40 Chicken Dinner Ideas

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These Chicken Dinner Ideas will help you plan your weeknight dinners in the best way! If you have any chicken breasts, thighs, wings or drumsticks in the fridge, I’ve got recipes included here for all different cuts and all different methods – from Instant Pot and Crockpot to baked and stovetop, etc!

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Winner winner chicken dinner! Here at The Recipe Rebel, we definitely don’t shy away from poultry.

Chicken is one of the easiest proteins to cook no matter which cut you use. Toss it in the Crockpot, Instant Pot, bake it in a casserole… It’s so versatile and always encourages creativity.

You can make it Italian, Chinese, or go all-American by deep frying it. When you’re working with chicken, the options are limitless!

That’s why I wanted to compile this list of some of my favorite chicken dinner ideas to help get you out of your repetitive dinner funk. Add any of these to your weeknight routine and enjoy!

Tips for Using Frozen Chicken

As a good rule of thumb to follow, it’s typically best to let your chicken slowly thaw in the fridge for a few hours prior to using. I like to take mine out the night before so that I am not rushed.

If you need to thaw some chicken in a hurry, the best and safest way to do that is to place it in a zip top bag and place in a bowl or sink full of cool water, changing the water every 30 minutes.

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What’s the best cut of chicken to use?

That’s entirely up to you!

Boneless, skinless chick breasts are popular here because they’re easy to cook and have a milder flavor. Chicken thighs are dark meat and can have skin and bones, or be boneless and skinless.

There are also chicken wings, legs, and I’ve even included a recipe below for cooking a whole chicken. Ground chicken is great for meatballs, burgers and swapping for ground beef in a multitude of recipes.

No matter which cut of chicken is your favorite, it’s all pretty great. Chicken is considered to be one of the healthier proteins that’s incredibly versatile and budget friendly.

