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.


Win Dinner with These Buffalo Chicken Stuffed Sweet Potatoes — Delicious Links

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Buffalo chicken wings are a classic appetizer. If you love this game-day starter so much that you want to translate it to dinner, this is the recipe for you. Juicy Buffalo chicken is stuffed into a soft baked sweet potato and topped with a creamy blue cheese-yogurt sauce for a healthier take on those beloved wings.


Do This for Thicker, Richer Homemade Chicken Stock — Tips from The Kitchn

It's hard to beat the taste of chicken stock made from scratch. I am not a purist by any means (I keep a few boxes of the store-bought kind on hand when I haven't had time to fill my freezer with the homemade stuff), but when I do have the time you can be sure I am pulling out my largest pot and simmering last night's roast chicken carcass with a slew of aromatics for a flavorful stock to use for soups, risottos, and pan sauces.

My usual recipe — a chicken carcass or mix of bones, onion, carrot, celery, bay leaves, and sprigs of fresh parsley or thyme — has never failed me, but recently I discovered a way to make it even better. Just one more addition can make for a stock that's even richer, more flavorful, and more nutrient-dense. The best part is that you already have this ingredient in your kitchen.


10 Ways to Eat Chicken Thighs for Dinner — Recipes from The Kitchn

Chicken thighs are a true dinner MVP. They're fattier than lean breasts, which means they're less likely to turn dry with a couple extra minutes on the heat, they are packed with so much flavor, and they're super versatile. From slow-simmered soups to sheet pan suppers, there's nothing this budget-friendly cut can't do.

Here are 10 totally delicious ways to eat chicken thighs for dinner right now.


How To Make Chicken and Broccoli Stir-Fry in Any Pan — Cooking Lessons from The Kitchn

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Chicken and vegetable stir-fry should be a staple of every home cook's weekly meal plan — it's quick-cooking, flavorful, and can be better than takeout with just a few key ingredients and one brilliant step. If you've spent anytime at the stove trying to stir-fry without a wok and found that your chicken and vegetables sauté rather that stir-fry, then this recipe is for you.

With expert advice from Grace Young and a deep dive into the pure magic that is velveting chicken for stir-fry, this is literally everything you need to know to make a better weeknight stir-fry without a wok.


What’s the Deal with Air-Chilled Chicken? — Tips from The Kitchn

Take a look around the meat case in the grocery store and it's pretty likely that you'll notice packages of chicken labeled "air-chilled." But what exactly is air-chilled chicken, and what makes it so special?


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