Easy Chicken Recipes

Publish Date November 14, 2022

Easy Chicken Recipes

Even though chicken can be made in a variety of delicious ways, it can be all too easy to get stuck rotating the same recipes over and over again. Let’s go over easy-to-make chicken recipes and our favorite ways to cook chicken, so whenever you feel like chicken, you can always change it up.

5-Ingredient Chicken Enchiladas

Made with just five ingredients, these chicken enchiladas are time- and budget-friendly!

What are the Different Ways to Cook Chicken?

Chicken is one of the most versatile sources of protein, and there are many different ways of cooking it. Plus, you can choose from chicken wings, breasts, thighs and drumsticks, and each cooking technique brings out a different delicious flavor.

So, how to cook chicken? Let us count the ways.

  1. Roast or Bake
  2. Braise or Poach
  3. Pan-fry, Fry or Broil
  4. Grill or Smoke
  5. Air Fryer or Instant Pot

How Long Does It Take to Cook Chicken?

The amount of time it takes to cook chicken depends on temperature and cooking method. And remember, the best way to check if your chicken is done is by measuring the internal temperature. The safe minimum cooking temperature for chicken is 165°F. If you’re just learning how to cook chicken, you might want to consider investing in a digital cooking thermometer.

Roast
Roast a whole chicken for about 20 minutes per pound at 350°F, plus an additional 15 minutes.

Bake
Bake a 6 oz. chicken breast for about 25-30 minutes at 350°F.

Braise
Lightly pan-fry chicken thighs for about 5 minutes on each side. Add the chicken along with other necessary ingredients to a pot, cover and place in an oven set to 325°F for about 45 minutes.

Poach
Add chicken to boiling water in a pot on your stovetop. Cook 10 minutes, turn off heat, flip chicken and let simmer for another 15 minutes.

Pan-fry
Pan-fry each piece of chicken for about 10 minutes in 325°F oil.

Fry
Each piece of chicken will vary slightly in how long it needs to be fried, but an average piece of chicken takes about 14 minutes in 350°F oil.

Broil
Broil a 6 oz. chicken breast or thigh for 15-18 minutes.

Air Fry
Air fry a 6 oz. chicken breast for 7-10 minutes.

Instant Pot
Cook a fresh chicken breast for 8-10 minutes (time for frozen chicken is longer).

Delicious Chicken Recipes

You don’t have to be chicken about trying something new – we’ve done the work for you by gathering some of our favorite foolproof chicken recipes. From the classic chicken noodle soup to quick air fryer chicken recipes, be sure to add these totally delicious options to your mealtime rotation.

For more meal inspiration, visit our Meal Planning page. Or for more fresh food ideas, visit our Blog, The Fresh Lane.

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