Quick Chicken Recipes – Are you looking for a delicious and tasty chicken meal that can be whipped up in no time? Searching for recipes that don’t require hours of cooking or complicated steps?
Well, look no further! We’ve rounded up the best fast chicken dishes to satisfy any taste. With these speedy yet scrumptious dishes, your family will never believe how quickly dinner came together!
Keep reading to learn more about our favorite easy-to-make (and just as yummy) chicken meals that even novice home cooks can pull off with ease.
A Few Tips
- Use the Right Cut: Choose boneless, skinless chicken breasts or thighs for quick cooking. They’re easier to handle and cook faster than bone-in cuts.
- Marinate Ahead: If your recipe involves a marinade, try to do this ahead of time. Even 30 minutes can make a huge difference in flavor.
- High Heat Cooking: Methods like stir-frying and grilling are ideal for speedy meals. They require less time and result in succulent chicken.
- Prep Your Ingredients: Have all your ingredients chopped and ready to go. When everything is organized, the actual cooking process is a breeze.
- Thin Slices or Cubes: Cutting your chicken into thin slices or cubes will significantly speed up cooking time.
- Use a Meat Thermometer: This ensures that your chicken is cooked through, yet remains juicy. Aim for an internal temperature of 165°F (74°C).
- Batch Cooking and Meal Prepping: Make larger quantities and save some for later. Many chicken dishes freeze well and can be a lifesaver during busy weekdays.
Quick Chicken Recipes:
1. Hibachi Chicken (Benihana Copycat)
Let’s start this list with one of the fasted chicken recipe that you can cook on your hot griddle or Blackstone. This restaurant style Hibachi Chicken dinner includes sautéed veggies and fried rice, along with tangy Yum Yum sauce, for a complete one pan meal.
Get the Recipe: Hibachi Chicken
2. Grilled Chicken Tacos
These easy Grilled Chicken Tacos are a great 30 minute weeknight meal, where corn tortillas are loaded with perfectly marinated chicken and fresh toppings.
Get the Recipe: Grilled Chicken Tacos
3. Moo Goo Gai Pan
How about quick chicken stir fry? Moo Goo Gai Pan is a restaurant favorite, where thinly sliced chicken stir frys with mushrooms and other veggies in a simple, yet flavorful sauce.
The next time those Chinese cravings hit, skip the takeout and try this easy 30 minute dish in your own kitchen!
Get the Recipe: Moo Goo Gai Pan
4. Chicken Gyros
If you’re looking for a fun new meal, our Chicken Gyros recipe is just what you need! Perfectly marinated chicken is stuffed inside pitas with all the Greek fixings.
They’re great for entertaining, but easy enough for weeknight dinners. The whole family will love loading up their own gyros to their liking, then chowing down.
Get the Recipe: Chicken Gyros
5. Korean Ground Chicken Bowl
These Korean Ground Chicken Bowls are a hit! They’re loaded with umami flavor, a bit of spiciness, and plenty of great textures.
Just 25 minutes is all you need to put together this rainbow colored bowl. Give it a try, it’s one of the tastiest ground chicken recipes you’ll ever come across
Get the Recipe: Korean Ground Chicken Bowl
6. Chicken Burrito Bowl
Skip the Chipotle, our Chicken Burrito Bowl recipe is going to satisfy all your cravings!
Just combine perfectly marinated chicken with rice and the fixings of your choice, and you have a hearty and nutritious one-bowl meal.
This burrito bowl is super customizable, so you can easily make it your own. And it’s ideal for meal prep, so you can chow down all week long!
Get the Recipe: Chicken Burrito Bowl
7. Grilled Chicken Thighs
Up your cookout game with these easy Grilled Chicken Thighs! They’re the perfect centerpiece for all your summertime get togethers.
You’ll want to keep this quick chicken recipe in your back pocket.
Get the Recipe: Grilled Chicken Thighs
8. Shish Tawook
This Shish Tawook recipe for Middle Eastern chicken skewers vibrantly marinated and perfectly grilled is perfect for summer time!
Shish Tawook is tender pieces of chicken that have been marinated in a rich mixture of yogurt, olive oil, garlic, lemon juice, and a blend of earthy, exotic spices to get those amazing flavors going on.
Then its grilled beautifully golden-brown, with a slightly crispy exterior, yet tender and juicy from within.
Get the Recipe: Shish Tawook
9. Arroz Chaufa (Peruvian Fried Rice)
Give your fried rice a South American makeover with this Arroz Chaufa recipe! A fusion of cuisines, this Peruvian fried rice is your easy weeknight dinner that’s packed with flavor.
With rice, protein and veggies, it can be a complete meal, or act as a flavorful side dish. The perfect way to use leftover rice, you can have this on the table in about 25 minutes!
Get the Recipe: Arroz Chaufa
10. Sheet Pan Chicken Fajitas
These quick Sheet Pan Chicken Fajitas are the perfect family dinner, full of flavor and easy on the cleanup!
