Guys, great news! Getting a wholesome, satisfying meal on the table without spending hours in the kitchen is totally possible. The key is choosing recipes with short ingredient lists. Maybe you've skipped over these simple recipes in the past, thinking they can't possibly be flavorful, but you can certainly pack a punch with a few strategic ingredients and cooking methods.
These 10 chicken recipes call for five ingredients or fewer (not counting olive oil, salt, and pepper, as those are pantry staples we all keep at home). Bookmark them for nights when you need to make a delicious, protein-packed dinner on the fly.
1. Slow Cooker Italian Chicken & Potatoes from The Recipe Critic
With just boneless, skinless chicken breast, chopped potatoes, oil, Italian seasoning blend, garlic powder, and salt and pepper, it really doesn't get any easier than this slow cooker recipe. Serve with a side salad or some roasted veggies for color and you've got a complete meal!
The secret to super-juicy chicken every time is — drumroll, please — pickle juice! When you're almost done with a jar of pickles, pour that juice into a baking dish and use it to brine chicken breast. After roasting, garnish your perfectly cooked chicken with pickle slices and fresh dill to really bring home those flavors.
3. Everything Chicken from Gimme Some Oven
This recipe proves that you can add everything bagel spice to just about ... everything. All you have to do is brush some butter on some brined chicken breasts, sprinkle over some everything bagel spice (homemade or store-bought), and bake it. So easy!
Just because you're capitalizing on the ease of the slow cooker doesn't mean you have to sacrifice quality. It's still possible to achieve golden-brown, crispy skin when making chicken thighs in the slow cooker — as long as you follow this ingenious method.
5. Grilled Honey Mustard Chicken Skewers from Salt & Lavender
If you want to be the hero of your next cookout, make these grilled chicken skewers. With a simple marinade of yellow mustard, honey, garlic, and salt & pepper, and the smoky flavor only a grill can impart, this chicken is sure to be a major hit.
Sheet pan meals are weeknight saviors. This one features chicken thighs, potatoes, and broccoli, all tossed in a maple-mustard sauce. Everything cooks on one sheet pan, so you've got a complete meal and only one dish to wash when all's said and done.
7. Easy Sticky Lemon Turmeric Chicken from Simply Delicious
This sticky-sweet lemon-turmeric glazed chicken with honey, black pepper, and curry powder is going to be your new favorite recipe. It all cooks in one large pan, so you cleanup after will be a breeze. Serve with a simple green salad and a cold glass of wine and you've got dinner!
When it's too hot to turn on your oven, head outside and fire up the grill. This recipe calls for first grilling the chicken breast, and then grilling the naan flatbreads. With pesto (either homemade or store-bought), corn, and mozzarella, this simple recipe is perfect for busy summer weeknights.
9. 2-Ingredient Pesto Chicken from Cafe Delites
The combination of pesto and chicken strikes again! This recipe gives you the option to either grill or bake your chicken and tomatoes. Whichever method you choose, make sure you're using really good-quality pesto and tomatoes — when you have so few ingredients, they really stand out! Serve over pasta or quinoa and you've got a fresh, flavorful dinner.
Brining chicken in a blended mixture of feta, water, salt, and pepper might sound strange at first, but it ensures well-seasoned, juicy chicken breast every time. To add even more flavor, you roast the chicken with garlic and rosemary and then finish with a squeeze of fresh lemon juice. Yum!