Chicken dinners are staple here for busy weeknights. They’re relatively cheap. There’s a lot of variety without a lot of work ( usually) and as a bonus my kids tend to eat most of the chicken dinner ideas I drum up. But I’ll be honest.
Eating Chicken for all of our weekly meals…can be…well. Fucking boring.
That’s why I’ve compiled an epic list of the best chicken recipes that will keep you and your family fed on a busy night, and get you out of an otherwise food rut.
Pro tip: you’re gonna have to go into this list of chicken dinners with a bit of an open mind. A blank canvas if you will. I hope your taste buds are ready because the next time you serve dinner for the whole family it’s gonna be…different.
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Where to Save These Easy Chicken Breast Dinner Ideas
So glad you asked.
Busy moms rave by my lazy bitch meal planner.
It’s a great option if you’re sick of eating the same thing all the time as you can compile a giant list of healthy chicken breast recipes.
But there’s some magic to the below list of chicken breast recipe ideas…especially if you are keen to meal prep.
Sometimes cooking something NEW gets us out of a major dinner rut! And then the next meal, and the next, are just gonna be awesome too. You can seamlessly store these easy recipes there. In fact, they are already listed and come included with the price of admission.
Some of these chicken breast dinners actually suggest using chicken thighs, which are super yummy and very budget-friendly.
But if chicken thigh dinner recipes aren’t your thing, no worries!
Just substitute chicken breasts and add a little bit more cooking time to adjust for the extra thickness of the breasts. You can also substitute skinless chicken breasts for your weeknight dinners.
And in the meantime a bit of easy chicken dinner advice.
You can also check out my easy meal planner digital template to make sure to save all these easy chicken recipes for later.
Try to resist that impulse to want to try every single easy chicken recipe on this blog post. It’s tempting! I totally get it!
But it’s not necessary and it’s just another way for you to head straight for burnout city, where you are the president, the only citizen, and the janitor. White wine will be provided.
And in the meantime a bit of easy chicken dinner advice.
This link is gonna be here for you when you need it.
Bookmark it, save it for later.
Try to resist that impulse to want to try every single easy chicken recipe on this blog post. It’s tempting! I totally get it! But it’s not necessary and it’s just another way for you to head straight for burnout city, where you are the president, the only citizen, and the janitor. Plus, it’s actually better to try some leftover cooked chicken breast recipes instead since you’ll surely have leftover chicken at some point anyway!
Easy Chicken Breast Dinners for When You’re Bored of Chicken
The one-pan chicken breast dinner is your next best friend.
A few of these recipes below also utilize chicken thighs and honestly, I prefer them in some contexts because a) they’re cheap and b) they’re delicious. But I’ve totally made them with chicken breasts as well and it’s just as good.
One Pan Lemon Garlic Chicken
I love that it’s all done in one pan and if you want you can even cook your rice in the remaining dregs of the sauce to really up the flavor quotient.
If you’re new here, this will become your favorite dinner.
We eat this at least once a week, and I vary it enough that it doesn’t feel like its the same thing (hot tip don’t make it with the same veggies every time!) It’s just as yummy with chicken thighs or with plain chicken breasts. you could even substitute red meat and ground beef patties could be another great alternative.
This is also one of my laziest dinners and featured prominently in one of my most popular blog posts: What to make for dinner when you don’t give a fuck.
This one is admittedly a bit fancier but it’s still one pan (that goes in and out of the oven so it’s best if you have a pan like a cast iron pan or a pyrex that can go back and forth without too much hassle).
I love the Italian flavors of this one and it’s so good with some pasta or if you’re doing low carb, some sauteed spinach on the side. It’s a really easy way to turn your boring chicken breast into an easy dish. Make sure to test that internal temperature of your chicken though so that it’s totally done, (160 degrees baby! )
I love fried chicken so much but I hate the extra oil/fat that’s involved in actually frying it.
Enter Baked fried chicken (whuuuuttt?) This recipe is exactly like it sounds: The best. I love the seasoning mix and panko bread crumbs make the crust super crunchy and yummy.
Pro-tip, double up on the panko/egg batter and double-dip/re-do it. This is the kind of mouth-watering tender chicken.
Not only is this Chicken dinner a one-pan wonder, but it’s also done in about 15 minutes flat. A healthy option for those craving their favorite asian dishes.
This is a one-pan chicken dish that is also keto-friendly. I serve with white rice or cauliflower rice.
You could even substitute pork chops for this. Any lean meat will likely provide the same end result: A delicious, easy, healthy dinner that reheats LOVELY the next day.
It’s so flavorful and so affordable, and when it’s all in one pan it’s momma friendly because that means my ass has less shit to clean up after dinner. It’s also super toddler-friendly.
This is one of those easy and healthy dishes that you can throw together with whatever veggies you have left in the house.
If you buy the pre-cooked rice then toss that in the microwave for less clean-up. Otherwise, make your rice alongside this dish to make it a two-pan meal.
This is so decadent and so yummy and so easy it’s stupid. If you buy pre-cooked bacon that will help make this a one-pan meal, otherwise you’ll need to fry up some bacon first (but we just use the same pan we made the bacon in to cook the rest of the meal which goes from stove to oven).
Easy Chicken Breast Dinner Favorites For When You’re Tired of Chicken
If you’re in the mood for cooking or if you just want to switch up the routine of what you’ve been making these weeknight chicken breast dinner favorites are perfect.
They’re also really great if you’re hosting a dinner party or if you just wanna make it a date night at home.
Stop everything and make this meal.
It’s a bit complex so it’s a really good one to have on a Sunday when you may have more time to spare to get your dinner on the table. But it’s heaven in a dish I tell you.
The sauce in this is so delicious my husband thought it was a soup and wanted to eat it straight out of the pan. It’s not a soup. But it’s really yummy over pasta, rice or cauliflower rice.
‘This one is definitely Keto-friendly if that’s your jam.
Ps. I don’t like sun-dried tomatoes and I totally just didn’t add them. Didn’t affect the taste at all.
This one is keto friendly and comes from my pals over at Have Butter Will Travel which focuses on foods that are friendly to a ketogenic diet. It’s a bit complex to make on a weeknight, but a perfect summer salad or something to prep ahead of time and throw together when you get home from work.
This one is keto friendly and comes from my pals over at Have Butter Will Travel which focuses on foods that are friendly to a ketogenic diet.
It’s a bit complex to make on a weeknight, but a perfect summer salad or something to prep ahead of time and throw together when you get home from work.
Check out my other Posts with easy Lazy Summer Dinner Ideas
Also from Have Butter Will Travel, this recipe is like one of those fancy recipes your family won’t know what to do with at first but after a few bites, they’ll wonder who you are and what happened to their usual home cook who doesn’t cook things that taste this yummy.
This dish is super comforting and has all of my favorite fall flavors (cranberry, orange, cinnamon!) When we make this the whole house smells like fall and it’s kind of the best.
This recipe, admittedly, looks kinda gross at first simply because it combines mayo and potato chips. However, if you’re gluten-free then this recipe is going to give you all the feels.
Plus it’s a super easy and low-cost dinner you can throw together on a weeknight with whatever you have in your pantry.
I love french food. I also love dishes that are simple to make on a weeknight and also decadent enough to serve for a dinner party and this is one of those dishes.
Toss some string beans and add some pasta and you’ve got gourmet at your dinner table. You could use garlic powder too if you’re low on garlic.
Also a favorite in my house. I love how refreshing and comforting this dish is.
Is your stomach growling yet? Be sure to save this post to Pinterest if you like these recipe ideas. Or add them to your very own Lazy Bitch meal planner.