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30 Easy Chicken Dinner Ideas


These 30 simple and delicious chicken dinner ideas will obtain dinner on the table quickly! Healthy weeknight meals with lots of variety, and ideas for dinner tonight!

If you’re in a rut with eating the same meals on repeat – it’s time to switch things up with these delicious chicken dinner ideas and our healthy 30-minute dinner ideas!

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Chicken is one of our go-to protein choices for weeknight meals as it’s versatile, simple to cook, and loved by everyone in the family! There’s nothing like a classic chicken dinner, but sometimes it’s good to switch things up. Turn to these recipes when you need something fast, simple, healthy, and innovative!

These chicken dinner ideas conclude one-pot and sheet pan meals, slow cooker recipes, salads, and tacos – you’ll definitely be able to find some NEW dinner inspiration here.

reasons you’ll love these recipes

  • they’re healthy, delicious and simple
  • there’s something for everyone here – from tacos, to curry, stir fry, one pot meals, pasta, and more!
  • they use simple, affordable and accessible ingredients including pantry staples

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Tips for Cooking Chicken

Here are some tips for getting the juiciest, Trendy delicious chicken:

  1. Cook high and quickly– boneless skinless chicken breasts profit from high and fast cooking- check out my great baked chicken breast here!
  2. Use a rack – for bone-in chicken thighs, use a rack and convection heat for great, crispy skin. Check out my great baked chicken thighs here!
  3. Slice when cool – when cooking chicken for salads, let it cool completely before slicing. This helps seal all the juices in.
  4. 4 days max – after cooking, you can store cooked chicken in the fridge for up to 4 days.
  5. Freeze in marinade – one of our favorite meal prep tips that went totally viral in 2019 was this post with 7 chicken marinades you can freeze. So much flavor and makes dinner a total breeze!

FAQ

Can these chicken dinners be used for meal prep?

Yes – many of these recipes can be used for meal prep (be sure to check each post for specific and more details). Get all our tips for how to meal prep chicken here.

How long can I store leftovers for?

Leftover cooked chicken is secure to eat up to 4 days after cooking. We recommend getting the chicken into the fridge quickly after cooking (ie: don’t abandon it on the counter for hours).

Easy Curry Chicken Recipe

This fast chicken curry gets dinner on the table quickly and has the Trendy delicious creamy coconut curry sauce. Works great for meal prep and leftovers can be frozen!

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Cashew Chicken Stir Fry

Cashew chicken stir fry is a simple yet flavorful weeknight meal that works great for reheat meal prep lunches! Made with a hoisin sesame sauce and served with broccoli and rice.

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Air Fryer Chicken Wings

These air fryer chicken wings are the CRISPIEST homemade wings you have ever tried! Cook a whole batch in your air fryer with four simple ingredients. These chicken wings are keto, paleo, and gluten-free!

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Baked Bruschetta Chicken

Baked bruschetta chicken made with havarti cheese, cherry tomato bruschetta, and drizzled with balsamic reduction! Ready in just 45 minutes, it’s meal prep friendly, low carb and gluten-free!

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Crispy Air Fryer Chicken Parmesan

This air fryer chicken parmesan is kind and crispy, and is alert in under 30 minutes! An simple and crowd-pleasing meal.

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Kale Chicken Pasta Salad

This kale chicken pasta salad is made with a tangy balsamic vinaigrette, sunflower seeds, and dried cranberries. A healthy meal that works great for meal prep, or an simple weeknight dinner!

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Crockpot Salsa Chicken (4 ingredients!)

Fall apart tender and perfectly seasoned, crockpot salsa chicken is a 4 ingredient recipe that is great for busy nights! Use it up in tacos, burrito bowls, or enjoy as is.

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Instant Pot Creamy Lemon Chicken Breasts

Instant Pot creamy lemon chicken breasts obtain a restaurant- quality dinner on the table in under 30 minutes! Juicy chicken breasts are smothered in a creamy lemon parmesan cream sauce. Low carb and gluten-free.

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Crockpot BBQ Chicken (Juicy + Tender!)

Fall apart tender, juicy and so flavorful, this crockpot BBQ chicken is great served on sandwiches, in wraps, or even on pizza. Just 5 simple ingredients required!

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Instant Pot Chicken Tikka Masala

This Instant Pot Chicken Tikka Masala is a party in your mouth, but is so simple to prepare! You can even assemble ahead and freeze as a freezer Instant Pot meal. Low carb, dairy-free and delish.

