Quick and Easy Chicken Dinner Recipes

There are so many ways to cook chicken for dinner that are quick and easy! We have 1,050+ trusted quick and easy chicken main dish recipes, rated and reviewed by the Allrecipes' community.

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Baked Lemon-Butter Chicken Thighs

Rating: 4.5 stars 99
These low-carb, keto-friendly chicken thighs are basted with a tangy and rich butter sauce. They are easy enough for a weeknight meal and guaranteed to impress the pickiest eaters. Serve over egg noodles, mashed potatoes, or rice, or alongside your favorite vegetables.

Grilled Chile-Cilantro-Lime Chicken

Rating: 5 stars 16
This easy chile-cilantro-lime chicken is salty, sweet, sour, and spicy. It's great on salads, with rice, or in burritos and wraps!

Easy Baked Chicken Tenders

Rating: 4.5 stars 29
Baked chicken tenders breaded with seasoned panko crumbs for extra crunch.

Buffalo Chicken Pasta

Rating: 4.5 stars 5
This pasta dish has all the flavors of Buffalo chicken wings, and you don't have to get your fingers full of hot sauce. It's made on the stovetop and is finger-licking good!

Keto Open-Faced Chicken Cordon Bleu

Rating: 4.5 stars 23
All the flavors of traditional cordon bleu but keto friendly and much easier to assemble since there is no stuffing or rolling involved.

Quick Chicken Piccata

Rating: 4.5 stars 1622
These quick and easy pan-fried chicken breasts are topped with a simple pan sauce made with capers, butter, white wine, and lemon juice.

Baked Panko-Crusted Chicken Tenders

Rating: 4 stars 2
Ditch the deep fryer for these low-fat crispy chicken tenders that are baked in the oven. Accompanied with the healthy yogurt-based roasted red pepper dipping sauce, this meal will fill you up without the guilt! You can also serve the tenders over some mixed greens, using the dipping sauce as a dressing.

Italian Pan-Fried Chicken Thighs with Creamy Tomato Sauce

Rating: 5 stars 8
This is a quick dinner that is ready in under 30 minutes. To save a little bit on the fat/calories I use a split ratio of cream and milk. This is not a requirement. Serve with your choice of sides. I like spaghetti noodles, or zucchini zoodles.

Air Fryer Chicken Thighs

Rating: 4.5 stars 122
Tasty, quick, chicken thighs, with juicy meat and a crispy skin; you will love this chicken that is ready for the table in less than 30 minutes!

Easy Tortilla Pizza

Rating: 5 stars 40
This is an extremely easy/fast way to prepare a delicious pizza that is light enough to be a snack, serves well as an appetizer, or is so good that is can be devoured alone! I make this often when entertaining guests and it always goes fast. You can make any sort of topping variations. The one below is the classic way I usually prepare it. I cook this also with my family. Each person gets their own tortilla to, as my kids say, decorate.

Baked Honey Mustard Chicken

Rating: 4 stars 3043
Quick and easy to prepare, and the kids love it too!

Baked Italian Chicken Thighs

Rating: 5 stars 77
These juicy chicken thighs are topped with a flavorful blend of three cheeses and your favorite marinara sauce. Serve over pasta or rice or alongside roasted potatoes for a tasty weeknight meal. I like to shred my own cheese, as I find it melts better, but feel free to use pre-shredded to save time.

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Enchanted Sour Cream Chicken Enchiladas
Rating: 4 stars 229

A delicious New Mexican enchilada that we had every year for our Christmas Eve dinner. Serve 2 to 3 enchiladas on a plate and surround with lettuce and tomatoes. Top with your choice of guacamole or sour cream or both.