It's great to have easy and quick dinner recipes at hand for weekdays. Recipes for chicken are popular as chicken is easy to cook and it gives you enough time to set the table and even cook side dishes. Recipes for chicken can also include vegetables, rice or other pulses for a wholesome and complete meal.

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A warm salad of lentils complements chicken dishes well. To make this salad for complementing dinner recipes, warm a teaspoon of olive oil in a saucepan. Add a carrot, a shallot, a clove of garlic and a celery stick, all peeled and chopped. Stir fry for around three minutes or till the vegetables begin to soften. Stir in a cup of washed lentils, a cup of chicken broth, a bay leaf and season with salt and pepper. Bring the broth to a boil and cook uncovered till the lentils are tender. This usually takes around forty-five minutes and you may add a little water if the liquid evaporates too quickly. Remove the pan from the heat when the lentils are done and stir a teaspoon of olive oil, chopped thyme and sherry vinegar each. Keep it warm over low flame before serving.

Using boneless chicken breasts for dinner recipes for chicken is a good idea as they cook quickly. Pound the chicken fillets with a meat tenderizer to flatten them and season with salt and pepper. For added richness and flavor, wrap a strip of bacon around the chicken, spirally. Secure the bacon strip with a toothpick if needed. Heat a teaspoon of oil in a nonstick and ovenproof pan and transfer the chicken breasts in it. Brown the chicken and bacon on both sides for couple of minutes. Transfer the pan to a preheated oven and cook for about twenty minutes or till the chicken is cooked and the bacon is brown and crisp. Serve the chicken hot with the warm lentil salad on the side.

Include fresh vegetables, rice or bread in your dinner recipes for balanced and wholesome meals. Stir fry vegetables like carrots, asparagus and beans and serve as sides with chicken or turkey. A side of steamed rice or mashed potatoes also complements chicken dishes beautifully. You can also use the chicken dishes to create delicious sandwiches. Simply slice the chicken breast and make a sandwich with whole-wheat bread and some vegetables. Grill it for a quick and easy on-the-go meal. Pair with French fries or potato chips to complete the meal.