It happens to all of us: No matter how well-intentioned we are in getting a homemade dinner on the table, days just get so hectic that our plans often go poof. That’s why we’re big fans of picking up packages of thinly sliced chicken breast at the grocery store. Not only does it cut down on prep time, those pre-sliced pieces cook up super-fast — it’s a win-win! And fast doesn’t have to mean flavorless, thanks to these shortcut recipes from the First for Women test kitchen that’ll have a delicious dinner ready in as little as 25 minutes. Just keep scrolling for our favorite thin sliced chicken breast recipes.
7 weeknight-easy thin sliced chicken breast recipes
Buying chicken breasts that are already sliced makes for quick work in the kitchen. Note that the USDA recommends using raw chicken within 1 to 2 days of purchase. “I always store uncooked chicken on the bottom shelf in the refrigerator,” says First for Women test kitchen manager Susan Chiusano. “That’s the coldest spot in the fridge, which helps the meat stay fresh longer.” If you won’t be able to use the chicken within that time frame, it’s best to stash it in the freezer, where it will last about 9 months.
1. Pasta with Pesto and Chicken
Turn pasta with pesto into a complete meal in minutes by tossing in cooked chicken and tender zucchini ribbons.
2. Spiced Chicken ‘n’ Chickpeas
Quick-cooking preseasoned couscous is the easy secret to this one-skillet meal that’s sure to satisfy.
3. Chicken Waldorf Salad
Breeze through meal prep by making the chicken and bulgur for this whole-grain supper up to two days ahead.
4. Gingery Chicken Stir-Fry
Convenient jarred garlic and ginger pack plenty of flavor into this dish that cooks up in just 30 minutes.
5. Tex-Mex Chicken Pizza
Crisp shallots add toasty sweetness to this taco-inspired dish that comes together fast with rotisserie chicken and a prebaked crust.
6. Bruschetta Chicken and Bow Ties
All the flavors you love in the Italian topping for crusty toasts are transformed into a refreshing supper.
7. Herbed Panzanella Salad
Juicy peaches add just the right amount of sweetness to this garden-fresh toss studded with toasty sourdough.
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