60 Easy Chicken Breast Recipes That Make a Quick Weeknight Dinner

Whip up a stuffed, baked, fried or grilled chicken dish any time!

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Mike Garten

There’s a reason boneless chicken breast recipes are a staple of any good weeknight dinner arsenal. Chicken happens to be a super versatile, crowd-pleasing main, that’s full of protein and other nutrients that we need every day! When you’re looking for an easy (but satisfying) weeknight meal to whip up, look no further than our best chicken breast recipes.

From tasty finger foods to healthy salads, this lean protein can be used for so many delicious recipes — which is precisely why we can't get enough of America's top bird. The best part? This juicy white meat is actually healthy (just one more reason that it’s the ruler of the roost when it comes to easy recipes). In fact, chicken breast nutrition is quite impressive: one 3.5 oz serving boasts a whopping 31 g of protein. Another bonus? Chicken is easy (and speedy) to cook, especially when it comes to boneless and skinless breast.

Of course, with so many ways to prepare chicken breast, it's all too easy to get stuck rotating the same couple of recipes over and over again. That's why we've rounded up some of the best quick and easy options that use the bird in fresh new ways, including hearty sandwiches, filling salads, tacos, sautés and more. Whether you're going for a comforting, healthy soup or a filling pasta recipe, thanks to these recipes, you’ll be sitting down to a winning chicken dinner in no time at all!

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1 Chicken Schnitzel, 3 Ways
a plate of chicken schnitzel with a side of salad
Mike Garten

Extra-crispy chicken schnitzel smothered in your choice of 3 bright, colorful toppers is an easy weeknight meal that tastes like something from a restaurant.

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2 Roasted Chicken and Tomatoes
roasted chicken and tomatoes on a blue pan
Mike Garten

Juicy chicken breast is paired with sweet cherry tomatoes and fresh thyme in this simple 2 step recipe.

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3 Lemon-Pepper Linguine With Creamy Chicken and Broccoli
lemon pepper linguine with creamy chicken and broccoli
Mike Garten
4 Sheet Pan Chicken Fajitas
sheet pan chicken fajitas with tongs and a side of limes
Danielle Daly

Fajitas have never been easier than in this one-pan recipe, loaded with juicy chicken, peppers and onions with smoky adobo.

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5 Garam Masala Roasted Chicken and Cauliflower
garam masala roasted chicken and cauliflower on a sheet pan
Mike Garten

Ready in around 30 minutes, this one-pan chicken and veggie dish brings the heat!

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7 Sautéed Chicken and Tomatoes With Roasted Artichokes
sautéed chicken and tomatoes with roasted artichokes in a bowl
Mike Garten

Switch up your usual veggie side with roasted artichokes for a tangy contrast to sautéed chicken.

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8 Sheet Pan Chicken Parmesan
sheet pan chicken parmesan
Mike Garten

This pan of cheesy goodness is perfect for busy weeknights.

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9 BBQ Chip Chicken
bbq chip chicken with a side of vegetables
Mike Garten

Dinner and a snack in one! BBQ-flavored chips give a crunchy and delicious crust in this recipe.

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10 Waldorf Chicken Salad
waldorf chicken salad
Mike Garten

Refreshing and filling, pack this chicken salad on your next picnic for a crowd-pleasing favorite.

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11 Spinach Artichoke Chicken
spinach artichoke chicken on a white plate
Mike Garten

With only 5 ingredients, this creamy chicken dish packs in the flavor!

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12 Air Fryer Stuffed Chicken
air fryer stuffed chicken with green beans on white plate
MIKE GARTEN

Every component of this delicious meal can be cooked quickly and easily in your air fryer.

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13 Chicken Paprikash
chicken paprikash in a white pan
MIKE GARTEN

Expand your culinary horizons with this traditional Hungarian chicken dish.

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14 Cobb Salad
cobb salad with bacon, avocado, red onion, tomato, soft boiled eggs, and lettuce
MIKE GARTEN

Brown and roast chicken breasts for some juicy protein in this classic Cobb salad.

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15 Grilled Chicken Fajitas
grilled shrimp, chicken, and vegetable skewers
Mike Garten

Serve this with tortillas, limes, sour cream, radishes and cilantro, and you’ve got a fun, build-your-own grilling recipe in just about a half hour.

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16 Greek Lemon Chicken Soup
greek lemon chicken soup in white and blue bowl
MIKE GARTEN

This delicious, healthy soup is full of your favorite Mediterranean flavors.

