In 1992, chicken consumption surpassed that of beef in the United States. Chicken is extremely versatile – roasted, added to currys and casseroles, it mixes well with many flavors in many dishes for a quick and easy dinner.
Chicken is eaten in every country, including Antarctica, and has even been eaten in Outer Space.
Enjoy one of these effortless, simple, uncomplicated recipes where chicken is the star.
COQ AU RIESLING
3 pounds of chicken breasts, cut into cubes
salt and freshly ground black pepper
1/4 cup canola oil
1 onion, chopped
1 carrot, chopped
1 celery rib, chopped
2 shallots, chopped
1 1/2 cups riesling wine
1 1/2 cups chicken stock
3 rosemary sprigs
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
2 tablespoons olive oil
8 ounces mushrooms, sliced
1/2 cup creme fraiche
2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
fresh parsley, chopped, for garnish
Heat oven to 300F.
Season the chicken with salt and pepper. In a large, enameled cast-iron casserole, heat 2 tablespoons of the canola oil. Add half of the chicken and cook over moderately high heat, turning, until browned, 8 minutes. Transfer to a plate, cook the remaining chicken, then pour off the fat and wipe out the casserole.
Heat the remaining 2 tablespoons of canola oil in the casserole. Add the onion, carrot, celery and shallots and cook over moderate heat, stirring, until the vegetables are softened and lightly browned, about 8 minutes. Add the wine and simmer for 1 minute, scraping up the browned bits from the pot. Add the chicken stock and thyme and bring to a boil.
Nestle the chicken in the casserole, cover and braise in the oven for 1 hour, until tender.
Meanwhile, in a very large skillet, melt the butter in the olive oil. Add the mushrooms and cook over high heat, without stirring, until well browned, about 5 minutes. Season the mushrooms with salt and pepper and cook, stirring, until tender, about 3 to 5 minutes, add to the chicken.
Whisk in the creme fraiche and lemon juice, simmer for 3 minutes.
Garnish with parsley and serve.
Recipe adapted from Food and Wine, October 2013
PANANG CHICKEN CURRY
1 1/2 talbespoons olive oil
1 1/2 pounds of chicken, cut into cubes
1/2 cup finely chopped shallots
2 tablespoons finely grated peeled ginger
4 garlic cloves, minced
1/4 cup peanut butter
2 teaspoons turmeric
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1 teaspoon sambal oelek
1/2 cup water
1 can light coconut milk
4 kaffir lime leaves
1 tablespoon brown sugar
1 1/2 cups of peeled, sliced carrots
Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add chicken, shallots, ginger and garlic, cook until chicken and shallots are tender, about 8 to 10 minutes. Add peanut butter, turmeric, cumin and samba oelek, stir until fragrant, 1 to 2 minutes.
Whisk in water then coconut milk, lime leaves and brown sugar, bring to a simmer.
Season the sauce with salt. Add carrots and simmer over medium heat until carrots are tender, occasionally stirring, about 12 to 15 minutes. Season to taste with salt.
Recipe adapted from Bon Appetit
ROASTED MOROCCAN CHICKEN
2 teaspoons paprika
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground cumin
salt and pepper
1 whole chicken
Heat oven to 425F.
In a small bowl combine the paprika, ginger, coriander, cinnamon, cumin, 1 teaspoon of salt and pepper to taste.
Place the chicken, breast side up, in a roasting pan. Rub with 1 tablespoon of olive oil and the spice mix, making sure to get under the skin and in the cavity.
Roast for 55 minutes to an hour, or until the chicken is cooked through.
Recipe adapted from Rachael Ray Magazine, December 2013
3/4 stick butter
1 cup celery, chopped
3/4 cup chopped onion
2 tablespoons minced garlic
1 small can of tomatoes, chopped
1 cup chicken broth
2 teaspoons chili powder
1 can rotel tomatoes
1 cooked chicken, remove skin and chop the meat
10 ounces velveeta, cubed
1 can cream of mushroom soup
1 can cream of chicken soup
1 pound of spaghetti, cooked
salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
1 1/2 cups grated cheddar cheese
Heat oven to 350.
Melt the butter in a pan. Saute the celery, onion and garlic until wilted. Mix with the tomatoes, chicken broth, chili powder, rotel chicken, velvet, soups and spaghetti, Season to taste with salt and pepper. Spread in an 11 by 14 inch baking dish.
Sprinkle with grated cheddar cheese, bake for 45 minutes.