Dinner Ideas with Chicken – Fast and Easy

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Need some simple dinner ideas with chicken that you can make for your hungry family? Here are some fast and easy meals that the whole family will enjoy!

Need some simple dinner ideas with chicken that you can make for your hungry family? Here are some fast and easy meals that the whole family will enjoy! #dinnerideaswithchicken #chickendinners

Dinner Ideas with Chicken

It’s 5:30 pm. You open the refrigerator and see the usual mishmash of baby carrots, half an onion, and a package of chicken.

You call the pizza shop, right?

Wrong! As long as you have some chicken – thighs, breast, even a whole chicken — it doesn’t matter — you can have an easy and healthful meal on the table in under 45 minutes. And if you plan ahead a bit, you can have a delicious chicken dinner on the table even sooner. Here are some of our very favorite dinner ideas with chicken!

Tip: For frozen chicken, don’t despair! Take it out of the packaging and microwave it on low for 5-10 minutes to thaw it quickly. Make sure to check after every 2 minutes.


Dinner Ideas With Chicken:

Cheesy Chicken Breasts – Literally could not be simpler! Cheese + mayo+ chicken = YUM!

Creamy Chicken and Noodles Soup – Delicious, creamy twist on Chicken Noodle Soup

Homemade Chicken Nuggets – An easy way to get kids to eat their chicken!

Sour Cream Enchiladas — You can have dinner on the table in under 20 minutes with this easy recipe that makes the most of what you have on hand.

Chicken Pot Pie — An especially quick dish to whip up that can work with almost anything you have in your refrigerator!

Amish Chicken Casserole — This is a wonderful hearty casserole if that’s something your family prefers.

Turkey and Feta Quesadillas — One of our family’s favorites. Substitute chicken for the turkey in the recipe.

Chicken Sheet Pan Supper — This one couldn’t be easier and is all made on one pan.

Chicken and Queso Dinner — We could make this one over and over!

Chicken Crescents Freezer Meal

Make Ahead Chicken Dinners

If you’re planning ahead a bit, here are some delicious recipes:

Cheesy Chicken Crescents

Crockpot Drumsticks and Fresh BBQ Sauce

Frugal Crockpot Chicken

Ranch Chicken Calzones

How to Cook a Whole Chicken (and what to do with it)

Make Ahead Chicken Casseroles

And of course, for a very easy meal, you can try Canning Chicken ahead of time. Then all you need to do to make a simple chicken noodle soup is heat, add noodles, and serve!

Cold Chicken Dinners

For the warmer months, don’t be afraid to serve chicken cold! One of my husband’s favorite things is chicken salad. I use some shredded cooked chicken, mix in some mayo, salt, pepper, and sliced grapes. You can eat it on sliced homemade bread, in homemade pita pockets, or as a salad on greens.

If sandwiches are your thing, try a CLT! Sub out the bacon in a BLT for some cooked chicken breast. It’s even better if you add a slice of avocado.

Here are 7 more Simple Chicken Dinner Recipes for $7 or less.

What are your favorite dinner ideas with chicken?

This article on Dinner Ideas with Chicken was originally published on Little House Living in April 2013. It has been updated as of June 2019.

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  1. Love the Applesauce Chicken. I am starting a 30-Day-Challenge on how to eat better and I saw a couple recipes on this round-up that are a great fit, so I will send my participants over to you 🙂

  2. I am just looking for some recipe suitable even for an unskilled cook who wants to make a surprise for his wife on their wedding anniversary. I think I am choosing the Applesauce Chicken (is it a good choice?), as it looks pretty healthy and delicious. So keep your fingers crossed for me, hopefully everything works out well for me and thanks for the great idea.

  3. Hi Sarah,
    Great Chicken ideas. Thank you so much for sharing this awesome recipes with Full Plate Thursday. Hope you have a very special Mothers Day Weekend and come back soon!
    Miz Helen