18 Quick & Easy Chicken Dinner Recipes for Weeknights


While I’m a fan of slow, quiet Sundays babysitting a simmering pot, Monday (and Tuesday and Wednesday, well, you get it) nights are another story. Between work and life in general, I’m often not thinking about dinner until 7 p.m., and there’s no time to waste—it’s a Chopped-style countdown until food is in my belly.

Enter chicken: It’s affordable, versatile, a speedy supper ready to ‘wing’ anything. Nearly ten times out of ten, I turn to a quick chicken cutlet or a hands-free sheet-pan number for a last-minute dinner. In short, chicken is a weeknight winner. And to prove it, I’ve gathered 18 lightning-quick chicken recipes from our site to prep and cook in 30 minutes (or less!). Check them out below:

Thanks to a handy-dandy broiler, this 25-minute masterpiece has all the charm of your standard parm—crispy crust, jammy sauce, bubbly cheese.

In her latest cookbook, Solo, Anita Lo’s chicken dinner for one makes use of day-old bread and celebrates broccoli—all in less than 30 minutes.

Add a pop of brightness to your week with a lemony, buttery sauced chicken. And if you want to eat it all week long, here’s a helpful guide.

This simple Szechuan chicken already stole 2000 hearts. Pro tip: Pair with a cold cucumber salad and steamed rice (of course).

This 20-minute chicken cutlet can stand up to even the best schnitzel. We promise.

In her book Favorite Recipes from Melissa Clark’s Kitchen, Clark (with the aid of a sheet pan) transforms kitchen staples of chicken, apples, and coriander into a satisfying dinner in just 20 (yep!) minutes.

A fast crowd-pleaser for any night of the week. Bonus: It reheats beautifully for lunch.

While braving a whole new world of Whole30, Food Writer & Recipe Developer Ella Quittner discovered this saucy, flavorful, and fresh way to make a chicken dinner.

Inspired by the Chinese takeout staple, this recipe come together even faster than ordering on Seamless.

Of course, frying fingers is the fastest way to make this recipe—but Merrill Stubbs has a smartypants (and speedy!) way to bake them in just 20 minutes, too.

Ok, so this might take a little longer than 30 minutes—but just barely! The secret to a fully roasted chicken in such a short time? Spatchcocking and a screaming hot sheet pan.

A fast and flavorful chicken curry that comes together in less time than it would take for your favorite Indian takeout to be delivered.

Another homemade version of a takeout favorite—orange chicken. Chicken breasts take a quick dip in an enticing marinade, then get shallow-fried and tossed in sweet, sticky citrus-infused sauce. Panda Express, who?

The “cheat” here is swapping a mustardy-mayo marinade that allows you to skip the usual dredging process. While it technically marinates for more than 30 minutes, the actual cooking takes just 15, and with fewer dirty dishes to wash after.

This mash-up of potato latkes and chicken cutlets is quick, comforting, and ideal on a cold winter night served alongside applesauce and sour cream.

The magic in this dish is getting deeply flavorful chicken in just half an hour, no marinade needed. Make a big container of this spice blend and sprinkle it on proteins throughout the week for a shortcut to delicious dinners.

Crispy chicken thighs are paired with marinated artichoke hearts and pearl couscous to soak up all their juices. The whole dish gets finished with a crispy panko topping for a symphony of flavors and textures.

An Instant Pot instant classic. The ideal appliance for weeknights, the pressure cooker setting does double-duty steaming rice and cooking chicken thighs in an intensely-spiced curry. Finish with heavy cream, butter, and cilantro, mix it all together, and feast in under thirty minutes.

What’s your favorite, fastest way to eat chicken? Dish in the comments section below!

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