When you are looking for ways to make quick and simple dinners on those busy nights, there really is nothing easier to cook than chicken breasts. You can have a complete chicken dinner on the table from prep to cook in around 30 minutes. So put away those take-out menus and pull out the sauté pan, because these quick and simple chicken breast recipes will revolutionize your speedy weeknight meals.
White meat, such as chicken
breast, cooks faster than the darker meat found on the thighs and drumsticks. The reason for the cooking time discrepancy between dark and white meat? The muscles in the legs do more work, building up more myoglobin (which makes the meat darker), connective tissue, and fat. All of this means that white meat, especially when removed from the bones, cooks faster than dark meat, making it a quick and simple dinner staple.
If you are searching for a quick weeknight dinner, look no further than these quick and simple chicken breast recipes fit for the home cook looking to spend a little less on take-out without dedicating hours in the kitchen after a long, busy day.
Chicken Breast Stuffed with Spinach, Feta, and Pine Nuts
This easy and flavorful weeknight meal takes about 25 minutes to put together. Treat yourself to an elegant dish that combines the fantastic flavors of feta cheese, slightly bitter spinach
, and toasted pine nuts with moist chicken breasts.
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Crunchy Garlic Chicken Breast
This is a simple dish that can be thrown together quickly, and I like to serve it atop dressed greens like chicken
paillard. You can use pre-made breadcrumbs, but it's even better if you have a stale baguette to slice up and toss in a food processor.
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Lemon Crusted Chicken Breast
This easy and delicious baked chicken breast is perfect for topping a light and healthy salad
; it has lots of lemon flavor and an irresistible crunch.
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Quinoa-Stuffed Chicken BreastQuinoa
is just as satisfying as carbs, but it's packed with protein and nine essential amino acids. It's gluten-free and easy to digest, making it great for a healthy diet.
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Really Juicy Chicken Breasts with Garlic Spinach
This style of cooking the chicken breast mimics a sous vide method. First you gently poach the chicken
, then you finish it in the frying pan for a chicken breast that is both juicy and crisp.
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Spinach-Stuffed Chicken Breast with Mushrooms
The last thing anyone wants to do after a long day of work is make a complicated, time-consuming recipe for dinner. But on the other hand, sometimes takeout from your favorite Chinese joint or a slice of pizza
just won't do. Enter this recipe, which puts dinner on the table in just 30 minutes.
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Angela Carlos is the Cook Editor at The Daily Meal. Find her on Twitter and tweet @angelaccarlos.