40+ Easy Chicken Dinners That Aren’t Boring or Bland

Easy chicken dinners are perfect for those busy weeknights when you’re struggling to keep up eating healthy AND get dinner on the table. These easy chicken dinners are simple and healthy but, most importantly, are also delicious and flavorful. 

Easy Chicken Dinners | Easy chicken recipes are perfect for those busy weeknights when you’re struggling to keep up eating healthy AND get dinner on the table. These easy chicken dinners are simple and healthy but, most importantly, are also delicious and flavorful. | A Sweet Pea Chef

I know fixing something tasty and healthy for dinner can be a struggle. Especially during busy weeknights when you don’t have a lot of time to cook meals that your whole family will enjoy. So you go to your trusty recipes and you make the same meal every night. Or every other night. I know I used to do this when I was in a hurry and I didn’t have time to find alternatives. But that can get a little bit boring. Am I right?

I know this struggle way too well.

When I come across it, I always turn to chicken recipes because, let’s face it, you cannot go wrong with chicken. It’s one of the easiest and healthiest options for busy weeknights. Chicken is a great source of protein and, overall, is very good for you. There are numerous health benefits of chicken and I’m pretty sure you know them all. However, chicken dishes can be boring. And, when you want to eat healthy, chicken can become really, really boring.

It doesn’t have to be boring or bland, though. Chicken is so versatile, and there are many ways to prep it without getting tired of it.

Skillet with two seasoned chicken breasts.

That’s why I decided to make this list of easy chicken dinners for you. There’s something for everyone here. From crockpot chicken recipes to baked chicken, pizza (yes, healthy pizza!), soups, wraps, and more. TONS of dinner ideas for you in one place.  All these chicken recipes are not boring or bland so you can have a tasty chicken dinner AND eat healthy with your family!

You can try them all or just the ones that speak to you. One thing is for sure though – your busy nights will taste delicious with these easy chicken recipes.

TOOLSET FOR EASY CHICKEN RECIPES

Chicken is my go-to dinner whenever I want something quick and yummy. However, this was not always the case. I used to resort to the same bland chicken recipes that are healthy but not very good. Or very tasty. Or full of flavors.

Well, that’s an old story.

Once you discover how creative you can be with chicken recipes, you learn that chicken doesn’t have to be this dry protein that is good for you but not delicious enough.

Honey Mustard Chicken Marinade | Spice up boring chicken! | A Sweet Pea Chef

Before starting to discuss all the chicken dinner recipes that I gathered here for you, let’s talk about the tools that helped me to develop so many easy chicken meals.

  • A deep pan or a deep skillet. It doesn’t matter how you call it but it’s super important to have one because it will make cooking easier. I use mine for so many different recipes. It’s very useful when you make those easy one-pan meals. However, a large skillet can work too.
  • Casserole baking dishes are amazing for baked chicken dishes or any easy baked dishes really.
  • Speaking of easy meals, slow cooker meals are some of the easiest meals you can prep. So make sure you have a crock pot, an instant pot or a stock pot. Cooking chicken in a crock pot is a game changer. There is no such thing as dry or bland chicken if you use a crock pot. And you can throw everything in a crock pot (side included) and get a meal ready without too much hassle. Easy, right?
  • And since easy is the word of the day, make sure you get your baking sheet ready because baked chicken dinners are some of the easiest and healthiest chicken dinners you can make.
  • Mixing bowls – you need them to prep meals. And if they are dishwasher, refrigerator, and freezer safe they make your job so much easier.
  • Now that I mentioned meal prepping, I have to discuss meal prep containers They are amazing for make-ahead meals. You can also use quart-sized freezer bags, gallon freezer bags or Ziploc bags.
  • And, since we switched to more general kitchen tools and appliances, make sure your sharp knife, saucepan, digital thermometer, food processor or blender are ready to be used because we’re about to make some delicious easy chicken dishes together.

7 Best Chicken Marinades | With these 7 best chicken marinades, you’ll have all sorts of flavor and variety to spice up that boring chicken dinner! | A Sweet Pea Chef

5 BONUS TIPS FOR MAKING CHICKEN MEALS EXTRA DELICIOUS

Chicken dishes often need a little extra something to make them as delicious as they can be. Extra something doesn’t mean a lot of effort or a complicated recipe. Sometimes, it only means adding extra spices, fresh herbs or anything that can brighten up the flavors of poultry.

