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12 Ways to Cook Chicken Slideshow

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1. Under a Brick

The former New York Times restaurant critic Sam Sifton proclaimed Marc Forgiones "Chicken Under a Brick" the best dish in the chefs eponymous restaurant. Marc Forgione was the winner of 2010's season of TheNext Iron Chefand the youngest American-born chef-owner to receive a Michelin star.

Click here to see Marc Forgiones Chicken Under a Brick Recipe.

2. Tossed Into a Salad

Heavily spiced with paprika, cumin, fenugreek, and garam masala, the marinade for the chicken in this salad imparts an exotic and intoxicating flavor to the meat. This salad is satisfying enough to stand alone as a meal.

Click here to see the Chicken Tikka Salad Recipe.

3. Cold-Smoked, Then Fried

8. On a Stick

Meat on a stick it doesnt get any more primeval than that. But, contrary to what you might be thinking, were not talking about kabobs here, but rather half chickens cooked over a charcoal fire. Actually, the sticks are optional, and so is cooking outdoors, but doesnt that make it more fun?

Click here to see the Pollo a las Brasas Recipe.

10. With Chocolate?! Yes.

Mole, mole, mole chocolate and chiles are an unlikely yet amazing combination, and the two together with meat even more so. But, doesnt that sort of thing take hours, or even days of preparation? Not so with this recipe. It doesnt claim maximum levels of authenticity, but it does minimize the work. Plus, who can resist Venezuelan dark chocolate?

Click here to see Paul Youngs Venezuelan Chocolate Chile Chicken Recipe.

11. Street Cart-Style

You can almost hear the call of the street hawkers peddling their wares to passersby, the hurried whirring of bicycles passing, and the blaring of car horns in the middle of a busy day in Bangkok. And the heat, its sweltering! Oh wait, thats just the oven heating up. Well, its not quite a trip to Thailand, but you can eat like youre there with this spicy-sweet street-lunch staple.

Click here to see the Gai Yang with Birds-Eye Chile Dipping Sauce Recipe.

12 Crowd-Pleasing Slow Cooker Chicken Recipes

When it comes to fuss-free dinners, chicken is the ultimate crowd-pleasing ingredient. The versatile, lean meat&mdashwhether you&rsquore working with boneless breasts, bone-in thighs, or even a straight-from-the-store rotisserie bird&mdashtakes to a variety of cuisines, flavors, and cooking techniques. Kids love it, too.

One of our favorite ways to cook chicken is in the slow cooker. This method's a lifesaver for busy weeknights: simply toss your bird in, set it, and forget it until dinnertime. Slow-cooked chicken is incredibly tender, too. For dishes you know you'll want to eat again soon, we recommend doubling up on ingredients and tossing leftovers in the freezer.

Here, we've rounded up some of Real Simple's best, easy-to-make slow cooker chicken recipes your whole family will love. We cover the classics&mdashfrom Slow Cooker Chicken with Biscuits to Creamy Chicken and Mushroom Pot Pie&mdashplus plenty of fresh takes on delicious dinner ideas, like Chicken Mole Chili and Slow Cooker Chicken Taco Soup.

1. Freshest Is Best

The fresher the chicken, the better-tasting it can be. For the best quality, cook with chicken that you pick up fresh on the day that you're planning to prepare it. But if that's not realistic for you, store fresh chicken in the coldest part of your refrigerator for up to two days. If it's frozen, whole chicken can keep its quality for up to a year (chicken parts for nine months) when properly wrapped. Before using frozen chicken, be sure all parts of it are completely thawed in the fridge for the most even cooking results. And when ready to prepare any chicken, don't let it hang out too long at room temperature. The safest bet is to cook it within one hour of it reaching your countertop for meal prep. Set a timer so you don't forget.

The fresher the chicken, the better-tasting it can be. For the best quality, cook with chicken that you pick up fresh on the day that you're planning to prepare it. But if that's not realistic for you, store fresh chicken in the coldest part of your refrigerator for up to two days. If it's frozen, whole chicken can keep its quality for up to a year (chicken parts for nine months) when properly wrapped. Before using frozen chicken, be sure all parts of it are completely thawed in the fridge for the most even cooking results. And when ready to prepare any chicken, don't let it hang out too long at room temperature. The safest bet is to cook it within one hour of it reaching your countertop for meal prep. Set a timer so you don't forget.

