Grilled chicken breasts are a sure-fire way to get in your daily protein, but there’s no denying that plain poultry can get old fast, and that’s why it’s important to try new and inventive recipes. Dishes starring chicken breasts can be delicious and nutritious with the right additions, and today we’re highlighting seven recipes that prove our point. These food formulas can be mastered by novice and experienced home cooks alike, and we guarantee they’ll be dinners you add into your regular rotation on busy weekday nights.
1. Spinach and Feta Stuffed Chicken Breasts
Our first recipe comes from Cooking Light, and it yields a fun Mediterranean twist on your typical chicken breasts. For this dish, you’re stuffing your poultry with spinach and feta cheese, and then simply pan cooking the chicken for 10 minutes or less. These spinach and feta stuffed chicken breasts don’t only taste good — they look impressive, too, and you’ll be surprised by how easy you can whip up this poultry and make it look pretty.
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 cup chopped yellow onion
- 2 tablespoons chopped fresh dill
- 5 ounces baby spinach
- 2 ounces crumbled feta cheese
- 4 skinless, boneless chicken breasts
- ½ teaspoon kosher salt
- ¼ teaspoon black pepper
- 1½ teaspoons olive oil
Directions: Heat a large skillet over medium heat. Add 1 tablespoon olive oil to pan. Add onion; cook 8 minutes, stirring frequently. Remove pan from heat; stir in dill, spinach, and feta cheese. Cool 10 minutes. Cut a horizontal slit through the center of each chicken breast to form a pocket. Stuff each pocket evenly with spinach mixture. Close pockets with toothpicks. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Heat skillet over medium-high heat. Add 1½ teaspoons olive oil to pan. Add chicken; cook 4 minutes. Turn chicken. Cover pan, reduce heat to medium, and cook 5 minutes or until chicken is done.