I’ve gathered my favorite tips that will help you to bring your chicken dinner recipes to the next level.

  • Make marinades – marinating chicken is a great way to make your chicken taste amazing. The more you marinate it, the better. If you don’t have a lot of time, you can marinate the chicken for a couple of hours. However, I highly recommend marinating the chicken overnight. It will make a big difference. Also, make sure you store the chicken in the fridge while it’s marinating. To keep your marinade healthy, choose freshly made fruit marinade instead of oil-based marinades.
  • Season with different spices – don’t be afraid to experiment with different spices and herbs. Sure, use your favorites but every now and then try something new to keep things interesting. Think new fresh herbs, new spices, lemon zest, and even vinegar.
  • Use fresh ingredients – you might be tempted to buy a mix of chicken spices and use them when you’re making chicken recipes but, instead of doing that, you should make your own mix of spices. Italian dishes taste way better with fresh minced garlic, for example. You can also use fresh basil instead of dried basil. For Indian dishes, you can make a chicken marinade with bay leaves, turmeric, coriander, and cardamom instead of buying an Indian spices mix.
  • Don’t remove the chicken skin – when you cook a whole chicken, don’t remove the skin even if you don’t plan to eat it. Chicken skin will maintain the juices and flavors of the meat while cooking. You can remove the skin after cooking if you want.
  • Don’t overcook chicken – this is so important. Overcooked chicken means dry chicken that doesn’t taste very good. Use a digital thermometer to test the temperature of the chicken. Chicken breast is cooked when the internal temperature is 170 degrees while a whole chicken should reach 180 degrees. You can also pierce the chicken to test it. If the juices run clean, chicken is ready. If the juices are not clean, allow the chicken to cook for a few more minutes.

Chicken Teriyaki Rice Bowl | Day 7 of our free Spring Into Health Lunch Challenge is here! | A Sweet Pea Chef

QUICK AND EASY CHICKEN DINNER IDEAS

After all this easy chicken meals talk, I’m sure you are excited and ready to test some of my favorite chicken dinner ideas.

I’m glad you are. You deserve stress-free weeknight meals.

And with all these easy chicken recipes you won’t feel stressed about dinner anymore. You get so many options plus an overview of the chicken recipes, tips for how to cook chicken or how to bake chicken, and all the recipes information you need including prep time, cook time, calories count, and a link to direct you to the recipe.

You no longer have to look for easy chicken meals because I already did it for you.

1.      CHICKEN PROTEIN BOWL WITH CASHEW LIME CREMA

Overhead view of two chicken protein bowls, alongside fresh lime, cilantro, pumpkin seeds, and additional cashew lime crema for topping.

Let’s start our quick chicken recipes list with a delicious Chicken Protein Bowl with Cashew Lime Crema.  This chicken protein bowl is packed with amazing flavors and textures. Think crunchy mixed with creamy, hot and cold, chewy and melt-in-your-mouth, hot and sweet, savory and sour. All of these flavors and textures thanks to spicy chicken, sweet potatoes, pumpkin seeds, black beans, and, of course, cashew lime crema. Healthy, loaded with protein, lean fats, and satisfying. This is the best way to describe the Chicken Protein Bowl with cashew Lime Crema.

Recipe Notes:

  • Prep Time: 1 hr (marinade can be made ahead of time)
  • Cook Time: 30 mins
  • Total Time: 1 hr 30 mins
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Calories: 324 kcal

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2.      SHREDDED CHICKEN ENCHILADAS

Close up of the shredded chicken enchiladas that are baked and ready to eat.

Shredded Chicken Enchiladas or, in other words, my favorite enchiladas recipe. This recipe is very easy to follow and it includes some tips for how to cook chicken and how to perfectly shred it to make delicious enchiladas. Bonus, a homemade enchiladas sauce that is healthy and ready in just 10 minutes.

Recipe Notes:

  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Cook Time: 25 mins
  • Total Time: 40 mins
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Calories: 443 kcal

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3.      HOW TO MEAL PREP CHICKEN (7 MEALS UNDER 5$)

Overhead view of two meal prep containers containing meal prepped chicken, broccoli, and sweet potatoes, to show how to meal prep chicken.