Well seasoned chicken and veggies all cook on a single baking sheet, and the end result is so succulent and delicious that you’ll want to make this recipe again and again.
Get the Recipe: Sheet Pan Chicken Fajitas
11. Greek Chicken Souvlaki
Chicken Souvlaki – Sometimes, all you need is a few simple ingredients to create some amazing flavors. These Greek skewers are one of those recipes.
Bite sized chunks of chicken are marinated with lemon juice, oregano and garlic and can be grilled, baked or cooked on the stovetop.
And, all you need is about 20 minutes of hands on time for these delicious Greek flavors!
Get the Recipe: Greek Chicken Souvlaki
12. Sesame Chicken Bowls
These Sesame Chicken Bowls are the easy answer to your weeknight Chinese food cravings. In less than half an hour, you can have your own, customizable dish that’s so much better than takeout.
They’re a breeze to make, and are a great meal prep option to prepare in bulk. You’ll just love these leftovers for lunch.
Get the Recipe: Sesame Chicken Bowls
13. Chicken Tacos
These easy authentic Mexican Street Style Chicken Tacos are packed with flavor from a great marinade, and can be your easy and quick chicken weeknight dinner, meal prep, or feed a crowd!
No need to wait for taco Tuesday!
Get the Recipe: Chicken Tacos
14. Teriyaki Chicken Skewers
Chicken on a stick… They are fun and family friendly meals, get together meals and BBQ party meals.
These Teriyaki Chicken Skewers are the ultimate Umami BOMB, thanks to the easy homemade marinade, of course. If you’re looking for a super easy, super quick and super economical meal to feed a large crowd and make them happy, these Asian chicken skewers are your answer.
All you are doing is marinating the chicken for a few hours and then grilling it on skewers for 10 minutes. Sounds cool?
Get the Recipe: Teriyaki Chicken Skewers
15. Chicken Stir Fry
Everyone’s NO. 1 go-to stir fry is probably Chicken Stir Fry. Why not? It’s super quick, super easy and super tasty.
But do you stir fry your chicken with just soy sauce or teriyaki? Well, try this easy chicken stir fry recipe, which has a little more Chinese staple sauces in the mix, and is loaded with veggies.
Get the Recipe: Chicken Stir Fry
16. Vietnamese Chicken Salad
This Vietnamese Chicken Salad is vibrantly fresh from crunchy veggies and loads of herbs. It’s a perfect combination of sweet, savory and tangy!
Give this one a try when you have some leftover chicken!
Get the Recipe: Vietnamese Chicken Salad
17. Creamy Ground Chicken Pasta
This delicious creamy ground chicken pasta is so good and easy that you will be coming back to this one every now and then.
It’s a perfect weeknight dinner option.
Get the Recipe: Creamy Ground Chicken Pasta
18. Creamy Chicken Skillet
This creamy chicken skillet is your weekday best friend. It’s super easy , it’s super tasty and it’s a low carb bomb.
Start to finish in 30 minutes, this just may become a new staple in your rotation.
Get the Recipe: Creamy Chicken Skillet
19. Hawaiian Chicken Salad
Hawaiian Chicken Salad – Take a look at this colorful platter. It’s full of tropical flavors, a variety of textures, and it happens to be healthy.
This is a great summertime dish, when you want something light, yet satisfying.
Get the Recipe: Hawaiian Chicken Salad
20. Orange Chicken
How about juicy and tender chicken bites, cooked in a delicious sticky orange garlic teriyaki sauce? From this simple meal prep chicken, you can have your lunches so many ways.
Pair this orange chicken with rice or noodles, along with different veggies, and you are set for a whole week.
Get the Recipe: Orange Chicken
21. General Tso’s Chicken
General Tso’s Chicken is a Chinese restaurant favorite. Skip the takeout, homemade is so much better!
This easy recipe is lightened up, no deep frying required, but still has those same amazing flavors you love.
The next time those Chinese cravings hit, give our version a try. It’ll be one of your new family favorites!
Get the Recipe: General Tso’s Chicken
22. Chicken Shawarma
This easy Chicken Shawarma brings the flavors, big time! Marinated with vibrant and aromatic spices, it can be your easy weeknight dinner, or a big crowd pleaser for company nights.
You can grill it, cook it in a skillet, or bake it. Whichever way you choose, you’re in for one delicious dinner.
Get the Recipe: Chicken Shawarma
23. Chicken Lettuce Wraps
Inspired by P.F. Chang, this quick and tasty dish is a sure crowd pleaser! A great appetizer for guests or pot lucks, or an easy low-carb meal option!
It’s one of our favorite quick chicken meals.
Get the Recipe: Chicken Lettuce Wraps
24. Tomato Basil Chicken
This tomato basil chicken is a quick, light and tasty weekday meal. The sweetness from the orange marmalade is a great complement to the freshness of the tomatoes and basil.
