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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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Slimming World's chicken curry recipe is one of our favourite delicious and simple-to-make Slimming World dinners! Itís 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 itĎs not made with coconut milk or any other liquids that can add more calories to a curry Ė itís 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 donít have to cook two meals if youíre 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 youíre craving curry, make this light and tasty Slimming World recipe instead of getting a takeaway Ė itís 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.(475 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 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.(221 ratings)
Spice up your barbecue with this recipe for Middle Eastern spiced BBQ chicken, which is served with a fresh tomato salsa that complements and cools the heat of the spices. Marinating chicken before cooking allows the flavours to develop and makes the meat more tender, so the little bit of work in advance is well worth it for the tasty end results. This spiced chicken is flavoured with Baharat, a Middle Eastern spice blend. Baharat is readily available in supermarkets, but if you can't find it try mixing 2 tsp each of paprika, coriander and cumin with 1/2 tsp each of nutmeg and black pepper. For big gatherings we like to make all our BBQ marinades ahead of time, and this one is no exception. If you want to get prepped early too then simply mix all the marinade ingredients together and freeze until needed. This BBQ chicken marinade will defrost quickly, just remember to get it out on the morning of your barbecue and leave it at room temperature until liquid enough to coat your chicken pieces in.
Gordon Ramsay's butter chicken recipe is so easy to make at home and tastes delicious too. This classic Indian dish will take around 50 mins to prepare and cook but is best made in advance so the chicken has plenty of time to marinade in the homemade butter-based curry sauce. This butter chicken recipe is great for sharing with friends and family, especially on a Friday after a busy week so you can catch up over a delicious meal. This butter chicken recipe is also the perfect takeaway alternative, and much healthier too. By making your own butter chicken curry at home, you have more control over what you're eating, especially if you're trying to loose weight. It's much healthier than your average takeaway and you can control how spicy or non-spicy you want it. The chicken is so tender in this recipe and works wonders with the tomato infused sauce. Add some veggies to this dish like spinach to add towards your 5-a-day count. This easy butter chicken recipe was taken from his Channel 4 series Gordon's Great Escape.(155 ratings)
Delicious, easy, and sure to please everybody, this chicken taquito recipe is packed with punchy flavours. Start by adding onion into a pan and cook until softened. Then add in your chicken fillets seasoned with the salt, pepper, cumin, paprika and ground coriander. Toss in the peppers and courgettes until tender and pour in 150ml of water. While thatís on simmer, donít forget to warm up your tortillas according to pack instructions. To make the salsa, mix onion, vinegar, honey, sweet corn and mango together. Then spoon in your taquitos mix and scatter jalapeno chilli peppers for an extra kick. Donít forget to roll them up and dip in salsa before tucking in.(1 ratings)
This chicken, leek and Cheddar bake recipe is the perfect midweek chicken bake for the family. It's easy to make and ready in half an hour. This delicious recipe serves 4 people and will take about 35 mins to rustle up. Packed with plenty of flavour, thanks to the buttery Cheddar cheese sauce and tangy leeks. This recipe uses chicken breasts but you could use other cuts of chicken too including thigh or wings to cut the cost down. Serve this hearty bake with new potatoes or on a bed of freshly cooked pasta. This bake is a great money saving meal the whole family can enjoy. Leftovers can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 2 days. We'd recommend reheating thoroughly before serving again. Make sure the chicken and sauce is piping hot.(184 ratings)
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)
Mix up your usual roast dinner for something extra special with this delicious spatchcock peri-peri chicken recipe. Itís spicy and super moist, so the whole family will love the unusual flavours. Served up with a medley of Mediterranean vegetables, itís 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 couldnít be easier with this simple recipe. Try it this week and youíll have a new favourite to try again and again.(2 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!(170 ratings)
This Hairy Bikers' Spanish 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. Itís 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.(778 ratings)
