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Chicken has got to be one of our favourite meats to cook with. It's cheap, versatile and a real crowd-pleaser with the whole family. There are so many easy and quick chicken recipes that you can whip up in no time if you're rushing to get dinner on the table. Most of these chicken recipes are also healthy and good for you and your family, as chicken is a lean meat that gives you essential protein.
If you love cooking chicken and making delicious chicken dishes, take a look at our guide for what type of chicken to buy, how to store, prepare and cook chicken and what tasty flavours you can use to create delicious chicken recipes.
Chicken is not only tasty, it's also full of nutrients that your family needs. As well as being a great source of protein, it is also rich in vitamin B6 and B3, which help your body's metabolism by turning protein into energy. As well as providing a dose of potassium and amino acids, which aid your body's growth and maintenance, chicken is also full of selenium, which produces antioxidants and has been linked to cancer protection.
Beware of the skin! It may be very tasty but it can almost double the amount of fat in your chicken. Cook the chicken with the skin on but remove before eating to get all the flavours in your meat without all the fat - best of both worlds!
Types of chicken
Fresh or frozen?
Fresh chicken lasts 2-3 days in the fridge so if you're planning on using it immediately you should go for fresh chicken as it's easier to prepare. Make sure the chicken feels supple and doesn't smell funny to ensure it's fresh. You can freeze fresh chicken buy washing it, patting dry, wrapping in tight parcels and putting in the freezer. Always freeze chicken on the day you bought it.
Frozen chicken is often cheaper so if you're doing a big shop for the month a bag of frozen portions will save you some cash. Make sure the chicken is completely frozen and has no liquid in the package - as this means it has defrosted slightly. To defrost a chicken, you need to allow it to defrost in the fridge and not at room temperature - make sure you place it on a plate to collect any of the juices.
Chicken juices can contaminate other foods so make sure, however you store your chicken, that no juices can escape the packaging and get onto other foods.
It is very important to check the sell-by date when buying chicken. Do not buy or eat chicken even slightly past the sell-by date.
Cuts of chicken
Whole chicken. The best way to cook a whole chicken is, of course, to roast it. You can buy it with or without the giblets (organs) inside. The giblets can be used in a stock or gravy for extra flavour but they aren't for the squeamish! A little oil and lemon is all you need to bring out the flavours in your roast - or you could try something a little different with one of our roast chicken recipes.
Whole chickens are cheaper than buying the parts separately so if you're feeling brave you can buy a whole one and cut it down into joints. We have a step-by-step guide for how to joint chicken if you fancy giving it a go. If you don't fancy this, ask your butcher to do it for you.
Chicken breasts. Breasts have the lowest fat content of all cuts of chicken and you can buy them with or without the skin. Breasts are really versatile and can be stuffed, grilled, baked or fried and, when chopped, used in pasta dishes, salads, pies and many, many more recipes.
Chicken thighs. Thighs are a cheaper alternative to breasts and some people say they're a lot tastier as the meat is a little darker and has a richer flavour. They can be bought boned or boneless and can be used in a variety of different meals - casseroles, traybakes and stuffed are just some of our ways with chicken thighs.
Chicken drumsticks. Similar to thighs in taste and texture, drumsticks are good on the BBQ and are delicious baked with a tasty marinade. They're wonderfully messy as well so the kids will love eating them!
Chicken wings. The cheapest cut, wings are quite fatty and have very little meat on them compared to other cuts but they're delicious on the BBQ and make great party food snacks as you can eat them with your hands.
How to cook chicken
When preparing chicken you have to be a lot more careful than with other foods and meats. The bacteria on raw chicken can cause salmonella poisoning so it's important not to let it touch any other raw food or cooking utensils before it is cooked. When preparing you need to use separate chopping boards and utensils to other foods - or make sure you wash them thoroughly before using them again. Surfaces and utensils should be washed with warm soapy water to rid them of raw juices. Your hands are equally as important and must be washed regularly when handling chicken to ensure you don't contaminate other surfaces.
When cooking chicken you need to make sure it is cooked all the way through before serving. If you see any pink areas, it needs to be cooked longer. Thigh and drumstick meat will look a little grey when cooked. To check a whole chicken is cooked, insert a skewer into one of the joints and if the juices run clear, it's ready.
Ways to cook chicken
Baking is the healthiest way to cook chicken. It allows the juice and flavours to develop so the meat will need less seasoning once done.
Frying is less healthy but is great if you're in a hurry. Use one calorie oil spray rather than oil or butter if you want to keep the calorie down.
