Chicken Breast Recipes

Versatile, quick-cooking, convenient, and low in fat -- that's the chicken breast. Need some easy recipe inspiration? We're here with ideas for sauteed, grilled, poached, braised, and baked chicken breasts as well as how to use chicken breasts in salads, sandwiches, and lots more.

Staff Picks

Breaded Chicken Breasts

Rating: 3 stars 291
Whenever you make breaded and fried chicken, it disappears almost immediately. Try our foolproof three-step method for perfect results every time, then turn it into Chicken Parmesan or serve over salad.

Creamy Lemon Chicken with Spinach and Artichokes

Like your favorite dip reinvented as a meal, and made healthier to boot! Sauteed chicken cutlets cook fast, and cream cheese provides a little richness with less fat than heavy cream.

Cobb Salad with Mustard Vinaigrette

Rating: 3.5 stars 5
The classic Cobb wins over even the most reluctant salad eaters with bacon and blue cheese. This iteration features a mouthwatering Mustard Vinaigrette.

Sheet-Pan Chicken Fajitas

Boneless, skinless chicken breast plus yellow and green bell peppers sizzle together on a sheet pan while tortillas warm in the same oven. Topped with sour cream, salsa, and ripe avocado, this one-pan dinner is sure to become a regular weeknight fix. Fajita Friday, anyone?

Grilled Chicken Breasts with BBQ Sauce

Rating: 3.5 stars 89
For this all-American classic that's great for lunch or dinner, use a great homemade sauce and pick your method: Slow-cook a whole bird for the juiciest results or grill smaller pieces for a fast meal.

Easy Chicken Noodle Soup

Rating: 3.5 stars 102
This comforting classic is so easy to make, you'll never eat the store-bought version again.

Breaded Chicken Cutlets

Rating: 3 stars 330
When you prepare crisp, golden cutlets in advance and stockpile them in your freezer, you open up all kinds of options for speedy dinners. To kick off our new food column about shortcuts and time-savers, here are delicious baked alternatives to breaded cutlets from a box. The best part? They go from frozen to perfection in a mere 15 minutes.

Chicken-and-Polenta Puttanesca Melts

In this quick and easy weeknight dinner, the famously punchy puttanesca sauce is poured over tender slices of precooked polenta and thin chicken cutlets. Topped with creamy mozzarella, the result is a hearty dinner with plenty of zippy sauce to keep every bite interesting.

Baked Chicken Nuggets

Rating: 3.5 stars 306
Nuggets are a home run with kids, but admit it, you love them too. These are baked, so you can enjoy them guilt-free. A three-step breading method -- coating chicken pieces in flour, egg, and breadcrumbs -- seals in moisture and gives a crisp crunch without a lot of added fat.

Chicken Enchilada Casserole

Rating: 3.5 stars 79
Most chicken enchiladas are dripping with cheese, but just a scattering of robust cotija in this casserolke is enough to satisfy.

Hacked Chipotle-Chicken-Salad Sandwiches

For this sublime chicken salad, we start the poached chicken in cold water so the meat stays silky. Our second trick is hacking (or loosely chopping) the meat, to create jagged shapes that grab onto one another and don't let go when mixed in a divine dressing of mayo, smoky chipotle, and fresh cilantro.

Grilled Chicken Breasts with Lemon-Thyme Sauce

This winning technique for grilled chicken pecks out any dry—or bland—results. A few juicy secrets: Choose small cuts, and pound them flat so they cook quickly and evenly. Then, for maximum flavor without flare-ups, finish with a robust sauce like this lemon-thyme number.

Inspiration and Ideas

Poached-Chicken-Salad Sandwiches
Rating: 3.5 stars 86

Cooking chicken breasts slowly in simmering water ensures they'll be tender, not rubbery. Onion and salt in the water add flavor without fat. If you have them on hand, you can also toss in a bay leaf, lemon peel, or whole peppercorns to add even more flavor to these Poached-Chicken-Salad Sandwiches.