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What's Cooking: Our Favorite Chicken Recipes

Elena North-Kelly

Elena North-Kelly

February 01, 2016


Chicken, again? You heard us. Unparalleled in its versatility, chicken makes a terrific blank canvas for a myriad of enticing flavors, cuisines, and techniques. Take your pick from some of our favorite rut-busting chicken recipes—we promise you won't ruffle any feathers. 

Lemon Chicken

For this crowd-pleasing dish, JBF Award winner Michel Richard flavors chicken with roasted lemon pulp. You can roast the citrus a day before cooking the chicken, or you can multitask by roasting the lemons and marinating the chicken at the same time.

Chicken Wing Tacos with Salsa Macha

This dish from New York City taco guru and Beard Award semifinalist Alex Stupak riffs on traditional game-day chicken wings with a fiery, addictive salsa made with peanuts, sesame seeds, garlic, honey, and chiles. Bring. It. On.

Chicken with Tarragon

Known as Poulet à l’Estragon in French, this simple, classic home-style dish was a favorite of James Beard's, especially because it featured his favorite herb, tarragon. According to Beard, it’s “the best friend a chicken ever had.”

Homegrown Fried Chicken

"Like most fried foods, when done correctly, fried chicken is not bad for you," explains JBF Award winner Michel Nischan. "It should be enjoyed in moderation, but when you feel the urge to fry up some chicken, do it right." Here's how.

Thai Curry with Chicken and Fresh Noodles

This Asian-inspired stew from JBF Award winner and Chopped host Ted Allen will delight the palate with lemongrass, tamarind, shrimp paste, and fried shallots.

Chicken and Bacon Hash

We're big fans of hearty breakfast-for-dinner menu items, and this flavorful hash from JBF Award winner Donald Link fits the bill—especially when it’s topped with eggs (over-easy or soft-scrambled with Parmesan) and several dashes of hot sauce.

Stuffed Chicken Parmesan

There are times when nothing but something deep-fried to a crisp golden brown will do, and for those times, this elegant recipe from celebrity chef Giada De Laurentiis a real crowd-pleaser. Slice the rolls and fan them out on a plate for company-worthy presentation.

Chicken with 40 Cloves of Garlic

The large quantity of garlic called for in this Provençal recipe may seem excessive, but this dish highlights the softer side of garlic. The slow cooking time mellows the allium out and creates a buttery, mild paste perfumed with garlic that's wonderful spread on crusty bread.

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Elena North-Kelly is senior editor at the James Beard Foundation. Find her on Twitter and Instagram.