Barbecuing can be delicious but you have to be very careful about making sure it is cooked properly - check our guide for barbecuing chicken.
Poaching or steaming are other, slightly old-fashioned, ways to cook chicken but are also great as a healthier alternative to frying.
Slow cooking, if you overcook chicken in the oven it can become really dry but that doesn't mean you can't slow cook it. If you have a slow cooker you can add it to a rich sauce a cook for up to 8 hours for a deliciously rich flavour. See our slow cooker recipes for some ideas.
Flavours that complement chicken
- Cajun spices
- Curry powder
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Chicken bhuna curry is a classic that you simply can't beat. Plenty of flavour, a kick of spice and tender chicken pieces are the secrets behind the success of this chicken bhuna recipe! Cheaper than a takeaway, this simple and cheap chicken bhuna recipe is easy to make, which means it is perfect for a weekend supper. The thick medium-hot sauce made from a tasty blend of flavourings and vegetables perfectly coats and compliments the rich meat of chicken thighs. The best part of making this simple chicken bhuna from scratch is that you adjust the heat to your liking. So if you want to increase the heat of this delicious curry, simply add more chillies. If you or someone you’re cooking for is vegetarian, you could also make a veggie version by replacing the chicken with a selection of vegetables such as peppers, potatoes and cauliflower. For added effect serve in balti dishes with pickles, chutney and poppadoms or naan bread. This recipe serves 4 people and should take 55 mins to rustle up, so you can have it ready on the dinner table in less than an hour.(210 ratings)
Vol-au-vent make perfect party food, especially if you make a delicious selection with different vol au vent fillings. These Vol-au-vent recipes will make four different vol-au-vent fillings and trust us, they'll be gone in a flash! This easy vol-au-vent recipe uses ready-made vol-au-vent cases for some easy but impressive party canapés. Fill these ready-made vol-au-vent cases with these four varieties of filling including mushroom, chicken, prawn and ham and pineapple for some easy but impressive party canapés. Your friends and family are going to be impressed with this delicious range of easy to make a vol-au-vent selection. To make a batch of 24 vol-au-vent it will take around 40 mins to prepare and cook. Each vol-au-vent is made with a cream cheese filling which makes them cheap to rustle up too - perfect if you're doing a party spread on a budget. They're also our favourite retro party food!(113 ratings)
Our coconut curry is a creamy and rich, yet healthy week night dish for the whole family to enjoy. Curry is one of the nation's favourite dishes, and when you make your own it is so much healthier. Adding a creamed coconut instead of cream to this delicious chicken masala curry not only makes it healthier but also adds a rich and nutty flavour to this scrumptious recipe. This coconut curry is a real crowd pleaser and will have everyone coming back for seconds. Why not try this dish with some pilaf rice or a naan bread for an authentic Indian meal.
Chicken with pickled red onions is a fresh and zesty dish to make for any week night meal. Mexican food is always guaranteed to please any crowd when you are entertaining, and great for everyone getting stuck in and serving themselves. Add this chicken and pickled red onion to your menu and it will go down a treat! Pickling the red onions will not only give a zingy flavour, but also provides lots of health benefits. Pickling food, especially vegetables, is fantastic for gut health as it provides healthy bacteria, which can help break down hard to digest cellulose in food, as well as some of the natural sugars. This picked red onion chicken is a healthy family meal that is quick and easy to prepare and will have everyone asking for seconds.
