When I meal plan I like to do what I call “Chicken Week.” I buy a bag of chicken breasts and prepare them in different ways throughout the week. We are not tired of chicken at the end of the week, because it involves various cuisines from around the world. Also, my kids don’t always eat beef, but they will at least try a taste if they know it is chicken.
Here are 10 ideas that I pull from when I cook chicken breasts.
It is really easy and a family favorite. I love that you coat the chicken and bake it. No browning, then baking or complicated steps. I don’t follow the brands listed in the recipe, but it gives you the steps to follow.
2. Grilled Chicken Caesar Salad
I have my husband grill the chicken breasts with a little olive oil. salt and pepper while I prepare the romaine lettuce, parmesan cheese, croutons, and our favorite Caesar dressing. The kids eat the grilled chicken and I usually make a different side for them.
I made this recipe from A Southern Fairytale a few weeks ago. My kids ate chicken curry! The rice is amazing. I used plain ol’ McCormick curry spice, so it was a little bland for my husband. The recipe also calls for saffron which can be expensive. I had some in the pantry that I bought at an Indian market for ten bucks.
I made this last Saturday and it was so much better than I thought it would be. It is made in the crockpot. I used my electric hand mixer to blend the cream cheese and cream of mushroom soup to make sure that the cream cheese didn’t have lumps. You can cut the chicken with a fork. I even loved the leftovers, but then I love almost any pasta dish that is creamy and has mushrooms.
Every time I make stir fry it comes out differently. Sometimes I use the stir fry sauce at the store and sometimes I don’t. I like to cook mine with broccoli, carrots, snow peas, and onion. It is great served with Japanese rice or Jasmine rice.
One of my husband’s favorites! I used one recipe for years and recently switched to this one on tastykitchen.com. However, I am still in search of the best King Ranch Chicken recipe.
This is another recipe from A Southern Fairytale and I LOVED it! The recipe calls for chicken thighs, but I am sure it would be wonderful with chicken breasts. It is perfect in the Summer months. I haven’t made it in a while since I can’t have a margarita to go with the chicken, but even if you don’t use tequila I am sure it would be lovely.
I made this a few weeks ago when my in-laws came over for dinner and everyone, including my kids, enjoyed it. I served it with Jasmine rice. You could probably steam or cook some broccoli in the sauce too. It was really easy to prepare and didn’t create a lot of dirty pots and pans.
9. BBQ Chicken
When we are truly desperate I bake some breasts in the oven with some BBQ sauce and cracked pepper for half an hour. Maybe we have had this one too many times, but it isn’t my favorite. Now I like it better when Daniel grills the BBQ chicken. I serve it with mashed potatoes and a veggie side.
One of my favorites to serve to a large group. This recipe is Espinoza approved. I like the amount of heat in the soup. It is spicy, but not too spicy. I boil the chicken first and shred it by hand before making the soup. The hand fried tortilla strips and monterrey jack cheese are delicious on top!
Chicken breasts can be cooked in so many different ways! How do you like to cook them?