Baked chicken breast is a mainstay of the weeknight recipe repertoire. It’s affordable, versatile, and decidedly easy to prepare (just preheat, season, and pop in the oven). However, no one wants to have the same chicken dinner every week. If your mealtime go-tos are leaving you wanting more, it’s time to spice up your routine.
Luckily, there is no shortage of ways to prepare baked chicken breast. Whether you want to get fancy with chicken cordon bleu or simply throw one pan in the oven and let your appliances do the work, there’s a recipe for you. Plus, chicken goes with almost any flavor and pairs well with all kinds of side dishes.
Take the monotony out of your weeknight dinner routine, and shake things up with one of these 15 baked chicken breast recipes.
Easy Greek Sheet Pan Chicken Souvlaki and Potatoes
This Greek chicken and potatoes dish from Half Baked Harvest is a weeknight hero. All you need is one pan and one hour to get a flavorful meal on the table. Traditional Greek ingredients like bell peppers, onions, feta, sun-dried tomatoes, and kalamata olives elevate the baked chicken breast seasoned with olive oil and a variety of spices. The single pan lets the potatoes and veggies cook in the juices from the roasting chicken. Top with tzatziki (or plain Greek yogurt) once the pan is out of the oven, and dinner is served.
Lemon Garlic Chicken
Jessie Johnson of Life as a Strawberry calls this yummy lemon garlic chicken recipe one of her new favorite fall foods. It’s a low-maintenance meal that’s ready in just over 30 minutes and goes well with basically any side dish (Johnson pairs hers with weeknight essentials like potatoes, vegetables, or rice). Season your chicken breasts with olive oil and herbs, and then sear in a pan for a few minutes before adding flavor with fresh lemon juice and chicken stock and placing your masterpiece in the oven to finish it off.
Healthy Baked Chicken Cordon Bleu With Cauliflower Alfredo
This French-inspired baked chicken cordon bleu recipe from Food Faith Fitness has a healthy twist, thanks to a simple cauliflower wine sauce. All it takes to serve up a French chef–level meal is flattening your chicken breast and tightly rolling sliced ham in the meat. Give your chicken a crispy outer layer by dipping the meat in eggs and rolling it in a plate of almond flour before baking. Top your finished product off with some homemade cauliflower sauce for an inspired weeknight meal.
Honey Mustard Chicken
German grainy mustards, tarragon, and soy sauce come together to create this hearty and flavorful honey mustard chicken recipe from Foodie Crush, which makes it perfect for a chilly fall evening at home. All you have to do is whip up the honey mustard sauce and toss in your chicken breasts until they are fully coated. Bake for 45 minutes, and pair with a whole grain and vegetables for a dinner that’s simple and delicious.
Smothered Barbecue Chicken Breasts
Nothing spices up a weeknight meal better than a little smoky barbecue flavor. Cassie Joy Garcia of Fed+Fit spices up stodgy chicken breasts with barbecue sauce and caramelized onions in this smothered barbecue chicken recipe. Caramelized onions have a way of elevating any meal, and they’re so easy to make—just chop up your onions, and simmer them with butter and salt for about an hour. While your onions are caramelizing, you can make a version of Garcia’s homemade barbeque sauce, or you can use store-bought sauce and pop a bottle of vino to sip on while you wait for the onions. Pop the chicken in the oven, and you’re ready to enjoy.
One-Pan Apricot Walnut and Brie Stuffed Chicken Breast With Roasted Potatoes
This stuffed chicken breast recipe is what Tieghan Gerard of Half Baked Harvest calls “the perfect dinner.” If you think creamy cheeses, walnuts, and apricot preserves belong on a charcuterie plate, think again. Brie, basil, and a gooey apricot glaze take weeknight dining to a new level. Stuff your chicken breasts with a combination of walnuts, basil, garlic, olive oil, cream cheese, and egg, and bake over a pan of roasted potatoes. It’s a savory and unexpected dish that’s still ready in a little over an hour.
