If you make the same baked chicken breasts week after week, you're bound to get tired of the bird. But when you change 'em up and try them in a variety of recipes (spicy, sweet, crispy, tender), they taste pretty damn good every single time. That's why we're helping you change up your bird game by sharing 60 (!) of our favorite chicken breast recipes so you'll never eat a lame chicken meal ever again. With awesome marinades, rubs, and sauces, these guys pack in the flavor, and you can make all of them with everyday kitchen ingredients. We hate to brag, but these are all winners
winner, chicken dinner.
No piles of dishes to wash here. Seared chicken, fresh herbs, and zesty lemon come together in one pan in just 20 minutes. Have some bread handy to dip in the extra sauce.
Chicken fingers aren't just for kids (or for when you get the drunchies... ). This recipe uses a super-easy mixture of spices and whole-grain mustard for a healthier baked version. These taste great over rice, quinoa, a salad, or dipped into your favorite condiment.
Pair this chicken breast with a healthier margarita-like sauce of mint and lime. The simple combo of lime juice, lime zest, mint, olive oil, and salt can be used as a salad dressing too.
This healthier take on the classic Italian dish is packed with flavor. The blogger reduces the Marsala sauce twice, so the mushrooms can soak up even more goodness. The best part? It's ready in about 15 minutes.
This homemade tomato sauce will make your chicken breasts taste great over pasta (or zoodles). You probably already have all seven of these simple ingredients (chicken, pasta, garlic, olive oil, tomatoes, basil, butter) in your kitchen.
Looking to turn up the heat? This cayenne-rub recipe is an awesome way to flip the script on a boring chicken dinner. With avocado salsa on top, you can't go wrong.
A quick, sweet, and savory dinner doesn’t get easier than this. Preheat the oven while you coat the chicken in a blend of sugar, paprika, cumin, salt, pepper, oregano, and garlic. Bake for 20 minutes, eat, and repeat.
This recipe combines lots of spices (paprika, chili powder, cumin, thyme, and garlic powder) for maximum flavor. Just mix them together, sprinkle over the chicken, cook 'em up, and glaze with a honey vinegar sauce. Easy peasy.
This basic recipe is perfect for those "I really don't want to make dinner" kind of nights. With only four main ingredients, (a fancy-looking) dinner is served in just 20 minutes.
Packed with spices such as allspice, sage, and nutmeg, the taste of this chicken will transport you to the beaches of Jamaica (even if you’re stuck in another polar vortex). Serve with optional red beans and rice to round out the Jamaican-inspired meal.
Craving pad Thai? Try this easy grilled chicken recipe instead. Just make sure you prep ahead of time, since the chicken needs to sit in the marinade for at least three hours to soak up all the flavor. If you're feeling fancy, you can make it over Asian noodles.
These Greek chicken skewers taste great over the classic tomato, cucumber, and feta salad or tucked inside a pita. Save this marinade recipe for the next time you're making shrimp.
This chicken will conjure up thoughts of sunshine, grass skirts, and fresh island flavors. Turn up the heat by adding a teaspoon of Sriracha, but don't forget to whip up a frozen cocktail to offset the spice.
So simple yet so tasty, this marinade will keep chicken breasts juicy while grilling. Who knew that brown sugar, vinegar, oil, and soy sauce could produce something this good?
Honey, soy sauce, and sesame oil combine to give this salad that ramen-like flavor. Chop up the ingredients and throw them in a salad bowl, and you're done. If you like your salad chopped, try using a pizza cutter or large chef's nice to slice up your lettuce.
Drinking a PSL isn't the only way to indulge in fall flavors. This recipe combines grilled chicken with quinoa, sweet potatoes, kale, blackberries, and walnuts with a pumpkin-maple-chia seed dressing for the ultimate burst of autumn. Need we say more?
We couldn’t write a list of chicken recipes without mentioning chicken salad! The secret ingredients in this version are our dear friends Greek yogurt and avocado, plus lime juice and cilantro to give it a fresh, light taste. Eat it on its own or in a wrap.
While the chicken marinates for 20 minutes, toss together this creamy, crunchy salad. While the chicken cooks, the flavors in the salad meld, coming together for one healthy, hearty main course. The next day, throw leftovers in a wrap for a new spin on lunch.
