Chicken Breast



Chicken breasts can divide a group of chefs because they're simultaneously so popular yet often uninspiring. Even grilling expert Steven Raichlen is ambivalent: "You could describe them two ways," he says. "They're the canvases upon which a grill master paints his colors. Or, to put a less charitable spin on it, they're the meat grill masters love to hate because they're so intrinsically bland." F&W's guide makes sure your food is juicy and flavorful with hundreds of terrific recipes and helpful tips that will help you turn a boring chicken breast into an excellent meal.

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Air Fryer Chicken Parmesan
If you haven't made Chicken Parmesan in an air fryer yet, consider this your invitation to get started. This recipe yields crispy, juicy chicken and ultra-melty cheese, which pairs beautifully with the acidity of tomato sauce. Before the final cook in the air fryer, be sure to line the inside of the basket with aluminum foil, and coat the foil with cooking spray to prevent sticking. As for serving? You can pair the chicken with a salad, such as a classic Caesar, or go for garlicky broccoli, Broccolini, or broccoli rabe.
Plantain Chicken Strips with Yuca Fries
To make these crispy chicken strips, Paola Velez first dredges the strips in a flour mixture, then dips them in a buttermilk brine — the same brine used to initially brine the chicken, bolstered with an egg — and finally coats the chicken with a mixture of ground plantain chips and panko. The chicken is paired with yuca fries that are crisped up in an air fryer and dusted with adobo seasoning for the finishing touch. Serve the chicken and fries with mayo ketchup for dipping if you'd like, as well as lime wedges and fresh parsley for garnish.
Chicken Breasts with White Wine Pan Sauce with Crème Fraîche and Spring Herbs
Rating: Unrated 1
This simple white wine pan sauce enriched with créme fraîche and a generous handful of tender fresh herbs like tarragon, dill, and chives makes smart use of the pan drippings from pan-roasted chicken breasts. Simply pan-roast airline chicken breasts, set them aside to rest, and then, while the chicken is resting, use the drippings to build the flavor-packed white wine pan sauce, which comes together in about 10 minutes and delivers an elegant, silky texture. The delicate flavors of the white wine pan sauce are also a good pair for thick fillets of trout, salmon, or halibut, which may be substituted for the chicken breasts. To make this pan sauce from other proteins, start from step 2, working with 1 tablespoon of reserved drippings, and proceed as written. 
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Chicken Fricassee Stir-Fry with Asparagus
Rating: Unrated 4
This quick-cooking recipe from cookbook author Grace Young showcases the technique for a "simple" stir-fry, where ingredients are continually added to the wok, layering flavor as each cooks perfectly. "Once you understand the basics of stir-frying, you don't have to limit yourself," Young says. Here, tender asparagus joins carrots and chicken in a speedy stir-fry seasoned with white wine instead of rice wine, and cream enriches the sauce.
Quick Skillet-Roasted Chicken with Spring Vegetables
Rating: Unrated 7
Tender vegetables simmer in a mixture of chicken drippings and butter in this simple, speedy dish. The attached drumette gives these airline chicken breasts more flavor; bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs make a good substitute. Andrew Fortgang of Canard in Portland, Oregon, recommends pairing this dish with floral, spicy Gourgonnier. "Orange aromas of Gourgonnier draw me in; on the palate, it’s weighty, almost creamy, but with pepper and just enough acidity to balance.”
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Grilled Chicken with Banana Pepper Dip and Fattoush
Rating: Unrated 13
2001 BNC alum Anita Lo’s 2018 cookbook SOLO celebrates the joy of cooking for one, just like this weeknight-friendly chicken recipe with a twist. “The banana pepper dip in this recipe is perhaps my favorite recipe that my partner’s mother Bonnie Attea makes,” Lo says. “It’s a three-ingredient wonder that makes a weeknight chicken breast exciting. Banana peppers can vary on the heat scale so taste a little before mixing, and mitigate with a little cayenne per your taste.” Leftover banana pepper dip works well as a spread in sandwiches, or as a dip with pita crackers or crudités. While pre-crumbled feta may be used in the dip, blocks of feta crumble easily, and result in a richer, creamier texture.Related: More Grilled Chicken Recipes
Spaghetti Squash Chicken Parmesan
Rating: Unrated 4
In this version of the classic chicken parmesan, buttery roasted spaghetti squash stands in for the usual spaghetti. Slideshow: More Chicken Parmesan Recipes 
Chicken Cordon Bleu
Rating: 5 stars 3

Classic chicken cordon bleu is made with Swiss cheese and sliced ham, but we like to stuff our chicken breasts with grated Fontina and thinly sliced prosciutto. Slideshow: More Chicken Recipes