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15 Easy And Delicious Chicken Breast Recipes

15 Easy And Delicious Chicken Breast Recipes

On its own, chicken can seem boring and uninspired. But with a little creativity and some extra ingredients thrown in, you can make chicken the centerpiece of a dish with tons of flavor. Chicken is the Swiss Army Knife of foods—it can be used in just about any situation. Take those chicken breasts you’ve been waiting to cook up and put them to use in a variety of recipes that will take your taste buds on a delicious ride to all kinds of flavors.

1. Chicken Breasts with Tomatoes and Olives

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    With little more than tomatoes, olives, feta cheese, and an oil and vinegar dressing, you can achieve a savory taste to enjoy with your chicken. A perfect meal for those short on time and looking for a quick, tasty meal to whip up without tons of preparation.

    2. Chutney Chicken Breast with Grilled Pineapple

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      What goes great with a juicy bit of grilled chicken breast? An equally juicy slice of grilled pineapple. This dish is all about getting that sweet, fruity flavor to complement the chicken. With mango chutney, lemon juice, and the aforementioned pineapple, you’ll get a pleasant helping of fruit with each bite of chicken.

      3. Chicken Puttanesca with Angel Hair Pasta

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        Go a step further than the traditional chicken pasta with this recipe that adds variety by mixing in olives, crushed red pepper, fresh basil, and capers to provide more of a kick. Plenty of salt for those with taste buds that crave a saline touch on their tongue.

        4. Parmesan Crusted Chicken Breasts with Tomato and Basil and Potatoes with Peppers and Onions

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          Don’t let a long list of ingredients and seasonings turn you off this dish. The preparation is faster than you think and a short cooking period means you’ll be enjoying it in no time. A side of fingerling potatoes plays the perfect complement for the crusted parmesan chicken, and a tomato and basil topping adds extra flavor.

          5. Braised Balsamic Chicken

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            If you’re a fan of  balsamic vinegar, this Braised Balsamic Chicken recipe may hit on all the right tastes for you. Plenty of seasoning goes into this one, and you can let it all soak in by cooking in a crock pot, or you can make it quickly in a skillet when you’re in a pinch. Either way, you’re in for a meal fully soaked with a flavorful layer of balsamic goodness.

            6. Spinach Stuffed Chicken Breast

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              Most of these recipes feature chicken as a primary ingredient, but with this Spinach Stuffed Chicken Breast, it’s just the first taste you’ll have hit your palate. Stuff your chicken breast with a delicious mixture of spinach, feta cheese, and mayonnaise to get a bite packed with flavor. It has a long cook time, but you’ll be rewarded when it’s done.

              7. Grilled Chicken Breasts

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                Sometimes you have to keep it simple. Chicken on its own tastes pretty good, after all. A little touch of garlic and vegetable oil and a side of dipping sauce will take nearly no time to get ready, but you’ll take your time eating it to savor every bite.

                8. Parmesan Chicken with Caesar Roasted Romaine

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                  All it takes to give your chicken some solid flavor is a nice sprinkling of seasonings over the top of it. You’ll get just that with this Parmesan Chicken with Caesar Roasted Romaine recipe, which will have you covering your chicken with a panko mixture that provides a light but flavorful layer.

                  9. Cranberry Chicken

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                    Looking for something that’ll satisfy that subtle sweetness craving without having to whip up a dessert, too? Cook up this cranberry chicken that combines the tastes of chicken and sweet cranberries to make for a mash-up that is sure to hit the spot.

                    10. Chicken Roulade

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                      Ready to get creative with your chicken? You’re already on a roll with all these recipes, so why not roll up your chicken, too? Chicken Roulade makes your chicken like a savory version of a baked good, wrapped up with feta cheese and a mix of zesty flavors.

                      11. Mexican Chicken

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                        Get a south-of-the-border taste without having to leave your kitchen. This quick and easy recipe for Mexican-style chicken has a short list of ingredients and some easy prep work, but will yield a taste that makes it seem like you drove down to Mexico to get it.

                        12. Thai Green Chicken Curry

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                          A style of dish that can be traced to Asia, this Thai Green Chicken Curry introduces the taste of coconut milk, fish sauce, and a variety of seasonings and spices. Thai curry paste adds flavor and texture to this dish that’ll have you refilling your bowl.

                          13. Rosemary Ranch Chicken Kabobs

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                            Get out the kabobs, fire up the grill, and get ready to enjoy this tasty Rosemary Ranch Chicken. You’ll have to marinate the chicken to let the flavor set it, but it cooks up fast and you’ll appreciate the preparation once you take your first bite into this tender chicken served on a stick.

                            14. Garlic Chicken

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                              It’s amazing how much taste you can create with just a bit of work and a short list of ingredients. This Garlic Chicken recipe will bring big taste with a small amount of work to get it.

                              15. Lemon Chicken Soup

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                                When you think of chicken in soup form, you’ll likely conjure up thoughts of the chicken noodle variety. But this lemon chicken version is ready to be your to-go dish when you’re looking for a warm bowl of chicken soup.

