Sheet Pan Chicken Thighs With Salsa Verde
This chicken dinner is like the story of a rom-com: tacos (that taste like enchiladas) meet a short ingredient list, and the result is definitely happily ever after. In all seriousness, though, this easy dinner recipe is equally at home on taco night as it is for company. Or, add a pitcher of margaritas and some chips and guac and you’ve got a party. Even though it adds an extra pan to the dishpile, searing the chicken thighs makes for a golden-brown crust with amazing flavor and texture.
Polenta Pizza With Sausage, Swiss Chard, and Ricotta
Okay, technically polenta baked into an oval crust isn’t a pizza, but what’s the point of obsessing over titles when the result is a crazy delicious dinner, perfect for a party with friends or a cozy night on the couch? Sure, it’s a great alternative to pizza for gluten-free eaters, but the crispy toasted corn crust and cheesy sausage will win anyone with taste buds over. Shopping tip: Make sure to buy instant polenta, not the regular kind, otherwise it won’t cook enough to make firm crust.
Easy Pork Dumplings
Sure, you can order delivery with the click of a finger these days, but there’s something way more satisfying about learning to make your favorite foods yourself. The result in this case are crispy dumplings with a richly flavored filling, which you can either cook right away or freeze for when a craving strikes. Plus, you can make a double (or triple) batch of your own dipping sauce. Shopping tip: If you can’t find wonton wrappers at your day-to-day store, they’re likely to be at the local Asian supermarket.
Seeded Crunch Bar
File this recipe under “best of both worlds.” You’ve got a candy bar-like base of chocolate and rice cereal that’s then mixed with a hearty serving of protein- and fiber-rich chia seed and hemp seeds. The result is an easy, homemade twist on a store bought classic, perfect for tucking into school lunches, bringing on hikes, or breaking a piece off each time you pass through the kitchen. (We’ve all done it!) Adding just a little bit of fiber and protein to a sweet treat makes it easier to digest and helps avoid a sugar crash. Win win!
Poke Lettuce Cups With Wasabi-Lime Mayo
If you’ve ever traveled to Hawaii, then you’ve likely tasted traditional poke—a raw fish specialty that usually includes seaweed, sesame oil, and soy sauce. Thankfully there’s no need to book a ticket to the Big Island to eat poke. This recipe adds a special twist by serving the poke in lettuce cups, topped with a spicy wasabi-lime mayo. Note that poke shouldn’t be marinated for too long, otherwise it’ll detract from the fresh fish taste, so wait to stir everything together just before serving. Looking to stretch this dish a little further? It would taste delicious with white or brown rice.
Big-Batch Black Beans
Home-cooked beans are the sort of food that doesn’t sound exciting until you know how incredibly good they can be. Not only do beans you cook yourself have a greater savory complexity than any store-bought kind, you’ll save a lot of money making them at home, too. How to cook dried black beans is simple. This method calls for a slow cooker, which does the double work of allowing you to skip the soaking step and to cook the beans hands-off while you’re on the go. Try cooking black beans in an Instant Pot if that’s what you have for similar results. What to do with your batch? Stir them into soups, spoon over grain bowls, or fold into tacos—there’s no shortage of delicious ideas!
Chicken and Mozzarella
Meet your new favorite dinner: chicken that tastes like pizza! You’ll top ready-to-go chicken cutlets with canned tomatoes, mozzarella, and basil, and thanks to this smart method of using the broiler, the delicious flavors of chicken parm are but a few minutes away. Don’t skip the tomato-squeezing step—it’s what keeps the chicken from getting soggy. Make this recipe kid-friendly by serving sliced over spaghetti or go grown-up with roasted, garlicky broccoli rabe alongside.
Crispy Chicken Cutlets With A Crunchy Salad
What pairs perfectly with a crispy chicken cutlet? A fresh, green salad that’s dressed in a lemony vinaigrette and showered with cheese. The vinaigrette in this simple recipe might just become a house favorite—the shallots become lightly pickled in the vinegar, and fresh oregano lends sophisticated flair to an everyday dressing. The salad can be adjusted based on the season—try tomatoes and arugula in the summer and roasted squash and kale in the fall. Bitter greens work particularly well, as they balance the rich, fried cutlet.
Crispy Chicken-And-Cheddar Sandwich With Pickle Dijon
There’s a story about a famous roasted chicken recipe that has caused engagements. But, to be honest, this chicken sandwich recipe might just rival any marriage-inducing chicken. And at the very least, a sure way to someone’s heart is through this chicken sandwich. Think of it as an upscale, DIY version of your favorite fast-food chicken cutlet sandwich. It’s worth finely grating Cheddar from a block instead of using the store-bought kind, since it melds nicely with the crispy cutlet crust. Looking to mix it up? Try provolone instead of the cheddar, and a bitter lettuce like radicchio for the romaine.