sauce

Creamy Chicken Breast in Spinach Parmesan Sauce - #recipe by #eatwell101 - https://www.eatwell101.com/chicken-with-spinach-creamy-parmesan-sauce
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24 Best Chicken Recipes for Busy Weeknights
This creamy chicken breast recipe is an easy one-pan chicken dish that will wow the entire family for dinner!
Cooking time: 20 minView recipe >> Save to recipe box

8. 15-Minute Chicken Stir Fry Noodles

15-Minute Chicken Stir Fry Noodles - #recipe by #eatwell101 - https://www.eatwell101.com/chicken-pasta-skillet-recipe
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24 Best Chicken Recipes for Busy Weeknights
This chicken stir fry noodles recipe is loaded with nutritious veggies, and ready in 15 minutes - Flavor overload!
Cooking time: 15 minView recipe >> Save to recipe box

9. Lemon Garlic Butter Chicken Baked with Asparagus

Lemon Garlic Butter Chicken Baked with Asparagus - #recipe by #eatwell101 - https://www.eatwell101.com/baked-chicken-bites-recipe
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24 Best Chicken Recipes for Busy Weeknights
These oven-baked chicken bites with asparagus are quick to make and don’t require any frying. The baked chicken bites are so juicy, tender, and delicious you’ll eat them hot right off the sheet pan!
Cooking time: 25 minView recipe >> Save to recipe box

10. Garlic Butter Chicken Bites with Lemon Asparagus

Garlic Butter Chicken Bites with Lemon Asparagus - #recipe by #eatwell101 - https://www.eatwell101.com/garlic-butter-chicken-bites-asparagus-recipe
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24 Best Chicken Recipes for Busy Weeknights
Chicken and asparagus recipe is a winner for dinnertime - This chicken recipe is is so much flavor and so easy to throw together!
Cooking time: 20 minView recipe >> Save to recipe box

11. Pineapple BBQ Baked Chicken Foil Packets in Oven

Pineapple BBQ Baked Chicken Foil Packets in Oven - #recipe by #eatwell101 - https://www.eatwell101.com/chicken-foil-packets-in-oven-recipe
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24 Best Chicken Recipes for Busy Weeknights
These baked chicken in foil packets are easy and packed with tons of flavor. You’ll love the simplicity!
Cooking time: 35 minView recipe >> Save to recipe box

12. Easy Oven Baked Chicken Bites

Easy Oven Baked Chicken Bites - #recipe by #eatwell101 - https://www.eatwell101.com/oven-baked-chicken-bites-recipe
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24 Best Chicken Recipes for Busy Weeknights
Try our juicy oven baked chicken bites recipe! Boneless chicken breasts are cut in small bites and deliciously seasoned before baked in the oven until tender!
Cooking time: 15 minView recipe >> Save to recipe box

13. Healthy Chicken Pasta Salad with Avocado, Tomato, and Basil 

Healthy Chicken Pasta Salad with Avocado, Tomato, and Basil  - #recipe by #eatwell101 - https://www.eatwell101.com/healthy-chicken-pasta-salad-recipe
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24 Best Chicken Recipes for Busy Weeknights
Healthy chicken pasta salad is packed with flavor, protein and veggies. Try this pasta salad recipe for a quick lunch or a light dinner!
Cooking time: 10 minView recipe >> Save to recipe box

14. Air Fryer Chicken and Vegetables (in 15 minutes!)

Air Fryer Chicken and Vegetables (in 15 minutes!) - #recipe by #eatwell101 - https://www.eatwell101.com/air-fryer-chicken-recipe
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24 Best Chicken Recipes for Busy Weeknights
This air fryer chicken and veggies recipe is super easy to make and full of flavor. Air fryer chicken and vegetables make a complete and healthy low-carb or keto meal in under 20 minutes!
Cooking time: 10 minView recipe >> Save to recipe box

15. Cheesy Fajita Chicken Bake

Cheesy Fajita Chicken Bake - #recipe by #eatwell101 - https://www.eatwell101.com/fajita-chicken-bake-recipe
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24 Best Chicken Recipes for Busy Weeknights
This fajita chicken bake recipe is packed with flavor and so easy to throw together. Try this quick fajita chicken casserole for dinner!
Cooking time: 25 minView recipe >> Save to recipe box

16. Healthy Avocado Chicken Salad

Healthy Avocado Chicken Salad - #recipe by #eatwell101 - https://www.eatwell101.com/healthy-avocado-chicken-salad
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24 Best Chicken Recipes for Busy Weeknights
This avocado chicken salad recipe is light, flavorful, and easy to make - Perfect Healthy salad recipe for your next barbecue or potluck!
Cooking time: 6 minView recipe >> Save to recipe box

17. Air-Fryer Fried Chicken Thighs and Asparagus

Air-Fryer Fried Chicken Thighs and Asparagus - #recipe by #eatwell101 - https://www.eatwell101.com/air-fryer-chicken-thighs-recipe
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24 Best Chicken Recipes for Busy Weeknights
This air fryer Fried chicken recipe with asparagus is a delicious family-friendly dinner in under 30 minutes. You'll never need another air-fryer chicken recipe!
Cooking time: 20 minView recipe >> Save to recipe box

