12 Easy Chicken Dinner Ideas for Any Night of the Week

Chicken dinner ideas: a roasted chicken breast and green beans

Know what you’re going to make for dinner tonight? No? Trust us, there’s no judgement here. Between your nine-to-five, trying to make a random appearance at the squat rack, and your less than speedy commute home, sometimes getting dinner together is the last thing on your mind.

Before you log into your Seamless account, we have a few ideas to make dinner go from prep to plate with minimal casualties. If you can swing by the grocery store on your way home, grab a few chicken breasts and other basic ingredients, we have twelve easy chicken dinner recipes you can make this evening. From Mexican favorites like chicken enchiladas to a simplified version of chicken parmesan to a quick stir-fry, there’s enough dinner ideas to keep you set all week.

12 Chicken Dinner Ideas That Make the Perfect Weeknight Meal

We get it—you’re slammed at work, you haven’t worked out in two weeks, and you locked yourself out of your house yesterday. No matter how chaotic life may seem on the surface (or to your parents), you have everything in you to put together a meal that you, yourself, and you, made from scratch.

And if you don’t think you can quite make a homestyle chicken dinner from scratch, we have solutions for that too. Sincerely, the Tovala support network.

1. Chicken Teriyaki Meatballs With Pineapple Rice

Chicken dinner ideas: Chicken Teriyaki Meatballs With Pineapple Rice

Before your eyes glaze over at the title of this recipe, know that it takes all of 5 minutes to prep and 18 to cook. You are fully capable (we believe in you) of assembling a package of meatballs, pineapple chunks, water, and hoisin sauce in your Tovala, setting the timer, and waiting patiently as your oven cooks it on autopilot. Find this recipe on the Tovala App.

2. Chicken Fajitas

Chicken dinner ideas: Chicken Fajitas
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With this recipe, twenty-five minutes is all it takes to prepare one of your favorite Tex-Mex dishes. To make these quick chicken fajitas, season chicken breasts with chili powder, garlic powder, and oregano, then toss it in a wok or skillet with bell peppers and onions. Top your fajitas with sour cream, guacamole, cilantro, and all your favorite toppings to complete the dish.

3. Parmesan Chicken Tenders and Green Beans

Chicken dinner ideas: Parmesan Chicken Tenders and Green Beans

If you’re still eyeing that Postmates account thinking, “But delivery is sooooo much faster,” you simply have to try this healthy chicken parmesan recipe (made without the breadcrumbs) from the Tovala App. Chicken tenders, frozen green beans, black pepper, and shredded parmesan are combined on a baking sheet, then placed in your Tovala for 15 minutes.

And the best part? You don’t need to spend those 15 minutes waiting idly by the stovetop—go check your email, pick out a Netflix movie, or rest on the couch.

4. Mango Mojo Chicken Tacos

Chicken dinner ideas: Mango Mojo Chicken Tacos
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This easy recipe delivers everything you want from a taco: They’re easy, filled with flavor, pack a little kick, and make great leftovers. Combine chicken, mangos, spices, and orange juice on a baking sheet, then bake for twenty minutes. Once your taco filling is ready, add in a little spicy slaw or other favorite toppings, wrap it up in a flour tortilla, pair with a side of rice or black beans, and enjoy.

5. Baked Chicken Breast With Squash & Brussels Sprouts

Chicken dinner ideas: Baked Chicken Breast With Squash and Brussels Sprouts

Recipes that require five ingredients or less are the absolute best, and we have a lot of them on—you guessed it—the Tovala App. For this easy chicken dinner, all you need is boneless skinless chicken breasts, pre-cut butternut squash, olive oil, and salt and pepper—that’s it! Plate it next to an easy salad of Brussels sprouts, dried cranberries, and balsamic dressing for a light, weeknight dinner.

