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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Chicken Fricassee Stir-Fry with Asparagus

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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

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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.”

Grilled Chicken with Banana Pepper Dip and Fattoush

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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

Chicken Parmesan

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Star chef Daniel Humm of Eleven Madison Park and Made Nice in NYC doesn’t mess around when he makes chicken Parmesan. He fries the whole breasts until crisp, then tops them with a silky béchamel, slow-simmered tomato sauce and lots of cheese before baking everything together. Slideshow: More Chicken Parmesan Recipes 

Almond-Poached Chicken Salad

In a twist on an ordinary green salad with chicken, Food & Wine’s Laura Rege poaches chicken breasts in almond milk before cooling, shredding and mixing with crunchy and colorful purple cauliflower, radishes and fresh herbs. To give the dish an extra boost of almond flavor, she finishes it with a sprinkle of salted almonds. Slideshow: More Chicken Breast Recipes 

Spaghetti Squash Chicken Parmesan

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In this version of the classic chicken parmesan, buttery roasted spaghetti squash stands in for the usual spaghetti. Slideshow: More Chicken Parmesan Recipes 

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Giant Chicken Parmesan

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Chef Michael Schlow puts a bit of a spin on classic chicken Parm here. He pounds chicken breasts so they’re very thin and wide, then coats them in breadcrumbs before quickly pan-frying. The result is superjuicy and extra-crisp chicken, which gets topped with homemade tomato sauce and a combination of fresh mozzarella and Grana Padano cheeses. It’s superdelicious and, in this giant format, also crazy fun to see. Slideshow: More Chicken Parmesan Recipes 

Chai-Spiced Chicken Breasts

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This satisfying chicken dish from Justin Chapple calls for just five ingredients. One of them is chai tea, which is mixed into a paste with oil and spread under the chicken skin to flavor the meat as it roasts. Plus:  More Chicken Recipes 

Orange-Chicken Stir-Fry

The finer the zest the better in this fast recipe. Use the smallest holes of a box grater, or zest into bigger strips then chop with a knife.