Top 10 Delicious Do-It-Yourself Chicken Recipes

 

Top 10 Delicious Do-It-Yourself Chicken Recipes

 

” Chicken, brown rice, and veggies is a great healthy dinner option. It’s full of whole grains and protein, and will keep you full for a long time.” 

Mia Hamm

Admit it, 2020 is all about survival. These tough and trying times call for desperate measures. People around the world prefer treating themselves to homemade food than munching their favorites at local food joints. This doesn’t mean that you have to forcefully gulp down the morsels of bland food you prepare. You can always thaw out chicken breasts and legs and devour it soulfully with your creation in the kitchen. Your chicken recipe can be a blend of cuisine varying from America to Persia. The best thing about chicken recipes is you can stew and brew it any way you want but it will turn out to be a finger-licking delicacy.

Here are the 10 drooling Do-It-Yourself chicken recipes to make your time in the kitchen worth a while.

1. Marinated Chicken and Onion Kebabs

 

 

 

 

 

If you are a staunch admirer of Indian flavors especially the trademark tandoori cooking, then this recipe is tailored specifically for you. The soulfully marinated chicken and spicy onion kebabs rolled into the Indian butter naan give you oodles of satisfaction and it is a great way to pamper your parched and craving taste buds. For beginners, I would say this is one of those chicken recipes that will push you into a world of chicken delicacies and it is very easy to prepare.

Recipe Preparation

  • The ingredients used in this recipe are homemade and you don’t have to bother going out to buy them. Make a perfect mixture of yogurt, garlic, ginger, garam masala, with spices such as turmeric, pepper.
  • Blend the mixture with a spoonful of lemon zest and add the tender chicken pieces to it. Marinate the chicken for 15 to 20 minutes.
  • Medium heat the grill and grate the oil once the grill heats. Place the marinated chicken along with the onions onto the skewers. Grill the chicken carefully and see to it that the onions retain the tenderness. Simmer it for 8 to 10 minutes.

Voila! your dish is ready! Garnish the chicken and onion kebab with any sauce you want. For the best yield, compliment your delicacy with the cucumber and cilantro yogurt sauce.

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Indian Naan or Flat Bread

Indian Naan or Flat Bread

  • Your favorite naan or flatbread is very easy to make. The recipe is time-consuming but it is worth the wait. Naan is generally made in a tandoor which doesn’t exist in Indian households. With small and subtle arrangements this delicacy can be prepared in our houses.
  • Combine yeast, sugar, and water, wait for the mixture to ferment, and prepare a dough out of it by adding oil whenever needed. Then, add the flour and knead it. Finally, spread the dough on a heated frying pan and toss and turn it gently.

Pro Tip: Most of the chicken recipes go well with the classic Indian flatbread. This can be complemented by greasing melted butter on the crust of the naan.

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2. Pesto Chicken Salad

Are you a great fitness enthusiast but high on craving for high carbohydrate food at the same time? Do you love salads and wanna give it a touch of chicken to it? Then, pesto chicken salad is the one for you. Prepared using store-bought pesto along with the finely chopped chicken breast pieces and toasted with the pine nuts and avocado pieces, this delicacy never ceases to amaze the food lovers with its impeccable taste and demeanor. The preparation of this dish doesn’t fall in the categories of time taking chicken recipes and it is not time-consuming at all.

Recipe Preparation

  • Grab your medium-sized saucepan and fill it halfway with water and boil it. Brew the boiling water by adding salt and finely chopped chicken breast pieces.
  • Simmer the stove and see to it that the mixture is cooked thoroughly. After a time gap of 20 minutes cool the cooked chicken pieces by transferring them onto a big plate or bowl.
  • Now, whisk the store-bought pesto along with the yogurt, lemon zest, and pepper in a bowl. Topple the cooked chicken pieces into the whisked mixture and toss it carefully. Voila! your chicken salad is ready with the aura hovering around the house!

Fun Fact: This chicken recipe is a very good workout meal. Chicken salad secretes proteins when mixed with pesto and yogurt which supplement your strained muscles with the required energy. Complement the delicacy with flavor inducing vegetables such as cucumber, capsicum, bell peppers, and tomatoes. Ideal chicken recipes are those which have heavy seasoning on and around them.

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3. Cuban Mojo Chicken

Cuban Mojo Chicken Garnished With Onions and Chilli

You can unleash the full potential of chicken by preparing this recipe. The lean breasts of chicken that are marinated in the tangy Cuban mojo sauce are complemented with the stewed black beans and healthy, nutritious brown rice. This delicacy has the likes of traditional food lovers who admire the healthy benefits of brown rice and the interests of people who love chicken in its raw, unattended manner.