Easy Chicken Dinner Recipes

You don’t need to be a pro in the kitchen to whip up these delicious chicken dinners. Even beginner cooks will find that these no-sweat recipes come together with ease.

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Tuscan Chicken Skillet

Bacon, cream, Parmesan &mdash is your mouth watering yet? There's no need to go out to dinner when you can make this restaurant-style creamy, cheesy chicken and fettuccine at home.

Instant Pot Lemon Frozen Chicken with Orzo

Once you unlock the secret of cooking frozen chicken in an Instant Pot®, the possibilities for variations become endless. This creamy lemon chicken with orzo is worthy of a dinner with friends, though it is so easy, you'll make it a regular on your weeknight rotation. Make sure you follow the directions for a 10-minute natural release a quick release left us with dry and stringy meat.

Lemon Chicken

Turn your dinner into a takeout-inspired meal at home with Rachael Ray's chicken dish.

Chicken Tinga Tacos

Valerie stuffs her tacos with a saucy chicken mixture and sweet pickled onions.

Oven Fried Chicken

Ellie uses crushed cereal and whole-grain crackers to add a crisp, crunchy coating to yogurt-marinated chicken.

Instant Pot Keto Mediterranean Chicken

This keto-friendly chicken is bursting with Mediterranean flavors, marrying heart-healthy olive oil, briny olives and rich and creamy Greek yogurt. If you don't have white wine vinegar, you can use red wine vinegar or even white distilled vinegar instead.

Hasselback Chicken Cordon Bleu

A fun play on hasselback potatoes, Ree stuffs thinly-sliced chicken breasts with Canadian bacon, Swiss cheese and a crunchy breadcrumb topping. Bonus? These chicken breasts can easily be made in advanced and frozen until you&rsquore ready to eat.

Chicken Yakitori and Rice

Like Rachael says, everyone loves food on a stick. She bastes her chicken skewers with a sweet and stick glaze that echoes the flavors of her sesame-covered green beans with tofu.

Hot Chicken Chili

A cayenne-spiced oil takes Trisha&rsquos chili to the next level &mdash and it only takes 45 minutes to get on the table. Heads up: It is quite hot, so you may want to reduce the amount of oil if you&rsquore cooking for the kids.

Chicken Pot Pie Burgers

A simple white gravy ups the comfort factor of Trisha&rsquos veggie-packed burgers.

Marinated Chicken Breasts

This make-ahead recipe is great for weeknight dinners. Prepare the marinated chicken breasts on a weekend, then pop them in the freezer. The night before you&rsquore ready to cook, remove the chicken and let it thaw.

Old-Fashioned Chicken Stew

Ree browns the chicken in the pot to render as much flavor as possible before transforming it into a cozy stew with chunks of hearty root vegetables.

Parmesan Chicken Linguini with Sunday Gravy

Did you know Trisha&rsquos five-star recipe was inspired by Frank Sinatra? She puts her own spin on his beloved Italian sauce by incorporating bacon and a slightly-sweet shallot.

Caramel Chicken

Katie&rsquos recipe puts a sweet-and-salty spin on your typical weeknight dinner. Serve the chicken with white rice &mdash it&rsquos key for soaking up the delicious caramel sauce.

Chicken Tortilla Dump Dinner

All your favorite Tex-Mex flavors in a comforting casserole that's fast and easy to throw together.

Chicken Piccata

With more than 1,000 5-star reviews, Giada&rsquos chicken piccata is a guaranteed crowd-pleaser. She serves her chicken with a luscious, tangy lemon-caper sauce.

Chicken Fettuccine Alfredo

Classic and easy to make, this version of Alfredo doesn't use flour to thicken the sauce. Instead, it relies on a slight simmer and a heavy dose of cheese.

Chicken Cauliflower Fried Rice

For a lighter take on classic fried rice, look no further than cauliflower to save the day. The secret to achieving a ricelike texture is using a food processor to chop up the cauliflower into tiny pieces you want them to be coarse, not super soft like a puree.

