45 Simple Chicken Breast Recipes

From Oven-Fried to Easy Skillet Recipes to One-Dish Casseroles

Simple Fried Chicken

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If you need to get a tasty, healthy meal on the table but just don't have a lot of spare time, these simple recipes using chicken breasts are great choices. The list includes recipes using boneless and bone-in chicken breasts.

Choose from chicken casseroles, light and easy oven-fried chicken, basic baked or roasted chicken breasts, or quick skillet recipes.

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    Chicken With Bacon and Pepper Jack Cheese

    Barbecue Chicken With Bacon and Pepper Jack Cheese

    The Spruce / Diana Rattray

    Boneless chicken breasts are baked with a topping of barbecue sauce, bacon, and pepper jack cheese. This easy entrée is ready in under 30 minutes.

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    Simple Fried Chicken Breast Cutlets

    Simple Fried Chicken

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    These fried chicken breasts will be an instant hit. Some hot sauce and Cajun seasoning provide flavor.

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    Paprika Chicken Breasts With Sour Cream Gravy

    Paprika Chicken Breasts With Sour Cream Gravy

    The Spruce / Diana Rattray

    These split chicken breasts are seasoned and baked to perfection with sliced onions. 

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    Easy Skillet Chicken With Velouté Sauce

    Chicken With Velouté Sauce

    The Spruce / Diana Rattray

    The easy velouté sauce is a great way to add an elegant touch to simple sautéed boneless chicken breasts.

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    Basil Chicken With Pesto Cream Sauce

    Basil chicken with cream sauce

    The Spruce / Nita West

    Pesto flavors these simple skillet chicken breasts. Heavy cream is added to make a creamy sauce. Serve the chicken with hot cooked pasta.

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    Simple Oven-Fried Chicken Breasts With Garlic

    Simple oven-fried chicken breast

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    This is a no-frills recipe, but it doesn't lack flavor. Some garlic powder and paprika flavor the chicken along with salt and pepper.

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    Easy Skillet Chicken With Bacon and Sour Cream

    Easy skillet chicken with bacon

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    All your favorite flavors in a classic loaded baked potato are the toppings to this chicken meal.

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    Chicken and Zucchini With Garlic Cream Sauce

    Chicken With Garlic Cream and Zucchini

    The Spruce / Diana Rattray

    The zucchini is cooked along with the chicken breasts in this recipe. The garlic cream sauce is a combination of cream cheese, garlic, and chicken broth. 

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    Chicken Breasts With Creamy Parmesan Sauce

    Chicken With Creamy Parmesan Sauce

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    These sautéed boneless chicken breasts are served with a creamy Parmesan cheese sauce.

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    Tarragon Chicken Salad

    Tarragon Chicken Salad

    The Spruce / Anita Schecter 

    The tarragon chicken salad recipe includes a simple way to roast chicken breasts. Shred the chicken, then mix it into a creamy homemade salad dressing seasoned with celery, Dijon mustard, lemon, onion, and tarragon. Enjoy it as a chicken salad sandwich or serve it over salad greens.

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    Oven-Roasted Chicken With Pepper Jelly Glaze

    Roasted Chicken With Pepper Jelly in a Pot

    The Spruce / Diana Rattray

    This super simple pepper jelly glaze adds flavor to these simple, roasted split chicken breasts.

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    Stuffed Chicken Parmesan

    Stuffed Chicken Parmesan

    The Spruce / Leah Maroney

    Stuffed chicken Parmesan is surprisingly easy and absolutely delicious. The breaded chicken is filled with mozzarella, fried in marinara sauce, and topped with mozzarella and Parmesan. Served it over a bed of pasta for an impressive dish.

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    Chicken Margherita

    Chicken Margherita

    The Spruce / Leah Maroney

    Tender chicken breasts are topped with tomato, mozzarella, and pesto for an Italian-style main dish. Serve with pasta or crusty bread.

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    Air Fryer Chicken Tenders

    Air Fryer Chicken Tenders

    The Spruce / Leah Maroney 

    Get the taste of crispy fried chicken without the grease using this air fryer chicken tender recipe. Marinated in pickle juice, then breaded with paprika and onion powder, it has a great flavor, too.

