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Let’s not pretend a chicken breast is, like, the sexiest lunch or dinner option on your regularly scheduled rotation because it’s not. Nothing against chicken, she’s just basic. But that exact quality is what makes chicky boob the perfect base for more attractive ingredients—like foods that melt.
Sure, you could put those on the side or on top, but may I be so bold as to suggest you butterfly le breast and put the fun stuff INSIDE the chicken? Think of it sorta like a sandwich with meat for bread but less weird and more delicious.
Follow this easy recipe for inspo, then keep reading to find other flavor combos to experiment with next week.
Carefully slice through the raw fillet horizontally, leaving a lil “hinge” on one side; fill it with layers of roasted red peppers, mozzarella, and basil leaves (or any of the combos below); season all over with salt and pep; and bake at 400 degrees for 30 to 40 minutes (or until the juices run clear). Thank the chicken for being so delicious. Eat.
The magic combination is, essentially, some kind of green veggie plus a creamy thing (read: cheese) plus a lil something extra for ~complexity~. Yes, this is Top Chef. Yes, you will be judged on your final dish. You’re free to steal from this list of ingredient combos that make perfect sense.