21 Light and Easy Chicken Dinners

Chicken: that inoffensive, play-it-safe option. Breathe life into the dinner staple with these recipes, in which chicken plays nicely with everything from soup to frittata, and Thai chili to Indian curry. Here are 21 quick, light meals to whip up on weeknights—you know, whenever you're not up to your usual coq au vin.

Scroll through the slideshow for inspiration, or jump directly to one of the recipes below.

Soups and Stews

Chicken Pasta e Fagiole with Smoked Paprika

Chicken pasta e fagiole with smoked paprika. [Photograph: Yvonne Ruperti]


Skillet Whole Wheat Pasta with Chicken and Chickpeas

Skillet whole wheat pasta with chicken and chickpeas. [Photograph: Yasmin Fahr]

Stir-Fries and Sautés

Skillet Chicken with Snap Peas, Mushrooms, and Coconut Curry

Skillet chicken with snap peas, mushrooms, and coconut curry. [Photograph: Yasmin Fahr]

More Chicken!

Skillet Chicken Burgers with Ginger, Scallions, and Sriracha Mayonnaise

Skillet chicken burgers with ginger, scallions, and sriracha mayonnaise. [Photograph: Yasmin Fahr]

About the author: Rémy Robert is an editorial intern at Serious Eats and recent graduate of Brown University. She's a diehard New Orleanian and makes a point to start each day with a bite of chocolate.