'Easiest Ever' Chicken Mole Enchiladas

In Mexico, rich mole poblano is a celebratory dish, often made for special occasions, which takes about 4 days. The sauce in this recipe is a streamlined version that packs in deep and delicious flavor and is easy to make ahead and freeze, so even weekdays can be festive.

Chicken Fajita Salad

Ree puts a fresh twist on the charcuterie board with her fun and festive salad, which is cooked from start to finish on the grill.

Cajun Chicken Pasta

Ree&rsquos recipe has five stars for a reason &mdash fans love how fast, flavorful and family-friendly it is.

Caprese Chicken Penne Alfredo

Creamy Alfredo pasta meets the freshness of a caprese salad in this one-skillet dinner.

Trisha's Chicken Tortilla Soup

Trisha loves this soup because it can easily be made ahead of time and left on the stove until you&rsquore ready to eat.

Slow Cooker Chicken Stroganoff

Move over beef &mdash chicken is in the house. This great weeknight meal takes less than 15 minutes to prep, then the slow cooker does the rest.

Slow-Cooker Chicken Thighs

Soy sauce, honey, garlic and ginger (along with the natural juices of the chicken) become irresistible sauce to serve over chicken thighs and rice. If you like a thicker sauce, simply add cornstarch at the end and cook a little longer.

Instant Pot Chicken and Dumplings

Comforting chicken and dumplings come together at lightning speed thanks to the Instant Pot®, in this perfect addition to your weeknight dinner arsenal.

BBQ Chicken Baked Potatoes

Thanks to your pressure cooker, Ree&rsquos saucy chicken comes together in just 12 minutes. She stuffs the chicken into baked russet potatoes, which get topped with sour cream, shredded cheese and diced green onion.

Chicken Curry in a Hurry

A true one-pot wonder, Ree&rsquos chicken curry comes together in just 25 minutes from start to finish.

Chicken with 40 Cloves of Garlic

This recipe is for the ultimate garlic lover. Chicken thighs are braised until tender in a rich, roasted garlic sauce, then topped with fried garlic chips. There's even enough roasted garlic paste to whip up a loaf of garlic bread while the chicken cooks.

Easy Chicken Curry with Vegetables

Heat up your weeknights with Melissa&rsquos veggie-packed curry, which comes together in less than 40 minutes.

Chicken and Broccoli Stir-Fry

Game Plan: Marinate the chicken while you prepare the rest of the ingredients. You'll have a fresh and healthy dinner on the table in just about half an hour.

Spinach and Artichoke Chicken Casseroles

Creamy, cozy and oh-so-delicious, Molly&rsquos casserole is the ultimate make-ahead meal. She stores her casserole in the freezer and pops it in the oven for just 30 minutes when she needs a heat-and-eat dinner.

Sheet Pan Caprese Chicken

Your dishwasher will thank you for this easy one-sheet weeknight dinner &mdash no prep bowls needed! Juicy roasted tomatoes and cheesy chicken breasts get a hint of brightness from fresh basil and a balsamic reduction.

Roman-Style Chicken

Giada packs her light, yet satisfying chicken dish with fresh herbs, tomatoes and peppers.

Chicken Quesadillas

These quesadillas are one of Ree's family's favorite dinners. And let's be honest: For quick weeknight comfort, all you really need is something cheesy and carby.

Instant Pot Chicken Adobo

This simplified version of a traditional Filipino comfort food was meant for your Instant Pot (a slow cooker, pressure cooker and stove-top stand-in, all in one). The pressure cook setting prepares it in no time and best of all, there's only one pot to clean up.

Slow Cooker Chicken Chili

Cinnamon and molasses lend a rich, earthy flavor to this super quick chili.

Sheet Pan Chicken Fajitas

These protein-packed fajitas cleverly use a foil-lined baking sheet and broiler to make a quick and healthy weeknight meal with easy clean up.

Easy Pan-Roasted Chicken and Shallots

Shallots are the perfect size for roasting whole with larger cuts of meat. When halved or quartered with chicken breasts, they make a quick weeknight dinner, complete with a pan sauce. If you have champagne vinegar or white wine vinegar on hand, add a splash to the sauce just before serving.

Creamy Spinach and Artichoke Chicken Skillet

Inspired by a favorite hot appetizer, this creamy weeknight chicken skillet dinner has all the best parts of spinach and artichoke dip.

