We’ve all been there; rushed weeknight dinners, grab-n-go pre-packaged snacks, or skipping meals altogether. Our busy lifestyles can have a profound effect on our diets. But a packed schedule doesn’t mean you have to compromise on good food made at home.
Whether it’s a busy weeknight, impromptu dinner guests, or you’re just looking for a quick bite to eat, we’ve got you covered. These 30 delicious recipes can be prepared and ready to eat in 30 minutes or less.
1. Apple-Sage Chicken Saute
All too often we forget that apples can star in the saute pan as well as the fruit bowl. Make them buttery and sage-scented and cozy them up beside juicy chicken and you’ve got the best of market fresh dining. You won’t find a more delicious use for that “apple a day.”
2. Chicken & Udon Noodle Salad with Fresh Mint
This refreshing chicken salad is perfect for picnics and barbeques. Green onion, ginger, mint, and tamari make a tangy dressing that tastes bright and unique.
Developed for CFC by Nancy Guppy, RD, MHSc.
3. Jalapeno Popper Chicken Burgers
Jalapeno poppers and chicken burgers collide in this flavour mash-up. Roasted jalapeno and cheddar accent a perfectly moist and seasoned chicken patty crowned with a jalapeno popper inspired blend of 2 cheeses and peppers.
4. Chicken à la King
This classic chicken dish turns leftover cooked chicken into an elegant French meal. Its delicate, earthy flavour, thanks to the mushrooms and sherry, is perfect served with steamed green beans and rosemary roasted potatoes.
5. Greek Lentil & Chicken Salad Vinaigrette
A simple, no-cook, hearty salad featuring lentils and cooked lean chicken tossed with tomatoes, Feta and an easy home-made Greek-style vinaigrette. The salad is high protein, high fibre and a good source of complex carbohydrates.
6. Barbecue Chicken Sandwich
This loaded chicken sandwich tastes as if it came right from a deli. The unique combination of soy-marinated chicken breast, pesto, and Havarti elevates a simple sandwich to a gourmet delight.
7. Chicken Feta Bruschetta
These traditional Italian appetizers offer the savoury tastes of feta cheese, basil, cherry tomatoes and balsamic vinegar. They are also topped with cooked chicken for a healthy protein boost!
8. Chicken and Crispy Wonton Salad Stack
This elegant-looking dish is deceptively simple. Using wonton wrappers in plating the salad makes it look as though it came from a high-end restaurant, and fresh basil, mint and cilantro create a flavour that is out of this world. This delicious salad makes a wonderful light lunch or accompaniment to soup at suppertime.
9. Hummus, Chicken & Avocado Flat Bread
Chicken meets hummus and avocado in this quick, filling and amazingly delicious baked flat bread. Lean chicken and the chickpeas in the hummus give a good amount of protein to help you stay full longer. The creaminess of the hummus and avocado make it easy not to miss the more traditional cheese often on baked flat bread.
10. Chicken Rice Cake "Pizza"
Here is simple, light lunch idea that is fun to eat. Choose plain rice cakes made from whole grains (e.g., brown rice, buckwheat) that do not have added sugars or salt. The higher protein content of the lean chicken helps to keep you satisfied.
11. Peanut Butter Chicken Wraps
Jazz up peanut butter and make a quick wrap you can eat anytime of the day. Finish it off by adding your favorite crunchy vegetables for added nutrients and fiber.
12. Chicken Cacciatore, Friulano & Goat Cheese Pizza
This pizza has loads of flavour, thanks to three different kinds of cheese and several vegetables. Laden with tomatoes, chicken, mushrooms, red onion, and sweet peppers, this pizza is a balanced meal in itself.
13. Broccoli, Chicken & Pesto Rotini Salad
This delicious pasta salad is packed with savoury flavours. Broccoli and rotini are ideal for salads, as sauces and dressings can permeate them thoroughly. Olives, pesto, cherry tomatoes and basil create a balanced, mouthwatering salad that’s perfect anytime.
