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5 Tips And Recipes For Healthy, Juicy Chicken Breasts

Posted: 04/20/2012 9:10 am

5 Tips & Recipes for Healthy, Juicy Chicken Breasts
By Hilary Meyer, Associate Food Editor, EatingWell Magazine

I used to have a love-hate relationship with boneless, skinless chicken breast. On the love side, it’s a lean, healthy protein with only 142 calories and 1 gram of saturated fat per 3-ounce serving. And it cooks relatively quickly so it’s great for a weeknight meal. On the hate side, its flavor is so mild and it always seemed to be dried out from being overcooked. But all that changed when I took a moment to think about how I could make chicken breast taste better and I got creative. Now when I cook chicken breast, it’s tender, juicy and packed with flavor.

Here are my tips on how to cook the perfect, juicy chicken breast and recipes to get you started:

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It's easy to throw sauce or ingredients on top of a chicken breast, but it's just as easy to stuff one. Plus stuffing a chicken breast is a great way to keep it moist and flavorful. All you need is a sharp knife to cut a slit almost through the breast to form a little "pocket" for stuffing. I love to stuff chicken breast with cheese and veggies like in our recipe for Chicken Breasts Stuffed with Pimiento Cheese. Gouda adds richness and the pimentos and scallion add moisture and a savory flavor.

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By Hilary Meyer, EatingWell Associate Food Editor

Hilary Meyer

EatingWell Associate Food Editor Hilary Meyer spends much of her time in the EatingWell Test Kitchen, testing and developing healthy recipes. She is a graduate of New England Culinary Institute.

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