25 Healthy Chicken Breast Recipes
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.