30 Best Chicken Breast Recipes

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The top 30 easy and delicious Chicken Breast Recipes. These are the best chicken recipes to make when you’re stuck in a dinner rut and want to make something delicious!

4 chicken breasts on a plate

Chicken breasts are my number one choice when it comes to making nutritious, protein-rich meals for my family! We always have them in the freezer ready to thaw and use for dinner.

If you are in need of some dinner inspiration – these are the best chicken breast recipes. I only share recipes that I love and that my family truly enjoys – and I make all of these all the time!

These chicken breast recipes are easy to make with minimal ingredients. And as always, they are family-friendly and kid-approved.

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Chicken Breast Recipes

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Chicken Soups & Chilis

I make chicken soups all year long. These chicken soup recipes are easy to make, either on the stovetop or in the slow cooker. From a healing bowl of classic chicken noodle soup to a hearty serving of chicken chili, you will love all of these recipes!

Chicken Noodle Soup

(DF, Stovetop)

This Chicken Noodle Soup is so much better than a can! Perfect when you’re feeling under the weather.

Best Chicken Breast Recipes chicken noodle soup

Crock Pot Chicken Chili

(GF, DF, Slow Cooker)

I make this Healthy Crockpot Chicken Chili recipe every time a friend of mine has a baby or a significant life change. It’s healthy and freezer friendly and everyone loves it.

Best Chicken Breast Recipes slow cooker chicken chili

White Bean Chicken Chili

(GF, Slow cooker)

This White Bean Chicken Chili is a creamy, comfort-food chili we all love.

Best Chicken Breast Recipes white bean chicken chili

Chicken and Rice Soup

(GF, DF, Stovetop)

This Chicken and Rice Soup a great, gluten-free alternative to chicken noodle soup! Perfect cozy soup!

Best Chicken Breast Recipes chicken and rice soup

Chicken Pot Pie Soup

(Slow Cooker)

Chicken Pot Pie Soup comfort food at it’s finest. Plus it’s easy to prepare in 5 minutes by just tossing everything in the slow cooker.

Best Chicken Breast Recipes chicken pot pie soup

Baked Chicken Breast Recipes

There are so many ways you can bake chicken breasts in the oven. These baked chicken breast recipes are healthy, made with simple ingredients and the perfect way to cook a lot of chicken at once. All of them are great for meal-prep! Serve them with vegetables (like roasted broccoli, roasted carrots, Brussels sprouts, etc.), salad (kale salad, burrata salad), and fresh bread (no-knead bread, dinner rolls, etc.).

Homemade Chicken Nuggets

Homemade Chicken Nuggets are better than the drive thru – and healthier too! Your kids will love them served with a side of mac and cheese & roasted carrots.

Baked Chicken Breast Recipes - chicken nuggets

Baked Chicken Breasts

(GF, DF, P, K)

This baked chicken breast recipe is the perfect way to meal prep chicken. They are tender, and infused with flavor from the homemade spice rub.

Baked Chicken Breast Recipes - baked chicken breast sliced over rice

Pistachio Crusted Chicken

(GF, DF, P, K)

We make this recipe often. It’s a family favorite. We like to “market” them as healthier, allergy-friendly chicken tenders with more flavor.

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Spinach Stuffed Chicken Breasts

If you want a fancy chicken breast recipe sure to impress – you must make these spinach stuffed chicken breasts. They are moist & flavorful and look like something you’d get at a fancy restaurant (but for a fraction of the cost)!

best Chicken Breast Recipes - stuffed chicken breast

Pesto Baked Chicken

(GF, K)

The perfect recipe to use up a bumper crop of basil in the summer months, or a jar of pesto sitting in your pantry needing a purpose! ๐Ÿ˜‰ Peso chicken is a delicious meal to serve over pesto pasta or roasted veggies.

best Chicken Breast Recipes - pesto chicken

Baked Hummus Chicken

(GF, DF)

We all love this baked hummus chicken recipe! It’s easy to make with a handful of simple ingredients in a short time. Serve it with homemade pita and mediterranean salad.

best Chicken Breast Recipes - hummus chicken

Baked Honey Mustard Chicken

(GF, DF, P)

This honey mustard chicken is easy to make with 5 ingredients in 30 minutes and is so delicious!

best Chicken Breast Recipes - honey mustard chicken

Chicken Sandwiches

Everything is better when you add bread, right? Make these delicious chicken sandwich recipes for lunch or dinner! Serve them in between slices of our favorite white bread for sandwiches or these homemade hamburger buns.

