These 27 chicken breast recipes make healthy eating fun and flavorful
Posted June 20
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 as a chicken-boob lover, I gotta admit: The breast gets boring! Luckily, there are so many ways to spice up chicken breasts and make dinner super-flavorful and exciting.
Here are 27 recipes to get you out of your chicken-breast rut.
1. Lemon-Cumin Chicken
Let me start with my favorite. Giada 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 jalapenos, so it makes the dish even more spicy!
2. Sweet And Sour Chinese Chicken
Craving Chinese food? Don’t reach for the takeout menu. Make this easy recipe at home with chicken breasts. Taste and Tell has the goods!
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.
4. Ham And Cheese Stuffed Chicken
This kid-friendly 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. Get the recipe here.
5. Buffalo-Ranch Shredded Chicken Panini
Poached chicken breasts become sinfully delicious thanks to cream cheese, Frank’s Hot Sauce and ranch dressing. Get the recipe here from Sweet Caroline’s Cooking.
6. Coconut Chicken Fingers
Nothing says summer quite like coconut! This 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!
7. Slow Cooker Chicken Tortilla Soup
This spicy chicken tortilla soup comes together easily in your slow cooker. Steal the recipe from 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 & Quinoa Stuffed Bell Peppers
Here’s a fun twist on chicken breast! 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.
10. Jalapeno Cream Cheese Stuffed Chicken Breasts
This recipe from Pip & Ebby ticks every box. It’s spicy, it’s rich and it’s filled with ooey-gooey cheese.
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, kale and garlic-and-herb breadcrumbs.
12. Chicken Club Pizza
Who doesn’t love pizza? Enjoy a guilt-free version of your favorite junk food with this recipe from 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. Recipe at 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. Get the recipe here from 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. Get the recipe from Julia’s Album.
16. Balsamic Chicken With Orange Glaze Sauce
Summer veggies and a flavorful sauce turn chicken breasts into an epic meal to remember. Get the recipe here from 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.
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!
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.
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. Get the recipe here from Roxana at 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.
22. Sante Fe Chicken Packets
As long as you have 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!
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.
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. Steal the recipe here from Key Ingredient.
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.
27. Grilled Chicken Fajitas
And last of all, 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.