While I’m a fan of slow, quiet Sundays babysitting a simmering pot, Monday (and Tuesday and Wednesday, well, you get it) nights are another story. I’ll get home at 7 p.m., and there’s no time to waste—it’s a Chopped-style countdown until food is in my belly.
Enter chicken: It’s affordable, versatile, a speedy supper ready to 'wing' anything. Nearly ten times out of ten, I turn to a quick chicken cutlet or a hands-free sheet-pan number for a last-minute dinner. In short, chicken is a weeknight winner. And to prove it, I’ve gathered 11 lightning-quick chicken recipes from our site to prep and cook in 30 minutes (or less!). Check them out below:
Thanks to a handy-dandy broiler, this 25-minute masterpiece has all the charm of your standard parm—crispy crust, jammy sauce, bubbly cheese.
In her latest cookbook, Solo, Anita Lo’s chicken dinner for one makes use of day-old bread and celebrates broccoli—all in less than 30 minutes.
Add a pop of brightness to your week with a lemony, buttery sauced chicken. And if you want to eat it all week long, here’s a helpful guide.
This simple Szechuan chicken already stole 2000 hearts. Pro tip: Pair with a cold cucumber salad and steamed rice (of course).
This 20-minute chicken cutlet can stand up to even the best schnitzel. We promise.
In her book Favorite Recipes from Melissa Clark's Kitchen, Clark (with the aid of a sheet pan) transforms kitchen staples of chicken, apples, and coriander into a satisfying dinner in just 20 (yep!) minutes.
A fast crowd-pleaser for any night of the week. Bonus: It reheats beautifully for lunch.
Inspired by the Chinese takeout staple, this recipe come together even faster than ordering on Seamless.
Of course, frying fingers is the fastest way to make this recipe—but Merrill Stubbs has a smartypants (and speedy!) way to bake them in just 20 minutes, too.
Ok, so this might take a little longer than 30 minutes—but just barely! The secret to a fully roasted chicken in such a short time? Spatchcocking and a screaming hot sheet pan.
A New Way to Dinner, co-authored by Food52's founders Amanda Hesser and Merrill Stubbs, is an indispensable playbook for stress-free meal-planning (hint: cook foundational dishes on the weekend and mix and match ‘em through the week).Order now