42 Baked Chicken Recipes Prepped in 10 Minutes or Less
One of the best thing about baked chicken recipes? Most of the cooking is hands-free. That means more time to kick up your feet while dinner takes care of itself.
My family has always loved this flavorful golden brown chicken. I watch for frequent sales on leg quarters to keep the cost per serving low. —Linda Trammell, Kingston, Missouri
Apple Cider Chicken ‘n’ Dumplings
I came up with this recipe one fall when I had an abundance of apple cider. Adding some to a down-home classic was a delectable decision. —Margaret Sumner-Wichmann, Questa, New Mexico
This Aloha pizza came together on accident. I had to take something to a gathering but had no time to shop. I raided the fridge for inspiration and discovered this happy combo. —Wendy Huffman, Bloomington, Illinois
African Chicken & Sweet Potatoes
I came up with this African chicken when I combined some of my favorite ingredients: sweet potatoes, chicken and peanut butter. Add mango chutney and tomatoes and you’ve got a fantastic busy-week recipe. —Devon Delaney, Westport, Connecticut
Zingy Baked Chicken Nuggets
These crispy chicken nuggets have just the right amount of spice. Yogurt makes them extra tender. —Lee Evans, Queen Creek, Arizona. Love chicken? Try the fried chicken recipe that has been viewed more than 200,000 times.
Salsa Verde Chicken Casserole
This is a rich and surprisingly tasty rendition of all the Tex-Mex dishes molded into one packed, beautiful casserole. Best of all, it’s ready in no time! —Janet McCormick, Proctorville, Ohio
This tender chicken is a real time-saver on a busy weekend. A simple blend of seasonings makes it a snap to prepare, and it smells heavenly as it roasts. —Marian Platt, Sequim, Washington
Ranch-Marinated Chicken Breasts
The pub favorite pairing of ranch dressing and chicken comes home to your kitchen. With just a little prep time the night before, you can have these savory breasts ready in about half an hour! —Barbee Decker, Whispering Pines, North Carolina. Then find out the surprising ingredient that makes roast chicken tender.
Pizza Chicken Roll-Ups
I love the chicken roll-ups my mom made for special occasions, filled with spinach and cream cheese. My own kids wouldn’t eat those, so I came up with a pizza-flavored variety the whole family enjoys. —Tanja Penquite, Oregon, Ohio
Nutty Oven-Fried Chicken
The pecans that give this dish its unique nutty flavor are plentiful in the South, and so is chicken. I love to make and serve this simple oven fried chicken dish because the chicken comes out moist, tasty and crispy. —Diane Hixon, Niceville, Florida
Moist Lemon Herb Chicken
I wanted a healthy, flavorful chicken recipe that was fast, easy and a real crowd-pleaser. I got lucky and hit the jackpot with this one! —Kali Wraspir, Olympia, Washington
As special as it is simple to prepare, this moist, flavorful chicken is dressed in tomatoes, olives, and capers. It’s a knockout main dish at my house. —Mary Relyea, Canastota, New York. Not sure if your dish is done? Here’s an easy trick to know when chicken is done cooking.
Mediterranean Chicken Bake
What do you do when you have artichoke hearts, sun-dried tomatoes and feta cheese left over from making a Greek pasta salad? Bake them with chicken for a Mediterranean entree. —Shannen Mahoney, Odessa, Missouri
Lime-Ginger Chicken Tenders
We cook a lot of boneless, skinless chicken breasts because they’re low in fat, high in protein, and almost always a smart buy at the grocery store. To keep things exciting, I add a few of our favorites to the mix like jalapenos, lime, and fresh ginger. —Samantha Anderson, Fort Worth, Texas
Lemon Feta Chicken
This bright, Greek-inspired chicken has only five ingredients— it’s a busy-day lifesaver! My husband and I prepare the dish often, and it’s a hit every time. —Ann Cain, Morrill, Nebraska
Italian-Style Chicken & Peppers
I found my mom’s well-stained recipe card for chicken and green peppers and was flooded with memories. I’d forgot how good it was! Hope you enjoy. —Donna Miller, Grosse Pointe, Michigan
Honey Hoisin Chicken & Potatoes
When I was a little, Tutu (my grandma) cooked up this blend of Asian and American flavors. The potatoes are delicious drizzled with pan juices. —Janet Yee, Phoenix, Arizona. One basic of cooking chicken? Make sure you know how to cook a chicken breast.
Garlic Chicken Breasts
Our taste testers loved the great flavor of this moist chicken dish from LaDonna Reed of Ponca City, Oklahoma. Cook up a little extra for a delicious salad topping or a tasty sandwich. Either way, you’re going to like it!
Honey & Spice Baked Chicken
Bring summertime flavor to the table any time of year with this moist chicken entree that will remind you of backyard barbecues. The hint of heat is tempered by sweet honey, but for pickier palates, simply decrease the cayenne pepper. —Lisa Gnyp, Shelby Township, Michigan
Chicken Legs with Balsamic Vinaigrette
Just a handful of ingredients give this mouthwatering meal maker its light, lemony flavor. —Leslie Palmer, Swampscott, Massachusetts
The savory coating on this chicken has the satisfying flavor of Parmesan cheese. It’s easy enough to be a family weekday meal yet impressive enough to serve to guests. When I make this baked parmesan crusted chicken for dinner, we never have leftovers. —Schelby Thompson, Camden Wyoming, Delaware
This recipe could hardly be simpler to prepare. The chicken gets a wonderful tangy taste, and no one will know you used convenient ingredients like a bottle of salad dressing and onion soup mix…unless you tell them. —Marilyn Dick, Centralia, Missouri
Crispy Onion Chicken
My family loves chicken, and I’m always trying new ways to prepare it. This golden-brown chicken with its crunchy french-fried onion coating is great with rice, baked potatoes, macaroni salad or potato salad. —Charlotte Smith, McDonald, Pennsylvania. You’ll also want to check out the chicken soup recipe that’s been viewed more than a million times.
