Chicken is a popular and versatile meat that lends itself to many flavors, is relatively inexpensive, and can have a variety of health benefits. As you long as you prepare the chicken correctly, you'll be able to successfully cook it in a number of ways that include baking, sautéing, and grilling. You may also want to marinate your chicken beforehand.
- 1 cup sour cream
- 2 tbsp. Dijon mustard
- 2 cloves minced garlic
- ½ tsp. black pepper
- 4 skinless boneless chicken breast halves
- 1 cup crushed cornflakes cereal
- 1 (1 oz.) package dray onion soup mix
- 3 tbsp. melted butter
- cooking spray
- ¼ cup all-purpose flour
- ¼ tbsp. black pepper
- 1¼ lbs. uncooked boneless skinless chicken thighs (about 8)
- 1 cup canned chicken broth
- 2 tbsp. fresh lemon juice
- 1½ tbsp. capers
- 12 chicken legs
- ½ cup olive oil
- 1 tsp. sea salt
- ½ tsp. ground black pepper
- ½ tsp. paprika
- ½ tsp. cumin
- ¼ tsp. cayenne pepper
- 2 cloves chopped garlic
- 3 tbsp. chopped onion
- ½ cup chopped parsley
Method One of Four:
Preparing the ChickenEdit
1Store the chicken in the fridge or freezer immediately if you're not cooking it right away. Chicken can be stored in the coolest part of your refrigerator for two days; if you plan on cooking it a few days later or even a long time later, you should freeze it right away. Don't partially cook the chicken and then place it in the fridge; this will promote bacteria growth.
2Wash the chicken. Whether you're cooking a full chicken, chicken legs, chicken thighs, or any other part of the chicken, you should wash it under cool water first. If the chicken has already been marinated and prepared, then it has already been washed. Make sure you wear gloves when you wash the chicken so you don't contaminate the chicken or get bacteria over on your hands. You should thoroughly wash your hands before and after cleaning the chicken.
- When you're done, you should also thoroughly wash all surfaces that have come in contact with the chicken, which includes knives, cutting boards, and the sink.
3Dry the chicken. Pat the chicken dry with a paper towel to eliminate any excess moisture.
4Cook the chicken. Once you've washed and dried the chicken, it will be ready to cook. Whether you bake, grill, or sauté the chicken, make sure to use a meat thermometer to make sure that it reaches the appropriate temperature before you eat it. The chicken should reach the temperature of 165ºF (74ºC). Here are a number of tasty chicken recipes to try:
5Promptly store uneaten chicken. When freezing chicken, wrap parts separately in foil or freezer wrap. This makes it easy to defrost only the amount you need. Proper wrapping prevents "freezer burn," which results from drying and oxidizing when in contact with air.
- Fried chicken - 3 to 4 days in refrigerator, 4 months in freezer
- Cooked poultry casseroles - 3 to 4 days in refrigerator, 4 to 6 months in freezer
- Pieces, plain - 3 to 4 days in refrigerator, 4 months in freezer
- Pieces covered with broth, gravy - 1 to 2 days in refrigerator, 6 months in freezer
- Chicken nuggets, patties - 1 to 2 days in refrigerator, 1 to 3 months in freezer
Method Two of Four:
1Place the chicken legs in a large zip-top bag.
2Make the marinade. Mix together the olive oil, salt, pepper, paprika, cumin, and cayenne pepper. Place the ingredients in a small bowl and stir them until they're thoroughly incorporated.
3Pour the marinade over the chicken legs. Pour the marinade into the zip-top bag with the chicken and seal it. Remove as much air as possible from the bag and seal it. Turn it from side to side to ensure that all of the chicken is coated in the marinade. Then, place the bag on a sheet pan and refrigerate it for an hour or even overnight for best results. Turn the bag every few hours to keep the chicken freshly coated.
4Prepare the grill. Brush the grill grate with olive oil to coat it. Then, heat the grill to 350ºF (175ºC).
5Place the chicken on the grill. Cook the chicken until it's crispy and brown on both sides. Turn the chicken every few minutes to evenly cook both sides.
- If you're looking for a less crispy, more juicy option; it's recommended to place the chicken breast on a diagonal angle, wait until the edges turn white, rotate 180º and repeat on the other side. This will result in the picture perfect grill marks you see in a commercial.
- The internal temperature should reach 165ºF (74°C) when the chicken is ready. When the chicken is cooked, place it on a serving platter and let it cool for 3-5 minutes before you eat it.
6Serve. Enjoy this tasty grilled chicken while it's hot.Advertisement
Method Three of Four:
1Preheat your oven to 400ºF (200ºC).
2Butter a baking dish. Cover the dish with enough butter to thoroughly coat the bottom and sides of the dish.
3Whisk the sour cream, Dijon mustard, garlic, and pepper together in a large bowl.
4Coat the chicken in the mixture. Place 4 skinless boneless chicken breasts in the mixture. Turn them to make sure that they're thoroughly coated in the mixture. Then, refrigerate the coated chicken for 20-30 minutes so the chicken absorbs the mixture a bit more.
5Coat the chicken in the cornflakes and soup mixture. Combine the cornflakes and onion soup mix in a bowl and press the chicken breasts into the cornflakes mixture to coat them. Then, shake off any excess mixture.