The staunch flavor of mojo consists of typical Cuban palates such as citrus piquancy along with a perfect blend of garlic, herbs, and spices. By intricately following the procedure you can bring Cuba to your plate and palate. One of the major advantages of this chicken recipe is that everything can be prepared well in advance.

Points to Remember

  • You can use any type of chicken available in the market. Do make a note to grill your chicken in advance so that the mojo sauce can easily seep into it.
  • Marinate the chicken breast for a stipulated time of 4-6 hours. Don’t marinate it overnight as it results in excessive sourness which may traumatize your taste buds.

Pro Tip: Do taste your mojo sauce before marinating it with the chicken to make sure you have added the right amount of salt, herbs, and spices and stir it completely. Complement the Cuban mojo chicken with some grated carrots, cucumbers, tomatoes, and capsicum to make it look like a salad.

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Cuban Mojo Marinade

Cuban Mojo Marinade. Lemon and Orange pieces are used for decorative purpose only.

Teleport yourself to the rich world of Cuban delicacies by preparing this mojo marinade. This multipurpose marinade plays a major role in many Cuban dishes. Mojo is made from easily available ingredients. Sour oranges, garlic, onion, herbs, and olive oil are the ingredients used. You can replace oranges with lemons if you like. It depends on how you want to make your marinade. This marinade goes well with many Cuban chicken recipes as well.

You can be creative in making the marinade but make sure you get the correct taste or you will miss the real fun. Cubans are generally ardent fans of meat. So, to reduce the rawness and also to increase the taste and edibility they use the marinade. Marinade also lasts longer if you freeze it in a freezer-friendly container. Some even make it into ice cubes and thaw it out from the tray and casually suck it while watching a movie or reading a book.

Can’t get enough of the tanginess? Get the full details of the recipe here.

4. Easy Buffalo Chicken Wings

Buffalo Chicken Wings with Mayonnaise

Did you crave for the typical KFC style chicken nuggets but never devoured one this year? No worries, you can make these at home. Buffalo Chicken Wings is a wholesome snack on which will leave you reeling. These wings will surely make you and your loved ones craving for more! The preparation of this chicken recipe involves the easy and traditional method of flour dipped chicken nuggets deep-fried in oil. The nuggets don’t require any additional seasonings. This delicacy tastes best if they are not complicated at all.

Recipe Preparation

  • You can begin the procedure by boiling the oil in a fryer or a Kadai. In a fryer, you can set the temperature at 375 degrees. While the oil is brewing, you can prepare the Buffalo sauce as well.
  • Grab a saucepan and add the perfect blend of spices such as garlic powder, smoked paprika, onion powder, and vinegar and simmer the saucepan. Then, add the hot chili sauce to it. Add the butter and whisk it gently after every 4 tablespoons. Whisk until both are combined. Then, cool it and cover the saucepan with a lid.
  • Once the desired temperature is obtained, gently place 5-7 chopped chicken nuggets into it and cook it for 10 minutes. Take them out when they start to crackle. Immediately, add the wings to the prepared sauce and toss them gently.

Pro Tip: When the sauce is prepared place the lid so that it doesn’t break. While chopping the wings ensure that you season it with salt and pepper. This helps the nuggets retain their natural properties. The appetizer tastes best when you complement it with coke or you can season it with mayonnaise and any other toppings.

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5. Gingery Slow Cooker Chicken With Cabbage Slaw

Slow Cooker Chicken

There are some moments in your kitchen life where you would be at your wits’ end and would want to run out of the room. Some dishes suck the free time of yours and leave you a halfbaked result. This particular recipe will not only occupy a small part of your free time but also gives you a lip-smacking taste which leaves you reeling. Leading chefs across the world call this recipe as “no brainer recipe” as the procedure follows the “set it and forget it” method. Gift yourself a good spin by slow cooking this all day long!

Prerequisites and Recipe Preparation

  • If you possess a slow cooker or an electric cooker this chicken recipe is a cakewalk for you. Make a precise mixture of apricot jam, soy sauce, and ginger in a 5 to 6-quart slow cooker.
  • Add the skinless and boneless chicken along with garlic, onion, and jalapenos. Toss the combo carefully so that the chopped chicken pieces are coated in the flavor.
  • You can slow cook this in two ways; simmer the cooker for 5 to 6 hours or keep the flame high and cook it for 3 to 4 hours. Slow cooking has a major advantage as the flavor seeps into the chicken and makes it tastier.
  • When cooking comes to an end, transfer the cooked chicken pieces onto a plate using 2 forks and stir it in the rice vinegar. Half an hour before serving, cook rice and toss it along with cabbage, cilantro, oil, and the remaining rice vinegar. Season it with salt.

