A Whole Week's Worth of 30-Minute Chicken Dinners


If you ask us, the phrase “winner, winner, chicken dinner” is no coincidence. That’s because chicken is a winner on so many fronts: It can be cooked in a flash, satisfies like nobody’s business and is arguably one of the most-versatile proteins you’re ever going to cook with. As an ode, we’ve got a whole week’s worth of chicken recipes that can hit the table in 30 minutes flat and save the day on busy nights.

Just like the classic chicken dish, Rachael Ray’s Chicken Piccata Pasta Toss (pictured above) is fresh, lemony and bright. Toss lemon, garlic, fresh herbs and a splash of white wine with juicy chicken breast tenders and penne for an all-in-one meal ready to eat in 30 minutes.

Rachael lets a surprising ingredient add flavor to her quick and easy takeout-inspired Lemon Chicken. To add a citrusy brightness to chicken, she combines jarred lemon curd with a splash of rice wine vinegar for a quick sauce. Did we mention this dish takes 25 minutes to make from start to finish?

It takes only two ingredients to give these Parmesan-Crusted Chicken Breasts their crispy, savory coating: Parmesan cheese and pepper. Round out the meal with a tomato-basil topping and a side of potatoes and peppers for a dinner that is ready in 27 minutes.

From beginning to end, Rachael’s Barbecued Chicken Lettuce Wraps take just 25 minutes until chow time. After stir-frying chicken and shiitake mushrooms in big-flavored hoisin sauce with ginger, garlic and orange zest, wrap it all up in leaves of iceberg lettuce for a crunchy hand-held meal.

In 30 minutes on the dot, Tyler Florence turns out a quick-cooking Chicken Stir-Fry loaded with broccoli, mushrooms, carrots, green beans and bok choy. Stir-frying the meat and veggies in a flavor-packed sauce of dark sesame oil, garlic and teriyaki sauce ensures big flavor in no time.

When it comes to eating healthy on the fly, trust Ellie Krieger to pull off a well-rounded meal in under 20 minutes. With a tangy balsamic-tomato sauce and a side of fluffy, quick-cooking couscous, her Balsamic Chicken with Baby Spinach is a speedy weeknight meal that’s healthy to boot.


With more than 100 reviews and a 5-star rating, Rachael’s Buffalo Chicken Salad boasts the peppery, vinegar-spiked goodness of traditional Buffalo wings in refreshing salad form — and she does it in under 20 minutes.

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