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30 Minute Chicken Dinners


posted: 04/18/23

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Winner winner: 30 Minute Chicken Dinners! These simple, delicious recipes come together in 30 minutes or less and your whole family is sure to love them.

If you try any of these 30 minute chicken dinners, leave a comment and let me know. I love hearing from you!

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There just isn’t anything better than a delicious 30 minute chicken dinner recipe. They are our go to during busy weeks. There is nothing boring about these chicken dinner recipes. They are bursting with flavor, but made with simple and easy to find ingredients. Your family will love these great recipes as much as our readers do; these are some of our most popular recipes!

Chicken Recipes with Rice

These easy chicken stir-fry recipes are sure to be family favorites. Serve with rice and you quickly have an at-home meal that tastes even better than takeout. These recipes are easy weeknight dinners as well as meal prep options.

Chicken Stir Fry

This easy Chicken Stir Fry is made with really simple vegetables, a delicious sauce, and it comes together in under 30 minutes.
a skillet full of chicken stir fry recipe

Chicken Fried Rice

Skip the take out and make your family this delicious recipe they will love. It is quick to make and the simple ingredients it calls for that are easy to keep on hand.
overhead close up view of teal skillet filled with chicken fried rice on a wire cooling rack with a red napkin

Teriyaki Chicken Bowl

This Teriyaki Chicken Bowl is going to quickly become a go-to dinner for you with its delicious homemade teriyaki sauce. This good-for-you recipe would be a great option for make ahead lunches.
Overhead photo of teriyaki chicken bowl served with broccoli over rice and two forks for eating.

Sticky Chicken

Sticky Chicken is an easy chicken stir fry with a delicious sauce served over rice. It is so quick and easy to make with tons of great flavor.

Hawaiian Chicken

This Hawaiian Chicken features pineapple and tastes a little like Sweet and Sour Chicken but with a little bit of a spicy zing to it.
Close up photo of Pineapple Chicken served in a bowl of rice.


These 30 minute chicken pasta recipes really pack the flavor (and some good veggies, too!) With a good variety of flavors to switch things up, quick pasta dishes never tasted so good!

Chicken Lo Mein

Chicken Lo Mein is made with the best sauce, chicken, lots of vegetables, and noodles. This is a recipe you can come back to over and over.
side view of a skillet full of chicken lo mein

Chicken Pesto Pasta

This Chicken Pesto Pasta is only six ingredients and is done in 25 minutes! The perfect easy weeknight meal the whole family will love.
overhead photo of a skillet with a red handle holding an easy skillet chicken pesto pasta recipe, garnished with fresh Parmesan and fresh basil

Tuscan Chicken Pasta

Tuscan Chicken Pasta is a delicious easy dinner that comes quickly on the stovetop. Your family will love the rich flavors of this fast dinner.
overhead view of a skillet with tuscan chicken pasta, and two slices of toasted garlic bread sticking into the pan

Cajun Chicken Alfredo

This Cajun Chicken Alfredo is an easy weeknight meal with the most perfect homemade Alfredo sauce and cajun seasoning. Your family will love this delicious dinner.
overhead close up view of cajun chicken Alfredo with sliced chicken on top of fettucine garnished with fresh tomatoes, parsley, and parmesan

Sandwiches and Wraps

Perfect for lunch or supper, these quick chicken sandwiches and wraps are simple and so delicious. They are made with easy-to-find ingredients that are filling and flavorful. These are great options to make ahead for lunches or supper on the go.

Chicken Salad

This Chicken Salad is an easy recipe that comes together to make an amazing chicken salad sandwich. Perfect for bringing to a picnic, hosting a bridal shower, or just for an easy weeknight meal.
close up of a chicken salad sandwich

BLT Chicken Salad

BLT Chicken Salad is a great easy spin on the classic chicken salad recipe that you know and love. This easy recipe can make the perfect low carb meal!

Chicken Wrap

This Chicken Wrap recipe is such an easy weeknight dinner. Done in about 25 minutes and with a good serving of vegetables, pick your favorite sauce and these will become a regular meal in your house.
three stacked chicken wraps that have been cut in half and you can see ingredients inside after cooking

Buffalo Chicken Wrap

This Buffalo Chicken Wrap is a 20 minute dinner recipe that will have you wanting seconds. The homemade buffalo sauce takes this recipe over the top!
stack of buffalo chicken warps that are stacked on top of each other and cut in half

Chicken Lettuce Wraps

Chicken Lettuce Wraps are the perfect healthy and easy recipe. They are ready in under 30 minutes, and have the best flavor – better than take out!

Air Fryer Recipes

These chicken air fryer dinner recipes will make a delicious star of your family’s dinner, without the extra oil of pan frying or the heat of your oven! Make them with an easy side for a quick meal that your family will love on those busy nights.

Air Fryer Chicken Breasts

Air Fryer Chicken Breasts are so fast to make and come out perfectly juicy every time. Add a vegetable to the air fryer and be left with a satisfying and healhty meal!
Overhead photo of air fryer chicken breasts in air fryer basket

Air Fryer Chicken Tenders

Air Fryer Chicken Tenders will be loved by even the pickiest of eaters! With flavorful homemade breading, your whole family will request this easy chicken recipe regularly.
overhead view of breaded chicken tenders in an air fryer basket

Air Fryer Chicken Wings

Air Fryer Chicken Wings are a great way to make your favorite game day food a little lighter. This Chicken Wings recipe has the most amazing chicken rub that takes it over the top.
overhead view of chicken wings in air fryer

Appetizers for Dinner

Appetizers for dinner are a fun way to mix up your usual weeknight meals without a lot of extra fuss. A great way to use up leftover ingredients, check out these tasty (and quick!) chicken options!

BBQ Chicken Nachos

BBQ Chicken Nachos are going to be your new favorite dinner. With homemade bbq sauce, this great recipe comes together quickly and is perfect for an appetizer or fun weeknight meal.
overhead of bbq chicken nachos

Chicken Taquitos

This simple take on Chicken Taquitos is an easy dinner idea to make at home. It has just the right balance of seasoning, chicken, and cheese and they are made with just five ingredients!
a plate of chicken taquitos topped with lettuce, tomatoes, and shredded cheese

Mini Chicken Pot Pies

These Mini Chicken Pot Pies are easy to whip up and make a great appetizer or fun dinner. Everyone will fall in love with these.
close up of a mini chicken pot pie on a platter

Taco Bell Chicken Quesadilla

Make this Copycat Taco Bell Chicken Quesadilla recipe right in the comfort of your own home. It is so easy to throw together and makes a perfect and easy weeknight dinner.
triangles of Taco Bell quesadillas on a platter

Hi! I'm Lisa Longley, and I am committed to giving you simple dinner ideas and recipes that are easy to make; recipes that will fill your home with joy. I am the owner and author of SimpleJoy.com and I'm so glad that you are here.

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  1. Trudeen says

    THANK YOU – love your recipes – thanks for sharing

    • Lisa Longley says

      I’m so glad to hear that you are enjoying my recipes!

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5 Secrets to Stress Free Dinners



5 Secrets to Stress Free Dinners