65 Chicken Dinner Recipes Easy Enough For Weeknights

Winner, winner easy chicken dinners.

chicken parm pasta topped with everything bagel seasoning
Erik Bernstein

We’re all about chicken for dinner here at Delish. Chicken breasts, thighs (our favorite cut), or even a whole bird all have a spot on our kitchen table. Unfortunately, that can mean falling into a dinner rut much too easily for our liking. If you’re like us, and just can’t bear to make you (or your family’s) old standbys for the umpteenth time, we’ve got you. Get inspired with our list of 65 chicken dinner recipes — you’ll be sure to find a new weeknight favorite.

We bet you’ve got a classic like chicken Parmesan in your rotation already, so let’s switch it up. We’ve included some fun spins on it here, like chicken parm pasta (with everything bagel seasoning) and mozzarella-stuffed chicken parm. We’ve even got chicken parm meatballs stuffed in a sub sandwich — great for eating outdoors or when you’ve got to do dinner on the go. And Parmesan isn’t just for tomato sauce! We love it just as much in a garlicky, lemon cream sauce, like in our lemon asparagus chicken pasta or paired with breadcrumbs, like in our Parmesan chicken cutlets. And don’t even get us started on alfredo sauce. We’ve included our favorite recipe for chicken alfredo, and a few new ones too. Our fave? Chicken tikka alfredo. Somehow the parmesan + curry works!

While pork and beef sometimes get all the love when it comes to south-of-the-border food, we love using leaner white meat for healthy Mexican-inspired weeknight meals. Chicken pairs SO well with cheese, avocado, and spices, in everything from flautas (pretty much taquitos + chimichangas, if you’re unfamiliar) to quesadillas. Grab a pack of tortillas (or make your own!), and you’ll have myriad different options for how to serve your chicken.

Want even more chicken inspiration? Try our stuffed or baked chicken recipes too.

creamy chicken gnocchi
Erik Bernstein
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One-Pan Creamy Chicken & Gnocchi

When everything cooks together everyone wins.

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chicken flautas topped with guacamole, sour cream drizzle, and pico de gallo
PHOTO: JOEL GOLDBERG; FOOD STYLING: LENA ABRAHAM
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Chicken Flautas

Made with shredded chicken wrapped in flour tortillas and then pan-fried, flautas are somewhere between taquitos and chimichangas. They're also super versatile — you can use rotisserie chicken, cheddar, and queso blanco like we have here, or change it up with what you prefer or have at home.

Get the Chicken Flautas recipe.

chicken parmesan pasta topped with everything bagel seasoning
PHOTO: ERIK BERNSTEIN; FOOD STYLING: MAKINZE GORE
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Chicken Parmesan Pasta

The salty goodness of crisped pork belly transfers over to the leaner white meat. Toasting our panko in that same pan leads to an even more flavorful bread-crumb topping, complete with a slightly spicy, Italian-seasoned everything bagel spice addition.

Get the Chicken Parmesan Pasta recipe.

chicken quesadilla
Ethan Calabrese
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Chicken Quesadilla

You don't really need a recipe to make this insanely popular Mexican dish. Top a tortilla with cheese (and whatever else you've got), then fold it in half and cook until the tortilla is crispy and the cheese is melty. But if you're looking for some guidance, especially in cooking up some quick and easy chicken to stuff inside, this recipe won't let you down.

Get the Chicken Quesadilla recipe.

chicken alfredo vertical
Ethan Calabrese
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One Pot Chicken Alfredo

Oh, chicken alfredo: It's the classic pasta we just can't seem to get enough of. Of course there are tons of jarred pasta sauces you can buy, but making alfredo sauce from scratch is actually so easy.

Get the One Pot Chicken Alfredo recipe.

creamy tuscan chicken   delishcom
Emily Hlavac Green
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Creamy Tuscan Chicken

Be sure to have some crusty bread on hand, because this sauce is KILLER.

