Every year for January lots of people start the South Beach Diet, and to help them with ideas, I post all Phase One recipes on the blog that month. I did that again this year (with an exception for the Shrimp and Macaroni Salad posted as a tribute to my dad.) Actually, I usually end up doing phase one a couple of times each year, and often when I'm doing Phase One I want something to eat that really makes me forget I'm on a diet. The recipes featured in this post are some ideas for using chicken breasts fit that description. Let's start with Janet's Mustard Chicken shown above, something my sister Janet taught me to make years ago.
This Chicken with Asparagus and Three Cheeses is probably a "once-in-a-while-treat" for Phase One, so make it on a night when you really need something that tastes good.
I'm not thrilled with this photo (from the early days of the blog) but I do LOVE this recipe for Chicken Breasts with Cilantro and Red Thai Curry Peanut Sauce. I made this recently with my niece Alyson, her fiance Nick, and her friend Rachel, and it was a definite hit.
A recent recipe that uses chicken breasts is this Baked Pesto Chicken, which has gotten a "thumbs-up" in comments from a lot of readers.
Finally, these Sauteed Chicken Breasts with Tarragon-Mustard Pan Sauce are something I'd happily eat any time of year. I'd even buy tarragon leaves to make this in the winter when I didn't have any from the garden.
All these recipes will be added to my category of Favorites on the blog. You can use that link to see more of my very favorite recipes.