WTOP Wellness Contributor
WASHINGTON — Boneless, skinless chicken breast is a staple protein on many Americans’ weeknight dinner plates, but it’s also the culprit of a common food complaint: it can get a bit boring.
Perhaps it’s time to shake up your chicken routine. There are plenty of tasty and quick ways to prepare it, outside of baking or grilling the bird. Here are some of my favorites:
I like the get creative with my different chicken coatings, outside of bread crumbs and panko. Next time you’re craving chicken coated with a crunch of flavor, try one of these alternatives:
It sounds incredibly simple, but mixing chicken with vegetables, a starch and a sauce can brighten up any dish. Some of my favorite stir fries include:
Even plain-baked chicken can turn into something flavorful with a few different toppings:
One of the best ways to cook chicken so that it retains great texture and does not dry out is in the crock-pot. And for a weeknight meal, it doesn’t get any simpler in terms of preparation.
Kait Fortunato is a registered dietitian at Rebecca Bitzer & Associates and serves on the board for the DC Metro Area Dietetic Association. Kait focuses on individualizing her recommendations to have each client see results and live a healthier, more productive life, and she works to help people enjoy food and eat the foods they love. Kait lives in the D.C. area and loves trying new restaurants and activities around the city. Visit Kait’s blog, Rebel Dietitian, and tweet her @Rebel_Dietitian for recipes, nutrition tips and activities in the Washington area.