19 Ways to Spice Up Boring Chicken Breasts

Chicken is among the healthiest sources of protein. But, it can get dry and bland at times. Here are 19 ways to spice up boring chicken breasts.

These recipes offer a new twist to some classics, sprucing them up to take their flavors up a few notches.

This makes them perfect for lunch or dinner, whether you’re cooking for one, two or the entire family. Depending on how much time you have some of the meals take as little as 15-20 minutes.

1. Bacon & Goat Cheese Stuffed Chicken

Say goodbye to bland chicken breasts with this recipe.

If bacon isn’t enough for you, how about some goat cheese to add more flavor.

Stuffing these two ingredients into your chicken not only kicks the taste up a few notches, they also keep it moist so it doesn’t dry out.

2. Indian Spiced Chicken Stew

If you love the richness of Indian takeout but have been timid with experimenting in your kitchen, try this dish.

It will give you a blend of classic Indian spices, including ginger, masala, cumin, turmeric, and coriander.

Together, they bring the depth of flavor without the cost of takeout nor 50 ingredients.

3. Honey Spiced Glazed Chicken

Made with chicken thighs, this is a relatively expensive making it perfect for anyone on a budget.

Plus, it’s difficult to overcook part of the chicken.

This unique combination makes it perfect for price-conscious and cooking-challenged alike.

That makes this sweet and subtly spicy chicken dish is a perfect crowd pleaser.

Familiar flavors of honey and paprika will elevate your typical baked chicken dish without scaring away picky eaters at your next party.

4. Grilled Chili Chicken Skewers with Cilantro Lime Pesto

Skewers are an underrated healthy meal option for those on the go. No utensils are required!

Just pick it up, and go do what you have to do, whether that means mingling at a cocktail party or searching for sunscreen at the next family barbeque.

5. Chicken Mole

Be honest. How often do you have every ingredient for a recipe already in your pantry?

The beauty of this recipe is that you can easily, and tastily, modify it based on what is on hand.

No worries if you used up all of your cinnamon making grandma’s famous pumpkin pie last Thanksgiving. All you have to do is add in a little extra clove or chile powder.

6. Grilled Beer and Buttermilk Chicken with Sriracha Glaze

Beer flavor is potent in this dish, starring in both the marinade and the glaze. To intensify the beer presence even more, reserve some of your glaze to act as a dipping sauce for your finished wings.

This is the perfect dish for a beer aficionado.

7. Curry Chickpea Chicken Salad

Do you ever experience a post-lunch energy slump?

Combat it with this chicken and chickpea dish. Both main ingredients pack protein.

Plus, Chickpeas provide healthy fats, fiber, and loads of vitamins and minerals, including vitamin K, folate, phosphorus, zinc, copper, manganese, choline, selenium, iron, vitamin B, and magnesium.

If your diet is lacking in nutrients, fuel yourself with this must-try dish.

8. BBQ Chicken and Pineapple Pizza

Pineapple is one of the most divisive pizza toppings out there. Some swear by it. Others think it’s just not right.

But, if you are team pineapple, give this pizza a try.

I know you’ll enjoy the spicy barbecue sauce that is tamed by the cool sweetness of pineapple for a balanced bite.

9. The Original Dish’s Jerk Chicken

Food processors are popular for their ability to make quick breakfast and dessert smoothies.

However, these gadgets are perfect for combining ingredients to make flavorful seasonings, marinades, and pastes as well.

This recipe uses a food processor to make the most foolproof jerk marinade out there.

10. Buffalo Chicken Sandwiches

If you are anything like me, you worship the divine dish that is buffalo chicken.

This rendition is a slightly healthier. It’s an extremely low-fuss take on a fried buffalo chicken sandwich.

Here, boneless skinless chicken breasts are prepared in a crock pot before being shredded for your sandwich. A little Greek yogurt is the trick for countering some of the heat.

11. Grilled Creole Chicken

Creole cuisine is a unique marriage of several culinary styles including French, Spanish, West African, Amerindian, Haitian, German, and Italian.

Few places outside of Louisiana achieve the right flavor combination. If you cannot catch the next flight to NOLA, try out this dish to learn how to do it yourself.

12. Aloha Chicken Wings

For an unconventional use of your favorite juice, make these Aloha Chicken Wings.

This recipe calls for orange juice concentrate or passion fruit pulp. But, any juice will do for the marinade.

The acids break down the tough, dense tissues in meat to impart your wings with flavor.

13. Caribbean Pot’s Peri Peri Chicken

Spice up your chicken dishes with some Caribbean flavors. This is a nice take on traditional peri-peri sauce that sets the dish apart.

It makes use of various herbs and spices including thyme, paprika and different kinds of pepper. Those are then mixed with the acid from the lemon and vinegar to give you excellent balance.

14. Chicken Pasta with Rosemary Cream Sauce

Craving for pasta on chicken night? Here’s an excellent idea. Mix them together!

Making your chicken in a bowl of pasta completely changes the dish. Add to that the delectable rosemary herbed cream sauce and you’ve got a winner.

This is for those nights when you just want to indulge a bit after a long day at work or with the kids.

15. Cajun Stuffed Chicken Breasts

Enjoy the flavors of Louisiana with this great tasting recipe. The dish comes with some variations so you can change things up depending on what your palate prefers.

What sets this meal apart from your regular chicken breast recipes is its base flavors and spices.

16. Beer Marinated Chicken Thighs

Sesame seed oil is what differentiates these thighs. Be cautious though, a little goes a long way when it comes to this toasty, nutty, distinct ingredient.

Besides being a standout in the flavor department, nut oils have been shown to reduce blood pressure and cholesterol. That makes up for your second beer, right?

17. Lemon Chicken & Asparagus Quinoa Bowl

This is one of the healthiest meals you’ll find.

Chicken breast, asparagus and quinoa give you protein, veggies and healthy carbs without any of the guilt.

Perfect for anyone on a diet, you’ll love that this recipe is easy and quick to make.

18. Chicken Marsala

This classic take on chicken should be in your arsenal for quick weeknight meals.

Every ingredient is in a basic pantry, including the cup of wine that is probably floating on the bottom of last night’s bottle.

Marsala or Pinot Grigio is best.

But, any wine that is smooth enough to drink will work.

19. Skinny Avocado and Pineapple Chicken Salad Sandwich

Here’s a perfect weight loss recipe you can quickly make for lunch. It takes but 10 minutes and you’ve got two sandwiches ready to go. Of course, you can always scale the recipe down for one as well.

This sandwich packs great flavor thanks to the avocado and pineapple. Together, they give you contrasting tastes and textures to enjoy.