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                                Last Updated on May 21, 2019

                                13 Bad Habits You Need to Quit Right Away

                                13 Bad Habits You Need to Quit Right Away

                                Creating your productivity ritual — a routine that helps you to maintain a peak level of energy can get you the best out of your days.

                                Part of creating your productivity routine involves removing activities that drain you (what I call “kryptonites”), and that includes your bad habits.

                                Like it or not, bad habits are bad for you — mentally, physically, emotionally and even socially in some cases. While some bad habits are harder to quit than others, it doesn’t change the fact that you need to get rid of them. Here are 13 bad habits to quit right away:

                                1. Stress Eating

                                I used to be a serious stress eater. I would eat whenever I felt unhappy, stressed, disappointed, anxious, or even… happy! My eating had nothing to do with being hungry, and everything to do with using food to fill my emotional voids.

                                While eating would comfort me, this feeling was momentary and would disappear right after I was done eating. Instead, what I had left would be the same emotional void that triggered me to eat in the first place (be it unhappiness or stress), a 2,000 excess calorie intake over what I should have eaten for the day, and anger at myself for having stress ate.

                                I’ve since overcome stress eating. I have healthy eating habits and a healthy relationship with food today where I no longer use food as a tool to fill my emotions.

                                If you are a stress eater, don’t fret — here’s how to manage your stress better:

                                How to Manage Stress (A Step-by-Step Guide to Turn Stress Into Success)

                                2. Nail Biting

                                Not only is nail biting unhygienic, it is also socially repelling, leads to dental problems like malocclusion of the anterior teeth,[1] potentially cause stomach problems,[2] and lead to severely deformed fingernails in the long run.

                                People who bite their nails tend to have shorter nails than the average person; their nail plates also experience scarring and may eventually become absent.[3]

                                Understand what triggers your nail biting behavior and replace it with another neutral to positive habit. Make habits to break habits.

                                For example, if you bite your nails when you are stressed, go for a walk or listen to music instead the next time you feel stressed.

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                                3. Hanging out with Naysayers

                                We all know these people — people who play devil’s advocate to every idea you have and every goal you want to pursue. We are already our greatest self-critics, so it doesn’t help when there’s someone beside us, ever ready to pounce on what we say and tear it down.

                                Hang out less with these naysayers and spend more time with supportive people who share constructive feedback instead. You will be much happier this way.

                                Learn how to get rid of naysayers with these 10 Ways to Ignore the Naysayers and Achieve Your Dreams.

                                4. Being with People Who Don’t Appreciate You

                                Haven’t all of us been in this situation before? Trying to please people who don’t appreciate us? Bending over backwards to be there for people when they are never there for us?

                                While we give without expectations of return, we need to draw a line with people who don’t value us because these people damage our souls.

                                Stop spending time with people who don’t appreciate you, and spend more time with people who do instead.

                                Unsure who you should get rid of? Learn about it here: 5 Kinds of Toxic People That You Need to Get Rid of Now

                                5. Smoking

                                Smoking is one of the leading causes of preventable death globally.[4]

                                In just the United States alone, about 500,000 deaths are attributed to smoking-related diseases annually. A recent study estimated that as much as one-third of China’s male population will have significantly shortened life-spans due to smoking! Gender-wise, male and female smokers lose an average of 13.2 and 14.5 years of life respectively — that’s over a decade of life right there.[5]

                                Not only that, smoking causes pre-mature skin aging (i.e. wrinkles), yellowing of teeth, bad breath, and worse of all — jeopardy of the health of people around you, including your loved ones. Studies have shown that non-smokers exposed to second-hand smoke are at risk to many of the health problems associated with direct smoking.[6]

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                                  6. Excessive Drinking

                                  All of us know that drinking too much alcohol is bad for us, but do you know how bad it really is?

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                                  According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, drinking too much — be it on a single occasion or over time — can seriously damage your health:[7]

                                  • Brain problems: Alcohol interferes with the brain’s communication pathways, making it harder to think clearly and move with coordination.
                                  • Heart diseases: Cardiomyopathy – Stretching and drooping of heart muscle, Arrhythmias – Irregular heart beat, stroke, high blood pressure
                                  • Liver diseases: Steatosis or fatty liver, alcoholic hepatitis, fibrosis, cirrhosis
                                  • Pancreas problems: Pancreatitis, a dangerous inflammation and swelling of the blood vessels in the pancreas that prevents proper digestion.
                                  • Different types of cancer: Mouth, esophagus, throat, liver, breast

                                  If you drink a lot, perhaps cutting it out right away will be tough. Cut down the number of glasses you drink each time, followed by the number of times you drink a week.

                                  If need be, seek help from an AA group — you aren’t alone in this. Change starts from today.

                                  7. Eating Junk Food (Including Diet Soda)

                                  Junk food — they are everywhere in our society today. From McDonald’s, to KFC, to Burger King, to 24-hour takeouts, junk food such as fries, highly processed burgers and sodas has become a staple in our society today.

                                  If you think, “Hey, but junk food is tasty!”, think again:

                                  A study by Paul Johnson and Paul Kenny suggests that junk food consumption alters brain activity in a way similar to addictive drugs like cocaine and heroin.[8]

                                  “After many weeks with unlimited access to junk food, the pleasure centers of rat brains became desensitized, requiring more food for pleasure.”

