If you've relegated frozen breaded chicken to the kid's menu, it's time to take a second look. Keep a bag in the freezer and you'll never be tempted to hit the fast food drive-thru again. Use frozen breaded chicken in adult-friendly salads, pasta dishes and even wraps and sandwiches.
Pair cooked frozen breaded chicken with lettuce, bacon bits, avocado, eggs and tomatoes for a fast and easy Cobb salad, the quintessential American salad created in 1937 by Robert Cobb, chef at the former Brown Derby restaurant in Los Angeles. Substitute Parmesan cheese, croutons, romaine lettuce and Caesar dressing for a Chicken Caesar salad or use corn, chili, diced tomatoes, and salsa for a taco salad.
Pastas and Casseroles
Slice and serve breaded chicken with pasta and Alfredo sauce for Chicken Alfredo. Dust a few chicken breasts with green onion dip mix, top with several slices of mozzarella cheese and some marinara sauce and toast under the broiler until the cheese melts. Serve with additional marinara sauce and spaghetti for Chicken Parmigiana. Cube the chicken breasts and use them in any casserole calling for chicken, such as Chicken and Rice or Chicken Enchiladas.
Slice and skewer breaded chicken breasts on kabobs for a fun and easy party food. Serve the kabobs with peanut sauce or ranch dressing. Skewer sliced pound cake, marshmallows, strawberries, pineapple, peaches and grapes on skewers for fruit kabobs, accompanied by a chocolate or vanilla sauce for dipping.
Sandwiches and Wraps
Frozen breaded chicken breasts are the obvious choice for chicken sandwiches, paired with lettuce, tomato or cheese and a bun. Substitute creamy dressing for mustard and mayo. Slice the chicken breasts for wraps or pita pockets, as well. When combined with your favorite toppings, such as basil, spinach leaves, hummus, feta cheese, diced tomatoes or cucumbers, frozen breaded chicken breasts make a fast and nutritious lunch or dinner.
Keep chicken breasts frozen until you are ready to use them and add seasonings before you cook them. Oven baking is usually the preferred method for heating, although a microwave or toaster oven works as well and eliminates the need to heat the oven, a boon on hot summer evenings.