Boneless skinless chicken breasts (hereby lovingly abbreviated to BSCBs) — is there anything you can’t do?
Before all you Internet pedants jump in to tell me that BSCBs can’t fix an engine, fly a plane or build a house — and that you certainly can’t hug your children with BSCBs — hear this: I know. I was being hyperbolic.
Anyway, the point is, when it comes to tasty meals, BSCBs are where it’s at. They’re like a blank, meaty canvas, just waiting for you to work your magic and transform them into the soup, stir fry, or crispy nugget of your dreams. If you find that level of culinary freedom intimidating, take a few deep breaths and scroll down for 4 simple recipes you can make with BSCBs:
Breaded chicken strips
Chicken strips aren’t just for kids. Make a more grownup version of this classic comfort dish using marinated BSCBs with a crispy, fried breading. If you want an even lighter, crispier breading, sub out the seasoned breadcrumbs for panko breadcrumbs. Feel free to play around with the seasonings to make these chicken strips your own.
Chicken fried rice
There’s nothing like a good chicken fried rice. This recipe requires the chicken to be cooked ahead of time, but you can just cube up some raw chicken, pan fry it before you cook anything else, and set it aside while the veggies are frying to be added back in later. You can also sub in pretty much any veggie you want, from frozen peas and corn to shredded carrot or fresh broccoli.
Slow cooker chicken parmesan
For a super low-effort version of the classic Italian favorite, chicken parmesan, just pop a BSCB or two into your crockpot, dump some minced garlic and spaghetti sauce on top, and let it cook while you’re at work. When you get home, throw the whole thing into a casserole dish, top it with cheese and bake until you’ve got a tender, cheesy comfort dish.
Unless you’re a weirdo, shredded chicken on its own is not a meal. That said, it forms the basis of a ton of tasty dishes. Follow this recipe to whip up some flavorful shredded chicken out of BSCBs, and then serve it on rice, in chicken tacos, in enchiladas, on a sandwich — the sky’s the limit.