Learning how to cook perfect chicken also means learning How To Meal Prep Chicken in case you did not know. That’s because meal prepping allows you the luxury of not cooking dinner at dinner time. Which means you’ll never have to cook when you’re hungry or when you don’t feel like cooking. Learning how to meal prep chicken will save you time, energy, and it will make your chicken dinners taste better because you’ll cook when you’re in the mood for cooking not when you really have to. That’s the secret of delicious meals. And these 7 chicken meals are under 5$. A delicious and healthy bargain, basically.

Recipe Notes:

  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 30 mins
  • Total Time: 40 mins
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Calories: 395 kcal

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4.      ONE PAN CHICKEN BRUSCHETTA

One Pan Chicken Bruschetta | This one pan chicken bruschetta is fresh, flavorful, healthy, and ready in just 25 minutes! | A Sweet Pea Chef

If you love chicken bruschetta, I have good news for you. With this One Pan Chicken Bruschetta recipe, you get to enjoy your favorite appetizer for dinner guilt-free. All your favorite flavors are present in this easy chicken meal but the good news is this chicken dish is also healthy, gluten-free, and fresh. Plus flavorful and amazing, of course.

Recipe Notes:

  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Cook Time: 20 mins
  • Total Time: 25 mins
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Calories: 468 kcal

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5.      SLOW COOKER CHICKEN CAULIFLOWER CURRY

Hand with spoon scooping out some of the slow cooker chicken cauliflower curry from the bowl.

During cold Fall or Winter nights, people tend to turn to hearty and comforting chicken dishes. Like this Slow Cooker Chicken Cauliflower Curry. But this chicken curry is extra special because it’s not only filling and flavorful, it’s also healthy, paleo, gluten-free, low-calories, and packed with protein and fiber chicken dinner.

Recipe Notes:

  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Cook Time: 4 hrs
  • Total Time: 4 hrs 5 mins
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Calories: 313 kcal

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6.      25 MINUTE CHICKEN CAULIFLOWER FRIED RICE

Chicken Cauliflower Fried Rice | Cut the carbs and greasy take-out and still get your chicken fried rice fix with this 25 minute chicken cauliflower fried rice recipe.  Cauliflower fried rice is a delicious, easy, and healthy fried rice substitute!  | A Sweet Pea Chef

Quick chicken recipes like this 25 Minute Chicken Cauliflower Fried Rice are perfect for when you need healthy easy chicken recipes to help you put dinner on the table fast. Not to mention this Chicken Cauliflower Fried Rice dish is a great way to cut the carbs and add more veggies into your family’s diet.

Recipe Notes:

  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Cook Time: 20 mins
  • Total Time: 25 mins
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Calories: 377 kcal

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7.      SLOW COOKER CHICKEN TORTILLA SOUP

Slow Cooker Freezer Meals - Slow Cooker Chicken Tortilla Soup

This Slow Cooker Chicken Tortilla Soup is my favorite soup and I think it will become a favorite of yours too. The slow cooker is perfect for chicken soups because you don’t have to compromise on flavor or texture to get a healthy result. Plus it makes everything easy. Also, this soup freezes well so make sure you make more and save it for later.

Recipe Notes:

  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 6 hrs
  • Total Time: 6 hrs 10 mins
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Calories: 467 kcal

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8.      HEALTHY CHICKEN MEATBALLS WITH SAUTEED ZUCCHINI

Healthy Chicken Meatballs

This Healthy Chicken Meatballs meal is one of those keeper chicken dinner recipes because it offers you delicious meatballs that are gluten-free (yes, no breadcrumbs involved in the making of these meatballs), paleo, healthy, flavorful and moist. The prepping of these meatballs does not require a lot of work and you get a sautéed zucchini side as a bonus. Poof. Perfection.

Recipe Notes:

  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 25 mins
  • Total Time: 35 mins
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Calories: 390 kcal

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9.      SLOW COOKER CHICKEN NOODLE SOUP

Large bowl filled with slow cooker chicken and zucchini noodles.

This easy Slow Cooker Chicken Noodle Soup will bring back all your favorite childhood memories. And, let’s face it, chicken noodle soup is probably the best comfort food that exists. But this particular one is also healthy, gluten-free, and low carb because it is made with zoodles, aka zucchini noodles.

