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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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Our chicken plate pie couldn't be easier to rustle up, thanks to a few handy cheats. The sauce is deliciously rich and creamy thanks to a good helping of creme fraiche, and the tarragon stirred through adds a real hit of herby fragrance. Because this pie is relatively shallow you can afford to serve it up in generous slices, which the family are sure to love. Our favourite side is of course the match-made-in-heaven that is creamy mashed potatoes! Try adding finely chopped spring onions and lots of black pepper to yours, to offset the richness of this dish and you'll be in for a treat. If there are only a couple of you eating then you'll be pleased to know this chicken plate pie reheats beautifully the next day too - just remember to make sure the meat is hot through before tucking in.(7 ratings)
Sticky chicken makes such a great dinner option as it’s super tasty but is a relatively cheap form of protein – so it’s great for filling up the whole family. This recipe uses honey, ginger and soy sauce to create a really tangy marinade that you’ll absolutely love. Served up with brown basmati rice, spring onions and tenderstem broccoli, this dinner option is full of different textures and provides a healthy mix of ingredients that are perfect for a mid-week treat that you’ll want to try again and again. What’s more, this recipe serves four people and is ready in under 30 minutes, so it’s a great one to turn to when you’ve had a long day and want something you can whip up in a flash. You can make this one ahead too as this chicken dish is suitable for freezing.(1 ratings)
This Hairy Bikers' Spanish-style chicken bake recipe is a 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 recipe - it's all made in one pot! Less washing up and a delicious family meal - what more could you want? This recipe is part of the Hairy Dieters series.(749 ratings)
Joe Wicks' chicken pie is one of our favourite Lean in 15 recipes. This healthy chicken dish takes a bit longer to make than the usual 15 mins, but it's a meal you can easily serve to friends and family, even if they're not following the Lean in 15 programme. Joe opted to make this chicken pie with filo pastry as it's not as thick as puff pastry and has less fat, so it's definitely a much healthier option. This Lean in 15 chicken pie is high in protein due to the breast fillets, which are also the healthier type of chicken meat. If you're looking for a healthier version of the traditional chicken pie, Joe Wicks' chicken pie is exactly the dish you should be making - and it's so delicious too! This Lean in 15 chicken pie serves 4 people, and you can also make a fresh salad or steam some veg as a side dish, to help up your 5-a-day intake. Joe Wicks says: 'If you love chicken pie, this recipe won’t disappoint. It’s actually Lean in about 60 minutes, but is such a nice treat that you won’t mind the extra effort. Plus, there’s cream and butter in it, so you know it’s going to taste incredible.'
Transform an ordinary chicken breast with this delicious mix of cranberries and ricotta stuffing. Chicken breasts are always a great option for a nutritious, healthy and filling dinner, but sometimes they can get boring pretty quickly. The best way to upgrade them into a fun and delicious meal without much effort in the kitchen? Stuff them with your favourite filling. This stuffed chicken breast recipe uses sweet cranberry and creamy ricotta to transform simple chicken breasts into a heavenly meal that will impress your family and friends. To make this easy dish, you'll need around 50 mins, but only 25 mins to prep it. This recipe serves 4 people, so it's ideal if you're having an intimate dinner with friends. If you need to feed more people, you can easily multiply the ingredient quantities to make more. This recipe also uses bacon to give even more flavour to the chicken breasts, so make sure you serve it with a light side, like a green salad or roasted vegetables. This lovely recipe would make a great dinner party dish with roasties on the side.(35 ratings)
Stuffed chicken breasts are always a sure-fire winner, so why not put a Christmas twist on this classic and simple dish. The spicy and fruity flavours of the mincemeat compliment the sweetness of the pork, and proves that chicken is a suitable vehicle for most any flavour. So if you’re stuck for something to do with that leftover mincemeat from making mince pies, why not try this tantalising recipe, which effortlessly combines the sweet with the savoury. This stuffed chicken breast recipes takes only 5 mins to prep, and 30 mins to cook, so you'll have a delicious dinner ready in just 35 mins. This recipe serves 4 people, but you can easily double up the quantities if you need to feed more people. Try serving on a lettuce bed for a light starter or accompanying with potatoes and seasonal vegetables for a hearty main course.(3 ratings)
This chicken and Parma ham recipe is delicious served with roasted tomatoes and crisp green salad and is one of your all-time favourite stuffed chicken breast recipes! This recipe serves 4 people, so it's ideal if you're planning a small dinner among friends or even as a special family dinner. If you're feeding more people however, you can easily double up the ingredient quantities to make more. This dish is also really quick to make, which makes it ideal for a quick midweek dinner that will be a treat for the whole family. It takes only 35 mins to prepare and cook. It's a great choice if you've got friends over for dinner and want to impress. It's an easy recipe - takes only four steps to cook this stuffed chicken with Parma ham - but it looks very professional when finished, so you'll definitely impress with your cooking skills. Serve with new potatoes or mashed potatoes and freshly prepared and cooked greens including broccoli, spinach and kale. The salty flavour from the Parma ham makes the chicken breast parcels extra flavoursome and tender. You're going to love them!(398 ratings)
