Our Best Chicken Breast Recipes
Ready for a brand-new take on this dinner staple? You'll be inspired to switch things up with our tasty chicken breast recipes.
Chicken breasts make a fantastic base for weeknight dinners. This healthy lean protein usually cooks in less than 30 minutes—and with a little planning, you’ll have leftovers for lunch the next day.
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Honey Chicken Stir-Fry
This one-pot meal is one of our favorite chicken breast recipes for busy weeknights. The chicken and vegetables cook together in a single nonstick skillet and the flavors of honey, garlic and soy sauce create an incredible sauce. Serve it over rice to create a complete meal.
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Puff Pastry Chicken PotpieThis twist on the classic chicken potpie uses puff pastry instead of pie crust to create a satisfying, crispy exterior. The recipe calls for cutting the pastry sheets and layering them to make a visually appealing lattice pattern, but you can place the whole sheet directly on the baking dish if you’re running short on time.
Quick Chicken PiccataChicken piccata is a delightful dish featuring pan-fried chicken served in a bright lemon-butter sauce. You have a choice when it comes to preparation: Pound the chicken breasts to 1/2-in. thick or cut the breasts in half to make chicken cutlets.
Chicken Burrito SkilletThis skillet is packed full of chicken, tomatoes, green onions, rice and beans—like your favorite burrito! It’s a fantastic chicken breast recipe, but it’s also a good way to use up leftover rotisserie chicken. If you don’t have a can of black beans handy, substitute any beans you have in the pantry.
Cheesy Chicken ParmigianaIf you’ve never made this dish before, you’ll be amazed at how easy it is to make chicken Parmesan at home. Simply coat the chicken with seasoned bread crumbs and cook in oil for about 5 minutes a side. Melt a little mozzarella cheese on top and serve with tomato sauce. Pasta is the classic choice here, but zucchini noodles or spaghetti squash work well, too.
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Breaded Ranch ChickenA 5-ingredient chicken breast recipe that’s ready in less than an hour? Yes, please! The chicken breasts stay juicy and moist as they bake, and the cornflake crust is irresistibly crunchy. Use a store-bought ranch seasoning packet, or make your own with this ranch dressing and dip mix recipe.
Broccoli-Stuffed ChickenUse a meat mallet for this recipe, pounding the chicken until it’s 1/4-in. thick. If you don’t have one, use a rolling pin or the bottom of a skillet. After the chicken is finished cooking, we highly recommend thickening the pan juices with a cornstarch slurry to make a flavorful gravy that takes this dish to the next level.
Coconut Curry ChickenSlow-cooker chicken recipes are the best, and this one is no exception. The curry spices and coconut milk combine to create a delicious sauce, and you can customize the spice level by making your own curry powder at home. Be sure to use a can of coconut milk instead of the cartons found in the refrigerated section. The latter has a higher water content, so it won’t create a luscious, thick sauce.
Teriyaki Grilled ChickenWe highly recommend picking up bone-in chicken breasts for this grilled chicken recipe. The bones conduct heat throughout the chicken, helping the meat cook evenly on the grill. Meanwhile, marinating the chicken overnight infuses it with rich flavor while also keeping the chicken from drying out. That ensures your meal will be both juicy and flavorful.
Herbed Chicken Caesar SaladThis chicken breast recipe is perfect for a light lunch or a healthy dinner. The chicken is spiced with an aromatic blend of basil, oregano, paprika, garlic salt and black pepper, and the grill adds an extra layer of smoky flavor. The chicken is fantastic when served hot off the grill, but also tasty when chilled and served cold.
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Baked Lemon ChickenThe combination of lemon juice, chicken broth, butter and herbs comes together to create an out-of-this-world sauce that pairs perfectly with chicken. We often serve this dish over white rice, but cauliflower rice is an excellent choice for those looking for low-carb options.
Peanut Butter Chicken SkewersThe idea of slathering peanut butter onto chicken might sound odd—but bear with us. Mixing peanut butter with soy sauce, ginger, chiles, sugar and lemon juice creates a sauce that’s simultaneously savory, sweet and spicy. We baste the chicken skewers with the sauce as it cooks, but make extra so you can serve the cooked chicken with dipping sauce on the side.
Kentucky Grilled ChickenKFC makes its grilled chicken with a blend of herbs and spices, but we keep the marinade simple for our version (which we think tastes better than the original). You only need 5 ingredients—cider vinegar, canola oil, Worcestershire sauce, hot sauce and salt—and 4 hours to let the marinade do its magic. It’s fantastic for grilling chicken, but the marinade is amazing for roasted or sauteed chicken, too.
Chicken Stuffing BakeThis chicken breast recipe has some serious Thanksgiving vibes, but it’s easy enough to make as a weeknight dinner. We use seasoned bread cubes, but you could choose leftover stuffing if you happen to have it on hand. Feel free to add vegetables like broccoli, cauliflower or sweet potatoes to make a complete meal.
Mongolian ChickenDon’t let the number of ingredients dissuade you from making this incredible chicken. The chicken, vegetables and sauce stir-fry in a single pan, and it cooks in only 15 minutes. The leftovers almost taste better the next day, so don’t be afraid to double this recipe!
Chicken ScampiScampi generally refers to shrimp, which is cooked in a rich garlic butter sauce and served over pasta. The sauce is so good, we figured we’d pair it with chicken and see what happened. The result is just as tasty as the seafood version, and it’s a great dinner choice for anyone with picky eaters in the family.
Applesauce Barbecue ChickenWe love barbecue sauce on its own, but it gets even better when combined with applesauce, olive oil, brown sugar and chili powder. It’s a brilliant way to celebrate barbecue flavors without having to fire up the grill. Serve this roasted chicken with side dishes like baked beans, cornbread, corn or coleslaw.
Southwest Smothered ChickenCapture the flavors of the Southwest with this smothered chicken breast recipe. The corn, salsa and pepper jack cheese come together to create the perfect seasoning for chicken, but the pickled jalapenos really make this dish shine. It tastes fantastic over rice, but we also love shredding the chicken and turning it into tacos.
Buffalo Chicken Egg RollsThis game-day appetizer has everything we love about chicken wings, all wrapped up in a crispy egg roll wrapper. You start by making the Buffalo chicken in the slow cooker, so you could easily turn this starter into a main meal by serving the cooked chicken as a healthier egg roll in a bowl.
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