12 Healthy Chicken Dinner Ideas Based On Cultural Cuisines

In college, you learn a lot⁠—whether it’s about your major or yourself. Something I learned in college was that I loved cooking. Most college kids are stereotyped to not know a thing about cooking and to only eat ramen. But many students want to become better cooks and experience new foods. However, cooking can be expensive, especially when using meat. Chicken is a good meat option found across the world because you can buy it frozen in bulk for a good price, plus it’s a good source of protein and you can do a lot with it. Here are 12 chicken dinner ideas for you to experiment with based on different cultural cuisines. 


American food has a certain level of comfort to it, which makes it perfect to cook and eat when you are homesick. Being homesick in college is depressing, but with the right recipe, you’ll be feeling better in no time. 

Homemade Chicken Strips

If you want the comforts of your favorite diner without going out, try making some chicken strips at home. This recipe is even a healthier alternative since the chicken is baked, not fried. 

Chicken Salad Sandwiches 

Whether you put it on sandwich bread or a croissant, chicken salad is always a delight. Plus, this recipe is easy to make with canned chicken if you don’t have fresh or frozen available. 


If you want to turn dinner into a fiesta, then start by cooking some Mexican recipes. Mexican food can be spicy or mild, but it’s almost guaranteed to be tasty. 

Chicken Burritos

The beauty of most Mexican food, like burritos, is that you can dress it up however you like. If a recipe calls for sour cream but you don’t have it or want it, simply leave it out. It’ll still taste great. 

Chicken Enchiladas

If you aren’t starving after class and you have time to cook something in the oven, try making enchiladas. Some people struggle with rolling the stuffed tortilla, but it still tastes great even when it’s imperfect. 


If you want to experience the facade of Olive Garden without paying the price of dinner, make Italian food at home. It will be almost as good as a restaurant, just without the breadsticks. 

Chicken Alfredo

With a jar of alfredo sauce to simplify this recipe, dinner can be served quick and delicious⁠—giving you plenty of time to get your homework done.

Chicken Parmesan

If you want to work on your breading and frying skills while also enjoying the melting of mozzarella cheese, challenge yourself with a night of chicken parmesan. 


The Far Eastern and Indian cuisine are packed with flavors, however, that flavor can only be achieved with the right spices. This makes these recipes more expensive because of the extra ingredients you may need to purchase. However, they are long-lasting ingredients and fun to cook with. Don’t let the extra cost keep you from experimenting with new dishes. 

Terriyaki Chicken

Whether you eat it on its own or with some rice and broccoli, teriyaki chicken is a simple, yet yummy dish. 

Sweet and Sour Chicken

This might be a recipe you are inspired to share with your roommates, who can be both sweet and sour. 


Butter Chicken

If you leave something out of this recipe, I won’t judge you. Leaving out a teaspoon of a spice won’t ruin butter chicken⁠—it’s just too good. 

Chicken Curry

Curry can be similar to a soup depending on how thick you make it, but it always pairs well with white rice. Yum!


Chicken Pad Thai

This recipe can seem a little more complicated which makes it a perfect recipe to cook with a friend or a date. But be sure to omit the peanuts if you are allergic!

Pad Kee Mao (Drunken Noodles)

If you enjoy the taste of basil, you will love this recipe. It is more intricate, so make sure your cooking skills are practiced before attempting this one. 

Whether you share with your friends or eat it all by yourself, these dishes will give you plenty of chicken dinner ideas to try throughout the semester. 

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