Chicken's Versatility Means A Variety Of Taste Treats

IN THE KITCHEN

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Chicken is a staple for dinner in most homes so having different ways to prepare it is always helpful.

The following are recipes from Kraft Foods' Web site.

Creamy Garlic Chicken

2 teaspoons vegetable oil

4 small boneless skinless chicken breast halves (1 lb.)

1/4 cup Miracle Whip Dressing

2 cups frozen stir-fry vegetables

1 tablespoons soy sauce

4 cloves garlic minced

3 cups hot cooked Minute White Rice

Heat oil in large nonstick skillet on medium-high heat. Add chicken; cook 6 minutes, turning after 3 minutes.

Add dressing, vegetables, soy sauce and garlic; stir. Cook, covered, 7 minutes or until chicken is cooked through, stirring occasionally.

Serve over the hot cooked rice.

A note about garlic -- Whether powdered or fresh, when it comes to garlic, use what you have on hand. If you don't have fresh garlic, you can use a 1/2 teaspoon of powdered garlic for this recipe (1 medium clove of garlic equals 1/8th of a teaspoon of powdered). Using fresh garlic? Try this easy peelingrick:

1. Place the flat side of a chef's knife on top of the garlic clove, with the blade facing away from you.

2. Holding the handle of the knife with one hand, whack the flat part of the knife with the heel of your other hand to flatten the clove. The peel will slide off.

Easy Bistro Chicken

2 teaspoon vegetable oil

3 cups sliced fresh mushrooms

1 medium onion, chopped

1, 15-ounce can stewed tomatoes, undrained

1/4 cup Kraft Zesty Italian Dressing

3 tablespoons tomato paste

4 small boneless skinless chicken breast halves (1 lb.)

1 cup Kraft Low-Moisture Part-Skim Mozzarella Cheese

2 slices Oscar Mayer Ready to Serve

Bacon, crumbled

Heat oil in large nonstick skillet on medium-high heat. Add mushrooms and onions; cook 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Stir in the tomatoes with its liquid, the dressing and the tomato paste.

Add chicken; cover. Reduce heat to medium-low. Simmer 12 minutes or until chicken is cooked through.

Sprinkle with cheese and bacon; simmer, uncovered, 5 minutes. or until cheese is melted. Serve over hot, cooked Minute Rice, if desired.

Can also be served over cooked orzo pasta.

Substitute 1/4 cup Oscar Mayer Real Bacon Bits for the cooked and crumbled bacon.

How To Microwave Bacon: Place bacon slices in single layer on paper towels on microwaveable plate. Cover with paper towel. Microwave on High for 1-1/2 to 2 minutes or until desired crispness.

5-Minute Citrus Chicken Salad

8 cups baby spinach leaves

3 cups chopped cooked chicken breast (about 3/4 lb.)

1, 11-ounce can mandarin orange segments, drained

1 cup sliced mushrooms

1/4 cup Oscar Mayer Real Bacon Bits

1/4 cup Kraft Balsamic Vinaigrette Dressing

1/4 cup Planters Pecan Pieces

Toss spinach, chicken, oranges, mushrooms and bacon bits in large bowl.

Drizzle with dressing just before serving; toss lightly.

Sprinkle with pecans.

Substitute 2 slices OSCAR MAYER Bacon, cooked, crumbled, for the bacon bits.

For a creamier salad, use KRAFT Ranch Dressing.

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