Give 'Em The Bird: 4 Basic Ways To Prepare Chicken
A whole chicken can easily be roasted in the oven. To ensure that your bird is cooked properly, you will need to check the internal temperature. It should reach 180° when the thermometer is placed in the thick part of the breast, without touching bone.
To add a little extra flavor to chicken, try mixing fresh parsley and basil into a cup of butter and rubbing it under the chicken's skin before roasting. It takes a few extra minutes to add quite a bit of delightful flavor and moisture to the bird.
Of course, if you are planning to use parts of the chicken only, you have even more options. For example:
This simple chicken recipe requires a crockpot, but couldn't be easier. Just toss 4 chicken breasts in the crock pot and add a can of Coke.
Chicken with Peppers
Saute a chicken breast while preparing rice in a separate pot. When the chicken is cooked nearly through, add sliced red, yellow and green peppers and finish cooking until tender. Serve on top of rice. This is a colorful, tasty chicken dish that you can easily have ready to eat in just 15 minutes.
Another simple dish that is bound to be a hit is apricot chicken. Place 4 chicken breasts or legs in a crock pot, along with a cup of apricot preserves. Add a cup of vinegar and a couple tablespoons of brown sugar and cook on low for 6-8 hours.
Chicken dishes are a healthy alternative to fattier meats. When you can whip them up so quickly, there is no good reason to avoid chicken as it can be healthy, flavorful and fast.