No more boring bird! We've pulled together more than two dozen ways to bring new life to a weeknight staple.
A lean, skinless chicken breast half contains 182 calories and 4 grams fat (only 1.1 grams sat fat) making it a great source of protein in a convenient package. From marinating and pounding to stuffing, pan-frying, and grinding, these 5 simple techniques, with variations, give healthy weeknight cooking a makeover.
Chicken breasts are naturally tender, so marinating simply adds flavor. It's best to choose bold ingredients and avoid soaking
the delicate meat in acidic liquids for too long—it may become stringy and tough.
View Recipe: Tandoori-Spiced Chicken
If you like chile paste try: Thai Coconut Chicken
If you like hot sauce try: Buffalo Chicken
If you like herbs try: Herbed Chicken
A marinade of dark Mexican beer (like Negra Modelo), soy sauce, and fresh lime juice gives these Chicken Fajitas a fresh kick
of flavor. Serve with flour tortillas, sauteed peppers and onions, and sliced jalapeño pepper.
View Recipe: Chicken Fajitas
With only 15 minutes of total hands-on time, this recipe provides full flavor without much fuss. The pineapple juice, ketchup,
soy sauce, and ginger mixture acts double duty as both a marinade and baste for the chicken.
View Recipe: Hawaiian Chicken
Thin cutlets cook in a flash and remain supremely tender and juicy. After cooking the chicken, use the tasty browned bits
left behind in the pan as the base for a speedy sauce.
View Recipe: Sautéed Chicken with Sage Browned Butter
If you like Dijon mustard try: Chicken Cutlets with Creamy Dijon Sauce
If you like soy sauce try: Sweet and Sour Chicken
If you like cherry tomatoes try: Chicken and Cherry Tomato Sauce
A simple pan sauce of presliced mushrooms, dry white wine, shallots, and fresh thyme enlivens your basic chicken breasts.
Serve atop mashed potatoes to complete the meal.
View Recipe: Chicken with Mushroom Sauce
The impressive-looking results of stuffed chicken breasts belie the ease of preparation. You can stuff them up to a day ahead,
keep refrigerated, and then simply cook and serve.
View Recipe: Pimiento Cheese Chicken
If you like blue cheese try: Spinach and Blue Cheese Chicken
If you like bacon try: Bacon and Goat Cheese Chicken
If you like olives try: Mediterranean Chicken
A mixture of couscous, feta cheese, kalamata olives, fresh herbs, and minced garlic stuffed into chicken breasts makes for
an easy 45-minute entrée fit for a special occasion. Serve with fresh sauteed green beans.
View Recipe: Couscous-Stuffed Chicken
Dip chicken in buttermilk to add a tangy flavor, and coat it with flour and nuts or other tasty breading ingredients. Then
pan-fry it in a sensible amount of heart-healthy oil to create a crisp exterior.
View Recipe: Coconut Chicken Fingers
If you like pecans try: Pecan Chicken
If you like oatmeal try: Oatmeal-Crusted Chicken
Marinating chicken breasts for four hours in a classic combination of buttermilk, egg, onion powder, and a hint of red pepper
yields tender, flavorful results. We sauté the chicken just before baking to give it a perfectly crispy crust.
View Recipe: Crispy Buttermilk Chicken
Combine skinless, boneless chicken breast halves in the food processor with pungent ingredients like garlic, spicy peppers,
or curry paste. Puree them together so the flavor permeates the meat.
View Recipe: Chicken Larb
If you like jalapeño peppers, try: Chicken Tacos
If you like ketchup, try: Chicken Meat Loaf
Pair Greek chicken patties with a creamy Tzatziki-style sauce and serve with sliced tomatoes, lettuce leaves, and sliced feta
cheese for a quick weeknight-friendly meal.
View Recipe: Greek-Style Chicken
Give beef a rest and try chicken for burgers instead. Simply combine chicken breasts, capers, shallots, salt, and pepper in
a food processor, shape into patties, and cook in a grill pan.
View Recipe: Chicken Burgers