6. Avocado Chicken Salad

Chicken dinner ideas: Avocado Chicken Salad
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This creamy chicken salad is unlike any you’ve tried before, combining avocados, shredded chicken, diced red onions, and a dollop of mayo (you can also substitute cream cheese). Wrap up in a tortilla, wrap, or leaf of butter lettuce for a low carb, quick dish that’s suitable for lunch or dinner.

7. Balsamic Glazed Chicken Thighs With Caprese Salad

Chicken dinner ideas: Balsamic Glazed Chicken Thighs With Caprese Salad

Looking to tighten up that grocery budget? Insider tip: Chicken thighs are one of the single most affordable cuts of meat you’ll find (more so than boneless skinless chicken breasts). And in our humble opinion, they carry much more flavor than white meat.

To make our recipe for a healthy chicken dinner, season chicken thighs with balsamic syrup, salt, and pepper, then roast it in your Tovala Oven for 23 minutes. Pair with a simple salad of mozzarella and cherry tomatoes and dinner is served.

8. Chicken Italian Sausage With Peppers and Onions

Chicken dinner ideas: Chicken Italian Sausage With Peppers and Onions

If you’re craving Italian but aren’t feeling all the work associated with it, give our recipe a try. Simply slice a few bell peppers and red onions, then pair with sliced chicken sausage. Place it in your Tovala Oven, and the entire dinner is cooked on autopilot in just 15 minutes.

9. Grilled Chicken Tandoori

Chicken dinner ideas: Grilled Chicken Tandoori
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This Indian-inspired dish is made on the grill, no tandori required! Plus, it takes a total time of just 20 minutes. Season your chicken with your favorite Indian spices, including chili powder, turmeric, and tandori paste, then place on the grill for 15 minutes. Serve with a side of naan or rice to complete the meal.

10. Spatchcocked Chicken

Chicken dinner ideas: Spatchcocked Chicken

Having guests over? Looking to impress that special someone? Looking for a family-friendly meal? We have the perfect fool-proof recipe for you with our new take on rotisserie chicken.

This whole roasted chicken takes just 5 minutes to prep and requires all of six ingredients. Simply season a whole chicken with herbs de Provence, garlic powder, salt, and pepper, then place it in your Tovala Oven for 42 minutes. Yes, it takes a bit longer than the other recipes on this list, but it’s well worth the wait.

11. Buffalo Chicken Lettuce Wraps

Chicken dinner ideas: Buffalo Chicken Lettuce Wraps
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These lettuce wraps are an easy “sandwich” idea made with just a few simple ingredients.They take 15 minutes to make, require all of two steps, and contain all your favorite things. Buffalo sauce, avocado, crumbled blue cheese, and shredded chicken are combined, wrapped up, then quickly devoured for an easy weeknight meal.

12. Teriyaki Glazed Chicken Drumsticks and Thighs With Carrots

Chicken dinner ideas: Teriyaki Glazed Chicken Drumsticks and Thighs With Carrots

Chicken teriyaki has never been easier than this recipe. With your Tovala Oven, these teriyaki chicken drumsticks take just 23 minutes to bake and 13 minutes to prep. All you need to do is smother chicken thighs and drumsticks with teriyaki sauce (the chef recommends Soy Vey), then place on a baking sheet next to a cup of baby carrots. In less than thirty minutes, dinner is served.

Looking for an even easier chicken dinner?

Some of you might be reading through this list and thinking, “Um, this is great guys, but what about the nights where I have zero minutes to spare?” If twenty or even fifteen minutes just isn’t going to cut it, we’ve still got you covered.

With Tovala, we don’t just give you easy, mouth watering recipes that are ready in 20 minutes or less. We make cooking virtually effortless by sending chef-created, incredible meals straight to your doorstep—all for roughly $12 per meal. Our menu rotates weekly, ensuring you’ll never get bored. Enjoy some of your favorite chicken dishes, including chicken jambalaya, Indian butter chicken, garlic lime chicken, and chicken alfredo.

No matter what your week looks like, whether you have twenty minutes to spare or none at all, Tovala can take one thing off your plate—by putting dinner on it.