No more boring chicken breast recipes! This collection of healthy chicken breast recipes will make you fall in love with this lean protein all over again.
There's nothing like a list of scrumptious chicken breast recipes to get you excited about healthy cooking! For awhile, I completely avoided boneless, skinless chicken breast recipes and opted for chicken thighs, pork, shrimp, salmon. Too many bad experiences with overcooked, dry chicken left me disillusioned with the lean protein. But dry and overcooked doesn't need to be the name of the game! And these easy chicken breast dinner ideas prove that.
One of my favorite meal prep tricks is to poach chicken breasts on Sunday, shred the meat and keep it on hand either in the fridge or freezer for quick and easy meals. For example, my Thai Chicken Salad comes together in just 15 minutes!
The key to tender, juicy chicken breasts? Well, it's as simple as not overcooking them. But then that begs the question...
How do you know when chicken is done?
- The internal temperature of chicken should be 165 degrees F. For chicken breasts or thighs, insert the thermometer into the thickest part of the meat. If there is a bone, be sure that the thermometer isn't touching it, otherwise you'll get an incorrect reading.
- When you poke chicken, the juices should be clear. If they're still light pink, cook the chicken longer.
- What about cutting into the chicken? Yes, this is an option and is one of the easiest ways to see if the chicken is cooked through. However, cutting into the chicken releases a lot of the juices. Particularly with chicken breasts, you want to retain as many of those juices as possible!
- Shrinkage! Chicken can often looked down on the outside - perfect grill marks, browned crust - but can still be undercooked. When meat cooks, it starts to shrink. If the piece of chicken is still the same size as when you starting cooking it, more cooking time is likely necessary.
I never want you to serve underdone chicken, but take care to avoid cooking it those extra few minutes, when the meat turns from juicy to dry.
Let's dive into these easy healthy chicken breast recipes!
Chicken Breast Recipes
Thai Chicken Salad by Cookin' Canuck
Chicken Marsala by Lexi's Clean Kitchen
Healthy Slow Cooker Chicken Tikka Masala by Ambitious Kitchen
Instant Pot Chicken Stew with Farro by Cookin' Canuck
Bruschetta Chicken over Pesto Cauliflower Mash by Meals, Heels & Cocktails
Buffalo Chicken Stuffed Sweet Potatoes by Cookin' Canuck
Easy Chicken Piccata by A Cedar Spoon
Jalapeno Mango Chicken Skillet by Running to the Kitchen
One-Pot Whole Wheat Pasta with Chicken & Spinach by Cookin' Canuck
Juicy Balsamic Grilled Chicken by Unsophisticook
Slow Cooker Butter Chicken by Foolproof Living
Chicken Puttanesca with Spaghetti Squash by Cookin' Canuck
Caribbean Chicken Bowls with Grilled Plantains by Food Faith Fitness
Parmesan Herb Chicken, Mushroom & Orzo Skillet by Spoonful of Flavor
Rice Noodles with Chicken, Asparagus and Soy Ginger Sauce by Cookin' Canuck
Green Bean Chicken Skillet by Julie's Eats & Treats
Grilled Lemongrass Chicken Skewers by Culinary Ginger
Caprese Chicken Foil Packets by Cookin' Canuck
Summer Peach-Basil Grilled Chicken by Cooking on the Weekends
Sheet Pan Teriyaki Chicken & Roast Broccoli by Whole & Heavenly Oven
Chicken Pasta Salad with Green Beans & Tomatoes by Cookin' Canuck
Slow Cooker Tuscan Chicken Stew by Sweet Peas & Saffron
Caesar Grilled Chicken Breasts by Gimme Some Grilling
Caldo de Pollo (Homemade Chicken Soup) by Muy Bueno
Sheet Pan Chicken & Potatoes with Rosemary, Sun-Dried Tomatoes & Honey-Balsamic by Two Healthy Kitchens
Grilled Spinach Artichoke Stuffed Chicken Breasts by Cookin' Canuck
Rosemary Skewered Pistachio Encrusted Chicken by Bell'alimento
Healthy Chicken & Biscuits by Big Bear's Wife
Instant Pot Salsa Chicken Verde From Frozen by Or Whatever You Do
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