9 Recipes That Make Chicken Less Boring

Chicken breast is healthy. Chicken breast is easy to work with. Chicken breast is affordable. And chicken breast can be so boring it will make you want to cry.

In the ongoing quest to live a healthy lifestyle, the versatile and cost-efficient chicken breast reigns supreme. We stock our freezers with it each week, in hopes that maybe some stroke of genius will present us with new and exciting ways to prepare it. The problem is, for all the many ways you could prepare chicken, and all the time we spend pinning chicken recipes we often find ourselves in the rut of simply grilling it in an effort to save time and an eliminate a ton of prep work.

The good news is that much like other things in life (ahem, laundry), trying new and exciting grilled chicken recipes take a lot longer to think about putting off than they actually take to make. There is no shortage of recipes for chicken breast that go way beyond the grill.

Check out ninr anything-but-boring chicken breast recipes below, most of which only look impressive, and kiss those plain old meals of yesteryear goodbye.

Baked Garlic Parmesan Chicken

The author of this delicious looking recipe calls it “hard to mess up” and it involves two of our favorite foods: garlic and cheese. You could even swap out the mayo and cheese for their light varieties to make this an even healthier pick. Plus, this dish would look super impressive in front of, say, a dinner party crowd.

Baked Honey Mustard Chicken

This recipe involves a super simple homemade honey mustard made using honey, mustard, Italian seasoning, salt, pepper, garlic powder and paprika, which is the poured over chicken and baked for just 40 minutes. No pre-marinating required! Can you say instant lunch deliciousness?

Sweet Sriracha Chicken Breasts

We would put sriracha on just about anything, chicken breast included. Like the honey mustard recipe, this one is achieved by mixing together a super easy sauce Sriracha, honey, butter, soy sauce, red chili flakes, garlic and dried basil and pouring it right over the chicken before baking it in the oven. This recipe would be perfect over some brown rice for a weeknight dinner.

Maple Balsamic & Herb Chicken

This one involves a bit of prep work, but believe us, the results sound absolutely delicious and worth it. Chances are you already have the main ingredients (maple syrup, mustard, balsamic vinegar and garlic) sitting in your pantry. It’s an easy, delicious win-win.

Spinach & Goat Cheese Hasselback Chicken

We didn’t even know that “hasselback” chicken was a thing, and we can’t believe we’ve been missing out for so long. The style involves slicing cuts into the chicken and stuffing the cuts with things like spinach and goat cheese, to, according to the author, ensures a “hit of savory cheesy goodness with every bite.” YUM.

Grilled Cheesy Buffalo Chicken

You had us at cheesy and kept us at the fact that this super-easy-to-make recipe is basically just three ingredients and looks super impressive. To make, simply cut a piece of chicken breast horizontally, marinate in a hot sauce mixture and bake. This idea is perfect for dinner on your own, but we’re marking it down to bring to our upcoming Super Bowl parties, too.

30-Minute Caprese Chicken

This flavor-filled recipe packs a punch with pesto, balsamic glaze tomatoes and, of course, mozzarella cheese. Caprese salads are pretty perfect as is, so the addition of chicken is just the icing on the delicious cake. Err, meal.

Cous Cous Stuffed Chicken

Cous cous is a great source of protein and dietary fiber, making it the perfect addition to a chicken dish. Not to mention, you’re cutting out the need to make a side dish, it’s right there in the main event. To make, you cook the cous cous on its own, add delicous ingredients like feta cheese and kalamata olives and roll it all up before baking just a few minutes. Yum.

Roast Chicken Breasts With Garbanzo Beans, Tomatoes and Paprika

The secret of this delicious recipe come in the spiced oil. Mixing garlic, paprika, cumin and red pepper with extra virgin olive oil and coating the chicken breast before roasting together with both the tomatoes and garbanzo beans, the dish is then served with cilantro and a creamy serving of Greek yogurt on top

Ali Selinger is a vintage shopping enthusiast living in Brooklyn. She is equal parts obsessed with ClassPass, her cat and iced coffee.