Give me some ideas for using chicken breasts!
OK, I like to buy my chickens whole. I love dark meat; I love rendering chicken fat, and I absolutely have to have a leftover carcass to make stock with. But there is one part of the chicken that I find barely edible, and that's CHICKEN BREAST! YUCK! It tastes even worse if you're using fresh, quality chicken since the meat is so firm. I don't even have a dog to feed it too! Chicken breast is just barely edible as far as I'm concerned. I thought Sous Vide-ing chicken breast would bring about a revelation as it did to cooked salmon (also something I disliked), but it didn't. And no, slathering a good sauce over it isn't going to help, because I can do the exact same thing to dark meat.
So I was wondering if anyone can give me some ideas on what to do with the breast. Right now, I'm thinking of casserole-type of recipes. Put the breasts in a blender and throw stuff in it type of recipes. Things like rillettes or pate-ish stuff would be nice. Any other ideas?
Feed the breasts to someone else and save the dark meat for yourself. Or shred all the meat together and use as a filling for enchiladas. I like Rick Bayless's recipe for Capered Chicken on his website. I would go with fattier sauces that would otherwise overwhelm dark meat dishes. I love chicken breasts stuffed with cheese and prosciutto sauteed until the skin is crisp. Or dredge in flour and pan fry. Try Kung Pao chicken if you don't usually stir fry.