French chicken casserole is a delicious variation of coq au vin, but made with white wine for a lighter finish - perfect for spring or summer. This deliciously moreish French chicken casserole recipe takes just 20 minutes to assemble and then it can be left to gently bubble away until it's thick and deliciously rich. Serve it up with some creamy mashed potatoes for a truly indulgent dinner that the whole family will love, or if you're trying to be good you could plump for some tasty fresh greens on the side instead. And we've got good news for calorie counters too, at just under 500 per portion, this recipe means you can have a really delicious dinner without worrying about any guilt.(34 ratings)
Chicken and bacon risotto is a quick and easy meal for the whole family. Our recipe takes just 40 minutes and is great for the midweek rush! This recipe serves 4 people and is the perfect option for everyone to enjoy together. A portion of this dish works out at 575 calories. It's much healthier than readymade risotto and you have control over exactly what goes into it too like salt content and fat. We've used pudding rice and chicken thighs in our risotto to make our savoury meal for 4 even cheaper at just 97p per person! This dish is a great way of sneaking veg into your kids diets. Add handfuls of chopped spinach, grated mushrooms and any other veg you fancy to get your little ones eating some of their 5-a-day. This dish is best made and eaten on the same day but leftovers can be stored in the airtight container in the fridge for up to 2 days. Make sure you reheat thoroughly before serving, the rice needs to be piping hot.(81 ratings)
Want to make a dinner they'll remember? Whip up this hearty chicken, bacon and mushroom plate pie, complete with homemade shortcrust pastry, for a comforting family meal. This mouth-watering pie serves 4-6 people and takes only 1hr and 25 mins to make. This recipe shows you how to make shortcrust pastry at home, but if you're short for time you can use readymade instead. The filling for this pie brings chicken, bacon, mushrooms and a rich creamy, buttery sauce together to make one hearty filling. Glaze your pie in egg wash for a golden finish.(126 ratings)
Slimming World's chicken curry recipe is one of our favourite delicious and simple-to-make Slimming World dinners! It’s guilt-free too, making it the perfect Saturday night alternative to a takeaway. This Slimming World curry is easy to make, and it's ready to be eaten in less than hour. Curry is one the nation's favourite meals and it's not off the menu if you're counting the calories. Diet club Slimming World have taken the classic dish and made it nice and healthy, and the best part is that it has not lost out on any of the flavour. The main way this Slimming World curry recipe is better for you in terms of calories is that it‘s not made with coconut milk or any other liquids that can add more calories to a curry – it’s simply cooked with water but it still taste absolutely delicious. This Slimming World curry recipe is so tasty, even those not following the diet can enjoy it, so you don’t have to cook two meals if you’re following the Slimming World plan. The potato in the mix means you don't need to serve it with rice and sides. This recipe serves 4 people and should take approximately 40 minutes to make. If you’re craving curry, make this light and tasty Slimming World recipe instead of getting a takeaway – it’s a lot healthier and cheaper. Any leftovers can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up 2 days. Reheat thoroughly before serving.(505 ratings)
This classic one-pot chicken and prawn paella recipe is a Spanish dish that's not only delicious, but it also saves on the washing-up! Not all traditional paellas use chicken, but we like it better this way. Cooked in just 1hr, this delicious chicken paella recipe serves 4 people. This classic chicken paella dish is infused with chorizo sausage, onion, garlic, saffron and paprika. Serve with a cut of crusty bread and drizzle in lemon juice before serving. Make this chicken paella extra healthy by swapping the traditional paella rice for brown rice instead. This easy chorizo paella recipe is perfect if you want to bring a taste of your favourite summer holiday, home. This meal is great for sharing with the whole family. Leftovers can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 2 days. Reheat thoroughly before serving again. This recipe is just perfect served with freshly baked bread or crusty baguette for dipping into the meat and spice juices.(233 ratings)
Chicken casserole recipe is a hearty, family meal made with all the joints of chicken and plenty of vegetables. It’s comfort food packed with veg like mushrooms, carrot, onion and celery, so it can really help you and your family up your 5-a-day intake. It’s also a great way to get your kids eating more veg as they’re mixed in with the chicken – and make a tasty dinner! This easy chicken casserole only takes 1hr and 15 mins to cook and will serve up to 6 people. This casserole recipe would be perfect served with boiled or jacket potatoes, or rice. You can use all different cuts of chicken in this recipe – try chicken breast meat, thighs or drumsticks. If you have any leftovers, make sure you store them in an airtight container in the fridge. Use within 2 days and thoroughly reheat in the microwave or oven before serving again. It will taste just as delicious so this a great dish to make on a Sunday evening and keep for your lunches during the week – it will save you so much time and money! This chicken casserole is also a filling and nutritious meal that can fit in your diet. A portion of this delicious casserole works out at only 390 calories per serving and 13g of fat – perfect if you’re trying to she pounds in a healthy way!(421 ratings)
Chicken curry has to be one of our favourite recipes and this Hairy Bikers' easy chicken curry recipe is one that you'll want to make again and again. Bursting full of flavour, this chicken curry is made with a homemade tarka masala sauce made with garlic, root ginger and green chillies. As you’re making this chicken curry recipe from scratch, you can adjust the heat to your taste and make it as hot or as mild as you want it to be. The chicken in this recipe is cooked until tender and succulent so this curry recipe tastes even better. Si and Dave's simple recipe for chicken curry takes only 15 minutes to prepare and 40 minutes to cook, so you can have it on the table in under an hour. This simple chicken curry serves 6 people, so you the whole family can enjoy it and you can still keep leftovers for lunch the next day. Just keep it in an airtight container in the fridge and it will keep for a few days. This easy chicken curry recipe is the perfect takeaway alternative on a Saturday night – making it yourself means you know exactly what you’re eating so you can eat a healthier meal. Serve with naan bread or rice. This curry recipe is taken from Mums Know Best: The Hairy Bikers' Family Cookbook.(438 ratings)
Our teriyaki chicken bowl is a spin on an authentic Japanese meal that is both healthy and easy to make. This Teriyaki chicken dish is a packed with flavour as well as being good for you. You can freeze individual portions of this teriyaki chicken bowl and then you have your own frozen ready meals ready to go.
