If you鈥檝e done it once, you鈥檝e done it a million times. You come home late from work, throw some salt and pepper on a chicken breast and pop it in the oven. BORING! You could plan ahead and make slow cooker chicken in the morning, but what are the chances you鈥檙e going to remember that? It鈥檚 time for you step up your game and in a big way. If you want to love your dinner so much you crave leftovers the next day, keep reading for 18 baked chicken breast recipes that are a welcome change from the drab poultry you鈥檙e used to.


1. Sweet Sriracha Chicken Breast: Mix Sriracha with honey and soy sauce to create a sweet and spicy coating you鈥檒l want to slather all over your chicken. (via The Cookie Writer)


2. Baked Spinach Provolone Chicken Breasts: When your chicken dish provides you with protein and a serving of veggies, you鈥檙e winning dinner. Throw some brown rice on to go with it and your whole effortless meal is ready in under 30 minutes. (via Tastefulventure)

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3. Smothered Baked Chicken With Creamed Spinach, Bacon and Mushrooms: We had you at smothered, didn鈥檛 we? Some days just call for an indulging AF dinner with all the cheese and bacon. For those nights, you need this dish. (via Julia鈥檚 Album)


4. Ranch Cheddar Chicken: This homemade version of Shake 鈥楴 Bake is just as easy as popping open a box, but *way* tastier. Just prepare for the kid-friendly dish to be requested on repeat. (via Everyday Dishes)


5. Baked Paprika-Parmesan Chicken: That crust is so crispy you can almost hear the crunch from your laptop. It鈥檚 hard to believe that there are no breadcrumbs and no deep-frying is necessary. (via Sugar Apron)


6. Cheesy Mustard Baked Chicken Breasts: That whole grain mustard in your fridge has saved your butt on more than one occasion. When combined with sharp white cheddar and Parmesan, it creates a luxurious, tangy sauce that your chicken breast will sop up. (via Foodiecrush)


7. One Dish Chicken Bake: You can鈥檛 go wrong when you nestle your chicken between a bed of tomatoes and a blanket of mozzarella. Serve on top of pasta for a simple and easy Italian-inspired dinner. (via Diethood)


8. Baked Chicken Fajita Roll-Ups: If you鈥檙e going low-carb, you don鈥檛 have to give up fajita night. These roll-ups have all of the flavors you *love* but sans tortilla. Try them with a side of cauliflower rice. (via Eat Yourself Skinny)


9. Cilantro-Lime Chicken: Nothing perks up chicken quite like the combination of cilantro-lime. Let the chicken marinate for at least 15 minutes while you unwind, and it鈥檒l be ready to pop in the oven when you鈥檙e ready to eat. (via Rasa Malaysia)


10. Creamy Baked Asiago Chicken: You won鈥檛 believe how juicy and flavorful this chicken turns out. TBH, it鈥檚 all thanks to that creamy layer of Asiago-garlic mayo that鈥檚 baked on top. (via The Recipe Critic)


11. Parmesan Crusted Chicken: Why coat your chicken with flour when Parmesan and breadcrumbs are an option? Before you dredge them in the eggs, season it liberally with fresh garlic to impart even more flavor. (via Taste and See)


12. Caprese Stuffed Chicken Foil Packs: Tomatoes, mozzarella and basil are a classic trio that livens up any dish. As if this recipe couldn鈥檛 be any easier, the cleanup is virtually eliminated as well. (via The Wholesome Dish)


13. Super Moist Oven Baked BBQ Chicken: A steady application of BBQ sauce while cooking is the secret to these perfectly sticky breasts. (via Heather Likes Food)


14. Baked Pesto Parmesan Chicken: Since you鈥檙e baking this chicken, jarred pesto works just fine to slather on top. Finish with another dollop when serving for an added surge of brightness. (via Kiddielicious Kitchen)


15. Easy Healthy Baked Lemon Chicken: Once you make this healthy baked chicken, you鈥檒l never be without fresh lemons again. Smash a few sweet potatoes and steam a bag of frozen broccoli to round out a nutritious dinner. (via Creme de la Crumb)


16. Baked Cajun Chicken Breasts Recipe: Get ready for your taste buds to be lit on fire. Heads up, you鈥檒l want to make extra so you can have an epic cajun chicken sandwich for lunch the next day. (via Gal on a Mission)


17. Baked Balsamic Chicken: Balsamic vinegar is for so much more than dressing your salad. Reduce it with honey, sugar and salt to get a ridiculous glaze that would taste good on a shoe. Thankfully, chicken is even tastier. (via Creme de la Crumb)


18. Bacon Wrapped Cream Cheese Stuffed Chicken: Cream cheese, bacon and chicken, oh my! This basic recipe is great for building upon with your favorite flavors. For a healthy twist, try giving spinach and artichokes a whirl. (via Homemade Hooplah)

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