I’m back this week with what will hopefully be a shining beacon of hope in your mid week dinner rut!
One of the most dreaded questions in my home is, “What’s for dinner?” It’s right up there with, “Can I use glitter?” Like, no. I just don’t want to deal with either of those things.
I do try to meal prep and a lot of times my menu has a few days that say: Chicken with rice/pasta/potato and some vegetable. That’s great and all but then the day comes and I will take out chicken breast in the morning and tell myself I will figure out something to make that’s not a regular boring chicken meal. This never happens and then I am often stuck at 4pm staring at defrosted chicken breast praying for a chicken dish revelation.
SO. I thought this would be a helpful post where there are a few chicken recipes all in one spot. Yay!
ALSO, I try to make extra of each meal and spread these recipes out for a few meals (lunch and dinner) so it makes the next day or two dinner conundrum a lot more bearable!
FIVE EASY & AMAZING CHICKEN DINNER RECIPES:
1. Crockpot Buffalo Chicken:
This recipe calls for THREE ingredients. High five, that’s awesome! All you need is chicken breast, plain Greek yogurt, and Frank’s Red Hot. That’s it! I do sometimes season with S&P, but the hot sauce makes it flavorful enough that it’s really not necessary.
You just throw in all your ingredients in the crockpot and cook on Low for 6 hours or High for 4 hours. I have even thrown in frozen chicken and it worked out! So this is a great meal to throw together when you forgot to take meat out that morning and it’s lunch time before you remember you have to feed your people in 4-6 hours.
Make extra, guys. Don’t just make enough for dinner. This chicken is awesome over salad the next day, in lettuce cups a la P.F. Chang’s lettuce wraps, in a pita with lettuce, cucumber, and tomato as a buffalo chicken wrap, over a baked potato for dinner the next night or thrown into some chili to make chicken chili. SO good.
~ 4-6 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
~ 1 cup of plain Greek yogurt
~ 1/2 cup of Frank’s Red Hot
~ Salt and Pepper to taste
Directions: Add all ingredients into crockpot and stir coating the chicken evenly. Set on low for 6 hours or high for 4 hours. Shred chicken and add more hot sauce if needed before serving.
2. Famous Butter Chicken:
Yes. You know this is going to be amazing if it has butter in the title. This recipe was actually given to me by a friend. She had made too much one day and brought the extra over to my house to serve for dinner that night (I have amazing friends). After tasting it I immediately requested she send over the recipe. It was from Sweet Little Bluebird and I went right over to check out how this amazing dish was made.
You know what makes me so happy about this recipe, besides the flavor? It calls for ingredients I always have on hand. Chicken breast, eggs, Ritz crackers and seasoning. I am a stay at home mom to littles- there are always crackers in this house!
I make extra because again it’s great over salad the next day for lunch BUT I also save some cut up in cubes and add it to spaghetti, sauce, and cheese to make chicken parm spaghetti the next night! It take 1o mins to put together!
It’s a very simple recipe that reaps great reward from little work which gets all the praise hands from me.
~ 4-6 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
~ 2 eggs beaten
~ 1 cup of crushed Ritz crackers
~ 1/2 of butter cut in pieces
~ Salt, Pepper, and Garlic Powder to taste
Directions: Preheat oven to 375 degrees F and lightly spray 9×13 casserole dish with nonstick cooking spray. Beat eggs in one bowl, and place crushed Ritz crackers to a separate bowl. Dredge chicken breast in egg, then coat in crackers and place in casserole dish. Place butter pieces evenly on each piece of chicken.
Place on middle rack in oven and cook for 4o-45 mins until cooked through.
3. Salsa Chicken:
This is an amazing, quick, and flavorful dish that again involves a crockpot which makes my life so much easier. This recipe calls for just chicken breast, chicken broth, salsa, cilantro, adobo, and S&P. Mixed all in a crockpot for 4 hours on high and you have the base for chicken burrito bowls, fajitas, chicken tacos, chicken chili, chicken tortilla soup, chicken taco salad, King Ranch casserole… I could really go one forever with dinner ideas for this chicken dish. So absolutely make extra for lunches and a few dinners (freezes well!).
~4-6 skinless, boneless chicken breasts
~ about 8 ozs of chicken broth
~8 0zs of salsa
~ 1/4 of chopped cilantro
~ 1 tbsp of Goya Adobo (you do not have to have this but it REALLY makes it so much more flavorful)
~ 1 teaspoon of salt
~ pepper to taste
Directions: place all of the ingredients in crockpot and mix well. Cook on High for 4 hours (or Low for 6hrs). Shred chicken before serving.
4. Parmesan Crusted Chicken:
You may have seen this recipe floating around Pinterest and it’s one I’m so glad I tried!
The recipe I originally followed was from The Enchanted Cook which called for mayo. I’ve also seen other versions that called for sour cream. I’ve tried it with Greek yogurt and it tasted the same!
Another simple chicken recipe that calls for few ingredients: mayo/sour cream/Greek yogurt, bread crumbs and grated Parmesan cheese, and that’s it! Again, I tend to season with a little S&P but its completely your preference!
~ 4-6 chicken breasts
~ 1/2 cup of plain greek yogurt
~ 1/4 cup of shredded/grated parm cheese
~ 4 teaspoons of breadcrumbs (I’ve tried plain, Italian, and even Panko and all work well!)
Directions: Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Use a baking sheet, preferably lined with parchment paper for easy clean up. I have also baked in a glass 9×13 pan and it worked as well! In a bowl, mix cheese and yogurt together and coat each chicken breast. Place on cookie sheet. Next evenly sprinkle breadcrumbs atop each piece. Place in oven on middle rack. For thinner cuts of chicken cook for 20 mins, for thicker cuts 40 mins.
5. Papa’s Roasted Chicken:
Now all the other dishes called for use of chicken breast, but sometimes we have legs, thighs, or a whole chicken. The seasoning for this recipe can go on all cuts of chicken and it turns out just as amazing! I have the full recipe here for you to check out! Leftovers make amazing chicken salad or chicken soup! Don’t throw those bones away either, friend! Save them, put them in the crockpot with with some veggies you have, and cover with water. Cook on low overnight and in the morning drain. You will have an amazing, nourishing bone broth to use for dinner that night or freeze for later use!
~ 1 whole chicken 4-5lbs (you can also use this for chicken legs, thighs, split breast, etc)
~ 1 12oz can of beer
~ 2 tsp Goya Adobo
~ 1 packet of Goya Sazon
~ 1 tsp Salt
~ ½ tsp Pepper
~ 1 tsp Garlic Powder
~ ½ tsp Onion Powder
~ 3 tbsp. Butter
Directions: Preheat oven to 400F. Clean out chicken and lay on back in 9×12 baking dish. Pour can of beer over chicken, ensuring to add some to chicken cavity. In a bowl mix all ingredients except butter and sprinkle over entire chicken. Cut up butter and dot along the top of the chicken, or make slits in skin along breast and legs then add pats of butter. Place in oven on middle rack and roast for 1hr 20 mins to 1hr 30mins depending on size of chicken (45 mins for chicken legs, thighs or split breast). Chicken is cooked when juices run clear. Let sit for 15mins prior to carving.
That’s it! So hoping you find this post helpful and it inspires you to get out of that chicken dinner rut we all get it! I would love to hear about your favorite chicken recipes below! Share links to your favorite chicken dishes- we could all always use different options to keep dinner exciting!
Thanks for stopping by, friends! See you on my next post!
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