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Chicken Recipes - Easy to Cook

Updated on June 7, 2015

Purchasing Fresh Chicken and Storage

Chicken has a wide spread appeal and numerous advantages for meals. It is more economical and readily available than other meats. Most people like poultry and will eat it even when they won’t eat beef or pork. The ways to prepare chicken are almost endless. Chicken has good nutritional value as it is lower In saturated fat, therefore lower in cholesterol; it is a great source of protein and contains no carbohydrates.

Raw Chicken

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USDA Guidelines

There some guidelines you must follow for safety with chicken. Check the package for the U. S. D. A. Grade A rating. Look for securely wrapped packages and check the “sell-by” date stamp. Inspect the chicken skin as it should be creamy white to deep yellow.

The meat should never look gray or pasty. Smell it to make sure there is no bad odor. You might smell a strong, unpleasant odor when you first open the pack of chicken at home; leave it on the counter for a few minutes and it might dissipate. Oxidation can take place inside the package which is harmless. If the smell goes away quickly then there is no need to be concerned. Raw chicken can harbor bacteria (salmonella), so it is essential that you buy fresh chicken, freeze it in an airtight package if you are not going to use it within two days. If you do freeze the chicken remove the giblets and cut off excess fat. The safest way to thaw chicken is in the refrigerator which takes about 24 hours. Thawing chicken on the counter promotes bacteria growth. Chicken should be thoroughly cooked before eating.

Chicken Fahitas

Whole Chicken

The most economical way to buy chicken is whole. It is very simple to cut one up as shown in the video below. If you buy several at a time you can wrap them tightly to freeze separating white and dark meat or in whatever manner you choose.

Chicken Fahitas with salsa is one of my favorite dishes and it has several nourishing vegetables. It is also low calorie.


Proper and Easy Way to Cut Whole Chicken

Chicken on Wontons

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Photo Courtesy of TLC Cooking

Chicken Salads and Light Meals

There are absolutely a multitude of ways to use chicken to make delicious meals, sandwiches and snacks. Chicken salad is great for sandwiches and to use with salads. There are numerous recipes for it and you can add apple chunks or grapes. The salad pictured is nestled in two Wonton wrappers for an elegant look and great taste. There is only 103 calories in that dish. The salad below is your basic delicious salad with the chicken cut into chunks.

Chicken Salad

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Grilled Chicken

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Rotisserie Chicken

Ways to Grill Chicken

Grilling chicken is another low calorie way to serve chicken. There are some delicious marinades for chicken if you like them. Stubb’s Chicken Marinade is one of our favorites. Drain the marinade off before placing chicken on the grill. Grill chicken 6” to 8” from the heat for 15 minutes or more. Turn over and grill for another 15 minutes. Chicken is best if it cooked a little longer and slower than other types of meat.

If you want to use barbecue sauce on your chicken one little trick I learned was to mix a little vinegar with water and use a small pastry brush to baste the chicken periodically. As barbecue sauce tends to blacken easily you put it on toward the end of the cooking and it is delicious. The vinegar basting makes the barbecue flavor all that much better. Another good way to grill chicken is to use a rotisserie over the grill using whole chickens. The stores are stocked with barbecue sauces and many people prefer to make their own and can find recipes all over the Internet.

Chicken Soup-the Healer

Chicken soup is extremely popular and there are dozens of recipes. You can use noodles, rice, vegetables and use your imagination. The picture of the chicken made with butternut squash is delicious for something a bit different.

Chicken soup is still considered an excellent food to eat for a cold or flu and medical study results were published in 2000, by Dr. Stephen Rennard

Chicken Butternut Squash Sout

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Photo Courtesy of TLC Cooking

Fried Chicken & Wings

Fried Chicken is always going to be the favorite way of eating chicken for many people and hot wings are loved by many peoplel. Remember the bulk of the calories in fried chicken are in the skin. Wings can be deep fried, than put in a large bowl while steaming hot. Add your favorite sauce for a few minutes to absorb the flavor. My husband likes making wings this way and makes his own special sauce, then shakes that bowl around with the lid on it. Then, onto the platter and they are finger licking good. You can also cook excellent wings on your grill.

Chicken Wings

This hub didn't begin to cover the various ways you can cook chicken. It was meant to teach the safest way to buy and store your chicken. There are thousands of recipes on the internet and I didn't even begin to cover the way chicken is cooked in other countries.

© 2010 Pamela Oglesby

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    Pamela Oglesby 7 years ago from United States

    Nancy, Thank you and I am glad you enjoyed the pictures.

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    nancy_30 7 years ago from Georgia

    Great information. We love chicken. The pictures were great.

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    Pamela Oglesby 7 years ago from United States

    Thank you Miata for the compliment. I appreciate your comments.

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    prettydarkhorse 7 years ago from US

    you got me hungrier and you always have sound excellent research to back your hubs, well researched, Maita

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    Pamela Oglesby 7 years ago from United States

    oceandsunsets, Thank you for your comments.

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    Paula 7 years ago from The Midwest, USA

    Great Hub Pamela, I love to eat and cook chicken. You have some great ideas, thanks for sharing.

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    Pamela Oglesby 7 years ago from United States

    BPOP,

    I am glad you enjoyed the hub. Thanks for your comments.

