Quick & Easy Chicken Dinner Recipes

Find quick and easy chicken recipes for dinner, from the food and nutrition experts at EatingWell.

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Chicken & Spinach Skillet Pasta with Lemon & Parmesan

Rating: 3.74 stars
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This one-pan pasta that combines lean chicken breast and sautéed spinach for a one-bowl meal is garlicky, lemony and best served with a little Parm on top. I call it "Mom's Skillet Pasta" and she called it "Devon's Favorite Pasta." Either way it's a quick and easy weeknight dinner we created together and scribbled on a little recipe card more than a decade ago, and it remains in my weekly dinner rotation to this day. It's a simple dinner the whole family will love.

Chicken Cutlets with Sun-Dried Tomato Cream Sauce

Rating: 4.93 stars
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Though a chicken cutlet may be a chicken breast cut in half, this recipe shows how to make chicken cutlets with double the deliciousness. A jar of sun-dried tomatoes does double duty for this healthy dinner recipe. The flavorful oil they're packed in is used to sauté the chicken, and the tomatoes go into the cream sauce.

Creamy Chicken & Mushrooms

Rating: 4.53 stars
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Whether you scored wild mushrooms at the farmers' market, found cultivated maitake or shiitake at the supermarket or just have some baby bellas on hand, this healthy creamy chicken recipe is delicious with any of them. Serve over whole-wheat egg noodles or mashed potatoes.

20-Minute Creamy Lemon-Feta Skillet Chicken

Quick-cooking chicken cutlets are smothered in a creamy sauce accented by briny feta cheese, lemon and fresh herbs in this ultra-fast one-skillet dinner.
By Carolyn Casner

Quick King Ranch Chicken Casserole

Rating: 4.8 stars
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Usually made by layering creamy chicken and tortillas (lasagna-style), this classic Tex-Mex chicken casserole gets speedier for an easy weeknight dinner when we mix everything together in a skillet, then pop the whole pan under the broiler to make the cheese topping gooey.

Lemon Chicken Pasta

Rating: 5 stars
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In this easy lemon chicken pasta recipe, we love the combination of lemon zest and toasted breadcrumbs. This healthy dinner is made with rotisserie chicken, quick-cooking spiralized zucchini and baby zucchini, so you get a complete meal in just 10 minutes.

20-Minute Chicken Cutlets with Creamy Pesto Sauce

Rating: 5 stars
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Serve these quick chicken cutlets with creamy pesto sauce over your favorite pasta or zucchini noodles. This easy dinner recipe is sure to become a new family favorite.

Broccolini, Chicken Sausage & Orzo Skillet

Rating: 5 stars
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We love this quick skillet meal for busy evenings. The sausage and orzo simmer together in chicken broth, resulting in a creamy, risotto-like dish in under 30 minutes.

One-Pot Greek Pasta

Rating: 4.5 stars
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A little bit of Sunday meal prep goes a long way in this one-dish Mediterranean pasta recipe. The pasta is cooked ahead of time and stored in the fridge to use for meals all week, but any leftover cooked pasta you have on hand will do. Chicken sausage with feta is especially good in this recipe.

One-Skillet Creamy French Onion Chicken

This easy one-skillet dinner marries the rich and savory flavor of French onion soup with chicken cutlets in a creamy, satisfying sauce. Serve with a simple green salad with homemade croutons for crunch.
By Carolyn Casner

One-Pot Chicken Alfredo

Rating: 5 stars
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This better-for-you creamy, cheesy chicken fettuccine Alfredo isn't all that fancy, but it's incredibly comforting. You'll taste a nice pop of pepper and nutty notes from the whole-wheat pasta. Best part about this recipe? It's a one-pot meal, which means fewer dishes for you!

Sheet-Pan Balsamic-Parmesan Chicken & Vegetables

Rating: 5 stars
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This flavorful dish--with the combination of balsamic vinegar and Parmesan cheese--makes a great weeknight meal since it requires little legwork (and only one pan!). The marjoram adds a distinct earthy aroma. If you don't have marjoram in your spice arsenal, you can use dried oregano instead. Both have a woodsy flavor that complements the dish beautifully.
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Inspiration and Ideas

Chipotle Chicken Quinoa Burrito Bowl
Learn how to make this healthy burrito bowl with smoky chipotle peppers for a quick delicious weeknight meal.
Chicken Parmesan Sandwich
Who doesn't love this neighborhood-deli classic? We've added some spinach and done away with all the greasy breading to make it more healthy.

Chipotle Chicken Quinoa Burrito Bowl

Rating: 4.9 stars
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This chipotle-flavored burrito bowl recipe is even better than takeout and just as fast. Loading it with vegetables and using quinoa in place of rice adds nutrition for a healthy dinner.