How many times have you come home from a long day at work or running errands only to face the dreaded, “What’s for dinner?” from your family? It’s a common occurrence around my house. Don’t get me wrong, I love cooking and baking, but sometimes I don’t have the energy for an elaborate meal with lots of measuring and a laundry list of ingredients. Chicken is definitely a go-to when I’m looking for a quick, easy dinner, but I feel like I’ve been in a rut lately. That’s why I took a look back at some of the simple and scrumptious chicken recipes we’ve done over the years. Here’s a great list if you’re in the mood for simple, tasty, and unique chicken dinners the whole family will love!
Marry Me Chicken
I’m all about this creamy sauce. Yes, the tender, juicy chicken is nice, but let’s be real. The chicken is merely a delivery system for the thick and creamy sun-dried tomato sauce. If you’re in the mood for dinner that looks and tastes like you spent all afternoon on it, but really only took half an hour, this is the recipe for you. I don’t know about you, but I like impressing friends and family with food that is deceptively easy. Don’t worry; I won’t tell anyone your secret! Get the recipe here!
Hasselback Fajita Chicken
This easy recipe has peppers, onions, spices, and plenty of cheese – basically all the things we love about fajitas, but in a nice and neat package. The prep-work is made even easier by using a packet of taco seasoning, so there’s no measuring out of a bunch of different spices. Win-win! Get the recipe here!
Pineapple Bacon Barbecue Chicken
This amazing pineapple bacon barbecue chicken dish will absolutely pep up the weeknight dinner routine. Just because chicken is simple doesn’t mean that it needs to be boring. Your tastebuds will tingle at the first bite of this amazing combination of flavors, and we all know that when bacon is involved, we’re in for a delicious treat. We absolutely love this combination of sweet-spicy-savory that comes from building layers of flavor with pineapple chunks, salty bacon, barbecue sauce, red onion, and slices of jalapeño. Get the recipe here!
Smothered Sour Cream Chicken
The sauce that the chicken simmers in is a simple mixture of sour cream, Parmesan, oregano, basil, garlic powder, and a touch of cornstarch to ensure a nice texture. It may be simple to make, but it doesn’t taste simple. It’s creamy, cheesy, and a little bit herby and it’s the perfect way to liven up some chicken. It’s a recipe that takes a basic and turns it into something breathtaking. It’s a comforting dish, creamy and bubbly with a touch of garlic and just the right level of cheesiness. Seriously yummy! Get our recipe here!
Dump And Bake Chicken Alfredo Casserole
I don’t think it’s any secret that we love a good casserole here at 12 Tomatoes, but personally, I think the cream of the crop are the bakes that don’t involve precooking any pasta or potatoes or rice. With a ‘dump and bake’ casserole, you get to stir everything together right in the casserole dish and still end up with a hot, bubbly, comforting bake. It’s hard to beat. And this particular one – with creamy alfredo sauce, tender penne, and hearty chicken – feels impossible to top in convenience and flavor. It’s absurdly easy to make, but so utterly tasty and satisfying that it just feels like an added bonus that it takes no effort at all. Get the recipe here!
Southwest Chicken Chowder With Cornbread Dumplings
So, we all know that chicken and dumplings is a very good thing, but this soup builds upon that greatness by taking things in a slightly different direction. Instead of a basic white flour biscuit dough, cornbread dumplings nestle into a hearty chowder that’s full of zesty southwestern flavor. It’ll take you just about a half an hour to make, but the flavor tastes like it’s seen a day’s worth of simmering. Get the recipe here!
Chicken And Biscuits Cobbler
I know cobbler for dessert is an easy concept to get behind, but I can promise you that the technology translates equally well to savory dishes. After all, what’s a cobbler? It’s just a dish where dollops of dough bake on top of a filling so the dough comes out tender and permeated with flavor while backing up the filling below with some starchy comfort. This Chicken and Biscuits Cobbler uses that same technique with a creamy, savory mixture of chicken and veggies and a simple buttery drop biscuit to top it. And oh my, is it good. Get the recipe here!
Jalapeño Popper Chicken Casserole
A jalapeño popper is like the world’s perfect appetizer… In one bite, it’s simultaneously crunchy, creamy, and a little spicy. So why not make an entire meal out of it? That’s exactly what we set out to do, and I dare say that we more than succeeded with this easy-to-make casserole. It still has that creamy-fiery flavor combo you’d expect from your favorite spicy starter, but we’ve rounded it out with some chicken, cheese, and crispy bacon to really fill you up. Get the recipe here!
Special Delivery Chicken
Special Delivery Chicken is aptly named. It’s just the kind of creamy, easy-to-make casserole that you’d want to bring to new parents or anyone that needs a little cooked comfort in their life. The recipe comes from an old edition of Taste of Home magazine and features cubed chicken nestled in a creamy sauce that’s flecked with poppy seeds and finished off with a buttery, crunchy cracker topping. In other words, it’s really darn good… the kind of timelessly delicious hot dish that you end up making over and over again (for yourself as much as anyone else who might need a comfort food delivery). Get the recipe here!
One Pan Coconut Lime Chicken
The chicken comes out moist and tender, surrounded by a velvety coconut sauce infused with lime, ginger, garlic, and a little bit of a kick from some red chili flake. And it will only take you 20 minutes from start to finish. With this dish, there’s no need to marinate anything ahead of time. The sauce ensures that the chicken has plenty of flavor. You just season your chicken and sear it, and then remove it from the pan so you can get the sauce going. Get the recipe here!