10 Surprising Things to Do with Chicken Breasts

Make chicken breasts more than a back-up plan with our cast of clever fixings. Each idea, including Tex-Mex and chicken pot pie, is a quick version of a classic chicken recipe. Bye-bye, bland.

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    Chicken Breast, Reinvented

    Your go-to dinner starter just got interesting. Start with a chicken breast and add toppings and spices to turn up the heat (Chips and Salsa Chicken), hit Italian notes (Insalada Caprese Chicken), and satisfy comfort cravings (Pot Pie Chicken). Read on for the easy recipes.

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    Greek Orzo Chicken

    Get a lean Mediterranean meal on the table fast with quick-cooking orzo and a salty sprinkling of olives and feta.

    Top your chicken breast with:

    • 1/4 cup chopped tomato
    • 2 tablespoons cooked orzo
    • 2 pitted and sliced black olives
    • 1 tablespoon feta cheese
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    Back-to-Basics Pesto Chicken

    The key to good Italian food is fresh, simple ingredients. Bring that idea to an everyday chicken breast with a stunning pesto-inspired topper.

    Top your chicken breast with:

    • 2 tablespoons shredded fresh basil
    • 1 tablespoon Parmesan cheese
    • 2 teaspoons toasted pine nuts
    • 1 teaspoon olive oil
    • 1/2 teaspoon shredded lemon peel
    • 1 clove garlic, minced
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    Chips and Salsa Chicken

    We love a good crunch, especially in relation to a heaping plate of nachos. Get a similar but less caloric effect with our zesty salsa-topped chicken.

    Top your chicken breast with:

    • 2 tablespoons chopped tomato
    • 2 tablespoons salsa
    • 1 teaspoon diced green chile pepper
    • broken tortilla chips
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    Two-Pepper Hummus Chicken

    Fresh and fast, this hummus-inspired chicken recipe is also protein-packed, thanks to a topping of hearty garbanzo beans.

    Top your chicken breast with:

    • 1/4 cup garbanzo beans
    • 2 tablespoons chopped roasted red sweet pepper
    • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
    • 1/2 teaspoon fresh thyme
    • 1 clove garlic, minced
    • dash ground black pepper
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    Cheesy Burrito Chicken

    Trust us -- unwrapping your burrito is a delicious idea. Skip the tortilla for a low-carb dinner that's unbelievably easy.

    Top your chicken breast with:

    • 1/4 cup heated refried beans
    • 1/4 cup shredded romaine lettuce
    • 1 tablespoon cheddar cheese
    • 1 tablespoon sour cream
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    Sweet-and-Sour Almond Chicken

    Craving saucy Chinese takeout? Get it at home with a sweet and tangy mixture of pineapple, sweet-and-sour sauce, and crunchy almonds.

    Top your chicken breast with:

    • 1/4 cup pineapple tidbits
    • 2 tablespoons sweet-and-sour sauce
    • 1 tablespoon sliced almonds
    • dash crushed red pepper
    • 1/4 cup cooked brown rice
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    Fancy Salad Chicken

    Elevate the chicken breast to something elegant. Inspired by gourmet salads, we draped chicken breast with fresh Parmesan and arugula.

    Top your chicken breast with:

    • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinaigrette dressing
    • 1/2 teaspoon snipped fresh thyme
    • 1/4 cup arugula
    • 1 tablespoon Parmesan cheese
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    Crunchy Peanut Stir-Fry Chicken

    With a combo of sweet, salty, and tangy flavors, this easy chicken dish captures umami with only 5 ingredients.

    Top your chicken breast with:

    • 2 tablespoons chow mein noodles
    • 2 tablespoons green onion
    • 1 tablespoon unsalted peanuts
    • 1 teaspoon soy sauce
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    Insalada Caprese Chicken

    Tomatoes, mozzarella, and basil -- delicious is just that simple. Beef up a caprese salad by adding chicken to the classic ingredients.

    Top your chicken breast with:

    • 4 quartered cherry tomatoes
    • 1/2 ounce fresh mozzarella cheese
    • 2 tablespoons fresh basil
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    Pot Pie Chicken

    Comforting chicken pot pie can be yours, and there's no need to futz with crust. Our version uses creamy veggies and a flaky biscuit.

    Top your chicken breast with:

    • 2 tablespoons shredded carrot
    • 2 tablespoons shredded zucchini
    • 2 tablespoons heated condensed cream of chicken soup
    • 1/2 buttermilk biscuit
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    Chicken Breast Recipes

    The versatility of chicken breast makes it a classic kitchen staple. Whether you prefer oven-baked, boiled, slow-simmered, or in the skillet -- we have a chicken breast recipe any way you want it.
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