Chicken can become bland and uninteresting if you eat it a lot and cook it the same way. However, chicken is a great source of protein and is very versatile, so here we give you five ways to cook chicken that you may not have tried before, but once you have there will be no going back!
According to the Daily Mail, in the UK we eat 2.2 million chickens every day. No wonder then that we have probably run out of different and imaginative ways to cook it. Whether you stuff it, top it, or put it on a pizza, there are more ways to eat chicken than you might think.
Toppings and Stuffings for Chicken
Using toppings and stuffings for chicken can be great ways to vary the chicken that you eat. If you are looking for a dish that sings ‘summer’, then try chicken topped with a salsa made from pineapple, tomatoes, red onion and lime juice. Alternatively, if you are a fan of Italian cuisine, then try using the ingredients that are normally used for topping bruschetta and use them to stuff chicken breasts. These include tomato, basil, mozzarella and garlic. For another Mediterranean twist, make a relish from feta cheese, kalamata olives, bell peppers, cucumber and tomato and top your chicken with it. These are great flavour combinations that work well with the chicken.
Chicken in Various Cooking Styles
If you thought chicken was all about a roast on a Sunday, then it’s time to think again. Chicken is a great partner for both Mexican and Italian flavours and works well in dishes from both of those cuisines. For a pizza with BBQ chicken topping, use ready-made pizza dough (or have a go at making your own), then top with BBQ sauce, pre-cooked chicken breast, red and white onion and cheese. If you want your chicken with a Mexican twist, then slow-cook chicken thighs in a sauce made from bell peppers, garlic, onions and tomatoes, before putting it into tacos or flour tortillas. If you need more inspiration, then try looking for online chicken recipes from sites such as http://food-tales.com/food-recipes/chicken/.
So next time you decide to cook with chicken, take a look at what is in your fridge or store cupboard and see which great combination you can come up with.