Chicken is one of the best loved meats all over the world. Since hardly any cultures forbid chicken (except those who prefer vegetarian diet), it's a safe meat to serve in any occasion.
Chicken is also a go-to meat when you need something filling, delicious and easy-to-cook for weeknight dinners. Poultry meat is high in protein - a great dish to have after a long day at work and school.
Baked Chicken Breasts (Yellow Bliss Road)
It's hard to believe that this Baked Chicken Breasts recipe from Yellow Bliss Road only takes 30 minutes to make. It's basically chicken breasts flavored with garlic, onion and chili powder and baked to perfection. It's a great chicken dish to cook when you're watching your weight and avoiding meals with rich sauces.
"Learn how to make the most flavorful, tender and juicy chicken breasts – no more dry chicken! With a five minute prep time and just 20 minutes in the oven, you’ll have this dinner on the table in less than 30 minutes."
- 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
- 2 tablespoons Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
- 1/2 teaspoon chili powder
Garlic Brown Sugar Chicken (Damn Delicious)
Damn Delicious has a great recipe called Garlic Brown Sugar Chicken which is perfect for a family that loves sweet chicken dishes. The herbs (thyme, oregano, basil and parsley) makes this dish taste sophisticated even though it only requires 30 minutes to bake. It's a good treat for weeknight dinners and could even pass for a weekend special meal.
"The best and easiest chicken ever, baked to crisp-tender perfection along with the most amazing sweet garlic sauce!"
- 8 bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs
- Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
- 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, divided
- 4 cloves garlic, minced
- 1/4 cup brown sugar, packed
- 1 tablespoon honey
- 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
- 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
- 1/4 teaspoon dried basil
- 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley leaves
"No Work" Baked Chicken (The Seasoned Mom)
If you're craving for a lovely home-cooked meal but you're dead tired from work and you don't have the energy to cook up a storm, then this "No Work" Baked Chicken recipe from The Seasoned Mom will save your day! It's herby and rich, complete with a delicious maple-mustard sauce. This is great to pair with mashed potatoes, aglio olio pasta or steamed rice.
"The bold flavors of fresh herbs and a rich maple-Dijon pan sauce make this baked chicken recipe fancy enough to serve to guests; however, the tender and juicy chicken requires only a few minutes of preparation time…so it’s also a great option for busy weeknights."
- 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts (can substitute with about 8 chicken thighs)
- ½ cup maple syrup
- ½ cup Dijon mustard
- 2 tablespoons soy sauce
- 2 sprigs fresh rosemary
- 2 sprigs fresh thyme
- Salt and pepper, to taste
Ludy's Kitchen Cooking Tip:
Though most people prefer chicken breast, thighs are also great to cook at home. It has a higher fat content, which makes it flavorful and less likely to go dry if you leave it too long in the oven. Plus, chicken thigh is cheaper!
Make cooking a lot easier and more enjoyable by using good quality silicone baking mats. Not only are silicone mats sturdy and durable. Because they're non-stick, you can also cut your clean-up time in half.