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quick chicken weeknight dinner recipes

Think quick chicken recipes mean boring cutlets from the sauté pan? Think again. Our fast chicken dinners include fragrant chicken curry, a super-easy chicken parmesan, and a chicken chili that comes together in minutes thanks to store-bought rotisserie chicken. Check out our favorite weeknight wonders and never settle for boring chicken again.


Quick Chicken Parmesan

Crisp chicken cutlets are topped with two cheeses and a super-fast tomato sauce in this easy take on an Italian restaurant favorite.

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Oven-Fried Chicken Cutlets

Few can resist the lure of a crispy, golden chicken cutlet. This one includes a fragrant hint of rosemary and toasted hazelnuts, and—bonus!—there’s no messy egg dipping involved in making it.

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Chicken Burgers with Red Cabbage & Apple Slaw

For a fresh take on a burger, give these chicken patties a try. Apples and celery mixed into the ground chicken give the burgers a subtly sweet, aromatic note, while the bright, creamy slaw provides great crunch.

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Chicken with Spiced Tomato, Caper & Olive Sauce

The inspiration for this quick recipe was Cuban picadillo, a meat dish usually seasoned with tomatoes, onions, garlic, and fragrant spices like cinnamon and cloves.

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Pan-Seared Chicken Thighs with Beer & Grainy Mustard Sauce

Chicken breast cutlets aren’t the only quick-cooking cut. Thighs cook up quickly, too, and they stay moist and juicy as well. In this dish, the maple syrup adds a hint of sweetness that rounds out the mustard’s bite in the pan sauce.

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Chicken Cutlets with Bell Pepper Ragout

To keep things interesting, broiled peppers, tomatoes, and onions become a luscious topping for quickly sautéed chicken breast cutlets.

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Broiled Chicken Thighs with Chipotle Sauce

Broiled in the oven under high heat, these spiced chicken thighs cook through in about 10 minutes, and the roasted red peppers and spicy, smoky ground chipotle chiles make a knockout sauce.

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Baby Greens with Chicken, Dried Cherries, Pears & Pecans

Rotisserie chicken is a major time saver in this hearty dinner salad, so get creative with your salad: substitute your favorite lettuces for the herb salad or mixed greens.

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Chicken Marsala with Pancetta & Cream

Dry Marsala wine, flavor-packed pancetta, and silky cream transform simple chicken cutlets into a decadent meal bound to become a family favorite.

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Chicken Salad Milanese

Stylish as the city of its origin, this easy chicken dish is a perfect example of elegant simplicity. It’s also one of those rare restaurant dishes that you can easily make at home.

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Quick Chicken Chili

Put the leftovers from Sunday’s roast to good use in this quickest-ever chicken chili, or use rotisserie chicken for a quick and satisfying weeknight meal.

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Chicken Quesadillas with Chipotle Crema & Pico de Gallo

You really can’t beat a shredded chicken quesadilla for a quick, weeknight meal. The filling includes a variety of Mexican cheeses which add complexity to the flavor, while the Pico de Gallo is fresh, with just the right amount of heat.

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Chicken with Potatoes, Peas & Coconut-Curry Sauce

Slicing cutlets into smaller pieces is one trick for getting a quick-cooking meat to cook even quicker. In this recipe, it’s the fragrant curry sauce that makes this one-pan dish a welcome change from plain ol’ chicken.

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Chicken Piccata

In this Italian-American favorite, the thin-cut chicken breast cutlets cook up in no time and the flavor is light and bright. 

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Tex-Mex Chicken with Chlies & Cheese

Grab your skillet, your chicken breasts, and kick dinner up a spicy notch tonight with this bold, one-skillet dish. According to the ratings and comments, this recipe is a family favorite, so be ready to move it into regular rotation.

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