Slightly Lighter Chicken Katsu and Asian Slaw
A play on the traditional Japanese dish, this chicken katsu and Asian slaw recipe from Stuck in the Kitchen is guaranteed to get you out of a weeknight meal rut. Think crunchy baked chicken served with a thick, sweet sauce and sesame seeds, paired with homemade Asian slaw. Create the slaw by combining classic Japanese flavors like rice vinegar, sesame oil, edamame, cabbage, carrots, and more. Serve over seasoned sushi rice to complete the meal.
Amy Stafford from A Healthy Life for Me says you’ll want to put this chicken piccata recipe in your dinner rotation ASAP. Chicken piccata is an Italian favorite that doesn’t require much to execute, and this Paleo recipe is gluten- and grain-free, so it fits into most healthy diets. Season thin chicken breasts and coat with almond flour before heating in a skillet and transferring to the oven. Serve with capers and lemon to obtain the traditional Italian flavors.
Roasted Root Vegetable Salad and Chicken With a Creamy Honey Mustard Vinaigrette
Perfect for a busy weeknight, this vegetable salad and chicken recipe from Spoon Fork Bacon is savory and light. Season your chicken breasts, and sear in a skillet before placing in a pan and setting in the oven to bake. The side dish and vinaigrette give the meal most of its flavor. Roast up some vegetables, combine with cranberries and watercress, and toss with your homemade honey mustard vinaigrette to pair with the juicy chicken breasts.
Baked Mozzarella Chicken Rolls
While it’s no cordon bleu, this mozzarella chicken roll recipe from Pinch of Yum takes its own twist on the stuffed chicken motif. Combine spinach, ricotta, and Parmesan cheese, and roll into your chicken breasts. For that crispy texture on the outside of the chicken, coat the rolls with egg whites and whole wheat bread crumbs. Top with sauce, mozzarella, and basil before popping your pan in the oven to bake. Another weeknight dinner, sorted.
Blackberry and Tequila Glazed Chicken Sandwiches
This blackberry and tequila glazed chicken sandwich recipe is anything but ordinary. It calls for a blackberry sauce complete with a splash of tequila to glaze over your chicken breasts before baking. Prepare a side dish to pair with the chicken, or assemble sandwiches with pretzel rolls, lettuce, and tomato as this recipe intends. Head to Life as a Strawberry for the full recipe to try it yourself.
Spinach and Artichoke Stuffed Chicken Breast With Greek Yogurt Sauce
This simple chicken dish from Food Faith Fitness is packed with delightful flavors. The chicken is stuffed with artichoke hearts and spinach and is marinated in a garlicky Greek yogurt mixture. You can cook the chicken on the grill or baked in the oven. The best part is that it will only take you 30 minutes to make, which is perfect for a hectic night after work when spending time in the kitchen is the last thing you want to do.
Baked Chicken With Jalapeño Pesto
Nothing will spice up your routine quite like this baked chicken with pistachio-jalapeño pesto recipe from Salt and Wind. For this dish, bake seasoned chicken in the oven as per usual, and then top with a tasty pesto sauce that’s sure to impress. It boasts flavors with hints of pistachio, jalapeño, garlic, lime, mint, and pepper. Let this recipe serve as your midweek dinner pick-me-up.
Cheesy Mustard Baked Chicken Breasts
Try out this cheesy mustard baked chicken recipe from Foodie Crush the next time you’re craving something tasty but don’t have much time to spare. The hero of this dish is the sauce, which you can make in the time it takes to bake your chicken. It’s full of flavors from ingredients like whole grain mustard, sharp cheddar, Parmesan, and cayenne pepper. After your chicken is baked, take the pan out of the oven to top with your sauce, and sprinkle on some bread crumbs before it goes back in the oven for a crispy finish.
Crispy Baked Basil Chicken Cordon Bleu
This cheesy chicken cordon bleu recipe from Half Baked Harvest is an impressive weeknight feat that you can make in under an hour. For a healthier twist, the recipe calls for baking instead of frying, and the chicken is filled with a leaner prosciutto meat instead of traditional ham. Roll up the prosciutto, swiss and fontina cheese, and basil for a perfect combination of meat and cheese. Top with breadcrumbs and a bit of seasoning before leaving in the oven to bake until the chicken is cooked through.
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