10 Sauces to Dress Up Chicken Breasts
Tired of the same old roasted, grilled or baked chicken breasts? Transform your dinner from ho-hum to high-flavor with these 10 easy toppers for any occasion, like this chunky Apple, Onion and Cider Sauce from FN Magazine.
1. Barbecue Sauce
Claire's five-ingredient barbecue sauce is simple to make: just dump, stir and simmer until it's thick and tangy. Brush it on chicken before baking or grilling. You can refrigerate this sauce for a week or freeze it up to six months.
2. Pesto Sauce
Add Italian flair to your chicken dinner with this classic pesto sauce: basil, Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese, pine nuts, garlic and olive oil. Drizzle the rich sauce over chicken, pasta or veggies.
3. Horseradish Cream Sauce
The sour cream in Alton's sauce balances with the spicy kick of the horseradish and the tart flavor of the white wine vinegar and Dijon mustard. Serve it with breaded chicken or chicken fingers, and store it in the fridge up to three weeks.
4. Peanut Sauce
Lend chicken breasts some exotic flavor with this nutty sauce, flavored with spicy red curry paste and rich coconut cream. Drizzle the sauce over chicken, or serve it over lettuce or shredded cabbage for an Asian-inspired salad.
5. Mango Salsa
Bring Caribbean flavors into your kitchen with Ellie Kreiger's take on sweet-and-spicy mango salsa. Spoon over chicken for a fresh, light meal, then serve the leftovers with crunchy tortilla chips.
6. Classic Butter Sauce
Butter sauce, or beurre blanc, is a classic French sauce that will add richness to any chicken dish. Sauté shallots in white wine, then whisk in lemon juice, cream and, of course, butter. The sauce is also delicious served atop steamed or roasted vegetables.
7. Garlic Wine Sauce
Take roasted chicken to the next level with Emeril's Garlic Wine Sauce: sautéed garlic and shallots mixed with chicken stock and red wine. Make the sauce in the same pan you used for the chicken: the brown bits will add bursts of flavor to the sauce, and you'll have less after-dinner cleanup.
8. Chimichurri Sauce
Made from parsley, garlic, oil, vinegar and red pepper, this classic Argentinean sauce is typically served with grilled meat but can also be used as a marinade.
9. No-Cook Tomato Sauce
This no-cook tomato sauce, made with chopped tomatoes, basil, Parmesan cheese and olive oil, is delicious over pasta, but it would also be delicious served over poultry for a rustic take on chicken Parmesan.
10. Apple, Onion and Cider Sauce
For a double-duty sauce and side, try this chunky apple, onion and cider version. Apple and red onion add sweetness, while apple cider vinegar lends tartness. It's the perfect way to turn simple baked chicken into something special.