For busy cooks everywhere, here are a couple of delicious, quick, and easy chicken entrees that are sure to please your family and friends. Choose Quick and Easy Pecan Chicken Breasts or Grilled Lemon Garlic Chicken. I’ll bet you’ll really want to try both. Both of these recipes need to marinate overnight. Spend a few minutes before bedtime or while preparing dinner the night before to put the chicken in the marinade and refrigerate. The next day when you are ready to make dinner, your chicken will cook in only minutes.
QUICK AND EASY PECAN CHICKEN BREASTS
4 (about 1 1/4 lb total) boneless, skinless chicken breasts
1/2 cup creamy Italian dressing
1/2 cup fresh bread crumbs
1/2 cup finely chopped pecans
1/4 cup butter
Place chicken in a ziptop plastic bag and pour the dressing over the chicken. Marinate in the refrigerator from 1 hour to overnight. Drain and discard marinade.
In a shallow bowl or pie plate, combine the bread crumbs and chopped pecans. Dredge the chicken breasts through the crumb mixture pressing to coat well.
In a large skillet, over medium heat, melt the butter. Add chicken to skillet and cook 5 to 6 minutes on each side or until tender and cooked through.
GRILLED LEMON GARLIC CHICKEN
This chicken marinates overnight. It is in the quick fix recipes category because the marinade preparation only takes minutes and the chicken grills quickly the next day.
8 skinless boneless chicken breasts
juice of two lemons
zest of 1 lemon
1/4 cup canola oil
8 garlic cloves, finely minced
1 tsp thyme
1 tbsp fresh parsley, chopped
1 tbsp fresh chives, chopped
1 tsp oregano
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp fresh ground black pepper
Rinse chicken breasts and pat dry. In a large glass baking dish, combine the lemon juice, lemon zest, canola oil, garlic, thyme, parsley, chives, oregano, salt and pepper; add chicken and cover. Refrigerate overnight.
Remove chicken from refrigerator, drain and discard the marinade. Grill chicken until cooked through. Garnish with parsley sprigs and lemon slices, if desired.