45-Minute Chicken Main Dish Recipes

There are so many delicious ways to prepare chicken that take 45 minutes or less. Browse 45-minute chicken recipes and find a new favorite.

Staff Picks

Crispy Herb Baked Chicken

Rating: 4.5 stars 850
The secret ingredient is instant mashed potatoes, used to make the crispy coating.

Baked Honey Mustard Chicken

Rating: 4 stars 3038
Quick and easy to prepare, and the kids love it too!

Taiwanese-Style Three Cup Chicken

Rating: 4 stars 61
One of the beer-lovers' favorites in Taiwan. This dish requires three main ingredients - soy sauce, rice wine, and sesame oil. An abundant amount of Thai basil and ginger make this chicken-stew like dish a heavenly spicy meal to have. Serve with noodles or rice.

Cherry Bomb Chicken

Rating: 5 stars 158
Thanks to the magic of brining, this really will almost guarantee a juicy, tasty piece of chicken.

Garlic Chicken Fried Brown Rice

Rating: 4.5 stars 248
Leftover brown rice is reborn in this chicken fried rice with peppers and onions. Black pepper, paprika, or dried parsley may be used to season after this is cooked.

Three-Ingredient Baked Chicken Breasts

Rating: 4.5 stars 400
I use this as a basic baked chicken recipe when another recipe calls for cooked chicken. Works great for everything and is super customizable. Sometimes I use garlic salt or other seasonings, depending on what I'm using it for.

Sixteenth Century Orange Chicken

Rating: 4 stars 21
This recipe was adapted by me from a housewife's kitchen guide published in 1594! The sauce is slightly sweet, but very good.

Marry-Me Chicken

Rating: 4.5 stars 35
This 'marry-me' chicken dinner is worthy of a marriage proposal.

Baked Garlic Parmesan Chicken

Rating: 4.5 stars 3244
Breaded chicken breasts flavored with garlic and Parmesan cheese are baked until golden and crispy for the easiest chicken dish ever.

Easy Baked Chicken Thighs

Rating: 4 stars 189
Easy baked chicken thighs seasoned with onion and garlic make a quick meal.

Lemon-Parmesan Chicken and Rice Bowl

Rating: 4.5 stars 68
A quick and delicious meal that is healthy and the family will love it. Cheesy, lemony, crunchy!

Inspiration and Ideas

Baked Chicken Nuggets
Rating: Unrated 1842
These get extra flavor from an herb-and-Parmesan crust. Not just for kids!
Sarah's Easy Shredded Chicken Taco Filling
Rating: Unrated 126
Quick taco filling with shredded chicken simmered in a spiced tomato sauce.
Oyakodon (Japanese Chicken and Egg Rice Bowl)
Rating: 4.5 stars 129

This is a delicious traditional Japanese meal consisting of chicken sauteed and then cooked in a Japanese broth, and then finished with egg and served over rice. It's really easy, filling and delicious.