20 Five-Ingredient Chicken Recipes to Make for Dinner

20 Five-Ingredient Chicken Recipes to Make for Dinner

Kelli Foster
Aug 11, 2016
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When it comes to making dinner, I always count it a victory when I find a recipe I want to make and I already have all the ingredients. It's even more of a win when I can count all the ingredients on one hand.

Get ready for a victory dance because we've got 20 satisfying chicken dinners that are perfect for dinner. And not counting the basics — like oil, salt, pepper, and water — these winning recipes all have just five main ingredients (or fewer!).

1. How To Cook Moist & Tender Chicken Breasts Every Time

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Need some chicken for a salad, or to top some pasta? This is the method. It unfailingly makes juicy and tender boneless skinless chicken breasts every single time.

2. How To Bake Chicken: The Simplest Method

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This is the kind of recipe that belongs in your core arsenal as a home cook. It's perfect for a crowd or when you want to cook a bunch of chicken for meals during the week, and it's very easy to mix it up with fun spices or marinades.

3. How To Chicken Breasts in the Oven: The Simplest, Easiest Method

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Think of this method as a cross between braising and roasting. The chicken bastes in its own juices and the result is tender, juicy chicken breasts that are succulent and never dry.

4. How To Cook Skinless Chicken Thighs in the Oven

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There's a lot to love about boneless skinless chicken thighs; they're inexpensive, tasty, and easy to cook.

5. How To Make Buffalo Chicken Wings in the Oven

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Doused in a double dose of hot sauce — first to marinate and then to coat — these oven-baked wings are arguably just as crispy, sticky, and addictive as their deep-fried brethren.

6. Lemon Garlic Chicken

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There might only be five ingredients in this recipe, but these thighs and wings are packed with bright lemony flavor.

7. BBQ Shredded Chicken

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The one really key element to making good barbecue sauce chicken, whether it's in the oven or the slow cooker, is dark meat. Chicken breasts alone just don't have enough fat or tenderness to get soft while braising.

8. Lemon Thyme Chicken Thighs

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When cooked correctly (which isn't hard), chicken thighs will make the most succulent chicken you'll ever eat, with perfectly crispy skin.

9. Grilled Chicken with Apricot-Miso Glaze

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Glazed with an addictive mixture of apricot jam and miso paste, this recipe is a foolproof win for first-time grillers or a tasty addition to the repertoire of veteran grill-masters.

10. Dubliner Cheese and Tomato Stuffed Chicken Breasts

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These chicken breasts only took minutes to put together, but looked impressive enough for a dinner party. Chicken thighs would also be a delicious substitute if you prefer dark meat.

11. Roast Chicken with Fennel, Carrots, and Gremolata

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This classic dinner has a flavorful punch of fresh herbs — plus sweet roasted fennel and carrots, which absorb savory juices from the chicken by sharing the same pan.

12. Easy Chicken Marsala

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This makes a wonderful main dish that is hearty and filling, but is also elegant enough to impress dinner guests.

13. Master Cleanse Chicken

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It's sweet, spicy, bright, and most importantly, full of delicious chicken fat and flavor. The maple gives the skin a sweet crunch, and the whole lemon, lemon zest, and lemon juice keep the flesh moist and tangy.

14. Roasted Chicken Thighs with Fennel & Lemon

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If five simple ingredients (and tasty ones at that!) weren't good enough for you, this recipe takes it one step further — everything is cooked together on just one baking sheet.

15. Chicken and Potato Sheet-Pan Supper

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This recipe is so easy to customize with your favorite flavors and vegetables. Just make sure you use bone-in, skin-on chicken parts (or if you’re up for it, cut up a whole chicken). The skin and bones help to insulate the chicken as it roasts.

16. How To Cook a Crispy, Juicy Rotisserie Chicken on the Grill

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The best things in life often take extra time and work. The same is true for this rotisserie chicken. It starts with a good brine, and ends with a bunch of smiling faces and sticky fingers.

17. Roasted Chicken Breasts Stuffed with Goat Cheese & Garlic

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Sometimes it's the little things that make a big difference. In this case, green garlic and goat cheese totally transform a plain and unglamorous chicken breast.

18. Braised Chicken with Mojo Sauce

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This chicken is fall-off-the-bone tender, and the sauce is garlicy, citrusy, and savory all at the same time.

19. How To Make Finger-Licking Fried Chicken

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Even if you have a fryer, leave it where it is. This recipes uses a technique that's simple and produces perfect results each time.

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

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This is the best kind of simple summer dinner. With just five ingredients and about half an hour, you can be feasting on crispy-skinned, tender chicken, piled high with beautiful tomatoes and herbs.

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