13 Ways to Eat Chicken Breast for Dinner

13 Ways to Eat Chicken Breast for Dinner

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Kelli Foster
Mar 30, 2018
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Chicken breasts are truly a blank slate, which is kind of what makes them so amazing. It's true they can be bland and boring on their own, but if you marinate them in some yogurt or sear them with spices, they become a meal to remember. The fact that they are so versatile and so quick to cook is why we love them for weeknight dinners. Whether you prefer the stovetop, oven, or slow cooker, these 13 recipes will show you how to turn chicken breast into dinner, and keep it interesting.

1. Feta-Brined Chicken Breast with Rosemary

Blend feta with water to use it a brine for chicken breast and the result is ridiculously moist meat that's tangy and flavorful, thanks to the salty cheese.

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2. French Bread Pesto Chicken Pizza

Diced chicken breast adds protein and substance to this family-friendly dinner that comes together in under thirty minutes.

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3. How to Make Stuffed Chicken Breast with Spinach & Cheese

Perhaps the most fun way to jazz up plain old chicken breast is to stuff it with a flavorful, cheesy filling. Besides adding flavor to the meat, it also adds moisture and helps it cook more quickly and evenly.

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4. Slow Cooker Orange Chicken

Grab your slow cooker, and creating this takeout favorite in your own kitchen has never been easier. After a quick sear, chunks of chicken breast cook until tender and soak up the sweet orange flavor you expect from this dish.

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5. Jacques Pépin's Garlic Chicken Breasts

This has become my favorite way to cook chicken breast on the stovetop. Gilded with an ultra-thin layer of flour, the chicken cooks up super crisp, then gets coated in buttery garlic goodness.

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6. Slow Cooker Lemon-Garlic Chicken Breast

This recipe will prove once and for all that lean chicken breast can be far from plain and boring. The bright scent of citrus and the rich, pungent aroma of garlic will waft from the slow cooker and will deliver a dinner with a taste to match.

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7. Slow Cooker Salsa Pulled Chicken

A tub of salsa is our favorite trick for turning mild-mannered chicken breast into a shredded taco filling that's packed with flavor.

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8. Honey-Garlic Chicken Stir Fry

Stir-fries, by nature, are quick-cooking meals, and are my weeknight go-to when I want to turn a pack of chicken breasts into dinner in a hurry. It works with almost any veggies you have handy, and if you want a head start, add the sauce to your weekend meal prep.

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9. Easy One-Pot Chicken Taco Soup

This weeknight soup really knows how to give you the most bang for your buck. The chicken breast simmers in the pot of soup, where it also soaks up a ton of savory-spiced flavor.

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10. Drunken Chicken and Mushrooms

These chicken breasts are swimming in a fragrant shallot and tarragon wine sauce and are paired with earthy mushrooms for a winning dinner any night of the week.

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11. Ranch Chicken Wraps

Need a dinner recipe that's sure to get everyone to the table? We're calling on a homemade ranch dressing to get the job done. In 15 minutes you'll have a fresh home-cooked meal so good you might even call it a miracle.

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12. Baked Parmesan-Crusted Chicken

If baked chicken is your thing, you're going to want to add nutty Parmesan and crispy panko to the equation. It's the power couple that gives basic baked chicken a savory twist and a textured coating with an irresistible crunch.

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13. Honey Mustard Curry Chicken

Combine sweet honey with tangy Dijon mustard, fragrant curry powder, and a bit of rich melted butter, and you've got the making of the most flavorful, yet most ridiculously simple sauce that will totally transform plain chicken breast.

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