If you like your poultry perky with spices, succulent and buttery in a pie or a pot, creamy and fresh in a salad there really is something for everyone in these favourite British chicken recipes.
Seriously, if you like quick, easy, cooking that is also healthy and nutritious then what can be better than chicken. Chicken is also a reasonably cheap meat especially if you use the legs and thighs.
I like to buy free-range chicken, if possible organic. If I can't get organic I am happy if it is a corn-fed bird. Birds raised in the fresh air with room to move and play make for meatier, more flavourful eating;
Spring, summer, autumn or winter there is always time for a chicken soup. Chicken soup is nurturing and nourishing and it is always a good idea to make a large pot whenever you can as it freezes really well. So great to see that most cultures have a chicken soup recipe. Testament to its popularity.
All the chicken soup making means you may have carcasses leftover. Don't throw them away, freeze and when you have several use them to make a stock, either the dark or easy version below. You can never have too much chicken stock - perfect of course for making more soup.
If I am roasting a chicken, my favorite is this Lemon Roast Chicken recipe. It is one of the best I have ever tasted. The chicken remains moist and succulent with soft flavors of lemon and garlic. It is simple to make and makes a great roast for a Sunday lunch served with Yorkshire Puddings or cold for a summer lunch or picnic.
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Chicken and spice work together so well. The soft flavour of chicken picks up the flavours and prickle of spice so well. They are perfect partners.
In British Food the two together are the main components of two of Britain's most favourite foods; Coronation Chicken and Chicken Tikka Masala. Chicken Tikka Masala is so popular it is now considered one of our National Dishes.
Fried chicken is not considered a British food, it is quintessentially American. However, we love eating it (as the number of KFC outlets bears testament to). Fried chicken has grown enormously in popularity, not least because of the Super Bowl and the millions who watch it here in the UK.
Fried chicken is a delicious way to eat chicken, and children especially love the crunch and bite of the coating which keeps the meat inside lovely and moist.
Here are a few classic fried (and oven-baked) chicken recipes from guides across the pond.
There is something so comforting about a traditional chicken pie or casserole evoking, for me, memories of school days and family lunches. These chicken pie and casserole recipes are easy to make especially if you are in a hurry. Using meat from the legs and thighs of the chicken for these recipes not only gives a richer flavor, but are also much cheaper to buy.
and if you don't like a pastry crust ...