Chicken is considered one of the most versatile foods on the planet and it's not surprising why! It can be baked, grilled, roasted, braised, sautéed or even fried. Whether you're hosting a dinner party, creating a romantic meal for two, or simply looking for a new twist on the same ole bird, then here is your guide to seven different ways to cook chicken.
Different Ways to Cook Chicken
If you're wondering what to cook tonight, then keep reading for some tantalizing inspiration.
1. Roasted Chicken
Ah, the classic roast dinner. The roasted chicken is one of the most delicious and not to mention, satisfying dishes you can make. It's also a great dish for all cooking skill levels because, with some simple instructions, it's easy to prepare. Perfect for a family dinner and hearty meal.
Leftover roast chicken is also great for use in other chicken recipes. For example, you could use it in a stir-fry with your favorite flavors, add it to a hearty chicken and sweetcorn soup, a warm chowder or slice it up and use it in a cold salad. A roast chicken is a meal that can last many other meals too.
2. Fried Chicken
When we think of fried chicken, we often think of "fast food", but fried chicken can be recreated at home in many delicious (and healthy!) forms. If you want to "deep fry" your chicken, the key is maintaining the oil's temperature between 320°F and 400°F. If it goes hotter than this, then most oils will smoke and it won't taste or look good. Fried chicken is a perfect example of the simple deep-frying technique where you drop your chicken in a seasoned flour or batter, then put it in the oil. By "covering" your chicken first, you help seal the moisture and protect the flavor.
If deep frying isn't your thing, then another great way to "fry" chicken is pan fried chicken. Not only is this easy, but it's a healthier alternative. You can add whatever flavors you desire, whether it's delicious garlic or spicy paprika.
3. Grilled Chicken
Grilled chicken is often the star of the BBQ and a favorite dish, especially during the summer months. This is a quick and satisfying dish since you can easily grill an entire cut up chicken, to create delicious chicken breasts, thighs, drumsticks and wings.
Skinless, boneless chicken breasts are a popular choice for the BBQ since you can rub your own favorite flavors onto them, such as a delicious Asian-flavored grilled sesame chicken or even a smoky grill chicken rub.
Whatever you fancy, you can create! Try using thinly sliced chicken breast for a healthy alternative in salads alongside delicious greens and a low-fat dressing.
4. Sautéed Chicken
Bursting with flavor, this is another one of the different ways to make chicken.
Sautéed chicken is a similar cooking method to pan-fried chicken and it's a simple two-stage procedure that involves cooking in a hot pan with a small amount of olive oil, or other cooking oil, and finishing it off by simmering it in some sort of delicious sauce or cooking it in the oven.
This process allows the flavors to develop whilst also ensuring that the chicken is cooked throughout. A great recipe idea is to sauté your chicken in in a spicy garlic sauce and serve with green beans and boiled potato.
A healthy meal that requires simple ingredients: all you need is:
- Thin sliced chicken breast
- Seasoning salt
- Cayenne powder
- Black pepper
- Olive oil
5. Poached Chicken
Whether you are poaching a whole chicken, or just poaching chicken breasts, poaching is a delicious and easy method for cooking chicken.
Chicken that is poached is naturally low in fat and always comes out juicy and moist. Also, when you're done poaching the chicken, you are left with a delicious, savoury chicken broth which is perfect for making soups, sauces and even more different chicken recipes.
This is a perfect dish for the winter months to create chicken hotpots, stews, soups and more.
6. Braised Chicken
Braised chicken is a brilliant method for when you want to cook less tender or cheaper cuts of meat, but it is also a great way to cook chicken.
This style of chicken is a soulful, warming, dish, and the meat will practically fall off the bone and ooze delicious flavor. With braised chicken, you can create a delicious "chicken in a pot" dish, perfect for a hearty winter meal.
7. Stir-fry Chicken
The process of stir-frying chicken is the perfect way to showcase some Asian fusion. Asian flavors go wonderfully with lots of meats, but they work perfectly with chicken. There are so many quick and easy dishes you can create with Asian flavors that will make your taste buds tingle. Chicken Pho is a perfect dish to showcase the wonderful flavors of Vietnam, you can serve this dish with rice noodles, egg noodles or wheat noodles.
Another great dish to recreate is that of Thailand, the "Pad Thai", a classic Thai dish that is bursting with sweetness and flavor, again you can recreate this dish with your favorite noodle choice- they all taste wonderful. It's a simple stir fry method, so it is a perfect weeknight chicken recipe that is quick and easy to prepare for the whole family, or for a romantic meal for two. Don't forget to try and eat with chopsticks to create an authentic Asian dining experience.
Other Great Ways to Cook Chicken
Now we've showcased the main different ways to cook chicken, we thought we'd round up some of our favorite chicken recipes for you to try. We warn you, you may feel your tummy rumble!
1. Thai Basil Chicken Stir-fry
An easy dish to bring the flavors of Thailand right to your kitchen.
Firstly, you begin by marinating your chicken breasts in fish sauce, tamari, and a hint of sweetness.
Next, stir-fry garlic, green onions, and red pepper that has been crushed, add the chicken then stir-fry until it's cooked.
Put this to one side then stir-fry broccoli florets and red bell pepper until crispy. Return your chicken mixture back to the pan alongside reserved marinade.
Finally, stir in fresh basil gently as this will showcase the authentic Thai flavor and you're finished—delicious!
Try it: Thai Basil Chicken Stir-fry
2. Chicken Tikka Masala
You can't beat a good Indian curry unless it's homemade.
Chicken Tikka Masala is a winning combination of succulent, fragrant chicken bathed in a juicy tomato sauce which can be completed in just under 40 minutes.
Our recipe makes it easy for you to recreate this authentic meal - complete with cooling cucumber raita, seasoned basmati rice, and soft, flavorsome naan.
Try it: Chicken Tikka Masala
3. Fried Herb Chicken
Last, but certainly not least, is this succulent chicken dish that may take a little time but it's oh so worth it. It will raise the bar for your weeknight cooking, adults and children alike will be seriously impressed.
Chicken pieces are dredged in flour, smothered in tahini paste then fried in a tiny amount of cooking oil.
Squeeze some lemon to finish then combine with an apple slaw to add another texture and sweet crunch to the dish. It's a classic American dish brought straight to your kitchen.
Try it: Fried Herb Chicken
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