Surprisingly Easy Gourmet Chicken Recipes

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Chicken is a ubiquitous choice of meat across many cultures worldwide -- and for good reason. It is inexpensive, lean and nutritious, and can be prepared in myriad ways. Plus, it is packed with high quality protein and is an excellent source of vitamins and minerals. Whether you enjoy your chicken oven-fried, skewered or curried, here are 18 delicious and surprisingly easy chicken recipes.

(Image: Jackie Dodd (1) | Valerie Brunmeier (2) | Kevin Curry (3))

1. Parmesan Mustard Brown Ale Skillet Chicken

This stove-top chicken recipe combines Parmesan, mustard and brown ale to deliver a savory and tangy flavor. Serve on a bed of rice for a comforting, warm meal.

The blend of brown ale, mustard and cream makes this a unique and flavorful chicken dish.
The blend of brown ale, mustard and cream makes this a unique and flavorful chicken dish. (Image: Jackie Dodd/Demand Media)

2. Sweet, Spicy Teriyaki Chicken-Wrapped Asparagus

Sweet and spicy teriyaki chicken-wrapped asparagus is a lean and healthy meal option that only takes about 20 minutes to prepare. After marinating the chicken, roll each piece onto a few spears of asparagus and bake until the meat is cooked all the way through.

The small portion sizes of these chicken-wrapped asparagus make them great to pack for lunch throughout the week.
The small portion sizes of these chicken-wrapped asparagus make them great to pack for lunch throughout the week. (Image: Kevin Curry/Demand Media)

3. Chicken and Spinach Skillet Pasta

Only 30 minutes stand between you and this hearty chicken and spinach pasta. This one-pot pasta is quick and easy, and is a terrific meal to prepare on a busy weeknight.

This chicken and spinach pasta dish is an inexpensive and tasty meal the whole family can enjoy.
This chicken and spinach pasta dish is an inexpensive and tasty meal the whole family can enjoy. (Image: Valerie Brunmeier/Demand Media)

4. Smokey Porter Molasses Chicken Skewers

These mouthwatering chicken skewers are as easy to prepare as they are delicious. Crack open a cold, refreshing porter to use in the marinade and add flavor to the chicken. The porter gives a malted, smokey taste to the sweet and spicy marinade, and helps to tenderize the meat for baking.

Marinade the chicken breast cubes for two to eight hours to maximize the juiciness and flavor.
Marinade the chicken breast cubes for two to eight hours to maximize the juiciness and flavor. (Image: Jackie Dodd/Demand Media)

5. Slow Cooker Chicken and Rice Soup Recipe

This healthy slow cooker chicken and rice soup is a simple and wholesome dish that takes minimal prep time. All you need to do is fill the slow cooker with necessary ingredients and turn it on before you leave for the day. When you get home, you’ll have a soothing, warm batch of chicken and rice soup ready to be served.

Cook the dish on low in a slow cooker for six to eight hours.
Cook the dish on low in a slow cooker for six to eight hours. (Image: Julia Mueller/Demand Media)

6. Tandoori Masala Spiced Brick Grilled Chicken with Chickpea and Spinach Salad

Time to get the grill going for this tandoori masala spiced chicken recipe. The chicken is well-seasoned in a blend of spices, giving off an aromatic and smokey scent when grilled. The spiced chicken paired with a creamy and tart salad make for a tasty and filling meal.

Grilling tip: Use a foil-covered brick to evenly grill the poultry.
Grilling tip: Use a foil-covered brick to evenly grill the poultry. (Image: Shaina Olmanson/Demand Media)

7. Charred Corn with Chicken and Cheese Salad

This charred corn with chicken and cheese salad is a refreshingly light meal option that can be enjoyed any time of year. The salad adds a Mexican-style kick by incorporating lightly roasted corn, Cotija cheese, cilantro, avocados and other fresh ingredients.

This Mexican-inspired salad is a nod to our friends south of the border.
This Mexican-inspired salad is a nod to our friends south of the border. (Image: Yvette Marquez/Demand Media)

8. Honey Stout Chicken Wings

Americans love good old fashioned chicken wings -- and this recipe is no exception. These succulent, beer-infused honey stout chicken wings are great to serve as finger foods at a party or to have at home for a meal.

These sweet and tangy honey stout wings are finger-licking good.
These sweet and tangy honey stout wings are finger-licking good. (Image: Jackie Dodd/Demand Media)

9. Tex-Mex Chicken and Rice Skillet

This Tex-Mex chicken and rice skillet recipe mixes together several Mexican-inspired ingredients into a robust meal. The ingredients, including bell peppers, black beans and corn, meld together to make a well-seasoned and colorful dish.