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    Chicken With Wine and Tomatoes

    Chicken With Wine and Tomatoes

    The Spruce / Diana Rattray

    Here's another quick and easy skillet chicken recipe made with chicken breasts, mushrooms, tomatoes, and a little wine and garlic. This makes a wonderfully busy day meal, and it's great with rice or pasta and a salad.

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    Chicken With Creamy Curry Sauce

    Chicken Breast, Peas, Carrots, and Potatoes With Creamy Curry Sauce

    The Spruce / Diana Rattray

    This tasty curry sauce flavors these boneless skillet chicken breasts. Serve this chicken with hot cooked rice or roasted potatoes for a tasty everyday meal.

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    Easy Chicken Florentine Bake With Spinach Soufflé

    Baked Chicken Florentine With Spinach Soufflé

    The Spruce / Diana Rattray

    Convenient frozen spinach soufflé, breadcrumbs, and Parmesan cheese makes these boneless chicken breasts.

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    Instant Pot Chicken and Rice

    Instant Pot chicken and rice with serving spoon

    The Spruce / Diana Rattray

    This comforting and adaptable dish makes the whole family happy. Perfect for Little League nights when you need to get dinner on the table quickly or a curl-up-by-the-fire fall Sunday, Instant Pot chicken and rice can be your go-to all-in-one meal.

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    Instant Pot Thai Chicken Curry

    Instant Pot thai chicken curry (red curry) with rice

    The Spruce / Diana Rattray

    The Instant Pot makes what could be an intimidating dish quite simple in this recipe for Thai chicken curry. Coconut milk, fish sauce, red curry paste, and ginger add authentic Thai taste to this boneless chicken breast dish.

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    Instant Pot Chicken Breast

    instant pot chicken breasts with rice and pea pods

    The Spruce / Diana Rattray

    The Instant Pot produces tender, juicy chicken breasts every time, easily answering the age-old question, "What's for dinner?" Chicken breasts can be shredded for pulled chicken sandwiches and tacos; diced for soups, salads, and casseroles; or sliced and served as an entrée along with side dishes.

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    Peach Glazed Chicken Breasts

    Peach Glazed Chicken With Potatoes and Green Beans

    The Spruce / Diana Rattray

    Peach preserves, balsamic vinegar, and spicy mustard are combined to make a tasty sauce for these boneless chicken breast halves. The chicken is glazed about halfway through the baking time.

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    Instant Pot Chicken and Dumplings

    Instant Pot chicken and dumplings with parsley garnish

    The Spruce / Diana Rattray

    The Instant Pot turns this traditionally slow-cooked dish into the perfect weeknight meal. Simple drop dumplings thicken the stew slightly as this recipe cooks, and a small amount of heavy cream is added just before serving for richness.

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    Potato Chip Chicken

    Potato chip chicken

    The Spruce / Leah Maroney

    Change up your oven-fried chicken recipe by using crushed potato chips instead of breadcrumbs. Barbecue kettle-cooked chips are best, adding a nice hint of flavor and a great crunch.

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    Chicken Breasts With Tomatoes and Capers

    Chicken Breasts With Tomatoes and Capers

    The Spruce / Diana Rattray

    These chicken breasts are sautéed and then finished with tomatoes, capers, lemon juice, and chicken stock. The recipe includes some dry white wine, but you may substitute more chicken stock.

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    Chicken Asparagus Pasta

    Chicken asparagus pasta

    The Spruce / Leah Maroney

    This quick and easy one-pot pasta combines sautéed chicken breasts with crisp-tender asparagus and cheesy pasta for a delicious dinner.

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    Baked Chicken Parmesan Dinner

    Chicken Parmesan With Mozzarella Cheese

    The Spruce / Diana Rattray

    Breaded and oven-fried chicken breasts are briefly baked with prepared spaghetti sauce and mozzarella cheese.

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    Pineapple Chicken Stir-Fry

    Pineapple chicken stir-fry

    The Spruce / Leah Maroney

    Tender chicken breasts are combined with bell pepper, onion, juicy pineapple, and a flavorful sauce for a quick and easy stir-fry.

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    Chicken Marsala

    Chicken marsala recipe

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    This elegant, flavorful chicken dish is surprisingly fast and easy. Dinner in under 30 minutes.

