12 Fast Weeknight Chicken Dinners to Add to Your Recipe Planner
There’s a reason that chicken is one of the ultimate go-to basics for a quick, easy, and delicious dinner – it’s incredibly versatile, often affordable, and simple to prepare. With a wide range of cuts to choose from, chicken is anything but boring.
Whether you’re a kitchen rookie or an expert-level home cook, with the right chicken dinner recipes, transforming this staple protein into a wonderful meal is easy. We’ve rounded up a list of 12 dinner recipes that are a perfect addition to your weeknight recipe planner.
12 Easy Weeknight Chicken Recipes
1. Tuscan Chicken Skillet
This incredible chicken recipe uses just one skillet, a pot of boiling water, and a few simple ingredients to create a decadent pasta dinner that tastes like it’s straight out of an upscale Italian restaurant. With a combination of mouth-watering ingredients that includes bacon, heavy cream, Parmesan, and fresh basil – and of course, chicken – you can whip up dinner in about 30 minutes.
2. Baja-Style Chicken Bowl
Change up Taco Tuesday with this Baja-style chicken bowl; a no-tortilla take on a Mexican favorite. Depending on how much time you have, you can either grill the chicken breast or fast-track it in the Instant Pot. Then, layer it with rice, corn, salsa, sour cream, and cheese for a burrito-in-a-bowl that can be easily customized with any additional toppings.
3. Huli Huli Chicken
Take your taste buds on a trip to the Hawaiian islands with this recipe for Huli Huli Chicken, which puts a tropical twist on classic chicken thighs. The recipe uses bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs, which offer both maximum flavor and affordability. A flavorful combination of sriracha sauce, ketchup, pineapple juice, soy sauce, brown sugar, and ginger make for a great marinade, while the option to use a grill or grill pan ensures a simple meal prep process.
4. Air-Fryer Fried Chicken
Homestyle fried chicken might not sound like a fast weeknight dinner option, but thanks to the modern miracle known as the air fryer, it is now. Air fryers have become one of the hottest kitchen trends in recent years and for a good reason. They offer a quick and healthy alternative to traditional frying so that you can enjoy favorites like this fried chicken without a drop of oil.
5. BBQ Chicken Baked Potatoes
Chicken and potatoes are a basic weeknight dinner, but this recipe gives them a Southern-style upgrade you’re sure to love. Using a pressure cooker (like the Instant Pot), you’ll have a big batch of homemade barbecue chicken ready in minutes. While the chicken is cooking, your potatoes will be busy baking in the oven. Once dinnertime arrives, all you’ll need to do is top each potato with a generous helping of chicken, and add plenty of sour cream, chives, and Cheddar cheese.
6. Mozzarella-Stuffed Chicken Parmesan
Nothing says Italian quite like chicken parmesan, but this recipe kicks things up a notch by adding an extra serving of cheese to every bite. You’ll cut a small pocket into each chicken breast, then fill it with mozzarella cheese before breading and seasoning it. After a quick sear in the skillet, the chicken gets topped with Parmesan and marinara and heads to the oven to bake. If your family is extra-hungry, you can boil some pasta to serve alongside this cheese-tastic chicken.
7. Instant Pot Lemon Frozen Chicken with Orzo
It’s almost dinnertime, and you’ve just realized that you forget to thaw out the chicken – what do you do? With this easy Instant Pot chicken recipe, you’ll still have dinner on the table in next to no time.
Thanks to the magic of pressure cooking, you can put the frozen chicken directly in the Instant Pot with orzo, chicken broth, and seasonings, then open the lid about a half-hour later to a wonderful meal. Stir in some spinach and Parmesan, and you’re ready to serve a fully-finished dinner.
8. French Onion Chicken Meatballs
Ground chicken is one of the most underrated items in the grocery store meat section, often getting passed by in favor of ground beef or turkey. However, this versatile ground meat takes on any flavor impressively well and is a lower-fat option than other alternatives, so you can enjoy tasty recipes like these French Onion Meatballs with zero guilt. With Gruyere cheese in both the meatballs and the sauce, this easy chicken dinner is sure to become a repeat favorite.
9. Chicken and Feta Burgers
With yet another recipe that highlights the versatility of ground chicken, these chicken and feta burgers take the classic American burger and go Greek. Equally delicious for both weeknight dinners and weekend barbecues, the burgers are packed with crumbled feta, fresh oregano, garlic, and Kalamata olives for a punch of flavor.
10. Air Fryer Chicken Breast
If you haven’t invested in an air fryer yet, this recipe will convince you. Never eat another tasteless chicken breast again with this easy air-fryer chicken breast, which uses a mix of panko and Parmesan for a perfect crunch every time. A simple seasoning blend makes this chicken compatible with a wide variety of sides, whether you’re craving a fresh salad, homestyle mashed potatoes, or rich pasta.
11. Spicy Chicken Taquitos
Taquitos are like the cooler cousin to tacos, easy to dunk in salsa, guacamole, queso, or your dip of choice. This recipe for spicy chicken taquitos features options for both oven baking and air frying, so you can take your pick depending on available time and personal preference. There’s definitely some spice to the chicken filling, but you can cool off with the creamy avocado cream sauce before things get too hot.
12. Chicken with 40 Cloves of Garlic
There’s no denying that this recipe name is an attention-grabber – you might be wondering, does that really say forty cloves of garlic? Garlic lovers rejoice because this dish packs in about three full heads of garlic for maximum garlicky goodness. You’ll roast the garlic heads whole, cutting down on time in the kitchen and the hassle of peeling each clove. Once roasted, the softened garlic is easy to work with and add into the mix of chicken, lemon, broth, fresh parsley, Parmesan, and white wine.
Get All Your Chicken Recipe Needs at Gelson’s Supermarkets
Gelson’s is your neighborhood grocer, making it simple to stock up on everything you need for delicious, healthy meals. In addition to premium-quality chicken, we carry an extensive selection of beef, pork, and seafood, as well as fresh produce, pantry staples, and an array of gourmet ingredients. Whether you prefer to keep your weeknight dinners simple or enjoy spicing things up with new recipes, you’ll be ready for anything after a trip to Gelson’s.
And for those hectic nights when there’s no time to cook anything? Our Gelson’s Kitchen Meals to Go can be ordered online, then picked up in-store for a pre-prepared dinner that’s ready to serve.
Contact or stop by your nearest Gelson’s and start making your shopping experience easier and more enjoyable than ever.
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