Although extremely common, chicken is also one of the most versatile dishes in the world, which makes it a cooking staple. There are plenty of ways one can cook chicken from roasted, grilled, baked, fried, or poached. No matter how you choose to cook chicken, there are a variety of ways to highlight the rich flavors that come from poultry. Whether you’re feeling adventurous or are wanting to switch up your menu, here are five ways to cook delicious chicken.
Even though roasting chicken is one of the easiest ways to prepare chicken, it is also one of the most flavorful dishes your guests can enjoy. This does not mean you cannot get creative when roasting chicken though, Bon Appètit’s double-garlic roast chicken with onion gravy provides a fun recipe that can be enjoyed year-round.
This summertime favorite provides plenty of ways for you to grill chicken. While all parts of the chicken can be grilled, even the whole chicken, chicken breasts are usually the go-to as they tend to cook a lot faster than other parts of the chicken.
Williams Sonoma lays out an exquisite grilled chicken recipe with Vietnamese roots that is also gluten free.
When baking chicken, drumsticks, thighs, and breasts are the preferred parts of the chicken to use. Always make sure to grease your baking dish with plenty of cooking oil to prevent your chicken from sticking to the bottom of the pan before placing a single layer of chicken on the baking pan.
Tasty supplies a simple alfredo chicken bake recipe that can be enjoyed in less than an hour.
When cooking fried chicken there are two things to always keep in mind, make sure oil temperature stays between 325 and 400 F, make sure you have a meat thermometer, and pay close attention to the batter as this can make or break your dish. To keep it simple you should always dip your chicken in flour, then eggs, and then flour again. Although if you feel like experimenting, you can try adding baking powder into the mix for an extra crunchy layer.
Poached chicken results in one of the healthiest dishes you can make, as there is little to no fat in the cooking process. The key to achieving a perfectly poached chicken is patience, as this is a low and slow cooking method as described by The Modern Proper.
You start off by placing the boneless, skinless chicken in a shallow but wide pan and add water to the pan until the pieces of chicken are completely covered. Once the chicken is fully submerged you should bring the water to a medium heat, you want to keep the temperature between 170-180 F. Once this has been reached you can reduce the heat and cover the pan. Check in about 10 to make sure it is done and let the chicken rest for a few minutes in its broth to absorb even more moisture, resulting in extra juicy poached chicken.
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