14. Chicken Egg Foo Young
You’ll never want to buy takeout again after tasting this delicious Chinese-inspired chicken omelette. It’s so easy to make at home, and nutritious to boot. This speedy dish will soon become a family favourite.
15. Pesto Chicken Tortilla Pizza
A healthy, lightened-up pizza that is perfect for those busy nights.
16. Chicken & Egg in a Mug
In a hurry many mornings? Try this protein packed “breakfast for one” cooked in a coffee mug by the microwave oven. Serve with whole-grain toast for a complete meal. How simple is that? Portable too!
17. Hot Curried Cheese & Chicken Toasts
Quick chicken melts for your favourite crackers or bread. Try bagels, sliced deli rye, pita or whatever you have on hand.
18. Chicken and Pasta Salad
This salad is perfect to make in late summer, when zucchini, peppers, and eggplant are at their peak. Sweet-tart balsamic dressing complements the smoky flavour of the grilled vegetables, making this a simple, flavourful supper.
19. Salsa Verde Chicken Soup
Salsa verde is not only a tasty taco topper but the shortcut ingredient in this quick 5-ingredient soup for 2, combining the flavours of roasted tomatillos, onion, cilantro and the kick of jalapeno without all the prep. Great on its own or topped with crumbled feta, cilantro, a squeeze of lime and the crunch of tortilla chips on the side.
20. Chicken Saltimbocca
A fancy dinner for two doesn’t always have to equal hours in the kitchen. No one will ever know that this chicken saltimbocca with white wine pan sauce comes together quickly with minimal preparation but maximum taste.
21. Asian-style Spaghetti & Chicken Salad in Baked Wonton Cups
This unique spin on a chicken salad is made even more special in the way it’s served. Using wonton wrappers as serving bowls is an easy and fun way to control portion size. Wonton wrappers are such a visually appealing way to serve food that you’ll soon be finding excuses to use them in all kinds of other dishes!
22. Chicken & Pasta alla Carbonara
Pasta alla Carbonara is a wonderful weekday dish that uses ingredients you likely already have on hand. The addition of chicken to this classic dish bulks it up to make a satisfying meal.
23. Angel Hair Pasta with Chicken and Vegetables
Big barbeques can lead to too many leftovers the following day. Need to use some leftover grilled chicken? Try this angel hair pasta dish! Featuring frozen mixed vegetables and canned tomatoes, it comes together quickly and easily. It’s a healthy, delicious way to use up your grilled chicken.
24. Chicken Club Twister
Why pay for a sub-par sandwich at a fast food chain when you can make a better version at home? Grilled chicken, romaine lettuce, and juicy tomatoes make a delectable wrap. Try homemade tortillas instead of pita bread for a change of pace.
25. Apple Cider Poached Chicken & Arugula Salad
Tart cherries, sharp cheese, and bitter arugula work together in this delectable salad to complement the familiar flavours of cider-poached chicken. As a light lunch, this salad will make you feel like you’re dining in a bistro. Serve alongside a soup at dinner and you have a delicious meal you’ll feel like making again and again.
26. BBQ Chili Drumsticks with Avocado & Tomato Salsa
These smoky drumsticks are perfectly complemented by the sweet, creamy avocado and tomato salsa. Serve them at your next barbeque - they’ll be gone before you know it!
27. Bhutanese Chili Chicken with Red Rice
A different sort of chili dish, this Bhutanese Chili Chicken dish is well worth a try. With spicy pepper and red rice, this healthy, easy meal is sure to become a fast favourite.
28. Bulgur Chicken Burgers with Yogurt Sauce
These delicious burgers are made with bulgur, keeping them juicy and healthy. The burgers can be topped with Mediterranean condiments such as tzatziki or more traditional toppings - either way, the flavour is fantastic!
29. Chicken Breakfast Skillet
This one skillet breakfast is such a treat on the weekend. The combination of sausage and bacon can be substituted for just about anything. For those looking for a healthier option try folding in spinach, tomatoes and onions. If you are the type of person that likes an indulgent Saturday brunch, try topping this skillet with cheese for an added creamy kick! This is also a great dish for finishing up leftovers in the fridge.