This is a one-skillet poultry dish that can be made in a half hour and requires very little clean-up.
This is a one-skillet poultry dish that can be made in a half hour and requires very little clean-up. (Image: Valerie Brunmeier/Demand Media)

10. Healthy Coconut Chicken Curry

Spice up your poultry with this healthy coconut chicken curry recipe. It is inspired by traditional Indian curry, so it uses a savory blend of sweet coconut milk and aromatic spices to create a harmonious mix of flavors.

The unique flavors of Indian cuisine are conveyed in this stunning and delectable dish.
The unique flavors of Indian cuisine are conveyed in this stunning and delectable dish. (Image: Kevin Curry/Demand Media)

11. Slow Cooker Chipotle Beer Chicken Sliders

Use a slow cooker to create these appetizing chipotle beer chicken sliders. The fire from chipotle peppers are subtly muted by the malt beer, creating a mouthful of intense flavors.

The slow cooker seals in the juices and keeps the meat tender.
The slow cooker seals in the juices and keeps the meat tender. (Image: Jackie Dodd/Demand Media)

12. Garlic Sriracha Chicken Wings

If you’re looking to spice up traditional chicken wings, prepare a batch of these garlic Sriracha chicken wings. These wings bring some serious heat, and are sure to be a delight for the spicy food lovers in your life.

These chicken wings can be eaten on their own or with a side of salad or rice.
These chicken wings can be eaten on their own or with a side of salad or rice. (Image: Jennifer Farley/Demand Media)

13. Beer Braised Chicken Tacos with IPA Avocado Cream and Beer Corn Tortillas

Beer and tacos are a winning combination -- especially when the beer is used for cooking. This Mexican-themed recipe is fairly easy and provides instructions on how to make tortillas, seasoned chicken and avocado cream for a robust meal.

These beer braised chicken tacos use a fragrant blend of spices to season the succulent chicken thigh meat.
These beer braised chicken tacos use a fragrant blend of spices to season the succulent chicken thigh meat. (Image: Jackie Dodd/Demand Media)

14. One-Pot Meal: Simple Roasted Chicken and Root Vegetables

A simple, golden-roasted chicken is a terrific meal to serve the family because it’s insanely delicious and easy to prepare. Just place your freshly herbed and seasoned chicken on a bed of vegetables, baked in the oven, and then in a little over an hour it's ready to serve.

All you need is an oven-safe pot to prepare this lean and healthy meal.
All you need is an oven-safe pot to prepare this lean and healthy meal. (Image: Maggie Jones/Demand Media)

15. Chicken Souvlaki for the Soul

Lemon-marinated chicken is always a refreshing option for those whose palate for poultry is growing stale. This chicken souvlaki recipe uses a blend of aromatic herbs and lemon juice to enhance the taste of the meat.

Serve these skewered chicken souvlaki with fresh vegetables and pita bread for a complete and filling meal.
Serve these skewered chicken souvlaki with fresh vegetables and pita bread for a complete and filling meal. (Image: Shaina Olmanson/Demand Media)

16. Oven-Fried Beer and Buttermilk Chicken

Fried chicken is among the most delicious ways to prepare this tasty white meat. For a more overall healthy way to prepare chicken that is just as tasty, serve up these oven-fried beer and buttermilk chicken strips.

This chicken is breaded with a beer, buttermilk and corn flake mixture that adds an irresistible crunch to every bite.
This chicken is breaded with a beer, buttermilk and corn flake mixture that adds an irresistible crunch to every bite. (Image: Jackie Dodd/Demand Media)

17. Hoisin Stout Chicken Wings

With this recipe, you can easily make these gourmet hoisin stout chicken wings in less than a half hour. Simply create a thickened beer and hoisin sauce to spread over the wings, and bake for 15 minutes. Once done, you’ll have piping hot wings that are ready to eat.

These savory chicken wings are much easier to make than you think.
These savory chicken wings are much easier to make than you think. (Image: Jackie Dodd/Demand Media)

18. Easy Oven-Baked BBQ Chicken

You don’t need a grill to make this moist BBQ chicken. All you need is a skillet to brown the sides and an oven to cook the white meat through. Use your favorite bottled or homemade barbecue sauce to generously slather onto your baked chicken.

Use a meat thermometer to make sure your baked chicken is cooked to precision.
Use a meat thermometer to make sure your baked chicken is cooked to precision. (Image: Julia Mueller/Demand Media)

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