Chicken Breast Can Be Awesome

June 18, 2015   12 Comments

My partner hates chicken breast (at least he used to hate chicken breast).

Chicken Breast with Hummus

I am not the biggest fan of chicken breast but it is one of those lean meats that are on the “good” list versus hot dogs that are on the “bad” list. Man, I do love me a good hot dog and if faced with a choice between the two – I am going to choose hot dog.

Chicken breasts have to be cooked with love or they turn out dry and tasteless. This recipe uses hummus both a flavoring agent and a seal against dryness. The squash below makes this a one pan meal that you can whip up in no time.

Here is the pan:

This did well in my house. Everyone liked the garlicy spread applied to the chicken and thought it was super tasty.

I loved it and it might even replace a hot dog some day (though I can’t see them serving this at a major league ball park any times soon).

If you try it, please come back and tell me how you liked it!

Hummus Baked Chicken Recipe

1.6 from 24 reviews

Makes 5 servings

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5 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
3 medium zucchini, sliced
3 medium yellow squash, sliced
1 tablespoon olive oil
½ cup hummus
Smoked Paprika (optional)


Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Line a rimmed baking sheet with aluminum foil to aid in clean up.

Toss the zucchini, yellow squash and olive oil in a medium bowl and season with salt and pepper. Layer onto the baking sheet.

Dry the chicken breasts and lay them on top of the squash. Using a spoon spread hummus on the breasts making a thick layer. Dust on smoked paprika.

Bake for 25 minutes until chicken is cooked and squash is tender. Serve immediately.

Nutrition Facts

One 6-ounce breast and vegetables is 316 calories, 11.7 g fat, 3.1 g saturated fat, 11.4 g carbohydrates, 4.1 g sugar, 42.8 g protein, 4.1 g fiber, 179 mg sodium, 8 Points+

Points values are calculated by Snack Girl and are provided for information only. See all Snack Girl Recipes

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Can't wait to try this! Easy to make after work and hey - may even convince my hubby that chicken breast can be tasty!

I'll let you know :-)

Lisa - this sounds delicious! Putting the hummus on the chicken is a brilliant idea. I think it will be tomorrow night's dinner. Thanks!

I'll be trying this! Hummus is a great flavoring idea, thanks Lisa. When I'm calorie-conscious or just a low fat option I do chicken like a chef-friend shared with me for preparing chicken salad, only I love it as a hot entree for its juiciness.

Real simple too: S/P, then lay bay leaves over top of breasts, then onion slices densely, Cover with foil and bake 400 for 30 mins. The chicken comes out tasty and moist. It didn't sound good to me at first so I was surprised how much flavor bay leaves provided. I think rosemary sprigs would do the same.

Sounds good to me.

Try this method of cooking. Super easy and seriously the juiciest breasts I've ever eaten. They make it look more complicated than it is as they give extra clear directions.…

Will definitely try this when the zucchini come in later this summer! Thanks!

Since my partner hates zucchini and squash. I have to ask have you tried this with other vegetables?

@Maureen - you can make it without any squash - I was simply using squash to make it a "one pan" meal. Thanks for your question!

Yummy. I love 1 and done meals. Since I'm the cook in the house it's so much easier for me.

Lisa, I made this. I loved the chicken, very moist, however there was a lot of juice in the pan and I was a little nervous about eating the veggies cooked in it. I shouldn't be, right?

@Marcia - the high temperature that you cook with kills any bacteria that was living on and in the chicken. Think of the juice as a flavoring agent when you have finished the dish. Thanks for your question!!

I have been wanting to try it since I saw it posted last month and it did NOT disappoint. This recipe is a keeper for sure! The chicken was so tender and moist! Easy, healthy and delish!! Thank you!!

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