13 Quick and Easy Weeknight Meals with Chicken Broth

Have a box of chicken broth in your pantry? You're one step closer to dinner! From Weeknight Chicken Ramen to Instant Pot Chicken and Dumplings, here are 13 quick and easy meals that'll make good use of that box of broth.

We recently did a taste test of popular store-bought chicken broth and chicken stock so you would know which one is the best to buy, in case you don’t have time to make your own.

Now that you know what our team prefers, the question remains: What ridiculously easy meals can be made with chicken broth? Let’s answer that question with 13 of our favorite recipes from the site that use chicken broth!

Easy Chicken Ramen Recipe with Noodles and poached eggs in a round bowl

This recipe should be next to the word easy in the dictionary! It’s practically fuss-free and you’re able to boost store-bought chicken broth with some flavor enhancers and get your bowls on the table in under 30 minutes.

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A blue bowl on a pink cloth filled with chicken and dumplings with an instant pot in the background.

When I think of easy weeknights, I automatically think of my Instant Pot. It basically does all the work, is easy to clean up, and has that fix-it-and-forget-it factor that wins us over every time. Now you can have old-fashioned, comforting chicken and dumplings in no time at all!

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Moo Goo Gai Pan Chicken on a white plate with rice

Our tip for making this dish easy to throw together is to arrange everything next to your skillet in order of when it gets added to the pan. This way, once you start to stir fry everything, you won’t have to worry about grabbing ingredients or overcooking your chicken while prepping something else.

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Lemon Chicken Piccata Recipe

This dish is super approachable and is a favorite amongst adults and kids. It has the best of chicken piccata, but in a slightly easier-to-serve preparation. This recipe makes a ton of food, so you’ll have leftovers to freeze! If you’re looking to add just a little more flavor, we suggest adding in some buttery toasted breadcrumbs.

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Did you know that tarragon adds the best flavor to chicken and mushrooms and really elevates the whole dish? Well, it does! We only use a little bit in this recipe, but a little goes a long way. If you want to cut down on the cooking time even more, you can use skin-on chicken breasts.

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Skillet Chicken and Orzo

This dish cooks up in one skillet in about 35 minutes. While it’s incredibly easy to make and uses common household ingredients, the trick to pulling this dish off is to toast the orzo. It adds a warm, toasty and nutty flavor that can’t be beat!

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Chicken Salad with Roasted Bell Peppers

We added a few twists to chicken salad by adding in roasted red peppers and toasted almonds! It’s fantastic served in lettuce cups, on bread for a sandwich, or if you’re feeling a little wild, just eat it plain.

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Balsamic Risotto with Tomatoes and Basil

If you’re looking to use up a lot of chicken broth, then this is the recipe for you! It uses up four cups and is perfect if you’re looking for something hearty, rich, and flavorful.

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Using store-bought chicken stock is just one of the many shortcuts we take to make this soup easier than easy. Another shortcut? Use rotisserie chicken! Whatever you do, don’t forget the garnishes, because they really elevate the dish.

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Chicken Biryani

This stovetop version of the well-known Indian rice dish is made with chicken and seasoned with turmeric and ginger. It can be ready for the table in under an hour!

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Quick Chicken Pho

This is another recipe that doctors up store-bought chicken broth, making homemade pho nice and easy. Simmer the broth with herbs and spices to boost the flavor. It’s a great recipe for those who have never made pho before!

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Sopa Seca de Fideo Angel Hair Nests

The noodles in this dish absorb all the rich flavors of the chicken broth, making the noodles taste better than anything you’ve ever imagined.

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Citrus Pork with Egg Noodles

This is sure to brighten your day! It’s perfect for busy weekdays, because it's ready in about 35 minutes and has simple ingredients that are more than likely in your house right now!

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Claudia Cash

Claudia is the Community Manager for Simply Recipes, and finds joy building relationships with our readers through Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube. As the mother of 5 girls, she is passionate about family dinner and having that time together every day to connect with those we love, even if it's over toast and eggs.

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  1. Charmaine Erskine

    Would love to see more Instant Pot recipes! I’m going to try the Chicken & Dumplings recipe above, for sure!