Sometimes you need the fastest recipes you can find. When unexpected company shows up at your door or you spontaneously invite someone over for dinner, or you just can't face another drive-through dinner, these quick and easy last minute chicken breast recipes will come to the rescue.
Some of the recipes start with cooked chicken, others with raw chicken. It's a good idea to keep both cooked and uncooked chicken in the freezer just so you can assemble these recipes easily.
A well-stocked pantry is also key to last minute cooking. If you have a good supply of items like frozen vegetable combos, canned tomatoes, broth, olive oil, onions, seasonings, canned beans, and cheese on hand you can whip up a meal in just minutes.
Last Minute Chicken Breast Recipes
- Crispy Chicken
Some chicken breasts, seasonings, and an indoor grill are all you need to have this crisp and delicious recipe on the table in about 10 minutes.
- Chicken with Peppers
Frozen onions and peppers are the secret ingredient to this easy recipe. As soon as the chicken is cubed, you can start cooking!
- Orange Chicken Stir-Fry
This simple five-ingredient stir-fry recipe has great flavor, color, and texture. Serve it over crisp chow mein noodles so you don't have to cook pasta or rice!
- Italian Chicken and Rice
There are lots of marinated chicken breast flavors available in the supermarket these days. They are a great way to save time and add lots of flavor to your recipes.
- Chicken with Fruit Salsa
You can use any purchased salsa instead of homemade in this recipe. To jazz it up a bit, stir in some chopped peaches, mangoes, or watermelon before topping the juicy chicken.
- Tarragon Chicken
I always have mandarin oranges in my pantry; they are delicious in salads and main dishes like this one.
- Asian Apricot Chicken
Fried chicken breasts from the deli are the secret ingredient in this excellent sweet and sour recipe.
- Grilled Chicken Bruschetta
Bruschetta is toasted bread topped with a seasoned tomato mixture. Well, I decided to use a grilled chicken breast instead of the bread - what a hit! This super easy recipe is good for you too.
- Raspberry Glazed Chicken Breasts
A three ingredient sauce makes a quick and delicious glaze on grilled chicken breasts.
- Chicken Mornay
Make this delicious recipe with sliced cooked chicken from the deli or leftover cooked chicken. In fact, I cook extra chicken and freeze it to have on hand just for this dish!
- Bacon Chicken
This totally yummy and easy recipe takes just six ingredients. The onion, bacon, and cheese topping is irresistible.
- Curried Chicken Sandwich Spread
Pineapple, mango chutney, curry powder, and dried currants add fabulous flavor and texture to tender cooked chicken in this wonderful spread. Serve it as a chicken salad on lettuce leaves if you'd like!
- Sour Cream Chicken
And finally, a rice and vermicelli mix makes an elegant risotto with cooked chicken, sour cream, and peas. Yum.