Chicken Dinner Ideas

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Juicy Baked Chicken Breast
This Baked Chicken Breast comes out juicy and flavorful every time! With a simple spice rub and quick cook time, it's perfect for any night of the week!
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Perfect Roast Chicken
How to make the perfect Roast Chicken, with a simple seasoning, golden crispy skin, and tender juicy chicken!
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One Pan Tuscan Orzo with Chicken
This amazing One Pan Tuscan Orzo with Chicken recipe is perfect for making a healthy, filling, quick, and easy dinner the whole family will love on busy weeknights! 
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The Best Oven-Fried Chicken
This easy Oven-Fried Chicken turns out perfectly crispy and juicy every time! The special seasoning blend tastes just like KFC, but it's made with wholesome ingredients in your own kitchen.
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Chicken Alfredo Bake
This Chicken Alfredo Bake is an easy meal-prep and freezer friendly dinner option! Tender pasta and chicken are tossed in homemade Alfredo sauce, topped with cheese, then baked until hot and gooey.
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Air Fryer Boneless Chicken Thighs
These Air Fryer Boneless Chicken Thighs are crispy on the outside and juicy on the inside! With a simple seasoning, they are prepped and cook quickly!
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Chicken Noodle Casserole
This Chicken Noodle Casserole is a classic comfort food ready with just 15 minutes of prep! Tender egg noodles, veggies, and juicy bites of chicken baked in a rich cream sauce.
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Slow Cooker Creamy Tomato Basil Chicken
This Slow Cooker Creamy Tomato Basil Chicken is SO easy and flavorful, you wouldn't believe it only has a few ingredients! The perfect easy dinner recipe!
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Crockpot Chicken Noodle Soup
This easy Crockpot Chicken Noodle Soup recipe is one of my favorite things to warm up with on a cold winter day! With juicy chicken, vegetables, and an aromatic mix of seasonings, it's a family favorite!
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Sweet and Sour Chicken Recipe
This Sweet and Sour Chicken Recipe is a homemade version of a classic Chinese takeout dinner. This 30-minute dinner is made up of tender chicken smothered in homemade sweet and sour sauce!
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Chicken Lettuce Wraps
These Chicken Lettuce Wraps are healthy, comforting, and so easy to make! Similar to P.F. Chang's (if not better!) and you can have them any time you want from the comfort of your own home!
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Juicy Instant Pot Chicken Breast
The JUICIEST Instant Pot Chicken Breast! Made with an all purpose seasoning and one secret ingredient, this is the perfect pressure cooker chicken breast!
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White Bean Chicken Chili recipe
This White Chicken Chili is ultra thick and creamy, with shredded chicken, white beans and corn and just the right amount of spice! Make ahead and freezer friendly, perfect for pantry cooking.
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Honey Garlic Chicken Thighs Sheet Pan Dinner
These Honey Garlic Chicken Thighs with Roasted Vegetables is an easy sheet pan dinner that the whole family will love! Sweet and savory and tangy and SO easy!
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Chicken Pesto Pasta
This Chicken Pesto pasta is made in one pot and ready in 30 minutes! It’s an easy dinner idea that makes great lunches the next day! 
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Chicken Taco Salad
This Chicken Taco Salad is a fresh and healthy dinner idea that’s loaded with flavor. It’s packed with crunchy iceberg lettuce, tender chicken breast, cheddar cheese, tortilla strips, and all the best taco toppings!
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White Lasagna Soup
This White Lasagna Soup is your favorite pasta bake in soup form! It's rich, creamy, and packed with tender chicken, veggies, and cheese!
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Sun Dried Tomato Crockpot Chicken and Potatoes
This Crockpot Chicken and Potatoes is slow cooked in a broth flavored with sun dried tomatoes and Italian herbs. It's an easy crockpot meal that requires only 10 minutes prep!
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One Pot Chicken Chow Mein
Loaded with juicy chicken, bell peppers, cabbage, peas and carrots, this One Pot Chicken Chow Mein is a fast and healthy dinner the whole family will love!
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Air Fryer Chicken Parmesan
This Air Fryer Chicken Parmesan is a classic comfort food made healthier in the air fryer. Breaded chicken is air fried until golden and crispy, then topped with your favorite tomato sauce and melted mozzarella cheese.
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Chicken Rice Soup
This Chicken Rice Soup is a hearty, healthy soup recipe that’s perfect for fall! Loaded with vegetables, lean chicken and brown rice it can be made stove top or slow cooker.
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Sheet Pan Chicken Fajitas
These Sheet Pan Chicken Fajitas are an easy dinner idea, ready in 30 minutes with only one dirty pan!
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Slow Cooker Chicken Breast
This Slow Cooker Chicken Breast recipe comes out perfectly juicy and seasoned every time! Learn my tips for getting the best crockpot chicken breast, perfect for salads, sandwiches or an easy dinner.
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Maple Glazed Chicken Drumsticks
Maple Glazed chicken Drumsticks are a simple, 6-ingredient sweet and spicy meal that's perfect for summer grilling! They are always a big hit!
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White Chicken Skillet Lasagna
This White Chicken Skillet Lasagna is made with SIX ingredients in ONE pot! It's creamy and hearty and the perfect comfort food.
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Mango Salsa Chicken and Rice
This Mango Salsa Chicken and Rice is made with 6 ingredients, in ONE pot, and is packed with flavor! Just dump and simmer. With step by step recipe video.
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Crockpot Tuscan Chicken
This Crockpot Tuscan Chicken is made up juicy chicken breasts slow cooked in a rich and cheesy cream sauce. This recipe takes just 10 minutes to prep and makes the perfect dinner served over your favorite pasta!
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Cajun Chicken Pasta
This Cajun Chicken Pasta is a quick and easy one-pan meal. Tender penne pasta is tossed in a spicy, creamy sauce and topped with juicy slices of chicken.
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Baked Chicken Caprese
This Baked Chicken Caprese is an easy dinner recipe that comes together in less than 30 minutes! A simple balsamic sauce, roasted cherry tomatoes, juicy chicken breasts, and Mozzarella cheese.
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One Pot Teriyaki Chicken, Rice and Vegetables
One Pan Teriyaki Chicken and Rice with Vegetables is an easy, family-friendly meal that's ready in just 30 minutes or less! It's healthy, hearty, and just the perfect recipe for busy weeknights.
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Chicken Pot Pie Casserole
This Chicken Pot Pie Casserole is a completely made-from-scratch comfort food classic! It's packed with veggies and tender bites of chicken then layered with a fluffy homemade biscuit topping.
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Hawaiian Chicken Recipe
This Hawaiian Chicken recipe is perfect for dinner on a busy weeknight for the whole family! Ready in just 30 minutes, with instructions on how to cook it on the grill or in the oven, you'll want to save this delicious chicken recipe for later!
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Baked Tuscan Chicken Breast
This Baked Tuscan Chicken Breast is an easy meal ready in 30 minutes or less! With a creamy sauce that's perfect over pasta.
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Chicken Quesadilla
This Chicken Quesadilla is the perfect kid and adult friendly meal! It's layered with juicy bites of chicken, melty cheese, and veggies!
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Slow Cooker BBQ Chicken
This easy Slow Cooker BBQ Chicken is made with store bought barbecue sauce and a couple secret ingredients! Make it with chicken breasts or thighs.
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Chicken Carbonara
This Chicken Carbonara is a luxurious pasta dinner that takes just 15 minutes to prep! Perfectly cooked spaghetti noodles are tossed with crispy bacon and tender chicken in a silky smooth cream sauce.
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Chicken Pot Pie
This Chicken Pot Pie is made with homemade pie crust, a thick and creamy filling of chicken and vegetables and baked to golden perfection. The perfect comfort food dinner!
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Chicken Tortilla Soup
This Chicken Tortilla Soup is a comfort food classic! This one-pot soup is loaded with all the veggies, all the flavors, corn, beans, and tender shreds of chicken. Just 10 minutes of prep needed!
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Chicken Bacon Ranch Pasta
This Chicken Bacon Ranch Pasta is made with tender noodles, crispy bacon, and juicy chicken pieces tossed in a flavorful cream sauce.
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Chicken and Rice Bake
This Chicken and Rice Bake is the best one pot meal! It's healthy, loaded with flavor, and takes just 10 minutes to prep!
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Meet Ashley

My name is Ashley Fehr and I love creating easy meals my family loves. I also like to do things my way, which means improvising and breaking the rules when necessary. Here you will find creative twists on old favorites and some of my favorite family recipes, passed down from generations!

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