Based on the sample of my patients, I’m going to guess that you didn’t know this but it’s true. Straight from the freezer chicken breast cooks up, delightfully moist and with basically zero prep in ~45 minutes. That’s just enough time to let the dogs out, pull in the garbage bins, pour a glass of water, sort through the mail, and throw in a load of laundry. 45 minutes. Dinner, done.
You are already familiar with my love of frozen foods, they show up in just about every single post related to eating well if you’re busy. And we’re all busy. So stop waiting for the day when you’re going to miraculously discover hour 25 and 26, and take the advice – frozen food is your friend!
Here’s how it’s done:
1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit
2. Cover baking sheet with tinfoil, spray tinfoil with cooking spray
3. Place chicken breasts on foiled and oiled cooking sheet, season as desired
4. Cook for ~45 minutes, until cooked through.
Pesto chicken breast: Top frozen chicken breasts with jarred basil pesto. Serve with frozen Italian vegetables heated up in a pan where you’ve sautéed garlic in olive oil, and quinoa.
BBQ chicken breast: Top frozen chicken breasts with a thin coating of BBQ sauce and throw in some sweet potatoes cut into French fry shape to cook at the same time. Serve with a crunchy salad of romaine, green apple, red onion, and thin-sliced celery dressed with a mustard vinaigrette.
Italian chicken breast: Sprinkle frozen chicken breasts with salt and pepper, garlic powder, and dried oregano and basil. Serve with a classic green salad and crusty multigrain bread.
Low sodium chicken breast: Sprinkle frozen chicken breasts with your favorite Mrs. Dash seasoning. Serve with steamed green beans and
Teriyaki chicken breast: Brush frozen chicken breast with teriyaki marinade. Since it’s frozen, the sauce will stick to the breasts and the flavor will seep in during cooking. Use the same marinade to liven up the flavors of frozen stir fry vegetables, served over brown rice.