Poultry

Recipe: Jacques Pépin’s Garlic Chicken Breasts — Quick and Easy Weeknight Dinners

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I've got a thing for nuggets of crispy chicken. Not necessarily chicken nuggets — although good ones can fall in this category — but chicken that's been cut into chunks, is cooked until crispy, and takes well to eating in one or two bites. What can I say? I'm just looking for joy in the form of a salty, meaty, crunchy revelation.

When I came across this recipe in Jacques Pépin's book, Poulets & Legumes: My Favorite Chicken and Vegetables Recipes, I was a little surprised. I remember scanning through the ingredients and method, getting more excited as I went on. Did I just find my ideal chicken nugget? All signs were pointing to a golden, crispy yes. There was no breading step, no deep-frying, and no mess required. Instead, this recipe promised everything my crispy-chicken-loving heart desired, with the help of a bit of Wondra flour and a nonstick skillet. Garlic and parsley are added at the end for one final flourish of flavor, but it was the method behind preparing the chicken that really got me.

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10 Easy Ways to Make a Chicken and Vegetable Sheet Pan Dinner — Tips from The Kitchn

Sheet pan meals are my holy grail of easy weeknight dinners. Easy prep, easy cooking, and, best of all, easy cleanup. Along with my love for chicken thighs, it's why I keep a chicken sheet pan supper in my meal plan every single week.

From week to week the essential structure of the recipe stays the same, but to keep it fresh I change up the veggies. Here are 10 ways I make a chicken and vegetable sheet pan supper — start with chicken, add veggies!

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How To Make Greek-Style Lemon Chicken and Potatoes — Cooking Lessons from The Kitchn

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My love affair with Mediterranean-style chicken and potatoes began with the Sorrento Lemon Chicken from Gio's Chicken Amalfitano in Atlanta. This juicy baked chicken has golden, crisp skin and is served with herbed potatoes bathed in a luscious lemony broth.

I've spent the last several years baking this dish for family and friends on weeknights and for special occasions. Although the inspiration was an Italian affair, my most recent, and dare I say favorite, iteration of this dish has a distinctly Greek flair.

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Recipe: Easy Cauliflower Rice Burrito Bowls — Quick and Easy Weeknight Dinners

These veggie-heavy burrito bowls are tucked in my meal plan rotation and saved for the nights when I want to feel like a real dinner superhero. With a base of cilantro-lime cauliflower rice, smoky black beans and corn, a touch of salsa, creamy avocado, and seared chicken breast, this is wholesome indulgence at its finest. And thanks to pantry and freezer staples, and a smart shortcut, they come together effortlessly.

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Recipe: Hot Brown Sandwich — Sandwich Recipes

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In my humble opinion, a breakfast sandwich is one of the very best ways to start your day. This is true every day of the week, but it is especially true on the weekend, when you can take the time to assemble a truly great breakfast sandwich.

If you are looking for inspiration, look no further than the Hot Brown. One of Louisville's most iconic dishes, this open-faced sandwich is Kentucky's answer to your weekend hangover — and a very good excuse to have another bourbon the night before.

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How To Make Greek Egg and Lemon Soup (Avgolemono) — Cooking Lessons from The Kitchn

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Almost every culture has a homey version of chicken soup to comfort the sick or the soul weary, or to stave off the chill of cold weather, but the Greeks, my gosh, might just have the very best version: the egg and lemon soup known as avgolemono.

Here's why Greek egg and lemon soup is the best. First of all, it's gorgeous. The broth is vibrant yellow from the eggs and heavily scented with lemon fragrance. Next, when you dig in for a spoonful, the broth is not only stunning, but it's also silky and rich without a drop of cream in sight. Finally, avgolemono isn't an all-day affair.

Here's how to make this classic comfort soup at home. If you start now, you can eat it for dinner.

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