Fantastic, Flavorful 5-Ingredient Chicken Dinners
Say goodbye to sad weeknight meals with these 10 easy chicken recipes. From healthy, lean chicken breasts to meaty chicken thighs and drumsticks, we've got dinner recipes the whole family will eat up.
You don’t need a ton of ingredients to make a great, flavorful main dish! All you need is the right ingredients — in the right combination — to make an impact without a lot of fuss. Don’t stress out with yet another last-minute run to the grocery store or a giant pile of dishes to wash. Try out these super simple 5-ingredient chicken recipes instead, and get a great meal on the table with ease.
Overnight Honey Dijon Chicken
A classic honey-mustard marinade gets a surprising boost from curry powder and soy sauce. Letting the chicken breasts sit in the marinade overnight amplifies the flavor even more while keeping the chicken moist and tender. All you need to do the next day with this easy recipe is pop the chicken in to bake.
Honey Soy Chicken Breasts
This simple recipe appeals to both adults and kids with its sweet and sticky glaze. Take a cue from other Yummly users and substitute skinless chicken breasts or use brown sugar in place of the honey if you prefer.
3-Ingredient Italian Chicken
It's hard to believe that such perfectly golden brown chicken thighs can be made with only three ingredients! The chicken is baked in the oven, so you don't need to watch it or stir it; you can also add mushrooms, green beans, or potatoes to the pan for a complete no-fuss meal.
This easy dinner is a comfort food classic for Chinese home cooks. Chicken pieces are braised with ginger before being marinated for a full 24 hours in Shaoxing rice wine and broth. The chicken is then traditionally eaten cold, making this an ideal make-ahead recipe that's ready for dinner when you are.
Old Bay Chicken Wings
Chicken wings take on a new flavor profile with the addition of Old Bay seasoning (no, it's not just for crab!), and an unusual side: cocktail sauce. In both cases, this recipe proves that what's good for seafood is good for chicken. More of a white meat type? Add some bay seasoning to the breading for chicken tenders, and serve with cocktail sauce.
Hoisin Glazed Chicken
Sweet and thick with a deep, rich flavor, hoisin sauce is a favorite condiment to pair with all kinds of meat. Here, it's used to make a sticky glaze for oven-baked chicken drumsticks. The quick glaze can also be used in place of barbecue sauce if you'd rather make grilled chicken; simply throw the chicken on the grill, then paint on the glaze a few minutes before the drumsticks are done.
Rosemary Peppercorn Chicken
With cream, butter, and fresh rosemary, this delicious recipe makes any weeknight meal a little more special ... but still only uses 5 ingredients, and is ready in less than 30 minutes. The peppercorns are pressed right into the thin chicken cutlets, which are quickly pan fried and covered with a creamy pan sauce.
Baked Pesto Parmesan Chicken
A jar of pesto from the pantry is all you need to transform simple chicken breasts into a flavorful Italian-style meal. Topped with a little cheese (because ... cheese) and baked in the oven, this nutty basil-spiked chicken dinner is ready in a half an hour. Follow the author's lead and serve with brown rice and spinach for a healthy green meal.
Tapenade Baked Chicken
Much like the pesto chicken above, this chicken dish relies on a handy jarred sauce to give it lively Mediterranean flavors in a short amount of time. Here, chicken thighs are slathered with an olive tapenade and savory herbes de Provence to add a salty herbal flavor to the crispy chicken skin.
This low-carb, gluten-free chicken gets a crunchy crust made entirely from pistachios and a bit of heat from cayenne pepper. Baking the chicken breasts on a rack set inside a baking sheet helps the air to circulate around the whole piece of chicken, so it gets crispy on both sides.