45-Minute Chicken Main Dish Recipes

There are so many delicious ways to prepare chicken that take 45 minutes or less. Browse 45-minute chicken recipes and find a new favorite.

Staff Picks

Crispy Herb Baked Chicken

Rating: 4.5 stars 850
The secret ingredient is instant mashed potatoes, used to make the crispy coating.

Baked Honey Mustard Chicken

Rating: 4 stars 3043
Easy baked chicken full of flavor from a tangy-sweet honey mustard glaze.

Taiwanese-Style Three Cup Chicken

Rating: 4 stars 62
This chicken dish is one of the beer-lover's favorites in Taiwan. It requires three essential ingredients — soy sauce, rice wine, and sesame oil. An abundant amount of Thai basil and ginger make this chicken dish a heavenly spicy meal. Serve with noodles or rice.

Cherry Bomb Chicken

Rating: 5 stars 160
Thanks to the magic of brining, this really will almost guarantee a juicy, tasty piece of chicken.

Bang Bang Chicken

Rating: 4.5 stars 52
This is a wonderful Americanized version of an extremely popular Sichuan Chinese dish. With twice-fried chicken, you get the crispy fried breading you'd expect, and the bang bang sauce drizzle just makes the entire dish spectacular. You'll love this more than any Chinese takeout version. Pay attention to the notes in the directions!!

The Best Ever Chicken Nuggets

Rating: 4.5 stars 308
This recipe has been in our family for years. The only problem with it is that there's never enough. It's great for parties, too.

Marry-Me Chicken

Rating: 4.5 stars 42
This 'marry-me' chicken dinner is worthy of a marriage proposal.

Baked Garlic Parmesan Chicken

Rating: 4.5 stars 3258
Breaded chicken breasts flavored with garlic and Parmesan cheese are baked until golden and crispy for the easiest chicken dish ever.

Three-Ingredient Baked Chicken Breasts

Rating: 4.5 stars 407
I use this as a basic baked chicken recipe when another recipe calls for cooked chicken. Works great for everything and is super customizable. Sometimes I use garlic salt or other seasonings, depending on what I'm using it for.

Easy Baked Chicken Thighs

Rating: 4 stars 192
Easy baked chicken thighs seasoned with onion and garlic make a quick meal.

Chicken with Gnocchi

Rating: 4.5 stars 2
Perfect for dinner parties, this quick and easy chicken dish is served with gnocchi and a tomato-balsamic sauce that is sure to impress family and guests alike.

Amazing Chicken

Rating: 4.5 stars 1409
This chicken is so good, it will surprise you. I hate mayo, but you don't even know it's there!

Inspiration and Ideas

Baked Chicken Nuggets
Rating: Unrated 1852
These get extra flavor from an herb-and-Parmesan crust. Not just for kids!
Sarah's Easy Shredded Chicken Taco Filling
Rating: Unrated 127
Quick taco filling with shredded chicken simmered in a spiced tomato sauce.
Famous Chicken Française
Rating: 4.5 stars 554

Tender, pan-fried chicken cutlets simmered in a simple lemon butter sauce.