Whether you’re in a hurry or just looking for some new ideas, these eight chicken lunch recipes are sure to please. From classics like chicken salad and sandwiches to more exotic dishes like Thai green curry and jerk chicken, there’s something here for everyone. So fire up the stove and get cooking!
1. Chicken Salad Sandwich
A chicken salad sandwich is a quick and easy meal that you can make at home. All you need is some cooked chicken, mayonnaise, celery, and salt and pepper to taste. You can also add in other ingredients like grapes, raisins, or diced apples for added flavor. Simply mix everything together in a bowl and put it on your favorite bread.
2. Chicken Tandoori
Chicken tandoori is a traditional Indian dish that’s both simple and delicious. It gets its name from the clay oven, or tandoor, in which it is traditionally cooked. The chicken pieces are marinated in yogurt with spices including garlic and ginger before they are grilled over charcoal. This gives them a wonderful smoky flavor that pairs well with the yogurt-based sauce.
3. BBQ Chicken Pizza
There are endless possibilities when it comes to pizza. You can put pretty much anything on a pizza and it will taste great. One of our favorite combos is BBQ chicken pizza. The sweetness of the BBQ sauce pairs perfectly with the savory chicken and cheese. Plus, it’s easy to make and always a hit with guests!
4. Cobb Salad with Fried Chicken
If you want to serve a salad that will please everyone, look no further than the Cobb Salad. This classic dish has all the ingredients and flavors of a good meal in one bowl: bacon, eggs, tomatoes, avocado, and blue cheese. The only thing missing is chicken.
Fortunately for us –and your guests– there’s an easy solution. Just fry up some chicken breasts and add them to the salad. The end result is a delicious, satisfying dish that’s perfect for any occasion.
5. Spicy Thai Green Curry with Chicken
The spiciest of all curries, Thai green curry is a deeply satisfying dish. It’s made from fresh ingredients and the flavor is enhanced with spices like cumin and coriander. The sauce base includes coconut milk, which adds richness to this warming dish. This recipe features tender chunks of chicken breast in a spicy broth that will have your taste buds tingling. Serve over steamed rice for a perfect weeknight meal.
6. Jerk Chicken and Rice Bowl
If you’re looking for a new way to spice up your lunch, this jerk chicken and rice bowl recipe is it. The flavors of the dish come from Jamaican jerk seasoning with allspice, brown sugar, thyme, and scotch bonnet pepper. It has a little heat but not too much so that even people who don’t like spice can enjoy it. The dish is served over rice and beans and topped with mango salsa for a little sweetness and freshness.
7. Chicken Tikka Masala
Chicken Tikka Masala is a dish that originated in India, with its origins being disputed between Pakistan and India. It’s often served as an entrée or main course, but also has been known to be used as a stuffing for samosas. The dish is usually made with chunks of chicken marinated in yogurt and spices before being grilled or roasted and then simmered in a spiced tomato and cream sauce.
8. Chicken Stew
Chicken stew is a dish that can be served at any time of the year. It’s perfect for those cold winter days or when you’re feeling under the weather, and it’s also great to serve on hot summer evenings.
Chicken stew is best made with boneless skinless chicken pieces, but if you don’t have this type of meat on hand, you can also use bone-in chicken. The recipe below uses simple ingredients that are easy to find, and it only takes about an hour to make from start to finish.
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 onion, chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
8 boneless skinless chicken thighs
1 teaspoon dried thyme
1 teaspoon smoked paprika
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
3 cups chicken broth
1 can (14.5 ounces) diced tomatoes, undrained
1 large carrot, chopped
2 celery ribs, chopped
2 tablespoons cornstarch
1/4 cup cold water
1. Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the onion and garlic and cook until the onion is soft, for about 5 minutes.
2. Add the chicken and cook until browned, about 4 minutes per side.
3. Stir in the thyme, paprika, salt, and pepper.
4. Add the chicken broth and tomatoes and bring to a boil.
5. Reduce the heat to low and simmer until the chicken is cooked through, about 30 minutes.
6. Remove the chicken from the stew and set it aside.
7. In a small bowl, whisk together the cornstarch and cold water until smooth. Add to the stew and cook until thickened, for about 5 minutes.
8. Return the chicken to the stew and serve warm.