Fast & Fresh chicken recipes

The staple ingredient soars to new flavorful heights with these easy-to-make meals, all ready in around 30 minutes or less

Easy Chicken Cordon Bleu recipe

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Chicken Cordon Bleu

If your usual chicken recipes are in need of an upgrade, these tasty meals are sure to put the pep back in your poultry fast. Each one packs plenty of flavor and is ready to eat in around 30 minutes.

Shown: In an attempt to create something new, we sometimes forget how good the classics can be. That's the perfect reason to bring back cordon bleu in its simplest form to your table tonight.

Recipe:  Chicken Cordon Bleu

Chicken Puttanesca

Chicken Puttanesca

Instead of cherry tomatoes, you can use larger tomatoes cut into pieces so they cook quickly and release their juices to form the flavorful sauce. Try the dish over pasta or polenta.

Recipe: Chicken Puttanesca

Southwest Grilled Chicken and Avocado Melts

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Southwest Grilled Chicken and Avocado Melts

A simple spice mix flavors chicken while it grills; finish with avocado, chiles, and cheese.

4 more minutes on the grill melts the cheese to perfection.

Recipe:  Southwest Grilled Chicken and Avocado Melts

Chicken Cheesesteaks

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Chicken Cheesesteaks

Cheesy chicken sandwiches get a kick from a bit of cayenne.

If you prefer an even more robust flavor, spread the rolls with a mixture of Dijon mustard and chili paste.

Recipe:  Chicken Cheesesteaks

Easy Chicken Burgers recipe with Caramelized Shallots and Blue Cheese

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Chicken Burgers with Caramelized Shallots and Blue Cheese

Cheeseburgers get a makeover with ground chicken and gourmet toppings. They're even better served with a cold beer.

Recipe:  Chicken Burgers with Caramelized Shallots and Blue Cheese

Quick DIY Chicken Papaya Spring Roll recipe

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DIY Chicken Papaya Spring Rolls

Vietnamese spring rolls always make great light-dinner fare, but the assembly can be time-consuming.

Here's our solution: Set out the ingredients and let guests make their own. They'll have fun playing with their food, and the cook won't get stuck with all the prep work.

Recipe: DIY Chicken Papaya Spring Rolls

Chicken with tomatoes, apricots, and chickpeas

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Chicken with Tomatoes, Apricots, and Chickpeas

The mix of apricots, spices, and tomatoes gives an interesting and delicious twist to chicken dinner.

Recipe: Chicken with Tomatoes, Apricots, and Chickpeas

Roast Chicken with Vegetables

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Roast Chicken with Vegetables

Need a quick one-pan dinner for two? Roasting all the ingredients of this meal together guarantees rich flavor and makes for easy cleanup.

Recipe:  Roast Chicken with Vegetables

Pan-roasted Chicken with Asparagus and Shiitakes

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Pan-roasted Chicken with Asparagus and Shiitakes

Meaty shiitakes, a good sear on the chicken, and a sprinkle of nutty parmesan cheese—not to mention the sweet, tender-crisp asparagus—make this low-fat dish a winner.

Recipe: Pan-roasted Chicken with Asparagus and Shiitakes

BLT Chicken Burgers

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BLT Chicken Burgers

Poultry burgers have a reputation for being dry and bland, but jazzed up with sharp cheddar, parmesan, and garlic ― and then topped with crisp bacon, juicy tomatoes, and lettuce ― they're boldness in a bun (in under 30 minutes).

Recipe:  BLT Chicken Burgers

Thai chicken coconut soup

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Thai Chicken Coconut Soup (Tom Kha Gai)

As satisfying as the version served at your favorite Thai restaurant, but enjoyed in the comfort of your own home. Flavors of lime, chile, and cilantro cut through the creamy broth for a tangy, silky combination.

Recipe:  Thai Chicken Coconut Soup (Tom Kha Gai)

Easy Grilled Chicken Salad recipe

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Grilled Chicken Pita Salad

All the best flavors of the Mediterranean, tossed in a lovely salad. We prefer the chicken grilled and sliced, but if you're pressed for time, you can easily substitute 2 cups shredded rotisserie chicken from the deli.

Recipe:  Grilled Chicken Pita Salad

 

Japanese-style One-pot Supper

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Japanese-style One-pot Supper

The fresh vegetables, tofu, and flavorful ginger in this Asian-inspired soup will keep you healthy, while slurp-able noodles and chicken meat ensure you'll be satisfyingly full.

Recipe:  Japanese-stye One-pot Supper

Easy indian recipe

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North Indian-style Spinach Chicken

“Serve this curry with basmati rice, some plain yogurt, and a chopped cucumber–red onion salad―which you can make while the chicken cooks,” says food editor Margo True.

Recipe:  North Indian-style Spinach Chicken

Orange-Olive Chicken Scaloppine

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Orange-Olive Chicken Scaloppine

This flavorful course of chicken topped with an orange, almond, and black olive sauce can be on the table in just 20 minutes.

Recipe: Orange-Olive Chicken Scaloppine

BBQ Chicken Salad Subs

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BBQ Chicken Salad Subs

These summer-inspired sandwiches are perfect for a quick and satisfying weeknight dinner that works anytime of the year.

You can find most of the ingredients for these quick subs pre-prepped at the grocery store.

Recipe:  BBQ Chicken Salad Subs 

Grilled yogurt chicken and cucumber salad

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Grilled Yogurt Chicken with Cucumber Salad

When it comes to weeknight grilling, think thin: These pounded chicken breasts cook in less than 10 minutes.

Recipe: Grilled Yogurt Chicken with Cucumber Salad

Basil Chicken Sandwich

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Grilled Basil Chicken Sandwiches

Coated with a simple basil mayo, the chicken in this open-face sandwich would also be good chopped and tossed into a salad or served alongside rice and fresh vegetables.

Recipe: Grilled Basil Chicken Sandwiches

Asian chicken noodles recipe

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Southeast Asian Chicken and Noodles

Chinese long beans (or regular green beans) and plenty of fresh herbs turn this Thai-inspired dish into a whole meal.

Recipe: Southeast Asian Chicken and Noodles

Grilled Chicken with Peanut Sauce recipe

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Grilled Chicken with Peanut Sauce

This quick peanut sauce adds lots of flavor to grilled chicken with minimum fuss. Serve it with steamed vegetables and rice for an inspired weeknight dinner.

Recipe: Grilled Chicken with Peanut Sauce

Quick-Braised Chicken with Caramelized Fennel and Endive

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Quick-Braised Chicken with Caramelized Fennel and Endive 

This dish delivers a lot of sophistication for not much time spent in the kitchen. The chicken rests on a bed of mild autumn vegetables, enriched with cream and wine. If the chicken you buy weighs more than 2 pounds, you may need to simmer it a few more minutes.

Recipe: Quick-Braised Chicken with Caramelized Fennel and Endive

 

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