12 Ways to Make Baked Chicken Exciting Again

Baked chicken gets a bad rap as being bland and unexciting. It’s what gets cooked for dinner when someone doesn’t want to do much beyond put some chicken in the oven and walk away. Think about the last time you heard someone talking about baked chicken – I bet they weren’t raving about it (if you could even think of a conversation about baked chicken).

Baking chicken in the oven is a quick and easy dinner, but that doesn’t mean it needs to be boring. There are tons of exciting things you can do to make your regular chicken something special. Whether you want something spicy, cheesy, or crunchy, there are endless options.

The next time you’re in the mood for chicken, try one of these flavorful recipes. You won’t be disappointed.

1. Balsamic Baked Chicken

Le Creme De La Crumb
Le Creme De La Crumb

Next time you’re cooking some chicken breasts, try marinating them in a delicious balsamic-honey glaze and seasoning with fresh rosemary. It’s a delicious, decadent meal.

Get the recipe here.

2. Garlic Butter Chicken Bake

Diethood
Diethood

This dish is packed with rich butter and fresh garlic. Fresh rosemary makes an appearance in this dish and it’s a really simple way to elevate your chicken dinner.

Get the recipe here.

3. Paprika Parmesan Chicken

Sugar Apron
Sugar Apron

Parmesan-crusted chicken is delicious, but this recipe is even better. It adds paprika to the mix for a spicy, crunchy crust on juicy chicken.

Get the recipe here.

4. Sun-Dried Tomato, Spinach, and Bacon Chicken

Julia's album
Julia’s album

If you like chicken, cheese, and bacon, this will soon be one of your favorite meals. Sun-dried tomatoes and spinach offer fresh flavor, and pepper jack cheese makes it ooey and gooey.

Get the recipe here.

5. Cilantro Lime Chicken

Rasa Malaysia
Rasa Malaysia

Instead of going out for Tex-Mex, make it at home with this super easy recipe for baked chicken. Cilantro and lime are a classic combination and this meal is super easy to get going on a busy weeknight. Pair it with a fresh, salty margarita and you’re good to go.

Get the recipe here.

6. Spicy Baked Chicken Tenders

Eat Well 101
Eat Well 101

These are chicken fingers for grown-ups. They are sweet, spicy, and sticky – what more could you ask for? Instead of wings, try these for something new.

Here’s the recipe.

7. Firecracker Baked Chicken

Little Spice Jar
Little Spice Jar

Now this is a recipe for those folks who really like heat. Hot sauce, brown sugar, and pepper flakes make a marinade that is as hot as it is delicious.

Here’s the recipe.

8. Baked Chicken Fajita Roll-Ups

Eat Yourself Skinny
Eat Yourself Skinny

This is a fun take on chicken fajitas. Instead of serving everything in a hot skillet, this recipe calls for chicken breasts stuffed with fresh peppers and marinated in a spicy sauce.

Here’s the recipe.

9. Crispy Coconut Chicken

Sally's Baking Addiction
Sally’s Baking Addiction

Chicken breasts are breaded in coconut and served with a spicy honey-soy glaze. It’s crunchy and sweet, and the dipping sauce is easy to prepare, too.

Here’s the recipe.

10. Baked Chicken with Zucchini and Tomatoes

My Zucchini Recipes
My Zucchini Recipes

If you are looking for a light, healthy dinner to utilize summer produce, here it is. This simple recipe pairs chicken with fresh zucchini and juicy tomatoes for a meal that is light and perfect for the last nights of grilling season.

Here’s the recipe.

11. Santa Fe Chicken Bake

Everyday Dishes
Everyday Dishes

This recipe takes chicken breasts and bakes them with black beans, corn, and salsa. The result is a filling meal and makes great leftovers.

Here’s the recipe.

12. Oven Fried Buffalo Wings

Serious Eats
Serious Eats

There’s no need to pull out a deep fryer if you’re in the mood for wings. This recipe uses the oven to bake wings until they’re crispy.

Here’s the recipe.

Do you have any go-to baked chicken dinners that always round out your weekly meal planning menus? Let us know!