When spring finally arrives, we tend to look for lighter meals chock-full of fresh produce. So what better way to showcase all that spring bounty than this popular weeknight staple? From whole roast chicken to light, crispy fried wings to easy BBQ chicken breasts, here are 70 flavour-packed recipes to add to your spring dinner rotation.
Sheet Pan Caprese Chicken
This easy, one-sheet dinner is ideal for busy weeknights and requires very little prep time. The combination of cheesy chicken breasts with bright red cherry tomatoes with fresh basil also makes for one pretty dish.
Asparagus and Chicken Stir-Fry
Ready in less than 20 minutes, this delicious stir-fry combines the taste of spring asparagus with freshly peeled ginger and aromatic garlic and soy.
Greek Souvlaki Chicken Wings
Swap your regular souvlaki skewers for these delectable Greek-inspired chicken wings that come complete with a tangy yogurt sauce and crumbled feta on top.
Chicken, Broccoli and Cauliflower with Cheddar
A hint of cheese goes a long way in this play on the classic broccoli, chicken and cheese bake. Any cut of chicken will work, so use what you love.
This Italian-style chicken dish features sliced chicken that is dredged, pan-fried and served with a delicious lemon-caper sauce.
Marinated Chicken Breasts
Chicken breasts are known for their lean protein stats, but can be a touch bland if left plain. Make this marinated chicken breast recipe your go-to for any meal, whether that be a unique salad or simple steamed vegetable dinner.
Almond Chicken Satay
On a hectic weeknight, you can whip up with this tasty dish in roughly 20 minutes. Using everyday ingredients such as ginger, red chiles, garlic and snap peas, you can serve this richly flavoured chicken on a bed of rice noodles.
Chicken and Rice Paprikash Casserole
A one-pot dish that’s filled with tender chicken, wholesome brown rice, red peppers and smoky, Hungarian paprika. This delicious meal freezes well, making it a perfect make-ahead recipe.
Chicken Pot Stickers with Dipping Sauce
Feel like chicken tonight? Opt for these lip-smackingly good Chicken Pot Stickers, complete with delicious dipping sauce. Perfect for a fun weeknight dinner or at your next family-friendly party.
Lemon and Garlic Roast Chicken
A fantastic roast chicken recipe is something every cook should have in their arsenal. This one combines fresh spring chicken with lemon and garlic for a comforting, classic main.
Roast Chicken with Radishes
Roast chicken is a comforting dinner that, done well, is special enough to serve the most discerning guest. Heirloom radishes cooked in butter adds a splash of colour and French flair.
Quick Chicken Tikka Masala
This chicken tikka masala really is quick, coming together in roughly 30 minutes. Cook up some basmati rice (which only takes 15 minutes) or serve with prepared naan. Easy enough for a weeknight, this curry’s vibrant flavours also make it worthy for entertaining.
Lemon Chicken with Olives
Bright, sunshiny lemon contrasts salty olives and sweet tomatoes in a one-pan spring meal that’s quick enough for a weeknight, but more than delicious enough to serve company on the weekend.
Orange Chicken Tagine
This complete-meal stew won’t leave you feeling too full. The trick to this tagine is its layering of spices and sweetness, making it taste indulgent while remaining a wholesome weekday option that’s sophisticated enough for entertaining.
Lemon and Herb Marinated Grilled Chicken Thighs
Packed with sweet, zesty flavour and made in under 30 minutes, this easy-to-make main is sure to please any palate.
Maple Mustard Sesame Chicken Drumsticks
Keep the napkins handy for these maple mustard sesame chicken drumsticks — the kids will love eating this savoury take on their favourite frozen treat. A crunchy sesame seed coating adds visual flair.
Coconut Chicken Curry
This simple, curry inspired dish can be assembled then left to bubble away on its own. Bring cooked quinoa as a side, or packaged papadums, naan or coconut rice.
Wild Rice Chicken Skillet
Wild rice adds antioxidants, fibre and exquisite taste to this one-skillet dinner. The “chicken and rice casserole” of your youth didn’t look or taste like this – this recipe is better.
Herbed Chicken with Spring Vegetables
Chicken dinner gets an infusion of flavour with a delicious medley of fresh herbs, served alongside baby carrots, mushrooms and fresh snap peas.
Braised Chicken Thighs and Legs With Tomato
This one-pot wonder is Sunday night dinner at its finest, and stars chicken legs and thighs together with memorably bold flavours. More good news? It tastes just as delicious as leftovers the next day.
Green Curry Chicken
Homemade green curry paste adds an exciting level of flavour to boneless, skinless chicken breast strips. Serve on its own or with fragrant jasmine rice.
One-Pot Miracle Chicken
Turn chicken and rice into a gourmet meal that will make your camping neighbours jealous. Arborio rice gets a boost of flavour from sun-dried tomatoes, red pepper, fresh parsley and chicken stock. For a twist, swap out tomatoes for olives and add a touch of fresh basil. Bonus points if you source wild basil.
White Bean and Chicken Chili
A lighter chili recipe that combines lean chicken and spring greens all in one family-friendly pot of goodness. Simply reheat on the stove from frozen and devour to make chaotic weeknights a little less hectic.
