A golden, pan-seared chicken breast is a weeknight savior. A staple in many a dinner rotation, its versatility means you can turn to it for countless meals without getting sick of it — as long as you dress it up. Sometimes, that's as simple as changing up the toppings. Here's how to give chicken breast a fresh and flavorful upgrade in every color of the rainbow.
10 Quick & Colorful Ways to Top Chicken Breast
To bring some color to your chicken breast, look to the crisper and pantry for a little assistance. You'll find some bright ingredient combinations you might not have considered before.
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1. Chopped Tomato + Red Onion + Fresh Basil
This simple, three-ingredient blend of ripe chopped tomatoes, red onion, and fragrant basil give chicken a fresh and flavorful upgrade. Keep it convenient with a jar of store-bought bruschetta, or use your farmers market haul to make it at home.
2. Chopped Peppadews + Crushed Marcona Almonds
Count this as the best reason yet to keep a jar of these bite-sized sweet and tangy peppers in the fridge. Paired with crushed ultra-crunchy Marcona almonds, your chicken breasts gets a big boost of texture and flavor.
3. Julienned Mango + Cilantro + Red Chile Flakes
Inspired by our favorite mango salsa, chicken breast gets a sweet and spicy twist with thin slices of mango tossed with fresh cilantro and red chile flakes.
4. Chopped Orange Segments + Rosemary + Pink Peppercorns
A warm sweet and savory topping that combines chopped orange segments, fresh rosemary, and ground pink peppercorns has a way of making chicken breast feel deceptively elegant.
5. Pineapple Chunks + Cayenne + Mint
This mixture of fresh (or canned) pineapple chunks with fresh mint and a pinch of cayenne pepper will leave you feeling like you're eating your chicken dinner on a tropical beach.
6. Yellow Cherry Tomatoes + Black Pepper + Parmesan
Now's the time to take advantage of those sweet yellow cherry tomatoes at the market. Cut them into quarters, pile them on top of your chicken breast, and top with curls of shaved Parmesan cheese and freshly ground black pepper.
7. Kiwi + Chopped Jalapeño + Red Onion
Tossed with chopped kiwi, jalapeño peppers, and red onion, this quick salsa is the bold and sassy upgrade for your plain chicken breast.
Get the recipe: Kiwi-Jalapeño Salsa
8. Pesto + Chopped Scallions
Grab a jar of purchased pesto (or make your own!), then spread it over the chicken before topping it with sliced green and white scallions for a little oniony kick.
9. Chopped Blueberries + Marinated Feta
If you love a good mix of sweet, salty, and savory, this is the chicken topping for you. Grab a container of marinated feta from the cheese counter and put those sweet berries to work in a brand new way.
10. Blackberries + Blackberry Jam + Lime Zest
Just a little bit of lime zest mixed with smashed blackberries and blackberry jam gives this otherwise sweet and fruity topping a very welcome tangy surprise.
- Food stylist: Ryan Reineck