The Best Ways to Make Exciting Meals with Chicken

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Let’s face it, chicken isn’t always the most flavorful of meats. It can even be pretty bland compared to some other options. However, the relatively mild taste of chicken also means that it’s perfect for taking on all kinds of flavors. You can cook it in many different ways, giving it new textures and flavors. Cuisines from around the world use chicken, so you can find inspiration from just about anywhere you can think of. Whether you like it spicy, buttery, or served up with plenty of vegetables, you can make chicken a whole lot more interesting if you’re willing to explore some different ways of cooking it.

Marinate It

One of the best ways to get lots of flavor into meat is to marinate it. A marinade will slowly infuse your chicken with flavors so that, when it’s time to cook it, it will taste delicious. After marinating, you can grill your chicken, bake it, fry it, or do whatever you feel like doing. There are so many different options for marinades too, so you can choose whatever flavors you like. You could opt for some Asian flavors, some classic BBQ, some Mexican spices, Italian seasonings, or whatever you feel like having.

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Roast It

Roasting a whole chicken is a really economical way to cook with chicken. Once your chicken is roasted, you can use different parts of it for different meals. Start off by serving slices of the breast with roasted vegetables and other sides. Then use the leftovers for whatever you feel like, whether it’s a curry, burritos, stir-fry, or anything else that calls for shredded chicken. You can roast your chicken with plenty of different flavors, from simple rosemary and garlic with salt and pepper to some more spices or other seasonings. You can even use the bones to make a stock.

Bread or Batter It

If you want to give a different texture to your chicken, adding a bread crumb or batter could be the way to do it. These are typically added before frying, but you can also bake for a low-fat alternative. You could make a perfect breaded paillard chicken, some Southern-fried chicken, or maybe some sweet and sour chicken or General Tso’s chicken. Whether you choose to bread or batter your chicken, you can add whatever flavors you like to create a delicious coating. Just make sure you take the right steps to get it to stick.

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Fry It

Instead of deep-frying your chicken in oil, consider sauteeing or stir-frying it. This gives you a huge range of options, from fajitas or tortillas to chicken fried rice. By frying things on the stovetop, you can add whatever seasoning or flavors you want. Just be careful not to overcook it, because it can easily end up dry if you’re not careful. Your pan should be hot, and you should cook it for as short a time as you can while ensuring it’s cooked through.

Chicken is incredibly versatile and goes well with so many different flavors. You can do what you like with it and create some delicious meals.


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