Even if you’re no culinary expert or top chef, chances are you’ve had at least one experience with cooking chicken. A staple of many diets across the world, chicken is one of those foods that can be prepared and enjoyed in more ways than you can count on two hands.
When it comes to entertaining, chicken seems like a simple thing to offer guests, although in actuality it’s a dish that can be dressed up or dressed down depending on your audience. If you’ve ever wondered about the best ways to prepare a bird that everyone will love, check out below some of the most popular options for cooking truly delectable poultry.
A preferred method by many, you can never go wrong with baked chicken. Not only is it extremely easy and healthier than frying, but this basic manner of prep is ideal for events like game nights, birthday celebrations, or sports streaming parties.
This is because baking chicken produces little grease and also involves a shorter prep time than other methods. When you’re heavily concentrated in a round of poker or chess during game night, the last thing you want is to get your fingers all messy and oily, interrupting gameplay. That’s why for entertaining the best option is a big batch of wings, one of many classic finger food game night options that are tasty, crunchy, and always within reach of the table.
However, if you’re not a big wing fan, remember that any type of chicken can be baked, from boneless breasts to thighs and even Cornish hens. Just sprinkle on the seasoning of your choice and pop it in the oven on high heat. Remember to set a timer, as the chicken, depending on the kind, shouldn’t take more than 45 minutes- one hour to cook through completely.
Another option that everyone is sure to love is classic fried chicken. This manner of prep is ideal if you have a commercial fryer at home, as it’ll help the meat get really crispy, but it can also be done in a normal pan. If you’re planning on hosting a casual lunch gathering, you could try to replicate some famous fried chicken sandwiches like that of your favorite fast-food restaurant.
Most recipes start with the delicious combination of buttermilk, flour, oil, and a few spices. Even though it isn’t an elegant chicken dish, your guests will love the flavors and come back for seconds and even thirds. Pair the sandwich with some crunchy curly fries and smother both with ketchup and your taste buds will surely thank you.
Maybe you’re not hosting a game night or lunch event, but rather a backyard BBQ for a group of people who are expecting the best grilled chicken they’ve ever eaten. Well, don’t worry, because this manner of preparing the bird is extremely easy and always delicious.
Before heading to the grill, be sure to beat your chicken breasts so that they’re each of an even thickness, as this will help later during the cooking process. When it comes to marinating, less is more. A common misconception about grilling chicken is that a heavy mix of sauces offer more flavor, but actually you should only use sauce at the end as they can coat your grates and cause unwanted flare ups. Instead, use a simple mixture of spices and lemon to add flavor. Make sure your grill is on high heat and watch the breasts simmer, forming those perfect grill marks in just 6-10 minutes.
If you’re not a grill owner, you can still get the same effect by using a high-quality cast-iron skillet, which will give your meat similar nodes of smokiness.
The bottom line: whether you’re serving up wings dipped in ranch for a game night, or juicy grilled chicken with veggies for a backyard BBQ, this versatile food cab be your go-to option for all things entertaining if you simply learn the best ways of preparing it.