10 Surprising Things to Do with Chicken Breasts

Pot Pie Chicken
Make chicken breasts more than a back-up plan with our cast of clever fixings. Each idea, including Tex-Mex and chicken pot pie, is a quick version of a classic chicken recipe. Bye-bye, bland.

Chicken Breast, Reinvented

Your go-to dinner starter just got interesting. Start with a chicken breast and add toppings and spices to turn up the heat (Chips and Salsa Chicken), hit Italian notes (Insalada Caprese Chicken), and satisfy comfort cravings (Pot Pie Chicken). Read on for the easy recipes.

Greek Orzo Chicken

Get a lean Mediterranean meal on the table fast with quick-cooking orzo and a salty sprinkling of olives and feta.

Top your chicken breast with:

  • 1/4 cup chopped tomato
  • 2 tablespoons cooked orzo
  • 2 pitted and sliced black olives
  • 1 tablespoon feta cheese

Back-to-Basics Pesto Chicken

The key to good Italian food is fresh, simple ingredients. Bring that idea to an everyday chicken breast with a stunning pesto-inspired topper.

Top your chicken breast with:

  • 2 tablespoons shredded fresh basil
  • 1 tablespoon Parmesan cheese
  • 2 teaspoons toasted pine nuts
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon shredded lemon peel
  • 1 clove garlic, minced

Chips and Salsa Chicken

We love a good crunch, especially in relation to a heaping plate of nachos. Get a similar but less caloric effect with our zesty salsa-topped chicken.

Top your chicken breast with:

  • 2 tablespoons chopped tomato
  • 2 tablespoons salsa
  • 1 teaspoon diced green chile pepper
  • broken tortilla chips

Two-Pepper Hummus Chicken

Fresh and fast, this hummus-inspired chicken recipe is also protein-packed, thanks to a topping of hearty garbanzo beans.

Top your chicken breast with:

  • 1/4 cup garbanzo beans
  • 2 tablespoons chopped roasted red sweet pepper
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh thyme
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • dash ground black pepper

Cheesy Burrito Chicken

Trust us -- unwrapping your burrito is a delicious idea. Skip the tortilla for a low-carb dinner that's unbelievably easy.

Top your chicken breast with:

  • 1/4 cup heated refried beans
  • 1/4 cup shredded romaine lettuce
  • 1 tablespoon cheddar cheese
  • 1 tablespoon sour cream

Sweet-and-Sour Almond Chicken

Craving saucy Chinese takeout? Get it at home with a sweet and tangy mixture of pineapple, sweet-and-sour sauce, and crunchy almonds.

Top your chicken breast with:

  • 1/4 cup pineapple tidbits
  • 2 tablespoons sweet-and-sour sauce
  • 1 tablespoon sliced almonds
  • dash crushed red pepper
  • 1/4 cup cooked brown rice

Fancy Salad Chicken

Elevate the chicken breast to something elegant. Inspired by gourmet salads, we draped chicken breast with fresh Parmesan and arugula.

Top your chicken breast with:

  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinaigrette dressing
  • 1/2 teaspoon snipped fresh thyme
  • 1/4 cup arugula
  • 1 tablespoon Parmesan cheese

Crunchy Peanut Stir-Fry Chicken

With a combo of sweet, salty, and tangy flavors, this easy chicken dish captures umami with only 5 ingredients.

Top your chicken breast with:

  • 2 tablespoons chow mein noodles
  • 2 tablespoons green onion
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted peanuts
  • 1 teaspoon soy sauce

Insalada Caprese Chicken

Tomatoes, mozzarella, and basil -- delicious is just that simple. Beef up a caprese salad by adding chicken to the classic ingredients.

Top your chicken breast with:

  • 4 quartered cherry tomatoes
  • 1/2 ounce fresh mozzarella cheese
  • 2 tablespoons fresh basil

Pot Pie Chicken

Comforting chicken pot pie can be yours, and there's no need to futz with crust. Our version uses creamy veggies and a flaky biscuit.

Top your chicken breast with:

  • 2 tablespoons shredded carrot
  • 2 tablespoons shredded zucchini
  • 2 tablespoons heated condensed cream of chicken soup
  • 1/2 buttermilk biscuit

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