What’s for dinner?
It’s a hard truth when you realize that you are the mom (or dad, let’s play fair here) and you have to answer that panic inducing question! Dang it!
Well, for today at least, I have some answers for you! These are 5 of my go-to healthy weeknight dinners because there is really no beating the speed and ease of chicken breast recipes. Easy, inexpensive and basically a fail proof way to start a healthy dinner. These meals are delicious! Add a couple to your weekly meal rotation and let me know what you think!
Buffalo Chicken Bowls
These spicy bowls are everyone’s favorite in our family! I’m still slightly amazed how well my preschooler and toddler gobble them up! The chicken is SO ADDICTING. I love me some buffalo chicken!
Get the recipe here!
Shredded Chicken Tacos
I love this quick and easy dinner so much! It’s a fun twist on our usual ground beef or turkey tacos. I also like to double the recipe and use the leftovers for chicken enchiladas, soup, or taco salad!
Chicken + jar of your favorite salsa + crockpot on low for 6 hours = heavenly shredded chicken tacos. Top with salsa, guacamole, lettuce, sour cream and a sprinkle of cheese. Use whole wheat tortilla shells or romaine lettuce wraps.
Pesto Chicken Breasts
I’m glad I finally took a chance and tried this quick recipe. I’m a little obsessed with pesto right now! I get jars from my favorite store Aldi, but if you want to make it homemade I’d suggest this recipe. Preheat oven to 390. Spread 1 Tablespoon pesto on top of thin sliced chicken breast. Sprinkle with parmesan cheese. Bake for 20 minutes in a glass baking dish or sheet pan (or until internal temperature reaches 165 F). This is especially good over pasta mixed with pesto and these roasted green beans and mushrooms on the side.
Marinated Grilled Chicken
This delicious marinade is bar none, the best! It infuses a regular old chicken breast with such delicious flavor! Cook these “low and slow” on the grill or if you happen to live in the frozen tundra (like I do 6 months of the year) you can also throw them on a sheet pan and bake at 400 for about 25 minutes. Add some green pepper, mushrooms and potato chunks tossed lightly in olive oil, salted and peppered to your sheet pan and you have a simple and delicious real food dinner with ONE pan dirty. Golden!
Hawaiian Chicken in the Crockpot
True confession: I have never been to Hawaii. It took me three tries to even spell Hawaiian correctly. So let’s just call this entirely inauthentic Hawaiian. (If anyone would like to send me to Hawaii to do some “research” for authentic Hawaiian recipes, please email me ASAP.)
To make this inauthentic, but delicious dinner you’ll need:
- 1 cup of your favorite BBQ sauce
- 1 can of chunk pineapple
- 1 pound chicken breast
- 2 cloves garlic minced (or 1 teaspoon garlic powder)
Cook in crockpot on low for 6 hours. Serve over rice, cauliflower rice, plain on the plate, or shred and serve on Hawaiian roll for an extra good time!
As you can see I am a big fan of the slow cooker for easy recipes! Sometimes I am on my game and put them in the crockpot in the morning, but often I am sticking them in around lunch time and keeping an eye on the cooking time to bring them in right on time for dinner. Procrastination is an art AND science! ????
Also, if you are looking for some tips for meal planning to keep you ahead of the 5:00 blank staring at the fridge zone check out this post!
What is your go-to chicken breast recipe?
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