20 Five-Ingredient Chicken Recipes to Make for Dinner

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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 weeknight-friendly recipes all have just five main ingredients (or fewer!).

Lean Chicken Breast

There are 101 reasons to keep chicken breast in your meal plan rotation, but I love this mild-mannered meat most of all for its versatility. From the stovetop to the oven, the slow cooker, and beyond there’s a variety of ways to bring it to the table, and its plain flavor means it pairs well with all sorts of sauces, herbs, and dressings.

Dill Pickle Chicken(Image credit: Ghazalle Badiozamani)

Meaty Chicken Thighs

This lineup is reason enough to keep a couple packs of wallet-friendly chicken thighs stashed in the freezer at all times. Compared to lean chicken breast, thighs are a fattier cut, which means they’re not as prone to drying out and they’re packed with a seriously meaty flavor.

How To Roast a Chicken(Image credit: Joe Lingeman)

The Whole Chicken

Cooking a whole chicken really is surprisingly simple. At the very least all you need is the chicken, some salt and pepper, and a cast iron skillet, Dutch oven, or slow cooker. From there, a sheath of olive oil or pat of butter will make for crispier skin, while a few cloves of garlic, a wedge of lemon, or fresh herbs will infuse extra flavor.