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If you’re looking for quick and easy chicken meals then look no further. These chicken meals are all super easy to prepare, taste delicious and come together in next to no time at all!
Quick and Easy Chicken Meals…
We eat a lot of chicken in our family, partly because you can buy it for so cheap from Zaycon Fresh, but also because we don’t eat red meat and just prefer the taste of chicken.
And given that we both lead pretty busy lives, neither of us really have the time to be spending hours in the kitchen every night, so quick and easy chicken meals are pretty much a necessity. Otherwise, there’s a good chance that we’d be making a trip through the drive-through or heating up frozen box dinners…
If I’m being completely honest with you, a few years ago (before we had our son) that was the case more often than I’d like to admit. I hadn’t mastered the art of quick, easy meals and some nights I wouldn’t get home from work until as late as 8pm, so the last thing I wanted to be doing was coming home and spending a hour or more in the kitchen.
Anyone who works 12 hour shifts will probably agree with me – when you finally get home from work, all you want to do is eat dinner and then veg on the couch.
And even today, I’m a mom of an almost 2-year-old tornado, I work from home and I have a husband who is rarely home before 7pm, so I still don’t have the time to be spending hours in the kitchen. So quick and easy chicken meals that take less than 30 minutes to prepare but are still healthy and delicious are the name of the game.
Oh, and btw… If you haven’t heard of Zaycon Fresh, you need to check them out. They sell boneless, skinless chicken breast for as low as $1.89/lb and often hold sales where it’s as low as $0.99/lb.
Even if you’re not ready to place an order, sign up for a free account that way you’ll be notified when they have sales (sometimes as low as $0.99/lb.)
Quick and Easy Chicken Meals That Will Feed a Family:
*Every Sunday I usually cook a bunch of Zaycon Fresh boneless chicken breasts in the oven, which makes some of these meals even quicker and easier to prepare.
*To save even more money, often I will slice the chicken breasts in half lengthways, and pound flat.
CROCKPOT CREAMY BUFFALO CHICKEN
I got this recipe from a neighbor and it’s been on repeat ever since. It’s so tasty and easy to make. Just put 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts in the crockpot. Pour 3/4 cup of hot sauce over the chicken, and pop in a block of cream cheese, cubed. Cook for 4-6 hours on low. I like to serve this in a hoagie roll.
My Nanna and Mum have made apricot chicken for years, and it’s a favorite of ours. This recipe has just four ingredients so it’s quick, cheap and easy to make. Just lightly coat 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts with flour. Then mix 1 packet of dry french onion soup mix with 12-10oz of apricot nectar. Pour mix into casserole dish, put chicken breasts on top. Turn breasts to make sure they’re coated with the mixture then bake for around 45 minutes at 375 degrees.
BAKED PESTO CHICKEN
This recipe is so easy but it looks a bit fancy 😉 Just top a few chicken breasts with store-bought pesto. Top each chicken breast with a slice of mozzarella cheese, then sprinkle some sliced grape tomatoes on top. Bake for 35-40 minutes at 350 degrees.
This is another quick and easy chicken recipe that looks fancier than it is. Just slice 4 chicken breasts in half, pound them flat and coat them with flour. Pan fry until golden. Remove from the pan and place in a baking dish. Keep the juices in the pan and add a cup of chicken stock, a few tablespoons of capers, 3 tablespoons of butter and some salt and pepper to the pan, whisk until the butter is melted.
Pour mixture over chicken then bake at 350 degrees for 10 minutes.
MARMALADE SOY SAUCE CHICKEN
With only 3-ingredients (plus chicken), you can’t go past this recipe. Quick, easy, cheap and delicious! Just mix together a cup of BBQ sauce, a cup of orange marmalade and 3 tablespoons of soy sauce. Simmer in a pan until warm. Add diced boneless, skinless chicken breasts and stir until cooked through. Serve over rice.
CHEESY MEXICAN CHICKEN
Dice some boneless, skinless chicken breasts. Pan fry until golden, then stir through some enchilada sauce and grated cheese. Serve with rice, salad and/or wraps.
ONE DISH CHICKEN & RICE BAKE
This recipe is from the can of Campbell’s soup and I make it often. It’s super easy and tasty. Just combine together a can of cream of mushroom soup, 1 cup of water, 3/4 cup of uncooked white rice, 1/4 tsp of paprika and 1/4 tsp of cracked black pepper in a 2-inch deep baking dish. Place a few boneless, skinless chicken breasts on top then bake for 45 minutes at 375 degrees.
I use wholemeal tortillas for these – just spread some tinned pizza sauce over the tortilla, then top with some pre-cooked, shredded chicken breast, baby spinach, onions, green peppers and a little mozzarella cheese. Pop in the oven at 425 degrees for 15 minutes and voila!
CHICKEN AND PASTA SALAD
Cook a box of rotini pasta, stir through some chopped up cooked chicken breast, cubes of tasty cheese, stir-fried bell pepper and onion and some Italian dressing.
CHICKEN AND CHEESE TOASTIES
Spread some mayonnaise on your bread, then fill with provolone, shredded cooked chicken and avocado, then toast in the sandwich press.
PAN FRIED CHICKEN AND ROAST VEGGIES
Slice some chicken breast and pan fry with a little garlic and olive oil until cooked through. Add some diced veggies like sweet potato, brussels sprouts, and onion, and cook for about 5-7 minutes. Transfer everything onto a baking dish, drizzle with some olive oil, sea salt and cracked black pepper and bake for 20 minutes at 350 degrees.
STRAWBERRY CHICKEN SALAD
If you’re feeling like something lighter, then try this strawberry chicken salad. Just toss together some cooked, chopped chicken breast, sliced strawberries, feta cheese, chopped walnuts, and romaine lettuce. Drizzle with balsamic vinaigrette.
GRILLED PESTO CHICKEN SANDWICHES
Another easy pesto recipe. Just spread some pesto on your bread, add some pre-cooked shredded chicken breast and a slice of provolone and toast.
CHEESY BBQ CHICKEN
Cut two chicken breasts in half and pound until thin. Coat with flour and cook in a pan until cooked through. Transfer to a baking dish, cover with BBQ sauce and pepperjack cheese, then bake at 375 degrees until cheese has melted.
*Don’t forget to get a free Zaycon Fresh account to save even more money on farm-fresh chicken. Even if you’re not ready to place an order yet, make sure you sign up so you can get notice of the super specials they have.