Perfect for those busy weeknight.
Get the Recipe: Tomato Basil Chicken
25. Thai Basil Chicken
Are you looking for a really, really fast meal that’s really, really tasty? Not only is this Thai Basil Chicken, AKA Pad Krapow Gai, bursting with flavor, you can whip it up in 15 minutes or less.
That’s faster than ordering pizza!
Get the Recipe: Thai Basil Chicken
26. Pinchos (Puerto Rican Chicken Skewers)
Pinchos are just your simple meat-on-a-stick meal, but these tender bites are super delicious. Get ready to grill one of the most popular street foods out of Puerto Rico… Pinchos De Pollo!!
The snuggly threaded chicken cubes are marinated in amazing island flavors and grilled to perfection, then slathered with BBQ sauce. Yes, very unique chicken kebabs!
Get the Recipe: Pinchos
27. Sheet Pan Chicken & Veggies
Sheet pan recipes are popular for many reasons. They are quick, easy, and loaded with big flavors. Our Sheet Pan Chicken and Veggies recipe is no different.
The chicken bites and colorful veggies are well-seasoned, with a zesty, herby marinade, which makes this pan super flavorful.
It’s actually a magical recipe, because you can use almost anything you like. It’s perfect to clean out your refrigerator.
It’s also a great meal option for low-carb dieters and Weight Watchers!
Get the Recipe: Sheet Pan Chicken
28. Thai Cashew Chicken
Give your stir fry night a new twist with this Thai Cashew Chicken. It’s an easy dish that’s bursting with layers of flavor and texture.
Just a little chopping, mix up a sauce, and a quick stir fry is all the effort needed to put this tasty and nutritious dinner on the table.
Get the Recipe: Thai Cashew Chicken
29. Karaage Chicken (Japanese Fried Chicken)
Introducing the iconic Chicken Karaage, Japan’s irresistible take on fried chicken that will leave you craving for more.
Picture this: Crispy, bite-sized golden nuggets of chicken bursting with an umami-rich marinade, delicately flavored with hints of garlic, ginger, and authentic Japanese seasonings.
Now imagine that deliciousness encased in a feather-light, ultra-crispy shell. So good!
Get the Recipe: Karaage Chicken
30. Nasi Goreng (Indonesian Fried Rice)
This is just not your regular fried rice. Nasi Goreng is a national dish of Indonesia, for good reason. It is a simple yet flavorful fried rice with an intriguing blend of ingredients, techniques, and traditions.
From street vendors to households to high end restaurants, everyone likes to stir fry it with their own tweaks and tricks. Make this savory, sweet umami flavor bomb with bold notes of spicy.
Get the Recipe: Nasi Goreng
31. Kung Pao Chicken
Kung Pao Chicken – it’s savory, it’s sweet, it’s tangy, and those dried chilis give it just a bit of kick!
Don’t be intimidated by the number of ingredients, you can whip this up in half-hour or less. Perfect week-night meal!
Get the Recipe: Kung Pao Chicken
Yes, but make sure for sure to properly thaw it first, either in the fridge or under cold running water. Never thaw chicken at room temperature as it can lead to bacterial growth.
Absolutely! Pre-cooked or rotisserie chicken can be a huge time-saver. Just make sure to adjust the cooking time and add the chicken towards the end to avoid drying it out.
Most chicken recipes freeze well. Store them in air-tight containers and consume within 2–3 months for optimal taste and texture. Be sure to refer to the individual recipe for specific instructions.
A variety of sides can complement chicken recipes. Think salads, rice, quinoa, steamed vegetables, or even a simple piece of crusty bread.
So there you go, over thirty quick chicken recipes. The only question now is, which will you try first?
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- Hibachi Chicken (Benihana Copycat)
- Grilled Chicken Tacos
- Moo Goo Gai Pan
- Chicken Gyros
- Korean Ground Chicken Bowl
- Chicken Burrito Bowl
- Grilled Chicken Thighs
- Shish Tawook
- Arroz Chaufa (Peruvian Fried Rice)
- Sheet Pan Chicken Fajitas
- Greek Chicken Souvlaki
- Sesame Chicken Bowls
- Chicken Tacos
- Teriyaki Chicken Skewers
- Chicken Stir Fry
- Vietnamese Chicken Salad
- Creamy Ground Chicken Pasta
- Creamy Chicken Skillet
- Hawaiian Chicken Salad
- Orange Chicken
- General Tso’s Chicken
- Chicken Shawarma
- Chicken Lettuce Wraps
- Tomato Basil Chicken
- Thai Basil Chicken
- Pinchos (Puerto Rican Chicken Skewers)
- Sheet Pan Chicken & Veggies
- Thai Cashew Chicken
- Karaage Chicken (Japanese Fried Chicken)
- Nasi Goreng (Indonesian Fried Rice)
- Kung Pao Chicken
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