Ever find yourself in a dinner rut, especially on those busy weeknights? You’re not alone. We’ve rounded up some chicken dinner ideas that promise to be on your table in 30 minutes or less. These recipes are here to rescue your evening routine, combining convenience with the kind of flavor that makes everyone happy to be home for dinner.
Chinese Chicken Zoodles
In just 15 minutes, these Chinese chicken zoodles can be your new favorite dinner. They’re quick, easy, and packed with all those takeout flavors you love, but healthier. Perfect for when you want something tasty, without the wait.
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Honey Mustard Chicken and Brussels Sprouts Salad
This chicken and Brussels sprouts salad is a fresh mix of seasonal favorites, all brought together with an easy honey mustard dressing. It’s a delightful blend of flavors that’s sure to brighten up your mealtime.
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Air Fryer Chicken Leg Quarters
Imagine crispy, juicy chicken leg quarters in less than 25 minutes. Yep, that’s what this air fryer recipe delivers. Super easy and super tasty, it’s just the thing for those “what’s for dinner?” nights.
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Creamy Turmeric Chicken with Chickpeas
Here’s a flavor-packed dinner that’s both easy and quick. Creamy turmeric chicken with chickpeas, all in one skillet and ready in under 30 minutes. Just spoon it over rice, add a sprinkle of cilantro, and you’ve got yourself a weeknight winner.
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Thai Basil Cashew Chicken Skillet
Craving Thai? Whip up this cashew chicken skillet. It’s all about fresh basil flavors and a quick savory-sweet sauce, all in one pan. Perfect for those hectic weeknights, especially when you plop it over some hot rice.
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Got 30 minutes? That’s all you need for this gochujang chicken. It’s a spicy-sweet wonder, perfect for when you’re too busy to fuss but still want something awesome. Serve it over rice and voilà – a killer meal without the takeout wait.
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Sticky Thai Chicken
Need something fast and flavorful? These sticky Thai chicken thighs are a 30-minute wonder, loaded with delicious Thai flavors. It’s your takeout alternative that’s quick, easy, and totally hits the spot.
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Sweet & Spicy Indian Chicken
This sweet and spicy Indian chicken is a game-changer. Marinated in yogurt and spices, with a maple syrup glaze, it’s outrageously good and will quickly become your new go-to for chicken dinner.
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Cheesy Chicken Stuffed Poblano Peppers
Shake up dinner with these chicken stuffed poblano peppers. They’re a mouthwatering mix of melted cheese, black beans, and spices. A gluten-free and low-carb option that’s all about comfort and flavor.
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Honey Orange Sesame Chicken
Skip the takeout and go for this honey orange sesame chicken. It’s quick, healthier, and that sticky sweet sauce is everything you’re craving. Perfect for those nights when you want something good but don’t want to wait.
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Cream Cheese Chicken
Bored of the same old dinners? Try this cream cheese chicken. It’s a 30-minute miracle with a mix of spices that’s just irresistible. Perfect for cozying up after a long day, and way faster than waiting for delivery.
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Sheet Pan Maple Mustard Chicken
Check out this sheet pan maple mustard chicken for a no-fuss dinner. Chicken, veggies, and a killer sauce all bake together on one pan. Simple, delicious, and almost no cleanup – it’s a weeknight dream.
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Garlic Chicken Bite Skillet
This garlic chicken bite skillet is your 20-minute savior on busy evenings. A simple mix of chicken, veggies, and herbs, all in one pan. It’s quick, it’s easy, and it’ll have everyone asking for more.
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Air Fryer Frozen Chicken Breasts
Forgot to thaw the chicken? No problem. Pop those frozen breasts in the air fryer and get ready for a surprise – tender, juicy chicken in less than 30 minutes. It’s the busy night dinner hack you’ve been waiting for.
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Indian Chicken Burgers
Give your grill a new best friend with these Indian chicken burgers. Topped with a refreshing yogurt cucumber slaw, they’re a fantastic alternative to beef and are bursting with moist, flavorful goodness.
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Gina Matsoukas is an AP syndicated writer. She is the founder, photographer and recipe developer of Running to the Kitchen — a food website focused on providing healthy, wholesome recipes using fresh and seasonal ingredients. Her work has been featured in numerous media outlets both digital and print, including MSN, Huffington post, Buzzfeed, Women’s Health and Food Network.