Meat Tutorials

How To Cook a Whole Chicken in Coconut Milk in the Slow Cooker — Cooking Lessons from The Kitchn

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By now we hope every home cook knows the pure dinnertime pleasure that is chicken in milk. The original dish, credited most popularly to Jamie Oliver, turns a whole chicken into a succulent, fragrant delight with a rich sauce ideal for sopping up with fresh bread.

This riff on that classic technique uses the slow cooker for ease and convenience, and coconut milk for those avoiding dairy or just looking for a flavor upgrade to this splendid supper sensation.

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How To Velvet Chicken for Stir-Fry — Cooking Lessons from The Kitchn

Let me introduce you to a chicken technique that has revolutionized how I stir-fry at home: velveting. This Chinese technique is most often used in restaurants, but considering how easy it is, more home cooks should master it. Velveting chicken before you stir-fry gives the chicken the texture the name implies — tender, juicy chicken pieces that never dry out in the pan.

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How To Cook Classic Beef Brisket in the Slow Cooker — Cooking Lessons from The Kitchn

(Image credit: Joe Lingeman/The Kitchn)

Let's talk about falling back in love with a classic dish. When is the last time you made a classic beef brisket? You know the one — tender beef in a rich gravy with melting potatoes and carrots. The beef brisket that makes the whole house smell like a cozy day perfect for snuggling on the couch. It had actually been years since I'd made beef brisket, but since I recently discovered I could make this traditional dish in the slow cooker I've fallen back in love with brisket all over again.

If you're looking for a stunning but easy Sunday supper to get you through the long winter or to serve during the upcoming holidays, this is it — classic beef brisket made in the slow cooker.

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How (and When) To Pound Chicken Breast: The Easiest, Smartest Method — Cooking Lessons from The Kitchn

There's one technique to learn for better chicken breast: pounding chicken breast into thin, even pieces. Pounding doesn't require any forethought or planning, it relieves a little mid-week tension, and helps chicken breast cook faster and more evenly.

If flattening chicken seems arduous, there's a simple equipment hack to make the job easier, less messy, and maybe even a little fun.

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How To Make the Best BBQ Baby Back Ribs in the Slow Cooker — Cooking Lessons from The Kitchn

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You could easily take a rack of ribs, drown them with a bottle of your favorite barbecue sauce, set the slow cooker to low, and come back to tender, juicy slow-cooked ribs in five to six hours, but those ribs wouldn't hold a candle to the ribs that come off the smoker or a grill.

I make smoked or grilled barbecue ribs only once a year because they take almost a full 24 hours to prepare. But following a hunch that I could take some key steps from BBQ ribs and use them for ribs destined for the slow cooker, I found that these slow cooker ribs taste just as good in their own right as barbecued, and that I'd actually make them more than once a year and now you can too.

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How To Cook Golden, Juicy Chicken Breast on the Stove — Cooking Lessons from The Kitchn

(Image credit: Joe Lingeman)

There are as many variations on cooking chicken breast as there are cooks, and I'd say that is a very good thing, as it ensures we never grow tired of this dinner staple.

Pan-seared chicken breast, cooked in a little oil with salt and pepper and finished with a generous knob of butter, is the first way I learned to cook chicken and a technique I always go back to. The resulting chicken has a golden-crisp exterior with a still-juicy interior, and is just as welcome served with steamed vegetables as it is atop creamy Alfredo pasta.

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