Quick Chicken Recipes
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Quick Chicken Recipes will help you lose weight and keep it off.

We all need a handful of really simple, fast recipes - good enough to become a "regular" on our menus. Chicken recipes are in huge demand, especially from people watching their weight.

Chicken is generally leaner than red meat, so it's an easy way to cut fat out of your diet.

Quick Chicken Dinner Methods

Grilling and cooking chicken on your stovetop skillet are fast cooking methods. Nonstick pans require a higher heat than stainless steel or cast iron pans. Once you get to know the quirks of your own grill and skillet, you'll really start cookin'!

After dinner, check if you need to thaw chicken for tomorrow's recipe. Set the chicken in the refrigerator and be prepared.

Also, cutting your chicken into strips or nuggets speeds up cooking time tremendously. I know, it sounds so obvious, but how often do we take advantage of this? I almost always cook a full serving size of chicken, but look at our Chicken Skewer Recipe and see how fast it cooks.

Also, pounding your meat thinner enables it to cook must faster.

hawaiian chicken recipe

Hawaiian Chicken

Our family's favorite chicken dinner. I grill this often in the summer when we have guests over for dinner. And we have it regularly just for us!

quick sweet glazed chicken

Sweet Glazed Chicken

Tastes sweet like Hawaiian Chicken (above), but even easier. This recipe is a real time saver.

quick french minute chicken

French Minute Chicken

This chicken turns delightfully golden. This is a great recipe to know when you need to make dinner fast.

quick grilled chicken paillard recipe

Grilled Chicken Paillard

Paillard means "pounded flat and grilled or sauteed quickly.

quick italian vinaigrette baked chicken

Italian Vinaigrette Baked Chicken

Have you tried this? Make it unique with your favorite Italian dressing. I love baking chicken because it always turns out well.

quick chicken skewers

Chicken Skewers

"I love chicken on a stick," is what you'll hear when you prepare this fast recipe.

How to Thaw
Chicken Fast

1) Put your frozen chicken into the refrigerator the night before to thaw.

It requires some planning ahead, but only about 1 minute of your time.

I usually don't think that far ahead, so -

2) Thaw your chicken in cool water.

In a clean sink (or large bowl), place enough cool water to cover the chicken well. In about 20-30 minutes, your chicken will be thawed enough to prepare.

This method is a good opportunity to add flavor to your chicken by brining it. Add a generous amount of salt and sugar to your cool water.

How much? It depends on the amount of water you're using, but a good estimate would be 1/4 cup of each.

3) Or don't thaw.

Use frozen chicken for your recipe. This works when you can use the chicken "as is" with no slicing or pounding thin. We often grill or bake frozen chicken breasts.

Find another great quick chicken recipe on our Cheap Dinner Recipes page:

Click to see "Simply Roasted Chicken"

The oil you choose makes a difference.

Once you get to know your skillet and stope top well, even the oil you use will make the difference in quick chicken recipes that are hits or misses.

Oils with a higher smoke (burn) temperature will let you cook your chicken without burning it. Here are some of the highest and most common ones:

  • Safflower oil - 510°F
  • Clarified butter - 485°F
  • Peanut oil - 450°F
  • Coconut oil - 450°F
  • Grapeseed oil - 420°F
  • Extra virgin olive oil (high quality) - 405°F
  • Canola oil (refined) - 400°F
  • Extra virgin olive oil - 375°F

I was sauteeing chicken with grapseed oil. Ran out of it, so I continuted with canola oil. Guess what? At the same temperature, my food burnt because of canola oil's lower smoke point.

The oils we use most are grapeseed, canola, and olive oil. My grocery store now carries coconut oil, so we've been trying that with success. Even though it's a saturated fat, it comes from a plant and has no cholesterol.

You'll lose weight quickly with these quick chicken recipes.

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