Pro Tip: Before slow-cooking the chicken thighs, trim the excess fat from them for best results. Use long-grain rice or basmati rice for cooking. Tastes best when complemented with finely chopped cabbage slaws, cilantro, cucumber, and sesame seeds. Chicken recipes must be threaded with utmost care and concern.

Wanna cook your way through this delicacy? Click here for the recipe.

6. Creamy Mac and Chicken Soup

Macaroni Chicken Soup topped with Tomato Pieces

When you mix food with fusion in a correct manner it gives you the best flavor along with a sense of satisfaction. This delicious and delightful mash-up is an ultimate soothing delicacy which acts as an ideal companion on rainy evenings and winter nights. The hot soup sliding down your parched throat will give you a sense of warmth. This dish also follows the conventional method of brewing a soup and is easy to make!

Recipe Preparation

  • Cook pasta according to the printed directions on the package and place it aside.
  • Season the chopped chicken with salt and pepper. Melt one tablespoon of butter in a large steel vessel or dutch oven (preferably) over medium to high heat. Add chopped chicken to it and roast it until the chicken gets the golden color. Transfer the contents onto a plate.
  • Reduce the flame and add the chopped pieces of onion, bell pepper, and 3 spoons of butter to the dutch oven. Wait till the chopped pieces lose the rawness and then add the flour to it and cook by constant stirring.
  • Accordingly, add milk and custard to get the soup texture. Sim the flame until it thickens. Add the broccoli and chicken and cook it with constant stirring. Finish the procedure by adding the cooked pasta. Gradually stir it with cheese until it melts.

Pro Tip: Before adding the cooked pasta, lift the cooking pot off the stove and place it aside for a minute or so. This helps the stew to retain the texture and prevents it from breaking. Top the soup with salt and pepper and garnish it with basil leaves. Most of the chicken recipes go well with natural garnishing ingredients.

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7. Sweet and Sour Chicken

Sweet and Sour Chicken with Chopsticks

Hands down, the Chinese are the best in merging the chicken with rice or any plant-based material. This kind of fusion sent ripples across the world prompting people across the world to adopt themselves to this type of cuisine. If you want to get the same type of exquisite quality without barging into the restaurants, then you are in the right place. This delicacy oozes out the vibrant orange and red colors without actually adding any food coloring ingredients to it. People get intimidated by cooking this dish at home but it is very easy to prepare. The chicken recipes of the Chinese are a breath of change for many food lovers.

This classic chicken recipe can be cooked by following the procedures intricately. The sauce used in this dish stands out alone in the recipe. It acts as an induction that releases a perfect spark into the taste buds whenever you wolf it down the throat. The sauce you are going to prepare is multi-purpose and can be used in any dish you want (Unless you want your stomach to burn!).

Precautions and Prerequisites

Take care of the following advice before you start cooking this recipe:

  • Prefer using cornstarch to coat the chicken pieces rather than using the tempura butter as it is easy to process over the stove. If you wanna make it doughy and spongy you can add butter to it. But butter can absorb the sauce like a sponge and leaves the dish with a pale reddish color.
  • Make sure that you are using good pineapple chunks. Don’t avoid onions at all. They bring out the best in the dish. Onions balance the sweet-sour proportions.
  • Use large frying pans which can withstand a lot of heat. The dish requires a constant high flame so that the ingredients can merge well.
  • I recommend using a frying strainer to swiftly scoop out the items without wasting a lot of time and oil. The strainer will prevent the pieces from burning and it is durable and economical.

Pro Tip: To easily remove the skin of the raw chicken, use a paper towel or a tissue to remove the skin off the drumstick. Always keep the brewing light and steady as it helps you to focus on the chicken.

Wanna get the perfect punch of sweet and sour? Click here for the recipe.

8. Blackened Chicken with Fennel Slaw

Blackened Chicken with Onion and Avocado

On a vicious hunt for a perfect family dinner but never actually fulfilled your family’s rumbling stomachs? This dish stands out in the league of chicken recipes which will bring your family’s scorching hunger to an end for sure. This all-season compatible delicacy amounts for two large dinner portions. This power-packed recipe delivers heat in style. Due to its extensive warming properties, it becomes an ideal dinner on a cool, stormy night. The preparation time for this recipe is low but the satisfaction and content served are high!

