Everyone loves chicken, and that’s at least partially due to the fact that this popular protein is endlessly versatile. But despite the fact that there are so many different ways to prepare chicken, it’s easy to fall into a weeknight dinner rut—if you find yourself habitually making the same chicken dishes week after week, we’re here to help. Here, we’re sharing some of our favorite weeknight recipes that highlight all the different ways to cook this protein and the best cuts to choose from.
From chicken cutlets—which are pictured here gussied up with artichokes and spinach in a creamy one-skillet dish inspired by your favorite dip—to chicken breasts—which we like steamed in a parchment parcel in the oven, a revelatory technique that maximizes flavor and minimizes the need for added fat—we have a number of inspired ways to make chicken for dinner any night of the week. If you’re looking for a low-maintenance oven method, a sheet pan dinner, where all the ingredients cook together on one sheet pan, can’t be beat. Try our Pan-Roasted Chicken with Za’atar, Potatoes, and Greens for a one and done, prep-it-and-pop-it-in-the-oven meal.
And don’t underestimate the power of preparing a whole chicken—we promise, it’s possible to do so on a busy weeknight. A whole chicken is not just for roasting; master the art of cutting up a whole chicken and you’ll quickly realize that it’s more economical than buying chicken parts. You can use those chicken pieces for a one-pot dish like a braise or a curry. The possibilities are endless.
What about the broiler? It’s a a quick way to make delicious dinners, and that’s true with chicken or other proteins. We paired chicken breasts with bacon for a recipe we’re featuring ahead, but even without the pork, chicken cooked under the broiler is a winner. And don’t forget salad and soup, as both are stellar weeknight dinner options. While some chicken soups and stews cook long and slow to build deep flavor, we do have recipes that use smart shortcuts to get a comforting bowl of soup on the table in time for a regular weeknight meal. As for salads, we have a number of recipes that are hearty enough for dinner—some are great ways to use leftover roast chicken and others, like our chicken and quinoa salad with asparagus and peas, make one chicken breast stretch into a tasty meal for four.
Choose a few of our fast, most delicious chicken dinner recipes and you’ll never find yourself in a weeknight rut again.