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    Chicken Breasts With Leeks and Parmesan Cheese

    Chicken Breasts, Leeks, and Parmesan Cheese

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    This dish is easy enough for a busy day and fancy enough for company. Serve with mashed or baked potatoes or rice.

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    Baked Pineapple Chicken Breasts

    Baked Pineapple Chicken Breasts

    The Spruce / Diana Rattray

    ​Pineapple juice and a variety of spices and seasonings flavor these simple baked boneless chicken breasts.

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    30-Minute Sweet and Sour Chicken

    Saucy chicken breasts on a plate with pineapple rings
    Photo: Diana Rattray

    This sweet and sour chicken is a 30-minute dish that doesn't skimp on flavor.

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    Slow Cooker Chicken Barbecue

    Slow Cooker Barbecue Chicken

    The Spruce / Diana Rattray

    This recipe is made with chicken legs which can easily be swapped for breasts. The chicken is slow cooked to perfection with barbecue sauce and onion then piled onto split, toasted buns.

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    Chicken Divan With Rice

    Chicken rice divan bake recipe

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    Chopped cooked chicken is added to broccoli and rice and topped with a creamy, flavorful sauce in this easy baked dish. An old school recipe, this one is sure to please everyone.

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    Chicken With Jalapeño Cheese Sauce

    Chicken With Jalapeño Cheese Sauce

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    Jalapeño peppers and garlic add flavor to these chicken breasts. The chicken is baked and then smothered in a cheddar cheese sauce. Add extra cayenne pepper for more heat.

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    Creamy Chicken Marsala Recipe

    Creamy Chicken Marsala

    The Spruce / Diana Rattray

    Heavy cream adds richness to this delicious chicken with Marsala wine. Garlic, lemon juice, and basil add flavor.

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    Greek Lemon-Garlic Chicken

    Greek Lemon-Garlic Chicken (Kotopoulo Skorthato)

    The Spruce / Diana Chistruga

    This easy meal is a tasty, traditional Greek dish that also happens to be a sheet pan dinner, making for easy clean up. Lemon, garlic and oregano flavor the chicken and potatoes, which all gets roasted together.

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    Lemon Chicken With Garlic and Wine

    Lemon Chicken With Garlic and Wine

    The Spruce / Diana Rattray

    With only fifteen minutes of prep, it doesn't get much easier than this. White wine, lemon juice, and garlic add flavor to this simple slow cooker chicken. Add some capers to the dish if you'd like.

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    Quick and Easy Grilled Chicken Gyros

    Greek Chicken Souvlaki Gyro Wrap

    The Spruce / Maxwell Cozzi

    This is an easy make-ahead meal that you can enjoy throughout the week. Serve the chicken with warm pita bread or lettuce leaves.

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    Simple Chicken and Rice Casserole

    Chicken and Rice Casserole

    The Spruce / Diana Rattray

    Toasted almonds garnish this chicken and rice casserole. Serve this dish with a simple tossed salad.

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    Crock Pot Swiss Chicken Casserole

    Crock Pot Swiss Chicken Casserole

    The Spruce / Diana Rattray

    This satisfying chicken and dressing casserole is easy to prepare and cook in a slow cooker.

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    Ritzy Chicken Casserole

    Ritzy Chicken Casserole

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    This easy casserole is a popular family favorite. It's an excellent busy day meal with only six ingredients.

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    Chicken Piccata With Lemon and Parsley

    Chicken Piccata With Lemon and Parsley

    The Spruce / Diana Rattray

    This fabulous dish is surprisingly easy. Use chicken breast cutlets or tenders in the recipe.

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    Spicy Fried Chicken Strips

    Bacon and Cheddar Chicken Strips

    The Spruce / Diana Rattray

    These spicy chicken strips are incredibly easy, and the taste is out of this world. Serve the chicken strips with a dip as an appetizer or as a main dish.

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    Easy Coronation Chicken

    Easy Coronation Chicken
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    Use leftover or cooked chicken breasts in this tasty British chicken dish.

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    Chicken a la King

    Savory Chicken Noodle Bake

    The Spruce / Diana Rattray

    This casserole is made with diced cooked chicken, pasta, an easy, light sauce, and loads of vegetables for the ultimate comfort, family meal.