10 Things to Do With Chicken Breasts

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    • #253458

      Chicken breasts are the busy person’s salvation. When you have a late

      night at work, they defrost in a flash and cook up just as quickly.

      But admit it: You’re stuck in a rut, always returning to the same

      three or four tired preparations. Ready for some new ideas? Inject

      your culinary repertoire with a little variety and try these easy

      takes on the ultimate quick dinner.

      Bake them.

      Place the breasts on a sheet of foil or parchment paper. Try one of

      these two toppings:

      Halved cherry tomatoes, sliced fennel and lemon wedges for

      Mediterranean flavor

      or

      Shredded mustard greens, zucchini strips, thyme and a splash of apple

      juice for a Southern take

      Bake in a 425°F oven for about 20 minutes.

      Use a spice rub.

      Grind dried spices in a spice grinder or in a clean coffee grinder.

      Our favorite combinations are:

      Rosemary, parsley, oregano and lemon zest

      or

      Cumin, paprika, chili powder, oregano and a pinch of cayenne

      Massage the mixture into the chicken breasts, then refrigerate for at

      least 4 hours, or up to 12 hours. Broil, grill or sauté chicken

      breasts for about 20 minutes over medium-high heat.

      Pound them flat.

      Arrange the breasts between two sheets of plastic wrap, then pound

      them to 1/4-inch thickness with a heavy saucepan or rolling pin.

      Spread one of these two mixtures over the breasts:

      Frozen, chopped spinach, dill and Dijon mustard

      or

      Chopped, fresh arugula leaves, diced tomatoes and rosemary

      Spray a casserole dish with nonstick cooking spray. Roll up the

      breasts with the filling inside and place the rolls seam-side-down in

      the casserole dish. Bake at 425°F for about 30 minutes, basting them

      twice with a splash of cranberry juice.

      Try a stir-fry.

      Cut the breasts into strips. Spray a wok with nonstick cooking spray,

      then sauté minced garlic, shredded ginger and chopped scallions over

      high heat. Add the chicken strips, some vermouth and a splash of

      reduced-sodium soy sauce; stir-fry for 2 minutes. Toss in sliced

      carrots, broccoli florets or watercress; continue stir-frying until

      the chicken is cooked through.

      Use pre-made sauce.

      Chop the breasts into 1-inch cubes, and then mix them in a saucepan

      with your favorite jarred marinara sauce. Cook the chicken mixture

      over medium heat for 10 minutes, or until the chicken is cooked

      through; serve over whole-wheat pasta or brown rice.

      Steam them.

      Cut the breasts into strips and steam them with your favourite

      vegetables and an aromatic herb. For an Asian twist, try snow peas,

      shiitake mushrooms and crushed lemongrass. Discard the lemongrass

      before serving.

      Make kabobs.

      Cut the breasts into small pieces then slide them onto metal skewers,

      or wooden skewers soaked in water for 20 minutes. Add on your veggies

      of choice: onion wedges, green pepper slices or yellow squash. Grill

      or broil the skewers for about 20 minutes, basting occasionally with

      apple juice.

      Chicken Cooking Tips

      As you prepare the breasts, follow these three general tips:

      Don’t poke the breasts with a fork.

      Use tongs or a spatula to turn the breasts over the heat. Every hole

      in the meat allows moisture to escape.

      Salt them at the end.

      Salt pulls out moisture; only add it to a completed chicken dish,

      just before serving.

      Let the breasts rest.

      After the cooking is done, let the breasts sit at room temperature

      for five minutes before serving so that the natural juices can

      reincorporate into the meat.

      Kelly in IL

    • #441980

      Another idea is to put pizza sauce over the chicken breast then top with cheese.

    • #444229

      One of my favorites is to chop up a cooked chicken breast and add it to spaghetti with shredded cheese and a jar of chopped pimentos.

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