Our 48 Best Boneless Chicken Breast Recipes

Chicken marsala recipe

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Boneless chicken breasts are versatile, flavorful, and low in fat. And you can find chicken breasts in fresh and frozen individual portions, thinly sliced cutlets, and fully cooked casserole and salad-ready strips. It's no wonder they're so popular. 

Because they are so lean, chicken breasts can easily become dry if cooked too long. Some slow cooker recipes work well with chicken breasts, but some don't. We frequently use chicken thighs in slow cooker recipes calling for boneless chicken breasts or a combination of chicken breasts and thighs.

Here are some of the most popular boneless chicken breast recipes, including casserole recipes using chicken breasts, baked chicken breasts, skillet recipes, and more.

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    Simple Fried Chicken Breast Cutlets

    Simple Fried Chicken

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    Thin-pounded or sliced chicken breast cutlets make this fried chicken fast and super easy. And they are delicious! Dipped in an egg mixture and coated with a flour mixture, it's the addition of hot sauce and Cajun seasoning that gives this chicken a bit of zing. 

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    Sweet and Sour Chicken Breasts

    sweet and sour chicken breasts

    The Spruce Eats / Diana Rattray

    A tasty tropical sauce highlights this easy, great-tasting sweet and sour chicken dish. This chicken recipe is made in just minutes in the skillet, and you probably have most of the ingredients on hand. Ready in about 30 minutes, serve on top of cooked rice or Asian-style noodles. 

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    Creamy Skillet Chicken and Mushrooms

    chicken and mushrooms
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    This easy chicken and mushroom dish is a simple combination of ingredients and seasonings. Condensed soup makes an easy sauce, or use the included instructions to make a homemade sauce. Change it up a bit by adding some minced shallots or garnish with chopped parsley or chives.

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    Fried Chicken Sandwiches With Sriracha Mayo

    Fried Chicken Sandwich

    The Spruce Eats / Diana Rattray

    Thinly sliced chicken cutlets are deep-fried to perfection to make fabulous fried chicken sandwiches. Use the spicy Sriracha mayonnaise on the sandwiches or your own favorite sandwich spread. Serve with a side salad or homemade chips.

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    Classic Chicken Marsala

    Chicken marsala recipe

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    Chicken Marsala is flavorful and easy to prepare and cook in the skillet. Flattening the chicken means it will cook quickly and evenly. As another option, thinly sliced chicken breast cutlets are convenient and cut down on the preparation time. Serve this chicken dish with hot pasta or rice, along with a green salad or side vegetable.

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    Pulled Chicken Tacos

    Pulled chicken tacos with garnishes

    The Spruce Eats / Laurel Randolph

    This easy weeknight dinner of pulled chicken tacos comes together quickly for a busy family on the go. Boneless, skinless breasts or thighs are poached in chicken stock, shredded, and then the broth is cooked down with Mexican-inspired seasonings to make the sauce.

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    Chicken With Bacon and Pepper Jack Cheese

    chicken with bacon, bbq sauce, and cheese

    The Spruce Eats / Diana Rattray

    Boneless chicken breasts are browned in the skillet and then baked with a barbecue sauce, bacon, and cheese topping. Use a storebought bbq sauce, or make your own. This easy chicken recipe is great with a potato salad and baked beans.

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    Skillet Chicken Dijon

    Chicken Dijon

    The Spruce Eats / Diana Rattray

    This easy skillet chicken dijon recipe is perfect for when you need a quick everyday meal. The simple combination of chicken broth, wine, and mustard is flavored with dried basil and tarragon. Serve it over rice pilaf or cauliflower rice.

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    Chicken Piccata With Lemon and Parsley

    Chicken Strips Piccata With Meyer Lemons

    The Spruce Eats / Diana Rattray

    The classic combination of chicken and lemons will never go out of style. We usually add capers to this dish, but they are optional. Use chicken tenders, boneless chicken breasts, or strips.

