Easy Chicken Breast Recipes

The boneless, skinless chicken breast: a weeknight staple for lean protein that cooks up in a jiffy. But it can get a little boring, can’t it? Keep reading for four new ways to prepare this quick-cooking cut of poultry: they’re big on global flavors but still easy, we promise!

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Baked Sriracha chicken. (Photo via Alida’s Kitchen)

Chicken Breast Recipes

Hummus-Crusted Chicken

Simple Mediterranean flavors transform in the oven, creating a crisp outer crust. We’ll bet you have most of these ingredients in your fridge already! Try serving it with sauteed squash or boxed couscous.

Ingredients

  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 cup hummus (try using garlic or red pepper hummus for extra flavor!)
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp. paprika
  • 2 lemons
  • Salt and pepper

Recipe

Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Grease one large baking dish with cooking spray.
Rinse and pat chicken breasts dry, then season generously with salt and pepper. Lay the chicken breasts into the greased dish, then spread each piece with the hummus so that the entire breast is covered. Squeeze the juice of one lemon over the chicken, then distribute the paprika on top. Thinly slice the remaining lemon and place throughout the pan. Bake for about 25-30 minutes. Serves four.

Slow-Cooker Salsa Verde Chicken

Pulled chicken in salsa verde is the basis for an awesome Taco Tuesday. Try using the leftovers for burrito bowls or add barbecue sauce and garlic toast for a barbecue chicken sandwich.

Ingredients

  • 6 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 2 cups salsa verde
  • 1 bottle beer (can substitute with 1 and 1/3 cups chicken broth)
  • 2 teaspoons cumin
  • Salt and pepper

Recipe

Add chicken to the slow cooker, and top with salsa verde and beer or broth. Sprinkle with cumin and add several pinches of salt and one pinch of pepper. Using tongs, turn the chicken so that all sides are coated in the salsa mixture. Cover and cook for 3-4 hours on high or 7-8 hours on low.
Once cooked, shred the chicken in the slow cooker using a fork and toss with the juices. Serves 6-8.

Roasted Chicken with Tomatoes and Chickpeas

Canned chickpeas are an easy ingredient that packs on the protein. This one-sheet meal makes cleanup a cinch. Try serving it with a creamy, cool dollop of Greek yogurt sauce (recipe included below) for even more protein.

Ingredients

  • 4 boneless chicken breasts (skin recommended)
  • 5 tablespoons olive oil
  • 4 minced garlic cloves
  • 1 tablespoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 1 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 2 cups grape tomatoes
  • 1 15-ounce can of chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 1 cup fresh cilantro sprigs (can substitute with Italian parsley)

Recipe

Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Whisk oil, garlic, paprika, cumin, 1 teaspoon salt, 1 teaspoon pepper, and crushed red pepper in a bowl. Transfer 1 tablespoon of the oil mixture to another bowl, and add the yogurt. Set aside.
Place chicken on a rimmed baking sheet (skin side up if using skin-on breasts). Rub two tablespoons of the oil mixture generously on the chicken. In a separate bowl, add tomatoes, chickpeas and half of the cilantro, then add the remaining oil and mix to coat. Pour onto the baking sheet around the chicken. Turn to coat the chicken with any extra oil. Sprinkle with 1 teaspoon of salt.
Roast for about 20 to 30 minutes. Transfer chicken to serving plates and spoon the bean and tomato mixture over top. Garnish with remaining cilantro, and serve with the yogurt sauce. Serves 4.
 

Baked Sriracha Chicken

Want to spice things up? This baked recipe brings the heat. Pair it with simple, steamed Jasmine rice for upgraded take-out at home.

Ingredients

  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 bunch green onions, sliced where green and minced where white
  • 1/4 cup hoisin sauce
  • 1 tablespoon minced or grated ginger
  • 2-3 minced garlic cloves
  • Salt
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 2 teaspoons Sriracha sauce (can adjust to taste)
  • 1/4 teaspoon Chinese five spice seasoning
  • 1 tablespoon toasted sesame seeds (for serving)

Recipe

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Grease a large baking dish and set aside. In a large bowl, whisk the minced white onions, hoisin, garlic, ginger, salt, lime juice, Sriracha sauce, and Chinese five spice. Piece by piece, place the chicken breast in the bowl and coat completely with the sauce. Place coated breasts in the baking dish and pour any remaining sauce over top. Cover the baking dish with foil and bake for 35-40 minutes. Place chicken on serving dishes and top with onion greens and sesame seeds. Serves 4.

Cleansing Smoothie Recipes

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Healthy smoothie ingredients. (Photo via Flickr)

‘Tis the season to overindulge. Fortunately, these cleansing smoothie recipes serve a multitude of purposes: they’re perfect for on-the-go fuel while you’re busy getting in the holiday spirit, and they’re packed with healthy ingredients that will help your body detoxify from the inside out. Follow along with these recipes for delicious drinks that can boost your immune system, provide key nutrients like fiber and potassium, and — most important — still taste great!

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A homemade green smoothie is packed with nutrients. (Photo via Flickr)

Cleansing Smoothie Recipes

Tropical Green Smoothie

This smoothie produces a beautiful green color and a hint of exotic flavor. Kiwi is a powerhouse for vitamin C, and pineapple and celery help keep you hydrated.

Ingredients:

  • 1 kiwi
  • 1 banana
  • 1/4 cup pineapple, roughly chopped (can substitute frozen pineapple chunks)
  • 2 celery stalks
  • 2 cups spinach
  • 1 cup water (can sub coconut water for extra tropical flavor)

Recipe:

Combine all ingredients and blend. For a thicker smoothie, add ice and/or freeze pre-cut kiwi, banana, and pineapple in advance.