Get the Creamy Tuscan Chicken recipe.

chicken tikka alfredo topped with cilantro in a black bowl
PHOTO: ERIK BERNSTEIN; FOOD STYLING: BARRETT WASHBURNE
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Chicken Tikka Alfredo

This recipe marries two of our favorite creamy comfort foods, spicy Chicken Tikka Masala and rich, garlicky Fettuccine Alfredo. Weirdly enough, Parmesan and curry are a pretty unbelievable pairing!

Get the Chicken Tikka Alfredo recipe.

lemon asparagus chicken pasta
ANDREW BUI
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Lemon Asparagus Chicken Pasta

The Parmesan sauce on this pasta makes us come back to this dish again and again. We love using asparagus in spring, then changing it up to zucchini, Brussels, or broccoli in other seasons.

Get the Lemon Asparagus Chicken Pasta recipe.

chicken primavera spaghetti squash halves on a red plate
PARKER FEIERBACH
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Chicken Primavera Spaghetti Squash Boats

Spaghetti squash turns one of favorite pasta dishes into a gluten-free, low-carb treat! It's the perfect dinner to keep things fresh. Don't have a spaghetti squash? Try our Primavera Stuffed Chicken!

Get the Chicken Primavera Spaghetti Squash Boats recipe.

chicken fajitas
Parker Feierbach
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Chicken Fajitas

We can thank the cuisine of Tex-Mex for the classic fajita. Minimal prep and minimal cook time means these can be on your dining room table FAST. Fiesta time!

Get the Chicken Fajitas recipe.

lemon parmesan chicken
Parker Feierbach
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Creamy Lemon Parmesan Chicken

When it comes to weeknight dinners, this is what we dream of. It's simple, creamy, and so dang satisfying.

Get the Creamy Lemon Parmesan Chicken recipe.

taquitos   delishcom
Parker Feierbach
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Spicy Chicken Taquitos

You don't need an excuse to have a party to make taquitos. They make a great anytime meal and bring the party themselves. The avocado cream sauce, though, is a non-negotiable.

Get the Spicy Chicken Taquitos recipe.

white chicken chili
Ethan Calabrese
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White Chicken Chili

When we're craving something hearty and healthy, this chicken chili immediately jumps to mind. The white beans make it heartier than your average chicken noodle soup, the green chilis and jalapeño add just the right amount of spice, and a dollop of sour cream adds a tangy creaminess that keeps you coming back for more.

Get the White Chicken Chili recipe.

air fryer chicken breast
Parker Feierbach
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Air Fryer Chicken Breast

Tender, crispy, and made without a drop of oil. MAGIC.

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chicken fried rice   delishcom
Parker Feierbach
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Chicken Fried Rice

This dish started as way to use leftover fried rice that has dried out some and may not be great on its own, but is still perfectly edible. The addition of oil and soy sauce and veggies and meat spruce up the rice for a delicious meal.

Get the Chicken Fried Rice recipe.

air fryer chicken thighs
Parker Feierbach
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Air Fryer Chicken Thighs

Turns out the absolute best way to achieve the crispiest skin on chicken thighs is using your air fryer! The quick cook time achieves the crispiest, juiciest chicken that we devoured in mere minutes. The marinade doubles as a sticky glaze that is *just* spicy enough.

Get the Air Fryer Chicken Thighs recipe.

mozzarella stuffed chicken
Park Feierbach
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Mozzarella Stuffed Chicken Parm

How do you improve upon the *perfection* that is classic chicken parm? Stuff it with even MORE cheese! It might sound overly indulgent, but trust us when we say that it's juuust right.

Get the Mozzarella Stuffed Chicken Parm recipe.

crock pot posole
Ethan Calabrese
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Posole

Make no mistake: this slow cooker version isn't authentic, but it is quick, easy, flavorful, and filling. Mix and match your favorite toppings and feel free to sub in your favorite protein — pork, beef, or turkey would all be delicious. Just be sure to adjust your cook time accordingly. If you're looking for something more classic, check out our Best-Ever Red Pozole.

