80+ Recipes That Will Cure Your Chicken Breast Boredom

updated Mar 23, 2023
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four pieces of chicken scallopini with a green garnish on a round plate with a lemon wedge in the corner
Credit: Kelli Foster

Chicken breasts are one of the most popular dinner proteins — and for good reason. They’re not too expensive, and they’re simple and easy to cook. But even if you’ve been cooking chicken for years (maybe especially if you have), some days your go-to recipe can feel a little rote. If you (or your family) are starting to feel a little less than enthusiastic when the plates hit the table, it’s time to switch things up.

And we have recipes aplenty so you can serve up your favorite chicken breasts dozens of different ways — from oven-baked to sous vide to chicken parmesan made in the air fryer. Most of them are weeknight-ready, and all of them are delicious. Here are more than 80 chicken breast recipes to ensure dinner time is never boring.

Essential “How To” Chicken Breast Recipes

For the most straightforward, never-fail chicken breast recipes, start here. These basic guides will teach you how to cool the protein simply, whether in the oven, in a skillet, poached, and beyond.

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Golden, Juicy Chicken Breast on the Stove
This foolproof technique is one you'll turn to again and again.
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The Best Chicken Breasts in the Oven
This is the simplest, easiest way to bake moist and tender chicken breasts in the oven.
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Moist & Tender Chicken Breasts Every Time
This is the method. It takes some trust, but believe me — it works flawlessly every single time.
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Crispy, Juicy Chicken in the Oven
Learn how to make crispy crumb-coated chicken in the oven that will rival chicken fingers.
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Sous Vide Chicken Breast
For very juicy and flavorful piece of chicken breast every single tim, turn to the sous vide machine.
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The Best Way to Cook Chicken Breast from Frozen
Learn how to safely and efficiently cook chicken breast in the oven without thawing it beforehand.
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Poached Chicken Breasts
This is a simple technique to memorize because it's useful for salads, sandwiches, and more.
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Easy Shredded Chicken in the Slow Cooker
This hands-off approach is perfect for weekend meal prepping.
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The Ultimate Marinade for Juicy Chicken
This lemony chicken marinade will leave you with juicy chicken hot off the grill.
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Juicy, Flavorful Grilled Chicken Breast
The key steps to really juicy grilled chicken, from pounding the chicken, making a marinade, and achieving great grill marks.
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Chicken Breast in the Instant Pot
This method is specifically for plain chicken breast that you can use as meal prep for building salads and grain bowls or for using in recipes that call for cooked chicken.
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Nashville Hot Chicken
This Nashville-style hot chicken recipe starts with a dill pickle and hot pepper brine.
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Skillet Chicken Breast Recipes

A trusty skillet is the secret to a quick chicken breast dinner. Toss a few other goodies into the pan, such as veggies or a creamy sauce, and it quickly becomes the star of the dinner table.

