Chicken

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
Total: 45 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

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 Bake Chicken Breast

Chances are you already have a recipe or two for how to bake chicken breast. Chicken is a favorite mealtime choice in many households, and with good reason. It's low in fat and high in protein, and its mild flavor means it goes well with ingredients both common and exotic. Finding new recipes to keep your menu planning fresh and exciting can be a challenge, especially if you're cooking for a family. That makes chicken breast a great choice. Like the proverbial little black dress, you can dress chicken up or down depending on the occasion. Versatile chicken offers so many options, you need never get bored.

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.

Towering Tostadas

Better Homes and Gardens

For this super fast tostada recipe, pile on lots of veggies for a low-calorie, satisfying meal.

Total: 15 mins

Chicken Vegetable Ragout

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Serve this French stew with a crusty baguette to mop up the thick, well-seasoned sauce.

Champion Chicken Pockets

Diabetic Living

Low-fat yogurt and ranch salad dressing top cold chicken salad in this pita sandwich recipe. Wrap it up to carry for a healthful lunch.

Total: 15 mins

Szechuan Roasted Chicken

Family Circle

This low-fat recipe is big on flavor. Both the chicken quarters and potatoes are seasoned with the spicy orange-soy sauce.

Stuffed Pizza

Family Circle

Crescent rolls pinch-hit as the crust for this pizza stuffed with chili. Lettuce, tomatoes, black olives, and cheddar cheese make the perfect toppings for this recipe.

Chicken & Bean Stew

Family Circle

This hearty chicken, bean, and corn recipe slow simmers in your slow cooker to give you a ready-made meal after a long day. Serve over mashed potatoes if you like.

Total: 40 mins

Chicken with Artichokes

Better Homes and Gardens

For a casual Italian-style dinner, simmer chicken and artichokes in a tomato-wine sauce.

Quita's Egg Battered Fried Chicken

Better Homes and Gardens

The flour mixture coating for this chicken main dish recipe is simple to make, but a purchased variety speeds the process. A liberal splash of hot pepper sauce zips up the flavor.

Chicken Pot Pie Soup

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