#Easy Chicken Breast Recipes After a long day, the last thing you want to do is slave over a hot stove. And as far as ordering in…again…that gets expensive, and takeout food isn’t always the healthiest. Easy chicken breast recipes to the rescue. Once you know the key to making the perfectly tender and juicy chicken breast fillet, your recipe options are practically limitless. Whether you’re craving something spicy, sweet, or savory, chicken breast is the most versatile meat you can work with…

##Baked Chicken Breast Ever wonder why baked chicken recipes are so popular? They typically call for few ingredients, very short prep time, you can improvise as much as you want, and while your chicken cooks to moist-on-the-inside, golden-brown on the outside perfection, you can take a load off and turn your attention to other matters.

Here is all you need to know about the perfect baked chicken dinner dish: Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Pat breasts dry and apply kosher salt and fresh ground black pepper to taste. Set your fillets to the side while you put a very light coat of cooking spray on your oven-safe baking dish. Once the oven hits optimal temperature, bake chicken breasts for 25 to 30 minutes. For a juicier, more tender chicken dish, cover the fillets snugly with aluminum foil.

Unless you marinated your chicken in a sauce or glaze, you'd likely need a delicious salad and tasty sides to spruce up your meal.

##Crispy, Crunchy Chicken Breast What’s so great about chicken breast recipes is that you can capture nearly any flavor or texture you’re craving. In the mood for crispy, crunchy comfort food? Just pick up some plain salted crackers, almond meal, cornmeal, or breadcrumbs the next time you’re at the market. Here is your five-minute crispy baked chicken breast recipe: In a bowl, combine cornmeal, cracker or breadcrumbs with garlic powder and seasoned salt. To get the mixture to stick to your skinless chicken breasts, first dip in melted margarine, salted (or unsalted) butter, or a mixture of egg whisked with a little milk. You can punch up the crust with Italian seasonings, red pepper flakes, or herbs. Allow the fillets to bake for 25 to 30 minutes. Test first with a meat thermometer.

##Seasoned Cubes and Strips This savory chicken breast recipe pairs perfectly with salad, veggies, potatoes, pasta, and more. And the best part is that the ingredients are all staples that you probably have in the cupboard. Lightly coat your patted-dry skinless chicken breasts in extra virgin olive oil. Put a light coat of cooking spray on your baking pan. Combine kosher salt, fresh ground black pepper (or red pepper flakes), garlic powder, onion powder, and chili powder. Rub both sides well with your seasoning mixture then cut into bite-sized cubes or strips. After baking for 20 minutes in the preheated oven, check the internal temperature. If it’s 165 degrees F, remove from heat. You can toss your seasoned cubes or strips with rice and oven-baked or steamed veggies. Or place on a bed of white or brown rice or atop romaine lettuce and fresh shavings of Parmesan cheese.

You can make a stove top or slow-cooker version of this recipe as well. Just heat a skillet with a few tablespoons of olive oil and some herbs or minced garlic. In your slow cooker, combine chicken bouillon, water, salt, and pepper. You can even add in lentils or rice. After coating your chicken cubes or strips in the seasoning mixture, toss in the skillet for a few minutes until both sides are a golden brown the juices inside run clear. Or toss in the slow cooker and let simmer at low heat for an hour or so. (Check your slow cooker instructions. It may have a preset button for cooking chicken.)

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