Fans of chicken will be delighted to know that chicken is one of the most versatile meats. There are several chicken recipe that require you to cook the meat differently thus giving fans of chicken that many more ways to relish this meat. Stir-fry it, roast or grill, add it to a curry or gravy, or fry it with a coating of your choice. Be it breakfast, lunch, dinner or a simple snack, you'll never run out of ideas on how to make chicken a part of your meal. Here’s the ultimate guide on different ways to cook the perfect chicken at home.
Roast chicken is one of the most satisfying chicken recipe you can make and eat. A perfect idea for family dinners and parties, a roast chicken recipe usually involves marinating the chicken before cooking it in an oven, air fryer or open fire. Marinating allows you to experiment with different flavours and spices. In this Portuguese Roast Chicken Recipe, Chef Vicky Ratnani marinates the chicken in a mix of spices. This roast chicken recipe makes it a full meal with rice and piri piri sauce.
Unlike roast chicken recipe, which involves the whole chicken, baked chicken recipe is prepared with individual parts like drumsticks, thighs and breasts. A baked chicken recipe usually requires you to coat the chicken with flour or another ingredient before baking. For those who've always thought of boneless chicken breasts as boring or difficult to cook, we suggest you try a baked chicken recipe to change your mind. Chicken breasts tend to dry out very easily but the simplest step to ensure this doesn't happen during baking is to lightly grease one side of a sheet of parchment paper and place it over the chicken. The greased side should be down and tucked in the edges. In this baked chicken recipe, pieces of chicken breast are baked on a bed of rice beneath a layer of parmesan cheese. Do we hear you go yum?
Sautéing or pan-frying chicken is basically cooking it in a hot pan with little fat (oil, butter, or ghee). Once done, the chicken recipe is finished by simmering the chicken in a sauce of your choice. This technique ensures that all the flavours sink into the chicken meat properly. And, at the same time, ensures the chicken is cooked perfectly. Chicken breasts, boneless, are the best for sautéing.
You can even chargrill or barbeque a whole chicken – of course, first marinate it. Boneless, skinless chicken breasts are popular for grilling because it cooks faster than drumsticks or thighs. Chef Gurdip Kohli Punj has an interesting version of this grilled chicken recipe, in case you’re planning to make it for dinner this evening.
Braising is a combination-cooking method in which the chicken is first pan-seared at a high temperature until it has a golden-brown colour and crust on the outside. The process of braise chicken recipe ends by adding the meat into a pan along with vegetables and spices. More liquid is added to submerge all the items about halfway and the pan is closed with a tight-fitting lid to cook the ingredients.
When we think of fried chicken, the first thing that comes to our mind is ‘fast food’. However, we often forget that a fried chicken recipe can be easily recreated at home with several other (read delicious) ingredients. Here’s one scrumptious version of a fried chicken recipe from Chef Emanuel Chauhan’s kitchen. Oh, and there is also this yummy popcorn chicken recipe by Chef Rakhee Vaswani.
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