Thin and crispy pan-fried chicken breasts are topped with a generous helping of salad greens tossed in a lemon vinaigrette and extra grated Parmesan for good measure.
BBQ Chicken Burgers with Slaw
Mild chicken gets a Southern makeover with the rich flavours of BBQ. A bright and crisp slaw adds texture, moisture and a whole lot of tang to the finished dish. You won’t miss the beef with this stacked dinner.
Fusilli with Sausage, Artichokes, and Sun-Dried Tomatoes
This quick and easy pasta dish features spicy Italian sausage, juicy chicken, flavourful artichokes and sun-dried tomatoes, stirred with mozzarella and then topped with Parmesan.
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Lemon Chicken Breasts
This lemon chicken is a quick and easy weeknight dinner, served alongside a hearty grain, seasonal veggies or summer salad.
Roasted Chicken Cacciatore
Chicken is marinaded overnight in a purée of tomato-vegetable juice, fennel seeds, oregano, salt, onion powder, paprika and garlic for a flavour-packed dish that just happens to be light.
Chicken breasts and thighs, vegetables, prosciutto, tomatoes and herbs make up a dish that’s perfect for a shareable dinner.
Sweet and Sour Baked Chicken
A quick and satisfying dish, this sweet and sour chicken with sautéed onions and peppers will really hit the spot.
Curried Chicken Salad Wraps
With curry powder, cashews and raisins, these scrumptious sandwiches offer a flavourful twist on traditional chicken salad.
Parmesan-Crusted Chicken Breasts With Tomato and Basil and Potatoes With Peppers and Onions
This easy chicken recipe will be your new go-to. Ready in under 30 minutes, whip up a flavour-packed dish of Parmesan-crusted chicken topped with tomatoes and basil and served with crispy roasted potatoes, peppers and onions.
This homemade broth is tasty enough to slurp on its own, but when you add the noodles, chicken, snap peas, pickled veggies, peanuts, basil and mung beans, this meal-in-a-bowl is impossible to resist.
Garlic Roasted Chicken
Perfectly juicy roasted chicken breasts are flavoured with garlic and rosemary, then placed on top of roasted sourdough bread and covered in the delicious pan sauce.
Chicken Salad with Apples and Grapes
This low-fat salad is chock-full of nutritious ingredients including grilled chicken, apple, grapes, watercress, romaine and crunchy almonds.
Giada's Chicken Adobo
This classic Filipino dish uses a blend of garlic, vinegar and soy sauce to give everyday chicken a zingy boost of flavour. Sprinkle with chopped parsley, garnish with wedges of lime and serve over rice.
Chicken Waldorf Salad
So easy to make, this Waldorf salad makes use of cooked diced chicken, apples, raisins and toasted walnuts.
The Lux Quesadilla
Crispy bacon, fresh asparagus, savoury sauteed mushrooms and juicy chicken breasts come together with Colby cheese in this scrumptious sandwich.
Chicken Taco Meat Pizza
Salsa is the base of this homemade taco pizza, which is then topped with chicken, Cheddar and Monterey Jack cheese, and baked until bubbly. Finish with lettuce, tomatoes, cilantro, spicy sour cream and crunchy tortilla chips. You can also bookmark these taco recipes for next week.
Chicken Taco Salad
For a quick and easy meal the whole family will love, turn to this leftover chicken taco salad. Add fresh corn, tomatoes, grated cheese, avocados, green onions, cilantro, crushed tortilla chips and leftover shredded chicken to a bed of crisp lettuce, and you’re set.
Skillet Chicken Thighs with Luxurious Mustard Pan Sauce
The name of this dish says it all: luxurious. Mustard, while common and affordable, makes an everyday chicken thigh feel special-occasion. Bust out your best mustard for this recipe to make it really sparkle.
Chicken Fennel Bake
Featuring chicken thighs, potatoes, carrots and fennel, this home-cooked meal prepared by Ree Drummond takes over an hour to cook so that all the delicious flavours meld together. Trust us, it’s worth the wait!
Chicken Cutlets with Spicy Arugula
Crusted in panko and Parmesan, chicken cutlets are elevated in this simple dish. The panko adds a delicious crunch that goes nicely with the arugula salad on the side. The greens’ peppery flavour is the perfect foil for the rich chicken.
Roast Chicken and Root Vegetables
This warm and comforting roast chicken dinner is flavourful and juicy, and packs a nutritious punch.
Chicken and Spinach Waldorf Salad
Juicy roast chicken is a delicious addition to this classic, nut-filled salad that makes a tasty lunch. You’ll love the combo of kale, spinach and baby frisee, while sharp cheddar, crispy bacon and sweet grated apple will please your palate. Leftover chicken is perfect for this dish when you need a light and easy dinner that satisfies all the senses.
Greek Lemon Chicken Soup
A beautiful, silky soup with bright notes of lemon, Greek avgolemono soup is chicken soup with a difference. Tempering the eggs with some of the hot liquid is a crucial step to avoid a scrambled mess.