5-Star Spring Chicken
Put a little spring in your step–and on your plate–with these top-rated chicken recipes.
Photo: Jennifer Davick; Styling: Lydia Degaris Pursell
Baked Chicken Roulade
Fill tender chicken breast pieces with asparagus and spinach, bake, and top with a light white wine sauce for an elegant springtime entrée.
Recipe: Baked Chicken Roulade
Photo: Karry Hosford
Chicken and Asparagus Pasta Toss
Add pre-cooked chicken strips, chopped asparagus, and tomatoes to corkscrew pasta for an easy main dish pasta meal.
Recipe: Chicken and Asparagus Pasta Toss
Top a mixture of mixed salad greens, strawberries and almonds with a sweet poppy seed dressing for a colorful springtime main dish salad.
Recipe: Chicken-and-Strawberry Salad
Becky Luigart-Stayner; Lydia DeGaris-Pursell
Chicken Scallopine with Morels and Spring Vegetables
Turn this classic chicken dish into a springtime specialty with the addition of green peas, asparagus, and morel mushrooms.
Annabelle Breakey; Randy Mon
Pan-roasted Chicken with Asparagus and Shiitakes
Meaty shiitakes, a good sear on the chicken, and a sprinkle of nutty parmesan cheese—not to mention the sweet, tender-crisp asparagus—make this low-fat dish a winner.
Photo: Jennifer Davick; Styling: Lydia Pursell
Chicken Risotto with Spring Vegetables
Make creamy risotto the main dish by adding strips of chicken and fresh asparagus.
Photo: Randy Mayor; Styling: Rose Nguyen
Chicken and Strawberry Salad
Strawberries are at their peak, so now is the perfect time to toss them with chicken and fresh greens for a simple no-cook salad.
Recipe: Chicken and Strawberry Salad
Photo: Iain Bagwell; Styling: Kevin Crafts
Grilled Chicken Pita Salad
Showcase springtime asparagus along with sliced chicken, kalamata olives, tomato and feta cheese in this hearty Mediterranean main dish salad.
Recipe: Grilled Chicken Pita Salad
Photo: Becky Luigart-Stayner; Styling: Rose Nguyen
Steamed Chicken and Vegetables with Soy Dipping Sauce
Pile steamed fresh sugar snap peas and crisp asparagus on top of steamed chicken and serve with a soy dipping sauce for a dinner that comes in at only 250 calories per serving.
Make a slit in the side of each chicken breast halves and fill the "pockets" with feta cheese and olive paste. With the wilted spinach on the side, it's a one-dish meal oozing with Mediterranean flavor. Reviwer DClady1980 says, "I make this recipe at least twice a month. It's very simple and tastes wonderful."
Recipe: Mediterranean Chicken
Chicken and Farfalle Salad with Walnut Pesto
Making the pesto with walnuts instead of the more traditional pine nuts adds a rich, toasty flavor to the sauce. Reviewer Wachterkim raves, "Excellent, easy recipe. Simple, but delicious."
Caesar Chicken-Pasta Salad
Have your (pasta) salad and eat it too! This recipe combines the best flavors of Caesar and pasta salad. Reviewer Mpls Erin recalls, "YUM! My entire family was licking the bowl. Now it's a requirement for just about every visit. My 3-year-old, who does NOT like salad, loved it."
Recipe: Caesar Chicken-Pasta Salad
Yogurt-Marinated Chicken Kebabs with Israeli Couscous
Kebabs are a light, easy way to prepare chicken, especially when served atop a bed of homemade couscous. "What a fantastic flavor change! If you're not typically eating east-Indian food, this one is a fantastic introduction," recommends reviewer Bill W.
Rosemary Chicken Salad Sandwiches
Fresh rosemary and smoked almonds set this chicken salad apart from all the others, and rotisserie chicken breasts make it quick and easy. Reviewer Raquel recalls, "This chicken salad was so great! We served it at a wedding shower and everyone loved it."
Chicken and Strawberries over Mixed Greens
Using precooked chicken makes this dish a snap to throw together for lunch. Serve with focaccia topped with coarse salt and rosemary to complement the sweet strawberries and raisins in the salad.
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