50 Chicken Dinner Recipes

Food Network Magazine created dozens of recipes using a favorite weeknight staple: chicken breasts.

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Chicken, Dinner, Main Dish

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Use skinless, boneless chicken breasts for all recipes (small = 6 ounces; large = 12 ounces).

1. Basic Sauteed: Season 4 small chicken breasts with salt and pepper. Cook in 2 tablespoons vegetable oil in a large skillet over medium heat until golden, turning once, 12 minutes. Cover; cook 3 more minutes.

2. Lemon-Thyme: Cook Basic Sauteed Chicken (No. 1) in 1 tablespoon each butter and oil. When done, stir in 1 tablespoon each butter and lemon juice, 4 strips lemon zest and 2 thyme sprigs; turn the chicken to coat.

3. Blue Cheese–Shallot: Make Basic Sauteed Chicken (No. 1); remove to a plate. Cook 3 sliced shallots in the drippings, 2 minutes. Add 3/4 cup chicken broth; simmer 5 minutes. Stir in 1 tablespoon butter. Pour over the chicken; top with blue cheese.

4. Hoisin-Plum: Make Basic Sauteed Chicken (No. 1); remove to a plate. Cook 4 diced plums and 1 bunch chopped scallions in the drippings, 2 minutes. Add 1/2 cup chicken broth and 1/4 cup hoisin sauce; simmer 5 minutes. Stir in the juice of 1 lime; pour over the chicken.

5. Apple-Mustard: Make Basic Sauteed Chicken (No. 1); remove to a plate. Cook 1 chopped apple in the drippings, 2 minutes. Add 3/4 cup chicken broth; simmer until reduced by half. Stir in 1 tablespoon grainy mustard; pour over the chicken.

6. Stuffed: Mix 3/4 cup shredded mozzarella, 2 ounces goat cheese and 1 tablespoon chopped chives. Cut a pocket in the side of 4 small chicken breasts; fill with the cheese. Cook as for Basic Sauteed Chicken (No. 1).

7. Saltimbocca: Make Basic Sauteed Chicken (No. 1), topping each breast with2 sage leaves and wrapping with 2 slices of prosciutto before cooking. Top each with a slice of provolone during the last minute.

8. Mushroom: Make Basic Sauteed Chicken (No. 1); remove to a plate. Cook 1 chopped shallot and 1 pound sliced mushrooms in the drippings, 4 minutes. Add 3/4 cup red wine and 1 cup chicken broth; cook until reduced by half. Stir in 2 tablespoons each butter and chopped parsley; pour over the chicken.

9. Piccata: Make Basic Sauteed Chicken (No. 1); remove to a plate. Add the juice of 2 lemons and 3/4 cup chicken broth to the drippings; simmer until reduced by half. Stir in 2 tablespoons each capers, chopped parsley and butter; pour over the chicken.

10. Leek-Grape: Make Basic Sauteed Chicken (No. 1), adding 1 chopped leek before covering. Remove the chicken to a plate. Add 2 cups grapes and 1/2 cup each cream and chicken broth to the pan; simmer until reduced by half. Add 1 tablespoon grainy mustard and some chopped parsley; pour over the chicken.