Friday, March 25, 2022

10 Best 30 Minute Chicken Meals

When life is busy, make one of these 30 minute chicken meals and you can feed your family a scrumptious and satisfying dinner in a snap!

Do you struggle knowing what to make for dinner with chicken that’s not only easy to prepare, but a timesaver too? I am positive that you are not alone with that problem.

How many times have you taken a pound of chicken out of the freezer with no idea what you were going to make with it?

10 Best 30 Minute Chicken Meals
Coming up with weeknight dinner ideas shouldn’t be the cause of stress, so I want to help!

Making chicken dinners that your family will love is a snap, thanks to this fabulous collection of easy chicken recipes!!

30 Minute Chicken Meals

These chicken recipes go from prep to plate in less time than it takes to set the table and wrangle up the kids for dinner.

To make things easier for you, the recipes are broken out into categories by the appliance you’ll use to make them.

This collection includes 30 minute chicken meals for:
  • the Instant Pot
  • an air fryer
  • the stove top and/or oven

And if you’re a fan of easy BBQ, be sure to check out our grill and smoker recipes too. This chicken pizza will knock your socks off!

Where to print and save these chicken recipes

Accessing the actual recipes couldn’t be simpler! Just browse through the descriptions below and when you find something you want to make, click the title above the recipe’s description.

Easy, right? Let’s do this!

Simple Instant Pot Chicken Recipes

When time gets away from you, you can use your electric pressure cooker to help prepare a scrumptious chicken dinner.

One of my favorite things about Instant Pot cooking is how much quicker the food cooks.

And you don’t even have to worry if you forget to pull the chicken out of the freezer, because I have a post that explains how to make frozen chicken breast in the Instant Pot!!

Chicken and rice is the comfort food of chicken meals, and it’s a snap to make in the Instant Pot! Juicy chicken and tender rice smothered in a creamy sauce, ready to eat in just 20 minutes! Say hello to your new favorite easy chicken recipe!! You’ll flip for homestyle chicken and dumplings in 20 minutes, and there’s no lack of flavor in this comfort food dinner!

A quick and easy 30 minute chicken meal that doesn’t skimp out on flavor! Tender bites of meat, noodles, and a creamy sauce in a dish that boasts a beautiful symphony of Italian flavors.

30 Minute Air Fryer Chicken Recipes

If you haven’t joined the air frying craze, there’s no better time than now! Air frying is the newest way to prepare healthy dinners in a snap, and you will love these 30 minute chicken meals!!<

If you think crispy chicken wings only make great game day food, think again! This meal is packed with lemony goodness. Serve with a couple of hearty side dishes like potatoes and get ready to feast!!

These scrumptious crispy egg rolls are stuffed with chicken, black beans, fresh veggies, and cheese. Make this easy chicken recipe in only 25 minutes!

These bites of goodness are tender and delicious, and the tangy lemon flavor will tickle your tastebuds. This is one of the 30 minute chicken meals that you can whip up for unexpected dinner guests.

Easy Stove Top Chicken Recipes

**Some of these meals are cooked from start to finish on the stove top, but there are also some that start there and finish up in the oven.

Crispy, cheesy chicken is smothered in red sauce and served over a pile of your favorite noodles. This chicken parm pasta recipe will definitely have your family begging for seconds!

This simple chicken dinner takes a classic chicken pot pie and flips it on its head!! Tender chicken cooked in a scrumptious creamy sauce with veggies. A secret ingredient in the drop biscuits takes this dish over the top.

This quick soup has super tender and juicy bites of chicken with smoky ham. The cheesy broth begs to be dunked into with soft breadsticks!

This 30 minute chicken meal is made easily with frozen pierogi and a creamy bacon cheese sauce that nobody can resist. CHICKEN.BACON.CHEESE.POTATOES! This one is calling your name.

So, there you have it- my 10 favorite ideas for 30 minute chicken meals!! I hope you will try a few of these simple ideas for your weeknight dinners.


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10 Best 30 Minute Chicken Meals

Originally published October 2012, updated and republished January 2022

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  1. What a great idea! I love this list & 30 minute dinners are my life savers :)

  2. What fantastic idea..those nuggets are a thing of beauty! Great post ~ Melissa

  3. Bookmarked the page already! Gonna try soon...
    Krithi's Kitchen

  4. Looks great! Stopping by from SITS. :)

  5. Great idea! Love this post! Stopping by from the SITS Sharefest on Twitter. :)

  6. Yummy looking list, I've bookmarked your post and will be back to try some!

  7. Oh I am bookmarking this page. I have so much chicken in my freezer. Thank you!!

  8. These are terrific ideas - very inspiring!

  9. I like all of these! Great post. I'm pinning! ;)

  10. Super fantastic post. So many amazing looking recipes!

  11. These all look great!

    Happy SITSharefest!


  12. I totally just had to Pin this! You are right up my alley with the quick and easy dinners. Great post!

  13. Cheryl Goetz They look so good tired of the same old chicken like to find different ways to make it.

  14. Your recipes all look incredible and you have a twist on some of my old favorites that I can't wait to try. Twill be the Chicken and dumplings today, Thanks!

  15. Trying the sausage/pepper/potato skillet this evening with a few alterations. Going to use chopped up Italian turkey sausage links I've got in the fridge and substitute cauliflower florets for the potatoes to reduce the carbs. Can't wait! --- Anita

  16. Made this for dinner. It was awesome! ! Thanks for all your great recipes.

  17. My husband does not like chicken, can't eat pork and little fish. How do I turn these into meat esp. beef pot pie?

  18. WOW! What a mouth watering delicacy! I will definitely try this to surprise my family. You can one more delectable recipe "Chicken Onion kebabs" to your list that i tried yesterday and it tastes yumm..


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