Warm spring days make us want to spring clean a lot of things: the house, our closets, and even our weeknight dinner recipe rotation. In honor of spring, we decided to add a bit of pep for our favorite chicken dinners that are sure to, well, make you truly feel like a spring chicken yourself (pun VERY much intended). These 30 light and bright chicken dinners are our favorite way to usher in the season, and we have a pretty good feeling you'll be making these recipes well into the summer too!
The more sunshine we get to enjoy also means less time we want to stay in the kitchen, TBH. Chicken, being such an easy, quick-cooking protein, makes it the most delicious option for those days you want to soak up ALL the sun. Most of these meals come together super-quick, like our creamy garlic chicken (which comes together in just 35 minutes!) and our strawberry spinach salad (a whopping 20 minutes). An amazing meal and plenty of time to work on your base tan? The true definition of a win-win situation.
Plus, we've got plenty of one-pot and sheet-pan dinners that will cut down on any post-dinner cleanup. Our one-skillet creamy Thai basil chicken and sheet-pan lemony chicken and potatoes with feta recipes are bound to be on your weekly repeat list, for sure.
If you're looking for a simple—but super-satisfying—way to switch up your weeknight chicken dinner rotation, this is it. All it takes is a few basic ingredients (that you most likely already have on hand) to transform chicken thighs into an herby, garlicky dream. The best part? Your sides and main dish will both be ready in under an hour, making this an ideal last-minute, filling dinner. We paired this one-pan meal with roasted zucchini and asparagus, but you can can switch it up with whatever is in season that you have on hand.
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Strawberry Spinach Salad
The combination of sweet strawberries, herby chicken, creamy goat cheese, and spicy red onions may even make so-called spinach haters love this recipe. This light and fresh salad lets sweet flavors shine (we’re looking at you strawberries), but is complemented by the sharp textures and flavors of our other ingredients.
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Creamy Balsamic Chicken
If you’re familiar with our chicken piccata, our one-pan chicken & gnocchi, or our creamy Tuscan chicken, you know that for some chicken dishes, it’s ALL about the sauce. This one—with balsamic vinegar, heavy cream, and chicken broth—is a touch sweet, a little tangy, and super-delicious as a full-flavored creamy sauce. It all comes together in just about half an hour too, perfect for a weeknight meal or a special occasion.
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Cheesy Asparagus Stuffed Chicken
There’s a reason boneless, skinless chicken breasts are a weeknight dinner MVP. They’re affordable, crowd-pleasing, quick-cooking, and are a blank canvas for your favorite flavors. They’re also the perfect meat for stuffing with delicious things. Here, a springy mix of asparagus, fresh mozz, and sun-dried tomatoes wakes up this weekday workhorse in a recipe that’s quick enough for Tuesday night, but special enough for a weekend dinner party.
This strawberry-jalapeño chicken is bound to become your springtime go-to dinner. Seasoned chicken breast gets pan-seared until golden brown, smothered in a strawberry chipotle sauce, and topped with fresh strawberry-jalapeño salsa to create this playful, bright dish. If you’re not a huge fan of the cilantro that gets sprinkled on top, you can easily swap it for fresh basil or parsley.
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Although it originated in the United Kingdom during Queen Elizabeth II’s coronation, coronation chicken is much like the chicken salad we all know and love here across the pond. It has all the makings of a classic dish—juicy pieces of chicken, a well-seasoned mayonnaise-based sauce, celery, scallions, and lemon juice for bright, fresh flavor. This dish would be delicious served with crackers for scooping or piled onto a buttered and toasted brioche bun, but we like to serve it on fresh and crisp Bibb lettuce leaves. Toasted sliced almonds sprinkled over the top add some extra crunch.
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Kung Pao Chicken
Growing up eating a ton (and yes, we mean a ton) of American Chinese food, kung pao chicken is near the top of our all-time faves. Slightly spicy, a bit sweet, packed with peanuts and tender nubs of chicken, it was perfect to eat over rice (or out of the fridge at midnight, not gonna lie).
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Honey Mustard Chicken, Tomato & Zucchini Foil Packs
Smothered in sweet honey mustard sauce, these chicken breasts are grilled to perfection, staying super-tender and juicy by cooking inside foil packets. Honey mustard sauce can be as simple as just two ingredients; however, we amped it up for flavor and cooked it slightly to thicken the sauce so it stays on top of the chicken, creating almost a glaze. A duo of mustards is a must for the flavor—grainy mustard is more mild with a pop of texture, while Dijon adds a burst of that signature mustard intensity.