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Slow Cooker Lemon Garlic Chicken Thighs

Slow cooker lemon garlic chicken thighs are simmered in a buttery sauce that is great for spooning over rice and vegetables. Low carb and gluten-free. Assemble ahead and freeze as a freezer crockpot meal!

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Spicy Instant Pot Thai Chicken Curry

This Instant Pot Thai curry has a creamy, spicy and flavorful sauce, and comes together quickly for a weeknight dinner. Rich, fragrant, and exactly delicious.

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Chicken Caprese Pasta Bake

Chicken caprese pasta bake is an simple freezer-friendly meal that can be baked up fresh, or from frozen! A weeknight dinner that bakes up in 40 minutes, and whole family will enjoy!

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Cilantro Lime Chicken Crockpot Tacos

Cilantro lime chicken tacos are full of simple, bright flavors: cilantro, lime juice, garlic and a touch of honey! No sauteeing required (just 15 min prep!), and simple to meal prep.

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Make Ahead Lemon Chicken Sheet Pan Gnocchi

This lemon chicken baked gnocchi has brussels sprouts, broccoli and feta cheese for the ultimate sheet pan dinner! Works great for meal prep or an simple weeknight dinner.

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Pesto Chicken Pita Recipe

This simple pesto chicken pita recipe is classic and delicious. Roasted vegetables and chicken, tossed in pesto, and served in a pita pocket! A family favorite recipe that works great meal prep!

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Chicken Satay Salad

This chicken satay salad has fresh, crunchy vegetables and grilled chicken tossed in a spicy peanut-ginger sauce. An simple, fresh dinner.

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Maple Ginger Cashew Chicken Stir Fry (30 Minutes)

A simple cashew chicken stir fry packed with veggies, sprinkled with cashews, and tossed in a sticky maple ginger stir fry sauce. Works great for an simple weeknight dinner or for meal prep.

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Slow Cooker Chicken Korma with Sweet Potato

Slow cooker chicken korma with sweet potatoes is made with warm spices like garam masala, almonds and a creamy coconut milk. Kid-friendly and works great for meal prep.

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Lemon Pepper Air Fryer Chicken and Broccoli

Air fryer chicken and broccoli are tossed in a savory lemon pepper seasoning. Low carb, yet simple and flavorful, it cooks through in 10 minutes!

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The Best Dang Crock Pot Teriyaki Chicken

This crock pot teriyaki chicken recipe is seriously the BEST! With juicy chicken breasts simmered in a sticky sauce that is better than your favorite take out. Sprinkle with sesame seeds and enjoy!

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Instant Pot Honey Sesame Chicken Breast

Delicious meets simple with this Instant Pot honey sesame chicken breast. You will love the sticky honey sesame sauce that is great for drizzling over rice and vegetables! Ready in under 30 minutes and made with simple pantry spices.

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Barbecue Chicken Lettuce Wraps

5 simple ingredients and 15 minutes is all you need to make these barbecue chicken lettuce wraps! Light, full of flavor, and a genuine crowd pleaser.

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Freezer to Grill Fajita Chicken Skewers

Freezer to grill fajita chicken skewers that can be assembled ahead, frozen, and go straight on the grill when you’re alert to cook.  An simple, healthy, and seriously delicious meal prep dinner recipe!

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Meal Prep Chicken Fajitas (Sheet Pan)

Sheet pan chicken fajitas with tender and juicy chicken, bell peppers, and onions tossed in a delicious homemade fajita seasoning. Ideal for meal prep or for a simple weeknight dinner.

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Chili Lime Sweet Potato and Chicken Skillet

This Chili Lime Sweet Potato and Chicken Skillet recipe is a healthy one pan dinner recipe that works great for meal prep. GF, vegan- and paleo-friendly.

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Balsamic One Pan Chicken and Veggies

This balsamic one pan chicken and veggies has a ton of flavor from a tangy balsamic vinegar gravy, salty feta cheese and sweet pomegranates. Cooks up in one pan in just 30 minutes.

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Low Carb Indian Chicken Skillet

This low carb Indian chicken skillet has incredible flavor with spiced cauliflower rice, chicken thighs and green beans. Easy to prep ahead for grab and go lunches.

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Lemon Sesame Chicken Stir Fry

This lemon sesame chicken stir fry has bright citrus and soy flavors. It comes together in under 30 minutes, is loaded with veggies, and makes for an simple weeknight dinner or meal prep recipe.

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Balsamic Chicken Skillet with Tomatoes and Tarragon

Chicken, potatoes and veggies are cooked up in a delicious sauce flavored with balsamic vinegar and tarragon in this simple balsamic chicken skillet.  Don’t forget a large chunk of bread to sop up each last drop!

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