Recipe Notes:

  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 3 hrs
  • Total Time: 3 hrs 10 mins
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Calories: 172 kcal

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10.  SLOW COOKER CASHEW CHICKEN

Slow Cooker Cashew Chicken | Better than takeout and way healthier for you, too! www.asweetpeachef.com

Another great slow cooker chicken dinner I love is this Slow Cooker Cashew Chicken. You get all the amazing Chinese food flavors you love and none of the unhealthy stuff you get when you get takeout. It’s also easy to make, high in protein, and absolutely amazing. Kids love it too.

Recipe Notes:

  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 4 hrs
  • Total Time: 4 hrs 10 mins
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Calories: 518 kcal

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11.  GREEN CHILE CHICKEN ENCHILADAS

Casserole dish with baked green chile chicken enchiladas, topped with salsa verde, fresh cilantro, diced red onion, and melted jack cheese, cooked and ready to enjoy.

I love enchiladas but I also love to eat healthy so I came up with this Green Chile Chicken Enchiladas recipe that gives me (and you, if you try it!) the best of both worlds. The recipe uses unprocessed ingredients to avoid all the unnecessary fats, sugars, and salts. The amount of cheese was reduced to cut down on saturated fat and the enchiladas are made with a homemade salsa verde (the recipe is linked there). Winner recipe for sure!

Recipe Notes:

  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 35 mins
  • Total Time: 45 mins
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Calories: 417 kcal

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12.  CILANTRO LIME CHICKEN

Cilantro Lime Chicken | Quick, delicious, 7 ingredients, and Healthy! | asweetpeachef.com

With this Cilantro Lime Chicken you’ll learn that the perfect chicken marinade makes a whole lot of difference for grilling, sautéing or baking chicken. As always, this easy chicken recipe makes a healthy chicken dinner. Told you easy chicken dishes are delicious!

Recipe Notes:

  • Prep Time: 2 hrs
  • Cook Time: 12 mins
  • Total Time: 2 hrs 12 mins
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Calories: 302 kcal

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13.  KID-FRIENDLY CHEDDAR CRUSTED BAKED CHICKEN STRIPS

Kid-Friendly Cheddar Crusted Chicken Strips | An easy, kid-friendly meal for those busy back to school weeknights. | A Sweet Pea Chef @annieshomegrown #Hop2WholeFoods

Kids love chicken strips, however, unfortunately, most chicken strips are coated in highly processed batter and then deep-fried. No very healthy. These Kid-Friendly Cheddar Crusted Baked Chicken Strips however are not like that at all. They have a healthy “coat” and they are baked instead of deep-fried.

Recipe Notes:

  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 20 mins
  • Total Time: 30 mins
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Calories: 102 kcal

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14.  INSTANT POT QUINOA CHICKEN BOWL

What would you say if I told you that 30 minutes from now you could be holding this amazing Instant Pot Quinoa Chicken Bowl in your hand?

I love to use my instant pot. You know why? Because in only 30 minutes I get to hold this Instant Pot Quinoa Chicken Bowl in my hands. Let me tell you a few things about it. First of all, quinoa + chicken = healthy love. Second of all, the clementine basil dressing is delicious goodness. And this chicken dish is for real one of the easiest chicken dinner recipes ever.

Recipe Notes:

  • Prep Time: 9 mins
  • Cook Time: 21 mins
  • Total Time: 30 mins
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Calories: 550 kcal

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15.  EASY CHICKEN PICATTA

Easy Chicken Picatta | An easy, delicious comfort food made healthier! | A Sweet Pea Chef #sponsored

With this Easy Chicken Picatta recipe, there’s no need to wait for your cheat days to enjoy a comforting chicken picatta. Awesome, I know. Will I make you happier if I told you this recipe is one of those quick chicken recipes? 25 minutes chicken dinner recipe that is also comforting and healthy at the same time. It doesn’t get better than this!

Recipe Notes:

  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 15 mins
  • Total Time: 25 mins
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Calories: 519 kcal

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16.  CHICKEN TERIYAKI RICE BOWL

Chicken Teriyaki Rice Bowl | Day 7 of our free Spring Into Health Lunch Challenge is here! | A Sweet Pea Chef

The best dinner ideas are those that can be transformed into grab-and-go lunches. Like this Chicken Teriyaki Rice Bowl recipe. You get an easy chicken dinner and the leftovers can be packed for work lunch. Perfect. Especially since this Chicken Teriyaki Rice Bowl includes juicy chicken, nutritious broccoli, and brown rice made in a delicious chicken broth.

