It's pretty much a given that you'll find chicken breast in regular rotation in my meal plans and at least one or two packs stashed in my freezer at all times. When it comes to versatility, lean, mild-mannered chicken breast deserves an award. It's willing and able to meet your dinnertime needs on the stovetop or grill, and in the oven, slow cooker, or Instant Pot. It can also be partnered with just about anything you have hanging out in the fridge or pantry.
Most of the time, it just takes a little inspiration to turn that pack of chicken breast into dinner. Here are 15 of my favorites to get you started.
Quick-Cooking Chicken Dinners
When the clock is ticking, there are a few tricks that make lean chicken breast an even quicker dinner — halving thick breasts into thinner cutlets, pounding them thin (a half-inch is a good rule of thumb), or cutting the meat into small, bite-sized pieces are just a few.
- Creamy Parmesan Garlic Mushroom Chicken
- Jacques Pépin's Garlic Chicken Breasts
- Parmesan Chicken and Kale Sauté
- Thai Ginger Chicken Stir-Fry
Slow Cooker Chicken Dinners
Since chicken breast is so lean, it's not a meat that benefits from an all-day cook time in the slow cooker. Instead, slow cooker recipes starring chicken breast are my top choice when I need a mostly hands-off dinner that will let me tackle a couple errands or get chores done around the house while dinner cooks.
Chicken Dinner Salads
Sure, you can just cook up a chicken breast, toss it on your salad, and call it a day, but put in a tiny bit more effort and you will be handsomely rewarded with an outstanding dinner salad.
- Crispy Chicken Caesar Orzo Salad
- Vietnamese-Style Chicken & Noodle Salad
- Chicken and Veggie Pesto Salad
- Cold Sesame Chicken and Noodle Salad
Other Weeknight Chicken Breast Favorites
What makes chicken breast such a weeknight wonder is its quick-cooking quality and blank-slate flavor. It's a fit for everything from Italian-style skillets to curries and spicy citrus marinades.