Chicken is a great staple in the kitchen. It tastes wonderful on its own and you can make it in many different styles. It has a great savory flavor. Chicken is used all around the world in almost every culture. We love how international it is! Chicken is the perfect choice for a busy weekday meal.

If you’re in a big rush, try this trick to making chicken cook faster. Cut each breast in half horizontally to make two thin pieces. You can also pound the chicken to be thinner. The chicken should cook in half the time!

1. Sticky Lemon Chicken

If you’re wanting to get some Chinese takeout for supper tonight but have a budget to stick to, make your own twist on your favorite Chinese dish!

This bright chicken dish is packed with amazing flavor. The chicken is sliced in half to reduce the cooking time and then cooked with vinegar. The tartness is a perfect match with the lemon and thyme. PHOTOS AND RECIPE BY: CAKEWHIZ

2. Stuffed Fajita Chicken Roll-Ups

Fajitas are delicious when you can enjoy some carbs on the side. If you’re skipping carbs at the moment, fajitas aren’t the way to go for you. Instead, make these chicken roll-ups that will satisfy your Mexican food craving while helping stick to your healthy eating routine.

Why just grill boring old boneless skinless chicken breasts when you can roll ’em up with peppers, cheese, and spices? Here’s the best part, after you roll them up and put them on the grill their done in under 20 minutes. PHOTOS AND RECIPE BY: EAT YOURSELF SKINNY

3. Almond Crusted Chicken and Peach Salad

Are you wanting to try a new dish out for your family but don’t know where to start? Even worse, you probably feel like you don’t have time to do so. With this recipe, you’ll have it ready in 30 minutes or less and it’s almost a guarantee your family will love it.

This unique chicken dish is almond crusted with a big crunch! The chicken is placed on to a peach salad with a low-fat buttermilk dressing. It’s a great light dinner for you and your family. PHOTOS AND RECIPE BY: CHEW NIBBLE NOSH

4. Chicken Milanese

Quick, easy and light, this is a recipe for two, but can easily be multiplied. Crispy chicken cutlets meet up with a fresh, cool salad and create the perfect dinner…even when you’re short on time!

Your family won’t even believe that you whipped up such a delicious meal in thirty minutes or less! PHOTOS AND RECIPE BY: THE BEACH HOUSE KITCHEN

5. Mexican Chicken Casserole 

This is a really fast weeknight meal for a busy family. The recipe uses chicken, but you can use leftover chicken too.

Make it extra flavorful with some freshly squeezed lime and fresh slices of avocado to top off the ultimate casserole. PHOTOS AND RECIPE BY: WELL PLATED

6. Chicken Piccata

Do you have dinner guests coming by your place in the next half hour and you have no idea what to make? This chicken piccata has your name written all over it.

This delicious sauce is really the star of the meal. It’s salty, buttery, lemony, and very rich. The brightness of the lemon lifts it up and balances the meal. This is a very luxurious tasting meal that will impress your family and guests. PHOTOS AND RECIPE BY: CAFE DELITES

7. Buffalo Chicken Quesadillas

Buffalo sauce is delicious and goes well with many different dishes. Whether it’s chicken wings, pasta or pizza, we are always finding a new use for it.

This recipe makes chicken tenders with buttermilk batter and coats them with buffalo sauce. They’re then sandwiched with avocado and cheese to make a yummy quesadilla. PHOTOS AND RECIPE BY: JO COOKS

8. Healthy Grilled Chicken Salad

On a warm day, enjoying a fresh salad packed with delicious ingredients is one way to stay healthy while still enjoying your meal.

This salad is a delicious way to enjoy dinner while getting all the nutrients you need to stay healthy. Feel free to switch up any of the ingredients – it’ll be delicious no matter what you add. PHOTOS AND RECIPE BY: PLATINGS AND PAIRINGS

9. Sweet Pineapple Chicken Quinoa Salad

If you’re a huge fan of pineapple, you don’t have to wait until dessert to enjoy it. This recipe incorporates one of nature’s sweetest treats into a savory meal.

Combined with some coconut and chicken, this pineapple quinoa salad is one that is perfect for days when you need to just pretend it’s summer, or celebrate that it actually is summer. PHOTOS AND RECIPE BY: LAYERS OF HAPPINESS

10. Crispy Oven Fried Chicken

If you’re seriously in love with fried chicken, the first step to recovery is to admit that you have a problem. Better yet, maybe just eliminate the deep fryer from your kitchen.

