Four Ways To Serve Chicken For Dinner

Chicken For Dinner

Chicken is a great, healthy family dinner that tastes delicious and provides plenty of lean proteins. Best of all, it's incredibly versatile. You can bake it, roast it, or include strips of rotisserie chicken in all types of dishes. Chicken responds well to different types of seasonings, ranging from white wine cream sauce to lemon peppercorn toppings. Here are four great ways to serve a chicken dinner that your family will absolutely love.

Chicken Quesadillas

These are ideal for busy weeknights when you only have ten or fifteen minutes to prepare dinner. Preheat the oven to 350 F, then add a little oil to a saucepan. In the pan, cook chopped bell peppers and onions until they've softened (this usually takes about 10 minutes). Lay out whole-wheat tortillas on a baking sheet. Top them with Monterey Jack cheese, shredded rotisserie chicken, and the cooked vegetables. Place them in the oven for 10 minutes until done.

Oven-Fried Chicken

Fried chicken is delicious, but it's not particularly healthy. This recipe mimics the taste of fried chicken, but uses the oven instead of the deep-fryer. Instead of bread crumbs, use crushed bagel chips and rice cereal. In the cereal mixture, add some olive oil and paprika; mix around until the crumbs are coated. Dip chicken breasts into a mixture of mustard and Greek yogurt, then coat in a mix of the crushed chips and cereal. Bake in the oven at 475 F for 30 minutes for a healthy alternative to greasy fried chicken.

 Chicken Fettucine Alfredo

Like the quesadilla recipe, this one also relies on rotisserie chicken. The reason is that a rotisserie chicken has already been cooked, shortening the dinner wait time (which is important when the kids are hungry). Cook fettucine pasta in a large pot, then make a white-wine cream sauce (or use the one from the can). Sautee spinach with a little olive oil and garlic cloves. In a large bowl, mix the drained pasta with cream sauce. Then add shredded rotisserie chicken and the sauteed spinach. It's a fancy-looking dish that contains carbohydrates, vegetables, and protein- all the ingredients you need for a hearty fall meal.

Chicken Caesar Salad

This is an old standby that masks the bitter taste of romaine or spinach leaves with the delicious taste of roasted chicken. Like the above recipes, we recommend using rotisserie chicken if you don't have the time to cook chicken. Begin with a large bowl of chopped romaine or other lettuce, then chop some onions and tomatoes for the salad.

When it comes to the Caesar dressing, you can make your own from scratch or use dressing from the bottle. An easy Caesar salad dressing can be made from two small garlic cloves, two tablespoons lemon juice, a teaspoon of Worcestershire, a dash of salt and pepper, a teaspoon of Dijon mustard, a cup of mayonnaise, half a cup of shredded Parmisiano-Reggiano cheese, and a teaspoon of anchovy paste. Whisked together in a bowl, it's fairly simple and made without the raw egg base so it's safe for the kids.

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