Had enough of boring chicken breast dinners? You’re going to love this post. It’s a collection of six of my favorite sauces that will transform any chicken dish into an incredibly delicious meal.
Chicken breasts are fantastic for dinner in a pinch. They take just three minutes to cook on each side. Then whip up these quick and easy sauces in the same pan. Dinner is ready, and there is no pile of dishes to clean up since everything is made in one pan.
Read on for the recipes to each of these amazing chicken dinners.
Preparing and Cooking the Chicken Breasts
Before you prepare the sauces, you’ll need to cook your chicken. The main thing that we want to avoid when cooking chicken is ending up with a dry, bland meal.
I find that thick pieces of chicken can be a bit on the tasteless side, so when I prepare the chicken, I like to cut the skinless boneless chicken breasts in half horizontally. That way you’ll end up with thinner chicken cutlets.
Season the cutlets with salt and pepper and cook in 2 tablespoons of butter for 3-4 minutes on each side until golden brown. Cooking the chicken in butter guarantees that it will be moist and juicy. If you prefer, you can substitute extra virgin olive oil or even avocado oil.
Next it’s time for the sauce! Remove the chicken from the pan and choose one of these sauces to cook in the chicken’s juices.
These recipes all make thin pan sauces. If you would like any of them a little thicker, just whisk a tablespoon of gluten free flour in some cold water first (this is called slurry). Then whisk the slurry into your hot pan sauce. Stir until thickened, and you’re good to go.
1. Orange Sauce
This lovely sauce is sweetened with the juice of fresh squeezed oranges. If you’re looking for a good citrus juicer, I recommend this one. A hint of Dijon mustard, dash of thyme, and creamy butter make for a wonderful finishing touch.
- ½ cup orange juice
- 1 teaspoon gluten free Dijon mustard
- dash thyme
- 1 tablespoon butter
- Add orange juice, dijon mustard and thyme to your hot skillet. Simmer until reduced by half, about 5 minutes.
- Then whisk in butter until lightly thickened. Pour over chicken and serve.
2. Simple Lemon And Capers Sauce
A simple version of my lemony Piccata sauce, this lemon and capers sauce is flourless, bright, and refreshing. Just like the oranges for the orange sauce, I fresh squeezed lemons in my citrus juicer to make this recipe.
- ⅓ cup fresh lemon juice (from about 2 lemons)
- ½ cup gluten free chicken broth, homemade or store bought
- ¼ cup capers
- 2 tablespoons butter
- Add lemon juice, chicken broth and capers to your hot skillet. Reduce to about half, 5 minutes. Whisk in butter and simmer for 1 more minute. Pour over cooked chicken breast. Garnish with parsley.
3. Pistachio Maple Sauce
If you have kids, they might be as excited as mine were when I told them the sauce was made with “pancake” syrup. My husband loved it too. The pistachios are only slightly crunchy after simmering in the sauce which adds a lovely texture and a nutty hint to the maple flavor.
- Add chicken broth, maple syrup and vinegar to the hot skillet. Then add shelled pistachios. Simmer for about 5 minutes. Stir in butter and simmer for one more minute. Pour over cooked chicken breast or serve on the side for as a dipping sauce.
4. Creamy Mustard Sauce
If you love a hint of tang, this creamy sauce is for you. It’s made with just three ingredients: chicken broth, Dijon mustard, and coconut milk. And it looks lovely garnished with a little parsley.
- Add chicken broth and Dijon mustard,to your hot skillet. Simmer until reduced by half, about 5 minutes. Whisk in coconut milk. Stir and simmer 1 more minute. Pour over chicken.
5. Honey Dijon Sauce
If you love that flavor of a rich barbecue sauce, you have to try this one. This is a simple version of my honey barbecue sauce. It conjures up thoughts of sunshine and backyard cookouts.
- Heat oil in skillet and sauté the onions until soft, about 4 minutes.
- Add beef stock, honey, and dijon mustard. Stir. Season with paprika. Simmer for 5 minutes.
- Pour over chicken or serve on the side for dipping.
6. Tomato Basil Sauce
What collection of sauces would be complete without a tomato sauce? This one might be the quickest tomato sauce ever. The little cherry tomatoes burst when they are heated. Then finish your sauce off with creamy butter. Yum.
- ½ cup gluten free chicken broth
- 4 ounces cherry tomatoes, cut in half
- dash of basil
- 1 tablespoon butter
- Add chicken broth tomatoes and basil to the hot skillet. Bring to a boil and simmer for about 15 minutes. The tomatoes will break down as they simmer. Stir occasionally, crushing the tomatoes with a fork.
- Whisk in butter. Pour over chicken and serve.
Chicken makes for a protein packed meal. Served with one of these wonderful sauces, it’s a tasty and super-quick meal too. I like to call these dinners gourmet-in-a-flash. 🙂 Enjoy, friends! Have a happy and healthy week!
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