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7 Easy Chicken Recipes That Are Perfect For Healthy Weeknight Dinners

Written By: Byron | October 23, 2023

Whether you’re looking for a no-fuss recipe that can easily be whipped up for a weeknight meal, or a high-protein post-workout dinner that’s healthy and nutritious, we’ve got you with 7 of our favorite easy chicken recipes that will transport your tastebuds straight to the Mediterranean!

a person serves a large tray. of pollo al horno beside somw fresh sprigs of rosemary

1. Pollo al Horno

Pollo al Horno (oven-baked roast chicken) is one of those classic recipes that’s always a pleasure to enjoy. It’s comfort at its best and is one of those recipes that never disappoints. The recipe itself is delightfully simple and requires very little attention, and is a testament to the art of making much from little and showcasing how a handful of ingredients can produce a recipe that is rich and full of flavor. 

Our Pollo al Horno recipe is ideal for feeding the masses, or lovingly made as an easy dinner for 2 with plenty of leftovers. Served with some fresh greens or potatoes as a side, this oven-baked chicken recipe is one of our all-time favorite chicken recipes for its simplicity and ease of preparation, coming together in under an hour with little fuss.

Check out our Pollo al Horno (Easy Oven-Baked Chicken with Sherry) recipe.

A pan of Spanish chicken thighs with chorizo and wine sits beside a small glass of red wine.

2. Easy Spanish Chicken Thighs with Chorizo and Wine

When you’re looking for something loaded with flavor and that’s made with minimal fuss, this is our go-to recipe! The rich smoky sauce and chicken thighs combined with a red wine-infused sauce and delicious chunks of cooked chorizo. Add some fresh chili or chili flakes to give a little more heat if you like. 

This recipe is made in one pot and comes together with little effort in under 45 minutes making it an ideal easy weeknight dinner option. Best of all, it’s a delicious meal that uses healthy ingredients found in the Mediterranean diet

Check out the full recipe here: Easy Spanish chicken thighs with chorizo and wine

Boneless chicken thighs served on a plate and drizzled with garlic and oil.

3. 15-Minute Garlic Boneless Chicken Thighs

When you’re really short on time, this recipe is a lifesaver. It can be whipped up in around 15 minutes from start to finish. There’s no need to marinate it, just pan-fry boneless chicken thighs with some garlic, vinegar, and water. 

The result is tender juicy chicken that’s loaded with flavor. We like to serve it on a bed of rice and drizzled with the leftover garlic-infused pan juices. It also goes great with potatoes and your favorite greens. 

Check out the recipe: 15-Minute garlic boneless chicken thighs

A large pan of Spanish chicken and rice sits garnished with olives and fresh chopped parsley

4. One Pan Spanish Chicken and Rice (Arroz con Pollo)

Spanish chicken and rice (arroz con pollo) is a one-pot classic that combines simple ingredients to make a filling and oh-so-tasty meal. The recipe combines rice with Spanish smoked paprika, a sofrito sauce base, plus bone-in chicken thighs, some generous hunks of chorizo, and white beans all thrown in for good measure.

Enhance the flavor with some Spanish sherry vinegar and a few sprigs of fresh rosemary and you’ve got yourself a hearty meal that comes together in one pan. Loaded with carbs, high in protein and dietary fiber, and ready in under an hour, this is an ideal weeknight dinner option. 

Check out the recipe: Spanish chicken and rice (arroz con pollo)

A large dish of cooked chicken thighs and roasted potatoes.

5.

Easy Baked Chicken Thighs with Potatoes

This Spanish-style baked chicken thighs recipe with potatoes is the perfect option for when you want a healthy and nutritious meal with little effort. Succulent chicken thighs are baked in a casserole dish with some potatoes, onion, and pepper, then drizzled with plenty of tasty homemade marinade that you can whip up in seconds. 

Simply dice the veg, add them to a large oven-safe dish along with the chicken thighs, then drizzle the marinade over it and bake for an hour.

Check out the recipe: Easy baked chicken thighs with potatoes

A piece of lemon and herb chicken is lifted from a pan.

6.

Lemon and Herb Chicken Thighs

With just two minutes of prep time, these are ready in 30 minutes from start to finish. This is a lighter option that gets its flavor from herbs commonly used in Spanish cooking and some lemony goodness.

Check out the recipe: Lemon and herb chicken thighs

a tray of baked chicken thighs

7. Baked Mediterranean Chicken Thighs

Still our most popular chicken recipe ever, this is a quick and easy recipe that uses delicious flavors from Mediterranean cuisine to create a healthy dinner option. 

It’s low in fat, high in protein, and can be whipped up in around 45 minutes. When paired with our Mediterranean yellow rice recipe and some fresh leafy greens, it makes the perfect healthy and balanced meal. 

Check out the recipe: Baked Mediterranean Chicken Thighs