While my mind typically jumps straight to barbecue sauce for chicken kebabs, I have a real soft spot in my heart for a different kind of sweet and savory chicken skewer—one that draws its inspiration from the sticky caramel glaze of Vietnamese gà kho (caramelized chicken), but is fortified with a citrus kick and some crunch from toasted sesame seeds and sliced almonds.
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These sweet and savory chicken skewers get their crispiness from a caramelized brown-sugar glaze and crunch from toasted sesame seeds and almonds.
Chicken thighs are forgiving enough as it is, so why bother cooking them sous vide? Because the method gives you unparalleled control over the final texture, and they'll come out juicier in a sous-vide bag than they do with traditional methods when cooked to the same final temperature. Here are my timing, temperature, and technique recommendations for sous-vide chicken thighs.
Sous-vide techniques yield chicken with unparalleled levels of juiciness. Finish your chicken on the stovetop to crisp it up.
What if I told you that chicken breast doesn't have to be bland? That it doesn't have to be dry, stringy, or insipid? Your chicken breast has the potential to be the life of the party, with a level of juiciness you thought only the best pork chops could have, and the way to get there is by cooking it sous vide. Here's our comprehensive guide to using the sous-vide method to revolutionize your chicken.
Sous-vide techniques yield chicken with unparalleled levels of juiciness. Finish your chicken on the stovetop or the grill to brown and crisp it up.
We use our fried chicken technique on boneless, skinless chicken thighs for an extra-crisp crust and juicy meat. So how do you make extra-crunchy, well-seasoned fried chicken even tastier? With a peppery cream gravy, of course.
Learning how to cut a chicken breast into thin cutlets is an essential skill for weeknight cooking. Thinner cutlets cook more rapidly than full-sized breasts and are ideal for searing or breading and frying in dishes like schnitzel, chicken marsala, or chicken Parmesan. Here's how to do it.
Tuscany and fried chicken: two things that are almost universally loved, but otherwise have very little to do with each other. Or do they? Turns out there's an awesome fried chicken dish that comes to us straight from the Jewish community of Tuscany, featuring meat that's brined in lemon juice with garlic and spices, then fried in a simple coating of flour and egg.
For me, as a kid growing up in New York, fried chicken came from one place, and one place only: those grease-stained cardboard buckets peddled by the Colonel himself. But times have changed, and as is often the case, revisiting those fond childhood memories results only in disappointment and disillusionment. That said, stylistically, it can't be faulted. So I figured that I could somehow manage to take what the Colonel started and bring it to its ultimate conclusion—that is, deep chicken flavor; a flab-free skin; juicy, tender meat; and crisp, spicy coating—I might just be able to recapture those first fleeting childhood tastes of fried chicken as I remembered them. Here's the result of my efforts.
Take all your ideas of what chicken and waffles should be—all of your reluctance to mess with the soulful original—and toss it all. Now open your mind to this insane concoction that combines the fried chicken classic with nachos and tamales, adding green chili and corn to the waffles and topping them with guacamole, salsa roja, and ancho-honey bacon.
You won't miss your usual fried chicken and waffles once you try this Mexican-inspired version. Built with waffles that are flavored with corn and green chilis, and crunchy buttermilk-soaked and cornmeal-coated fried chicken, this mashup is going to blow you away. Guacamole, ancho-honey bacon, salsa roja, and a drizzle of Mexican crema top off a creation that's fully loaded and totally insane.
You can travel around the world eating nothing but fried chicken. Here, in no particular order, are my picks for the crispiest, crunchiest, finger-lickingest fried chicken on the planet. Some are general preparations from a region of the world. Some are specific dishes at particular restaurants. Some are recipes you can make at home. All are crispy, meaty, and delicious.
Grilling culture in Greece is inherently relaxed and groovy. More often than not, all it takes is a fire, a ton of olive oil and lemon, some garlic, and some herbs to transform meat and seafood into party-worthy fare. But with traditional methods, by the time the skin finally gets crisp, the meat is dry and overcooked. This double-marinade process for chicken delivers the whole package: crisp skin, flavor, and perfectly cooked meat.
A whole chicken gets the Greek treatment with a simple marinade of olive oil and lemon along with plenty of garlic and oregano. The key to the juiciest meat and crispest skin? Butterflying the chicken and cooking it low and slow before finishing with a sear to crisp up the skin.
Typically you'd use za'atar as a condiment, sprinkled over a bowl of labne cheese or made into a paste with olive oil for scooping onto bread. For me, it seemed only natural to use the mixture on grilled chicken.
Extra-juicy butterflied grilled chicken gets a flavor-packed kick with a fresh homemade za'atar-style spice blend made with fresh and dried herbs, sesame seeds, and sumac.
True bang bang ji si gets its name from the sound that a mallet makes when beating the tough chicken breasts of yesteryear into tender submission before dressing them in a sauce flavored with Sichuan peppercorns, garlic, sesame seed, Chinkiang vinegar, and roasted chili oil. But with today's tender chickens, the actually banging part of bang bang chicken is nothing more than a relic of the past. Let's bring this dish into the modern age, shall we?
Whether you call it Bang Bang Chicken (named after the sound that a pounding mallet makes when tenderizing the tough chicken breasts of yesteryear) or Mysterious Flavor Chicken, this classic cold Sichuan chicken salad dressed with Sichuan peppercorns, garlic, sesame, and chili oil, can be updated using a few modern techniques. Cooking the chicken breasts directly in a bag with aromatics guarantees ultra-moist and flavor-packed chicken without the need for any banging at all.
It's easy to see why chicken gets a bad rap in the grilling world. Most of the time it's dry, bland, or stringy with burnt skin. But when I visit my mom or head to family reunion cookouts, chicken is what she asks for. Not out of masochism, but because after spending years grilling hundreds of chickens, I've learned how to do it right.