Balsamic vinaigrette pairs perfectly with strawberries and acts as the star in this light salad. (Optional pecans add a little crunch, and feta gets sprinkled on top for a meal that’s as nice to look at as it is to eat.)
If you need to satisfy your craving for buffalo wings, this open-face sandwich will do the trick. The homemade Greek yogurt ranch-slaw gives the recipe a healthier update, and you'll want to put it on everything.
Forget fast food sandwiches—this homemade version tastes just as good and is ridiculously easy to make. Feel free to skip the accompanying slaw—or use plain Greek yogurt in place of the mayo if you want a healthier side.
Just when you thought grilled cheese couldn’t get any better, along comes this recipe. Gooey pepper jack and barbecued breasts turn a childhood favorite into an adult classic. Use a pan if you can’t get to an outdoor grill—the chicken will still be delicious.
This pesto sauce gets whipped up quickly in the food processor (or blender) and then combined with Greek yogurt for extra creaminess before topping the chicken. Spread on a baguette and top with tomatoes, arugula, and fresh mozzarella for one of the simplest, tastiest uses for leftover shredded chicken.
"Curried chicken" might sound fancy, but this recipe just sprinkles curry powder on some chicken and slaps it on a sandwich with arugula, cilantro, and avocado. The blogger also includes mango chutney, but we think this sandwich would taste good with or without the spread.
Soups and Stews
Veggies and herbs give this soup a fresh flavor, while Sriracha keeps things spicy. As a bonus, this recipe uses rotisserie chicken to make preparation even quicker.
Tired of your boring old chicken noodle soup? This creative version infuses Thai flavors and takes just five minutes to prep. The soup may be hot, but the tropical coconut flavor makes it appropriate for any season.
For a unique take on chicken noodle soup, try this version. It's kind of like a simpler ramen bowl. Traditional Asian flavors, such as sesame oil and soy sauce, give this easy dish an intense but pleasing taste.
The take-out favorite gets a whole-food makeover. This stew is loaded with celery, carrots, and onions (and chicken, duh), while the dumplings are made with whole-wheat flour.
This recipe uses six ingredients that pack serious flavor. White beans, salsa verde, chicken, bone broth, avocado, and cilantro come together for a Mexican-inspired soup that you'll want to make again and again.
It’s everything you love in a taco, but in a broth that’s packed with Mexican flavor. This soup makes a great alternative to your typical taco or fajita night. Don’t forget the healthy toppings, such as avocado, diced red onion, cilantro, and salsa.
Meat lovers, rejoice! This soup has chicken and sausage in it (but feel free to leave out the sausage if you have a smaller appetite). Brown your meat(s), add veggies and broth, then stir in beans to top off this hearty, protein-rich soup.
With a mix of chicken, peppers, onions, beans, and chili powder, how could you go wrong with this slightly spicy soup on a cold day? And it's easy to make too. It stews all by itself in the slow cooker.
A mix of tomato and basil give this quick stew a tangy taste. Combined with chicken, this simple dish is the perfect treat for a cold day spent inside. Just be sure to wrap up the leftovers and save them in the fridge for later.
When you’re in need of some TLC, this stew is an awesome alternative to chicken noodle soup. Chicken and mushrooms cook quickly while you make a creamy sauce with the help of some flour—and then you serve it all with (optional) biscuits.
Is it Mexican or is it pizza? It’s both—and it’s so good! The gluten-free cornmeal and egg crust is super easy to make, and it gets covered with refried beans (or black bean puree) instead of tomato sauce, shredded chicken, and enchilada sauce. The best part is that you can play around with all the ingredients to suit your taste. Go nuts!
This pizza is the equivalent of a party in your mouth. Tangy barbecue sauce, zesty onions, and two types of cheese make this one a winner.
Skip the whole crust business and stuff all the best parts about pizza straight into the chicken breast. Surprisingly satisfying, this pizza chicken is awesome on a bed of greens—or on its own.
This recipe uses a spicy, Thai-influenced marinade to make a chicken pizza that’s out of this world. Use your favorite store-bought dough to make this faster, and add or subtract vegetables based on your preferences.
