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5 Different Ways To Make Tasty Chicken

Tasty chicken on a cutting board with greens and a tomato.
Chicken is a great source of protein and a common ingredient in family dinners. But the same old recipes can get boring, so I’ve got a few tricks to help you make tasty chicken with new twists!

Ideas For Tasty Chicken Dinners:

Salsa. This is a great change for tasty chicken when you crave a really fresh taste. I love making a an avocado salsa by chopping up one tomato, one avocado, cilantro and half a red onion. Just mix them up and serve on top of the chicken with a squeeze of fresh lime juice and a dash of salt and pepper. Perfect with a side of rice or salad.

Marinade. A simple way to add new flavor to dinner is to use a marinade for tasty chicken preparation. Try combining the following ingredients in a ziploc bag. Then fork a few holes in the thawed chicken breasts, add to the bag and shake. Store in the refrigerator for a few hours or overnight to let the flavors sink in. Then cook as usual for great flavor.
  • ½ cup balsamic vinegar
  • 3 clove garlic, minced
  • 2 Tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 Tablespoon lemon zest
  • 1 teaspoon red chili flakes
  • 1 Tablespoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • ½ teaspoon onion powder 

Dry Rub. Give your meal a fun kick by using a spicy dry rub before cooking the tasty chicken. Mix the following dry ingredients and then rub about a teaspoon of the mixture on each thawed chicken breast. I recommend baking in the oven when using dry rub to keep all the herbs on the chicken breasts as they cook.
  • 1 Tablespoon ground cumin
  • 3 Tablespoon paprika
  • 1 Tablespoon brown sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper

Lettuce Wrap. Well, this is a simple one but it really freshens up a chicken meal! Put chicken, peppers, onions, avocado, salt, pepper, turkey bacon and any other of your favorite sandwich ingredients into a large leaf lettuce. Roll up and enjoy!

Sauce. A great way to make tasty chicken and efficiently use your time is to make a delicious sauce while you cook the chicken breasts. Try this great recipe for barbeque sauce to serve over grilled chicken:

  • 1 (6 oz) can of tomato paste
  • 1 ½ tablespoons cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoons pure maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon onion powder
  • ½  teaspoon sea salt
  • ½ teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • ¼ teaspoon all spice
  • ½ cup water
Bring to a boil and let simmer for 20 minutes or until desired consistency, then serve over chicken breasts. I like serving this with a fresh side salad!

I hope these tasty chicken ideas have re-kindled or sparked your love for chicken. Experiment with flavor and spruce up your chicken dinners with these ideas, and make up some of your own!

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