Leanest Cut: Chicken Breast
Fattest Parts: Skin, thigh, drumstick, and wings
Potential Herbs and Spices: Bay leaf, chili powder, cilantro, garlic, curry powder, paprika, mustard, rosemary, pretty much any other herb or spice you can think of
Potential Fruits and Vegetables: apples, carrots, celery, corn, grapefruit, lemon, mushrooms, onions, potatoes, shallots, tomatoes
How to Cook Chicken
Chicken is the most versatile meat out there. The lists above doesn’t even begin to cover all of the possible flavor combinations. The easiest way to prepare chicken is to roast it in the oven. Usually, throwing a breast in the oven on 375F for about 25 minutes is enough to cook it all the way through. But be careful because ovens cook at different temperatures, so your oven may be slower or faster than this. For the spices, I prefer to keep them simple. My go to spices are black pepper, garlic powder, paprika, and cayenne. And to keep the sodium low, I don’t use more than 1/8 tsp of salt per person.
You can do a lot with chicken. You can use it as a stuffing for vegetables like bell peppers (if you combine it with rice), you can use it in tacos or burritos, you can slow cook it, and let us not forget chicken n’ dumplings or gumbo. After you master the basics, the whole world is your oyster…. I mean chicken.
By now you should know how to cook chicken. Keep testing out new recipes and you will be a chicken making pro in no time. In the meantime, read one of my other how to guides for making food. You won’t be disappointed. Click on the links below!