By Kimberly Holland
March 28, 2019

Chicken is the most popular dinner protein, but it's easy to feel stuck in a rut with the same recipes. There's nothing ho-hum about these chicken dinner recipes, however.

Quick and easy chicken recipes aren't always the most exciting. We get it—food needs to be fast, not necessarily innovative. But what if you could have both? This collection of delicious chicken dinners are equal parts simple and incredibly unique. You can still get dinner on the table, but you can have a little bit of flavor fun at the same time.

It's the thing you love most about pizza night—the pepperoni! the cheese!—with the quick and easy prep of stuffed chicken breasts.

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Who says chicken dinners have to be a fork-and-knife meal? Turn chicken night into sandwich night, too, with these easy, cheezy paninis. Since these ingredients are quite simple—prepared pesto, cooked chicken, and a few crunchy vegetables—make sure you splurge a bit and get fluffy, thick focaccia bread. It's worth the extra dollar or two for its great flavor and texture when heated.

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Stuffed avocados feel a bit grand for a weekday meal, but you'll soon realize just how easy they are to make with this simple chicken version. "These were great!" writes Allrecipes Allstar Soup Loving Nicole. "I made as written and they came out perfectly. I was very much impressed with how green the avocado stayed even after baking."

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Saltimbocca is Italian for "jumps in the mouth," which is exactly what this quick chicken breast dinner does. A tangy lemon-butter sauce pairs beautifully with salty, meaty prosciutto and herbaceous sage. "Really simple, tender and tasty. No adjustments necessary, perfect as is," writes Allrecipes user April.

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Sometimes, preventing a boring chicken dinner is as easy as finding a spice blend that adds incredible flavor with very little effort. That's the case with this chicken recipe, which uses berbere, an Ethiopian blend of chiles, cardamom, coriander, cinnamon, allspice, and more.

Lightly-coated chicken breasts soak up an intensely flavorful Marsala wine and mushroom sauce. This chicken dinner is fast enough for a weeknight meal, but it's so good you'll want to serve it at your next dinner party.

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Tongue-tingling buffalo sauce is a superfast flavor booster for bite-size chicken pieces. Funky blue cheese dressing is stout enough to stand against the tangy chicken and makes for a fast and simple twist on weekly taco night.

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Check out our collection of Chicken Recipes.