Five Great Chicken Recipes
We eat a lot of chicken around here. We try to eat fish once per week and we try not to eat red meat more than once per week and we don’t do a lot of vegetarian anything…so that leaves room for a lot of poultry.
And pizza, of course 😉
I think the key to great chicken is a great recipe. It takes work. It takes creativity. It takes intense flavors. But when it’s done well, you can happily serve it several times in the same week without getting too bored. And when you do, I recommend going for the pizza.
Here are my favorite recipes for five really interesting chicken dishes:
(above) Ina Garten’s crispy mustard chicken. I have mentioned this one many times before and it still won’t let me down. This chicken is super tasty, moist and relatively easy to pull together…especially after you’ve done it a few times. I make it with chicken breasts or tenders because the dark meat the recipe called for felt too heavy for us and even with that adjustment, it’s still best served with something light like a simple arugula salad and a glass of white.
Tarragon dijon chicken kebabs. We love a good kebab around here but we call them “brochettes” because of our French Canadian background. They may be a little labor intensive but they are healthy, flavorful and my husband will take any excuse to grill in the backyard with a Heineken in hand. This recipe makes a standard kebab special. The tarragon and dijon are a perfect pairing and give the dish a really great, fresh flavor. Layer your chicken with chunks of red onion and bell peppers and serve with brown rice.
Holy Yum Chicken. This was a Pinterest find that did not disappoint. This dish was insanely easy to prepare and we talked about it for days afterward. Always a good sign. We serve this one with some sort of roasted potatoes so they can dip into the sauce as well.
Roast chicken with caramelized shallots. No mustard this time! This is not the recipe I originally found for this dish, that has sadly vanished from the source’s site somehow, but hopefully it’s a proper reinterpretation because this was one of the most unique takes on roasted chicken I have ever tried. It’s very Asian-inspired, but with a classic roasting preparation, and the flavors were out of this world. My dad talked about this one for days afterward.
Gwyneth Paltrow’s simple crispy roasted chicken. And on the more traditional side of the roast chicken spectrum is this amazingly basic recipe from Gwyneth Paltrow. I know, you think I am biased, but this truly is one of the easiest, most delicious ways to prepare a roast chicken and I have made it dozens of time without fail. The ingredients are in your pantry already, I promise, and as long as you buy a nice quality chicken (I do an organic one that is pre-cut and it comes out great), I can almost guarantee a wonderful, simple home-cooked meal that your whole family will love.
Even if you’ve already had chicken twice that week.
*image above via here