3 Easy Ways to Turn Boneless, Skinless Chicken Breasts Into a Weeknight Dinner

Here's how to make the most of this mild and lean cut of chicken.

creamy chicken and mushrooms with egg noodles
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We prefer to think of the mild and lean taste of a boneless, skinless chicken breast as a feature, not a defect. It's nothing like a bold and juicy rib-eye steak, but that's a protein best saved for special occasions. The chameleon-like ability that a boneless, skinless chicken breast has to complement a range of different dishes is why many of us buy them in bulk and use them frequently for easy weeknight dinners. Ahead, find three different ways to put chicken breasts to work, complete with recipes to make or be inspired by.

They're Perfect for One-Pan Pastas

Boneless, skinless chicken breasts are a great option to put into a one-pan pasta; the boost of protein will help keep you sated for longer and its mild flavor will go with just about any combination of vegetables and sauce. In our one-pan Creamy Chicken and Mushrooms with Egg Noodles, a single skillet does all the work, turning out a creamy and comforting chicken dinner in under an hour. The recipe for our Greek-Chicken One-Pan Pasta plays with the classic flavors of the Greek soup avgolemono and cooks boneless, skinless chicken breast alongside fusilli in a brothy lemon-dill sauce.

Bake Them for Bowls

Go ahead and thaw that package of boneless, skinless chicken breasts you have in your freezer, then follow this recipe for Simple Baked Chicken Breasts. They'll turn out great every time and you can slice and place them over a nutritious grain bowl for a quick dinner; our Healthy Chicken Burrito Bowl is our top pick. Want more ideas? Rice noodles form a great bed for sliced chicken, fresh herbs, and crunchy vegetables in this refreshing Sweet-and-Sour Chicken Noodle Bowl.

You Can Wrap Them in Just About Anything

For a classy and carb-conscious way to add more pizazz to your chicken, wrap it up in slices of prosciutto and pan-fry it for Chicken Saltimbocca with Sage. For a more traditional way to wrap chicken, this incredibly easy recipe for Sheet-Pan Chicken Fajitas calls for sizzling sweet peppers alongside boneless, skinless chicken breasts. While your oven is doing the heavy lifting, put out the fixings like tortillas, sliced avocado, and salsa.

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