Freebie Friday: Chicken Tonight!

September 24, 2010 | By | Comments (29)

ChikenTonight Vegetarians, look away. For the rest of you, I give you the almighty, weeknight wonder: chicken. It never ceases to amaze me just how popular chicken recipes are for our readers, and with good reason. Chicken is an excellent source of protein, is extremely versatile, and, when prepared correctly, quite delicious. Every month, chicken rises to the top as the most-searched term on our site. Seriously. In December chicken beats out cookies. In November it beats out sweet potato casserole and stuffing.

But we've all done a disservice to the almighty bird at some point in our culinary lives, right? While a juicy roasted chicken is sublime, the line to dry and chewy is a long, hard fall. I've been there, done that. Thankfully, the right techniques and a few flavorful ingredients are all you need to make delicious chicken.

In a new Cooking Light cookbook, Chicken Tonight!, editors have gathered the best quick chicken recipes. A weeknight dream! We've also collected 100 of our favorite chicken dishes in our Weeknight Chicken Recipes online collection. And in the October issue of the magazine, the editors offer delicious 5-Ingredient chicken dishes from across the globe, including Greek-Style Skewers and Vietnamese Stir-Fry. All this is in effort to give you what you want: delicious chicken recipes.

Today we're giving away a copy of Chicken Tonight! Here's how it works:

Step 1: “Like” us on Facebook (use the Facebook box to the right and click “Like” if you don’t already like us).

Step 2: Describe for us here in 50 words or less your favorite chicken dish. Entries should be typed into the comments field of this blog post. Entries are due by Monday, September 27 at 11:59 a.m. EST.

Editors will select their favorite based on originality, creativity, and how well you address our question. Winner will be notified via email by October 1, 2010. For full contest rules, click here.

 P.S.: Congrats to the winner of our last giveaway. Mary Catherine has this to say about her weeknight cooking routine:

"As a full time working mom, getting out of the kitchen in 20 minutes is a dream, provided the meal is tasty and nutritious. After all, the day doesn't end at dinner. I still have to transform into superhero sidekick while simultaneously slaying dragons, fighting bad guys and conquering armies!"


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    […] Freebie Friday: Chicken Tonight! – Simmer & Boil | – Cooking Light – Vegetarians, look away. For the rest of you, I give you the almighty, weeknight wonder: chicken. It never ceases to amaze me just how popular chicken recipes are for our readers, and with good reason. […]

    November 7, 2012 at 5:22 pm
  2. adminor

    I always love Chicken! In my country, Indonesia, there’s a food call “Soto Ayam”. OMG this food make me crazy! And one thing else.. this food is healthy food

    January 22, 2011 at 7:59 am
  3. Britiney @ Consider the Lilies

    My favorite chicken dish is your Buttery Herbed Chicken from Superfast Suppers. My whole family LOVES it!!

    September 27, 2010 at 6:07 pm
  4. Deanna

    I’ll write about my husband’s favorite chicken recipe-Ritz Chicken. He loves it so much that he makes it. He loves this dish because the ingredients are: chicken breast, sour cream, ritz crackers and some butter. Not exactly light (but can be lighter if you use light sour cream and less butter on top and perhaps light ritz crackers). But it is nice and crunchy.

    September 25, 2010 at 1:31 am
  5. Amanda

    Chicken thighs roasted with chicken broth, lemon juice, smashed garlic cloves and fresh rosemary. Thicken pan juices with wondra flour for a great gravy.

    September 24, 2010 at 4:18 pm
  6. Monica Krausse

    My mom’s DelMarVa chicken: Dot pieces with butter, top with honey and white wine, and bake. Serve over rice. Want lots of sauce? Use lots of honey, butter and wine. (I’ll also add fruit — apples, oranges, grapes, whatever — before baking.)

    September 24, 2010 at 3:54 pm
  7. Erin

    I absolutely love the walnut “fried” chicken recipe. Nice and crispy and TONS of flavour!