Recipe Notes:

  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Cook Time: 30 mins
  • Total Time: 45 mins
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Calories: 533 kcal

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17.  CHICKEN & HUMMUS GREEK WRAP

Chicken & Hummus Greek Wrap | Day 2 of our free Spring Into Health Lunch Challenge is here! | A Sweet Pea Chef

This Chicken & Hummus Greek Wrap is technically a lunch recipe but it can easily become an easy chicken dinner if you pair the wraps with a side salad or another favorite side dishes of yours. The wraps have amazing Greek flavors plus hummus which gives them an intense flavor you will fall in love with.

Recipe Notes:

  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 15 mins
  • Total Time: 25 mins
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Calories: 479 kcal

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18.  CROCK POT CHICKEN ENCHILADA SOUP

Crock Pot Chicken Enchilada Soup | Easy to make and perfect for a cold day! | A Sweet Pea Chef

Here I am again with another hearty but healthy soup. This time I have a Crock Pot Chicken Enchilada Soup that is rich and savory. You can enjoy this easy chicken dish for dinner completely guilt-free because you have nothing to feel guilty for since this soup is made only with ingredients that are good for you. Ingredients like shredded chicken, lime, cilantro, and a zesty salsa verde.

Recipe Notes:

  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 4 hrs
  • Total Time: 4 hrs 10 mins
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Calories: 344 kcal

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19.  HONEY MUSTARD CHICKEN MARINADE

Honey Mustard Chicken Marinade | Spice up boring chicken! | A Sweet Pea Chef

Marinating chicken is the best way to make juicy chicken. I already told you this. I also shared a marinade recipe with you. But I have another one. This time it’s a Honey Mustard Chicken Marinade that will make your easy chicken meals juicy, tender, and super flavorful.

Recipe Notes:

  • Prep Time: 1 hr (for marinade)
  • Cook Time: 20 mins
  • Total Time: 1 hr 20 mins
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Calories: 282 kcal

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20.  HEALTHY GENERAL TSO’S CHICKEN

General Tso's Chicken | Healthy, gluten-free, and refined flour free General Tso's Chicken | A Sweet Pea Chef

Chinese food is so good, don’t you think? Yes, it is. It really is. Particularly General Tso’s Chicken. However, the fact that the chicken in General Tso’s Chicken is deep-fried puts it on the list of not healthy chicken dinner ideas. Here’s the thing, if you swap heavy oils with olive oil and you reduce the amount of oil you use you can enjoy it. Oh, you also have to replace the breading with a healthier option. Yes, I basically made Healthy General Tso’s Chicken, peeps. And so can you if you follow my recipe.

Recipe Notes:

  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Cook Time: 20 mins
  • Total Time: 35 mins
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Calories: 491 kcal

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21. GRILLED CHICKEN WINGS WITH YOGURT RANCH DIP

Grilled Chicken Wings with Yogurt Ranch Dip | The PERFECT summer BBQ appetizer. | A Sweet Pea Chef

Everybody is a fan of chicken wings. Except for me. I know it’s shocking, trust me. But even I, as a non-lover of chicken wings, I love these Grilled Chicken Wings With Yogurt Ranch Dip. They are so good and they make a perfect appetizer for BBQs. They also make the perfect dinner ideas if you pair them with your favorite side dish. And, by the way, the ranch dip is not your typical ranch dip. It is a healthy ranch dip.

Recipe Notes:

  • Prep Time: 20 mins
  • Cook Time: 20 mins
  • Total Time: 40 mins
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Calories: 336 kcal

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22.  CHICKEN COBB MASON JAR SALAD

Chicken Cobb Mason Jar Salads | So much tastiness in one mason jar salad - plus a clean ranch salad dressing! | A Sweet Pea Chef

This Chicken Cobb Mason Jar Salad is a nutritious lunch recipe. But it goes well as a light chicken dinner as well. After all, why wouldn’t you enjoy this salad as an easy chicken dinner. It has amazing flavors, it is easy to make and it’s layers upon layers of goodness. We’re talking about layers of cucumbers, leafy greens, garbanzo beans, grape tomatoes, crumbled cheese, and chicken.

Recipe Notes:

  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 15 mins
  • Total Time: 25 mins
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Calories: 364 kcal

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23.  HEALTHY BAKED CHICKEN PARMESAN

Healthy Baked Chicken Parmesan | Clean. Gluten-Free. Easy. Healthy baked chicken parmesan. | asweetpeachef.com

When you want to satisfy your chicken parmesan cravings, make this Healthy Baked Chicken Parmesan. This is one of the best dinner ideas with chicken I ever had. It involves the so loved chicken parmesan but a better type. The healthy type.

