Stumped for Dinner? 7 Easy (and Healthy) Chicken Recipes You Can Make Tonight!
Wondering what to make for dinner, or don’t have the time to put together a fancy three-course meal? Think chicken. Chicken is a lean protein that cooks quickly, making it the perfect base for busy weeknight meals. Plus, it’s extremely versatile and goes with every type of cuisine, from Asian to Greek. You’ll find that chicken pairs well with a multitude of ingredients as well, from crisp iceberg lettuce to sticky barbecue sauce. And finally, this wonderful protein comes in a number of cuts—boneless skinless breasts, skin-on bone-in thighs, flattened, and spatchcocked, to name a few—so whether you’re serving just yourself or a group of friends for book club, you can get the chicken that’s just right. To help you win at dinner, here are seven healthy, fast, and delicious dishes you can whip up now.
One of the most wonderful things about cooking is that food can transport you to a different place. Why not travel to Spain on a random Wednesday night? With this recipe, you’ll do just that. Succulent chicken and spicy chorizo are cooked with chickpeas in a red wine sauce. Serve with crusty bread, a good Rioja, and flamenco guitar playing in the background.
When you’re really in a hurry, take some help from the grocery store and use prepared ingredients to put together a meal in minutes. This recipe for barbecued chicken pizza does just that. Pick up a loaf of French bread, a rotisserie chicken, your favorite barbecue sauce, and a ball of smoked mozzarella. If you’re not a fan of cilantro, top the finished pizza with fresh parsley or chopped green onions instead.
Although roast chicken takes a little longer to cook than chicken cutlets, this recipe is effortless because all you do is toss everything into a pan and put it in the oven. While the chicken bakes—and fills your house with a delicious aroma—you are free to fold the laundry, answer emails, or catch up on How to Get Away With Murder.
The chicken in this Sichuan-style rice noodle dish is poached in a fragrant bath of aromatics like ginger, soy sauce, and star anise. However, if you’re pressed for time, head to the prepared section of your local grocery store and purchase the pre-cooked chicken that’s seasoned with similar flavors. Shred it and serve alongside noodles and kale.
Kids love meatballs, and if you have to feed a bunch of hungry children, whip up a large batch of these Greek chicken meatballs. Have the kids help by adding the dry ingredients and mixing the ground meat and spices with their hands. Let everyone make their own mini meatballs and cook them up as a test batch to make sure the mixture is well-seasoned. Then have the kiddos roll out the rest of the mixture into regular-sized meatballs.
This hearty mushroom, chicken, and quinoa skillet comes together in 30 minutes and is packed with well-balanced amounts of protein, vegetables, and grains. If you’re not into fungi, substitute any other earthy vegetable. Kale, onions, fennel, sweet potatoes, and even chickpeas would be downright delicious.
What is your favorite fast-and-easy chicken dinner?