How to Cook a Whole Chicken in 7 Satisfying Recipes
Can the heroine (that’s you) conquer a whole bird and usher in a new age of delicious dinners? Read on—it’s juicy.
Mason Jar Chicken Burrito Bowl
This homemade burrito bowl is packed with protein, whole grains, and nutrient-dense veggies, and will sustain you from lunch until the end of the afternoon. Whisking up the dressing at the bottom of the jar ensures the lettuce at the top stays fresh and crisp, but that the veggies at the bottom are infused with spice and flavor. If you’re planning on making the jar a few days ahead, hold off on adding the avocado (which browns easily once cut) until the morning of. When you’re ready to eat, pour into a bowl and top with crumbled tortilla chips.
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!
20 Best Chicken Recipes on Pinterest
Chicken is a staple at most dinner tables, and for very good reason. First, kids love it almost as much as adults. And the versatile, lean meat—whether you’re working with boneless, skinless breasts, bone-in thighs and legs, or even a straight-from-the-store rotisserie bird—takes to a variety of cuisines, flavors, and cooking techniques. Thing is, even those who love cooking dinner each and every night can get tired of making the same grilled chicken or the same slow-cooker supper, again and again. Not to worry: These recipes prove that you can get a healthy, family-friendly chicken dinner on the table in as little as 15 minutes. From a whole-roasted chicken to crispy popcorn chicken, lightened-up chicken stroganoff to Arroz con Pollo, our collection runs the gamut in terms of taste. The constants? All these meals are easy for anyone to prepare, made with ingredients found at most major grocery stores, and don’t require much in the way of special kitchen equipment. Highlights include Chicken and Bok Choy Stir Fry (which nets a shockingly low 268 calories per serving) and our favorite Grilled Chicken Salad, with charred fresh corn, shaved Parmesan and slices of ripe avocado. To simplify your weeknight menu, we’ve gathered our all-time most popular chicken recipes, at least according to Real Simple’s followers on Pinterest. Set aside your standard dishes for the time being, and put a few of these new ideas into the rotation. You’ll quickly see why folks are pinning these dishes again and again.