Recipe Notes:

  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 25 mins
  • Total Time: 35 mins
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Calories: 345 kcal

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24.  PANKO BAKED CHICKEN THIGHS

Panko Baked Chicken Thighs

You know how amazing oven fried chicken thighs are, right? Right. So do I. The problem is the classic recipe involves a lot of butter and flour. A while ago I decided to make the classic recipe healthier so I came up with these Panko Baked Chicken Thighs. They are just as good as the classic ones only healthier and gluten-free.

Recipe Notes:

  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 45 mins
  • Total Time: 55 mins
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Calories: 501

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25.  DIJON-ROASTED CHICKEN AND CARROTS

Dijon Roasted Chicken And Carrots | Such an easy, healthy, and simple meal, you won't even believe how flavorful it is! www.asweetpeachef.com

This Dijon-Roasted Chicken And Carrots is one of my favorite easy chicken dishes. It’s not only delicious and fast but also healthy and flavorful. And ready in approximately 35 minutes. Which makes it a perfect weeknight meal.

Recipe Notes:

  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Cook Time: 30 mins
  • Total Time: 35 mins
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Calories: 253 kcal

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26.  SLOW COOKER CHICKEN BURRITO BOWL

Slow Cooker Chicken Burrito Bowls | Delicious, healthy, and clean burrito bowls that use slow cooker shredded chicken and cauliflower rice | www.asweetpeachef.com

You know I love Mexican food. And burritos were always amongst my favorite meals. But tortillas are not the healthiest ingredient out there. So instead of making classic burritos, I make Slow Cooker Chicken Burrito Bowl. Burrito bowls are a great way to cut down on calories and carbs but still enjoy the amazing flavors and textures of burritos. See what I mean when I say you can get many chicken dinner ideas if you let your creativity run free?

Recipe Notes:

  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 6 hrs
  • Total Time: 6 hrs 10 mins
  • Difficulty: Easy

Calories: 376 kcal

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27.  ALMOND-CRUSTED BAKED CHICKEN STRIPS WITH HOMEMADE HONEY MUSTARD DIPPING SAUCE

Almond-Crusted Baked Chicken Strips With Honey Mustard Dipping Sauce | A Sweet Pea Chef

These Almond-Crusted Baked Chicken Strips with Homemade Honey Mustard Dipping Sauce are the healthy version of the chicken strips we all know and love. And the homemade honey mustard dipping sauce is pure perfection. And the perfect companion for the chicken strips.

Recipe Notes:

  • Prep Time: 8 mins
  • Cook Time: 22 mins
  • Total Time: 30 mins
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Calories: 449 kcal

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28.  CHICKEN TACOS

Chicken Tacos | Amazing, easy, and delicious chicken tacos. www.asweetpeachef.com

My list of chicken dinner recipes wouldn’t be complete without Chicken Tacos. Made with fresh pico de gallo, a yogurt-based sauce, and juicy chicken, these chicken tacos will for sure make your Taco Tuesdays better.

Recipe Notes:

  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 15 mins
  • Total Time: 25 mins
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Calories: 614 kcal

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29.  EASY CHICKEN MARSALA

Easy Chicken Marsala - Delicious, healthy and simple chicken marsala recipe that's ready quick for dinner. Recipe and photo by Lacey Baier of asweetpeachef.com. #chicken #chickenrecipe #chickenmarsala #healthychickendinner

Tasty and simple. This is what I have to say about this Easy Chicken Marsala. And that’s because I’m pretty sure you know how amazing this dish it is. Ok, just in case you don’t know, let me tell you that the sweetness from Marsala wine, the perfectly made chicken breasts and the mushrooms and onions in the sauce make a great dish together. And that dish is this easy chicken Marsala.

Recipe Notes:

  • Prep Time: 8 mins
  • Cook Time: 30 mins
  • Total Time: 38 mins
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Calories: 567 kcal

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30.  CHICKEN AND RICE

An easy chicken dishes list is not complete without the classic Chicken and Rice. It simply isn’t. But this classic dish has a healthy spin as you probably guessed. It involves brown rice and barley instead of white rice.

