Chicken is a go-to weeknight dinner protein for so many reasons: it's versatile, healthy, quick-cooking, and easy to find in the grocery store. Heck, even the pickiest eater can’t complain when they see chicken on the menu. And although chicken thighs, wings, and drumsticks are all crowd-pleasers, nothing beats the classic chicken breast. But let’s be honest, chicken breasts can get a little boring. Luckily, these chicken breast recipes showcase how this cut works well grilled, seared, poached, and (of course!) baked.
If you think we’re just going to teach you how to prepare a piece of chicken with a veggie side, you’re wrong. These recipes show how you can seamlessly use chicken breasts in anything from tacos to salads to sandwiches. With gluten-free, dairy-free, and heart-healthy options, there's something for everyone. So shake up your dinner routine with these family-favorite chicken breast recipes. There are enough for you to serve chicken every day for a month — maybe more.
Sometimes simple is best. Take this no-brainer cooking method, for instance. Sprinkle chicken breasts with salt and pepper, quickly sear each side, then add fruit and pop it in the oven to finish. Delicious dinner done in 15 minutes.
Get inspired by the summery Italian salad and dress up grilled chicken with freshly torn mozzarella, tomatoes, and basil.
Become a meal prep pro: Cook all the components of this bowl on a Sunday to stash in the fridge (separately, in tightly sealed containers) for up to three days. Then, simply assemble night-of for a fast, fresh dinner.
Olive oil and butter are fine and all, but have you ever cooked chicken in bacon? It's a game changer.
This red pepper relish features all the bright flavors of a classic Spanish romesco, but doesn't require to you pull out the food processor.
Upgrade store-bought pita by tossing it onto the grill to give it a toasty charred flavor before piling on the toppings.
This lemony butter-caper sauce brightens up pan-fried chicken and noodles.
Apples and golden raisins add moments of sweetness to balance the curry powder's earthy kick.
Showcase a few of Greece's favorite key players (think: dill, feta, and lemon) with a salad that's more grains than greens.
When in doubt, toss grilled chicken breast with fresh produce and greens for a feel-good (and tasty!) lunch or dinner.
Cook up a smoky one-dish wonder in 25 minutes flat.
There's no other cooking method that's as fast, fun, and mess-free as foil packet cooking. Just fill aluminum foil with chicken breasts, oranges, snap peas, and bok joy, seal, and roast for 15 minutes.
Fire up the grill to pull together this healthier take on chicken fajitas. Even the avocados get a nice char.
You really can't go wrong when you combine chicken and pasta.
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Dial up the heat by coating chicken in chipotle chili powder.
Stuff chicken into a pita for a tasty, portable option that can easily travel to work. Pro tip: Pack the dressing separately.
Here's a crunchy "breaded" chicken breast option for the gluten-free people out there.
Balance out the tart balsamic chicken with a lightly sweet and crunchy salad that's made with celery, green apple, and lemon juice.
Go ahead and give your slow cooker a quick hug.
Keep a stash of peaches in the freezer, so you can enjoy summer's sweet produce all year long.
Forgo the side salad, and opt to pile the greens directly onto the pizza, instead.
Bookmark this recipe for the nights when you're expecting 10 guests for dinner, but only have 35 minutes to spare.
Cream cheese and chicken broth are the secrets to this one-skillet pasta dish. The noodles cook to al dente perfection in the broth, while the cream cheese melts into a velvety, rich sauce.
Pomegranates are only in season from October to February, so when you see the seeds (a.k.a. arils) in the supermarket, be sure to grab them. Then make these tacos.
Take a trip to Greece without leaving the backyard.
Surprise! The sauce is on the inside.
Here's another reason to love foil packets.