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Chicken Breast Challenge: Ten Ways to Feed a Family with 1 Chicken Breast

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Shift toward a plant-based style of eating with these ten meal ideas that use just one chicken breast for four people, rounded out with lots of veggies, legumes and whole grains.

Chicken Breast Challenge: Ten Ways to Feed a Family with 1 Chicken Breast

“Plant-Based” has become a buzzword lately, and we’re all about it. Not because we’re vegetarians (we’re not) but because we know that whole plant foods like vegetables, beans, fruits, and whole grains are the most powerful promoters of good health for kids and grownups alike.

That doesn’t mean, of course, that you have to give up meat to be healthy. Lean meats provide important protein to growing kids. And when it comes to feeding a family, a little meat can go a long way! Here are ten favorite ways to incorporate just ONE cooked chicken breast into a plant-powered dinner that feeds an entire family. Enjoy!

Curry with Lentils and Chickpeas

Curry with Lentils and Chickpeas

Try this hearty, non-spicy curry that’s packed with legumes and vegetables and just enough chicken to satisfy the meat-eaters at the table.

Pasta with Veggies

Chicken Breast Challenge: Ten Ways to Feed a Family with 1 Chicken Breast

Enhance Broccoli Alfredo, Pasta Primavera, or another veggie-filled pasta dinner with a few strips of baked or grilled chicken on each serving.

Bean Tacos

Chicken Breast Challenge: Ten Ways to Feed a Family with 1 Chicken Breast

Stuff hard or soft tortillas with white or refried beans, cheese, chicken, lettuce and tomato for a fresh weeknight meal.

“Bistro Box” Spread

Chicken Breast Challenge: Ten Ways to Feed a Family with 1 Chicken Breast

Ever had a Starbucks “Bistro Box”? Turn the concept into a dinner spread by serving hummus, pita chips, raw veggies, cheese, and cubes of chicken family style. My kids love to eat this on the floor like a picnic!

Loaded Sweet Potatoes

Chicken Breast Challenge: Ten Ways to Feed a Family with 1 Chicken Breast

Stuff baked sweet potatoes with black beans, chicken, salsa, and a sprinkle of cheddar. We like to cook our sweet potatoes in the slow cooker or Instant Pot for super creamy sweets.

Veggie Pizza

Chicken Breast Challenge: Ten Ways to Feed a Family with 1 Chicken Breast

Top a whole wheat pizza crust with broccoli, peppers, mushrooms, or any other favorite veggies, plus a cubed chicken breast.

Colorful Kebabs

Chicken Breast Challenge: Ten Ways to Feed a Family with 1 Chicken Breast

Add one piece of chicken to mostly-veggie kebabs, grill, and serve with a side of brown rice and fruit.

Asian Stir Fry

Chicken Breast Challenge: Ten Ways to Feed a Family with 1 Chicken Breast

Stir-fry bell peppers, carrots, broccoli, and snap peas with a little teriyaki sauce and one cubed chicken breast. Serve over rice.

Salad Bar

Chicken Breast Challenge: Ten Ways to Feed a Family with 1 Chicken Breast

Set out bowls of lettuce, beans, vegetables, croutons, and chicken, and let kids build their own salads. The more kinds of salad toppings you can offer, the more fun it is for kids to customize (and the more likely they’ll be try something new.)

Mostly-Veggie Chili

Chicken Breast Challenge: Ten Ways to Feed a Family with 1 Chicken Breast

Simmer up a batch of your favorite vegetarian chili, then add one shredded chicken breast to the pot, or divide it among bowls like a garnish.

We hope you’ll try some of these ideas, and get smiles all around! And tell us: how do you like to stretch a little bit of meat into a full meal?

Chicken Breast Challenge: Ten Ways to Feed a Family with 1 Chicken Breast
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Stews! Loaded with any vegetables in season with just one small piece of meat in the whole pot. Could be one slice of ossobuco or about 100g of beef shoulder for a family of 4. The meat gives great flavour to the whole dish and no need to have lots of it to feel statisfying. Try adding a half a jar of pasta sauce for an Italian(ish) version. Serve with pasta, rice or creamy polenta, it’s a winter favourite!

I have one large, uncooked, to divide among 3 adults. How can I cook the one chicken? It feels wasteful to put it in the oven, but I also thought maybe I could use it like a turkey, and have lots of sides. What do you think?

BBQ Chicken Pizza! 1 chicken breast, 1 onion, 1 green pepper, BBQ sauce and choice of cheese. What could be easier OR cheaper? Have picky eaters? Use the onion and pepper on half….thats what we do. Save the extra pepper and onion for a stir-fry. ENJOY!