12 Ways to Make Chicken a Fast and Fancy Dinner

12 Ways to Make Chicken a Fast and Fancy Dinner

Kelli Foster
Apr 22, 2017

There are basic chicken recipes we all keep in our meal plan rotation — and then there are the chicken recipes that make you feel like a dinner goddess. These 12 recipes are the latter.

They come together with minimal effort, yet deliver sophisticated flavor and sometimes an unexpected ingredient that makes your midweek meal feel pretty fancy. Think: figs and balsamic glazed chicken, Arnold Palmer chicken thighs, or a vibrant coconut curry soup.

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1. How To Make Chicken Tikka Masala in the Electric Pressure Cooker

Yes, chicken tikka masala can have a place in your meal plan. With the help of your instant pot, this flavorful chicken dinner can hit the table in about 30 minutes.

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2. Pan-Seared Chicken Thighs with Blistered Tomatoes & Basil

When you want a simple, fresh, and totally delicious dinner, this recipe hits all the hight points. With just five ingredients and about 30 minutes, you can be feasting on crispy-skinned, tender chicken piled high with warm, blistered tomatoes and fresh basil.

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3. Baked Chicken with Artichokes, Cinnamon, and Preserved Lemons

Inspired by a classic Middle Eastern tagine, this easy weeknight supper leans on preserved lemons and a few warm spices for an ultra-fragrant boost.

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4. Roasted Chicken Thighs with Fennel & Lemon

Licorice-scented fennel and the bright pop of lemon join forces to make this fuss-free sheet pan supper taste extra special.

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5. Arnold Palmer Pan-Roasted Chicken Thighs

Inspired by the classic summertime drink, these chicken thighs are brined with, you guessed it, tea and lemon juice! It cooks up into a skillet dinner with irresistibly crispy skin and subtle smoky lemon undertones.

6. Balsamic & Mustard Glazed Chicken Thighs and Figs

If your heart skips a beat for recipes that are big on glazes, this is the weeknight dinner for you. Sweet figs, tangy balsamic vinegar, and spicy mustard come together to give chicken thighs the upgrade you didn't know they needed.

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7. Orange Chicken and Kale Stir-Fry

This is how to give your regular mid-week chicken stir-fry a well-deserved refresh. Tender chicken thighs are paired with shredded Lacinato kale, orange segments, and a sweet and spicy sauce for a stir-fry that's simple yet feels more special than the standard go-to.

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8. Tuscan Chicken Skillet

Caramelized mushrooms, sweet sun-dried tomatoes, tender white beans, and juicy chicken breast — every bite of this fast and fancy one-pot dinner is truly delicious.

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9. Dubliner Cheese and Tomato Stuffed Chicken Breasts

Consider this recipe the most wonderful reason to buy those bone-in chicken breasts. Even more than the crispy skin, you'll love the layer of melted sharp cheddar cheese and sweet tomato nestled underneath.

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10. Rotisserie Chicken Coconut Curry Soup

With the help of a store-bought shortcut and your pantry, giving classic chicken noodle soup an upgrade has never been easier. This recipe harnesses the convenience of rotisserie chicken, along with curry paste, coconut milk, and rice noodles for a Thai-inspired twist.

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11. Caprese Chicken

All it takes is sliced tomato, creamy fresh mozzarella, and a drizzle of tangy balsamic to make tonight's chicken breast instantly more exciting.

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12. French Bread Pesto Chicken Pizza

A crusty baguette, a swipe of pesto, and tender chicken gives pizza night a fun, fancy upgrade.

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