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24 Best Chicken Breast Recipes

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Not sure what to make for dinner? Here are 24 of the best chicken breast recipes. They’re simple, delicious, and sure to become family favorites!

Chicken is America’s favorite meat. Whether it’s fried, baked, or grilled, there are so many dishes you can make with it.

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Breasts and thighs are among the most-loved parts of a chicken. Both are rich in protein and low in fat. 

However, thighs have a little more fat. So, if you’re watching your fat intake, chicken breast is the clear winner. 

Of course, choosing healthy doesn’t have to be boring. That’s why I bring you 24 chicken breast recipes to help you put this lean meat to good use. 

Say goodbye to dry and bland chicken meals. With these recipes, you’ll never get tired of chicken again!

Homemade Chicken Tenders

1. Cracker Barrel Fried Chicken

Who doesn’t love Cracker Barrel’s fried chicken? Those pieces of bone-in chicken are breaded and fried until golden and crispy. Oh my, they’re irresistible!

There’s nothing quite like biting into a juicy piece of fried chicken. Best of all, you can make this copycat recipe at home.

The secret ingredient here is buttermilk. It brings out the authentic southern flavor and makes the chicken super soft. 

2. Puff Pastry Chicken Pot Pie

This recipe is perfect to use up leftover chicken breasts.

And if you don’t have the time to make a classic chicken pot pie, this is the simpler version you’ve been waiting for!

All you need to do is create a mix of seasoned meat chunks and vegetables for the filling. Place them in individual casseroles and top with a puff pastry.

Bake until the pastry is puffed and golden. It’s super easy, and you’ll be done in just 35 minutes!  

3. Sun-Dried Tomato Chicken Pasta

For a busy weeknight, you’ll want a quick, cheap, and easy-to-make recipe.

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This chicken pasta flavored with creamy cheese and slightly sweet sun-dried tomatoes hits the spot!

For this recipe, you’ll only need one skillet and a 10-minute cooking time.

It’s one of the easiest yet tastiest meals you can make. It’s perfect for alfresco dinners and potlucks, too! 

For the pasta, feel free to use any type you like. Spaghetti noodles and penne are some of my top picks.

4. Lemon Chicken Piccata

Chicken piccata is a classic Mediterranean dish that looks fancy but is surprisingly easy to make. 

In Italian cooking terms, piccata refers to meat that’s sliced, dredged in flour, and browned.

Oh, and let’s not forget about the creamy sauce. It’s loaded with flavors from butter, capers, lemon juice, and white wine. 

Put the sauce and chicken on a bed of pasta, and you’re done!

5. Cheesy Chicken Burrito Skillet

This is a one-skillet supper that brings everything you love in a chicken burrito, minus the flour tortilla. 

This dish couldn’t get any easier. Just cook the canned tomatoes, rice, beans, broth, and taco seasoning in the skillet. 

Add tons of shredded cheese to make every bite a cheesy delight! 

6. Grilled Chicken Strawberry Pizza

When having outdoor summer BBQ parties, you might want to change the usual menu of hot dogs, burgers, and grilled meats. 

This appetizing chicken strawberry pizza is the answer.

Use naan or pita bread as your pizza crust, then add the creamy white sauce and toppings.

If you’re not a fan of pineapple on pizzas, maybe you’re a strawberry person like me!

7. Cheesy Provolone Baked Chicken

This recipe yields an oven-baked chicken breast that is creamy, cheesy, and tender.

It’s a perfect pair with rice or noodles. The classic Italian seasonings and condiments are sure to give life to this dish. 

It’s so flavorful that eating it plain is even suggested! Indeed, this cheesy baked chicken will please every member of the family.

For a fun and healthy variation, you can cut the chicken into smaller pieces and add them to a salad.

Or better yet, create an entirely new chicken salad with veggies of your choice!

8. Creamy Lemon Chicken Breast 

The perfect blend of cream and lemon will turn your plain chicken breasts into a tasty treat.

Add other pantry staples, such as butter, parmesan, mustard, and garlic, for a burst of umami flavors.

This recipe creates enough creamy sauce that you can toss into pasta.

For a low-carb dinner, you can’t go wrong serving the chicken with mashed cauliflower. 

9. Honey Pecan Chicken Breasts

The pairing of chicken and honey butter sauce infused with pecans will be your instant favorite! 

I’m sure of this because it’ll sing you a medley of buttery, savory, and sweet flavors. That’s just so tempting, right?

The pecan nuts add an elegant touch to the dish and fill the kitchen with an inviting aroma.

Make this chicken dish an authentic southern meal by serving over white rice.

10. Black Bean Chicken

A mixture of black beans, corn, and salsa creates a flavor-packed sauce that goes perfectly with stir-fried chicken.

The recipe only calls for one main ingredient — chicken breasts.

For a spicy kick, don’t forget to add seasonings like cumin, pepper, and chili powder. Serve with brown or fried rice for a deliciously filling meal.

11. Grilled Chicken Breast

This grilled chicken calls for a wet spice rub and consists of pantry staples like paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, and oregano. 

The result is the juiciest grilled chicken you’ll ever have, packed with so much flavor. You’ll finish it in minutes.

This dish complements grilled veggies and various side salads. My favorite combination is a grilled chicken and bacon kale Caesar salad.

12. Apple Cider Thyme Grilled Chicken

If you can’t get enough of juicy grilled chicken, this is another recipe that’s a must-try.

The apple cider-thyme marinade creates a tasty blend of sweet and tart flavors with minty notes.

This savory dish will be a hit in your next cookout when served with grilled vegetables or corn.  

