Easy Breezy Chicken Dinners: Your Weeknight Wonders In The UK Kitchen

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Chicken: the ultimate weeknight hero. It’s versatile, affordable, and cooks quickly, making it perfect for those busy evenings. But sometimes, even chicken can feel a bit bland. Fear not! This guide is packed with delicious and easy chicken dishes that are sure to become staples in your UK kitchen.

We’ll cover a range of flavours, cooking methods, and ingredients, so there’s something for everyone. Plus, we’ll include nutritional information for each recipe, so you can make informed choices.

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Before We Dive In: Essential Tips

Chicken Prep: Always remove any giblets from your chicken before cooking. Pat the chicken dry with kitchen paper for crispier skin.

  • Seasoning is Key: Don’t be shy with the herbs and spices! A good sprinkle of salt, pepper, paprika, or a pre-made chicken seasoning can make all the difference.
  • Leftovers? Brilliant! Most of these recipes work well for leftovers. Enjoy them cold in a sandwich, chopped up in a salad, or reheated for another quick meal.

  • Easy & Flavourful Chicken Dishes:

    1. One-Pan Lemon & Garlic Chicken with Roasted Vegetables

    This dish is a winner on all fronts: easy, healthy, and packed with flavour.

    Ingredients:

    4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 lemon, juiced and sliced
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 red onion, chopped
  • 2 red peppers, chopped
  • 1 broccoli head, cut into florets
  • Salt and pepper to taste

  • Directions:

    1. Preheat oven to 200°C (400°F).
    2. In a bowl, toss the chicken breasts with olive oil, lemon juice, half the garlic, salt, and pepper.
    3. In a separate bowl, combine the red onion, peppers, and broccoli florets. Drizzle with olive oil, season with salt and pepper, and toss to coat.
    4. Spread the vegetables on a large baking tray. Arrange the chicken breasts on top of the vegetables. Scatter the remaining garlic over the chicken and vegetables.
    5. Bake for 25-30 minutes, or until the chicken is cooked through and the vegetables are tender-crisp.
    6. Garnish with fresh lemon slices (optional) and serve.

    Nutritional Facts (per serving): Calories: 400, Protein: 35g, Carbs: 25g, Fat: 15g

    2. Creamy Tuscan Chicken with Sun-Dried Tomatoes and Spinach

    This dish is bursting with Mediterranean flavours and comes together in under 30 minutes.

    Ingredients:

    4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 (14.5oz) can chopped tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream (or creme fraiche)
  • 1/2 cup sun-dried tomatoes, chopped
  • 4 handfuls baby spinach
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese (plus extra for serving)
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Fresh basil leaves (optional, for garnish)

  • Directions:

    1. Heat olive oil in a large pan over medium heat. Add the chicken breasts and cook for 5-7 minutes per side, or until golden brown. Remove from the pan and set aside.
    2. In the same pan, add the onion and cook for 3-4 minutes, or until softened. Add the garlic and cook for another minute.
    3. Pour in the chopped tomatoes, chicken broth, and cream. Stir in the sun-dried tomatoes and season with salt and pepper.
    4. Bring the sauce to a simmer and return the chicken breasts to the pan. Cook for another 5-7 minutes, or until the chicken is cooked through and the sauce has thickened slightly.
    5. Stir in the spinach and cook until wilted.
    6. Remove from the heat and stir in the Parmesan cheese.
    7. Serve over rice or pasta, garnished with extra Parmesan cheese and fresh basil leaves (optional).

    Nutritional Facts (per serving): Calories: 500, Protein: 40g, Carbs: 20g, Fat: 25g

    3. Sticky Honey Garlic Chicken with Sesame Seeds

    This dish is sweet, savoury, and incredibly addictive!

    Ingredients:

  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken thighs