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If you're looking for easy and delicious chicken recipes you've come to the right place. Chicken has got to be one of our favourite meats to cook with. It's cheap, versatile and is a real crowd-pleaser with the whole family. If you love cooking chicken, 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 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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This mouth-watering tomato baked chicken recipe serves 4 people and can be on the table in just 35 mins making it the perfect go-to mid-week meal for the whole family. Chicken thighs are cheap as chips, but if you don't know what to do with them we've got the answer - knock up this chicken and tomato casserole-style dish. It doesn't take much to make this rich tomato sauce; a readymade jar, some stock and herbs and you've got yourself a quick and easy meal on a budget. Serve with rice or potatoes.(102 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 paella extra healthy by swapping the rice for brown rice instead. This easy 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.(167 ratings)
Hairy Bikers' Thai chicken and coconut curry recipe is the perfect quick and easy dinner from The Hairy Bikers' show, The Hairy Dieters. This delicious recipe takes a classic dish and reduces the calories to turn it into a healthy family meal. Serving 4 people, each portion of this delicious curry works out at only 283 calories per serving without rice. If you'd like to serve this curry with rice, we'd recommend jasmine rice or basmati rice. Aim to cook no more than 50g per person, so 200g in all. Press the freshly boiled rice into a 200ml metal pudding basin mould that youíve oiled lightly and lined with cling film, then turn out into the bowls before adding the hot curry. You only need 1 basin or mould as you can reuse it for all the servings(140 ratings)
Learn how to make classic seafood paellawith this simple step-by-step recipe. Tender fresh prawns, succulent chicken and plenty of paella rice makes this dish a classic that you can make time and time again(300 ratings)
This 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. This chicken casserole only takes 1hr and 15 mins to cook and will serve up to 6 people. 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. This casserole would be perfect served with boiled or jacket potatoes. You can use all different cuts of chicken in this recipe Ė try chicken breast meat, thighs or drumsticks. A portion of this delicious casserole works out at only 390 calories per serving and 13g of fat.(272 ratings)
Gordon Ramsay's jerk chicken recipe is the perfect way to add much needed flavour to your cut of chicken. This recipe shows you how to make a quick and easy marinade that you'll want to make time and time again. The chilli, cinnamon and garlic infused chicken pieces are perfect for cooking on the BBQ if the weather is nice. This recipe serves 4 people and can be ready in just 40 mins. The longer you leave the chicken to marinade the more flavoursome it will be. Serve with freshly prepared salad and new potatoes or even homemade chips.(101 ratings)
Try this delicious Oriental chicken noodle soup recipe from Woman's Weekly. This quick soup is infused with ginger and chilli and serves 4 people. When you're under the weather, you can't get better than hot chicken soup to nurse you back to good health again. A portion of this healthy soup works out at only 287 calories per serving. This soup is really easy to make and is cheap too. If you're looking to cut the cost of this soup down even more, use precooked chicken thigh.(17 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.(29 ratings)
This spicy grilled chicken recipe is an easy to prepare and popular family dish. It is versatile and is great to serve hot or cold. Cook the breasts on a griddle pan if you have one or in an ordinary frying pan if you donít. The spicy marinade really peps up chicken giving it a delicious flavour. Serve it with a simple salad and you have a really healthy meal. The recipe serves 4 people and will take 25 mins to prepare and cook plus time to marinade too. The longer you leave your cut of chicken to soak, the more flavour packed it will be. These chicken pieces can be cooked on the BBQ too. Leftovers can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 2 days. Reheat thoroughly before serving. Our spicy grilled chicken recipe would be perfect sandwich between two burger buns, served with freshly made salad or presented on a bed of saucy pasta.(1 ratings)
Slimminng World's chicken pappardelle recipe is light, tasty and quick to make too with a gorgeous garlic and veg passata sauce. This easy dish is a favourite. This recipe takes 1hr and 15 mins to make serving 4 people. It's the perfect family meal. This recipe is great for using up leftover chicken from your Sunday roast dinner too, just cook it for a shorter period of time making sure it is thoroughly reheated before serving. Leftovers of this dish prepared from scratch can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 2 days. It's perfect the next day served cold or hot for lunch.(45 ratings)
Miso fried chicken is juicy on the inside and flavoured with delicious miso paste, which gives it a sweet and savoury edge. Miso paste is really easy to find and most large supermarkets will stock it. Everyone loves crispy fried chicken, but the miso adds a new flavour to it that makes it new and exciting; it's going to be your new go-to fried chicken recipe and everyone will be asking for the recipe! By frying the chicken to start with and then finishing it in a hot oven, you'll get perfectly tender meat with crispy skin.
The Hairy Bikers' Mexican chicken fajitas recipe are quick, easy and delicious - fast food and perfect for TV dinners. This recipe serves 2 people, so double quantities if you're feeding a bigger crowd. These classic fajitas will take around 40 mins to prepare and cook. 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.(41 ratings)
You can't beat a classic chicken bhuna recipe and this recipe is exactly that. Plenty of flavour, a kick of spice and tender chicken pieces. Cheaper than a takeaway this delicious 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. If you want to increase the heat of this yummy curry simply add more chillies. You could also make a vegetarian 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.(156 ratings)
This super-quick chicken and chorizo pasta recipe 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 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. Chorizo isnít just for paella, itís great with pasta too!(149 ratings)
These delicious, easy chicken enchiladas from Rosemary Conley are quick and easy and the whole family will love them. The perfect Friday night dinner! This recipe serves 4 people and will take only 55 mins to prepare and cook. At only 234 calories, this classic Mexican dish is sure to become a family favourite. Any leftovers can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 2 days. Reheat thoroughly before serving. This delicious one-pot bake would be perfect served with guacamole, salsa and sour cream. Refried beans make an extra side for this dish too! If you want to make these enchiladas vegetarian friendly, remove the chicken and replace with kidney beans. These low-cal chicken enchiladas are ideal if you're trying to be good too!(39 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 meal is ready in under an hour and serves 4 people. The Diet Cola adds a sweet flavour and sticky texture along with the soy sauce, Worcestershire sauce and passata. If youíve never tasted this quirky classic loved by Slimming World members, youíre in for a treat. Once youíve tried it, youíll be hooked! This delicious 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.(171 ratings)
Mary Berry's orange chicken recipe is a real family favourite. This roast chicken is infused with orange juice and drizzled in honey for a summery twist. With just a little preparation the day before, you can serve Mary's delicious roast chicken for your family's Sunday lunch. A quick but tasty marinate sets this dish apart from your standard roast chicken. This recipe serves 6 people and will take around 1hr and 30 mins to prepare and cook. It's the perfect alternative to your usual Sunday roast option. This Mary Berry classic is easy to make and any leftovers can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 2 days. We'd recommend reheating thoroughly before serving or serve cold with a light, freshly prepared salad.(33 ratings)
Bill Granger's lemon chicken recipe is easy with an Oriental twist. Flavoured with Chinese spices, ginger, rice wine and tangy lemon, this chicken dish is bound to be a family favourite. This recipe will take around 25 mins to prepare and cook and serves 4 people. It's a great mid-week meal that the whole family can enjoy together. The lemon flavour works wonders with the ginger. The chicken is cooked so it's soft and tender. Serve your chicken pieces on a bed of rice and greens. You could also try serving the chicken with egg noodles tossed in soya sauce.(30 ratings)