There are just two words in the English language you likely want to hear after a long day and an empty stomach: easy recipes! Add some chicken to that, and you’ve got a perfect night ahead of you. Most cuts of chicken — breasts, thighs, bone-in, boneless, skin-on, and skinless — when done right come out of the oven or off of the stovetop tender, juicy, and delicious. All you need to do is decide what flavors you’re in the mood for.
Easy Chicken Barbecue & Grilling Recipes
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cken wings and drumsticks in a nice marinade or sweet & spicy barbecue glaze is the key to grilling up a variety of easy chicken recipes for dinner that you can use over and over. Keep it as simple as a garlic & olive oil base or go all out and skewer some cubed chicken breast, red onion, green & red peppers, and mushrooms. Then place on the grill. Craving a little kick? Let your chicken soak in a homemade or store-bought barbecue sauce with heat. Or simply slide some jalapeños onto your chicken skewers and toss onto a hot barbecue.
Easy Chicken Soup & Stew Recipes
Most of your fast, comfort-food eats will be along the lines of a hearty stew or basic chicken soup recipe. What is something that’s easy to make and you’ll never grow tired of? Fill your Crockpot with ingredients from a basic chicken noodle soup recipe and you can tend to your busy schedule while dinner cooks on its own. Crockpot meals taste supreme when they can simmer for a few hours, but the work on your end is still a snap. Coconut chicken and lentils is one of those healthy and addictive, easy-to make dishes that you will crave over and over.
Easy Chicken Salad Recipes
If you’re looking for a quick and easy recipe with chicken, then a basic chicken salad recipe is the way to go. Especially if you create a base consisting of lettuce, tomato, and pieces of grilled or crispy chicken and let everyone pick a different dressing and ingredients. Then, voila! Everyone has his or her own unique main course or side dish.
Easy Crispy Chicken
Crispy saltine chicken is a family favorite. But frying can be messy, which adds to your prep and cleanup time. So instead of spattering the stove with oil, make perfectly crispy, crunchy skin-on chicken breasts. Not only will it taste just as good as authentic fried chicken, but it’s so much better for your hips and health. Add a few extra fillets to this easy weeknight meal so you can indulge in baked crispy chicken salad or sandwich leftovers tomorrow night.
Before you do anything, set the oven temperature to 425 degrees F and lightly grease your baking pan. Combine saltine crackers, seasoned salt, butter, and garlic powder in a bowl. Coat each skin-on (or skinless) fillet in the saltine cracker mix — applying pressure, so the mixture sticks to the chicken. Then bake. Depending on whether you’re making skin-on or skinless crispy chicken, and the thickness of your fillets, it could take up to 45 minutes or so to cook through. At the half-hour mark, check the internal temperature with a meat thermometer. Once it hits 165 degrees F, serve and enjoy! Crispy chicken pairs perfectly with a fresh garden salad, mashed potatoes, a baked potato, or corn on the cob.
Easy Savory Chicken
Sometimes a savory baked chicken meal hits the spot. But is there such a thing as an easy chicken recipe that’s also creamy and mouthwatering? You bet there is. Baked sour cream chicken breast or boneless chicken thighs have a bit of a bite but still, have that comfort food feel. The best part is that you probably have most of these ingredients in the pantry. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F and give your baking pan a very light spritz with cooking spray. In a medium bowl, combine sour cream, garlic powder, seasoned salt, fresh ground black pepper, and freshly grated Parmesan cheese. Add as much red pepper flakes as your spicy heart desires. Place your fillets on a baking sheet and be sure not to overcrowd them. Spread the seasoned sour cream on the chicken and then add a pinch of extra Parm before popping in the oven. Cook time is about 25 minutes. Look for golden brown edges and the inside temperature should be 165 degrees F. There's just one quick step before chow time: Up the oven temp to broil and place your baking dish under the fire for a quick two- to three-minute browning session. Serve right away over a heaping of sour-creamy egg noodles.
Easy Sweet and Sour Chicken
One of America’s favorite seasonings is garlic. So this glazed garlic chicken dish is sure to be a hit. Plus, it takes barely 15 minutes to prepare and less than 10 minutes of cooking time. When your chicken is finished cooking, you’ll have a savory and sweet honey-garlic sauce to pour over rice, noodles, or greens, or to sop up with some crusty Italian bread. Combine these five ingredients in a medium bowl: kosher salt, honey, soy sauce, minced garlic, and red pepper flakes. If you’re heat-averse, skip the flakes and use ordinary fresh ground black pepper. In a medium-high heated stove top skillet, with just a couple teaspoons of olive oil or canola oil, add cubed chicken pieces and allow to brown on one side for three or four minutes. After coating the boneless skinless chicken breasts or thighs with the honey garlic mixture, toss and brown the other side for three to four minutes. Serve over white, brown, or vinegar rice.