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Simple Frozen Chicken Breast Recipe

Updated on July 4, 2015

Need an Easy & Fast Chicken Breast Recipe?

Who couldn't use a simple, easy & fast chicken breast recipe? Everyone! What if you could start with frozen chicken breast? You don't have to take the time to thaw them out! This is a great recipe (5 different recipes!) that everyone from a busy family, single person or a college student could make. It is A simple recipe that a beginner could use or someone that wants a little more challenge - can spice it up.

This recipe came from a Woman's Day magazine from many (many) years ago. It is a great goto recipe when you have the bags of frozen chicken breast in the freezer - and you have forgotten to thaw them out for a recipe. The result makes the chicken tender, juicy and full of flavor (whatever flavor you are hungry for that night!). There are five marinades to use with the basic recipe, but you could use anything in your refrigerator - salad dressing, barbecue sauce, salsa, or bottle marinade.


  • 4 frozen - skinned & boneless chicken breast halves (5 to 6 ounces each)
  • 1/2 cup water
  • Marinade (recipes below)
  • Garnish (see marinade recipes)


  1. 1. Place chicken breasts in a large, preferable nonstick skillet. Pour marinade evenly over chicken breasts. Pour the water directly into the skillet all at once.
  2. 2. Cover, bring to a boil over medium-high heat and boil 5 to 7 minutes. Turn chicken over, reduce heat to medium and gently boil uncovered 7 to 8 minutes until chicken is no longer pink at center (cut a small slit in thickest part to find out). Marinade will boil down to a thickened sauce. If there's not enough to spoon over each serving, stir 2 to 3 tablespoons water into what's left in the pan.
  3. 3. Spoon sauce over chicken. Add garnish.
2.7 stars from 10 ratings of Basic Chicken Recipe

Marinade - Herbed Lemon Pepper

  • 1/2 cup chopped scallions
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 teaspoon dried tarragon leaves
  • 1 teaspoon each lemon pepper and salt


  1. Mix all ingredients in a small bowl. Use as directed in Basic Recipe.
  2. Per serving (with chicken ): 255 cal, 36 g pro, 6 g car, 9 g fat, 90 mg chol, 855 mg sod.

Marinade - Tex-Mex

  • 1/4 cup tomato-based chili sauce or ketchup
  • 1 can (4 ounces) chopped green chilies
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon each chili powder and ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon hot-pepper sauce (or to taste)
  • For garnish: chopped fresh cilantro


  1. Mix all ingredients except garnish in a small bowl. Use as directed in Basic Recipe.
  2. Per serving (with chicken): 202 cal, 37 g pro, 7 g car, 2 g fat, 90 mg chol, 788 mg sod.

Marinade - Barbecue

  • 1/3 cup tomato-based chili sauce or ketchup
  • 2 tablespoons packed brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 2 teaspoons cider vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon spicy brown mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon bottle liquid smoke (optional)


  1. Mix all ingredients in a small bowl. Use as directed in Basic Recipe.
  2. Per serving (with chicken): 255 cal, 37 g pro, 13 g car, 5 g fat, 90 mg chol, 668 mg sod.

Marinade - Herbed Italian

  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 tablespoon white-wine Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon Italian herb seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon each salt and pepper
  • 1 small onion
  • quarter ed
  • 1 medium-size clove garlic
  • 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese


  1. Process all ingredients except Parmesan cheese in a blender or food processor until smooth. Use as directed in Basic Recipe. Before serving, sprinkle with the cheese.
  2. Per serving (with chicken): 256 cal, 37 g pro, 3 g car, 10 g fat, 92 mg chol, 459 mg sod.

Marinade - Asian Style

  • 1/4 cup reduced-sodium soy sauce
  • 3 tablespoons dry sherry or water
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 2 teaspoons grated fresh gingerroot
  • 1/2 teaspoon minced garlic
  • For garnish: thinly sliced scallions


  1. Mix all ingredients except garnish in a small bowl. Use as directed in Basic Recipe.
  2. Per serving (with chicken): 225 cal, 38 g pro, 9 g car, 2 g fat, 90 mg chol, 1,303 mg sod.

What is Your Favorite Quick Chicken Recipe?

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    • ggruden2 profile image


      6 years ago

      Mmm nice recipe! Great!

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      7 years ago

      Thanks for sharing.

    • lollyj lm profile image

      Laurel Johnson 

      7 years ago from Washington KS

      WONDERFUL recipes!! I will try the lemon pepper for sure.

    • mariaamoroso profile image


      7 years ago from Sweden

      Now you made me hungry AGAIN - lovely yummy lens indeed

    • SandyMertens profile image

      Sandy Mertens 

      8 years ago from Frozen Tundra

      Sounds delicious!

    • momto4 lm profile image

      momto4 lm 

      8 years ago

      BBQ grilled or baked chicken is one of my favorites. The Asian Style Marinade sounds tasty and so does the BBQ! I can't wait to try them out. Thanks for sharing!

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      Robin S 

      8 years ago from USA

      Breaded and fried. It's so bad for you but it tastes so good!

    • rewards4life info profile image

      rewards4life info 

      8 years ago

      Lemon pepper marinade sounds delicious! I love my chicken breast cooked in milk with a touch of cinnamon. Call me crazy but that's the best chicken I've tried. Some great ideas here. =)


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