The precise amalgamation of salty and spicy chicken with the tangy and citrus rich fennel salad is an absolute show-stealer.

Recipe Preparation

  • Always opt for dry chicken seasoned with salt and pepper on either side. Keep it aside for time being.
  • Smash the garlic using the flat area of the knife. Add chili, salt, and a bunch of other preferable spices and grind them using a mortar and pestle. If not use your knife’s blunt end to smash them into a paste.
  • Now coat the chicken with the paste by transferring the contents of it onto the medium-sized saucepan by greasing oil on it. Let it rest for an hour.
  • Prepare the grill for a medium heat phenomenon. Load the chicken onto the grill. Toss and turn the chunks of chicken so that they get cooked equally on both the sides. After some time, the chicken chunks will start to char and tend to caramelize.
  • Hook them down from the grill and place them on the platter and squeeze grilled lemon on them.
  • Toss fennel, olive oil, avocado pieces onto a pan, and drizzle oil onto them. Toss it consistently at regular intervals of time.
  • Place the fennel salad beside the charred chicken and garnish it with sesame seeds.

Pro Tip: If you don’t do well with a lot of heat add a little amount of paprika to it. The sweetness of smoked paprika will keep the heat at the bay.

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9. Stuffed Chicken in 4 Combinations

Stuffed Chicken used for representative purpose only

On a tight schedule and not able to fulfill your weeknight cravings? Wanna push yourself and give a punch of proteins and carbohydrates? This ideal combination of vegetables and stuffed chicken is very good for health. Salads can be curated in any way you desire. I am presenting you with the most unique ways possible. This is one of those ideal chicken recipes which leaves you awe-struck with its subtle blend of flavors.

Combination One

  • Use chopped green olives, toasted sliced almonds, and a pinch of lemon zest.
  • Select the stuffed part of the chicken pieces and cut a small to medium whole using a kitchen knife.
  • Fill it with the above-mentioned combination by spreading it evenly.
  • Season it with salt or pepper.
  • Place the stuffing over a skillet and spread olive oil and heat it over a medium flame.

Combination Two

  • Use grated mozzarella cheese, chopped pepperoni slices, chopped oregano, and marinara sauce.
  • Select the stuffed part of the chicken pieces and cut a small to medium whole using a kitchen knife.
  • Fill it with the above-mentioned combination by spreading it evenly.
  • Season it with salt or pepper.
  • Place the stuffing over a skillet and spread olive oil and heat it over a medium flame.

Combination Three

  • Use quartered cherry tomatoes, goat cheese, toasted pine nuts, fresh basil
  • Select the stuffed part of the chicken pieces and cut a small to medium whole using a kitchen knife.
  • Fill it with the above-mentioned combination by spreading it evenly.
  • Season it with salt or pepper.
  • Place the stuffing over a skillet and spread olive oil and heat it over a medium flame.

Combination Four

  • Use finely separated bread crumbs, melted butter (unsalted), dried walnuts, and chopped apricots.
  • Select the stuffed part of the chicken pieces and cut a small to medium whole using a kitchen knife.
  • Fill it with the above-mentioned combination by spreading it evenly.
  • Season it with salt or pepper.
  • Place the stuffing over a skillet and spread olive oil and heat it over a medium flame.

Pro Tip: You can place the stuffed chicken chunks in a laterally separated half of capsicum, bell peppers, and tomatoes.

10. Chicken Parmesan Burger

Explosive Chicken Burger with Olives and Sliced Tomatoes

If you admire the quintessential chicken parmesan, then you’ll this upgraded version of it. This recipe can bring the nostalgic moments of your time at Mc Donalds or Burger Kings. This classic Italian burger works as a daily driver and you can devour it easily while going to work or while watching a movie.

Recipe Preparation

  • Combine chicken, parmesan, oregano, and garlic cloves and form them into medium-sized patties.
  • Grill the patties by applying oil on either side.
  •  Top the patties with slices of mozzarella cheese and wait for the slices to melt.
  • Now place the patties in between the buns and season them with basil or tomatoes.

