The chicken breast is a staple in any culinary repertoire. It’s simultaneously hearty, healthy, and affordable—not to mention, easy to cook. Chicken breast is, in fact, such a no-brainer that you might actually find yourself tempted to eat it every single day of the week. And while that may seem a monotonous prospect, the truth is, there are enough chicken breast recipes in this world to last you at least a month—maybe even longer.
Phase One of cooking chicken breast is, obviously, baking it. There are some tips and tricks you can use to keep your chicken breast as tender and juicy as possible, and some sauces you can whip up to add an extra dose of flavor. But really, if you pop a chicken breast in the oven and don’t over- or under-cook it, you’ve got a delicious dinner on your hands.
Phase Two is only slightly more complicated. Stuff the chicken, bread the chicken, wrap the chicken in bacon. These recipes call for one or two added steps, and the result is an array of entrees that feel categorically different from the oven-baked chicken breast you’ve already mastered.
Phase Three views chicken breast as a mere ingredient in a recipe where chicken alone is not the star. Chicken casserole. Chicken pasta. Chicken soup. Yes, chicken is central to all of these recipes, but all the other ingredients are, too. Eat a stuffed chicken breast one night and a bowl of chicken pasta the next, and your experience will be decidedly varied—not repetitive.
So consider this your excuse to go forth and stock up on all the chicken breast you’re tempted to throw in your cart. Because the question of what to eat for dinner tonight—and tomorrow night, and the next night—doesn’t need to be a hard one to answer.
The Recipe: Chicken Parmesan is a classic way to dress up your chicken breast, and this Air Fryer chicken Parmesan recipe makes the low-key gourmet dish even easier to come by. Calling for classic ingredients like Marinara sauce, mozzarella cheese, seasoned bread crumbs, and sliced basil, this recipe is incredibly accessible—and all kinds of delicious.
The Pro Tip: Not sure what to eat with such a flavorful dish? Food Faith Fitness recommends veggies, like spaghetti squash or sautéed green beans.
The Recipe: If you want to whip up a chicken breast worthy of a fancy restaurant, this prosciutto apple and sage butter chicken recipe has your name all over it. Combine decadent ingredients like prosciutto, garlic gloves, Honeycrisp apples, fresh sage leaves, and sliced gouda, and get ready to devour one of the most indulgent chicken breasts you’ve ever tasted.
The Pro Tip: Take full advantage of the delicious sauce you’ve made by serving your chicken with rice pilaf. “It’s light but hearty,” Half-Baked Harvest says. “The pilaf soaks up the delicious flavors of the sauce, and I always find it pairs particularly well with apples.”
The Recipe: Who said you had to serve the chicken breast whole? This avocado and Greek yogurt chicken salad recipe is a great reminder that chicken tastes excellent in sandwich form—and that the meat is just as great at lunch as it is at dinner.
The Pro Tip: FoodieCrush substitutes traditional chicken salad mayonnaise for Greek yogurt, a lighter and more protein-packed option. “Because plain Greek yogurt has that distinctively fresh tang, I mellow the tartness of the yogurt with a mash of avocado and a bit of fresh lemon juice mixed into this creamy mayonnaise alternative,” she says.
The Recipe: If you’re looking for a way to prepare chicken breast that’s so delicious you’ll want to snack on it all day long, you’ve found it in this buffalo chicken spaghetti squash casserole. The dish offers all the spicy flavor of your favorite buffalo chicken dip, with all the hearty appeal of a bowl of spaghetti squash—talk about a win/win.
The Pro Tip: Food Faith Fitness recommends serving this as a game-day appetizer, but you could just as easily serve it as a side dish, a snack, or maybe even a light entree. When something’s this delicious, there’s really no need to box it in.
The Recipe: Chicken enchiladas are one of the tastiest ways to prepare chicken breast, and thanks to this chicken enchilada casserole recipe, they’re now also one of the easiest. Simply stir your ingredients; coat, roast, and shred your chicken breasts; fill your tortillas with meat, roll them up, cover them in cheese, and bake them until everything is as ooey-gooey as you want it.
The Pro Tip: Got leftovers? There are plenty of ways to use them. “I made a double batch of the red sauce and used it as a base for tortilla soup and tacos,” Feed Me Phoebe says.
The Recipe: This roasted garlic butter chicken recipe may look complex. And while it calls for all kinds of flavorful ingredients, it isn’t actually very hard to throw together. Be sure you’ve stocked up on spices, because this recipe calls for all kinds of them (think: parsley, oregano, basil, red pepper flakes, and of course, garlic). And make sure other must-haves are abundant as well. Lemons, apple cider vinegar, olives, and fish sauce will complement your spice blend, bringing out even more flavors in your chicken.
The Pro Tip: You can whip up this dish using bone-in chicken breasts, as well as boneless ones. “Just be sure to adjust the cooking time accordingly,” Half-Baked Harvest says. “Bone in chicken will need 10-15 minutes additional cooking time, depending on the size of the chicken.”
