Resolve to Not Eat Boring Chicken in 2013 -- We'll Show You How!

Chicken breasts are the perfect blank canvas for quick weeknight dinners, but man, are they ever boring. Katie Workman, author of The Mom 100 Cookbook, creator of themom100.com blog shows you how to transform this basic cut of chicken into a five-star meal with five simple sauce recipes (7 Photos)

Katie Workman on Jan 16, 2013 at 9:24AM

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Resolve to Not Eat Boring Chicken in 2013 -- We'll Show You How!

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What's a Pan Sauce?

A simple pan sauce can make turn a package of boneless, skinless chicken breasts into a full meal. Think of it as the finishing touch that gives the chicken a flavor profile -- whether that’s French, Italian, Southwestern, or just scrape-your-plate delicious.

At its most basic, a pan sauce is made by adding some additional seasonings and liquid to the pan that a plain piece of chicken (or other protein) has been cooked in. All you have to do is simmer the liquid in the hot pan and scrape up the little bits of caramelized chicken, seasonings and remaining oil or butter from the bottom of the skillet, which creates a flavorful sauce. If your chicken breasts are more than ¾-inch thick you may want to pound them between two pieces of plastic wrap to flatten them out a bit so they will cook faster.

Follow this simple pan sauce blueprint or try one of these recipes to turn a package of plain old chicken into an excellent weeknight dinner.

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