This Hairy Bikers' easy chicken curry recipe is one that you'll want to make time and time again. This 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 six 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 Ė making it yourself means you know exactly what youíre eating so you can be eat a healthier meal. Bursting full of flavour, this chicken curry is made with a homemade tarka masala sauce infused with garlic, root ginger and green chillies. As youíre 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. Serve with naan bread or rice. This curry recipe is taken from Mums Know Best: The Hairy Bikers' Family Cookbook.(390 ratings)
This easy and delicious chicken soup recipe is a real classic. You'll want to make it over again. This recipe is great for using up leftover chicken. This recipe serves 6-8 people and takes around 3hrs to prepare and slow cook for the best flavour. A deliciously warm pick-me-up for when you're feeling under the weather, this comforting chicken soup recipe almost makes feeling ill worthwhile! The chicken in this recipe will keep you fuller for longer thanks to the protein in the chicken, add heaps of veggies counting towards your 5-a-day and you've got one healthy option for lunch time. This soup can be frozen in portions on the day it's made and can be stored in an airtight container for up to 2 days in the fridge. Reheat thoroughly before serving.(31 ratings)
Slimming World's diet cola chicken recipe is simply delicious, made with tender pieces of chicken and served with plenty of fresh vegetables for lighter option. This mouth-watering diet cola chicken recipe is ready in under an hour and serves 4 people. The diet coke adds a sweet flavour and sticky texture along with the soy sauce, Worcestershire sauce and passata. If youíve never tasted this Slimming World diet coke chicken, loved by Slimming World members, youíre in for a treat. Once youíve tried this diet cola chicken, youíll be hooked! This delicious Slimming World chicken recipe only takes 40 mins to make and is well worth the wait. Leftovers can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 2 days. Reheat thoroughly before serving again and make sure the chicken is piping hot.(349 ratings)
Chicken and chorizo pasta is full of flavour and perfect for a speedy week-night supper. Juicy chicken pieces and spicy chorizo blend beautifully with the basil-infused tomato sauce. Choose chunky pasta shapes like penne or farfalle to trap the sauce, and serve with lashings of grated Parmesan cheese. This chorizo pasta dish only takes 5 mins to prepare and 15 mins to cook, which makes it the ideal mid-week meal thatís quick and easy and the kids will love it too. If you're catering for more than 4 people, we'd recommend doubling the ingredients, that way you're sure to have leftovers for the lunch the next day too. Chicken and chorizo isnít just for paella, itís great with pasta too!(212 ratings)
This easy chicken casserole recipe is a hearty, family-sized meal perfect for making in the winter months. Itís 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. Itís also a great way to get your kids eating more veg as theyíre mixed in with the chicken Ė they wonít even notice theyíre 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 Ė 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 Ė 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 Ė perfect if youíre trying to she pounds in a healthy way!(395 ratings)
Chicken fajitas are always a great idea for a fun dinner with friends, and this recipe by The Hairy Bikers makes them so easy to make. The Hairy Bikers' Mexican chicken fajitas recipe are really quick to make - it'll only take you 40 mins to make them from scratch, so you'll have a delicious homemade dinner ready in less than an hour. This chicken fajitas recipe is also super easy to make. This recipe serves only 2 people, so double quantities if you're feeding a bigger crowd. The Hairy Bikers have done it again with yet another great dish for the dynamic cooking duo. Each piece of chicken is tenderly cooked and works wonders with the soft, spiced veggies and wrapped in flour tortillas. This recipe is great for using up leftover chicken too - just warm through and add to your wraps.(62 ratings)
Sticky chicken makes such a great dinner option as itís super tasty but is a relatively cheap form of protein Ė so itís great for filling up the whole family. This recipe uses honey, ginger and soy sauce to create a really tangy marinade that youíll 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 youíll want to try again and again. Whatís more, this recipe serves four people and is ready in under 30 minutes, so itís a great one to turn to when youíve 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.(3 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 wonít disappoint. Itís actually Lean in about 60 minutes, but is such a nice treat that you wonít mind the extra effort. Plus, thereís cream and butter in it, so you know itís going to taste incredible.'(9 ratings)