Get out of Your Diet Rut With These Yummy Chicken Breast Recipes.
Chicken breast is a meal prep staple for a reason—it's high in protein, low in fat and relatively low in calories, and adaptable to fit almost any recipe. It's also a cost-saver, since you can buy chicken at a discounted price in bulk and use it to make diverse meals all week. That said, it's easy to fall into a rut and make the same chicken recipes every week, which can get pretty boring. Freshen up your meal plan with one or more of these yummy favorites.
1. Salsa-Stuffed Chicken Breasts
Healthy, flavorful and dead simple to make, salsa chicken will become your new weeknight staple. Make it by slicing your chicken breasts lengthwise, and stuffing each breast with sauteed diced onions, green peppers and tomatoes. Add a sprinkling of cheddar cheese or jalapeno jack, then cover the breasts with fresh salsa and bake until cooked. Enjoy the chicken on its own, or slice it to include in sandwiches and wraps, or on your salad.
2. Slow Cooker Pulled Chicken Breasts
Want to upgrade your pulled pork? Make it with chicken, instead. Chicken breast stays moist and juicy when cooked in barbecue sauce, and gives you pulled pork flavor and texture sans the fat found in actual pork. Make it by braising your chicken breasts in low-sugar barbecue sauce—plus chicken broth, if you need extra cooking fluid—in your slow cooker on low until cooked through and tender, and then pulling the chicken until it's the right texture. Use the pulled chicken in salads, tacos, sandwiches and wraps.
3. Simple Hawaiian Chicken Breasts
Sweet and savory, this simple recipe incorporates island flavor for a yummy weeknight meal—though, we have to say, it's definitely not authentic. Make it by adding chopped onion, garlic, chicken breasts, barbecue sauce and frozen pineapple to your slow cooker, and then cook until cooked through. Turn the heat to high and add the other veggies of your choice, like bell peppers, thinly sliced carrots and sugar snap peas. Serve over a bed of whole grains, like brown rice or quinoa.
4. Healthier Chicken Parm
Traditional chicken parmesan isn't exactly the healthiest choice—between the refined grains in breading and the fat from the cheese, it can be downright bad for you. Make it a healthier option for your family by baking your chicken in whole-grain breadcrumbs and subbing out the cheese for just a tiny sprinkle of parmesan. Use a mallet to flatten each chicken breast, and dredge with whole-wheat flour, egg and whole-wheat bread crumbs. Bake to perfection, and then top each breast with a spoonful of low-sodium tomato sauce, a quarter-ounce of parm. Broil until browned.
Sylvie Tremblay is a food and lifestyle writer based in Guelph, Ontario, Canada. A green smoothie aficionado, she's written about delicious and healthy eating for Livestrong, Healthy Directions Magazine, Vitamix, Kroger and more.