13. Mango Chutney Chicken

Mango chutney is an Indian savory condiment made from green mangoes.

It does a fantastic job of highlighting a specific flavor profile in meat dishes.

In this recipe, tangy and slightly sweet flavors will take over the chicken. Slather a generous amount of chutney on the meat for maximum flavor. 

This dish pairs excellently with basmati rice or a refreshing cucumber salad.

14. Chicken with Mushroom Gravy

Chicken and gravy is arguably the most classic combination out there.

This yummy entree features a pan-seared chicken breast swimming in a rich mushroom gravy.

Interestingly, this recipe suggests that you use beef broth when making the gravy because it’s more flavorful than chicken broth.

The result is a sauce that won’t overpower the taste of the chicken.

Chicken and mushrooms is a quintessential combo that you can enjoy over rice or with mashed potatoes.

15. Bang Bang Chicken 

This banging dish is one that I can’t get enough of.

Just picture chicken bites coated with a spiced buttermilk batter. Dredge them through crisp breadcrumbs and fry until super crispy.

Bang Bang Chicken won’t be complete without its sweet chili mayo sauce infused with honey. Are you hungry now?

I’m pretty sure this will be the tastiest and crunchiest chicken you’ll ever make.

Just a little trivia: Bang Bang Chicken is well-known as a snack in China.

Its name originated from the “bang-bang” sound of the cleaver when cutting the chicken into small pieces.   

16. Coconut Chicken

These chicken breasts are dunked in a cornstarch mixture, eggs, and shredded coconut.

The amazing flavors of this dish come from the spiced cornstarch mixture and the sweetened coconut flakes.

Serve it with your favorite dipping sauce to make a more flavorful impact.

Tip: double the dip to double the goodness. Yum!   

17. Sticky Garlic Chicken Bites

These garlic chicken bites are cooked in 20 minutes and will disappear faster than that! They’re baked and smothered in a sticky, sweet sauce.

This dish is super easy to make, so you might want to cook another batch after the first one.

For the sauce, be sure to use reduced-sodium soy sauce to combat the saltiness. Not a fan of spicy food?

Adjust the amount of Sriracha sauce to your liking or take it out from the ingredients. 

18. Chicken and Pineapple Quesadillas

Quesadilla is a Mexican tortilla sandwich that’s primarily filled with cheese. But for this recipe, we’ll take it up a notch. 

Add some chicken, pineapples, red pepper flakes, black beans, onion, and cilantro for a chunky and filling quesadilla.

This dish is a real crowd-pleaser with its combination of white meat and shredded cheese — two of everyone’s favorites!

The blend of spices gives off a smoky taste while sweet pineapples balance all the flavors. 

19. Applesauce BBQ Chicken

Combine this lightly sweet applesauce with savory BBQ sauce to create a flavor that’s to die for!

The best part? You can leave most of the work to your slow cooker. The end result is soft and juicy chicken coated in a rich brown sauce. 

This dish is both sweet and peppery. It’s definitely a standout against other chicken breast recipes. 

20. Tomato Basil Baked Chicken

Saucy, creamy, and earthy are the words that best describe tomato basil chicken.

If you’re taking a break from fried food, this baked dish is beyond perfect!

The tomato basil sauce is light in flavor but refreshing. Aside from the chicken, you’ll want something to soak up this delicious sauce.

That said, you can serve the dish with crusty bread on the side or over a bed of rice. 

What I like the most about this recipe is that it’s easy to customize. Want to spice things up? Just throw in some red pepper flakes.

If you’re looking for a cheesy twist, I highly recommend using shredded mozzarella cheese as a topping! 

21. Chicken Pot Pie Soup

Fend off the cold nights with this deliciously warm chicken pot pie soup.

If chicken pot pie is one of your all-time favorite meals, this soup will certainly join your list!

This comforting bowl of soup has chicken, carrots, green beans, and a perfect blend of herbs and seasonings.

It’s chunky like the classic chicken pot pie, only in a creamy soup form. 

Serve with warm garlic biscuits for extra points!

22. Queso Baked Chicken

With a tasty queso sauce infused with southwestern spices, this recipe will reignite your love for chicken breasts.

As if that’s not enough, you’ll need to cover this dish with tons of cheese.

The result is an amazingly moist and tender Tex-Mex dish. Take a bite, and you’ll realize that there’s no such thing as too much cheese!

For a complete Tex-Mex food experience, serve this chicken bake with Spanish rice, chips, or tortillas.  

23. Angel Hair Chicken Pasta

If you’re not familiar with angel hair pasta, let me introduce you to this versatile Italian ingredient.

Angel hair pasta, or capellini, is a very thin pasta that looks like spaghetti. You’ll often find capellini with delicate sauces like the one in this recipe.

The sauce calls for a mix of mushroom soup, white wine, cream cheese, butter, and dry Italian salad dressing.

It’s not the best-looking mixture, but the taste is so delightful!

Don’t worry, the cooking process is nothing fancy. If anything, it’s fuss-free and ready in an hour or less.

24. Dump and Bake Chicken and Cornbread Casserole

Judging by the recipe name, this is perhaps the easiest recipe out there.

Thanks to the dump-and-bake method, you’ll have a lot less cooking time!

If you have raw chicken breasts in the fridge, it’s time to bring them out.

Simply dunk the chicken in a mixture of condensed soups and chicken broth.

Place in a baking dish in between the cornbread stuffing mixture, then pop it in the oven.

The result should be a lightly crisp casserole filled with tender chicken and thick, creamy sauce.

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