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In a world where connection is made more difficult through sickness or technology, sharing time with loved ones over a meal remains a cherished tradition. And some of the world’s most scrumptious recipes involve a simple, healthy, protein-packed bird. 

When you’re in a time crunch or cooking for the family at the end of a long day at work, it may be tricky to find ways to spice up that chicken. 

Luckily, this list is full of healthy, delectable, and (most importantly) fast chicken recipes so that you can have a steaming plate in fewer than 30 minutes. 

Greek Low-Carb Chicken Freezer Meal

Not only will this zesty meal leave you and your family wanting more, it’s healthy, fast, and extremely low-effort. This meal can easily be mistaken as a gourmet spread that requires hours of preparation. But don’t worry; your secret is safe here! The meal is jam-packed with punching flavor, tangy Mediterranean marinade, and perfectly seasoned potatoes ready to freeze in 25 minutes. Then, when you’re ready to defrost, the meal will thaw out within 20 minutes and be ready for heating and serving. The Modern Proper suggests that you write down the day, month, and year that you put the chicken in the freezer so you can ensure you don’t leave it in the freezer for more than nine months. That means you can save this meal for the better half of a year. How convenient!

The Best Ever Chicken Piccata Recipe

This creamy, zangy-flavored chicken will leave you wondering how on earth something so delicious is easy, fast, and good for you! This Italian chicken recipe will catapult your dinner to the next level by making you and your company feel clean, refreshed, and satisfied, all while giving you exciting flavors to enjoy. And, just when you thought this recipe couldn’t get better, it only takes 25 minutes to prepare. Pair it with starches, salads, or pasta for a meal that fits anyone’s preferences (except vegetarians, of course!). Eat This, Not That claims that this dish is perfectly equipped to impress family and friends!

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Coconut Chicken Soup

A happy side effect of the chilling winds of winter is the overwhelming urge to curl up under a warm blanket with music, a book, or a movie and wind down. Preface that relaxation with a warm soup that’s cheap, easy, fast, adventurous, and deliciously creamy! With four servings to share, this recipe’s bold coconut flavors will make it an instant favorite. The Modern Proper also says that this soup is easily storable, meaning that you can freeze it to save for later. Make sure you don’t save it for more than six months, though!

Sesame Soy Garlic Chicken Wings

What better party food is there than chicken wings? This recipe is also perfect for sharing among the family at the table—especially on game or movie nights. Plus, the wings are quick to prepare and healthier than you might think. You can bake these wings or are fry them to avoid the harmful effects of greasy, breaded chicken. According to Eat This, Not That, this recipe has plenty of room for creativity and adjustment—such as adding spice—to fit your audience. No matter your preference, this 25-minute meal is ideal for delicious meals on a schedule. 

Chicken Breasts in Caper Cream Sauce 

This is easily a fan favorite, especially if you have kids. A significant number of reviews from AllRecipes claim the chef’s children thoroughly enjoy this meal. This recipe swirls the flavors of savory Italian capers and the comforting heaviness of a creamy sauce. It is perfectly paired with a citrus-based salad, carrots, or buttered potatoes. No matter what side dish you choose, you’re guaranteed to thoroughly enjoy the recipe. 

It doesn’t have to be a hassle to enjoy a healthy, protein-packed meal that’s perfect for the family. You can complete any one of these recipes in fewer than half an hour! No matter how busy you are, these recipes will make juggling home, work, and relaxation exponentially easier. Bon appetit!