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Preparing Simple Chicken Breasts

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When it comes to easy to prepare dinners, chicken breasts are a good way to go. They are versatile and can be used in so many different cuisines.  And for a simple dinner on a busy night, chicken breasts are great.


The key is to start with good quality chicken. It takes quality ingredients to make a quality dinner - like the old adage says: you get what you pay for.


My favorite method of preparation is to start with thin chicken breasts so they cook evenly and quickly. To do this, you can either use a meat mallet to pound the chicken to between ¼ and ½ inch or use a sharp knife to cut each into two thinner breasts.


Seasoning is also important. At a minimum, you should lightly salt both sides of the chicken breasts. Depending on what flavorings you want overall in your dish, you might also sprinkle a little paprika and pepper (great on sandwiches!) or a spicy chili powder such as chipotle or cayenne pepper.


To cook, I like to sauté with just a little olive oil - no more than a tablespoon or two. Just heat the oil in a skillet and cook the chicken on both sides. It will only take a few minutes.


The final step is to transform the chicken into something fabulous. You could slice it and wrap it in tortillas with a little lettuce, tomato, salsa and cheese. Or, it could go on top of a salad with a bold crumbled cheese like gorgonzola and a good vinaigrette. Another option? Serve it over rice with some sautéed onions and peppers. The possibilities are endless.


Need more inspiration for simple dinners featuring chicken breasts? Try these:



10-Minute Salsa Chicken


Quick Chicken Parmesan


Honey Glazed Chicken Breasts


Easy Baked Chicken and Potato Dinner for Two


Dijon-Parmesan Chicken Breasts

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