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RELATED: 30 Soup Recipes That Are Perfect for the Winter (Or Anytime of the Year)

17 Seared Chicken With Pesto Zucchini Orzo
chicken breast with a side of squash and rice
Mike Garten

A side salad full of orzo and fresh veggies perfectly complements this golden-brown seared chicken.

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18 Traditional Chicken Curry
red chicken curry and a side of white rice
Mike Garten

As if you need any more reason to make this flavorful Indian-style traditional curry, the recipe only calls for 30 minutes of total cooking time.

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19 Skillet Roasted Chicken and Tomatoes
skillet roasted chicken and tomatoes in black skillet on white table
MIKE GARTEN

Use an oven-safe skillet for this light and herby one-pan chicken breast recipe.

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20 Greek Chicken Grain Bowl
greek chicken grain bowl in clear glass dish
MIKE GARTEN

A perfect, hearty make-ahead meal to pack for lunch.

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21 Pan-Fried Chicken With Lemony Roasted Broccoli
chicken with broccoli and lemon on a white plate
Mike Garten

Golden brown broccoli — along with lemon juice — rounds out this refreshing chicken recipe that's perfect for a simple weeknight dinner.

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22 Mediterranean Chicken Bowls
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Mike Garten

Your air fryer can do much more than just roast chicken — it can create a simply velvety tomato medley to pour over a bed of couscous.

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24 Oil and Vinegar Chicken Cutlet Sandwiches
oil and vinegar chicken cutlet sandwiches on gray marble
MIKE GARTEN

This sandwich on a crispy baguette will soon be your new favorite lunch.

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25 Cheesy Chicken and Broccoli Casserole
cheesy chicken and broccoli casserole in white dish
MIKE GARTEN

What's more cozy and comforting than a casserole on a cold winter night?

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26 Chicken Roulades With Marinated Tomatoes
Easy Chicken Breast Recipes
Mike Garten

An easy way to level up your basic chicken breast? Roll in spinach and parmesan to make a truly star-worthy roulade dish.

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27 Grilled Chicken With Smoky Corn Salad
Easy Chicken Breast Recipes
Danielle Daly

There's never been a better reason to fire up the grill than for this chicken recipe that calls for charred corn tossed with cilantro and Manchego cheese.

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28 Chicken Mole Tacos
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Danielle Daly

Taco Tuesday has never looked yummier, thanks to this recipe that uses mouthwatering mole flavors on juicy chicken breast.

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29 Instant Pot Pho With Chicken
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Mike Garten

You've probably made more than a fair share of quick chicken dinners in your Instant Pot by now. But this idea cuts away hours and hours of simmering time for an insanely flavorful broth — and it's one you haven't tried yet!

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30 Coronation Chicken Salad Wraps
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Mike Garten

Serve up a meal fit for a queen with these delicious chicken salad wraps inspired by the classic British dish.

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31 Crispy Hot-Honey Chicken Sliders
Easy Chicken Breast Recipes
Mike Garten

You're definitely going to want to make this one again and again — especially with that mouthwatering hot honey that gives these sliders an extra kick.

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32 Roasted Baby Vine Tomato Grilled Chicken
Easy Chicken Breast Recipes
Pernille Loof

For an easy way to add some extra flavor to your basic chicken cutlet, spoon on some roasted cherry tomatoes tossed with tarragon.

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33 Pomegranate-Honey Glazed Chicken and Squash
low calorie pomegranate honey glaze chicken with squash  meal
Danielle Occhiogrosso Daly

This mouthwatering recipe uses a pomegranate and honey glaze (with crumbled feta and chopped mint!) over golden brown chicken breast and acorn squash ... Um, yes please.

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34 Chinese Chicken Salad Wraps
Easy Chicken Breast Recipes
Mike Garten

Crispy almonds and chow mein noodles add an extra delicious bit of crunch to these delicious chicken salad wraps.

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35 Grilled Chicken With Coconut-Lime Slaw
Easy Chicken Breast Recipes
Danielle Daly

Twenty minutes is all it takes to whip up this super-simple (and healthy!) weeknight meal.

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36 Slow Cooker Sesame-Garlic Chicken
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Emily Kate Roemer/Studio D

Put a healthier spin on an old Chinese favorite with this recipe that calls for combining chicken together with soy, garlic, and ginger in a slow cooker.

