Is Chicken is Easy to Cook?
Before we begin, it’s important to mention that while chicken breast recipes are often easy to follow – it can be hard to keep them juicy and delicious, not to mention maintaining the label of a healthy recipe.
Most people when they cook a chicken breast for the first time will overcook it. Sometimes out of fear of under-cooking it, but often it’s because they’ve simply thrown a couple breasts in the oven at high-heat for 20 minutes.
Like anything, if you want top quality results you need to put a little time in!
If you’ve ever seen a bodybuilder or physique athlete giving cooking advice involving chicken, you should forget what you witnessed.
You probably watched as they laid out several chicken breasts on a baking tray, maybe with a little oil and usually, some seasoning sprinkled on top. Then they stick it in the oven and bake until the chicken is cooked. Simple, right?
Yes, absolutely! If you don’t mind a bland-tasting meal that’s usually dry and hard to eat.
If you want that meat to be succulent and tasty, you should spend a little time preparing the chicken to be cooked. Especially breast meat.
What’s the Difference Between Different Chicken Meat?
If you sat and compared a plain cooked chicken breast and a plain cooked chicken thigh, the first thing you’d notice is the dryness of the chicken breast. The second thing you’ll notice is the stronger flavor of the chicken thigh.
Meat on a bone generally tastes better and will stay moist even after high-heat cooking. The dark meat found on chicken thighs is usually accompanied by fat and collagen – both of which keep the meat juicy.
There is often skin found on the packs of chicken thighs you’ll find at supermarkets. If you cook with the skin attached, it acts a natural basting or cover to lock the moisture in. You can remove the skin once you’re ready to eat.
Classic Chicken Breast Recipes With a Twist
BBQ Grilled Chicken & Vegetables
Unless you’re eating chicken breast recipes that require cutting up the meat, there’s no better alternative to foil-wrapping an entire chicken breast to grill it! Although, you can make it better.
By brushing barbecue sauce, not only will the meat absorb the flavor but you’ll also be locking in the moisture keeping the breast juicy and tender.
Then, placing your veggies in with the chicken and drizzling some olive oil over the top, will allow the flavors to mix when you finally barbeque them!
Italian Chicken Skillet
Bringing the classic taste of Italian seasonings to a skillet dish and experience the flavors of the mediterranean in the comfort of your own home.
This chicken breast recipe involves pre-cooking the chicken and slicing it up, waiting for the vegetables to be sautéed then adding the chicken back in so every ingredient tastes delicious.
It’s a healthy meal that tastes amazing and it’s packed full of protein, vitamin C and vitamin A!
Looking for something super simple and very quick to prepare? Try this recipe, packed full of flavor and only takes 15 minutes to cook!
You’ll need to pound the chicken breasts until they’re about half an inch thick. This will ensure a speedy cooking time. Then you’re going to use the skillet to sauté the garlic and stir in the capers, lemon juice and olive oil.
You can mix any veggies you want with the chicken but we suggest mushrooms and asparagus for a tasty variety in both color and texture!
Spicy Chicken Breast with Zucchini Noodles
We can’t offer you a list like this without adding a hot dish! Traditional Indonesian flavor gives this recipe the perfect spicy compliment to your chicken breasts.
And don’t forget to switch out the standard noodles for the zucchini kind – a much healthier addition.
Starting out with just the chicken and onion powder, slowly introducing the Tamari, then tomatoes and Sambal. The key with this meal is to cook the zucchini noodles to your desired texture. If you want to enhance the flavor a little, squeeze some lime juice over it!
Chicken Fajita Soup
Everyone loves fajita! Well, nearly everyone…
But sometimes you want the fajita flavor without the added carbohydrates or spoonfuls of sour cream. This is where our fajita soup makes its grand entrance! No wraps and no dairy make this a great paleo-friendly recipe.
It’s also great for those looking to bring some heat back into the house on a cold Winter’s day!
Making sure to sauté the bell pepper, garlic and mushrooms with some dashes of onion powder. Then you add in the sliced chicken breast, searing them evenly. Add the cup of chicken stock, the cup of canned diced tomatoes and then the spicy green chili peppers!
Once you add the taco seasoning in you’re all set. Just let it simmer until the chicken is delicious and tender!
As you can see, chicken breast recipes don’t have to be bland, boring or dry. Just put a little bit of time in the kitchen (or at the barbecue) and you’ll be pleasantly surprised!