Chicken and Ziti
Chicken and ziti make a spunky duo in these recipes that are bound to become family favorites. Try a homey new twist on macaroni and cheese or any of our other options that combine chicken and ziti for guaranteed delicious results.
Chicken breasts add extra protein to this favorite pasta casserole recipe.
Just about every Italian joint in the U.S. knows how to make ziti, but why not put it together at home next time you're craving a hearty, red-sauce meal? Ziti--also referred to as baked ziti, depending on the preparation--is as honored among Italian-Americans as spaghetti with meatballs.
Sure, your friend's Italian-American grandmother knows how to make baked ziti, but why not gather a few tricks yourself? Ziti, a dish that's as beloved as spaghetti with meatballs, is poised to be your next Sunday supper.
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.
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.
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.
Next time you throw that game-day party, learn how to bake chicken wings and your guests will feel like they've scored seats in their own private sports bar.
Some recipes for how to cook chicken breast in the oven make a very simple procedure sound complicated and time consuming. Oven baked chicken breast is quick and delicious; you just need to be careful that you don't overcook it (making it tough and dry) or undercook it (risking food illness).
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.
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.
Old-time Southern grandmas sure knew how to make cornbread dressing -- a rich and tasty side dish, with a delightfully light and fluffy texture. The perfect accompaniment to roast chicken and turkey, once upon a time cornbread dressing was as crucial to the Thanksgiving feast as the turkey. Today it isn't reserved only for holidays -- it's the perfect casserole for company dinners, special roasts or buffets.
Chicken soup is classic comfort food--and is widely known as a natural remedy for the common cold and other maladies--across the globe, but it's in America and Canada where noodles have become an essential ingredient, resulting in what we now know as "chicken noodle soup," one of the best-selling prepared soups in the United States. If you grew up eating chicken noodle soup from a can, however, your taste buds are in for a real treat once you learn how to make chicken noodle soup the way it was intended. Made from scratch with fresh ingredients and savory broth, this hearty soup is more than just broth and noodles. It's comfort itself, hot and steaming in a bowl.
Whether you're looking for delicious and nutritious comfort food to feed your family or something elegant and understated to serve at a dinner party or romantic candle-lit meal, when you know how to roast chicken, you've got a go-to entree for almost any occasion. Chicken is the most popular type of meat eaten in the United States, and it's no wonder--it's relatively inexpensive, is extremely versatile and is a good source of protein.
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.