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 32
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 68
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.

One-Skillet Bourbon Chicken

Rating: 4.5 stars 2
Coating the chicken in cornstarch might seem like an extra step, but the reward is twofold: it gives the chicken a crispy exterior and also thickens the sauce. Legend has it that bourbon chicken was originally named after Bourbon Street in New Orleans; it can often be found on menus at Chinese American restaurants.
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By Liv Dansky

Quick King Ranch Chicken Casserole

Rating: 4.8 stars 7
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.

20-Minute Chicken Cutlets with Creamy Pesto Sauce

Rating: 5 stars 11
Serve these creamy pesto chicken cutlets over your favorite pasta or zucchini noodles. This easy dinner recipe is sure to become a new family favorite.

Creamy Skillet Chicken with Spinach & Mushrooms

Chicken cutlets are topped with a spinach-mushroom cream sauce for a flavorful yet healthy dinner. Serve over pasta or grains to soak up the sauce.
By Carolyn Casner

Chicken & White Bean Soup

Rating: 4.41 stars 16
Once again, rotisserie chickens can really relieve the dinner-rush pressure-especially in this Italian-inspired soup that cries out for a piece of crusty bread and a glass of red wine.

Baked Lemon-Pepper Chicken

Rating: 3.4 stars 6
Looking for a quick, easy dinner? This baked lemon-pepper chicken recipe is it. Chicken breasts are cooked in a skillet, then finished in the oven with lemon slices that soften and become part of the sauce, with a touch of maple syrup and butter to carry the flavor. It's so simple and delicious, you'll be making this healthy dinner again and again.

Creamy Chicken & Mushrooms

Rating: 4.53 stars 18
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.

Sicilian Olive Chicken

Rating: 4 stars 6
This saucy one-skillet chicken dish is full of tomatoes, spinach, olives and capers. Try Kalamata olives in place of the green Sicilians or a combination of both. Serve over whole-wheat egg noodles with a mixed green salad on the side.

Adobo Chicken & Kale Enchiladas

Rating: 4.89 stars 10
Put out your favorite toppings for these quick and healthy layered enchiladas. We like cilantro, sour cream, guacamole and jalapeños.

Chipotle Chicken Quinoa Burrito Bowl

Rating: 4.9 stars 33
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.
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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.
Chicken & Vegetable Penne with Parsley-Walnut Pesto
Rating: 4 stars
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Homemade pesto may seem daunting, but in this quick pasta recipe you can make a simple sauce in minutes while the pasta water comes to a boil. You can substitute frozen green beans and cauliflower for fresh; in Step 4, cook the frozen vegetables according to package directions before tossing with the pasta and pesto.