Chicken Fried Rice
Chicken fried rice is a great way to use up leftover chicken, rice, and vegetables. Whether Thai, Chinese, or spicy versions, these easy chicken fried rice dishes can be on the table in less than 30 minutes.
Chicken drumsticks are served with a simple vegetable and rice mixture in this quick-fix dinner.
This Chicken and Egg Fried Rice is so speedy, simple and scrumptious, you won't care which came first. (Okay, in this case, it's the egg.)
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.
Ever since the Middle Ages -- when that first daring person decided to toss small pieces of meat into a pot of hot fat simmering over an open fire -- people have loved the taste of fried food. Frying was a preparation method used by many ancient cultures; back then, no one was counting calories or worried about unhealthy fats. Now we know better.
Why would you want to know how to make chicken fried steak (also know as country fried steak)? First, almost everything is more delicious when it's fried, but more importantly, this is a great trick for making a tough piece of beef more tender and flavorful. Where does the "chicken" part come in? The name nods to both the herb coating that the meat is dredged in (made with flour or breadcrumbs) -- similar to the batter used for fried chicken -- and the fact that it's fried to golden brown, just like chicken. The dish is usually made with round steak (also known as cube steak once it's been tenderized by a butcher).
Knowing how to make a chicken and rice casserole ensures you can always serve up one of the most universally beloved comfort foods. Nearly everyone's grandmother had her own version of this dish, and the beauty of it is that you can fall back on whatever ingredients you happen to have handy, for endless variations. There’s no one "right" recipe.
No more boil-and-eat packets: Knowing how to prepare Mexican rice from scratch requires a few added steps but pays off with more flavor and far less sodium. Mexican rice (also known as Spanish rice in the U.S., though it's not at all native to Spain) is a popular side dish, often served alongside refried beans, at Mexican-American restaurants.
When you thumb through cookbooks or surf the net looking for instructions on how to cook wild rice, you may be surprised to find out that wild rice isn't a rice at all, but instead a nutritious grain. In fact, it's the only cereal grain that's native to North America.
Spanish rice, ironically, is not a Spanish at all -- it originated in Mexico (and is sometimes referred to as Mexican rice). Spanish conquistadors introduced rice to Mexico in the 1500s, hence the name; it soon took on a life of its own, evolving into an economical "peasant" dish that turned bits of leftovers into a full meal. So we can thank Mexican chefs for the popularity of this deliciously versatile dish that has become an American favorite.
Whether you like them as an appetizer to your favorite Italian meal or as part of a snack spread when you have the gang over to watch the game, it's worth learning how to make mozzarella sticks at home. They're way more flavorful that those frozen ones at the supermarket, and the texture blows away packaged versions.
When warm weather brings a bounty of colorful vegetables to the market, it's time to learn how to make spring rolls, featuring the season's finest produce. From bright orange carrots to verdant green onions, spring rolls can offer such a gorgeous rainbow of colors they're almost too pretty to eat!
Once you know how to poach chicken, the possibilities are endless. Poaching (a moist-heat cooking method) means to cook something in barely simmering liquid (perfect for delicate foods, like eggs and fish), and it is, sadly, almost a forgotten way of cooking -- sad because it's an incredibly simple technique, it can yield the most tender, juicy meat without the fat and calories from frying or sauteing, and keeps your kitchen cooler than baking or roasting. Some poaching recipes, like the one below, use the poaching liquid itself as a sauce; it only needs only be reduced and thickened to provide the perfect accompaniment for your poached chicken dish.
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.
Learning how to cook cube steak the right way, and you'll have a flavorful meal that makes you feel like you've eaten in a steakhouse, without the dent in your wallet.
While chicken breasts often get all the glory, the drumsticks and thighs hold some of the juiciest and most flavorful meat--and even better, they're inexpensive and easy to prepare. Drumsticks are also favorites among young diners since they come with a "handle" and are fun to eat. So, knowing how to cook chicken legs is an especially useful skill for anyone feeding a family.
If you've shied away from learning how to make chicken enchiladas, you're not alone. While tacos and even burritos seem fairly manageable, enchiladas can be intimidating, from the filling to the sauce to the bubbling melted cheese. Rise above your fear! Enchiladas are surprisingly easy to make--even a cooking newbie can pull off this Mexican meal.
Learn how to make a burrito, and you'll have the perfect lunch or dinner on the go.