Slow-Cooker Whole Chicken

This no-fuss whole chicken is moist and tender. We rub it in spices and prop it up on canning lids, suspending it above the juices for a roasted effect right in the slow cooker. Piercing the skin on the bottom lets excess juices run out, allowing for even and gentle cooking. A simple homemade barbecue sauce comes together in mere minutes, perfect for slathering all over.

Creamy Skillet Chicken

One humble skillet has four jobs in this easy weeknight meal: it sears, sautes, simmers and steams. The cleanup is so minimal, your dishwasher will be out of work!

Chicken Marsala

After frying the chicken, Tyler cooks his prosciutto and cremini mushrooms in the same pan. The juices rendered from the chicken lend a rich, caramelized flavor to the sauce.

Lemon-Garlic Skillet Chicken and Potatoes

For once, water and oil work together to make a magical one-skillet weeknight chicken dinner. Potatoes cook alongside crispy chicken thighs &mdash first they boil in water until tender, and then fry into golden nuggets in the remaining oil.

Easy Chicken Pot Pie

Sunny uses quick-cooking chicken tenders and cuts them into bite-size chunks for her easy, satisfying pot pie.

Skillet Chicken Parmesan with Artichokes

This skillet dinner has everything you could want in just one dish and it&rsquos ready in less than an hour. Win-win.

Peanut Chicken Pasta

Peanuts take center stage in Ree&rsquos easy dish. She tosses the pasta in a peanut butter sauce and chops salted peanuts for a quick and crunchy garnish.

Skillet Rosemary Chicken

This hearty meal &mdash full of chicken, mushrooms and potatoes &mdash gets its rustic flavor from rosemary sprigs and charred lemons.

Chicken Korma

Coconut milk and Madras curry powder are used to give this chicken dish a traditional Indian touch.

Chicken Thighs with Creamy Mustard Sauce

Ina&rsquos trick for crispy, golden brown chicken thighs? Once the meat hit the skillet, don&rsquot move or flip it for 15 minutes. Use that time to prepare a side dish (or pour a glass of wine).

Asparagus and Chicken Stir-Fry

Fresh ginger is the key to this stir-fry&rsquos punchy flavor. Serve with rice to really round out the dish.

Oven Fried Coconut Chicken with Mango Dipping Sauce

Cooking with kids? They&rsquoll love Jeff&rsquos oven-fried chicken tenders, which he prepares coats with a mixture of coconut flour, whole wheat panko crumbs and shredded unsweetened coconut.

Barbecue Chicken and Brussels Sprout Sheet Pan Dinner

This simple dinner of barbecue-glazed chicken, Brussels sprouts and sweet potatoes is assembled and cooked on just one sheet pan, making it an ideal weeknight meal.

Chicken Meatball Casserole

Katie&rsquos meatballs have a secret &mdash they&rsquore held together with nutrient-rich pumpkin! Kids won&rsquot even notice since they&rsquore tucked into a gooey baked pasta and topped with grated Parmesan.

Chicken Spaghetti

With spaghetti and mushroom sauce, and light and dark meat chicken with bell peppers, Ree's casserole is like two meals in one. Cooking the spaghetti in the same liquid as the chicken infuses it with flavor, and the Cheddar thickens the sauce so it coats each piece of meat.

Nopales-Stuffed Chicken

Cactus pads, or nopales, have been consumed for generations. Studies suggest that nopales may control blood sugar levels in some people. I think they have a flavor similar to green beans. They are available at most Latin markets and come cleaned to make it much easier to prepare at home.

How does the fried chicken from Rose's Luxury achieve No. 1 status? Brined, boneless thighs are responsible for incredible dark-meat flavor, and the dredge technique creates an insanely crunchy coating.

“When I was getting married, I couldn’t think of a caterer I wanted to use,” says chef Naomi Pomeroy, Expatriate, Portland, OR, “and I didn’t want to ask my staff.” Her solution? Cook for her guests herself. She went with super-simple chicken, powered by a throw-together marinade.

Are you part of a drumettes only household? This recipe is for you.

This recipe is really five chicken wings recipes in one. Make all of the sauces separate and serve them on the side—there's more room for experimentation that way.

