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Chicken Recipes

Flavorful, moist, buxom marinated chicken breasts. Unbelievably juicy and tasty turkey. Mouth-watering duck. These recipes will win you a prize at the local competition or amaze your tailgate crew at the big game. We have a recipe for everyone and from everywhere from tangy Buffalo wings to Asian inspired dishes that deftly balance sweet, salty, savory, and heat. Why? Because Americans buy more chicken than any other meat and chicken consumption per capita has increased steadily since the 1960s. It is estimated that we average 26 chickens per man, woman, and child per year.

Barbecue Chicken Made Easy: Everything You Need To Know About Amazing Chicken On the Grill And Smoker E-Book

With “Barbecue Chicken Made Easy: Everything You Need To Know About Amazing Chicken On the Grill & Smoker” by Meathead and Brigit Binns, you can master the art of perfectly grilled and smoked chicken. Say goodbye forever to charred skin, burnt sauce and undercooked meat. Explore chicken recipes, tips, and so much more.
Grilled Buffalo wings on a plate

No Mess Crispy Grilled Buffalo Wings

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Meathead

Grilling Buffalo wings may sound like blasphemy but the results from this non-deep fried twist are simply amazing. By cooking this All-American Classic on the grill, you avoid the deep frying mess while also adding a deep, smoky flavor. The Buffalo wings start with indirect smoke before being crisped over direct heat.
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Miso wings on a plate

Smoked Miso Wings Take Any Party Over The Top

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Clint Cantwell

Yes, Buffalo sauce tastes great on hot wings, but try some Asian flavors on your chicken wings with the deep, savory flavors of miso, sesame oil, and wood smoke. This recipe leans heavily on miso paste, a traditional Japanese ingredient rich in umami, the rich meaty savory flavor.
Frying chicken

Make This Fried Chicken Recipe On The Grill And Skip The Mess!

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Meathead

Fried chicken is easy to do on the grill with no mess, no smell, and no smoke alarms. Plus, the grill grate serves as a rack for drip drying the fried chicken. Give it a try with this recipe roughly based on KFC fried chicken!
Nashville hot chicken in serving basket

Nashville Hot Chicken: Fiery, Juicy, And Made At Home

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Meathead

Nashville Hot Chicken is fried chicken for people who like it spicy. Variations include crispy fried chicken that is dipped, brushed, or showered with some kind of hot pepper mixture. Some even put hot pepper in the fry oil. Here is our twist on the traditional recipe, including taking the deep frying outdoors!
Simon and Garfunkel rubbed grilled chicken

World Famous Simon & Garfunkel Grilled Chicken Recipe

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Meathead

Grilled chicken has never tasted better thanks to this recipe featuring our amazing Simon & Garfunkel Dry Rub, a wonderful herb based rub that is great on chicken, turkey, and veggies. As with most grilled chicken recipes, we recommend you cut the bird into parts so that you can ensure each is cooked to perfection.
Chickens dunked in Alabama white BBQ sauce at Big Bob Gibsons

Big Bob Gibson’s Bama Birds With White BBQ Sauce Recipe

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Meathead

Packed full of flavor, this recipe for Alabama white BBQ sauce is the perfect addition to grilled and smoked chicken. Adapted from the original white BBQ sauce that was created by famed Big Bob Gibson Bar-B-Que in Decatur, Alabama, this isn't your ordinary sticky sweet BBQ sauce as it relies on mayonnaise and vinegar.
Grilled Cornell chicken

Crispy Grilled Cornell Chicken Will Have You Clucking With Joy

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Meathead

If you like grilled chicken with golden crispy skin then you're about to fall in love with this recipe for crispy grilled Cornell chicken. In New York's Finger lakes, Bob Baker's famous Crispy Cornell Chicken recipe is served in every home, every fire department cookout, and little league BBQ and now you can enjoy it!
Smoked chicken quarter

Sweet Georgia’s Brown Smoked Chicken Recipe, Parts Or Pulled

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Meathead

You've never truly had BBQ chicken until you bite into this recipe for smoked chicken, Georgia style.
Grilled huli huli chicken

Having A Luau? Here’s The Easiest Hawaiian Huli-Huli Chicken Recipe Ever

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Meathead

If you like teriyaki chicken, you'll flip for this Hawaiian Huli-Huli Chicken. Let's make this dish more popular on the mainland.
Plated grilled spatchcocked chicken

Grilled Citrus Herb Spatchcocked Chicken Recipe

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Clint Cantwell

If you’ve been frustrated by unsuccessful grilled chicken, this recipe for citrus herb rubbed spatchcocked chicken will be a revelation. By removing the backbone and grilling it bone-side down, the chicken slow roasts without drying out or burning while also making sure the dark and white meat cook evenly.