6Place the chicken breasts into the baking dish. Drizzle 3 tbsp. of melted butter over the chicken.
7Bake the chicken for 20-25 minutes until it's golden brown. When the chicken is done, your meat thermometer should read at least 165ºF (74ºC).Advertisement
Method Four of Four:
1Coat a 12-inch nonstick skillet with cooking spray and place it over medium-high heat. 
2Combine the flour and pepper in a small bowl. Once you've thoroughly combined it, sprinkle it over the chicken.
3Sauté the chicken in the skillet in a single layer until it's golden on the bottom. This should take about 6-7 minutes. If the chicken doesn't all fit on the pan at once, you can just make two batches of sautéed chicken.
4Turn the chicken over and cook it on its second side. This should take an additional 4-5 minutes.
5Remove the chicken from the skillet and set it aside.
6Place the broth in the skillet. After you do this, scraped up any browned bits of chicken with a wooden spoon.
7Return the chicken to the skillet, cover it, and cook it to a simmer over low heat. This should take about 3 minutes.
8Stir in the lemon juice and capers. Heat the chicken for another 30 seconds, continuing to stir it as you do this. When you're done, let the chicken cool in a separate plate for 5-10 minutes.
9Serve. Serve these tasty chicken thighs while they're nice and hot.Advertisement
To cook chicken, put it in a greased baking pan and bake it for 20-25 minutes at 400 degrees Fahrenheit. You can also sautée chicken by cooking it in a pan over the stove for 15 minutes and flipping it over halfway through. To grill chicken, start by preheating the grill and brushing the grill grate with oil. Then, put the chicken on the grill and cook it until it's brown and crispy on both sides. Whichever method you use to cook chicken, make sure it has an internal temperature of at least 165 degrees Fahrenheit before serving.
Read the label. Before you cook the chicken, make sure that what you buy is high in quality.
- If the chicken is labeled "fresh" in the US, that means it's never been below 26°F (-3°C). If the chicken has ever been frozen, it must be labeled "frozen" or "previously frozen".
- Look at the "sell by" or "use before" date as a guideline. In the US, chicken is not required to be dated as such, but many stores and processors provide a date anyway to indicate quality. After that date, you can still eat the chicken, but the quality will have declined. If the chicken is frozen when the date passes, you can still consume it safely.
Choose an appropriate cut. Whichever cut of chicken you choose, avoid meat with a strange odor or if the skin is bruised.
- Whole chicken - there are fryers, broilers, and roasters, from smallest to largest.
- Quarters - a leg quarter contains thigh and leg; a breast quarter contains breast and wing
- Whole chicken cut up - entire bird cut into 9 pieces or 8 pieces, without the back
- Individual thighs and breasts - sold boneless and/or skinless
- Chicken livers - packaged separately
- Neck, feet, combs, etc. - available only in areas where they are in demand
- Cook the chicken within two days of purchase or freeze the chicken at 0℉ (-17℃) or below. If kept frozen, the chicken will always be safe to eat. Prevent freezer burn by placing the chicken inside a freezer storage bag and squeezing out the air.
- Be sure to add seasoning to the chicken. Chicken can taste fairly bland if you don't season it. Remember to add seasonings that go together. A simple seasoning of oil, salt and crushed garlic, rubbed into the skin, tastes like a classical roast.
- For the taste of chicken cooked like it is in India, add curry spices. You can purchase seasonings in local grocery stores, Indian stores or international stores.
- Cut up tomatoes and onions and fry (or smother) them in with precooked chicken. This is how you can create a chicken goulash or gumbo, which is great too!
- Delicious "storage" ideas: keep chicken longer and give it a new taste appeal when the storage "time is almost used up" completely recook it:
- With a barbecue sauce, smothered in sliced onions or gravy, so this refreshes the purity. And then, next time refresh it by making it into
- Chicken pizza, spaghetti, soup or stew... the possibilities go on and on.
- Make Indian chicken curry. You can purchase Indian mixes at local Indian stores or in the International Aisle in the local supermarket. Chop up tomatoes and onions with this and follow directions that may come with the mix.
- Defrost the chicken in the refrigerator, cold water, or in a microwave oven. Chicken that's been defrosted in the refrigerator can be cooked within one or two days or refrozen (as long as it's been continuously refrigerated). Chicken defrosted in cold water or the microwave must be cooked immediately. Do not defrost chicken by leaving it on the counter. Do not cook frozen chicken in the microwave oven or slow cooker. You can cook frozen chicken on the range or in the oven, but cooking times will be increased by as much as 50%.
- You can substitute cornflakes for breadcrumbs.
- Be sure you are careful with any sharp utensils.
- Watch out for splattering oil/grease. It can really hurt and could even severely injure you if enough hot grease gets on your skin (or in your eye).
- When cooking chicken, always make sure that you have cooked it all the way. Wash all items used to cook the chicken (knives, cutting boards, etc.) to prevent bacterial illnesses. Chicken may taste good, but you should always keep basic safety precautions in mind.
- If you cook the chicken in the microwave, the meat can be cooked unevenly, which increases your risk of food poisoning. This method is not recommended if children or anyone with compromised health will be eating the chicken.
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