A pizza without tomato sauce? You won’t miss it in this white version. Once you have a bite of this spinach, basil, and garlicky chicken pizza (topped with as much or as little gooey cheese as you’d like), you may never go back to the red.
If you’re a fan of buffalo wings (aren't we all), you will love this recipe. Use a wire rack to keep the breading intact and if you’ve got the time, whip up a healthier dressing on your own—use plain Greek yogurt in place of the mayonnaise to keep things light.
This recipe might sound a bit heavy, but this twist on cheddar and ranch is everything you want in a tangy chicken dish. All you have to do is whip together your sauce, bake the chicken for about half an hour, and serve.
Lemon steals the show in this dinner party-worthy dish. Cook the chicken with the skin on to keep it juicy, then remove the skin when you're ready to serve.
Honey and garlic?! Yep, we're so in. These sweet and spicy breasts are easy to make and, thanks to their size, work perfectly as an appetizer.
This recipe’s title makes a bold claim, but when you combine the taste of this chicken and the fact that it’s totally foolproof to make, it’s definitely a strong contender. A sweet and tangy mixture of mustard, maple syrup, and vinegar gets poured over chicken breasts. Bake for half an hour, sprinkle on some fresh rosemary, and you’re done. Serve with a side salad for a complete meal.
On the Stove
An alternative to traditional labor-intensive chicken Parm, this version comes together with pantry ingredients on the stove for a 30-minute meal. Rachael Ray would be proud.
Three main ingredients, one pan, and 100-percent delicious: This pesto chicken breast is great over (whole-wheat) pasta or in a salad.
Tasty, spicy, and good: This red curry will wake up your taste buds and satisfy a Thai-food craving. Still hungry? Pour extra sauce over the rice.
Use your favorite barbecue sauce (store-bought or homemade) and a handful of spices for juicy, barbecued chicken without the grill.
No need to order takeout when you can make this Indian favorite right at home. Serve over basmati rice and be amazed that you made dinner before delivery would have even arrived.
Forget a side of vegetables—this chicken comes with them inside. Vitamin-rich asparagus are placed inside chicken breast halves, along with prosciutto. After cooking for a few minutes on the stove, the chicken gets drizzled with a simple pan sauce for a quick weeknight dinner.
This isn’t the steamed, boring broccoli you ate as a kid. Here the veggie gets an adult makeover when it’s stuffed in chicken along with Swiss cheese (use as much or as little as you’d like) and breaded with whole-wheat crumbs. And with just seven ingredients, making this is a snap.
Using fresh rosemary makes all the difference in this super-simple recipe. When combined with a touch of Canadian bacon and goat cheese, its flavor really shines. And with just four ingredients, this recipe is great for those nights when you’re wondering what to make for dinner.
This recipe does Popeye proud. A heap of spinach is sautéed with onions, garlic, and spices, and then mixed with feta and protein-rich ricotta. The chicken then gets breaded (with whole-wheat crumbs!) and baked to perfection. Serve with a simple side salad for a green-friendly dinner.
Two types of cheeses, tomatoes, and basil make this weeknight-friendly chicken feel like it should take much longer to prepare.
How do four ingredients manage to taste so good? As the chicken broils, brush the easy-peasy glaze on—and you’re done. If you’re not an apricot fan, try a different flavor of jam to suit your tastes.
This showstopper will help you pretend you’re in the tropics. Coconut chicken is great on its own, but adding mango salsa makes it even better. The recipe calls for frozen mango, but if fresh is in season, it’ll lend extra sweetness.
Plain grilled chicken gets a little more interesting with a spicy fruit glaze. Don’t miss out on the grilled peaches either—they really give the chicken some extra oomph.
Black beans and mango in one dish? You’ll touch on a few food groups when protein-rich chicken gets combined with a zesty fruit salsa in this recipe. It’s quick too—make the salsa while the chicken sautés for four to six minutes, and then coat the chicken in it. Dinner’s ready!
Pineapple gives this homemade teriyaki sauce a natural sweetness. If you like things saucy, you might want to make an extra batch of sauce to pour over sautéed veggies and rice as well.
Originally posted April 2014. Updated November 2016.