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    Grilled Chicken With Cajun Cream Sauce and Linguine

    Grilled chicken with cajun sauce

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    Grilled chicken is served with a spicy Cajun cream sauce, linguine, and fresh chopped green onions and tomatoes. Use an indoor or outdoor grill, broiler pan, or a stovetop grill pan to cook the chicken breasts in this recipe.

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    Air Fryer Chicken Tenders

    Air Fryer Chicken Tenders

    The Spruce Eats / Leah Maroney 

    Air fryer chicken tenders are a great start to an easy meal. They're marinated in pickle juice and the breading includes paprika and onion powder, so the chicken breasts have great flavor. The air fryer cooks them perfectly and all you need for a fried chicken dinner is a quick side.

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    Oven-Fried Chicken With Crispy Panko Coating

    Chicken with crispy panko coating

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    Mustard, mayonnaise, and a crispy Japanese panko crumb coating flavor this oven-fried chicken. Easy to scale the recipe up or down, this baked chicken is ready in under an hour. Great for a weeknight family dinner, put some honey mustard on the side for dipping bites of the baked chicken in, and serve with your favorite veggies.

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    Chicken and Zucchini With Garlic Cream Sauce

    Chicken and Zucchini With Garlic Cream Sauce

    The Spruce Eats / Diana Rattray

    Sliced zucchini is added to the sautéed chicken in this easy skillet dish. A simple cream cheese and garlic sauce completes the dish beautifully. Some sliced mushrooms added in when cooking the zucchini and onions is a great addition to this dish. Cooked linguine is a nice side, but rice or mashed potatoes go well, too.

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    Easy Chicken Florentine Bake with Spinach Souffle

    Easy Chicken Florentine Bake With Spinach Souffle

    The Spruce Eats / Karen Hibbard

    Frozen spinach souffle is used to make a delicious topping for these boneless chicken breasts. Chicken Florentine has never been easier to throw together! Ready in 50 minutes to put on the table. Enjoy with a tossed salad and your choice of potatoes or rice. 

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    Chicken With Creamy Parmesan Sauce

    Chicken with creamy parmesan sauce

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    Your family will love this easy skillet chicken dish. The flavorful sauce is made with cream cheese and Parmesan cheese. Top it off with shaved or shredded fresh Parmesan and parsley for an extra-special look.

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    Instant Pot Chicken Tikka Masala

    Instant Pot tikka masala and extra long-grain basmati rice.

    The Spruce Eats / Diana Rattray

    Chicken tikka masala is a classic Indian main dish featuring a spiced cream sauce. It's quick and easy made with chicken breasts and cooked in the pressure cooker. While the chicken needs to marinate for 30 minutes, this dish is still ready in under an hour. Garnish with chopped fresh cilantro and serve with basmati rice and naan bread.

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    Instant Pot Chicken and Rice

    Instant pot chicken and rice with serving spoon

    The Spruce Eats / 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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    Chicken and Stuffing Bake

    Chicken and Stuffing Bake

    The Spruce Eats / Leah Maroney

    This chicken casserole brings a little bit of Thanksgiving to the weekday dinner table. Stuffing mix is combined with chicken, celery, onion, garlic, and cream of chicken soup, making for a true comfort food dish. You can make it up ahead of time and freeze it for later use, too.

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    Chicken Breasts With Tomatoes and Capers

    Chicken Breasts with Tomatoes and Capers

    The Spruce Eats / Diana Rattray

    This chicken breast with tomatoes and capers recipe is a quick and easy skillet dish. Chicken broth, white wine, and lemon juice bring a nice flavor to this dish. Serve the chicken and tasty tomato sauce with angel hair pasta or vermicelli. 

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    Easy Skillet Chicken With Bacon and Sour Cream

    Easy skillet chicken with bacon

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    This easy skillet chicken with bacon takes just minutes to prepare and cook. Simple, everyday ingredients make up this dish, with room to add your own ingredients. Ready in about 30 minutes, the bacon and green onions flavor the chicken perfectly. The tasty sour cream sauce is the ultimate finishing touch.

