Chicken breast recipes that will break you out of your dinner rut

Once Upon A Chef

Chicken breasts are my jam. It’s the only type of meat that I will eat, and it’s my go-to dinner whenever I am trying to lose weight or simply eat healthy.

But even I’ve got to admit chicken breasts gets boring! Luckily, there are so many ways to spice up chicken breasts and make dinner super-flavorful and exciting.

Here are a boatload of recipes to get you out of your chicken breast rut!

1. Lemon-Cumin Chicken

Let me start with my favorite chicken breast recipe. Giada DeLaurentiis is my favorite “Food Network” chef, and I love that her focus is on creating fresh, simple meals with lots of flavor. The combination of lemon and cumin in this dish makes it so memorable, and you can really have fun with the pesto. I don’t love pistachios, so I make another Giada pesto recipe. It’s made with jalapeños, so the the dish is even more spicy!

Food Network

2. Sweet And Sour Chinese Chicken

Craving Chinese food? Don’t reach for that takeout menu again! Make this easy recipe from Taste and Tell, using oyster sauce, soy sauce, brown sugar and plenty of other flavors .

Taste and Tell

3. Skillet Creamy Lemon Rosemary Chicken

This classic roast chicken dish boasts a sunny Mediterranean flavor. It comes together in one pan with a creamy lemon rosemary sauce. Check out the recipe on Two Peas and Their Pod.

Two Peas and Their Pod

4. Ham And Cheese Stuffed Chicken

This kid-friendly stuffed chicken recipe doesn’t just please the small fries. Elevate the boring chicken breast to something special with nothing other than ham, cheese, mustard and bread crumbs.


5. Buffalo-Ranch Shredded Chicken Panini

Poached chicken breasts become out-of-this-world delicious thanks to cream cheese, Frank’s Hot Sauce and ranch dressing in this panini from Sweet Caroline’s Cooking.

Sweet Caroline's Cooking

6. Coconut Chicken Fingers

Nothing says summer quite like coconut! This coconut chicken fingers recipe from Cooking Light suggests dipping your chicken in buttermilk to add a tangy flavor, and opting for a healthy coating such as almond flour or crushed nuts. Toss in some unsweetened coconut flakes to up the coconut flavor, then grind it up in the food processor along with your nuts or coating of choice. Fry lightly in coconut oil. Mmm, summer on a plate!

Cooking Light

7. Slow Cooker Chicken Tortilla Soup

This spicy chicken tortilla soup from Half-Baked Harvest comes together easily in your slow cooker and looks perfect for a cold night.

Half-Baked Harvest

8. Hummus-Crusted Chicken

Crispy chicken is always a hit, but dredging chicken in flour and cooking it in oil? Not so healthy. Luckily, you can get a crispy crunch in a healthy way by coating that chicken breast in hummus and then baking it. This recipe from Well Plated is so easy, and has just four ingredients. Use your favorite flavor of hummus to really make it your own.


9. Grilled Chicken And Quinoa Stuffed Bell Peppers

Here’s a fun twist on chicken breasts: Cube grilled chicken and add other fillings (like cheese, quinoa and fresh herbs) and serve it inside colorful bell peppers. Check out this wonderful recipe from Terminatetor Kitchen.

Terminatetor Kitchen

10. Jalapeño Cream Cheese Stuffed Chicken Breasts

This recipe from Pip & Ebby ticks every box: spicy, rich and filled with ooey-gooey cheese.

Pip & Ebby

11. Chicken in Tomato Sauce With Chickpeas and Kale

Looking for something a little lighter? Check out this one-pot wonder from Serious Eats. Chicken breast is elevated to a five-star restaurant dish with the help of chickpeas, Tuscan kale and garlic-and-herb breadcrumbs.

Serious Eats

12. Chicken Club Pizza

Who doesn’t love pizza? Enjoy a remixed version of your favorite with this pizza-style recipe from Pinch of Nom.

