These easy 4-ingredient chicken recipes use simple ingredients and are perfect for a busy weeknight to feed the whole family.
There are many different ways to make an easy meal out of different cuts of chicken. Boneless skinless chicken breasts are a go-to in my house, but chicken thighs are a favorite for moist and juicy chicken.
You will love these recipes because...
- Cooking time: Head to the 30-minute meals below for a fast dinner recipe.
- Easy dinner recipes: Perfect for busy people who want a nice hot meal
- Basic ingredients: With only four ingredients, you'll spend less time in the kitchen.
Four ingredients or less: Generally, salt, pepper, water, cooking oils, and optional garnishes or side dishes don't count toward the total ingredient count since these are either common ingredients or optional additions.
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The slow cooker is one of my favorite kitchen tools because you can set it and forget it. Slow cookers cook your food low and slow, so you can set it up in the morning, and dinner is warm and ready with little effort.
Crockpot chicken is especially good if you want shredded chicken. I use a Crockpot 6-Quart Cook and Carry.
An electric pressure cooker is a great addition to your kitchen. It can cut down on cooking time and is a great way to make one-pot meals. The best part of an Instant Pot meal is you can sauté veggies, brown your meat, and pressure cook all in one. I use the Instant Pot Duo 6-Quart.
An air fryer is a countertop convection oven. It preheats incredibly quickly because of the circulating air and small oven size, so it cuts down on cooking time dramatically. There are basket-style air fryers and oven-style air fryers.
Making a whole chicken is an affordable option as long as you make use of all of the different chicken cuts. Here are some tips for cooking a whole chicken.
Chicken can be roasted in the oven, cooked in an air fryer, instant pot, or a slow cooker, grilled, pan-fried, sous vide, poached, and more.
- Always wash your hands before and after handling raw chicken.
- Chicken should reach a minimum internal temperature of 165°F (73.9°C).
- Refrigerate any leftovers promptly and store them in an airtight container with a tight-fitting lid in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.