Get the Posole recipe.

parmesan chicken cutlets   delishcom
Parker Feierbach
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Parmesan Chicken Cutlets

When we want an extra-crispy coating, we almost always go for panko breadcrumbs. Here, we mix them with some Parmesan, lemon zest, and a pinch of cayenne for extra flavor.

Get the Parmesan Chicken Cutlets recipe.

olive garden chicken gnocchi soup
Erik Bernstein
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Copycat Olive Garden Chicken Gnocchi Soup

As far as chowders go, clam and corn tend to get all the love. But over at the Olive Garden, they’ve highlighted the almighty chicken chowder in a beautiful way–by adding tons of vegetables and fluffy, chewy gnocchi.

Get the Copycat Olive Garden Chicken Gnocchi Soup recipe.

lemon pepper chicken
Ethan Calabrese
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Lemon Pepper Chicken

This recipe starts on the stovetop for a perfect golden sear then finishes in the oven for the juiciest, most flavorful results. If you don't want to turn on your oven, you can do everything over the stovetop too!

Get the Lemon Pepper Chicken recipe.

chicken curry vertical
Ethan Calabrese
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Easy Chicken Curry

Making Indian at home doesn't have to be intimidating. This one's primarily comprised of ingredients you probably already have on hand: chicken, onions, garlic, pantry spices, heavy cream, and canned tomatoes.

Get the Easy Chicken Curry recipe.

chicken and rice casserole  delishcom
Ethan Calabrese
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Easy Chicken and Rice Casserole

There is literally only one dirty dish to clean with this recipe. If you'd rather sub in chicken breasts, you totally can — we just love thighs for their flavor and crispy skin.

Get the Easy Chicken and Rice Casserole recipe.

air fryer fried chicken   delishcom
Parker Feierbach
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Air Fryer Fried Chicken

Imagine the best fried chicken you've ever had. Now imagine if it wasn't even fried! The air fryer works some kind of magic on the chicken, and it crisps up into perfectly crunchy chicken as if it had been deep-fried.

Get the Air Fryer Fried Chicken recipe.

cheesy chicken broccoli bake
Ethan Calabrese
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Cheesy Chicken Broccoli Bake

We can't get enough of this cheesy one-pan rice bake stuffed with chicken, broccoli, and cheddar. We're talkin' weeknight dinner GOLD.

Get the Cheesy Chicken Broccoli Bake recipe.

french onion meatballs
Parker Feierbach
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French Onion Chicken Meatballs

We think everything can be improved by adding meatballs to it. Even French onion soup. It turns an appetizer soup into a full meal, and don't worry, we added even more cheese to it 😉.

Get the French Onion Chicken Meatballs recipe.

basil balsamic chicken
Park Feierbach
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Balsamic Basil Chicken

After marinating the chicken, everything — including the veggie side! — comes together in one pan in less than 30 minutes. Call it another skillet chicken dinner win!

Get the Balsamic Basil Chicken recipe.

crockpot chicken and dumplings
ETHAN CALABRESE
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Crock-Pot Chicken and Dumplings

First you cook the chicken mixture, and then for the last hour you cook the biscuits. The heat in the slow cooker will help the biscuits rise and "bake". They'll need a while in the slow cooker though—about an hour to be fully cooked through.

Get the Crock-Pot Chicken and Dumplings recipe.

chicken stroganoff
Parker Feierbach
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Chicken Stroganoff

This dish is a bit lighter than the original beef stroganoff, but just as flavorful!

Get the Chicken Stroganoff recipe.

jerk chicken  delishcom
Ethan Calabrese
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Jerk Chicken

No time to make it to the Caribbean? We've got you covered.

Get the Jerk Chicken recipe.

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