30-Minute (or Less) Chicken Dinner Recipes Perfect for Busy Weeknights
Serve an inspired weeknight dinner that comes together fast using our quick chicken recipes. We're sharing favorites—salad, soup, pasta, and more, that come together rapidly but taste top notch. Who needs takeout when you've got these fast, flavorful recipes to add to your repertoire? They're sure to become your new go-tos when you want to make chicken for dinner, and in no time at all.
Whether you prefer chicken breasts, cutlets, or chicken thighs, we have the fast recipes you need. Try making a delicious Chicken-Teriyaki Noodle Bowl with chicken cutlets. A simple mixture of soy sauce, rice vinegar, brown sugar, and vegetable oil does double duty as a marinade for the chicken and a sauce for udon noodles and vegetables. An any night chicken sandwich gets Thai flavor in this grilled-chicken baguette recipe; using a hearty, crusty baguette for the base instead of sandwich bread provides a sturdy base for colorful, flavorful ingredients including Masaman-curry paste and sweet creamy mango. We also suggest trying our Green-Chile Chicken Burgers—they just so happen to be one of our all-time favorite ways to use ground chicken. On a night when time is extra, extra tight, we recommend an easy and elegant dinner with quick-cooking chicken cutlets served with arugula, lemon wedges, and long curls of Parmigiano-Reggiano—it's a restaurant-level dinner that comes together so fast.
Go ahead and set your timer for 30 minutes, then let the family know that a delicious, quick chicken dinner will be on the table soon.
Oat-Crusted Chicken Cutlets
Chicken with Mushrooms
Chicken-Teriyaki Noodle Bowls
Thai Grilled-Chicken Baguettes
Spring Chicken Niçoise
Lemon-Ginger Chicken and Green Beans
Greek-Chicken One-Pan Pasta
Green-Chile Chicken Burgers
Chicken Scallopine with Arugula and Lemon
Seared-Chicken Salad with Green Beans, Almonds, and Dried Cherries
To make this fast dinner even easier, prep the crispy chicken, green beans, and dressing up to a day in advance and refrigerate. Then assemble the salad just before serving.
Vinegar-Glazed Chicken with Creamed Corn
Chicken thighs are one of the test kitchen's favorite cuts of chicken. They're versatile, economical, and have plenty of flavor. Here we pair them with a richly-flavored vinegar glaze and creamed corn made with frozen (or fresh!) kernels, cream cheese, and milk. It's an indulgent side that the whole family will want to scoop up.
Mediterranean Chopped-Chicken Pita
A colorful, quick entrée made with boneless chicken breasts, creamy, good-for-you hummus, and feta, plus a rainbow of tomatoes, radicchio, and scallions.
Chicken Puttanesca with Orzo
Lemony-Pesto Chicken Soup
There's nothing as comforting as chicken soup and this fast recipe delivers. Use leftover roast chicken or a store-bought rotisserie bird with store-bought stock and pesto for a 20-minute bowl.