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Chicken Scallopini
Chicken scallopini is simple, straightforward, and thanks to the bath of buttery lemon-white wine sauce, is far, far greater than the sum of its parts.
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Creamy Chicken and Gnocchi Skillet
A creamy bed of gnocchi and wilted spinach doubles as a side in this easy chicken skillet.
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Creamy Balsamic Chicken and Mushrooms
This easy skillet dinner partners seared chicken breast with buttery sliced mushrooms and a creamy sauce spiked with sweet and tangy balsamic vinegar.
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Spanish-Style Chicken and Rice Skillet
This 20-minute skillet dinner, made with garlic, onions, tomato paste, and chicken broth, takes inspiration from Spanish-style rice.
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Sesame Ginger Skillet Chicken
Broccolini and chicken are a perfect pair in this Asian-inspired skillet dinner.
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Green Goddess Skillet Chicken and Veggies
A bottle of herby green goddess dressing from Trader Joe's plays both that marinade and the sauce in this colorful chicken and radish skillet.
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Tuscan Chicken Skillet
Caramelized mushrooms, sun-dried tomatoes, tender white beans, juicy chicken: there's nothing but good flavor happening here. And all in one skillet!
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5-Ingredient Skillet Chicken Parmesan
You'll get both the saucy pasta and cheesy chicken out of this easy one-pan recipe. Pair with a simple green salad for a complete meal.
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Thai Ginger Chicken Stir-Fry (Gai Pad Khing)
This quick and easy recipe for a Thai-inspired chicken stir-fry that's flavored with ginger and garlic is absolutely better than delivery.
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One-Skillet French Onion Chicken
This weeknight winner is inspired by the flavors of French onion soup. Chicken cutlets are smothered with melt-in-your-mouth onions and Gruyere, then finished in a richly-flavored pan sauce.
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Simple One-Skillet Chicken Alfredo Pasta
Everything is done in the same skillet in this recipe — easy cooking and easy cleanup.
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Creamy Parmesan Garlic Mushroom Chicken
This creamy Parmesan garlic mushroom chicken skillet is inspired by cream of mushroom soup, and comes together in 30 minutes.
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Honey-Garlic Chicken Stir-Fry
Thin strips of chicken get a sharp sear from the wok, before getting partnered with a mess of tender veggies and a blanket of savory-sweet sauce.
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Parmesan Chicken and Kale Sauté
A quick and easy one-skillet dinner that fits the bill on weeknights and at dinner parties alike.
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Skillet Chicken Parm Spaghetti Squash
A lightened-up, veggie-packed version of classic chicken Parmesan, all baked in a single skillet.
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Lemon Garlic Chicken
This easy weeknight-friendly recipe for chicken breasts cooked in a creamy lemon garlic sauce is luxe and comforting.
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Drunken Chicken and Mushrooms
This one-pan recipe for chicken breasts sautéed with mushrooms in an aromatic white wine sauce needs nothing but pasta to make it a meal.
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Stuffed Chicken Breast Recipes

One of the most fun things you can do with chicken breasts is stuff them. It’s much less fussy to do than you might think and you’re rewarded with a gooey, melty, cheesy center.

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Jalapeño Popper Chicken
All the spicy, cheesy, gooey components of the classic bar snack come together in this easy weeknight dinner.
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Stuffed Chicken Breast with Spinach & Cheese
A classic cheese and spinach filling is the star in these stuffed chicken breasts that are cooked up to be juicy and golden.
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The Easiest Chicken Cordon Bleu at Home
A weeknight-friendly version of the retro dinner dish, in which crispy breaded chicken and a rosy slice of ham is wrapped around an oozy cheesy center.
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Roasted Chicken Breasts Stuffed with Goat Cheese & Garlic
Sweet and tangy goat cheese it the perfect filling to wake up regular old roasted chicken breasts.
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Chili and Cheese Stuffed Chicken Breast
Grab that last bit of leftover chili or a can from the pantry, and the nub of cheddar hanging out in the fridge to make this boldly-stuffed chicken.
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Dubliner Cheese and Tomato Stuffed Chicken Breasts
A sharper cheddar will also work if you can’t find Dubliner or Irish cheddar for this recipe.
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Oven-Baked Chicken Recipes

Turn on the oven and your chicken breasts are sure to be cooked up just right. There are so many routes you can take here, whether you go for nuggets or a simple sheet pan dinner.