Chicken Wontons In Chili Oil
Just fill, fold, and boil store-bought wonton wrappers, and you've got chicken wontons ready to dig into in under an hour for the easiest weeknight dinner. Plus, folding wontons isn't as difficult as you may think and kind of fun—especially if you do it with a friend or while listening to a podcast. These homemade wontons are super-tasty boiled with a homemade or store-bought chili crisp (if you want to save a step), but they're also fantastic boiled into soup or seared in a pan.
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Grilled Chicken Street Tacos
Nothing beats a street taco—super-juicy, tender meat in a quick grab-and-go format. What makes a taco a street taco? Besides being sold by a vendor right on the sidewalk, one of the main differences is the size of the tortilla. Street tacos are typically prepared by doubling up two smaller corn tortillas, making them easier to eat on the side of the street, in the car, anywhere!
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Creamy Garlic Chicken
Calling all garlic lovers! If you’re the type to use a whole head of garlic when a recipe only calls for one or two cloves, this is the dish for you. This chicken dinner is exactly how it sounds: super-garlicky and swimming in an ultra-silky, creamy sauce. The best part? This whole recipe comes together in just 35 minutes, all in one pot.
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Mexican Chicken Casserole
There’s your average casserole… and then there’s this cheesy, loaded Mexican chicken casserole. Filled with a creamy sauce, two kinds of cheese, and plenty of chicken, there’s something in this dish for everyone. While this is certainly not an authentic Mexican dish, it combines lots of flavors and ingredients that will remind you of tacos, enchiladas, and your favorite Mexican/Tex-Mex meals. It's perfect for celebrating Cinco de Mayo with a crowd, or for spicing up your weeknight dinner any time of year.
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Copycat Chipotle Burrito Bowl
We think what you order at Chipotle really says something about a person: Do you spring for extra guac? Go for the spicy salsa, or stick with mild? Fill your bowl with brown rice, white rice, or just greens? While we’re all about switching things up, when we want a tried-and-true perfect meal, we always go back to the chicken burrito bowl. It’s classic, reliable, and, best of all, completely customizable depending on our mood.
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Lemony Chicken & Potatoes With Feta
Freshen up a classic dish, lemon chicken and potatoes, by spooning the most flavorful olive, almond, and parsley sauce over top. Prepared from the pan drippings, the sauce is so simple to make without getting out an extra pot. The best part? This entire recipe is made in just one dish, making dinner (and cleanup) easier than ever. Simply remove the chicken and potatoes to a serving platter once they're cooked, then stir the sauce ingredients right into the pan drippings. Generously spoon the creamy sauce over everything and serve!
Tandoori chicken is a tender, flavor-bombed chicken dish that’s a staple in Indian cuisine. Though traditionally the chicken is grilled in a clay tandoor grill (hence the name), it’s possible to make it at home in your oven. The real stand-out in this timeless recipe is the use of a masala-yogurt marinade that coats the chicken throughout the cooking process, making it exceedingly juicy and extra flavorful.
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While we've got plenty of weeknight chicken dinners in our arsenal, this bruschetta grilled chicken is one of our favorite ways to celebrate fresh spring and summer flavors. If you've got extra homemade bruschetta on hand, try using it as an extra-flavorful boost to your main course—starting with this cheesy, fresh dish.
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Copycat Olive Garden Chicken Gnocchi Soup
Strawberry Chicken Cobb Salad
There's a lot to love about a classic Cobb salad. It's packed with hard-boiled eggs, chopped chicken, bacon, avocado, and refreshingly crispy romaine. The gang's all here in this salad, except with some big-time upgrades. Strawberries stand in for the standard tomatoes, while feta takes the place of blue cheese. Fear not, there's still an extra-creamy buttermilk-based dressing that coats every bite.
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Mackenzie Filson is a food writer and contributing digital food producer at Delish. Her favorite ice cream flavor is chocolate-pine and if wine was an astrological sign she'd be a New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc. She's never met a bag of Spicy Sweet Chili Doritos she didn't eat in one sitting.