Recipe Notes:

  • Prep Time: 8 mins
  • Cook Time: 1 hr
  • Total Time: 1 hr 8 mins
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Calories: 789 kcal

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31.  EASY ROASTED CHICKEN

Easy Roasted Chicken

Speaking of mandatory easy chicken recipes, I have another one for you – Easy Roasted Chicken. With only a few spices and a pan, you can make a delicious chicken dinner for your family. And you get to enjoy the leftovers for lunch. To make the chicken meal complete, add some sweet potatoes in the pan and you’re set.

Recipe Notes:

  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Cook Time: 1 hr 5 mins
  • Total Time: 1 hr 20 mins
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Calories: 486 kcal

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32.  ONE POT CHICKEN CACCIATORE

Chicken Cacciatore

 

A classic Italian dish always seems like a great dinner idea. And this One Pot Chicken Cacciatore is no exception. Traditionally, Chicken cacciatore is served over noodles or pasta. However, you can make this meal low-carb if you serve the chicken over zucchini noodles instead.

Recipe Notes:

  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Cook Time: 50 mins
  • Total Time: 55 mins
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Calories: 591 kcal

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33.  TANDOORI CHICKEN

If you really want to experiment with chicken flavors, I highly recommend this Tandoori Chicken. It’s so amazingly delicious that you’ll want to make it all the time. And eat it all the time. Let me tell you what Tandoori Chicken is in case you don’t know. It’s Indian cuisine at its best. That implies a delicious taste and amazing flavors.

Recipe Notes:

  • Prep Time: 2 hrs (for marinade)
  • Cook Time: 30 mins
  • Total Time: 2 hrs 30 mins
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Calories: 384 kcal

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34.  EASY ORANGE CHICKEN

Easy Orange Chicken

Have you ever been intimidated by Chinese food? To make it at home I mean not to get takeout. It can be intimidating to make your own Chinese food, right? But let me tell you something, this Orange Chicken falls under the easy chicken meals category. And if you make it at home, you get the wonderful flavor of Orange Chicken but with fewer calories. So you get fresh, vibrant, and light Orange Chicken. How amazing is that?

Recipe Notes:

  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 20 mins
  • Total Time: 30 mins
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Calories: 399 kcal

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35.  MARINATED CHICKEN FAJITAS

Marinated Chicken Fajitas

Are fajitas a staple dinner dish in your household? They are in ours. And they will probably be in yours too once you try these Marinated Chicken Fajitas. They are versatile, flavorful, and full of delicious ingredients such as grilled chicken, bell peppers, and sautéed onions.

Recipe Notes:

  • Prep Time: 4 hrs (for marinade)
  • Cook Time: 20 mins
  • Total Time: 4 hrs 20 mins
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Calories: 434 kcal

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36.  BEST BBQ CHICKEN PIZZA

Best BBQ Chicken Pizza | Combine whole wheat pizza crust, homemade clean BBQ sauce, seasoned chicken, and fresh red onions and cilantro for the Best BBQ Chicken Pizza ever! | A Sweet Pea Chef

It is time, peeps. Time to talk about the first pizza recipe on this dinner ideas list. This pizza recipe makes the Best BBQ Chicken Pizza. The pizza features a whole wheat pizza crust, a homemade (and clean!) BBQ sauce, red onions, fresh cilantro, and, of course, chicken. Does it sound like the perfect pizza to you? That’s because it is.

Recipe Notes:

  • Prep Time: 20 mins
  • Cook Time: 20 mins
  • Total Time: 40 mins
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Calories: 219 kcal

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37.  NASHVILLE HOT CHICKEN

Nashville Hot Chicken | Make a healthier Nashville Hot Chicken in the oven using Signature Farms Chicken Breast from @Albertsons! AD #MySignatureSummer | A Sweet Pea Chef

What I loved the most about my visit to Nashville was the Nashville Hot Chicken. It’s like the best fried chicken ever. But it’s still fried chicken. Which means it shouldn’t be on the list of healthy easy chicken recipes. Except it should! Because I made it healthier without compromising on taste. How did I make it healthier you ask? Well, I replaced the flour coating with chickpea flour and almond meal. The next step is even easier. It involves baking chicken. So if you know how to bake chicken, you know how to make this chicken recipe.

