The Chicken Dinner Playbook: 5 Techniques to Memorize for Quick Weeknight Meals - Recipes from The Kitchn

The Chicken Dinner Playbook: 5 Techniques to Memorize for Quick Weeknight Meals - Recipes from The Kitchn
From The Kitchn - September 16, 2017

One of the most priceless lessons I took away from culinary school was the value of really learning and understanding cooking techniques over recipes. There was no emphasis on learning a long list of specific recipes. I have carried this into my own kitchen, and it has changed me as a home cook and how I think about getting meals on the table for my family.

The way I see it is, when you start with a recipe you get a single meal. But learn the basics of a specific cooking technique and add a little inspiration, and you will see that you can turn that into so many different variations. A perfect example of this is the beloved weeknight chicken dinner. From a sheet pan supper to a sweet and tangy stir-fry, these five weeknight meals build on basic cooking techniques for quick and easy chicken dinners.

5 Cooking Techniques to Master for Easy Chicken Dinners

We want to help you approach dinner from a different angle by thinking of the cooking technique before the recipe. So to start, we want to teach you the very best way to turn everyone's favorite weeknight proteinchickeninto a complete meal, whether you are starting with lean breasts or juicy thighs.

To start, get to know these five techniques. They give you the most variety, take well to improvisation, and cook quickly. In our cooking lessons for each, we teach you the the most important information around each and show you how to turn them into a tasty dinner with the recipes that put them to use.

Technique: Sheet Pan Chicken + Veggies

Cooking chicken on a sheet pan alongside veggies is about prep and easy cleanup. Everything gets added to the sheet pan, seasoned, and cooked until donenothing extra required. The chicken (we are big fans of thighs for this technique) ends up crispy, andthe roasted veggies come out tender and crisp.

Technique: Chicken + Vegetable Stir-Fry

Technique: Crispy Baked Chicken

Technique: Golden Seared Chicken

Technique: Juicy Poached Chicken


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