Technique Tuesday: How to Change Up Chicken Breast
Think of a chicken breast as a blank canvas: it's just begging for you to use ingredients and techniques to make it a flavorful work of art. You'll never think of chicken as being boring again after learning these four fast and easy tricks to totally change up chicken.
1. Split It
Place the breast flat on a work surface and stabilize it with your palm. Using a chef's knife, slice horizontally starting from the thicker side of the breast, creating two 1/4- to 1/2-inch thick pieces. Cook the cutlets quickly in EVOO and use them in sandwiches like this Chicken BLT.
Spinach and Feta Stuffed Chicken
2. Pocket It
Using a paring knife, make a horizontal cut, about an inch and a half long, in the thickets part of the breast. Sweep the tip of the blade laterally within the cut, being careful not to poke through the sides, to create a pocket. Now, you can stuff it with cheese, herbs, mushrooms and other tasty things like spinach and feta!
3. Pound It
Place the breast between two sheets of plastic wrap. Working with a meat pounder from the center of the breast outward, use firm, even blows to flatten the breast to the desired thickness. Thinner breasts roll up easily. Layer on meats and cheeses; then roll, bake and slice into cool spirals!
4. Process It
Cut chicken breasts into cubes and place in a food processor. Pulse until finely ground but not a paste, about four 1-second pulses. Keep ground meat refrigerated until ready to form into patties or use in chili.