Pinch of Nom

13. Spicy Orange-Ginger Chicken

Chicken breast gets an Asian kick with the help of orange juice, fresh ginger and sriracha! Give it as little or as much heat as you wish while making this recipe from Foxes Love Lemons.

Foxes Love Lemons

14. Skillet Mozzarella Basil Pesto Chicken Breasts

Do you love caprese salad? If so, you are going to love this healthy twist. Tomatoes, basil and pesto will dress up your chicken breasts into a guest-worthy meal with this recipe from Whole and Heavenly Oven.

Whole and Heavenly Oven

15. Smothered Chicken with Creamed Spinach, Bacon, Mushrooms

Chicken breasts are served with a creamy spinach sauce that is dotted with bacon and mushrooms, thanks to this recipe from Julia’s Album.

Julia's Album

16. Balsamic Chicken With Orange Glaze Sauce

Summer veggies and a flavorful balsamic sauce turn chicken breasts into an epic meal to remember with this recipe from Jessica Gavin.

Jessica Gavin

17. Risotto With Asparagus, Peas, Chicken And Spinach

Risotto gets a bad rap for being unhealthy, but this recipe from The Healthy Hunter is chock-full of seasonal veggies, lean protein and a light, flavorful sauce.

The Healthy Hunter

18. Goat Cheese Stuffed Chicken Breasts With Balsamic Blueberry Salsa

Nothing says summer quite like fresh, juicy blueberries. But have you ever thought of using this healthy fruit to dress up a chicken breast? Food, Faith, Fitness shows you the way. Yum!

Food, Faith, Fitness

19. Saffron Yogurt And Garlic Marinated Chicken Breast

Garlic, saffron, yogurt and cilantro transform chicken breast into a mind-blowing (or should I say mouth-blowing?) meal. Get the recipe here from Girl and The Kitchen.

Girl And The Kitchen

20. One Skillet Chicken And Olives In White Wine Sauce

Lemon-stuffed green olives give chicken breast a bright, briny flavor that tastes like summer on a plate, thanks to this recipe from A Treats Affair.

A Treats Affair

21. Lemon Sesame Pistachio Crusted Chicken

Forget fried birds. The Healthy Foodie has a wonderful recipe for crunchy chicken that features toasted sesame seeds, coriander and other colorful spices.

The Healthy Foodie

22. Sante Fe Chicken Packets

As long as you have aluminum foil on hand, you can make a fresh, flavorful meal on the grill or in the oven. This recipe for Santa Fe chicken packets from Ready, Set, Eat takes just 10 minutes of prep, and it’s perfect for a summer BBQ. No hot dogs here!

Ready Set Eat

23. Chicken Chili Mac and Cheese

Macaroni and cheese gets an upgrade with the help of chili powder, diced green chilis and fire-roasted tomatoes. You’ll never reach for a box of Kraft again. Get the recipe here from Cooking Light.


24. Baked Stuffed Chicken And Spinach

Looking for a healthy but rich way to enjoy chicken breasts? Go to Sugar-Free Mom for this recipe for healthy chicken breast stuffed with ricotta and spinach and topped with mozzarella.

Sugar-Free Mom

25. Chicken Chardon

Chicken Chardon is chicken breast that is coated in Parmesan and bread crumbs. It’s similar to Chicken Parmesan, but it doesn’t have the Italian twist of marinara sauce and spices like oregano. Instead, it’s dressed up with fresh flavors like lemon, parsley and mushrooms, and you can get the recipe at All Recipes.

All Recipes

26. Easy Chicken Parmesan

Forget Olive Garden — it’s so easy to make chicken parm at home. Check out this awesome recipe from Working Moms Without Guilt.

Working Moms Without Guilt

27. Grilled Chicken Fajitas

Fajitas are such an easy, fun summer dinner. They’re perfect for kids and outdoor parties, especially if you have a slow-cooker to keep the meat warm. This marinade from Once Upon A Chef makes the best marriage of flavors: Not too spicy, with just the right amount of heat.

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