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3-Ingredient Oven-Baked Cajun Chicken Breasts
These oven-baked chicken breasts are super savory and slightly smoky with a bold flavor, and come together with just three ingredients.
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Feta-Brined Chicken Breast with Rosemary
For moist and tender boneless, skinless breasts, turn to this staple Greek ingredient.
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Bacon-Wrapped Chicken
Bacon is the best thing to ever happen to boneless, skinless chicken breasts.
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Sheet Pan Balsamic Glazed Chicken and Potatoes
Juicy chicken breasts brushed with a sweet and tangy balsamic glaze, baked alongside crispy chunks of potatoes and tender onions and bell peppers.
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Hummus-Crusted Chicken
A swipe of hummus and a sprinkling of smoky seasoning gives ho-hum chicken breasts a tender, golden-brown crust and a moist interior.
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Sheet Pan Honey-Dijon Chicken and Vegetables
A weeknight-friendly sheet pan dinner of tender chicken, broccoli, potatoes, and red onion, tossed in a sweet and savory honey-Dijon glaze.
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Chicken Nuggets
Chicken nuggets are a one-way ticket to pleasing kids of all ages.
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Garlic Parmesan Chicken
This easy sheet pan dinner partners bite-size pieces of garlic and Parmesan-coated chicken breast with tender stalks of asparagus.
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Baked Chicken and Veggies
A quick recipe for roasted chicken and mixed vegetables that's perfect for meal prep.
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Lemon Pepper Chicken
A simple 5-ingredient recipe for baked chicken with lemon pepper seasoning.
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Baked Parmesan-Crusted Chicken
Nutty Parmesan and crispy panko turn mild-mannered chicken breast into a weeknight dinner with pizzazz.
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Ritz Cracker Chicken
Boneless, skinless chicken breasts encrusted in buttery Ritz crackers, then baked until tender and juicy.
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Greek Chicken Recipe
Chicken breast soaked in a marinade that bursts with zesty, lemony, garlicky flavor.
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Dinner Salads and Bowls

The easiest way to turn a salad or bowl into dinner is to add protein-packed chicken. These recipes prove it.

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The Best Grilled Chicken Salad
Packed with bright, fresh, bold flavors and juicy strips of chicken breast, this is the grilled chicken salad you'll eat on repeat all summer long.
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Avocado Chicken Salad
Here, juicy pieces of chicken, fresh corn, and ripe avocado are tossed in an herby lemon vinaigrette.
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Cold Sesame Chicken and Noodle Salad
This crowd-pleasing chilled noodle salad brings bright and savory flavors to the potluck along with chicken and a rich sesame ginger dressing.
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Dak Naengchae (Korean Cold Chicken Salad)
Say what you will about boiled chicken breast, this cold chicken salad with a toasty sweet mustard dressing is greater than the sum of its parts.
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Chicken and Veggie Pesto Salad
Filled with a robust assortment of tender veggies, strips of juicy chicken, and tossed with an herby pesto, this no-lettuce salad is a summer essential.
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Crispy Chicken Caesar Orzo Salad
This crispy chicken Caesar orzo salad is a dinner salad for pasta lovers as much as it is for anyone who wants a generous dose of greens.
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Chopped BBQ Chicken Salad
With chunks of BBQ chicken, crisp corn, crunchy cabbage, and a tangy ranch dressing, this chopped salad is in a league all its own.
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Chicken Shawarma Salad with Lemon Tahini Dressing
Dinner salads filled with colorful vegetables, topped with shawarma-spiced chicken, and finished with creamy tahini dressing.
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One-Pot BBQ Chicken Burrito Bowls
Burrito bowls filled with tender spiced rice, beans, corn, and tangy barbecue chicken.
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Peanut Chicken Power Bowls
These nourishing peanut chicken bowls are packed with quinoa, a rainbow of veggies, and finished with a creamy peanut sauce.
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Upside-Down Chicken Curry Bowl
This bowl turns Indian take-out upside down with a bed of roasted cauliflower and lentil on the bottom and chicken tikka on top.
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Grilled Chicken Breast Recipes

When the weather is nice, grilling your chicken breasts is always the right answer. You can even turn them into a complete meal by preparing them in a foil packet with a mix of vegetables.