                                  And you wonder why you seem to crave fast food when you just had some the day before?

                                  While it may not be possible to remove junk food completely from our diet right away, we can reduce our junk food consumption starting today. Instead of soda, opt for a fruit juice (fresh juice, not the carbonated kind) or mineral water. Instead of fries, switch to mashed potato, a salad, or rice (many food outlets allow for this today). Instead of a fried meat patty, go for a grilled one.

                                  Where possible, opt for healthy food joints like salad bars and delis as opposed to fast food outlets. Every little step goes a long way.

                                  Here’re some healthy snacks ideas for you: 15 Healthy Snacks You Should Always Have At Home

                                  8. Eating Too Much Red Meat

                                  There has been conclusive evidence that consumption of red meat increases the risk of colorectal cancer; and suggestive evidence that it increases the risk of oesophageal cancer, lung cancer, pancreatic cancer, and endometrial cancer.

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                                  In addition, some studies have linked consumption of large quantities of red meat with breast cancer, stomach cancer, lymphoma, bladder cancer, lung cancer and prostate cancer![9]

                                  Personally, I’m a vegetarian so I don’t consume red meat, but for those of you who consume red meat, do watch out and limit your intake — better still, cut it out of your diet. World Cancer Research Fund recommends limiting intake of red meat to less than 300g (11 oz) cooked weight per week, “very little, if any of which to be processed.”

                                  Of if you’re thinking about becoming a vegetarian, check out this guide: 5 Practical Tips For Starting a Vegetarian Lifestyle

                                  9. Watching Too Much TV

                                  I stopped watching TV since eight years ago and I have never regretted it. Every once in a while I will switch on the telly to see what is on, and then I will switch it off because it’s just the same boring shtick over and over again.

                                  Watching TV, particularly well-written dramas, can be a good way to unwind. However, remember that TV isn’t your life.

                                  Spending three hours every night watching TV will not change your life for the better. Rather, using that time to reflect on your life, take stock, and take action on your goals will.

                                  It’s not easy to remove TV from your daily routine right away, but follow these 6 Steps To Remove TV From Your Life.

                                  10. Being Late

                                  Not only is being late being rude to others, it also means that you’re always rushing from one place to another, playing catch up in your agenda, and having to apologize to every person you meet.

                                  Stop being late and not being punctual, but practice being early instead. Target to arrive 15 minutes earlier before any appointment and bring along something to do in those 15 minutes (or longer if the other person turns out to be late). Then you can stop playing catch up and stay ahead in life.

                                  Learn more tips about how to be more punctual here: How to Be On Time Every Time

                                  11. Being in Bad Relationships

                                  Are you always dating the wrong guys/girls? Do you end up with jerks all the time? Well, you may not be able to stop yourself from meeting bad partners but you can certainly stop yourself from furthering contact with them, spending time with them, or even… entering into a relationship with them.

                                  I used to invest myself in this guy who was nothing but toxic for me. After a good five months of experiencing nothing but getting burned over and over again, I realized that he was a total waste of my time and I deserved better. I decided to cut him off, and it was soon after that I met my soulmate.

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                                  Learn about why you shouldn’t stay in a bad relationship and how to deal with it if you’re in one: Why Trying Hard to Stay in an Unhappy Relationship Is Not Love, but Fear

                                  12. Leaving Things to the Last Minute

                                  Burning the midnight oil isn’t fun — it’s exhausting.

                                  Those of you who got through college by burning the midnight oil would have learned this the hard way. Not only is it damaging for your body, it is also mentally draining as you’re constantly in a hyper-tense mode, feeling anxious about whether you can finish your work on time.

                                  Start today on a new note. Rather than react to your deadlines, be proactive about them by planning ahead, identifying what needs to be done for the week, and getting things done in advance.

                                  By staying ahead of your tasks, you can also use your extra time to plan ahead in your life and get more things done.

                                  Take a look at this guide and learn how to stop procrastinating: Procrastination – A Step-By-Step Guide to Stop Procrastinating

                                  13. Focusing on the Negatives

                                  In every situation, there are two ways you can react: zoom down to the problem areas and crib about how things aren’t the way you want, or celebrate the areas that are going well and work on making everything better.

                                  Many of us see the importance of doing the latter but in practice, we do the former. Why though? Criticizing and focusing on the negatives is easy but it doesn’t empower nor inspire us to be better.

                                  Make a change — for every negative encounter you run into, I challenge you to identify three things that are good about it. Practice doing this for one week, and by the end of the week you’ll find that your first instinct is to think positive, not negative.

                                  And here’re even more ways to help you stay positive: 11 Tips for Maintaining your Positive Attitude

                                  The Bottom Line

                                  So here you find the 13 most common bad habits and their consequences on your mind and body. The good news’ you can quit them all.

                                  Just spot out your own bad habits and take my suggestions to quit them. Then you’ll find your life a lot healthier and happier!

                                  Need more tips to break your bad habits? Check out these articles:

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