Recipe Notes:

  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Cook Time: 45 mins
  • Total Time: 1 hr
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Calories: 285 kcal

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38.  SWEET POTATO NACHOS

Sweet Potato Nachos | These are some serious nachos, peeps. So much flavor. So many textures and without any processed, over-salted chips. SO GOOD! | A Sweet Pea Chef

Are you a football fan? I am. I like to watch football games with Dustin. Football games are better when food is involved. Perfect football game food usually involves nachos. But nachos are not exactly on the list of healthy easy chicken recipes. Unless you want them to be and instead of classic nachos, you opt for my Sweet Potato Nachos. They are not only as tasty as you can imagine but they are also high in protein (I’m talking 47.9 grams of protein here) and fiber (about 6.4 grams).

Recipe Notes:

Prep Time: 25 mins

Cook Time: 25 mins

Total Time: 50 mins

Difficulty: Easy

Calories: 513 kcal

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39.  SPAGHETTI SQUASH PAD THAI

Two borls filled with spaghetti squash pad thai and then topped with crushed raw peanuts, cilantro, and lime wedges, for serving.

If you want a low carb alternative to chicken pad Thai this Spaghetti Squash Pad Thai is the answer. Perfect for clean eating but also for those who follow gluten-free, dairy-free, and paleo diets. Don’t worry, you still get the combination of textures, flavors, and heat you love in the traditional Thai dish despite the fact that you’ll use spaghetti squash instead of rice noodles.

Recipe Notes:

  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Cook Time: 20 mins
  • Total Time: 35 mins
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Calories: 410 kcal

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40.  CAULIFLOWER CRUST PIZZA

How To Make Cauliflower Pizza Crust | Pizza lovers, rejoice! www.asweetpeachef.com

I already included a pizza recipe on this list of easy chicken meals but I have to include another one. There’s no such thing as too many dinner ideas with chicken. Also, there’s no such thing as too much pizza. And yes, this is another chicken pizza but you’ll also learn how to make Cauliflower Crust Pizza. Which means a healthier pizza crust. Which also means you get to enjoy pizza more often now. You’re welcome!

Recipe Notes:

Prep Time: 30 mins

Cook Time: 50 mins

Total Time: 1 hr 20 mins

Difficulty:

Calories: 182 kcal

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41.  HEALTHY CHICKEN FAJITA MEAL PREP

The secret of a healthy lifestyle is meal prepping. I cannot stress enough about this. But it’s the absolute truth. If you’re new to the meal prepping game, start with this Healthy Chicken Fajita Meal Prep. You’ll get days worth of easy chicken dishes. And not any type of chicken dishes. FAJITAS.  And it will cost you only a few $ per serving.

Recipe Notes:

  • Prep Time: 20 mins
  • Cook Time: 40 mins
  • Total Time: 1 hr
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Calories: 455 kcal

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42.  HEALTH CHICKEN PARM MEAL PREP

An overhead image of four glass containers each with a serving of Healthy Chicken Parmesan served with zucchini noodles ready to be placed in the refrigerator for meal prep.

And speaking of meal prep, this Healthy Chicken Parm Meal Prep is another great chicken dinner recipe that will make your weeknights better. It involves Chicken Parmesan. The healthy kind. Which is, of course, the best kind.

Recipe Notes:

  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 35 mins
  • Total Time: 45 mins
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Calories: 333 kcal

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Easy Chicken Dinners

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Lacey Baier

Hey y’all, I’m Lacey Baier and I’m so glad you’re here! I’m a healthy lifestyle influencer and the creator of this clean-eating blog and YouTube channel, A Sweet Pea Chef. My recipes have been published on Food Network, Good Morning America, FoxNews, Tastemade, Fitness Magazine, and much more. I live in Dallas, Texas with my husband and four kiddos. Let’s get started!

One thought on “40+ Easy Chicken Dinners That Aren’t Boring or Bland

  1. That’s how I am right now. Nothing stays down, sometines yogurt and fruit, but not even that stays down on all of the day. I’ve tried crackers, ginger and 7up, some days they help, but they din’t work entirely. Im trying to eat other things too, but only the above and bean and cheese burritos sometimes work, but it gets boring. I keep trying to broaden the food items, but anything cooked is out of the question and nuts for the most parts disgust me and oils do too. Even raw vegetables have become hard to eat. As each day passes, my options get more and more limited. At least though Im toward the end of my 3rd trimester, but my WIC counselor said I’m loosing weight too fast, but my ob/gyn said its in the 2nd and 3rd trimester I’ll need to gain weight.

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