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Grilled Chicken Kebabs
Here, yogurt-marinated chicken is threaded onto skewers and grilled until tender and charred.
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Easy Jalapeño Grilled Chicken
Flavored with tart lime and the fiery heat of jalapenos, these easy grilled chicken breasts are a summer stunner.
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Chicken Souvlaki
This platter of grilled chicken skewers, fresh vegetables, and warm pita is simple yet satisfying.
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Teriyaki Chicken Foil Packets
Teriyaki chicken with broccoli, carrots, and peppers is made fuss-free in foil packets that are cooked on the grill or in the oven.
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Chicken Fajitas Foil Packets
This all-in-one foil packet dinner that can be cooked on either the grill or in the oven.
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Grilled Chicken Breast with Blackberry-Corn Salsa
The corn in this salad isn’t cooked, so it’s worth waiting until the first crop of the season rears its head. Your patience will be worth every sweet and starchy bite.
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Lemon Garlic Chicken Foil Packets
This quick and easy five-ingredient recipe features lemony grilled chicken and colorful veggies.
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Pineapple BBQ Chicken Foil Packets
Chunks of fresh pineapple lend juicy sweetness to this foil packet dinner.
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Slow Cooker and Instant Pot Chicken Breast Recipes

Whether you’re on Team Slow Cooker, Team Instant Pot, Team Air Fryer, or a mix of all three, you know these appliances are great at preparing chicken breasts without much hassle. Definitely keep these recipes close by to add to your rotation.

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Slow Cooker Pesto Chicken
Homemade pesto is mixed with hearty chunks of chicken in the slow cooker, ready for a week's worth of salads, wraps, and grain bowls.
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Slow Cooker Ranch Chicken Sandwiches
This creamy ranch chicken is full of tangy, herby flavors, thanks to a DIY ranch mix, buttermilk, cream cheese. Add a bun, bacon, and slaw for dinner.
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Slow Cooker Chicken Marsala
A simple and elegant chicken Marsala recipe that puts dinner on the table in 2 hours. It's just what to serve when you have people coming over on a Sunday.
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Slow Cooker Lemon-Garlic Chicken Breast
With a handful of ingredients you are treated to tender chicken gilded with a velvety lemon sauce infused with a richness reminiscent of roasted garlic.
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Slow Cooker Orange Chicken
A fragrant, fresh, and easy-to-make orange chicken recipe that comes together with the help of the slow cooker.
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Slow Cooker Chicken Piccata
This slow cooker chicken piccata is cooked on a bed of tender red potatoes, then gilded with a buttery lemon sauce with a punch of briny capers.
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Slow Cooker Chicken Tikka Masala
Spooned over some steamed rice, this easy slow cooker tikka masala is about to make your busy days very happy indeed.
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Slow Cooker Spinach and Artichoke Chicken
Poached chicken breasts in a luxurious lemon broth with wisps of green spinach and forkfuls of tender, nutty artichokes.
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Slow Cooker Chicken Alfredo
This creamy slow cooker chicken with sun-dried tomatoes and spinach is made even easier with store-bought Alfredo sauce.
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Air Fryer Chicken Parmesan
Air fried parmesan-breaded chicken breasts smothered in mozzarella and served with tangy marinara.
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Instant Pot BBQ Chicken
This saucy shredded chicken can be made with boneless chicken breasts, thighs, or a combination of the two.
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Instant Pot Salsa Chicken
This 2-ingredient recipe is one of the easiest, most foolproof ways to cook chicken. Try the shredded meat in tacos, burritos, grain bowls, sandwiches, and salads.
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nstant Pot Chicken and Rice
This family-friendly dinner promises juicy pieces of chicken, fluffy rice, perfectly tender veggies, and a level of creaminess that just can't be beat. Plus, it cooks in less than 30 minutes.
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Instant Pot Chicken Tacos
Salsa-seasoned shredded chicken tacos topped with a cool avocado dressing is the ultimate taco dinner.
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Butter Chicken in the Instant Pot
Traditional butter chicken recipes can take a few days, but Instant Pot butter chicken takes a mere 35 minutes — including preparing the aromatics and chopping the chicken!
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Instant Pot Buffalo Chicken
This 3-ingredient Instant Pot chicken, which is spiced up with a buttery buffalo sauce, is perfect for meal prep.
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Instant Pot Weeknight Chicken and Rice Burrito Bowls
Filled with chicken, rice, black beans, corn, and salsa, these burrito bowls come together quickly with an Instant Pot.
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Instant Pot Chicken Alfredo
Instant Pot Chicken Alfredo is an shortcut dinner that tastes just like the creamy classic.
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