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Chicken Breast for a Healthy Heart

Posted on February 8, 2012

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Nothing says “I love you” like a well-cooked chicken breast. Well, maybe a diamond ring, a batch of homemade cookies or an impromptu trip to Paris does the trick. That said, all of the luxuries in the world don’t mean anything without good health–and that’s where the chicken breast comes in.

Boneless, skinless chicken breast is high in protein and low in fat, which means it’s perfect for those who want to lose weight, promote heart health or simply maintain a healthy diet. The best thing about it is that it’s so versatile, you can pair it up with just about anything. Here’s a list of some of favorite easy flavor combos that we’ve served over the years.

The Turkish Delight: Place your FreeBird chicken breast on the grill. While it’s cooking, combine orange segments, thinly sliced fennel, thinly sliced red onion and some chopped mint in a bowl. Season with a touch of cardamom, cinnamon, cayenne and salt.

Pesto Perfecto: Rather than relying on store bought pesto that is sometimes loaded with sodium, blend your own in the food processor or standing blender while searing a chicken breast on the stove. Combine basil, olive oil, garlic and pine nuts and process until pureed. Switch it up, by substituting arugula, mint or cilantro for half or all of the basil.

The Suncoast Combo: Pan sear chicken breast on a stovetop, then transfer to a clean plate and keep warm. Toss artichoke hearts, sundried tomatoes, kalamata olives and a little bit of garlic back into the pan. Deglaze with white wine and season with salt and pepper.

Chicken in the Woods: Once you’ve browned your chicken breast, it’s easy to create a pan sauce with mushrooms and balsamic. Follow this recipe for Chicken Paillards with Porcini-Cider Sauce to find out how it’s done.

Salsa Fresca Chicken: Grill chicken breast until it’s golden brown. While it cooks, combine cherry tomatoes, diced onions, garlic, avocado, cilantro. Season with a squeeze of lime juice and serve on sliced chicken.