Inexpensive and simple to prepare—no need to deal with skin, gristle or bone—chicken breasts make an easy weeknight entrée. At $1-3 a pound, chicken breasts are an economical way to include lean proteins in your diet. Cooking up chicken breasts doesn’t have to leave you with pale, dry, tasteless fare. We scoured the internet for delicious ways to prepare chicken breasts to delight you with moist, savory, flavorful dishes that keep you coming back for more. Here are 11 tasty recipes you will want to try.
11. Crispy Baked Chicken
If you love the mouth-watering flavor of fried chicken, but don’t want to spend time chopping up a whole chicken, try oven-fried chicken breasts. Baking your chicken breasts in the oven saves you time. Additionally, it is a healthier option than frying your chicken in a pan of oil. Fortunately, you won’t have to sacrifice taste or crunch as your breasts crisp up in the oven. Check out this recipe for Baked Crispy Chicken with Caramelized Onions and Tomatoes at The Pioneer Woman. Onions, garlic, diced tomatoes, breadcrumbs, and Parmesan cheese combine with chicken breasts to create a crispy, crunchy, savory alternative to fried chicken.
10. Thai Chicken Curry
Chicken is not boring when you pair it with exotic spices and flavorful sauces. You can cook up the delicious tastes of Thailand right in your own kitchen with this recipe for Thai Green Chicken Curry from Bon Appetit. As exotic as this recipe tastes, it uses everyday ingredients with the addition of Thai green curry paste, unsweetened coconut milk, and fish sauce. Stir-fried veggies and a simple coconut rice can make excellent side dishes for this yummy main dish.
9. Chicken Marsala
For an easy chicken dish that’s ready in 30 minutes but tastes as though you’ve slaved over it all day, try chicken marsala. Chicken marsala involves sauteing the chicken in a pan and then creating a marsala wine reduction. Sun-dried tomatoes, baby bella mushrooms, and sweet marsala wine are critical components in Food Network’s Herbed Chicken Marsala. Serve with rice, noodles, or steamed vegetables for a weeknight treat or a meal fit for company.
8. Sweet, Sticky, Spicy Chinese Chicken
You don’t have to order takeout to enjoy the sweet and savory tastes of flavorful Chinese chicken. Give this Sweet, Sticky, Spicy Chicken recipe from Allrecipes a try for an easy yet delicious meal. This chicken tickles your taste buds with sweetness and a hint of spice. The recipe calls for strips of chicken along with brown sugar, honey, soy sauce, ginger, garlic, and hot sauce. Fry up some rice with egg, veggies, and sesame oil for a scrumptious fried rice accompaniment. Grab your chopsticks and dig in!
7. Chicken and Waffles
For a delicious taste of the South, treat your friends and family to chicken and waffles. If you haven’t tried this combination, you are in for a treat. There’s something about the crispy crust of fluffy waffles combined with the crunchy juiciness of fried chicken that warms the soul. For an unimaginably tasty waffle experience, try making the cheddar cheese and onion waffles cooked up by Lisa at Garlic & Zest. Her Southern-Style Chicken and Waffles recipe will tantalize your taste buds and become a new comfort food go-to in your recipe box.Related: Why You Should Pound Chicken Breast Before Cooking
6. Chicken Parmesan
For a hearty, filling chicken meal with the taste of Italy, you can’t beat chicken Parmesan. Chicken cutlets smothered in cheese, and a rich tomato sauce makes for a warming meal that satisfies and comforts. If you have Parmesan cheese, mozzarella, and tomato puree on hand, try this Classic Chicken Parmesan recipe. It takes only 20 minutes to prep and 20 minutes to cook. Serve with a garden salad and crusty bread for a deliciously filling meal. Add a glass of red wine, and you’ve got a decadent dinner.
5. Chicken Caesar Salad
Grilled chicken breasts are perfect for adding delicious protein to salads. Any greens can benefit from juicy chunks or slices of grilled chicken, nuts, veggies, and berries for a nutrient-packed meal. However, the classic chicken Caesar salad is a delicious staple in any home chef’s salad repertoire. Taste of Home’s Herbed Chicken Caesar Salad takes only 25 minutes to prepare. Use bottled Caesar salad dressing, or try making your own dressing from ingredients including mayonnaise, buttermilk, garlic, and anchovies. If you are really feeling adventurous, try making your own croutons as well.
4. Crock Pot Pulled Chicken
For a simple yet flavorful pulled chicken, there’s nothing easier than dumping three chicken breasts and a half bottle of barbecue sauce in the crockpot for a few hours. Remove from the crockpot, shred with a fork, mix in additional barbecue sauce, and dinner is ready. Serve on buns with additional barbecue sauce to taste. A cool, crunchy coleslaw makes the perfect side dish for this meal. The addition of potato salad, pickles, and fresh fruit evokes memories of summertime picnics, even in the cold of winter.Related: Stop Eating Chicken Breast With White Striping
3. Chicken and Dumplings
Nothing says comfort food like chicken and dumplings. While a plate of chicken and dumplings warms your soul, it can also be laden with calories. Try making this healthier yet delicious version of Chicken and Dumplings created by the Food Network Kitchen. Low-sodium chicken broth, low-fat milk, and whole wheat flour make for a healthier meal without skimping on flavor. Serve on a cold winter day or as a comforting substitute for chicken noodle soup when you feel a cold coming on. Or, best of all, simply enjoy as a weeknight favorite.
2. Grilled Chicken Breasts
Sear in juicy flavor by grilling chicken breasts on the barbecue. You can’t go wrong with salt, pepper, and a flavorful barbecue sauce when grilling for friends and family. To pull out all the stops, wow your friends with Bobby Flay’s Grilled Chicken Breasts with Spicy Peach Glaze. This tangy recipe combines the sweet flavors of peaches with the tanginess of Dijon mustard and the kick of jalapeno peppers. Serve with a mouthwatering pasta salad or crisp green side salad to cool your palate.
1. Lemon Chicken Breasts
Got lemons? For a tangy twist on baked chicken breasts, you can’t beat lemon chicken. Ina Garten’s Lemon Chicken Breasts recipe calls for one tablespoon of lemon zest, two tablespoons of freshly squeezed lemon juice, and one whole lemon. Herbs, spices, four chicken breasts, and 1/3 cup of dry white wine make your shopping list complete. Roast some veggies, mix up a side salad, or cook up some greens as great sides for this tasty dish.Related: 20 Mistakes to Avoid When Cooking Chicken