Chicken breasts are an easy, delicious way to incorporate some lean protein into your meal plan. Here are some ideas to get you started!
1. Chicken Cape Kabob
Enjoy the simple, clean flavours of fresh lemon and cilantro in these South African inspired kabobs. Cooking for one or two? Kabobs lend to perfect portion control and leftovers can be used for take away lunches or frozen for other meals.
2. Savoury Chicken Crostata
Crostata is an Italian term for a rustic open-faced pie. Often it is made using cornmeal to give it a chewy texture. This particular crostata is delicious at any meal, and is always a crowd pleaser. I especially love making it on a Sunday and taking it to work for lunch. Crostatas are mouth-watering warm, at room temperature or cold. They’ll keep for about three days in the refrigerator wrapped tightly in plastic wrap.
3. Green Garlic Grilled Chicken with Pea Shoots & Greens
Green garlic is the stalk of garlic which emerges upwards in the spring before the bulbs start to grow larger. They are also known as garlic “scapes” or “whistles.” They are edible, just like the bulb, although they have a milder flavour. Find them at your local farmer’s market with young pea shoots and tendrils.
4. Chicken and Pineapple Tacos
There is no question that some of the most delicious weeknight meals are the Mexican ones. Mexican food has so many bright and citrusy flavours that are sure to spice up any night of the week. These tacos are soft 100% corn tacos and can be found in the freezer or refrigerator aisle of better supermarkets and Latin grocery stores.
5. Easiest Ever Thai Chicken Express
Remember this recipe when you want a flavour bursting dinner in express time. All that’s missing is rice and a green side - steamed boy choy or green beans are perfect.
6. Best Ever Jerk Chicken
It’s the complex island spicing and levels of flavour that keep jerk chicken at the top of the popularity list. I’ve come up with an express route to an authentic flavour- charged chicken that doesn't blow the top off your head off with fieriness nor does it have the harness that sometimes comes from a spice rub. Simply throw everything into a food processor and whiz away. This takes less than 5 minutes. Because of the marinade, jerk chicken can look dark and blah - so be sure to have lots of coriander or green onions for scattering over the finished chicken.
7. Famous Curried Chicken Salad
Patachou is a French lunch spot nestled in a tiny stretch of trendy shops on Toronto’s Yonge street. You’re always assured of superb croissants, the best of French pastries and classically made sandwiches and salads. At the top of the popularity list is a curried chicken salad chockfull of dried apricots and plump raisins. I am sure they use homemade mayo, but my takeoff of their creation using store-bought mayonnaise is so renowned with friends that when I’m invited to a lunch potluck I’m often asked if I will bring this main salad along.
8. Chicken Tabouleh Salad
Serve with Greek flatbread for a hearty but light main course salad or in pita bread halves topped with a low-calorie cucumber dressing for a meal on the go!
9. Honey Quinoa Chicken Nuggets
Chicken fingers are at the top of the most requested dinner list in some homes, so the healthier you can make them the better. Substituting super nutritious quinoa for the usual “white bread” coating and replacing frying with baking are two smart steps in the right direction. Honey is a popular dip for chicken fingers, so I’ve added it to the quinoa coating to naturally sweeten the pot - in a most virtuous way. When cooking just for children, I do not always add Dijon. But when cooking for adults, I find it adds another level of flavour that works well with the honey.
10. Chicken and Smoked Mozzarella Manicotti
Looking for a quick freezer-friendly meal idea that the kids will love? Look no further. If you're the type of person that feeds family members around three or four different schedules you'll love this dinner. Bake manicotti fresh or frozen and choose whether to do it in a large family style baking dish or personal sized containers.