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37 Seared Coconut Lime-Chicken With Snap Pea Slaw
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Mike Garten

Raw snap and snow peas add fresh flavor and crunch to thin-pounded chicken breast cutlets.

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38 Cheesy Tex-Mex Stuffed Chicken
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Danielle Occhiogrosso Daly

What's better than salad and chicken for dinner? Salad and chicken stuffed with spicy herbed cheese.

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39 Grilled Chicken Sliders
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Mike Garten

A sweet and salty Asian-inspired marinade makes these sliders irresistible.

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40 Grilled Basil Chicken and Zucchini
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Danielle Ochiogrosso Daly

This recipe calls for chicken tenders, but you can also cut boneless, skinless chicken breasts into 3-in by 1-in pieces.

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41 Light Chicken Cacciatore
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Mike Garten

One pan and tons of veggies, including kale and mushrooms, make this dinner a winner.

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42 Chicken and Red Plum Salad
healthy chicken breasts   plum salad with grilled chicken
Mike Garten

Plums add a sweet and tangy note to this summery herb-packed salad.

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43 Caribbean Chicken and "Rice"
Danielle Occhiogrosso Daly

A coconut and hot sauce glaze gives grilled chicken (over a bed of low-carb cauliflower rice!) some sweet heat.

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44 Herb-Roasted Chicken and Cherry Tomatoes
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Danielle Occhiogrosso Daly

Searing then roasting on the bone makes these chicken breasts super tender and juicy.

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45 Grilled Chicken Kabobs
chicken breast recipes - Grilled Chicken Kabobs
Danielle Occhiogrosso Daly

You’ll be hooked on harissa, the North African chili paste used to glaze the chicken, once you try it. It’s great on vegetables too!

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46 Sesame Chicken Stir-Fry
Danielle Occhiogrosso Daly

Super-flavorful, and on the table in 20 minutes. What could be better?

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47 Creamy Lemon Chicken Pasta
chicken breast recipes - Creamy Lemon Chicken Pasta
Danielle Occhiogrosso

Low-fat cream cheese adds flavor without a lot of fat to this hearty pasta.

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48 Creamy Chicken Corn Chowder
chicken breast recipes - Creamy Chicken Corn Chowder
Mike Garten

Simmering the cobs intensifies the corn flavor in this tarragon-scented taste of summer.

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49 Pancetta Chicken
Mike Garten

Because why wouldn't you wrap your chicken in pork?

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50 Chicken Marsala
Danielle Occhiogrosso Daly

This old-school recipe is classic for a reason, and our lightened-up version comes together in just 30 minutes.

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51 Chicken Quinoa Bowls
chicken breast recipes - Chicken Quinoa Bowls
Danielle Occhiogrosso

Take leftovers to work the next day for a lunch that will beat your coworker’s turkey sandwich by a mile.

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52 Grilled Chicken Romesco
Mike Garten

Say hello to your new favorite condiment, Romesco.

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53 Basil Chile Chicken Stir-Fry
Easy Chicken Breast Recipes
Mike Garten

Stir fry is always a good idea — especially when there's basil leaves and green beans involved.

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54 Grilled-Chicken Tacos With Strawberry Salsa
Easy Chicken Breast Recipes
Kate Mathis

This chicken taco recipe calls for sweet strawberries and creamy avocado as a topping ... Need we say more?!

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55 BBQ-Ranch Chicken Wraps
Mike Garten

Make your own buttermilk ranch with this recipe or just use store-bought if you're feeling lazy.

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56 Roasted Sweet Potato and Chicken Salad
Danielle Occhiogrosso

So many whole veggies it could make a nutritionist weep with pride.

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57 Light Chicken Parmesan
Emily Kate Roemer

Here's a lighter chicken parm you can eat for lunch without falling asleep an hour later.

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58 Spicy Miso Chicken Stir-Fry
Mike Garten

This bowl is low in carbs and huge on flavor thanks to a magical little thing called cauliflower rice.

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59 Skillet Chicken and Spring Vegetables
Brian Woodcock

How to Make Your Chicken Breasts Less Boring 101: Make a quick white wine pan sauce and pair them with a side of bright, green spring veggies.

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60 Smoky Peanut Chicken Tacos
Mike Garten

These chicken tacos prove that peanut sauce makes just about everything taste better.

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61 Grilled Buffalo Chicken Sandwiches
grilled buffalo chicken sandwiches
Brian Woodcock

When you want wings but you also want a burger, this stacked sammy has your name written all over it.

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