We enjoy serving this tasty chicken bruschetta to both family and to company. It just might become your new favorite way to use up summer tomatoes and basil. —Carolin Cattoi-Demkiw, Lethbridge, Alberta
Chicken Ranch Flatbreads
To get my son to try new things, I revamped this mini pizza. Mr. Picky ate it, so it’s definitely family-friendly, even for those with fussy tastes. —Jenny Dubinsky, Inwood, West Virginia
Parmesan Chicken Bites
For tailgates and after-game parties, we dip these crisp, tender chicken bites in marinara, ranch dressing or barbecue sauce. They’re all winning combinations. —Lynne Nevrivy, Malta, Montana
Curried Coconut Chicken
Looking for a new way to fix chicken breasts? This no-fuss recipe is a nice change of pace. It’s sweet, savory and a little exotic. Serve it over rice or couscous.—Becky Walch, Manteca, California. Then, find out why more than 40,000 people love this chicken parm recipe.
Crumb-Coated Ranch Chicken
How do you get so much flavor out of a five-ingredient-or-fewer recipe? Ranch dressing is the key! Enjoy this simple dish on busy weeknights or with company for special occasions. —LaDonna Reed, Ponca City, Oklahoma
Cranberry Chicken and Wild Rice
Tender chicken is baked in a sweet-tart cranberry sauce for this elegant entree. This chicken is delicious, and it’s so easy to prepare and I love that I can do other things while it bakes. —Evelyn Lewis, Independence, Missouri
Chicken Veggie Packets
People think I went to a lot of trouble when I serve these packets. Individual aluminum foil pouches hold the juices in during baking to keep the herbed chicken moist and tender. It saves time and makes cleanup a breeze. —Edna Shaffer, Beulah, Michigan
Chicken Taco Pockets
We love these easy taco-flavored sandwiches made with crescent dough. Paired with a bowl of soup or a crisp salad, they make a quick and easy lunch or supper. I also like to cut them into smaller servings for parties. —Donna Gribbins, Shelbyville, Kentucky. And here’s a good reason to eat chicken instead of meat.
Chicken Stir-Fry Bake
One night, while trying to tend to both dinner and our son, Clarke, I opted to use frozen vegetables in my chicken stir-fry. Not wanting to stand watch over the stovetop, I baked the entree in the oven. The guests say this entree tastes like it’s hot from the skillet.—Carly Carter, Nashville, Tennessee
Chicken Parmesan Stuffed Shells
When chicken Parmesan meets stuffed shells, it’s love at first bite. The texture of the chicken holds up in the deliciously creamy cheesy mixture. —Cynthia Gerken, Naples, Florida
Chicken Cordon Bleu in Pastry
Baking chicken breasts in a flaky dough makes them turn out moist and delicious every time. This fancy dish is nice to serve family as well as guests.
Cherry-Glazed Chicken with Toasted Pecans
What started out as a way to use up some leftover preserves and cheese turned out to be a family winner dinner that I now make time and again. —Keri Cotton, Lakeville, Minnesota
Cheddar Bacon Chicken
It’s tempting to seek out new flavors when baking chicken, but then again, with bacon, barbecue sauce, and cheddar cheese so easy to grab from the fridge, why linger in doubt? Pull out this combination the next time you get the “what’s for dinner” text. —Brenda Coleman, Jackson, Alabama. No time for a home-cooked meal? Find out all about Costco’s rotisserie chicken.
I love a Caprese salad of tomatoes, basil, and cheese, so why not try a chicken caprese? You can grill this dish, but my family agrees it’s juicier straight from the oven. —Dana Johnson, Scottsdale, Arizona
Breaded Ranch Chicken
A coating containing cornflakes, Parmesan cheese and ranch dressing mix adds delectable flavor to the chicken pieces in this recipe and bakes to a pretty golden color. Ranch baked breaded chicken is a mainstay main dish I can always count on. —Launa Shoemaker, Landrum, South Carolina
Barbecued Chicken Pizza
This pizza starts with a prepared bread shell and barbecue sauce, plus leftover cooked chicken. I simply assemble and bake. Often, I cut the pizza into small bite-size pieces and serve it as an appetizer at parties or potluck dinners.—Patricia Richardson, Verona, Ontario
Baked Chicken and Mushrooms
I made up this dish years ago, and it still remains the family’s favorite healthy baked chicken recipes. It’s a fast weeknight meal, but the fresh mushrooms and sherry make it special enough for a weekend dinner party. —Lise Prestine of South Bend, Indiana
Baked Caesar Chicken
Easy, fast to fix and delicious, this meal maker is a winner! —Kirsten Norgaard, Astoria, Oregon
Bacon-Chicken Club Pizza
A chicken club pizza topped with lettuce, tomatoes, and dressing? You’re in for a treat! Vegetables give the cheesy crust a cool crunch. —Debbie Reid, Clearwater, Florida. Now that you’ve got plenty of chicken dishes under your belt, find out the recipes everyone should know before they turn 35.