For an alternatively scrumptious meal, pop some chicken legs in the oven instead of the fryer, follow this recipe and you’ll have a great fried chicken alternative in thirty minutes or less! PHOTOS AND RECIPE BY: THE BUSY BAKER

11. Blackened Chicken and Avocado Salad

A salad is a great meal to create when you’re in a hurry because you truly don’t need to cook anything except the chicken!

This salad is packed with protein as well as loaded with omega-3 fatty acids from the avocado. With a superstar nutrient combination like this, you can’t go wrong. PHOTOS AND RECIPE BY: NORTH SOUTH BLONDE

12. One Skillet Sun-Dried Tomato Chicken & Gnocchi

Gnocchi is one of those dishes that looks extremely impressive once it is served, but it is truly simple to make. Especially if you purchase a bag of it from the grocery store pre-made.

Once you have your gnocchi base, adding in some delicious chicken, cheese, veggies and a homemade sauce is truly the ideal recipe for supper in under thirty minutes. PHOTOS AND RECIPE BY: EAT YOURSELF SKINNY

13. Grilled Chicken Sun-Dried Tomato and Avocado Spinach Salad

Wanting to load up on your protein and iron? This salad has your name written all over it! The best part is, you won’t feel like you’re stuck eating a bland salad.

This combination of flavors is truly unique and super flavorful. So flavorful, in fact, that you may actually crave it again the next day! PHOTOS AND RECIPE BY: COOKING CLASSY

14. Whole30 Strawberry Basil Chicken with Avocado

Chicken can be a little uninspiring at times because it truly makes you be as creative as possible every single time you cook it. It doesn’t make its flavor all on its own!

One simple way to upgrade your chicken is by making a simple combination of flavors that are mixed together to create a simple salsa that you can add on top of your chicken after it’s done cooking. PHOTOS AND RECIPE BY: 40 APRONS

15. Jerk Chicken with Mango Avocado Salsa and Coconut Rice

If you’re looking to take your cooking skills to the next level, making some jerk chicken is a great place to start. It’s all about the seasoning.

The best part about this recipe is that it looks a whole lot more complicated then it actually is. The salsa doesn’t take too long to whip up, and then it’s just a matter of making that flavorful coconut rice. Delicious! PHOTOS AND RECIPE BY: COOKING CLASSY

16. Grilled Sweet Chili Lime Chicken

Do you like a little tangy flavor with some spice as well? This chili lime chicken recipe brings a whole new taste palate to your plate for supper.

If you’re tired of the same old chicken and potatoes, this flavorful alternative will be a refreshing spice in your life! PHOTOS AND RECIPE BY: THE RECIPE CRITIC

17. Lemon Asparagus Pasta with Grilled Chicken

Lemon Asparagus pasta makes a fantastic base for any meat you’d like to add to it. Grilled chicken happens to be ideal because it takes on the flavor of whatever you cook it in.

The key is to be generous when adding spices and garlic to your pasta so that each bite is packed with flavor and notes of different spices. PHOTOS AND RECIPE BY: DINNER AT THE ZOO

18. Chicken Pesto Bake

If you have some pesto sitting in your fridge waiting to be used in some other way than just in a sandwich, this recipe is perfect for you!

Simple add pesto on top of your chicken as a marinade, along with sliced tomatoes and grated cheese for a super scrumptious supper that looks way more complicated than it actually is! PHOTOS AND RECIPE BY: SKINNY TASTE

19. Cashew Chicken & Veggies

If cashews are a favorite food of yours, you will love this colorful meal that is ready in just thirty minutes or less!

The best part is, it’s packed with veggies that will infuse your body with piles of vitamins and minerals you need to get through a long workday the next day. PHOTOS BY: FORKLY

20. Chicken Caprese

Nothing is better than a fresh slice of mozzarella cheese. It brings our tastebuds to Italy, especially when it’s paired with slices of tomato and fresh basil.

Grill up your chicken with some salt, pepper, garlic and any other spice you enjoy. Once it’s finished, stack your chicken breasts high with your delicious Italian ingredients. PHOTOS AND RECIPE BY: DINNER AT THE ZOO

Lindsay Duncan

Lindsay loves cooking fun and creative meals for friends and family. At home, you can find her trying out a new recipe found on Pinterest while trying to balance her husband's sweet tooth with her healthy eating habits. If she's not in the kitchen, you'll find Lindsay photographing people she loves and going out with friends to try the newest restaurant in her small town.

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