Slow Cooker BBQ Chicken

(GF, DF, P, Slow Cooker)

Crock Pot BBQ Chicken is one of my go-to chicken breast recipes when we’re hosting a large crowd – best served on these homemade buns.

best chicken breast recipes - bbq chicken sandwich

Pecan Cranberry Chicken Salad


This cranberry chicken salad is my all-time favorite to make for a special lunch or brunch. I love meal prepping it in the beginning of the week and enjoying it for days!

best chicken breast recipes - pecan cranberry chicken salad

Classic Chicken Salad


This classic chicken salad is the perfect recipe to bring to a picnic or pot luck. It’s easy to make and irresistibly delicious.

best chicken breast recipes - classic chicken salad

Avocado Chicken Salad

(GF, K)

If you want to make chicken salad without mayo -this avocado chicken salad is delicious. Mashed avocado and Greek yogurt take the place of mayo, and the mixture is flavored with herbs and spices.

best chicken breast recipes - avocado chicken salad no mayo

Slow Cooker Pulled Chicken

A simple pulled chicken recipe perfect for using in other chicken recipes like chicken pot pie, chicken tetrazzini, and all the chicken soups! It’s also a great way to meal prep chicken for the week to use in a variety of ways!

Mexican Chicken Recipes

We make tacos or another Mexican recipe once a week. These Mexican chicken breast recipes are even better than your favorite restaurant. Serve them with homemade salsa, easy guacamole and cilantro rice!

Chicken Enchiladas

Chicken Enchiladas are my oldest daughter’s favorite meal. I make them for her on her birthday. They’re delicious and easy to make!

Best Chicken Breast Recipes - chicken enchiladas

Crockpot Chicken Tacos

(P, GF, DF, K, Slow Cooker)

Crockpot Chicken Tacos are a great alternative to ground beef tacos, plus they’re so easy to make in the slow cooker!

Best Chicken Breast Recipes - crock pot chicken tacos

Chicken Quesadillas

I’ve been making this Chicken Quesadillas recipe for almost 2 decades. It has a secret ingredient that might seem odd but makes them amazing.

Best Chicken Breast Recipes - chicken quesadillas

Chicken Fajitas

(P, GF, DF, K)

The best easy chicken fajitas are simple to make and even more delicious than your favorite Mexican restaurant!

Best Chicken Breast Recipes - chicken fajitas

Chicken Tortilla Soup

(GF, DF)

This Chicken Tortilla soup recipe is easy and delicious – and seriously better than your favorite restaurant!

Best Chicken Breast Recipes - chicken tortilla soup

Asian Chicken Recipes

I always prefer to make our favorite take out dishes at home. These Chinese-inspired chicken recipes are the perfect healthy dishes to make for a quick dinner. They will satisfy your take out craving! Don’t forget to make fried rice on the side!

Asian Chicken Lettuce Wraps

(GF, DF)

These Asian Chicken Lettuce Wraps are one of my top 3 favorite recipes of all time. I highly recommend them!

Best Chicken Breast Recipes - asian chicken lettuce wraps

Cashew Chicken Stir Fry

(DF, Stovetop)

Cashew Chicken Stir Fry – I make this at least twice a month! So good!

Best Chicken Breast Recipes - cashew chicken stir fry in a bowl

Crock Pot Teriyaki Chicken

(GF, DF, Slow Cooker)

I make this slow cooker teriyaki chicken when we have guests over! It’s a is delicious, flavorful recipe to serve to a crowd.

