Reuben Chicken Recipe


  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts (thinly sliced or pounded flat for quicker cooking)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 16 oz. sauerkraut (drained and rinsed)
  • 8 slices Swiss cheese
  • 1 cup Thousand Island dressing
  • Optional: Caraway seeds for garnish


  • Large skillet or oven-safe pan
  • Baking dish (if baking)


Method 1: Pan-Fried

  • Prep the chicken: Season chicken breasts on both sides with salt and pepper.
  • Heat the oil: In a large skillet over medium-high heat, add olive oil.
  • Cook the chicken: Add chicken breasts and cook for 3-5 minutes per side, or until golden brown and cooked through (internal temperature reaches 165°F/74°C).
  • Layer the toppings: Top each chicken breast with a portion of sauerkraut, 2 slices of Swiss cheese, and a generous drizzle of Thousand Island dressing.
  • Cover and melt: Cover the skillet and reduce heat to low. Allow to simmer for about 5 minutes until the cheese is melted and the flavors have combined.
  • Garnish and serve: Sprinkle with optional caraway seeds and serve immediately.

Method 2: Baked

  • Preheat oven: Preheat oven to 375°F (190°C). Grease a 9×13 inch baking dish.
  • Prep the chicken: Season chicken breasts with salt and pepper and arrange them in the baking dish.
  • Layer the toppings: Evenly distribute the sauerkraut over the chicken, followed by the slices of Swiss cheese.
  • Pour dressing: Pour Thousand Island dressing over everything.
  • Bake: Cover dish with foil and bake for 30 minutes.
  • Uncover and finish: Remove foil and bake an additional 15-20 minutes or until chicken is cooked through and cheese is melted and bubbly.
  • Garnish and serve: Let rest for a few minutes, then sprinkle with optional caraway seeds and serve.


  • Chicken thickness: If using thicker chicken breasts, pound them to an even thickness for faster and more even cooking.
  • Adjust the sauerkraut: If you want a less tangy flavor, rinse the sauerkraut more thoroughly.
  • Homemade dressing: You can make your own Thousand Island dressing for a fresher flavor.
  • Serving suggestions: Serve Reuben Chicken with rye bread for a traditional touch, or enjoy it with a side salad or roasted vegetables.


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