Life gets busy and you may not always have time to cook. Keep reading for 5 easy chicken recipes you can make at home.
Restaurants are a thing of the past.
Okay, a slight exaggeration perhaps. But there’s a definite level of truth there too.
Indeed, 82% of our meals are home-cooked these days! Clearly, more and more of us are choosing to cook at home as opposed to eating out.
It’s likely that chicken features regularly on the menu of most home-cooking Americans. After all, we each ate around 93 pounds of this succulent white meat last year!
Now that’s a lot of chicken being cooked in homes around the country. Have you found yourself coming up short on new recipe ideas?
We wanted to help!
Keep reading to discover 5 awesome quick and easy chicken recipes to make at home.
5 Straight-Forward Chicken Recipes for You and the Family
There’s nothing worse than a hungry tummy and little time. Thankfully, these awesome recipes have got you covered.
Lemon-Pepper Chicken with Bacon
This recipe is great if you’re short on time and hate washing up. There’s minimal preparation, and a solitary skillet used to create this lovely, hearty meal.
- Chicken breasts (4 x 6oz breasts)
- Lemon-pepper seasoning (1/4 teaspoon)
- Salt (1/4 teaspoon)
- Olive oil
- Brown Sugar (1/4 cup)
- Medium-sized onion
- Bacon rashers (6 to 8, as required)
Begin this recipe by heating the oil and frying your chicken in the skillet. Apply the lemon-pepper seasoning with salt as it cooks. Fry until the chicken is cooked through (approx. 8 minutes on each side).
Remove the cooked chicken from the pan and set it to one side. Try to keep it warm if you can.
Next, fry your bacon. We’re guessing you don’t need instruction for this bit! Cook it until it is right for you. The crispier the better in our opinion!
Finally, set the bacon aside and use the drippings leftover in the skillet to saute your onion (chop the onion first!). Add the brown sugar as you go.
Plate up your meal by topping the chicken with the crispy bacon and onions. Feel free to cook some vegetables and side-dishes if you fancy!
Garlic Chicken the Easy Way
Why overcomplicate things, eh? There’s just no need. This garlic chicken recipe proves it. You’ll have mouth-watering garlic chicken for the family in around 20 minutes.
- Chicken breasts (4 x skinless halves)
- Butter (3 tablespoons)
- Garlic powder (2 teaspoons)
- Salt (1 teaspoon)
- Onion Powder (1 teaspoon)
This recipe will be finished in a flash, and create almost zero washing up. That’s a win-win for a hungry, busy person like you. All you do is melt the butter in a skillet and fry your chicken when it’s hot enough.
As the chicken cooks, you sprinkle the garlic powder, onion powder, and salt. Cook together until the chicken’s done (the juices run clear and there’s no pink remaining) and voila, garlic chicken or dinner.
Just FYI, roast potatoes and vegetables go amazingly with this one!
Texas BBQ Chicken
Nothing quite beats barbecued chicken. Here’s an easy recipe to get you started. Want further options? Here are some additional easy bbq chicken recipes for you to enjoy!
- Whole chicken (cut into 4 pieces)
- Salt and pepper
- Olive oil (1 tablespoon)
- Half a small onion
- Ketchup (1 cups)
- Lemon juice (1/8 cup)
- Brown sugar (1 tablespoon)
- Water (1 tablespoon)
- Ground mustard (half teaspoon)
- Garlic powder (1/4 teaspoon)
- Hot pepper sauce
Begin this recipe by grilling your chicken pieces on medium heat. Pop them skin-side down onto the rack with a little oil. Oh, and don’t worry about covering them either. Apply some salt and pepper as they cook for around 20 minutes.
We hope you’re good at multitasking! As your chicken cooks, it’s time to get cracking with your BBQ sauce. Start by sautéing your chopped onion with some oil in a saucepan. When the onion’s done, add your lemon juice, sugar, water, mustard, garlic powder and hot pepper sauce (as much as you want, depending on how spicy you like things!) into the pan. Let it simmer for around 8-12 minutes.
The final step is to apply the sauce! As your chicken continues to grill, brush the sauce over the top of it. Flip the chicken and apply more. Keep coating and flipping and grilling until the chicken’s completely cooked through. Then serve and enjoy, fresh from the grill!
Here’s are some great BBQ beef recipes too!
Quick and Easy Honey Chicken
It doesn’t get much quicker or easier than this delicious chicken recipe. Don’t think you’re sacrificing on flavor either! This meal is sure to please the whole family.
- Chicken tenderloin strips (6oz)
- Olive oil (2 teaspoons)
- Salt and pepper
- Fresh Basil (2 tablespoons)
- Honey (1.5 teaspoons)
- Balsamic vinegar (1 tablespoon)
This won’t take long. Simply fry the chicken in heated oil in a skillet until cooked through. Add salt and pepper as you go. Finally, add the remaining ingredients and stir with the chicken for about another minute.
Feel free to adapt this recipe with different cuts of meat, and more or less balsamic vinegar.
Chinese Stir-fry Chicken
No list of easy chicken recipes is complete without a stir-fry. This Chinese-style dish will satisfy your hunger and tickle your taste buds in equal measure.
- Chicken breasts (1 pound worth)
- Olive oil (2 tablespoons)
- Green bell pepper
- Red bell pepper
- Soy sauce (1/4 cup)
- Pineapple chunks (1 x 8oz can)
- Cornstarch (1 tablespoon)
- Vinegar (1 tablespoon)
- Brown sugar (1 tablespoon)
- Ground ginger (1/2 teaspoon)
The first step is to chop your chicken breasts into cubes, slice up your peppers, and cut your carrot into thin strips. Oh, and mince your garlic clove too.
Next up, the cooking commences. Grab a skillet and heat your oil before frying up the chicken until brown. Then add your freshly chopped bell peppers, carrot, and garlic. Leave that to cook up for a few minutes.
It’s time to make the cause while everything fries. In a bowl, add your cornstarch and soy sauce and mix well. Now, pour that into the skillet with everything else! Add your pineapple, ginger, vinegar, and ginger.
Cook that until it boils, and then serve with either rice or noodles!
Time to Get Cooking
There you have it: 5 easy chicken recipes you can make at home in a breeze.
People have seen the light and started cooking in their own homes more! Chicken, as an American favorite, is sure to feature in the menu somewhere.
Hopefully, the recipes above have inspired you to get creative with your chicken, and give you some ideas to do just that!
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