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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.