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Healthy Serving Size

There’s a big difference between serving size and portion size. Serving size is the recommended amount for a healthy diet portion size is the amount you choose to eat. One serving of cooked chicken is 3 ounces. That’s about the size of a deck of cards, and much smaller than a restaurant-style chicken breast.

12 Ways to Grill a Whole Chicken

Whole chickens aren't just for roasting in the oven. Head outdoors and fire up the grill — these summery takes yield juicy, flavorful results every time.

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Next-Level Grilling Ideas

A whole bird on the grill is one of the best things you can hope to eat this summer. Juicy, smoky and crispy-skinned, it pleases a party of wing, breast and thigh lovers all in one go. There are lots of different methods &mdash from the time-tested spatchcocking route to a genius Bundt pan hack &mdash all of which will give you great results. Pro tip: Just as you do with a steak, let your chicken rest for 20 minutes or more for the juiciest results.

Grilled Spatchcocked Greek Chicken

Grilled Blackened Cajun Chicken

Soy-Garlic-Glazed Cola Can Chicken

Slow-Grilled Chipotle Chicken

Grilled Bundt-Pan Provencal Chicken with Roasted Potatoes

Grilled Whole Porchetta-Style Chicken

Grilled Curry Chicken

A simple rub of curry powder, parsley, salt and pepper is all this spatchcocked chicken needs to grill up perfectly juicy and flavorful. Just be sure to plan ahead the seasoned chicken needs to rest in the refrigerator overnight before cooking.

Smoked Whole Chicken with Honey BBQ Sauce

You won&rsquot believe the flavor that&rsquos packed into this chicken. Best of all, you don&rsquot need a smoker. You can achieve the same results on your grill if you make a few wood chip foil packets.

The Best Grilled Chicken

We simplified the grilled chicken cooking process with this recipe, which leads to a smoky, super-juicy bird that is filled with the bright flavors of lemon and herbs. We spatchcocked a whole chicken to increase the surface area that makes contact with the grill and used a generous amount of herb butter to help it self-baste as it gently cooks over indirect heat.

Beer Can Chicken

Beer can chicken is a summertime classic &mdash and this recipe makes it easy. You only need a handful of ingredients, all of which are probably in your kitchen right now.

Grilled Chicken With Redeye BBQ Sauce

It&rsquos tough to beat a tender, juicy barbecue chicken. But, we think Michael Symon&rsquos done it &mdash by kicking up the tangy sauce with the toasty flavors of coffee.

Yogurt Marinated Grilled Chicken with Harissa

You&rsquoll never have mediocre grilled chicken when you use yogurt in your marinade. It makes the chicken perfectly tender and adds a nice, creamy richness to it. Combined with the smoky, charred flavor of the grill, it gives you a summery main that&rsquos guaranteed to impress.

4 Easy Ways to Cook Boneless, Skinless Chicken Breasts

With boneless, skinless chicken breasts on hand, you'll always have something quick and satisfying to eat for dinner. Whether sautéed on the stovetop, boiled, or roasted, there's an easy chicken breast recipe for any occasion. Once you learn how to cook chicken breasts the right way, you'll never have to worry about dry meat again.

At the top of the list of essential weeknight recipes you&aposll find skinless, boneless chicken breasts. They taste delicious with pretty much any flavor you add to them while providing a great source of protein to your meals. The best (and worst) part about the versatile meat is that they are quick cooking, which means you have to know how to cook boneless, skinless chicken breasts correctly to achieve the best flavor and texture in your dishes. Follow our tips on how to cook chicken breast on the stove as well as other easy methods and recipes for cooking juicy, tender chicken breasts.

Potato Filling

Soft and creamy and sometimes laced with spice, potatoes make a hearty filling for dishes from pierogi to samosas. Spud stuffing is a satisfying alternative to meat and a frugal way to use potato leftovers, whose mild flavor and adaptable texture make them ripe for experimentation. Potatoes and chorizo is a combination that shows up often in sandwiches, tacos, and burritos in Mexico. The cheese topping in a papas con chorizo recipe is a nice touch when serving the skillet dish, but unnecessary when using the mix as a filling. For a healthful alternative that doesn't stint on traditional taste, swap out the chorizo for broccoli, or another vegetable, and add chorizo spices such as cumin, chili powder, and vinegar.

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