Quick-Fixes with Chicken Breasts

Food editor Shirley Harrington shares ideas for turning plain chicken breasts into tasty and easy supper solutions.


[MUSIC] At Southern living. We think supper should be quick, easy and delicious. Here's what's for supper. [MUSIC] Hi. I'm Shirley. Senior food editor with Southern Living. If you're like most people, the word chicken is written in permanent ink on your grocery list. Now in my world, those chicken breasts rule. They're kind of like a blank canvas to cooks. I mean you can grill them, bake them, add a sauce. Fry them in a smidge of oil, or stuff them with say, pimento cheese. Finding new recipes for chicken? Well that probably takes some time you don't necessarily have. So we've done it for you. Here are a few new recipes to try, using chicken breasts. On those especially crazy days. Herb grilled chicken, served on a bed of baby spinach leaves, is the way to go. Each seasoned chicken breast grills in minutes to golden, juicy perfection. I love what happens when the herbs char that little bit during grilling. Looks more rustic. And the oils in the leaves release and flavor the chicken. Now which herbs to use? Well during the summer, try basil or oregano. In cooler months, go for rosemary or thyme. Serve with a basket of toasted garlic bread on the table. And wow, dinner's done. How's a buttery lemon sauce, drizzled over crispy pan fried chicken sound for supper? I think I hear you saying, really good. So, heat up your biggest skillet. And you'll have quick Chicken Piccata, ready to serve in less than 30 minutes. Piccata's a classic Italian dish that calls for pieces of meat. In this case chicken, to be pounded until thin. But if you have a family buzzing around. And pounding chicken is a stretch, just use chicken cutlets instead. Serve the chicken in lemon sauce on just-cooked noodles or fettuccine. Toss a crisp, green salad. And you're ready to eat. The moms on the Southern Living food staff, love this buttermilk baked chicken recipe. It's all made in one dish, including the creamy mushroom sauce. This recipe also gets a thumbs up for the 35 minutes of free time, while it bakes. Oh come on, free time. That means time to help with homework, start laundry or feed Fido. For size, you absolutely have our permission to go with frozen, zap-able mashed potatoes and green beans. Just add a little dab of sour cream to the potatoes, and toss those green beans with butter and a squeeze of lemon juice. And you're ready to serve. In my book, pimiento cheese stuffed fried chicken is the ultimate chicken indulgence. Every bite is a taste of southern heaven. To achieve the fine textured crispness on the outside. Coat the chicken breast in Japanese bread crumbs, also known as Panko. If you have an electric skillet hanging around, this is the perfect time to use it. You'll get evenly cooked chicken that's crispy, not soggy. For the pimento cheese stuffing, use our recipe, make your own, or buy some at the store. Just make sure it's not maxed out with mayonnaise, because it will soften in the hot chicken. Enjoy this for a Southern style supper. With steamed vegetables, fresh tomatoes, and biscuits. Find more supper ideas using chicken breasts, in Southern Living magazine, and on southernliving.com.
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