Chicken 101

Looking for a hassle-free dinner? We have one word for you: chicken. Here’s what you need to know: the shopping tips, the cooking tricks, and almost 60 of our best recipes.

10 Quick and Easy Chicken Cutlet Recipes

In the pecking order of weeknight staples, this family-friendly cut comes out on top. Turn it into a super-fast supper tonight with one of these easy recipes.

Common Cuts of Chicken

What’s for dinner? Probably chicken. It’s economical, versatile, and low in fat and high in protein—all good reasons why it winds up on the dinner table more often than any other meat.

Choosing the Best Roasted Chicken

Don't be turned off by those orange heating lamps. Pre-roasted chicken from the supermarket can be juicy and flavorful―not to mention convenient. Here's what to look for.

6 No-Hassle Dinners

These delicious and easy recipes offer a break from shopping, chopping, and washing.


Fresh Chicken Ideas

10 Tasty One-Pot Chicken Recipes

Cut post-meal cleanup time with these easy, delicious dinners.

10 Boneless Chicken Breast Recipes

The little black dress of the kitchen, the boneless, skinless chicken breast is a bona fide staple. We’d be willing to bet that if you peeked into the refrigerator of many a Real Simple reader—or took a gander at her “Quick Dinner” Pinterest board—you’d find at least one container of this versatile cut of chicken, along with plenty of ideas for how to prepare it. Luckily, the lean meat can be spiffed up in all sorts of ways and with a wide variety of flavors, and we’ve got ideas for how to bake it, fry it, grill it, or throw it in a salad. Take, for instance, our Italian-inflected Baked Pecorino Chicken, which is coated in homemade bread crumbs then baked. Or there’s our standard (but no less delicious) Chicken Enchiladas, which call for canned enchilada sauce, chicken, tortillas, cheese, and little else. You can dress the chicken breast up—in a bowl of pasta, or with a citrusy arugula salad—or dress it down (Crispy Popcorn Chicken, need we say more?). Here, you’ll find recipes for all these family suppers and more. We’ve got enough motivation to take you through nearly two weeks of chicken dinners. Pin individual recipes that appeal—or the whole slideshow—to consult our list when you’re feeling burnt out on your typical chicken dinners. And know that these ideas are just the beginning; add your own flair to these recipes, and tell us what additions or substitutions you made in the recipe comments!