05/16/2012 09:27 am ET Updated Aug 31, 2012

7 Dressed-Up Chicken Breasts

Poor chicken breasts, the old workhorses of desperate weeknight dinners, of mediocre restaurants, of large-scale corporate catered events. Handled incorrectly, they can be dry, bland, boring: a blank slate still, well, woefully blank. But dressed up, in a top hat or fancy coat, in glittery heels and a fur collar, chicken breasts can star in any dinner, one simple or elegant, harried or leisurely. Here are seven reasons to give chicken breasts a chance -- 7 ways to turn a blank slate into a wonderful meal.