Chicken: Delicious and versatile

Oven-barbecued chicken

What’s the best thing about chicken for dinner? Everything! Fry it, bake it, stew it, roast it, grill it — the versatile bird is a do-it-all main dish that can be served plain and fast for everyday meals or dressed up for special occasions. Even at its greasy-fried worst, it’s still only about 300 calories per 4-oz. serving.

Pecan-Stuffed Chicken Breasts
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Pecan-Stuffed Chicken Breasts
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Ingredients
  • 4 Tbsp. butter
  • 1 large stalk celery (chopped)
  • 1 small onion (finely chopped)
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. pepper
  • 4 bread slices (toasted and cut into cubes)
  • 3 oz. pecans (chopped)
  • 2 tsp. parsley flakes
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 2 Tbsp. melted butter
  • 3/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. pepper
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Instructions
  1. Melt 4 Tbsp. butter in pan and sauté celery, onion, ½ tsp. salt, and ¼ tsp. pepper. Stir in toast cubes, chopped pecans, parsley flakes, and water.
  2. Flatten chicken breasts and place each in center of a 12-inch square of heavy-duty aluminum foil. Brush both sides of breasts with lemon juice and 2 Tbsp. melted butter. Sprinkle with 3/4 tsp. salt and 1/2 tsp. pepper.
  3. Spoon stuffing mixture in the center of each breast. Fold foil around chicken and seal tightly.
  4. Bake at 400 degrees for 20 minutes. Carefully open packets and bake for an additional 20 minutes.
Oven-Barbecued Chicken
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Oven-Barbecued Chicken
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4 servings
Ingredients
  • 1 3-lb. chicken, cut into pieces
  • 2 Tbsp. butter
  • 1 medium onion (chopped)
  • 8 oz. tomato juice
  • 1/2 Tbsp. mustard
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 Tbsp. vinegar
  • 2 Tbsp. brown sugar
  • 1 Tbsp. Worcestershire sauce
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Instructions
  1. Brown chicken pieces in melted butter and remove to roasting pan.
  2. Cook onions in remaining butter until golden brown. Add remaining ingredients and simmer 10 minutes before pouring over chicken.
  3. Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour.
Recipe Notes

For extra crispiness, increase heat to 500 degrees the last 3 to 4 minutes.

Lighter Fare
by Diane Yoakam

Grilled Caribbean Chicken
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Grilled Caribbean Chicken
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Ingredients
  • 4 4-oz. boneless chicken breasts
  • 4 tsp. lime juice
  • 2 tsp. vegetable oil
  • 2 tsp. jerk seasoning
  • Nonstick cooking spray
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Instructions
  1. Flatten chicken breasts to 1/4-inch thickness using a meat mallet.
  2. Combine lime juice and oil. Brush both sides of breasts with oil mixture and rub with jerk seasoning.
  3. Coat grill grates with cooking spray and heat grill to medium-high. Grill chicken, covered, 5 to 6 minutes on each side or until done.
Recipe Notes

Per serving: 155 calories, 4 g total fat (1 g saturated fat), 0 g fiber, 25 g protein

Balsamic Chicken
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Balsamic Chicken
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6 servings
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6 servings
Ingredients
  • 6 4-oz. boneless chicken breasts
  • 1/4 tsp. black pepper
  • 1 tsp. garlic salt
  • 2 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 medium onion (thinly sliced)
  • 1 14.5-oz. can diced tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tsp. dried basil
  • 1 tsp. dried oregano
  • 1 tsp. dried rosemary
  • 1/2 tsp. dried thyme
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Instructions
  1. Season chicken with pepper and garlic salt.
  2. Heat oil in large skillet; add chicken and onions. Cook until chicken is browned.
  3. Pour in tomatoes, vinegar, and herbs. Simmer until chicken is done, about 15 to 20 minutes.
  4. Serve over rice or noodles or alongside salad.
Recipe Notes

Per serving: 198 calories, 8 g total fat (2 g saturated fat), 2 g fiber, 27 g protein