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    Instant Pot Chicken Breast

    instant pot chicken breasts with rice and pea pods

    The Spruce Eats / 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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    Instant Pot Chicken and Dumplings

    Instant Pot chicken and dumplings with parsley garnish.

    The Spruce Eats / Diana Rattray

    The Instant Pot turns this traditionally slow-cooked dish into the perfect weeknight meal. Simple drop dumplings thicken the chicken stew slightly as this recipe cooks, and a small amount of heavy cream is added just before serving for richness. A comfort classic at its best, eat by itself or with a side salad or green beans.

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    Tandoori Chicken

    Tandoori Chicken

    The Spruce Eats / Elaine Lemm

    Boneless chicken is cubed and marinated in a yogurt, lemon juice, garlic, tomato, and Indian spiced marinade and then baked in the oven. Although traditional tandoori chicken is cooked in a clay oven (called a tandoor), this recipe is just as delicious. Plan accordingly, as the chicken for this dish needs to marinate for 12 hours. 

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    Chicken Cordon Bleu Pasta

    Chicken Cordon Bleu Pasta

    The Spruce Eats / Leah Maroney 

    Like a deconstructed traditional stuffed chicken cordon bleu, this recipe incorporates the cheese and ham into a sauce over pasta and tops it all with crispy, breaded chicken. A complete one-dish meal, to save even more time, the chicken can be made up the night before and warmed up in the oven before serving with pasta.

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    Easy Cajun Spiced Chicken Breasts

    Cajun spiced chicken breast

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    Grill or broil this easy chicken cajun-spiced dish. The chicken breasts are seasoned with spicy Cajun seasoning and refrigerated for about an hour before they're cooked. Serve in slices on a fresh spring salad for lunch or dinner or as an entree with your favorite sides. 

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    Alice Springs Chicken

    alice springs chicken

    The Spruce Eats / Leah Maroney

    This copycat recipe of a popular Outback Steakhouse dish is easy to make at home. Chicken breasts are marinated in mustard and browned in the skillet before being topped with mushrooms, bacon, and cheese and baked. The chicken needs to marinate in the fridge for two hours, so plan your time accordingly.

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    Balsamic Marinated Chicken Breasts

    Balsamic Marinated Chicken Breasts

    The Spruce Eats / Sonia Bozzo

     A balsamic vinegar marinade flavors these boneless chicken breasts. The chicken is grilled or broiled to perfection in about 15 minutes. Check the temperature on an instant-read thermometer to ensure the chicken reaches 165 F. Grilled veggies, or a caesar salad are a great accompaniment to the dish. 

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    Baked Pineapple Chicken Breasts

    Pineapple Baked Chicken

    The Spruce Eats / Diana Rattray

    Pineapple juice and a variety of spices and seasonings flavor these simple baked boneless chicken breasts. The chicken is browned with a flavorful coating, and then it's baked with a sweetened pineapple juice sauce. Savor this dish with chunks of pineapple and a side of cooked rice.

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    Simple Oven Fried Chicken Breasts With Garlic

    Simple oven fried chicken breast

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    These boneless chicken breasts are breaded with a simple seasoned flour mixture, and then they're baked to perfection in a very hot oven. Get the taste of pan-frying without the mess. Crispy, juicy, and tender, this is sure to become a favorite in your house. There are so many things you can do with these oven-fried chicken breasts, from serving as an entree to slicing them up to put on salads, in casseroles, or chicken salad.

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    Easy Parmesan Chicken Bake

    parmesan coated chicken

    The Spruce Eats / Diana Rattray

    Your family will love this Parmesan cheese and herb-coated chicken. Simply put the breadcrumb mixture on the chicken and bake for about 25 minutes in the oven. Serve it plain with vegetables and potatoes or rice or add a marinara sauce and melt some mozzarella cheese over the chicken and serve it with spaghetti. 

