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The book is packed full of more than just 75 recipes! It has great tips on cooking methods, storage, cutting, and much, much more! I am order more as gifts for friends! I highly recommend that if you buy one, go ahead and buy 2, I'm sure you will want to share. JenT
My family eats chicken all the time, and we usually fix it one of four ways: marinated grilled, grilled with BBQ, baked with lemon pepper seasoning, baked with BBQ. While those methods are great, they get old, and I was very excited to crack this open for some new recipes. What I've made has been delicious, and I'm expanding my cooking knowledge with easy to follow recipes!
I’m usually leery of cookbooks that have an “easy” theme (“Only 5 ingredients!” “Just 3 steps!”). It may be easy, but the meals aren’t very good or they have weird ingredients that I can’t find very easily.
That’s not true with this cookbook. There’s great recipes in here with easy-to-find ingredients.
These recipes are divided into these categories: 5 Ingredients or Fewer; 30 Minutes or Less; One Pan; One Pot; Pressure Cooker or Slow Cooker.
Many of these recipes have “Tips” such as a Cooking tip, Ingredient tip, or “Pairs well with” tip that I found useful. All recipes included nutrition information.
My problem with this cookbook? No photos. So many times my interest is piqued by a photo of the finished meal. This cookbook has all of 5 photos for 75 recipes. Disappointing.
Easy Chicken Cookbook: 75 simple meals for every day Sheila Thigpen Some people prefer beef while others prefer pork, I prefer chicken. I was excited to receive “Easy Chicken Cookbook”, new recipes for my favorite meat. The author begins her book with the basics: s”afe handling and storage of chicken, classic cuts, and various cooking techniques.” Keep chicken away from other foods, properly thaw chicken, cook to correct temperatures and keep utensils, cutting boards, and workspace clean. Among basic cuts there are breasts, thighs, drumsticks, legs, wings and ground chicken. There is a section comparing chicken broth and chicken stock. Chicken can be baked, roasted, braised, grilled, poached, sautéed, or pan-fried. There are 6 recipes for easy sauces and 6 recipes for easy sides. There is a whole chapter dedicated to recipes that are 5 ingredients or fewer. The Hot-Honey and Garlic Glazed Drumsticks is out of this world. We also tried the Spicy Salsa Baked Taquitos, and the Cheesy Chicken Enchiladas both were delicious. There is a chapter on recipes that take 30 minutes or less to prepare. My favorite from this chapter is Smoky Chicken Salad with Cilantro-Lime Dressing, Barbecue Chicken Tostadas, Better Than Takeout Fried Rice, and Pineapple and Jerk Chicken Fajitas. This book has it all a chapter of One Pan recipes.: Southern Skillet-Fried Chicken, Garlic-Herb Roasted Chicken with Red Potatoes and Spatchcocked Chicken with Orange Tarragon Butter. One Pot meals include Old-Fashioned Chicken Noodle Soup, Game-Day Tortilla Soup, Mardi Gras Chicken with Dirty Rice, and what would a chicken cookbook be without a recipe for Shortcut Chicken and Dumplings. For those of us who love our Pressure Cooker or Slow Cooker have not been left out: Shredded Teriyaki Chicken, Santa Fe Salsa Chicken, and Wild Rice and Cranberry Chicken Casserole. There is a page with measurement conversions toward the end of the book as well as an index. This is bound to be a favorite cookbook and would make a great gift.
To me an easy chicken recipe is to take some pieces of pre-cut chicken, sprinkle a spice or two on the pieces and put it all in the oven. None of the recipes in this book are that easy, but they do look good. Still, I don't think a person who gets home from work at 6:00 is going to want to pull ten to twenty ingredients out of the cupboards and refrigerator--assuming they have already been purchased--and prepare and cook for at least another hour. So, that doesn't make this book very useful for a working person.
If you have time to make these easy recipes I think you will be pleased by the variety and to be fair there are some recipes that don't take so long to prepare and there is a chapter on one pan dinners. I happen to have the time to make some of these interesting recipes and am looking forward to making them. Especially the Chicken Cacciatore with Mushrooms and Black Olives and the Garlic-Herb Roasted Chicken with Red Potatoes.
I am curious to know when the calculation of "Prep Time" starts. Is it after all the ingredients and measuring implements are found and on the counter or before? It is one of my pet peeves about modern cookbooks. The prep times are very underestimated and I think it is something that has to be gauged by the person who is doing the preparation. I pretty much laugh and then ignore them.
I do think this cookbook is worth buying just for the variety of recipes and ideas. I know I will enjoy it.
Reviewed in the United States on 27 September 2020
This is a fantastic cookbook with some chicken recipes I'd have never thought of. Before you even get to the recipes the book starts you out with a very nice introduction followed by chapter 1. In chapter 1, Chicken Made Simple, you get a bit of a run down on chicken safety, classic cuts, common cooking techniques, easy sauces, and easy sides. As these are all being explained there are little boxes with hints, tips, and tricks. It's incredibly informative. Then you get into the recipes. They are broken up into different chapters such as One Pan, 30 Minutes or Less, One Pot, etc. within the pages of these chapters you will find the recipes that will make your mouth water. They all sound so delicious. I'm a terrible cook, which is why I grabbed a cookbook that starts it's title with the word "easy", and I've even been able to pull of a recipe or two (or so)! I'm still going through and practicing so time will tell if I can do really well with this but so far the recipes are pretty easy to follow and things taste delicious! If you are a chicken fan, I definitely recommend this book!