Best Chicken Breast Recipes - chicken teriyaki

Asian Chicken Salad

(GF, DF)

Just like my chicken tortilla soup recipe, this Asian Chicken Salad was inspired by our favorite soup and salad restaurant. The peanut dressing is ::: chef’s kiss :::

Best Chicken Breast Recipes - asian chicken salad

Comforting Chicken Recipes

Sometimes you just need the comfort of classic chicken recipes like chicken pot pie. These recipes are perfect for chilly nights and are one-dish meals with all the cozy vibes.

Chicken Pot Pie (From Scratch)

This Homemade Chicken Pot Pie is made completely scratch – including the sauce – which means no canned soups! It’s so delicious you’ll make it on repeat

Best Chicken Breast Recipes - chicken pot pie

Healthier Chicken Pot Pie

This Healthy Chicken Pot Pie made with a single-layer whole wheat biscuit crust instead of a double butter pie crust, making it a slightly more nutritious option than above!

Best Chicken Breast Recipes - healthy chicken pot pie

Broccoli Chicken & Rice Casserole

This is another comforting chicken breast recipe – Broccoli Chicken & Rice Casserole is easy to make. And just like the pot pie, there are no canned soups in this recipe because the sauce is made from scratch!

Best Chicken Breast Recipes - broccoli chicken rice casserole

Chicken Tetrazzini

Comfort at it’s finest, this chicken tetrazzini is a delicious chicken recipe that is made completely from scratch (no canned soups)!

Grilled Chicken Recipes

Lemon Chicken Kebabs

(GF, DF, K, P)

These lemon chicken kebabs are my all-time favorite grilling recipe! I make them often in the summer for our family or when we have friends over!

Grilled Chicken Breast Recipes - chicken kebabs

Grilled BBQ chicken

(DF, GF)

A must-make in the summer, this BBQ chicken marinade is so delicious it’ll become a stable at your cookouts and summer parties.

Grilled Chicken Breast Recipes - grilled bbq chicken

Chicken Satay Skewers

(DF, GF)

Chicken satay is a delicious grilled chicken recipe with an Asian flare! Again, I’m a sucker for anything with peanut sauce and these are so good!

Grilled Chicken Breast Recipes - chicken satay

Greek Chicken Marinade

(GF, DF, K, P)

Mediterranean food is my favorite – and this Greek chicken is marinaded in a delicious greek marinade then grilled to juicy perfection. Make it a full meal and serve it over a greek salad!

Grilled Chicken Breast Recipes - grilled greek chicken

Bruschetta Chicken

Grilled bruschetta chicken is a fresh & healthy chicken breast recipe. Italian marinated chicken is topped with homemade bruschetta and fresh mozzarella or parmesan cheese.

Chicken Recipes: FAQs

How do you thaw frozen chicken breasts?

Since I usually buy chicken on sale and freeze it, I have to thaw it before cooking. I suggest thawing it in the refrigerator overnight, or at room temperature for 3-6 hours (depending on the thickness of your chicken breasts).

Can you thaw frozen chicken breasts in water?

Yes, but it is very important to use cool or lukewarm water to thaw the chicken breasts slowly. If you use very hot water to thaw the chicken, causing the temperature to change too drastically in a short amount of time will result in rubbery chicken breasts.

What are some different ways to cook chicken?

In this roundup we cook chicken in the slow cooker, on the stovetop and baked in the oven.

How do you make chicken flavorful?

There are two methods I use most often to make chicken flavorful:
1) Marinade the chicken. In many of my recipes I call for marinating the chicken for at least 30 minutes so the breasts can be infused with flavor.
2) Slow-cook the chicken. Cooking chicken breasts low and slow makes them tender and flavorful.

What foods go with chicken?

I like to serve chicken with vegetables (like roasted broccoli, roasted carrots, brussels sprouts, etc.), salad (kale salad, burrata salad), and fresh bread (no-knead bread, dinner rolls, etc.).

Which chicken recipes will you make?

I only share recipes that our family loves and work hard to make sure you can recreate them in your kitchen as well. I hope you enjoy these chicken recipes as much as we do – please don’t forget to comment and let me know which is your favorite!

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    1. I actually do not have a chicken parmesan recipe on my website! Will add it to my list of recipes to shoot and post, because I have one I’ve used for a long time! ๐Ÿ™‚