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How To Cook Golden, Juicy Chicken Breast on the Stove — Cooking Lessons from The Kitchn

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There are as many variations on cooking chicken breast as there are cooks, and I'd say that is a very good thing, as it ensures we never grow tired of this dinner staple.

Pan-seared chicken breast, cooked in a little oil with salt and pepper and finished with a generous knob of butter, is the first way I learned to cook chicken and a technique I always go back to. The resulting chicken has a golden-crisp exterior with a still-juicy interior, and is just as welcome served with steamed vegetables as it is atop creamy Alfredo pasta.

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Slow Cooker Recipe: Cheesy Panade with Swiss Chard, Beans & Sausage — Quick and Easy Weeknight Dinners

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A panade is one of those dishes that is way better than it has any right to be — or than it looks to be. It's an assembly of day-old bread, shredded cheese, and handy pantry ingredients (in this case, white beans, Swiss chard, and sausage) that gets doused with broth and baked until bubbly, like a savory bread pudding meets French onion soup. Not quite a soup and not quite a casserole, it's something more: the best of both worlds.

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Slow Cooker Recipe: Cheesy Panade with Swiss Chard, Beans & Sausage — Quick and Easy Weeknight Dinners

(Image credit: Joe Lingeman)

A panade is one of those dishes that is way better than it has any right to be — or than it looks to be. It's an assembly of day-old bread, shredded cheese, and handy pantry ingredients (in this case, white beans, Swiss chard, and sausage) that gets doused with broth and baked until bubbly, like a savory bread pudding meets French onion soup. Not quite a soup and not quite a casserole, it's something more: the best of both worlds.

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Recipe: Crunchy Cabbage & Peanut Slaw — Quick and Easy Vegetarian Dinners

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This deceptively simple mix of cabbage, peanuts, and rice vinegar with oil is one of the easiest ways to round out a meal. It's all in how you cut the cabbage: the mix is light and feathery yet satisfying at the same time. This is my attempt to imitate it, and it's also a basic element in one of my favorite meals for a crowd, slow cooker hoisin pork wraps.

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Recipe: Sheet Pan Chicken Souvlaki — Quick and Easy Weeknight Dinners

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One of the easiest, tastiest sheet pan chicken dinners picks up big flavor from a couple of basics in your spice cabinet and takes your tastebuds on a trip to Greece. Inspired by souvlaki — the traditional skewered chicken highlighted with lemon, sweet herbs, and garlic — juicy chicken thighs are infused with the same classic flavors and get cooked until the skin is irresistibly crisp. Partner with crispy red potatoes and sweet, tender bell peppers for a weeknight dinner ready in 30 minutes.

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Recipe: Easy One-Pot Chicken Taco Soup — Quick and Easy Weeknight Dinners

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Ready for a Taco Tuesday reboot? Loaded with juicy shreds of chicken, hearty black beans, and sweet corn, all swimming in a smoky, spiced broth, this chicken taco soup recipe is one you're going to want to keep close by through the fall and beyond. Clocking in at about 30 minutes, this soup is definitely weeknight-friendly and just what to eat when you want big flavor without a ton time.

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