18. Spinach Chicken Casserole with Cream Cheese and Mozzarella

Spinach Chicken Casserole with Cream Cheese and Mozzarella - #recipe by #eatwell101 - https://www.eatwell101.com/spinach-chicken-casserole-recipe
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24 Best Chicken Recipes for Busy Weeknights
Chicken breasts casserole recipe is packed with delicious flavors - Try the chicken casserole with spinach, cream cheese, and mozzarella for a nice combination for a busy day's meal!
Cooking time: 30 minView recipe >> Save to recipe box

19. Instant Pot Lemon Garlic Chicken Breasts

Instant Pot Lemon Garlic Chicken Breasts - #recipe by #eatwell101 - https://www.eatwell101.com/instant-pot-chicken-breasts-recipe
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24 Best Chicken Recipes for Busy Weeknights
These Instant Pot lemon garlic chicken breasts are ready in 30 minutes - Perfect for busy weeknights!
Cooking time: 25 minView recipe >> Save to recipe box

20. Creamy Spinach Chicken Gnocchi

Creamy Spinach Chicken Gnocchi - #recipe by #eatwell101 - https://www.eatwell101.com/spinach-chicken-gnocchi-recipe
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24 Best Chicken Recipes for Busy Weeknights
This creamy chicken gnocchi recipe and spinach has to be the ultimate comfort food!
Cooking time: 25 minView recipe >> Save to recipe box

21. Chicken Tortellini Soup with Vegetables

Chicken Tortellini Soup with Vegetables - #recipe by #eatwell101 - https://www.eatwell101.com/tortellini-chicken-soup-recipe
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24 Best Chicken Recipes for Busy Weeknights
This chicken tortellini soup warms you up from the inside. It's quick and easy to make, perfect for those busy weeknights!
Cooking time: 20 minView recipe >> Save to recipe box

22. Salsa Chicken Lettuce Wraps

Salsa Chicken Lettuce Wraps - #recipe by #eatwell101 - https://www.eatwell101.com/salsa-chicken-lettuce-wraps-recipe
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24 Best Chicken Recipes for Busy Weeknights
These chicken lettuce wraps are so delicious - Perfect for a quick lunch, dinner, or meal prep!
Cooking time: 20 minView recipe >> Save to recipe box

23. Honey Dijon Chicken and Veggies Foil Packs

Honey Dijon Chicken and Veggies Foil Packs - #recipe by #eatwell101 - https://www.eatwell101.com/honey-dijon-chicken-veggies-foil-packs
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24 Best Chicken Recipes for Busy Weeknights
Perfect for a quick and healthy dinner
Cooking time: 25 minView recipe >> Save to recipe box

24. Garlic Butter Chicken with Pineapple

Garlic Butter Chicken with Pineapple - #recipe by #eatwell101 - https://www.eatwell101.com/garlic-butter-chicken-skillet-recipe
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24 Best Chicken Recipes for Busy Weeknights
This pineapple chicken is so tender and juicy bursting with savory sweet flavor!
Cooking time: 15 minView recipe >> Save to recipe box

25. Blackened Chicken Salad with Avocado

Blackened Chicken Salad with Avocado - #recipe by #eatwell101 - https://www.eatwell101.com/blackened-chicken-avocado-salad-recipe
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24 Best Chicken Recipes for Busy Weeknights
This blackened chicken salad recipe with avocado is crisp and full of flavor - Salad with chicken is the simplest and healthiest meal you can make!
Cooking time: 15 minView recipe >> Save to recipe box

What chicken cuts are best for a quick dinner?

When it comes to cooking with chicken for a quick dinner, there are a variety of cuts to choose from. From the breast to the thighs to the wings, each cut of chicken has its own culinary characteristics and uses:

  • The chicken breast is the most popular cut of chicken and is usually served boneless and skinless. It is a lean cut of meat and is great for grilling, baking, roasting, and stir-frying. Perfect for a busy weeknight dinner!
  • The chicken thighs are the most flavorful cut of chicken and are usually cooked with the bone in, which helps to keep the meat moist. They are perfect for braising, roasting, and stewing. However, boneless chicken thighs are pretty quick to cook and can be used as a substitute to chicken breast in your chicken stir-fries or grilled chicken salads.
  • The chicken wings are another great cut of chicken for roasting, grilling, and baking. They also make for a great snack when cooked with a variety of sauces and seasonings. Chicken wings cook very quickly so they are ideal for a quick weeknight dinner at home.

What are the fastest ways to cook chicken for busy weeknights?

When it comes to cooking chicken for a quick dinner, there are a variety of methods to choose from. For a fast and easy meal, grilling, baking, and roasting are the best methods. With these fast and easy cooking methods for chicken, you can have a delicious meal on the table in no time:

  • Grilling is a great option for chicken breasts, as it cooks quickly and evenly.
  • For even faster cooking, you can opt for stir-frying or sautéing chicken strips. This method cooks the chicken quickly and is perfect for when you are in a rush. It’s our favorite!
  • Baking is a great way to cook chicken thighs, as they need a slightly longer cooking time to ensure they are cooked through. Sheet-pan chicken dinners are usually quick on prep and relatively short in cooking time.
  • Roasting is perfect for whole chickens, as it allows the bird to cook evenly and be crispy on the outside. It’s certainly not the fastest way to cook chicken but factoring the number of guests, it’s still an option to consider because while chicken is in the oven, you can do something else.

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