There are countless reasons why chicken is a go-to food for every meal. Not only is it delicious, it’s also easy to prepare and (especially when you get it on sale) fairly inexpensive (at least compared to most of the alternatives). When it comes to meal planning, there are two key elements to finding success: Timing and variety. If you don’t mix things up, everyone in your family will get bored of eating the same thing week to week. Balancing variety with timing (sometimes you only have a few minutes to throw together a meal before heading out to soccer, dance or other weeknight commitments that leave you strapped for time) can sometimes seem like an impossible task. Luckily, we’re here to help. There are so many ways to spice up chicken breasts. From salads and stir-fries to pasta dishes and wraps, there are plenty of quick and easy meal ideas that will please everyone in your family and leave you with time to spare.

Here are 25 delicious chicken dinners in under 30 minutes:

1. Chicken Stir-Fry

A stir fry is an excellent way to eat lots of crunchy vegetables with plenty of vitamins retaining their original texture and flavor. This recipe combines fresh vegetables with juicy chicken to create the perfect healthy and delicious dinner.

2. Grilled Chicken Wrap

This is a super quick meal you can make in a flash with just a few ingredients. It makes a great lunch or even a light dinner. I like to serve mine with a fresh salad. Add in any of your favorite veggies or even switch up the dressing. There are so many possibilities with this versatile recipe.

3. Bruschetta Chicken Pasta Salad

A bruschetta pasta paired with grilled chicken and balsamic glaze. Serve immediately while warm, or let it cool for a perfect chilled chicken pasta salad. The perfect weeknight meal (and the perfect next-day lunch if you happen to have leftovers).

4. Chicken Parmesan Pasta

With chicken breasts simply dredged and breaded in panko and cheese, smothered in savory marinara and topped with more cheese, it only gets better as it’s served along with roasted broccoli. It’s baked all on one-pan, too!

5. Sticky Lemon Chicken

A Gordon Ramsey recipe, this one is a keeper! The lemon gives the chicken a burst of freshness that makes you feel great because you know you’re eating healthy.


6. Easy Chicken Cheesesteaks

Nothing fancy or complicated here — just delicious, simple chicken cheesesteak sandwiches, jazzed up with a few different kinds of peppers. These are requested frequently in my house, and I hope you love them as much as we do! Serve with or without the bun 😉

7. Almond Crusted Chicken and Peach Salad

This is the perfect weeknight dinner! The kids love it, because there are chicken fingers involved, but the chicken fingers are “grown up” enough, that the adults love it too! Simple, and light, it makes a perfect meal any night of the week.

8. Spicy Piri Piri Chicken.

Piri Piri (also spelled Peri Peri) is a popular spice in Portuguese food and is becoming more and more popular in North America. This recipe gives step by step instructions on making your own piri piri sauce which is the cooking base to this recipe!

9. Easy Sweet and Spicy Chicken

This is a tasty and easy dish to prepare. It’s also paleo and gluten-free, but can also be served with rice or pasta.


10. Chicken Piccata

A delicious take on a classic dish, this Chicken Piccata can be ready to serve in under 30 minutes! The sauce is perfectly lemony, rich, and buttery, and sure to please the whole family.

11. Cassie’s Smothered Chicken

Paired with either cooked orzo, rice, or quinoa, this chicken is smothered in diced tomatoes, chilies and queso cheese. The is beyond easy, and combined and melted in the microwave in only 30 seconds.

12. Cheesy Tex Mex Chicken Penne

A skillet recipe that is made with a quick and easy salsa sauce loaded with flavor. This chicken breast & cheesy pasta recipe is one you’re going to keep on the weekly rotation.

13. Fattoush Salad With Chicken

This traditional Lebanese salad is infused with such unique flavors over the chicken and the salad, making it one incredible (easy) recipe. Flavors of mint, sumac, cilantro and parsley make this an unforgettable dinner.


14. Grilled Lemon Thyme Chicken

This is a high protein, clean, yummy lemon thyme chicken, made all in one pot! The flavor is light and delicious. It’s a versatile dish that can be used to add to many recipes (sandwiches, salads, sauces, burritos, etc.).

15. Thai Basil Chicken

This is a clean-tasting Thai-influenced dish that isn’t too spicy and has tons of flavors you’ll love with a homemade marinade and a quick pan-cooked dinner.

16. Caprese Chicken

Basil always adds the perfect fresh touch to any dish, and this Caprese chicken is no exception! Topped with rich cheese and tangy balsamic reduction, this meal will look like it took forever to make, but it really only takes 30 minutes!

17. Paleo Orange Chicken

Chinese food can be a little unhealthy, but with this healthy option, you’ll have a more wholesome meal ready to go faster than ordering take out!


18. Easy Coconut Curry Chicken

Make a delicious coconut curry chicken with some purple cabbage and rice for a hot, filling supper. A squeeze of lime takes it from great to amazing!

19. Blackened Chicken and Avocado Salad

Needing a healthy lunch for work? This blackened chicken and avocado salad is the perfect fit for lunch time. With a flavorful dressing, juicy chicken and fresh avocado, this meal can do no wrong.

20. Mozzarella Chicken In Home Made Tomato Sauce

Mmmmm skip the cans and use your own tomato sauce for this scrumptious recipe. It’s so delicious, your family and friends will definitely be jumping up and down for seconds.

21. Sesame Chicken Noodle Stir Fry

This stir fry is one of those meals where you can toss everything together in a matter of minutes and know you will be getting one amazing meal every time.


22. Honey Garlic Chicken Stir Fry

Skipping carbs today? This stir fry caters to your eating needs and also to your tastebuds! Packed with flavor, this supper will not disapoint, and it makes great leftovers too!

23. Creamy Parmesan Herb Mushroom Chicken

Sometimes, there’s nothing like a super creamy meal that will warm your soul and fill up your hungry belly.

24. Healthy Maple Mustard Chicken

Combining salty and sweet has been a favorite flavor combination for a long time now, and it’s not going away anytime soon! This one pan meal will be ready quickly and without any hassle – perfect for a weeknight.

25. Whole30 Chicken Salad Boats

Needing a light supper on the go? This avo-chicken boat will fill your mouth with flavor and your stomach with all those good fats and proteins.

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