Slimming World's maple-glazed chicken breasts with cheesy ham and leek stuffing are a delicious dinner choice. The irresistible filling in these chicken breasts makes them ideal for a low-cost and fuss-free main course. It will take around one hour to whip up this delicious feast but with only 10 mins prep time, the oven does all of the hard work for you. The tender chicken breast glazed in a sticky sweet maple sauce and the cheesy ham and leek stuffing makes this recipe extra special. This recipe serves 4 people and is a great choice for the whole family to enjoy - even if you're the only one on the Slimming World plan.(6 ratings)
This classic one-pot chicken and prawn paella Spanish dish is 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 paella serves 4 people. This classic 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.(215 ratings)
Mix up your usual roast dinner for something extra special with this delicious spatchcock peri-peri chicken recipe. It’s spicy and super moist, so the whole family will love the unusual flavours. Served up with a medley of Mediterranean vegetables, it’s also a great way to make sure your family get a healthy mix of protein and vitamins in their diet. While spatchcocking a chicken looks complicated, it couldn’t be easier with this simple recipe. Try it this week and you’ll have a new favourite to try again and again.(1 ratings)
Stuffed chicken breast is always a delicious dinner option and this Gordon Ramsay stuffed chicken breast recipe is just the perfect weekend treat! Filled with ricotta cheese, these sage and Parma ham-wrapped stuffed chicken breasts are just too tasty! Perfect for dinner parties, this stuffed chicken breast recipe is really easy and simple to make. Plus it's quick too - you will only need 30 mins to cook this stuffed chicken breast recipe from scratch. This recipe serves 4 people, so it's ideal if you're organising a small dinner with friends - perhaps a fun double date night - or even if you're just making a nice dinner for your family. This stuffed chicken breast recipe uses only 7 ingredients in total making it a quick and easy option for a mid-week meal or when you fancy homemade over a takeaway at the weekend. It could even be an easy option for a homemade Valentine's Day dinner if you're stuck for ideas. And since it's so easy to make, you'll definitely impress your other half with your cooking skills as you won't mess it up! The Parma ham slices give the chicken breasts a smoky flavour and the sage and ricotta stuffing is creamy and moreish. Serve with a side of greens and a creamy mash - yum!(164 ratings)
This easy chicken casserole recipe is a hearty, family-sized meal perfect for making in the winter months. It’s a real winter warmer packed with veggies like mushrooms, onion, celery and carrot, so it can really help you and your family up your 5-a-day intake and you healthy. It’s also a great way to get your kids eating more veg as they’re mixed in with the chicken – they won’t even notice they’re there. 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!(382 ratings)
Tana Ramsay's breaded stuffed chicken breasts recipe is the perfect option for a quick and healthy dinner. This healthy recipe for stuffed chicken breasts takes only 20 mins to prep and another 20 mins to cook, so you'll have a delicious dinner ready in just 40 mins. This recipes serves 2 people, so it's ideal for a romantic dinner or if you're having someone over but a little catch-up over food. If you need to feed more people, you can easily double up the ingredients to make more. This recipe is a fun twist on the classic stuffed chicken breast recipe and because it's breaded, it will go down especially well with the kids. The breadcrumbs used in this recipe are wholemeal, so they're better for you than other breaded foods. Serve with a fresh green salad on the side.(16 ratings)
Stuffed with a cream cheese and watercress filling, these bacon-wrapped chicken breasts are too tasty for words. Stuffing chicken breasts with a delicious filling is a great way to upgrade this healthy meal if you're getting bored of them. Chicken breasts are very healthy as they're packed with protein, which leaves you feeling full for longer, and they're also the leanest cut in the chicken, so you're not getting extra fat from the meat. This recipe uses watercress to stuff the chicken, which makes it even better for you as watercress has a number of health benefits. But don't worry, we didn't compromise on flavour - these stuffed chicken breasts are wrapped in bacon and the stuffing also takes cream cheese - yum! Woman's Weekly cookery editor Sue McMahon says: 'There are a variety of claims about the health benefits of watercress, ranging from research that indicates it can help prevent certain cancers, to suggestions that eating a bag of watercress can be a hangover cure. All of this stems from the fact that it's packed full of vitamins and minerals - it's sometimes called a 'natural superfood'.'(313 ratings)
This easy stuffed chicken breast recipe is a Mary Berry classic. Tender and tasty chicken breasts, which Mary stuffs with sautéed onions, garlic, tarragon and cream cheese and pops in the oven for less than 30 mins. This recipe serves 6 people so is perfect for sharing with the whole family or if you've got guess round and want to impress. Each cut of chicken is stuffed with a homemade filling of onion, garlic and cream cheese and infused with plenty of herbs and spices. These stuffed chicken breasts are best served with new potatoes and plenty of freshly cooked greens like spinach and tenderstem broccoli. Leftovers can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 2 days. If you're eating leftovers, don't forget to reheat until piping hot when serving again.(119 ratings)
Mexican stuffed chicken with red rice couldn't be easier to make and is a really interesting way with chicken that you might not have tried before. Whether you're hosting a Mexican night at home and want to try something a little different (and who isn't stuck for midweek dinner ideas?!), this recipe works for all occasions. It takes just 30 mins to throw together, which means it's super low hassle and you can get a nutritious, homemade dinner on the table in just half an hour. If you love spicy food, you can easily scale up the heat for it to have a real kick! This stuffed chicken breast serves 4 people, but you can easily double up the ingredients if you need to feed more people. We promise the whole family will love this tasty dish - especially the kids!
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.(1 ratings)
This chicken and tomato pasta bake recipe is so easy! 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!(241 ratings)