Antioxidant All-Star Smoothie

Berries are the star of the show in this smoothie, which blends up to a vibrant shade of purple. Oats add extra protein while berries boast antioxidants that can help stimulate the immune system and fight sickness.

Ingredients: 

  • 1.5 cups frozen berry mix (blueberries, blackberries, and raspberries)
  • 1.5 cups coconut milk
  • 1 cup purified water
  • 1/8 cup rolled oats

Recipe:

Add all ingredients to blender and blend until smooth. Substitute almond milk for coconut milk if desired.

Cherry-Chocolate Detox Smoothie

It’s dark and rich, but it’s also good for you!

Ingredients:

  • 1 tablespoon cacao powder (can substitute cocoa powder)
  • 2 tablespoons hemp seeds
  • 5 red endive leaves
  • 1/4 cup frozen dark red cherries
  • 8-10 oz. water
  • Stevia to taste

Recipe:

Add all ingredients to blender and blend until smooth. Substitute water for almond milk if desired to create even more depth of flavor.

 

Healthy Dining Options in Metairie, Kenner, and River Ridge

Fall and winter bring a host of healthy-eating pitfalls — just ask Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas. In addition to feeling tempted by decadent foods, people often don’t have extra time to cook thanks to busy schedules during the holiday season. Fortunately, if you live in the Metairie, Kenner, and River Ridge areas, there are plenty of fresh, healthy dining options to keep your hunger and your health in check. Unsure of what to order? No matter which restaurant you choose, nutritionists suggest swapping standard sides for a healthier pick like vegetables, choosing entrees that are steamed, trading white rice for brown rice, and skipping empty calories like bread or tortilla chips.

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Shrimp and feta from Byblos. (Photo via Facebook)

Healthy Dining Options

Mediterranean & International

Pan-Asian 

Seafood

Light Bites

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Taste of Autumn: Fall Drink Recipes

Fall is a perennial favorite for so many reasons. The Saints season starts again (who dat!), the weather cools down just a touch, and fall festivals help everyone get in the spirit. There’s also nothing quite like pulling on a cozy sweater and sipping on a warm drink brimming with the flavors of fall. But you don’t have to hit Starbucks for that famous Pumpkin Spice Latte. Save some cash by taking the DIY route — the results are just as delicious!

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A homemade pumpkin spice latte. (Photo via Pexels)

Fall Drink Recipes

Quick Pumpkin Spice Latte

Faster than waiting in line at Starbucks!

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup brewed espresso
  • 1 cup whole milk, divided
  • 1 tbsp. white sugar (or more to taste)
  • 1 tbsp. pumpkin puree
  • 1 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions:

  • Whisk 1/2 cup of the whole milk with the sugar, pumpkin puree, pumpkin pie spice, and vanilla extract in a saucepan over low heat. Simmer for 5 minutes.
  • Whisk in the remaining 1/2 cup of milk.
  • Pour mixture through a sieve to remove any pulp. Return the mixture to the saucepan and simmer while whisking for 2 minutes.
  • Add espresso and whisk until foamy, about one minute.

Too hot outside for a warm drink? Try this iced pumpkin spice latte recipe from A Cozy Kitchen!

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The flavors of fall abound in this pumpkin smoothie.

Spiced Fall Punch

As this fragrant mixture simmers on the stove, your whole home will smell just like autumn.

Ingredients:

  • 2 oranges
  • 6 cups apple juice
  • 2 1/4 cups pineapple juice
  • 3 tbsp. lemon juice
  • 8 whole cloves
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1/4 tsp. ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 cup honey

Directions:

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Stud the oranges with the whole cloves, and bake for 30 minutes.
  • In a large saucepan, combine the apple juice and cinnamon stick. Bring the mixture to a boil, then reduce heat to medium and simmer for about 5 minutes. Remove the mixture from heat and carefully stir in the nutmeg, honey, lemon juice, and pineapple juice.
  • Add the clove-studded oranges on top and serve hot.

Pumpkin Smoothie

Perfect for when you’re craving fall flavors but the temperature says otherwise! 

Ingredients:

  • 1 can pumpkin puree (16 0z.)
  • 2 cups milk (can substitute almond milk)
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar (can substitute honey)
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

Directions:

  • Add all ingredients to blender along with desired amount of ice. Blend until smooth.
  • Tip: you can partially freeze the pumpkin puree and use in place of ice. You can also add a frozen banana to the mixture.

Recipes via AllRecipes

Get more great recipe ideas by checking out all of our Cooking Tips on the blog. 

 

Photo by kaboompics.com

 

The Brown Bag Wine Tasting Party: Wining and Winning Don’t Have To Cost You

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At the Bella Ridge Brown Bag Wine Tasting Party, our residents and their guests tasted 8 different wines ranging from $6 – $38. Sip after sip, votes for the crowd favorites poured in.

Contending for the crown in the Merlot category, we had Chateau Ste. Michelle, Crow Canyon, Swanson Vineyards and Ramspeck. Among the Sauvignon Blanc contenders were Oak Grove Vineyards, Mohua, J. Lohr and Cake Bread Cellars.

The winners? You might be surprised.

Merlot

  1. Crow Canyon ($6)
  2. Chateau Ste. Michelle ($16)
  3. Ramspeck ($19)
  4. Swanson Vineyards ($38)

Sauvignon Blanc

  1. J. Lohr ($17)
  2. Oak Grove Vineyards ($8)
  3. Cake Bread Cellars ($30)
  4. Mohua ($12)

Turns out your wallet doesn’t have to take a hit for you to snag wine that’s the hit of the party! Win your friends over this weekend with a wine that’s surprisingly inexpensive and incredibly delicious!

 

To sip on something from this list, visit Martin Wine Cellar or any local grocer!

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