There's a reason chicken is the go-to choice for home cooks everywhere: When you're putting together dinner, you want something tasty, endlessly versatile and relatively inexpensive. Goodness knows, there are thousands of chicken recipes out there. It's a culinary chameleon, equally at home in rich, aromatic Indian butter chicken, home-style Southern fried chicken, or in a bubbling pot of dumplings. It helps that chicken is so darn convenient. You can buy it whole (perfect for roasting), cut into pieces, or even packaged into your favorite parts (thighs or legs for dark-meat lovers, breasts for those who prefer white meat). Or cut to the chase and buy a pre-cooked rotisserie bird - there's nothing easier than shredding the meat to add to enchiladas, soups, or casseroles. No clucking around: This bird is a home cook's best friend.

No-Fuss Snack Mix Chicken

Better Homes and Gardens

Your guests will never guess that the pretzel snack mix they've been munching is also the coating for this chicken recipe. Baking transforms the flavors.

Total: 1 hr 10 mins

Chicken with Apricots and Dried Plums

Better Homes and Gardens

Meaty chicken pieces simmer with dried fruit in a spiced wine mixture for a richly flavored winter dish.

Total: 1 hr 15 mins
Total: 45 mins

How to Make Fried Chicken

Few dishes have a claim on comfort food like fried chicken. The perfect fried chicken is golden and crispy on the outside and full of juicy goodness on the inside. Sharing a meal of perfectly cooked fried chicken is a little slice of paradise. Learn how to cook fried chicken and you'll have a crowd-pleasing meal for any day of the week. But be warned: people might start finding all sorts of reasons to stop by your house at dinnertime.

How to Make Oven Barbecued Chicken

Recipes for how to make oven-barbecued chicken can use just about any combination of chicken pieces imaginable. This makes oven-barbecued chicken perfect for weeks when the family budget is tight and chicken leg quarters go on sale at the market. Knowing how to barbecue chicken in the oven means no more standing over a hot grill continually basting the meat. And making your own sauce with a non-MSG soy sauce ensures a more healthful result.

Popcorn Chicken


Mediterranean Chicken and Pasta

Diabetic Living

With oregano, garlic, and feta cheese, this chicken and pasta recipe of Mediterranean flavors is sure to become a family favorite.

Total: 30 mins

Sauteed Chicken with Balsamic Vinegar

Diabetic Living

Cooking the chicken in a little olive oil before baking gives it an appealing brownness.

Quick Chicken Nuggets

Family Circle

These breaded chicken tenders are served with a mustard and mayonnaise mixture for dipping. Serve steamed green beans with this recipe for a quick-and-easy family meal.

Grilled Chicken Salad Wraps

Family Circle

These sandwiches are a popular and simple dinner idea. Replace slices of bread with tortillas and roll up a heaping serving of chicken and vegetables.

Chicken Vera Cruz

Diabetic Living
Total: 15 mins

Maryland Fried Chicken with Creamy Gravy

Better Homes and Gardens

What sets this fried chicken apart from the typical recipe is that milk is added after partially cooking the chicken so the pieces simmer rather than fry.

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