Master Chicken Stir Fry
Nothing says quick and easy (and healthy!) like a stir fry. And this Asian-inspired dish from cookbook author Robyn Webb is a great place to start. Once you feel comfortable with this recipe, experiment and start making the recipe your own!
Asian Chicken Salad
If you're looking for a lighter dish, try this wonderful take on a classic sesame salad. By using pre-cooked or leftover chicken (try our popular Roasted Chicken Breast recipe), you cut cook time out almost completely. Just assemble and eat!
Air Fryer Buttermilk Fried Chicken
This recipe leans on the air fryer to cut time, but also lots of extra saturated fat. The marinade does need a bit of time, but this creates juicy, flavorful fried chicken. Then the air fryer works its magic and delivers this fried chicken that's crispy, tender, and loaded with flavor!
Marinated Grilled Chicken with Zucchini
This delicious dish is perfect for a busy weeknight dinner. It takes just a few minutes on either a grill or grill pan, but don't forget to marinade the chicken the night before if you want extra flavor. The acidic juice will help break down the protein fibers and create a wonderfully juicy cut of chicken.
Chicken Caesar Salad Wraps
These were designed to liven up the same boring sandwich for lunch, but these tasty wraps are perfect for a light dinner as well. To save time, you can either user cooked rotisserie chicken from your grocery store or take some leftovers from one of the other recipes on this list to create a casual dinner–style meal in just a few minutes.
Smoky Pan Roasted Chicken with Potatoes and Beans
Looking for an entire quick and easy meal designed for weeknights? Try this main dish from author Linda Gassenheime, paired with some non-starchy greens and potatoes (which can be omitted or swapped if you're looking to cut carbs). Smoked paprika gives this pan-roasted chicken a delicious smoky flavor. Potatoes and green beans round out your plate for a budget-friendly meal in less than 30 mintues (and less than $2.50 a plate!)
Mediterranean Chicken Pita
This recipe makes for a simple delicious sandwich. Enjoy it with a salad or another quick vegetable side dish! If you're looking to give it a flavor boost, use leftovers from our Greek Yogurt-Marinated Chicken recipe for even more flavor.
Tarragon Herbed Chicken and Mushrooms
A favorite of French cuisine, tarragon adds a fragrant, licorice-like flavor to chicken. If tarragon isn't your thing, try this recipe with another herb like basil, cilantro, or dill. You can also sub dried herbs for fresh: sub 1 teaspoon dried herb for each tablespoon of fresh herb. Pair this chicken with Easy Half-Mashed Potatoes with Cauliflower for a diabetes-friendly meal with less carbs, but all the comfort!
Easy Chicken Panini
From cookbook author Linda Gassenheimer, comes this toasty panini with crispy bread, warm tasty filling, and melty cheese—a satisfying, diabetes-friendly light dinner. Cook the paninis in a pan (cast iron works great here) over low heat so that the filling warms all the way through without burning the bread. This is a great meal prep recipe: assemble all of the sandwiches ahead of time and wrap individually in foil, then toast the panini just before serving.
Chopped Black Bean Chicken Salad
Salad usually gets relegated to lunch, but this hearty bowl is substantial enough for dinner. And it's a snap to make. You can either use leftover chicken breasts for this quick and easy recipe, go with pre-cooked and packaged chicken, or purchase a cooked rotisserie chicken from your local grocery store.