well, I leave my chicken in the package and defrost it in warm water in the sink. I wouldn't defrost it outside of the package in water though. I think it would water-log the meat.
If you've already taken it out of the package, then leave it on the counter until it's defrosted.
When I make chicken I do a variety of things. I always bread my chicken before I cook it, but I do it in different ways. Sometimes if I want a thicker breading, like if I'm not using a sauce, I'll do seasoned flour (with salt and pepper), then dip it in raw scrambled egg, then dip it in a mixture of panko (breadcrumbs), grated parm cheese and garlic powder. Then I'll fry it.
If I'm going to be putting it in a sauce I'll just dip it in seasoned flour then fry it enough to be browned. Then I'll take it out of the pan, add the onion, garlic, maybe mushrooms....par cook those. Add the sauce ingredients (including any spices), the chicken, and then cook.
Spices that I think go well with chicken are: garlic, rosemary, thyme, sage, cinnamon, celery salt, italian seasoning. I wouldn't use all of those at the same time. Try garlic, rosemary, celery salt and cinnamon the next time you cook. Then try sage, thyme and rosemary another.
Hope that helped :)