17 Chicken Breast Recipes for Busy Weeknights

17 Chicken Breast Recipes for Busy Weeknights

Sheela Prakash
Oct 4, 2018
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Chicken breast is a solid staple on the weeknight dinner table, and for good reason: It's quick to prepare and endlessly adaptable. These 17 recipes prove this point. They suit whatever your mood — whether you're craving soup, stir-fry, salad, or pizza — and come together without fuss in a flash.

1. Sheet Pan Balsamic Glazed Chicken & Potatoes

Placing the chicken in the center of the sheet pan and the potatoes on the perimeter ensures the potatoes will get extra crispy while the meat won't dry out since things on the outer edges cook quicker.

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2. BBQ Ranch Chicken Bites

Pick up your favorite bottles of ranch dressing and BBQ sauce to make these ridiculously easy chicken bites your whole family will love.

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3. Honey-Garlic Chicken Stir-Fry

This Thai-inspired stir-fry is extra savory, just a touch sweet, and filled with colorful vegetables.

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4. How To Cook Chicken Breast in the Instant Pot

Your Instant Pot is the perfect tool for cooking juicy chicken breasts when you're really pressed for time. You can aim for firm-but-juicy chicken for cubing, or let it cook a little bit longer for tender shredded chicken.

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5. Ranch Chicken Wraps

What makes this recipe stand out is that it eschews the bottle of ranch dressing for a quick homemade version that's brightened with fresh herbs and made tangy with Greek yogurt.

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6. Chopped BBQ Chicken Salad

This salad calls for cooked chicken breast, so it's a great way to use last night's leftovers — toss the meat in barbecue sauce and it's given new life.

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7. French Bread Pesto Chicken Pizza

When chicken breast boredom sets in, pizza is a great answer. This one is slathered with pesto, loaded with mozzarella, and finished with chunks of chicken and juicy cherry tomatoes. It takes less than 20 minutes to pull off too!

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8. Jacques Pépin's Garlic Chicken Breasts

The secret to this game-changing chicken is Wondra flour, an extra-fine flour that ensures a light and crispy crust.

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9. Drunken Chicken and Mushrooms

White wine helps tenderize the meat while also lending flavor in this fast yet fancy dinner. It's great over everything from spaghetti to rice and even just on its own.

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10. How to Make Stuffed Chicken Breast

While stuffed chicken breast might seem fussy for a busy weeknight, making it is actually quite simple. Bonus: The chicken cooks more quickly and evenly this way.

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11. Easy One-Pot Chicken Taco Soup

The chicken breasts are poached in the soup before they're shredded and stirred back in. This ensures they stay extra moist and that they pick up all the flavor from the broth.

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12. Baked Parmesan-Crusted Chicken

This is the kind of simple chicken breast dinner that the whole family can easily agree on. It's also worth making extra of to use in sandwiches and on salads for the week's lunches.

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13. Easy Bruschetta Chicken

The bruschetta topping for this fresh chicken dinner can be made the night before — just let it come to room temperature before using it.

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14. Almond-Crusted Chicken Fingers with Yogurt-Herb Dip

A crust of almond meal not only keeps these unique chicken fingers gluten-free, but it also adds great nutty flavor.

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15. Chicken Parm and Pasta Skillet

This recipe serves two but can easily be doubled, if needed — just use a large skillet to broil the chicken and pasta instead.

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16. Chicken and Veggie Pesto Salad

While it's worth the extra few minutes it takes to make the pesto yourself for this salad, if you're really crunched for time, the stuff from the store can definitely be substituted.

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17. One-Pan BBQ Chicken Burrito Bowls

Top these comforting chicken burrito bowls with whatever you like, but we highly suggest diced avocado and dollops of salsa and sour cream.

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