Boneless chicken breasts have their benefits; they’re quick-cooking, low-fat and certainly versatile. They can, however, become a bore in your weeknight repertoire without a spritz of creativity here and there. This lean machine of a protein doesn’t have to be a snooze – think of it as a white meat canvas for weeknight experiments in flavor.
Sprucing up a chicken breast can be quick and delicious. With familiar flavors like Parmesan, peanuts and pancetta, you can dish up poultry with a little more panache. We’re sharing seven great recipes that have ten ingredients or less, with no fancy kitchen equipment, extensive marinades or exotic spices required. Most of the ingredients are staples you’ll find in your own pantry or regular old grocery store. Read on for a week’s worth of recipes for chicken at center stage, with a supporting cast of a trusty skillet and ordinary oven.
1. Parmesan Chicken with Caesar Roasted Romaine
This rapid-fire recipe elevates classic Caesar salad with chicken baked in Parmesan, garlic, and crunchy panko with charred romaine and anchovies sitting sidecar, finished in 20 minutes flat.
2. Pan Roasted Chicken Breast with Dijon Sauce and Crispy Pancetta
Relish the juicy pan-roasted power of chicken breast with sweetness from shallots and brown sugar and the tart tang of Dijon mustard and cider vinegar, topped with crunchy pancetta sprinklings.
3. Chicken Breasts with Creamy Vegetable Topping
Give baked chicken its daily dose of vegetation with red bell pepper, scallion and carrot sautéed in cream cheese for a rich, built-in sauce that soothes the weeknight blues.
4. Orange-Glazed Chicken with Pears
Chicken faces its fruity fixation with fresh orange zest and juice and thinly sliced pear, slathered with an Asian-inspired glaze of soy sauce, vinegar, ground ginger and white wine.
5. Peanut-Crusted Chicken Breasts with Asparagus
Poultry and asparagus make for a nutty duo with chicken dredged in ground peanuts and breadcrumbs and baked until crunchy, with asparagus as a loyal sidekick, seasoned and served simply with butter and lemon zest.
6. Fennel-Dusted Chicken with Brown Butter and Capers
This seven-ingredient standby transforms chicken breast into a dark and handsome cinema star, slicked with a thick, savory brown butter and caper sauce that’s sweetened by everyday orange juice.
7. Pesto Chicken Tart
Gussy up diced chicken breast using frozen puff pastry that serves as a flaky underbelly for roasted garlic, basil pesto, mozzarella and Parmesan for serving up by the slice.
– Amanda Marsteller, thechoyluckclub.blogspot.com