Whether it's roasted, fried, grilled, broiled, braised, sauted, or baked, chicken is always delicious. Maryana Vollstedthas created a new addition to Chronicle's best-selling Big Book series with this glorious homage to everyone's favorite fowl. The tremendous variety of ideas ranges from creative recipes like Pomegranate-Molasses Chicken Drummettesand Chipotle Cheddar Chicken Corn Chowder to comforting favorites like Chicken Marsala and Old-Fashioned Fried Chicken. Every recipe is simple to follow with lots of helpful tips on identifying parts of the chicken, cutting up and storing it, and safe preparation techniques. With more than 275 recipes inspired from cuisines around the world, this big book serves up everything there is to know about chicken.
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I own several of the "The Big Book of ... " cookbooks, and they usually provide a huge variety of recipes to tempt both beginning and experienced cooks. This one is no different. I opted for the Kindle edition, as I've run out of bookshelf space.
Some recipes can seem a bit complicated (Chicken with Sweet Potatoes and Okra, for example), while others are super easy (Apricot-Cranberry Chicken Thighs -- one of my favorites!), but none are impossible for the home cook. Most of the ingredients are easily obtainable from a typical chain supermarket with a decent international section. I didn't have any trouble finding what I needed in a small-ish town market.
The recipes are divided into sections -- not unusual for a decent cookbook (appetizers, soups, salads, main dishes, etc.). What is unusual is a comprehensive index - even in the Kindle version. You can look things up by ingredient (you have fresh basil you need to get rid of? look under "Basil" for a list...
So chicken. The tuna of the land. So many ways to prepare it and this book explains a lot of them. It has a lot of recipes that can be made with ingredients that pretty much everyone has lying around. The recipes are explained pretty well and it tells you how to cut and prepare the chicken and what type of chicken to use with each dish. The guides on how to prepare the chicken for each dish were great because before getting this book my go to method was just to cube the chicken for every dish which isn't necessarily the best way to prepare it depending on what dish you want to make.
Some of the recipes are complicated and I had a bit of a hard time following them, but there are tons in the book that are manageable for amateur chefs without a great deal of kitchen experience. It was one of the first cookbooks I picked up in college and it was definitely worth it. I used it to prepare dinner at least once a night throughout my sophomore year so it was definitely a go to...
Already made a recipe that we love. These recipes are easy to follow and tasty!
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