Don't get stuck in a clucking rut! Whether it's grilled, roasted, spiced or fried, these ideas will make your next chicken dinner finger-lickin' good
Chicken is always on the family menu, but how to keep it interesting? Easy! Check out these five ingenius ways to give everyday chicken a flavour boost.
Griddled chicken is quick, tasty and looks like it's been cooked by a proper chef. Great for salads and piling on top of pasta, get those delicious charred stripes by heating the griddle pan until smoking hot, brush the chicken pieces with oil, and cook for 5-10 minutes on each side without moving the meat around on the griddle lines.
Turn up the heat: grilled chicken with creamy peas & lettuce
Salty, crispy skin – it's one of the best things about a roast chicken. Make it really crisp by patting your chicken dry with kitchen paper, rubbing with salt and gently separating the skin from the breast meat before roasting. To get juicy meat, chef Alison Yetman roasts the chicken breast-side down for for 30 minutes before turning it over to the more ususal position to finish it off. It looks a bit strange in the oven – but it really works!
Sunday special: all-in-one roast chicken with aioli
For tender, silky-soft chicken, the secret is to poach. Poaching is more gentle than other cooking methods: simply cover chicken pieces with water or stock, bring to the boil, then turn down to simmer at a low temperature until cooked through. Alison Yetman poaches thighs and drumsticks to make this traditional pie, but poached chicken makes a comforting, creamy pasta sauce too.
Show off your skills: old-fashioned chicken pie
Chicken + spice = happy marriage. Grill some spicy chicken for a salad, throw it on the BBQ or even spice up a Sunday roast with jerk seasoning, cajun spices or curry paste. Marinate your meat in the fridge for at least an hour, or if you're really organised do it the night before and you're ready to go when you get back from work.
Spice up your life: jerk chicken kebabs
The takeaway isn't the only place to eat fried chicken. Make it at home with a simple coating of egg, flour and breadcrumbs and serve with a few veggies on the side to ease that delicious feeling of guilt as you lick your fingers.
Ready in 25 minutes: chicken goujons