What’s the Deal with Black Chickens? — Ingredient Intelligence

Have you ever seen a black chicken? We don't mean a black-feathered chicken; we mean a Silkie chicken, which is black-pigmented right down to its bones. They aren't commonly found in the grocery store, but you might see them in Asian groceries. What's the deal with these black chickens, and do they taste different than the paler breed?


Why You Shouldn’t Wash Raw Chicken — Tips from The Kitchn

Do you wash your raw chicken? This is a common practice encouraged by cookbook authors from Alton Brown to Michael Ruhlman to the great Julia Child herself. Their recipes, among others, often call for rinsing the chicken with water before cooking it. That would lead you to believe you should follow their advice, right? Well, actually, washing raw chicken isn't all its cracked up to be. In fact, it's actually more dangerous, food safety-wise, to wash it than to not wash it. Here's some eye-opening proof.


Recipe: Chicken Divan Casserole — Quick and Easy Weeknight Dinners

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Chicken divan is the ultimate old-school medley of chicken, broccoli, and cheese sauce. It originated in the early 20th century in a New York hotel restaurant, Divan Parisienne, and it hits all the right notes: hearty, creamy, and comforting. While the type of cheese used varies from recipe to recipe, what is not negotiable is the use of cream sherry, which adds a tiny bit of sweetness and richness to the cheese sauce.

There's no doubt that this dish is rich, but this lightened-up version skips sour cream and condensed cream soups in favor of some chicken broth and milk for the sauce. And if you start with leftover cooked chicken or a store-bought rotisserie chicken, this casserole can be yours even on a busy weeknight.


An Honest Review of 3 Meal Kits: Boneless, Skinless Chicken Edition — Shopping

Looking to ease the dinnertime dilemma with a meal kit sent right to your door? You're in luck, because you've now got more than a dozen companies to choose from — and counting. Deciding which one to choose is the hard part. They've all got the packaging and delivery down pat, but it's what's inside the box that counts. The big question is: Do the contents satisfy your cravings or leave you wishing you had ordered takeout? That's why each month we'll put a few meal kit services through their paces in order to see which ones deliver more than just efficiency.

Boneless, skinless chicken breasts are the tofu of the meat world: high in protein, low in fat, and bland enough to be versatile. But just like tofu, they can be a delight or a drag, depending on how you treat them. They need flavor, lots of it, and preferably without relying on a ton of high-cholesterol ingredients that negate the point of eating them in the first place.

So this month we're reviewing three meal kits to see which one can make a plain hunk of white meat actually taste delicious.


Make This Sheet Pan Chicken with Sweet Potatoes & Kale Tonight — Delicious Links

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The standard sheet pan meal is a weeknight lifesaver, but after a while the same old chicken and veggies with olive oil, salt, and pepper can get a little boring. Enter: this red curry chicken with sweet potatoes and crispy kale. It'll give your sheet pan routine a much-needed jolt.


5 Ways to Prep Chicken for a Week of Easy Dinners — Quick and Easy Weeknight Dinners

Even if I go into the week with a meal plan that's looking a little shaky (it happens sometimes!), I am always totally certain there will be one (okay, probably two!) chicken dinners spaced throughout the week ahead. And with that in mind, one of the most invaluable parts of my Sunday meal prep is cooking a batch of chicken for the week ahead.

With most of the heavy lifting done, those breasts or thighs can be quickly and easily repurposed into weeknight dinners. Here are five versatile ways to prep chicken for the week ahead, plus smart ideas for how to turn it into dinner.


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