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    Easy Skillet Chicken With Veloute Sauce

    chicken and veloute sauce

    The Spruce Eats / Diana Rattray

    A perfect weeknight meal, this is an easy skillet chicken with sauce dish that's ready in under 30 minutes. The chicken is dredged in a seasoned flour mixture and fried until golden brown. An easy veloute sauce is the perfect finishing touch for these seasoned sautéed chicken breasts.

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    Chicken Parmesan and Spaghetti Dinner

    Chicken Parmesan with Mozzarella Cheese

    The Spruce Eats / Diana Rattray

    This is an easy chicken parm and spaghetti dinner to prepare, and you can modify the kind and amount of cheese you use (part-skim or whole milk mozzarella, for example). Use a jar of store-bought marinara sauce, or feel free to make your own. If you're short on time, use seasoned fine dry bread crumbs and some grated Parmesan for the coating.

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    20-Minute Creamed Chicken With Mushrooms

    20-Minute Creamed Chicken With Mushrooms

    The Spruce Eats / Eric Kleinberg

    This recipe is a perfect meal for a busy weeknight after a hectic day at work or a kid's event. Use up leftover chicken, or grab a rotisserie chicken from the store. The sauce is prepared with simple ingredients that you probably already have on hand. This easy, creamy chicken is wonderful over split buttered biscuits or served on toast points, rice, or puff pastry shells.

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    Grilled Chicken With Goat Cheese Sauce

    Chicken With Goat Cheese Sauce

    The Spruce Eats / Diana Rattray

    Grilled or broiled chicken breasts are made extra-special with a flavorful goat cheese sauce and an optional roasted red pepper puree. The goat cheese sauce is seasoned with parsley and garlic herb seasoning. A truly lip-smacking dish that is excellent with cooked rice and sautéed broccoli.

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    Chicken Asparagus Pasta

    chicken asparagus pasta

    The Spruce Eats / Leah Maroney

    Sautéed chicken breast and crisp-tender asparagus make a delicious topping for cheesy pasta. It's a quick and easy one-pan meal. The sauce is light, creamy, and refreshing with a touch of lemon. Bowtie pasta is our favorite to use, but feel free to try whatever you have in the cupboard. 

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    Oven-Fried Pesto Chicken

    Oven Fried Pesto Chicken

    The Spruce Eats / Diana Rattray

    Purchased pesto flavors oven fried chicken breasts perfectly. The chicken is coated with the pesto and then rolled in a Japanese panko and Parmesan coating. This crispy chicken is great with macaroni and cheese and Brussels sprouts, or choose some of your own favorite sides.

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    One Dish Chicken and Rice Bake

    One-Dish Chicken and Rice Casserole

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    This popular chicken dish is an all-in-one casserole, perfect for a busy day. The ingredients are likely on hand in your pantry: just grab some cream of mushroom soup, chicken broth, uncooked rice, mix and top with boneless chicken, then bake. Add some peas to the dish to round it up to a complete one-dish meal. Don't forget to top with shredded cheese before taking it out of the oven. 

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    Basil Chicken With Pesto Cream Sauce

    Basil chicken with cream sauce

    The Spruce Eats / Nita West

    Pesto and some heavy cream make up the sauce for this super easy chicken dish. Or use your favorite homemade pesto combination. Ready to put on the table in around 40 minutes, the chicken is dredged in flour and cooked in a skillet along with mushrooms and the sauce. Boil up some pasta or rice for a fabulous meal. 

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    Ritzy Chicken Casserole

    Ritzy Chicken Casserole

    The Spruce Eats / Diana Chistruga

    This popular chicken casserole is made with cooked diced chicken breasts. This casserole is destined to become a family favorite. Who doesn't love Ritz crackers? The crackers become both the bottom and top crust for this dish that has a creamy sauce and chicken mixture in between. Steamed broccoli or green beans are good choices for a side dish.

