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7 Ways to Cook Chicken

June 23, 2020
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I used to talk about writing a cookbook with 365 Chicken Dinner ideas. Maybe I should actually write that… in the meantime, please accept this round up of 7 great chicken recipes.

If you eat meat, chicken is healthy, affordable, easy to cook and versatile. (That said, I’m sure I can come up with a chicken recipe that is the opposite of those things too if you prefer – Gorgonzola Chicken with Truffle Cream Sauce anyone?)

BAKE IT: Sheet Pan Chicken Parm. This riff on the American Italian classic is my dad’s favorite


POACH IT: Chicken Sugo. I love poaching the chicken to make a pasta sauce and have bones leftover for stock.


SOUP IT: Classic Chicken Noodle. Now that you have bones, you must make soup. If I’m planning to freeze some, I leave the noodles out until defrosting and reheating so they don’t get soggy.


INSTANTPOT IT – My friend, Simone Miller, is a chef and cookbook author. She develops the best Instant Pot recipes ever. Most are also dairy and gluten free (aka, mostly paleo). The texture of this soup is so dreamy I might be making this right now.


ROLL IT: Sticky Ginger Meatballs. I love a chicken meatball and they can be seasoned in so many way. This is a family favorite.


ROAST IT: Roast Chicken with Spring Vegetables. It takes about 75 minutes to cook, but it’s hands off and can be ready for the oven in just 5 minutes, so if you’re home anyway, this is a big dinnertime win. (See SOUP for what to do with those bones!!)


SHRED IT: There are dozens of great ideas for shredded chicken, but adding it to a cabbage-y salad with a delicious vinaigrette and lots of crunch is one of my favorites.

Alison Mountford is the Founder and CEO of Ends+Stems, a meal planning service designed to reduce household food waste and stop the effects of climate change. Alison has been named a Rubicon Waste Fit Champion, was a finalist for the Spoon Tech Startup Showcase, and has appeared on many podcasts and radio shows, and works as a food waste consultant.