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Chicken Again? Think Outside the Box

9 ideas for turning an uninspiring dinner staple into a culinary creation

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Chicken kebabs with vegetables are easy to make, delicious and far from boring. — Getty Images

Chicken breasts, high in protein and low in fat, are a smart, basic centerpiece for everyday meals — but there's no need to stick with boring preparations. Instead, think of chicken breasts as blank canvases that can be transformed into vibrant and wonderful creations. These nine diverse recipes from a range of cuisines are some of our favorites.

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1. Sesame Chicken Fingers

by Steven Raichlen

As an appetizer or main course, these baked chicken fingers are less fatty than their deep-fried counterparts. Black sesame seeds, called gomen, are an attractive addition to the sesame crust.

Per serving: 183 calories, 1g saturated fat, 6g carbohydrates, 20g protein, 564mg sodium

2. Quick Cilantro Chicken

by Jane Butel

Cilantro is the primary flavor in this dish, which can be cooked in less than 15 minutes for a quick and tasty weeknight dinner.

Per serving: 253 calories, 2g saturated fat, 2g carbohydrates, 35g protein, 0g fiber, 108mg sodium

3. Chicken Breasts, Southwestern Style

by Maryana Vollstedt

Crushed tortilla chips are a fantastic, crunchy breading for chicken breasts (consider buying baked chips, for less fat). Marinating the chicken in a honey-and-lime-juice mixture keeps it extra moist.

Per serving: 432 calories, 4g saturated fat, 18g carbohydrates, 50g protein, 3g fiber, 546mg sodium

4. Curried Chicken Salad With Apples and Currants

by Debra Ponzek

It's a classic chicken salad recipe, balancing the sweetness of the apples with curry powder and onion. It's an excellent use for leftover cooked chicken breast.

Per serving (not including fresh mayonnaise): 362 calories, 4g saturated fat, 9g carbohydrates, 30g protein, 1g fiber, 405mg sodium

Next page: 5 more interesting chicken breast recipes, including Indian Chicken Kebabs. »

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