Turkey and ham pie is the perfect way to make the most of your Christmas leftovers. A traditional turkey and ham pie contains lots of vegetable and is the perfect 'use up' dish. You can add almost any veg you like to your turkey and ham pie, which is fab if you've got lots of greens leftover from Christmas day. To make this delicious turkey and ham pie, you'll only need 15 mins in the kitchen to prep it, and then another 40 mins to let it bake in the oven. Of course you can make this turkey and ham pie any time of year, not just at Christmas, but you're very likely to have more leftover turkey meat after the holidays. It's really delicious comfort food and you will find yourself making it time and time again. If you're looking for a comforting, filling and delicious pie recipe, this turkey and ham pie is the perfect option. The whole family will love it!(84 ratings)
Our chorizo burger is perfect for spicing up the chicken option at a party. This chorizo burger is smoky with a little bit of a kick that any friends or family are sure to love. Why not cook the chicken on the barbecue to add another dimension of smokey flavour to this delicious chicken and chorizo burger. This delicious chorizo burger would be perfect with some sweet potato or courgette fries and coleslaw. If you would like to eat this burger without the bun, why not just use a skewer and place a leaf of lettuce on either side. A top tip from our team is to take the chicken breasts out of the fridge half an hour before you want to cook them to ensure that they cook evenly through and are not dry by the time the middle of the chicken is cooked.
This homemade version of a favourite Indian restaurant classic, chicken jalfrezi, is easy to make and very easy to eat! Using a ready-made curry paste saves time and is ideal if you haven’t got a cupboard full of spices to hand. Family and friends will love to share this as a weekend treat and you’ll save pounds compared to eating out. If you have a balti pan to cook the Jalfrezi in then why not serve it at the table for extra effect. Add poppadoms, warm naan bread and pickles and chutneys to make the meal even more authentic.(26 ratings)
Chicken pasta bake is a classic family meal and this chicken and tomato pasta bake recipe is so easy to make! Nothing beats a chicken and tomato pasta bake for a delicious and filling midweek supper. This chicken pasta bake has a lovely rich garlic and tomato sauce and is topped with masses of melting mozzarella cheese for a really creamy topping. You can choose any shape of dried pasta - for this chicken pasta bake we've used spirals, but shells, twists or short-cut macaroni will work just as well. This easy chicken pasta is a great midweek family meal, especially if you’re short on time to make dinner as you can prepare it ahead. To prepare the bake in advance, leave the pasta and chicken and tomato sauce to cool in the dish, without the cheese topping. Cover and chill for up to 24 hrs. if you’re making this dish ahead and want to bake it from chilled, all you have to do is sprinkle with the cheese and cook at 200°C/400°F/Fan 180°C/Gas Mark 6 for 25-30 mins until piping hot. This is one of our favourite chicken and pasta recipes and we bet you’ll love it too!(281 ratings)
Spanish chicken is a lovely dish to whip up when you want a filling yet delicious meal, and this Hairy Bikers' Spanish chicken bake recipe is the perfect one-pot wonder. The Hairy Bikers have captured the classic flavours of Spain in one dish - and it's one of their diet dishes too! At just 370 calories per serving, you'd think this Hairy Bikers Spanish chicken would be lacking in flavour - far from it! The powerful flavours of paprika and chorizo give the chicken a lovely Spanish twist. This delicious Spanish chicken bake serves 4 people and will take about 1hr and 15 mins to make in total. It’s well worth the wait! The Hairy Bikers use chicken thighs in this recipe to cut down the cost but feel free to use your favourite cut of chicken instead e.g. chicken breast or drumsticks. And the best thing about this Spanish chicken recipe - it's all made in one pot! Less washing up and a delicious family meal - what more could you want? This Spanish chicken recipe is part of the Hairy Dieters series.(891 ratings)
Make your own tasty chicken dippers with Annabel Karmel's simple recipe and serve with her quick-and-easy dips.(32 ratings)