12 basic chicken recipes

We're calling it: basic (even boring, gasp!) chicken recipes are good. They're no-fuss, easy to make and always yield tasty flavours.

12 basic chicken recipes

Photo: Erik Putz

Pineapple Chicken

Chicken breasts can get dry when cooked for hours (we still love you, slow cooker) so try swapping breasts for thighs. Juicy chicken smothered in a tangy-sweet glaze is what’s for dinner. Get the recipe: Pineapple Chicken

chicken with rice and veggiesPhoto: Erik Putz

“Fried” Chicken Fingers

These little chicken fingers aren’t complicated, but they do pack an added layer of flavour c/o the egg, Dijon and honey that they take a dip in before being dredged in crushed cornflakes. Get the recipe: “Fried” Chicken Fingers

plate of chicken fingers and dipPhoto: Roberto Caruso


Farfalle with Roast Chicken, Spring Veggies and Parmesan

Keep it simple with lightly dressed pasta, shredded chicken and tender-crisp veggies. Serve it warm or cold. Get the recipe: Farfalle with Roast Chicken, Spring Veggies and Parmesan

bowl of bowtie pasta with chicken, asparagus, red onion and grated Parmesan

Grilled Chicken and Veg Chopped Salad

Chicken is marinated in a simple combo of Dijon, garlic, apple cider vinegar and spices, so chill, this warm salad is still simple and satisfying. Get the recipe: Grilled Chicken and Veg Chopped Salad

plate with grilled chicken, zucchini, red onion, mushrooms and lettuce and tomatoPhoto: Jodi Pudge

Chicken and Veggie Kebabs with Parmesan Potatoes

Oil, salt, garlic and oregano is all that’s flavouring these juicy chicken skewers. The potatoes cook up in foil alongside. Easy dinners rule. Get the recipe: Chicken and Veggie Kebabs with Parmesan Potatoes

plate of chicken skewers with cheesy potatoes on the sidePhoto: Roberto Caruso


Peanutty Baked Chicken

If you’re feeling a little adventurous, may we suggest this still-playing-it-safe chicken dish. If allergies are a concern, swap peanut butter for tahini. Get the recipe: Peanutty Baked Chicken

sliced chicken breast with raw veggies and rice ballsPhoto: Maya Visnyei

Double Sheet Pan Chicken Dinner

Chicken leg quarters are cheap and juicy. We love a dinner that cooks up on one tray in under an hour. Easy prep, easy cleanup, delicious dinner. Get the recipe: Double Sheet Pan Chicken Dinner

Sheet pan with chicken leg quarters, carrots, potatoes and lemon roasted on a trayPhoto: Erik Putz

Comforting Chicken and Rice Soup

Does it get more ordinary than a bowl of chicken soup? All signs point to no, and that’s OK because it’s a classic for a reason. Swapping noodles for rice gives this bowl a more hearty feel. Get the recipe: Comforting Chicken and Rice Soup

pot of soup with chicken, veggies and ricePhoto: Maya Visnyei


Oven-Roasted Chicken

It doesn’t get more basic than a roasted chicken, and that’s a good thing. You don’t need to fuss with a lot of ingredients to achieve delicious, fall-off-the-bone results. Nothing else really says, ‘I can cook’ quite like this little chicky, either. Serve it as is, or carve it up and use the leftovers for recipes throughout the week. Get the recipe: Oven-Roasted Chicken

plate with whole roasted chicken, lemon and garlic

Rotisserie Chicken Gyro

You’re not getting fancy here, you’re being practical. And we respect that. A rotisserie chicken or those leftover you roasted the other day fry up nicely with a bit of oil and spices to create the perfect filling for family-favourite gyros. Get the recipe: Rotisserie Chicken Gyro

plate of pitas filled with shredded chicken, tomatoes and cucumbers

Chicken Pot Pie

A basic dish is most often a comforting dish. Pot pie is no exception. Chicken and veg hanging out in a savoury gravy, topped with puff pastry? We give this one two thumbs up. Get the recipe: Chicken Pot Pie

casserole dish with creamy chicken pot pie topped with a sesame seed studded crustPhoto: Jim Norton


Greek Chicken and Potato Salad

Inspired by the Mediterranean, this simple chicken recipe paired with a tossed potato salad is perfect for a quick and tasty dinner any night of the week. Get the recipe: Greek Chicken and Potato Salad

12 basic chicken recipesPhoto: Roberto Caruso

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This article was originally published on Sep 28, 2018

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