Everyone needs a handful of quick and easy recipes that they can pull out for those, ‘I can’t think of anything to make for dinner’ occasions or unexpected drop-ins. What distinguishes our list of easy chicken dishes is the fact that they are also full of flavor and include some of our all time favorite recipes.
Quick chicken recipes almost always begin with boneless chicken breasts. Boneless chicken breasts with the skin can be browned, baked, broiled or grilled without drying them out because the skin and fat keep the meat moist along with imparting flavor. Boneless, skinless chicken breasts are great sliced and tossed with other ingredients cooked over high heat, usually just until browned.
Buying boneless chicken breasts from the grocery store is more expensive and unnecessary if you have a few minutes to de-bone the breasts yourself. Whenever possible, we recommend buying whole chickens, cutting them into parts and freezing them for later use.
To de-bone a chicken breast, cut the whole breast into two halves along the cartilidge and center breast bone on the underside of the breast. Grab each half with both hands and press apart until the small bone at the top snaps. With a sharp knife, cut along the breast bone to separate. One of the breast halves will still have the breast bone attached. For this half, place the breast skin side up and slide your knife along the ribs against the bones, separating the breast meat. The other side is easier, simply slide your knife between the bones and meat to separate.
To make quick meals quicker, package breasts in serving amounts and freeze. You can write the amount of servings on the freezer bags with a marking pen. Boneless chicken breasts thaw relatively quickly.
Our top 10 easy chicken recipes are: