Chicken is a kitchen staple and there are so many great, easy, chicken recipes that are a breeze to whip up!
With so many different and wonderful chicken recipes available it’s hard to pick just one! Of course, no one said you had to pick one. You can choose as many as you want and even go so far as to try them all!
Trying a new chicken recipe can be a great way to reduce a grocery budget. Chicken is also so versatile that you can dress it up and make it a 5-star meal or dress it down in a classic casserole.
Speaking of chicken versatility there are so many different ways to cook it! Listed below are some great recipes that explore different ways of cooking chicken including easy slow cooker chicken recipes and easy chicken Instant Pot recipes.
So whether you’re in a hurry or taking it slow, there’s a meal for you below. (Rhyme unintentional)
Before we get to the fabulous food, I thought it could be a great time to explore some common questions about eating and preparing chicken. Maybe you’ll even see your questions answered here.
Do I have to wash chicken before cooking it?
This is a pretty big topic as many people disagree on the correct answer. Washing chicken before cooking it is something that has been done for ages and passed down in some family generations as a step to take before cooking. However, food experts have determined that washing chicken is actually very risky.
Washing your raw chicken can actually increase your chances of getting sick from food born illness because the bacteria splashes around and can come into contact with your hands, the sink, countertops, clothes, and more.
This is why you shouldn’t wash chicken first and should instead take it from its packaging and place it into a meal/recipe with as little contact as possible.
Trimming up a chicken, spatchcocking a chicken or putting it in a bowl of marinade are all reasons to have extra contact with your raw chicken, but if you do it in a safe and clean environment and wash surfaces after you’re done it’s completely safe.
Unlike when you wash it underwater and have small droplets splashing everywhere, these practices are pretty simple because you aren’t moving the chicken around a huge surface, you’re stationary.
Can you cook chicken straight from the fridge?
Yes. Depending on your recipe you may be asked to cook your chicken directly from the fridge and this is a perfectly safe thing to do. What you want to avoid doing is letting your raw chicken sit out for 2 hours or more at room temperature.
On a hot day when the room exceeds 90F degrees, you want to avoid letting the chicken sit out for as little as 1 hour.
This advice is given by the United States Department of Agriculture and is meant to help avoid food poisoning and other illness as a result of improper chicken care.
How long does raw chicken last in fridge?
Your raw chicken can last up to 2 days in the fridge and up to 4 days once cooked. So if you have some chicken needing to be cooked up quickly I’d hurry up and find some easy baked chicken recipes to help you extend the shelf life of your meat!
Alright so now that you’ve eased your mind with some food facts and safety tips about chicken, it’s time to get on to the main event, finding a recipe worth trying soon.
Compiled below is an incredible list of chicken recipes that you are going to love. Check them out and let me know which one was your favorite!
Easy Slow Cooker Chicken Recipes
- Crockpot Salsa Chicken
- Slow Cooker White Chicken Chili
- Crockpot Chicken Pot Pie
- Slow Cooker Mexican Chicken
- Slow Cooker Chicken Enchiladas
- Poppy Seed Chicken
Easy Chicken Instant Pot Recipes
- Instant Pot BBQ Chicken
- Instant Pot Mexican Chicken and Rice
- Sun-Dried Tomato Chicken Pasta
- Instant Pot Chicken and Rice Soup
Easy Baked Chicken Recipes
- Baked BBQ Chicken Thighs
- Chicken Alfredo Stuffed Shells
- Oven-Baked BBQ Chicken
- Crispy Baked Chicken Thighs
- BBQ Chicken Sliders
- BBQ Chicken Pizza
- Chicken Bacon Sandwich Recipe
- How to Make Rotisserie Chicken in the Oven