The Recipe: Baked chicken breast tastes just as good on a salad as it does on its own—something this crispy baked parmesan chicken salad recipe knows to be true. The baked chicken breast requires no out-of-the-box ingredients and only takes 10 minutes to cook. Once it’s done, slice it up and serve it on a green of your choice—there’s really nothing more to it.
The Pro Tip: Before coating your chicken breasts in breadcrumbs, be sure to beat some eggs and douse them in the mixture. The egg coating will help the breadcrumbs better adhere to your chicken, creating an entree that’s flavorful, textured, and dynamic.
The Recipe: Looking to mix up your chicken breast routine? Craft meatballs from your chicken breasts. Even better: Craft buffalo chicken meatballs from them. This recipe walks you through how to transform your chicken breasts into buffalo chicken meatballs in just a few simple steps—and it gives you the option of putting those meatballs on a bun and serving them as a sandwich.
The Pro Tip: Boulder Locavore used ground chicken breast to make this dish, but you could just as easily use whole chicken breast. Ground chicken breast may be a bit more flavorful and easy to work with, but it’s absolutely possible to make meatballs from chicken breast, too.
The Recipe: Lemons, capers, and white wine pack this chicken piccata pasta with flavor, while mushrooms and tomatoes add texture. The result is a massive pasta dish that’s dynamic, delicious, and unlike any of the other chicken breast recipes in your repertoire.
The Pro Tip: Cook your chicken batch by batch, and add olive oil as needed. “Crowding the pan will cause the chicken to steam, adding moisture to the pan so the chicken doesn’t brown and caramelize,” FoodieCrush says. “So your chicken doesn’t overcook and become dry, transfer to a bowl once it’s browned.”
The Recipe: This Thai green curry chicken boasts all the sweet flavor of a classic curry, with way less of the sugar. Ground cumin, ground coriander, ground turmeric, and chopped fresh cilantro combine with coconut oil and coconut milk to create a sauce that’s as creamy as it is spicy. Meanwhile, lime juice and red bell peppers add a dash of flavorful acidity.
The Pro Tip: Many curries call for tons of ingredients, proving somewhat difficult to make. “Luckily, when it comes to Thai green curry, it is shockingly easy,” Feed Me Phoebe says. “My quick stir-fry version below might be lacking a few threads of authenticity (mainly the kefir lime), but it was incredibly satisfying on all other fronts.”
The Recipe: Chicken and orzo is a no-fail combination, and this goat cheese-stuffed chicken and orzo combination is an even better one. Goat cheese, walnuts, basil, and honey make an incredibly delicious stuffing for this chicken breast, which is rendered even heartier by the kale-filled orzo.
The Pro Tip: Intimidated by the thought of stuffing your chicken breasts? It doesn’t have to be hard. “Just slice the chicken breast in half and stuff goat cheese, walnuts, and basil inside. Close it up and sear the chicken in a large oven safe skillet,” Half-Baked Harvest says. “It’s important to remember that it’s OK if some of the goat cheese filling spills out into the skillet. Essentially everything is all going in that very same skillet.”
The Recipe: According to FoodieCrunch, the best barbecue chicken recipe doesn’t require fancy marinades or rubs—it’s the result of a lot of barbecue sauce and a little on-the-grill (or in-the-oven) cooking. The good news? With some chicken, some barbecue sauce, some olive oil, and some salt and pepper, you have everything you need to whip up this delicious recipe.
The Pro Tip: Bigger isn’t always better. “Larger chicken breasts do not always translate to better chicken,” FoodieCrunch says. “Bigger breasts take longer to cook, and cook unevenly or overcook. Look for chicken breasts that are between 6 to 9 ounces per piece.” And if your breasts are thin on the ends and thick in the middle, trim the ends off—otherwise, they may burn.
The Recipe: This orange-herb fettuccine alfredo with baked chicken and creme fraiche offers a fun, flavorful spin on the classic chicken fettuccine alfredo you grew up with. Though the result is a touch more gourmet than the average fettuccine alfredo, the recipe is completely uncomplicated. There are no wild ingredients or fancy cooking techniques—just a delicious dish you can whip up in about 45 minutes.
The Pro Tip: Hello Glow recommends serving your chicken fettuccine alfredo with asparagus that’s equally easy to make. “Just put it on the same pan as the chicken during the last 10-15 minutes of the baking time, and it’s perfect,” she says.
The Recipe: Every element of these Instant Pot barbecue beer pulled chicken tacos is executed perfectly. The tortillas are thoughtfully toasted, the chicken is beer-braised, and the ingredients are dynamically layered. The result is a dish that tastes both incredibly textured and incredibly delicious.
The Pro Tip: Half-Baked Harvest topped off this dish with a little homemade avocado ranch—and the sauce is well worth the extra effort. “It’s just a simple mix of ripe avocado, tangy buttermilk, herbs, spicy jalapeño, a squeeze of lime, and a pinch of salt,” she says. “Simple, but good.”