30-Minute Chicken Main Dish Recipes

Need a fast chicken dinner? Of course. These quick and easy chicken recipes are ready in 30 minutes or less.

Staff Picks

Pressure Cooker Barbeque Chicken

Rating: 4.21 stars
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This chicken dish is incredibly easy to make and very delicious. It's a childhood favorite of my partner's; his mom served it with rice and green beans for an easy weekday meal. Feel free to add other hot sauce or spices to jazz it up. Frank's RedHot® sauce is a great addition.

Sandy's Chicken Saltimbocca

Rating: 4.75 stars
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Try this and you'll know why they call it saltimbocca--Italian for 'jump in your mouth.' It's kind of like it jumps right off of your plate. Though it's traditionally made with veal, I made it with chicken. Quick, easy, and so delicious!

Baked Chicken Schnitzel

Rating: 4.54 stars
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Growing up, chicken schnitzel was a classic. I decided to make this dish oven-friendly using less oil, and an easier cleanup. This dish tastes great with potato salad, or mashed potatoes and a nice crisp salad. Tastes great the next day cold too! It's a family-favorite! Enjoy with fresh squeezed lemon juice.

Quick and Easy Chicken Piquant

Rating: 4.59 stars
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This recipe is a variation on traditional chicken piquant which is spicy Cajun chicken. This comes together quickly and is good served over white rice.

Lucky's Quickie Chickie

Rating: 4.53 stars
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Fresh basil is essential to get that fresh burst of flavor with a hint of sweet and sour in this dish. The ingredients are all on hand when my herb garden is in season! Add a salad and a favorite vegetable for a quick weeknight meal.

Pounded Chicken with Sherry-Dijon Sauce

Rating: 4.67 stars
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Pounded, Parmesan-breaded chicken with a Dijon-sherry sauce.

Chicken Marsala

Rating: 4.55 stars
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A delicious, classic chicken dish -- lightly coated chicken breasts braised with Marsala wine and mushrooms. Easy and ideal for both a quick weeknight entree AND serving to company.
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Spicy Thai Basil Chicken (Pad Krapow Gai)

Rating: 4.76 stars
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My version of this classic Thai dish has spectacular taste even with regular basil instead of Thai or holy basil. The sauce actually acts like a glaze as the chicken mixture cooks over high heat. The recipe works best if you chop or grind your own chicken and have all ingredients prepped before you start cooking.

Chicken Katsu

Rating: 4.68 stars
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This is my family recipe for Chicken Katsu - Japanese style fried chicken. Can also be used to make Tonkatsu, just use pork cutlets instead of chicken. Serve with white rice and tonkatsu sauce.

Bang Bang Chicken

Rating: 4.5 stars
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This is a wonderful Americanized version of an extremely popular Sichuan Chinese dish. With twice-fried chicken, you get the crispy fried breading you'd expect, and the bang bang sauce drizzle just makes the entire dish spectacular. You'll love this more than any Chinese takeout version. Pay attention to the notes in the directions!!

Air Fryer Chicken Thighs

Rating: 4.72 stars
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Tasty, quick, chicken thighs, with juicy meat and a crispy skin; you will love this chicken that is ready for the table in less than 30 minutes!
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Inspiration and Ideas

A Good Easy Garlic Chicken

"Loved this recipe: so simple and so quick! My little girl also enjoyed it. I season both sides of the chicken breasts before putting them in the pan." – mzjettson

Greek Chicken Pasta

"I really loved this recipe for its simplicity and flavor. My only change was to add 1/2 cup of Greek olives to the dish." – nanciemartin

Spicy Garlic Lime Chicken

Rating: 4.58 stars
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A delightful chicken dish with a little spicy kick. Serve with rice and your favorite vegetable.