Boneless Chicken Breasts: Healthy and Versatile

Boneless chicken breasts fit into almost any meal plan. They're economical, low in fat, easy to prepare and are part of a varied array of recipes. If you can't find boneless chicken breasts on sale, the packaged frozen ones available in most stores are usually an excellent value. They're perfect for salads, skillet dinners, casseroles and pasta dishes, and they work well in many slow-cooker recipes. Several of these recipes are favorites that qualify as comfort food. 

For tender, juicy chicken breasts, use an instant-read thermometer to check for doneness. Cook chicken breasts to a temperature of 165 F, which is the minimum safe temperature for chicken. Chicken breast meat becomes dry and tough when overcooked. 

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    Simple Fried Chicken Breast Cutlets

    Simple Fried Chicken

    The Spruce

    For this fried chicken recipe, use thin chicken breast cutlets or slice larger chicken breasts to make cutlets. The thin cutlets fry up quickly, and they are wonderful served with mashed potatoes or fries along with slaw and steamed vegetables.

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    Bacon and Cheddar Chicken Strips

    Bacon and Cheddar Chicken Strips
    Diana Rattray

    Bacon, cheddar cheese, and breadcrumbs make up the crunch, savory coating for these chicken breast strips. It's a great way to elevate those everyday chicken fingers!

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    Creamy Basil Chicken With Pesto and Cream

    Creamy chicken basil
    Diana Rattray

    Prepared basil pesto from a jar teams up with cream to make the incredibly easy sauce for these sautéed boneless chicken breasts.

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    Chicken Marsala

    Chicken Marsala
    Diana Rattray

    This recipe is a great example of an elegant chicken dish that can be prepared and cooked in minutes. Serve chicken Marsala with roasted or baked potatoes or pasta. It's an excellent choice for a busy weeknight meal.

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    Chicken Pot Pie With Cheese Biscuit Topping

    Chicken Pie With Cheese and Green Onion Biscuits
    Diana Rattray

    This complete one-pot chicken pie is a tasty way to use boneless chicken breasts. The biscuit topping makes it a hearty dish. Add a salad and enjoy!

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    Sweet and Sour Chicken Breasts

    sweet and sour chicken breasts
    Diana Rattray

    A homemade sweet and sour sauce adds Asian flavor to this chicken.  Ginger, orange juice, and green onions are among the ingredients. Serve the chicken with rice and sliced pineapples or steamed broccoli.

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    Easy Skillet Chicken With Bacon and Sour Cream

    Chicken With Bacon
    Diana Rattray

    This easy skillet chicken recipe takes just minutes to prepare and cook, and it never disappoints. The bacon adds lots of great smoky flavor and the tasty sour cream sauce finishes this quick and easy chicken dish perfectly.

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    Chicken With Creamy Herb Sauce

    Chicken with Creamy Sauce with Herbs
    Diana Rattray

    A package of Boursin cheese, a variety of fresh herbs, and sliced mushrooms team up to make an easy and convenient sauce for these sauteed chicken breasts.

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    Easy Oven Barbecued Chicken Breasts

     The Spruce

    This easy baked chicken recipe makes a nice meal with potato salad and coleslaw. A grill seasoning blend adds excellent flavor, but a basic herb seasoning or seasoned salt may be substituted.

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    Chicken With Bacon and Pepper Jack Cheese

    Chicken With Bacon and Pepper Jack Cheese
    Diana Rattray

    These chicken breasts are browned and then baked with layers of barbecue sauce, bacon, and pepper jack cheese. This easy chicken recipe makes a terrific meal with a potato salad and baked beans.

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    Chicken Mozzarella Bake With Tomatoes

    chicken mozzarella
    Diana Rattray

    Mushrooms, tomatoes, and mozzarella cheese are among the topping ingredients in this delicious chicken dish. It's an easy baked chicken breast recipe your family will ask for again and again.

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    Creamy Chicken Marsala

    Creamy chicken marsala
    Diana Rattray

    A creamy sauce makes this chicken Marsala rich and delicious. It's a nice alternative to the classic dish.

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    Simple Oven Fried Chicken Breasts With Garlic

    Simple Oven Fried Chicken Breasts With Garlic
    Diana Rattray

    These oven-fried chicken breasts are a simple preparation. The seasoned flour mixture adds flavor to the chicken. You likely have all of the ingredients in your pantry. Just add the chicken and bake!

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    Spicy Cajun Chicken and Pasta

    Spicy Cajun Chicken and Pasta
    Diana Rattray

    This Cajun chicken skillet dish is quick and easy to prepare. Diced cooked chicken, spicy Cajun seasonings and cayenne pepper, tomatoes, Parmesan cheese and a variety of vegetables are among the ingredients. Poach or roast chicken breasts for this tasty recipe.

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    Garlic Chicken and Shrimp

    Garlic Chicken and Shrimp

    The Spruce

    Chicken and shrimp go together surprisingly well. Serve this nicely seasoned garlic chicken and shrimp with hot cooked pasta or try it over hot boiled rice.

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    Creamy Chicken With Mushrooms

    Creamy Chicken With Mushrooms
    Creamy Chicken With Mushrooms Photo: Diana Rattray

    Cubed boneless chicken breasts, mushrooms, and peas get together in a creamy sauce to make this creamed chicken. Serve the chicken with hot boiled rice or spoon it over split buttered biscuits or toast points.

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    Skillet Chicken Breasts With Creamy Parmesan Sauce

    Chicken with creamy parmesan sauce

    The Spruce

    The easy Parmesan cheese sauce makes these chicken breasts extra-special. 

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    Chicken With Wine and Tomatoes

    Chicken and tomatoes
    Diana Rattray

    This chicken skillet recipe will get you out of the kitchen quickly, and everyone will love the flavors. Serve the chicken with some angel hair pasta or rice along with a salad for a satisfying dinner.

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    Chicken and Zucchini With Garlic Cream Sauce

    chicken breasts with zucchini
    Diana Rattray

    Serve this tasty chicken and zucchini combo over hot cooked spaghetti or serve it with mashed potatoes. Feel free to change it up with mushrooms instead of zucchini, or use yellow summer squash in the recipe.