Beer Can Chicken Recipe: There Are Better Ways To Cook Chicken

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Meathead

Beer Can Chicken is not a good way to cook chicken. Here's why, and how you can make better roast chicken.

The Best Competition Chicken Ever, Tips from Top Competitors

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Greg Rempe

If you're planning on entering a BBQ contest then this guide to smoking perfect award winning chicken is a must read. Ask competitors which category keeps them staring at the ceiling at night, and most will answer "chicken." From prep to flavor profiles, here is what's competition teams are doing with chicken.
Competition BBQ chicken thighs in a turn-in box

Never Before Revealed, The Award Winning BBQ Competition Chicken Recipe, Iowa’s Smokey D’s Style

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Clint Cantwell

Discover how to create perfect award-winning competition BBQ chicken with this tested recipe from Darren Warth of Iowa’s Smokey D’s BBQ. Arguably the hottest team on the barbecue cooking circuit, Iowa's Smokey D's guide you through the various steps involved in creating amazing 1st place worthy grilled chicken thighs!
Grilled whole chicken

How to Spatchcock and Butterfly Chicken And Turkey

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Meathead

Spatchcocking, or butterflying, a whole turkey, chicken or any other bird is a great way to make moist, delicious birds that are browned all over and evenly cooked in less time. It's a simple matter of cutting out the bird's backbone, a deboning process that is easy and painless with good kitchen or poultry shears.
Grilled boneless chicken breasts

You’ve Never Experienced Better Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts

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Meathead

There's no reason to settle any longer for dry, flavorless grilled boneless skinless chicken breasts. The secret? My famous mustard marinade.

Perfect Grilled Boneless Chicken Breasts, The Sous-Vide-Que Method

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Clint Cantwell

Ensure moist and tender boneless chicken breasts on the grill every time with this ultimate guide to the sous-vide-que cooking method. By starting the boneless chicken breasts in a low and slow sous vide water bath then finishing them with a flavorful touch of smokiness on the grill and you've got chicken perfection.
Chicken piccata

Classic Chicken Piccata Done In A Few Simple Steps

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Meathead

A rich pan sauce comprised on butter, lemon, wine, and capers amplifies plain chicken breasts exponentially.

How To Carve A Chicken Or Turkey

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Meathead

Carving a turkey or chicken needn't be a chore. Once you understand the bird's architecture, you can easily dismantle it.
grill frying chicken

How To Fry – And Here’s The Genius – Do it On Your Grill!

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Meathead

Here's why and how you should fry foods on your gas grill. Outside on a gas grill, you don't have to worry about the smell, the smoke alarm, or oil spattering on the stove and counters. And you never have undercooked chicken.
Chicken spiedini on the grill

Chicken Spiedini Cordon Bleu Takes Skewers to Another Level

Spiedini are Italian skewers, and this recipe adds the flavors of French chicken cordon bleu but with Spanish Serrano ham and Manchego cheese rolled in chicken. No matter how you slice it, you get tons of flavor in every bite!
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sausage on grill grate

Chicken Sausage Recipe with Simon & Garfunkel Rub That Will Have You Telling All That The Sky Is Falling

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Chef Ryan

Store bought chicken sausage has nothing on this flavorful homemade version featuring our signature Simon and Garfunkel rub. This recipe makes a fine link, but it can also be crumbled and mixed in with a creamy pasta sauce, used as the topping on a white pizza, and made into meatballs for chicken soup.
Tortilla soup in a bowl

A Chicken Tortilla Soup Recipe That Warms The Soul

Winter, spring, summer, or fall, all you have to do is call for a bowl of this soul warming Mexican style chicken tortilla soup!
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Jamaican jerk chicken drumsticks plated

Take A Trip To The Caribbean With These Sticky Jamaican Drumsticks

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Henrik Oscarsson

This recipe has the flavor and flair of Jamaican jerk chicken minus the heat normally associated with it. It is packed with tons of sweet, savory, complementary, and contrasting flavors. Serve with Jamaican rice and peas.
chicken skin and chicken thigh sandwich

Chicken Skin Cracklins Are The Zero Waste Snack You’ve Been Craving

By:

Meathead

Don't throw away those chicken skins! Cook them up into crispy, savory cracklins to snack on or serve as a garnish with the cooked poultry. It's easy. This recipe shows you two methods for making any poultry cracklins on the grill or in a frying pan. Plus recipes for chicken bacon, schmaltz and gribenes!
Paella cooking on the grill

Paella Recipe: The National Dish Of Spain Began Outdoors And You Can Cook It Outdoors

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Meathead

Paella, the national dish of Spain, is a fabulous dish for preparing on the grill. A fabulously flavored rice dish, paella has many variations including this chicken and sausage paella recipe. Presented with fanfare and flourish with a pinwheel of colors and shapes, paella is a sure fire showstopper for your cookouts.

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Published On: 4/24/2019 Last Modified: 4/14/2021


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