10 Chicken Recipes Every Cook Should Know How to Make

If you’re working on improving your cooking chops, there’s nothing better than investing time in perfecting your skills for one of the most popular meats to hit your table: chicken.

Chicken is so versatile, it’s almost silly. There are so many ways to make it and prepare it, but there are a few staples that every cook should know. We combined some of our favorites, both techniques and recipes, to make you a chicken pro.

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The It-Does-Everything Technique: Poached Chicken with Lemon and Garlic

The workhorse of the kitchen, poached chicken can be used in a number of different ways, from tacos to pasta dishes and everything in-between.

A Twist on Cutlets: Chicken Francese

This recipe will have you feeling like a pro at the classic chicken cutlet. The citrus-wine sauce takes it over the top. Everyone at the table will be asking for seconds!

This Classic Chicken Parmigiana Recipe

Chicken Parmigiana

Even if you didn’t grow up eating Italian food like Rachael, chicken parmigiana tastes just like home – we promise. This fool-proof staple is a knockout!

Roasting for Pros: Lemon Pepper Chicken

Lemon Pepper Chicken

This recipe teaches you the classic technique of searing meat, then roasting it to finish. The result is chicken that is crisp on the outside and moist on the inside. Perfect!

The “I’m Sick” Staple: Chicken and Snap Pea Soup with Leeks

Chicken soup can take on so many forms. While the veggies in this recipe are a wonderful combination, feel free to utilize whatever greens you have at home for a customized version that will have you feeling better in no-time.

The Comfort Food Fave: Vermont Chicken Pot Pie

This is the easiest chicken pot pie you’ll try, with a secret trick from Rach to have it ready in a snap! P.S. Your kitchen is about to smell amazing.

Savory Slow Cooker Fave: Chicken Teriyaki

Skip the restaurant and make this takeout fave while you’re at the office or out running errands. Your slow-cooker is about to become your new best friend.

An Updated Chicken Salad: Cold Chicken Curry

Chicken salad goes international with crunchy almonds and spicy ginger. Serve this on a bed of lettuce leaves, in crusty rolls, or if you’re like us, eat it straight!

An Outdoor Fave: Grilled Chicken, Potatoes and Broccoli with Cheese and Gravy Sauces

This meal is fit for any gathering and is especially enjoyed outside. If you’ve never grilled chicken before, now’s the time to learn!

Finger-Lickin’ Fun: Baked Devil’s Chicken

Baked Devils Chicken

It’s a frying fakeout! With all the crunch and a lot less, well, frying, this spicy chicken can be enjoyed hot, cold, or at room temperature. 

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