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29 Ways To Cook Chicken On A Stovetop

29 Ways To Cook Chicken On A Stovetop

Chicken gets a bad rap for being overexposed. But for easy, healthy dinners, it’s hard to beat. Come summer, though, things get tricky. Roasting a chicken is out of the question because cranking up your oven for two hours when it’s ninety degrees outside is masochism. As for grilling — all the amazing looking chicken recipes on food blogs this time of year are grilled — which is really annoying if you don’t own a grill, btw.

The best option for many people? Stovetop. Cooking chicken on a stovetop is a little intimidating, though, and it shouldn’t be. Follow these recipes and check out a few more tips at the bottom of the post. WE CAN’T LET THE HEAT AND THE PEOPLE WITH GORGEOUS OUTDOOR SPACE AND GRILLS WIN!

Use breasts or thighs.

Breasts (left, center): Should be boneless. And usually without skin. You can also slice them into smaller pieces or buy them pre-sliced.
Thighs (right): Bone-in or boneless, skin on or skinless, whole or cut up. They are magic.

If you use breasts, you have 3 options.

Option 1 (left): Pound out (or butterfly) a full boneless chicken breast to an even thickness. This way, it will cook evenly on the skillet.
Option 2 (center): Cut it into smaller pieces (or, you can buy it pre-cut) and sear in skillet.
Option 3 (right): Poach whole or sliced chicken breasts — meaning, gently simmer them in some delicious liquid with spices and herbs.

If you use thighs, anything goes.

Pan-seared chicken thighs (direction here) with the skin on and the bone in are so delicious any which way. Or, you can buy boneless skinless thighs, which are great cut-up in stir fries (pictured right).

1. Chicken Scallopini with White Wine Tomato Sauce

Chicken Scallopini with White Wine Tomato Sauce

Recipe here.

Source: gourmet.com

2. Firecracker Chicken

Firecracker Chicken

You have no excuse to order takeout. Recipe here.

Source: trap.it

3. Poached Chicken Salad Sandwiches

Poached Chicken Salad Sandwiches

Recipe here.

4. Bacon-Wrapped Chicken Tenders

Bacon-Wrapped Chicken Tenders

Four ingredients. One pan. No sweat. Recipe here.

5. Garlic Chicken Pasta with Spinach

Garlic Chicken Pasta with Spinach

Bowties are the cutest. Recipe here.

6. Chicken Tikka Masala

Chicken Tikka Masala

For days when something simple just won’t do. Recipe here.

7. Pinot Grigio Chicken with Honey Citrus Glaze

Pinot Grigio Chicken with Honey Citrus Glaze

Use a cast iron skillet, or get indoor grill marks with a grill pan. Recipe here.

8. Chicken with Artichokes and Angel Hair

Chicken with Artichokes and Angel Hair

Recipe here.

9. Thai Ginger Chicken Salad

Thai Ginger Chicken Salad

Recipe here.

10. Lettuce Cups with Stir-Fried Chicken

Lettuce Cups with Stir-Fried Chicken

It’s bikini season, after all. Recipe here.

11. Chicken and Mushroom Marsala

Chicken and Mushroom Marsala

If you think you don’t like marsala, you’ve never tasted it done right. Recipe here.

12. Quick Chicken and Vegetable Stew with Grits

Quick Chicken and Vegetable Stew with Grits

For a rainy summer day. Recipe here.

13. Chicken and Sugar Snap Pea Stir-Fry

Chicken and Sugar Snap Pea Stir-Fry

This entire dish needs to be on the heat for about 8 minutes. Recipe here.

14. Simple Chicken Quesadillas

Simple Chicken Quesadillas

Marinating the chicken in pineapple juice before cooking makes it super tender. Recipe here.

15. Chinese Chicken Salad

Chinese Chicken Salad

Recipe here.

16. Chicken Fajitas with Thai Mango Slaw and Coconut Rice

Chicken Fajitas with Thai Mango Slaw and Coconut Rice

Recipe here.

17. Cashew Chicken

Cashew Chicken

Recipe here.

18. Pot Roasted Chicken

Pot Roasted Chicken

An oven-free hack for when your roast chicken cravings get the better of you. Recipe here.

Source: pbs.org

19. Chicken Pad Thai

Chicken Pad Thai

Step 1: buy a bottle of fish sauce. Step 2: realize how amazing it is and proceed to put it in everything you cook. Recipe here.

20. Orange Glazed Chicken Tenders

Orange Glazed Chicken Tenders

Recipe here.

21. Chicken Milanese with Corn and Tomato Summer Salad

Chicken Milanese with Corn and Tomato Summer Salad

HOT TIP: Microwave un-husked corn on high for 3 minutes, and save yourself the hassle of boiling a pot of water. Recipe here.

Source: thekitchn.com

22. Poached Chicken, Pear, and Walnut Salad

Poached Chicken, Pear, and Walnut Salad

If you’re feeling fancy. Recipe here.

23. Habanero Chicken Tacos

Habanero Chicken Tacos

Two more, please. Recipe here.

24. Chicken Paella

Chicken Paella

Yes, there’s seafood in there. The best part about paella, though, is that you can use whatever kind of meat you want. Recipe here.

25. Coconut Poached Chicken and Mango Salad

Coconut Poached Chicken and Mango Salad

PSA: chicken salad does not have to involve dangerous amounts of mayonnaise. Recipe here.

Source: taste.com.au

26. Balsamic Poached Chicken

Balsamic Poached Chicken

Recipe here.

27. Spinach and Chicken Curry

Spinach and Chicken Curry

Recipe here.

28. Summer Vegetable and Chicken Hash

Summer Vegetable and Chicken Hash

Breakfast for dinner! Recipe here.

29. Coconut Crunch Chicken Strips

Coconut Crunch Chicken Strips

A kids meal that finally decided to grown up. Recipe here.

Christine ByrneBuzzFeed Staff

Chicken gets a bad rap for being overexposed. But for easy, healthy dinners, it’s hard to beat. Come summer, though, things get tricky. Roasting a chicken is out of the question because cranking up your oven for two hours when it’s ninety degrees outside is masochism. As for grilling — all the amazing looking chicken …

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