Poultry

Recipe: Crispy Chicken Thighs with Fresh Cherry Salsa — Quick and Easy Weeknight Dinners

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Chicken thighs are on the menu weekly in my house. It's hard to beat their versatility and affordability. This is how I plan to eat them until fresh cherry season — aka the best season — comes to an end. The thighs are cooked in a cast iron skillet until their skin crackles and then they're topped with a quick and easy cherry salsa made with red onion, jalapeño, fresh cilantro, and a big squeeze of lime. When piled onto the chicken thighs, it's an effortless yet elegant summer meal that's as ready for casual weeknights as it is for simple dinner parties out on the back porch.

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Recipe: Tomato-Basil Chicken and Rice — Quick and Easy Weeknight Dinners

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Summer needs comfort food just as much as every other season. Sure, there are those super-hot days when you can really only manage to eat a salad for dinner, but there are other days when you crave something a little more satisfying. Maybe the heat finally broke or there's a summer storm brewing — whatever the reason, it's important to have recipes on hand that fit that mood. This one is exactly that. Chicken thighs bake on a bed of rice that has been flavored with diced, in-season tomatoes for a crowd-pleasing casserole that needs nothing more than a handful of chopped fresh basil to make it taste like summer.

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This Slow Cooker Cashew Chicken Is Better than Takeout — Delicious Links

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When a craving for cashew chicken hits, you probably call for takeout from your favorite Chinese restaurant. But ordering in all the time can get expensive, which is why it's good to have an easy recipe like this one in your back pocket. With a little foresight you can make this flavorful dish at home. All you need is a slow cooker and a few hours.

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Recipe: Dill Pickle Chicken — Quick and Easy Weeknight Dinners

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I used to have this feeling of remorse anytime I poured perfectly good pickle juice down the drain. I knew there was something I could and should be doing with it, I just didn't know what. Sound familiar? Well, this is it — the best ever reason to hang on to that leftover brine in the bottom of the jar. Spicy and tangy, it's the one-ingredient brine that makes the most tender and delicious chicken you will eat all summer.

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You’re Only 4 Ingredients Away from Grilled Chicken Bliss — Delicious Links

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The grill has a way of transforming the simplest food into something truly magical. Take these chicken skewers, for instance. It's just some pieces of chicken breast marinated in yellow mustard, honey, and garlic and threaded onto skewers, but what makes it so irresistible is that smoky char from the grill.

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You Only Need One Pan for This Lemon Chicken with Olives — Delicious Links

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If you're lucky enough to have a back patio, front porch, or even just a fire escape, now is the time to enjoy dinner al fresco. There's really nothing like sitting outside on a summer evening, enjoying a simple meal and a cold glass of wine. This skillet chicken with lemon, olives, and potatoes is the perfect dish to make for such a supper.

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