Pro Tip: If you want to eat the burgers anytime after making them, heat them by placing them in the oven for a minute or two. Chicken recipes you prepare mostly have a low shelf life. So, wolf them down before they start deteriorating.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

1. Is eating chicken is good for health?

A. The chicken was, is, and will be considered as the prime resource of required proteins for human beings as well as animals. The chicken recipes are well, the tastiest, and nutritious food ever fabricated in the era of mankind. If you scour through any nutritionist prescription, you will find chicken as the most prioritized meal in it. Chicken is a precise combination of vitamins and minerals such as B6, B12, iron, and copper which are deemed essential.

2. What is the healthiest chicken to eat?

A. There is a lot of dilemma looming around to buy the chicken which is tastier and healthier at the same time. The labeling on the package should be carefully studied and understood before purchasing it. The labels describing the chicken as organic, natural, free-range, and antibiotic-free are suitable for home cooking purposes. The white meat (chicken breast) generally has less cholesterol content than the dark meat (legs and thighs). Opt for the less processed chicken as it is better for human appetite. Be sure to remove the skin before cooking and you will have an abundant lean-protein available.

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3. What are the different ways to cook chicken?

A. There are so many ways and methods to prepare chicken in any desired way. You can refer to the following methods.

  • Stir-Fry: Manchurian and Chinese Noodles are the best examples.
  • Pan-Fry: Chicken biryani and chicken kofta are the best fits in this category.
  • Grilling/BBQ: The American style kebabs fall in this category.
  • Baking/Roasting: You can bake the chicken drumsticks with even heat all over but it is a time-consuming process.

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4. How do you cook chicken for later use?

A.  Refer to the following instructions. The technique described below takes only 5-10 minutes and you can cook large amounts of chicken well in advance.

  • Preheat your oven to 300 degrees. Then, place the chicken on a baking sheet with a rim surrounding it.
  • Drizzle salt and pepper over it and pour the prescribed amount of white wine on the pan.
  • Bake the chicken for 45 minutes. Flip it for every 20 minutes.
  • You can either eat it right away or store it for other days as well.

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5. How do I know if the chicken seems off or gone bad?

A. Chicken has a low shelf life and goes awry when not maintained or preserved properly. Food experts across the world suggest consuming the cut pieces of chicken in a day or two. The texture and smell are off when you find your chicken slimy, sticky. It is better to toss them into the trash if you find it that way. Chicken can some times changes its color into a darker shade or fades at times due to the chemical reaction called metmyoglobin which is caused by myoglobin. If there is no visible spoilage accompanying the color change then it should be fine to cook.

6. What is the difference between Mandi and Mazbi?

A. Mandi and Mazbi are quintessential Arabian dishes that follow a slow- cooking process of meat. Mandi follows the method of baked chicken and is complemented with long-sized basmati rice. Whereas in Mazbi grilled chicken is used. Both the dishes are very popular and it depends on the eaters’ preference and choice.

7. Why is organic chicken so expensive?

A. It follows the principle of more the demand, higher the price. People are becoming more health-conscious these days and are opting for food with more nutritious content. Getting an organic certification from the government and it is a hard process that every farmer will undergo. To raise profits and get justification, these prices are dumped on the retailers’ heads in turn they drop it on ours.

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  • The image used in Marinated Chicken with Onion Kebabs has been obtained from freepik.com
  • The image used in Indian Naan or Flat Bread has been obtained from https://www.budgetbytes.com/naan/
  • The image used in Cuban Mojo Chicken has been obtained from https://www.thespruceeats.com/cuban-mojo-chicken-4692245
  • The image used in Cuban Mojo Marinade has been obtained from https://asassyspoon.com/mojo-marinade/
  • The image used in Easy Buffalo Chicken Wings has been obtained from https://www.thespruceeats.com/traditional-chicken-wings-912937
  • The image used in  has been obtained from Gingery Slow Cooker Chicken With Cabbage Slaw has been obtained from
    https://www.countryliving.com/food-drinks/a30612387/gingery-slow-cooker-chicken-recipe/
  • The image used in Creamy Mac and Chicken Soup has been obtained from https://www.food.com/recipe/creamy-macaroni-chicken-soup-sopas-476506
  • The image used in Sweet and Sour Chicken has been obtained from https://damndelicious.net/2014/01/18/baked-sweet-sour-chicken/
  • The image used in Blackened Chicken with Fennel Slaw has been obtained from https://www.countryliving.com/food-drinks/recipes/a44250/blackened-chicken-fennel-slaw-recipe/
  • The image used in Stuffed Chicken in 4 Ways has been obtained from http://thenuttypear.com/2017/05/chicken-salad-stuffed-avocado/
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