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    Chicken Divan With Broccoli and Rice

    Chicken rice divan bake recipe

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    This chicken divan is an easy casserole made with chicken breasts, broccoli, and cheddar cheese. Diced cooked chicken is used in the dish, and a simple white sauce with sour cream makes a smooth and creamy topping. Decadently delicious, it can be served over cooked rice or pasta. Leftovers reheat wonderfully for a meal the next day.

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    Chicken With Havarti Dill Cheese Sauce

    Chicken Cutlets With Havarti Cheese Sauce

    The Spruce Eats / Diana Rattray

    This sautéed chicken is finished with a flavorful creamy havarti cheese sauce with garlic and optional dill. Chicken cutlets are used in this recipe, or you can use pounded small chicken breast halves. Place the chicken on sautéed spinach with mushrooms and drizzle the sauce on it for a wonderful meal. 

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    Garlic Chicken and Shrimp

    Garlic Chicken and Shrimp

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    Chicken and shrimp go together surprisingly well in this easy garlic chicken and shrimp skillet dish. The chicken and shrimp are cooked together in a buttery garlic, basil, parsley, and seasonings mixture. Serve the chicken and shrimp over hot cooked pasta and garnish with fresh chopped parsley.

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    Savory Chicken Pot Pie

    classic chicken pot pie in pie plate with one slice cut out

    The Spruce Eats / Diana Rattray

    Chicken pot pie is a comforting classic dish for those cold winter days. The filling for this pie is made with chunks of boneless chicken breast halves and a variety of vegetables. Save time using a prebought refrigerated crust or make a homemade crust yourself. Blind-bake the bottom crust to avoid a soggy bottom, and remember to cover the edges of the crust with foil the last 15 minutes of baking to prevent overly browned edges.

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    Crock Pot Swiss Chicken Casserole

    Swiss Chicken, Slow Cooker

    The Spruce Eats / Diana Rattray

    This savory slow-cooked crock pot Swiss chicken casserole is made with only 5 ingredients. Optional sliced potatoes can be added and used as the bottom layer of the casserole, making this a full meal. Herb-seasoned stuffing crumbs and Swiss cheese flavor the dish and make it a hearty meal that's ready and waiting for you when you and your family get home.

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    Crispy Baked Chicken Tenders

    Crispy Baked Chicken Tenders Recipe

    The Spruce Eats / Ali Redmond

    Chicken tenders are a favorite kids (and adults) dish, and this one is sure to be put in your recipe repertoire. The tenders are dredged in flour and dipped in egg, then rolled into a bed of spiced toasted panko breadcrumbs. Baked in the oven for around 15 minutes till they achieve that crispy, crunchy, yet juicy perfection. Enjoy dipping these into the provided honey mustard dressing recipe. Yum! 

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    Chicken Fajitas

    Chicken Fajitas

    The Spruce Eats / Diana Chistruga

    Boneless chicken breasts are cut into strips and seasoned with chili powder, ground cumin, paprika, and other spices and seasonings. Sautéed chicken strips, peppers, and onions are combined to make these easy chicken fajitas. Warm-up some flour tortillas and have some guac, sour cream, cheese, salsa, and whatever else your favorite toppings are on hand. Round up the meal with cooked rice and refried beans.

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    Baked Chicken With Spinach

    Baked chicken with spinach

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    This baked chicken spinach dish is a snap to make. Just grab a 9x13x2-inch baking pan, throw in some chopped fresh spinach, lay on the seasoned flattened chicken breasts, top with diced tomato and onions, then bake. Top with shredded mozzarella for the last 5 minutes in the oven and serve with noodles or a salad.

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    Potato Chip Chicken

    potato chip chicken

    The Spruce Eats / Leah Maroney

    Potato chips are a great alternative to use in place of breadcrumbs. Once you take a bite of this potato chip chicken, you'll be craving more. A few seasonings, eggs, and some barbecue potato chips, and of course, the chicken is all this recipe requires. We adore using the kettle-cooked chips to get that extra crunch. Change up the flavor of the chips to whatever your heart desires.