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    breakfastpop 7 years ago

    Thanks so much Pamela. I love chicken and I am always looking for new recipes and ways to make things better.

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    Pamela Oglesby 7 years ago from United States

    Jack, It's the same at our house. Thanks for your comments.

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    TnFlash 7 years ago from Tampa, Florida

    Pam, This is a very good Hub. We eat a ton of chicken at our house. I like both the taste and the price. Good Work!

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    Pamela Oglesby 7 years ago from United States

    Janny, Thanks so much for your comment.

    Support Med, I wouldn't put all the recipes in a hub because you are right, it is too much. Thanks for your comments.

    M9oney Glitch, Thanks for your comments.

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    Money Glitch 7 years ago from Texas

    Hhhhmmm, Great hub, I eat so much chicken I probably should cluck...LOL! But, I found a few ways to prepare it here that I have not tried. Thanks for sharing, rating up!

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    Support Med. 7 years ago from Michigan

    LOL! You made your point, it's about safe chicken handling. Right, to do recipes you would have to be very selective and then only present a few as you stated they are way too many to put in one hub, LOL! The advice is great! Voted-up/rated!

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    JannyC 7 years ago

    Been looking for some fresh ideas. This is great!

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    Pamela Oglesby 7 years ago from United States

    akirchner, I just made some chicken salad! Thanks for your comments.

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    Audrey Kirchner 7 years ago from Central Oregon

    We eat so much chicken (and turkey) I figure one of these days I'm going to sprout wings - not the angelic kind - the chicken kind! Great info and great hub. I just roasted one in the crockpot last night and chicken salad is sounding delish!

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    Pamela Oglesby 7 years ago from United States

    Habee, I'm a lot slower than that. Thank you for your comment.

    Sandy, Thank you for your comment.

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    Sandy Mertens 7 years ago from Wisconsin, USA

    The chicken salad looks yummy!

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    Holle Abee 7 years ago from Georgia

    Pam, my dad had a grocery store, and he could cut up a chicken in 10 seconds! Useful hub!

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    Pamela Oglesby 7 years ago from United States

    wavegirl, I'm glad you enjoyed the hub and thank you for the comments.

    Rev Lady, I am glad you also enjoyed the hub and thank you for your comments.

    Springboard, We eat a lot of chicken around here also. Thanks for your comment.

    Coolmon, I love chicken salad, especially in the hot weather. Thanks for your comment.

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    Coolmon2009 7 years ago from Texas, USA

    The chicken salad and the grilled chicken looks good. Thanks for sharing this article.

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    Springboard 7 years ago from Wisconsin

    ...now that I'm starving and it's not even 9 am yet. :) Chicken is one of those do-almost-anything with kind of meats. I never run out of ideas for it to be honest.

    Excellent and scrumptious hub.

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    RevLady 7 years ago from Lantana, Florida

    Wonderful ideas Pam. What I enjoy about poultry is the simplicity of cooking which busy lives like mine demand. Thanks!

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    Shari 7 years ago from New York, NY

    thumbs up Pamela on this one. . the chicken salad looks mouthwatering. I will bookmark this one for sometimes one just doesn't know what to make for dinner and you have some great ideas here!!

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    Pamela Oglesby 7 years ago from United States

    Tom, You make an important point. Better safe than sorry. Thanks for your comments.

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    Tom Whitworth 7 years ago from Moundsville, WV

    Pamela,

    I love chicken in all forms. Whenever preparing chicken or eggs I always wash my hands after touching either one before I touch any other food becausr of possible transfer of salmonella. Better safe than sorry.

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    Pamela Oglesby 7 years ago from United States

    rhkyclak, thanks for your comment.

    Nellieanna, I think it is hard to cook for one. Maybe you van freeze small meals from you crockpot. Thank you for your comments.

    Aley, Thank you.

    Hello, Thank you for your comment.

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    Hello, hello, 7 years ago from London, UK

    I love chicken and some of your recipees are calling out to be copied. Thank you.

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    Alice Lee Martin 7 years ago from Sumner, Washington,USA

    Wonderful!

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    Nellieanna Hay 7 years ago from TEXAS

    That chicken salad looks scrumptuous! Nothing yummier for summer meals than that! I just love chicken and you've inspired several ideas for it. Lately I keep thinking I need to get a crockpot. Haven't used one in YEARS but I keep seeing tempting recipes and they are so simple! Cooking for one, simple is the keyword! I finally learned the value of microwaving, too. Previously I just used it to heat up stuff or to thaw it. And it is a great way to keep the house cool in summer when cooking too.

    Thanks, Pamela! You get an up rating for it and very useful, too!

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    rkhyclak 7 years ago from Ohio

    Mmmm chicken! Thousands-probably millions of ways to cook it. Great hub Pamela!

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    Pamela Oglesby 7 years ago from United States

    Darlene, I love chicken also. Crockpots are such a nice easy way to cook. thanks for your comment.

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    Darlene Sabella 7 years ago from Hello, my name is Toast and Jam, I live in the forest with my dog named Sam ...

    How can you go wrong with chicken, what great new ideas you have produced in your awesome hub, I have gone back to the crock pot lately, just so simple put chicken in their and pop everything else you can find. I have grilled yet this summer so thank for the great idea. thumbs up and useful