Chicken. It might be the staple of gym bros everywhere, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be a damn tasty post-workout meal. These are the only 10 chicken recipes you will ever need. Bon Appétit!
1. Chicken With Citrus Sauce
For the sauce, warm the zest and juice of a lemon, plus the sections of another lemon, an orange and a grapefruit, in a pan. Add ¼ cup olive oil, 1 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves, ½ teaspoon minced garlic, a small minced onion, salt and pepper. Rub boneless chicken pieces with olive oil and sprinkle them with salt and pepper. Grill. Serve with the citrus sauce.
2. Herb-Roasted Chicken Cutlets
Heat the oven to 160°C. Mix 1 tablespoon minced fresh tarragon, ¼ cup chopped fresh dill, ½ cup chopped fresh parsley and some salt and pepper. Place chicken in a baking dish with olive oil, the herb mixture and 1 cup chicken stock. Roast about 15 minutes. Serve with the sauce.
3. Sauteed Chicken With Warm Spices
Heat 4 tablespoons peanut oil in a large skillet. Shake salt and pepper on chicken cutlets, then dredge them in flour with ½ teaspoon cayenne. Sauté the chicken, turning once, for about six minutes total. Remove from pan. Cook ½ cup minced onion until soft. Add 1 tablespoon minced fresh ginger, 1/ 8 teaspoon nutmeg, 1 teaspoon paprika, ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon and 1 cup chicken stock; cook until reduced. Add chopped coriander leaves and lime juice. Spoon the sauce over the chicken.
4. Chicken Caesar Salad
Cook chicken cutlets. Rub a salad bowl with garlic. Beat 2 pasteurised eggs with a fork; add 2 tablespoons lemon juice and 6 tablespoons olive oil. Stir in 2 tablespoons minced anchovies, a dash of Worcestershire, and some salt and pepper. Toss with romaine lettuce, and top with chicken and freshly grated Parmesan.
5. Chicken Tikka With Yoghurt Sauce
Cut boneless chicken into two-centimetre chunks. Combine with ¼ cup yoghurt, ¼ cup ground cashews and a teaspoon each ground cardamom, ground coriander, minced ginger and minced garlic. Remove from the marinade, and cook until it’s brown and cooked through. To make the sauce, mix 1 cup yoghurt with 1 teaspoon minced garlic and some lemon juice, salt and pepper. Serve with the chicken.
6. Grilled Chicken Breasts With Coriander And Lime
Combine 3 tablespoons peanut oil, 2 tablespoons chopped coriander leaves, 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lime juice, 1 tablespoon chopped shallot, ¼ teaspoon cayenne and some salt and pepper. Spread half in a pan and add the chicken; sprinkle with salt, pepper and the remaining mixture. Grill until cooked through. Garnish with chopped coriander and lime wedges.
7. Braaied Chicken With Wasabi Sauce
Combine minced garlic, ½ cup rice vinegar, 2 tablespoons mirin (a sweet Japanese rice wine), 2 tablespoons soy sauce, 1 tablespoon minced fresh ginger, 1 teaspoon wasabi powder and salt and pepper. Brush chicken with oil and braai. Warm the wasabi mixture and pour it on the chicken; garnish with chopped spring onions and coriander.
8. Chicken Braaised In Soy Sauce And Lemon
Brown bone-in chicken pieces in a few tablespoons of olive oil. Remove them and stir in some chopped garlic. Add the minced zest of a lemon, a pinch of cayenne, 2 tablespoons soy sauce, 1 teaspoon sugar and 1/ 3 cup water; stir. Add the chicken, cover and simmer. Turn the pieces once; the dish will be done in about 15 minutes. Add lemon juice and more soy sauce to taste.
9. Grilled Chicken With Pesto Sauce
To make the pesto, puree 2 cups fresh basil, 1 garlic clove, a pinch of salt, 2 tablespoons pine nuts, ½ cup grated Parmesan and ½ cup olive oil in a blender or food processor. Season 500g chicken cutlets with salt and pepper. Cook them, turning once, about eight minutes total. Paint with pesto and serve.
10. Chicken Kebabs With Spicy Peanut Sauce
Cut boneless chicken thighs into chunks. Shake on salt and pepper. Thread onto skewers and grill for about 12 minutes. For the sauce, combine the minced zest and juice of a lime, 1 tablespoon each peanut oil and soy sauce, 2 tablespoons each minced garlic, chopped coriander and peanut butter, a pinch of cayenne and 1 chopped onion.