These are the best, top-rated chicken breast recipes that are tried and true, and your family will love them. Chicken breast is more versatile than most people realize. Here are more than 40 of our favorite ways to prepare chicken breast.
The number one thing that I recommend for ensuring that chicken is juicy and tender and perfectly cooked is an instant-read meat thermometer. If you’re roasting a whole chicken in the oven, you can use an in-oven thermometer (also great for frying), but for everyday use, a great instant-read thermometer is a staple in my kitchen. I use it constantly. According to the USDA Food Safety, the chicken breast should be cooked to an internal temperature of 165˚F.
Chicken Breast Recipes your Family will Love
The top searched term on our blog is… you guessed it – chicken! Chicken Recipes is one of our largest categories. We love chicken in our house and it’s one of the few proteins that the kids and I don’t have to pick at when we’re eating because it’s not necessary (does that qualify us as picky eaters?).
As the cook, I also love that chicken breast meat has so little prep required. There’s usually no trimming needed. It’s also the leanest cut of poultry which makes it a healthier protein. When prepared correctly, it can be incredibly juicy and satisfying.
Types of Chicken Breast Recipes
I think we’ve covered just about every kind of chicken breast recipe and we are always adding new ones so if I’ve missed something, please let me know in the comments. I’m excited for you because I know you’ll find tons of new favorites.
Stuffed Chicken Breast
Skillet, Grilled or Baked Chicken Breast
Chicken Salad Recipes
Chicken Soup Recipes
Chicken Pasta Recipes
Asian Chicken Recipes
Leftover Chicken Recipes (genius ideas!)
Stuffed Chicken Recipes
Stuffed chicken is the best way to ensure a juicy chicken center and amazing flavor with every bite. Stuffing a chicken breast is easy (click through to watch our video tutorials), and super impressive for serving to company.
Cream Cheese Spinach Stuffed Chicken is so juicy and tasty. Searing on the stove first gives it beautiful color, then finishing it off in the oven ensures it’s cooked without drying out. This recipe serves 6 if you cut the stuffed chicken breasts in half.
With this simplified method, it’s easier than ever to make Chicken Kiev. Slice through the crisp exterior of this juicy Chicken Kiev and you’ll get a stream of hot lemon-herb and garlic butter that makes the chicken incredibly moist and flavorful.
This cheesy Bacon Mushroom Stuffed Chicken recipe smothered in a homemade honey mustard sauce is going to become an instant hit with kids and adults alike! An easy one-pan dish for busy evenings!
Skillet Chicken Breast Recipes
I love skillet or stovetop chicken breast recipes because you can sear the outsides of the chicken to seal in the juicy center. It’s also a generally quick way to cook up chicken and I love that I can keep an eye (and a thermometer) on it for perfect doneness.
This Cilantro Lime Chicken is the easiest recipe for grilling chicken. The marinade is bursting with flavor and results in juicy and tender chicken every time! This Mexican-inspired recipe will become a favorite.
Moroccan chicken is tender, succulent, and full of exotic flavor. It's an easy recipe that can be prepped in advance, making it the perfect dish for company. Tzatziki sauce brings this chicken to a whole new level, so go ahead and make the tzatziki recipe P.S. Keep in mind, you must marinate at least 4 hours or overnight before grilling your chicken.
This is my sister's famous juicy BBQ chicken breast recipe. The marinade is so simple with just 3 ingredients. You know what's awesome? You can do all of the prep in advance so all you have to do is toss it on the grill before your party starts!
Baked Chicken Breasts
Baking chicken doesn’t require as much oil as pan-frying and we love that it’s a hands-off method of cooking chicken breast.
This sweet and spicy pulled baked chicken (that's a mouthful I know but this chicken is just that; a delicious mouthful) is so easy, juicy, light and tasty! My friend Jennifer shared the recipe with me. Her friend Melinda L. shared it with her. I love when a recipe has some history behind it. You know it's amazing if a recipe has been "around the block." That means it's delicious enough to share and now I'm sharing it with you.
These chicken strips are much healthier and tastier than anything you’ll find in the freezer aisle. They’re baked at just the right temperature which gives them that crisp golden crust. The breading seals in all the amazing flavors and makes these chicken tenders just right. Serve them warm with ranch, honey mustard sauce or your favorite dip.
Chicken Salad Recipes
These chicken salads are a meal in themselves. Adding chicken breast to salads makes them protein-packed and filling. I’ll eat this for lunch or dinner any day!
Easy Chicken Cobb Salad with the Best Homemade Cobb Salad Dressing! This protein-packed salad is a meal in itself loaded with crisp lettuce, juicy tomatoes, chicken, bacon, boiled eggs, creamy avocado and crumbled blue cheese.
This Avocado Chicken Salad recipe is a keeper! Easy, excellent chicken salad recipe with lemon dressing, plenty of avocado, irresistible bites of bacon and corn. Optional: For even more protein, we add 2 hard boiled eggs, halved or quartered.
Olivye (sometimes spelled olivier) is a potato salad that is ridiculously popular in Russia and many Eastern European countries. We’re changing it up and using chicken instead of kielbasa.
Chicken Soup Recipes
What’s great about these chicken soup recipes is you can either cook your chicken from scratch or repurpose some already cooked roast chicken you might have in your refrigerator. Chicken soups are the ultimate comfort food.
These Chicken Sandwiches are crispy on the outside with a juicy center. We're sharing all of our best tips for making flavorful fried chicken breast with a thick and shaggy crust that crunches when you bite into it.
This White Chicken Chili is done in less than an hour start to finish in the Instant Pot with melt-in your mouth tender chicken. Stir everything together in the instant pot, top with cream cheese and set for 20 minutes.
This Instant Pot Chicken and Rice is creamy and cheesy with tender morsels of chicken. You will love the flavors and how quick it is to make Chicken and Rice in the Instant Pot! Watch the video tutorial to see how easy this is.
This slow cooker chicken is so easy to make – everything just goes into the crock pot without any special prep. It’s fall-apart tender, juicy and delicious. Serve as is or in buns with the best coconut coleslaw (find the recipe on natashaskitchen.com) and dill pickle chips.
Leftover Chicken Recipes
If you love cooking chicken, you’ll appreciate these leftover chicken breast recipes. These are genius ways to re-purpose chicken without it tasting like leftovers.
This homemade Chicken Pot Pie is homey, cozy and will warm you up. It has a homemade flaky Pie Crust and is loaded with juicy chicken in gravy and vegetables. If you've never tried a homemade savory pot pie, this will impress everyone.
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