    September 24, 2010 at 3:52 pm
  8. Diane Watson

    My families favorite chicken dish is Pizza Chicken! It is quick to make with only 4 ingredients! It can be thrown together in a jiffy and bakes in a 1/2 hour. Throw a salad and some bread with it and you have a VERY quick meal! YUM!

    September 24, 2010 at 3:30 pm
  9. Tiffany Smith

    My family’s favorite Chicken Dish is Asian Barbeque Chicken. It’s boneless skinless chicken thighs marinated overnight in LS Soy Sauce, crushed red pepper, brown sugar, lime juice, curry and garlic. Then cooked on the grill while basting with the cooked marinade. Our all-time favorite with rice and a salad!!!!

    September 24, 2010 at 3:08 pm
  10. Gayle

    Classically simple – Chicken Picatta. Chicken breasts pounded flat and seasoned with salt and pepper, sautéed with olive oil. The magic is in the incredible sauce: remove the cooked chicken and keep warm while lemon juice, vermouth and capers pick up the pan’s browned bits and condense down to wonderful goodness!

    September 24, 2010 at 2:45 pm
  11. pupton

    My favorite chicken recipe is adapted from a chicken enchilada recipe from Cooking Light, August 2001. It uses a tomatillo based sauce instead of a red sauce. Yummmm!

    September 24, 2010 at 2:34 pm
  12. Debbi B

    CHICKEN TIKKA MASALA! My daughter really got into Indian take-out food. Never having cooked Indian food before, I found a great recipe and perfected the dish. My daughter LOVES it! And it saves us alot of money on take-out!

    September 24, 2010 at 2:24 pm
  13. Jenn A

    We love oven-baked chicken tenders at our house. They take longer than 20 minutes but taste like a treat no matter what.

    September 24, 2010 at 2:22 pm
  14. Heather

    I love use skinless boneless breast, cut a pocket into it and stuff it w/ mozzarella and onions/garlic i sautéed. Roll it in bread crumbs and bake it. I top it w/ sundried tomatoes, basil and what ever else I have on hand I want to add.

    September 24, 2010 at 2:22 pm
  15. Michelle

    Chicken spaghetti with a twist! (my daughter named it:) chicken breast seasoned with garlic & pepper. can of diced tomatoes. slivered almonds, chickpeas, cayenne pepper, garlic, pepper, chives, spinach, mix it all together on the stove with spaghetti noodles & serve warm. top with shredded asiago cheese super yummy!

    September 24, 2010 at 2:00 pm
  16. Lisette Garza

    Chicken Parmegian is the best, i love the dredging in flour/egg/breadcrumbs and how quickly it cooks up. A slight crunch and then into juicy tender chicken. It’s a C.L recipe also! It’s my goto dish for friends and family!

    September 24, 2010 at 1:59 pm
  17. Diane

    Chicken Paprikash is my favorite chicken dish. It reminds me of being a kid again in my Mother’s kitchen while she was preparing this dish she learned from her father. The smells of the chicken and paprika cooking brings back memories of their love of good food and family.

    September 24, 2010 at 1:59 pm
  18. Jeri

    My favorite chicken recipe is putting chicken in the slow cooker, season it, add spaghetti sauce and let it cook for 6 hours, then I cook spaghetti noodles. When the chicken is done, put noodles on plate and put chicken and sauce over it. Serve with salad and optional Italian bread. My family loves when I cook this

    September 24, 2010 at 1:46 pm
  19. Tracy

    Our family favorite is to take the seasoning from the Cooking Light recipe for Cajun Flank Steak and use it on chicken breasts. We flavor five or six breasts, grill them, then use throughout the week in salads, tacos, and even on pizza.

    September 24, 2010 at 1:44 pm
  20. Adam Phillabaum

    This is a fav that I learned from my mom: chicken thighs marinated in teriyaki sauce for 30+ minutes, then thrown on the BBQ. A side of carrots, cabbage, and whatever steamed with some teriyaki sauce. Rice. Hawaiian BBQ, all you need is a Longboard Lager to go along with it.

    September 24, 2010 at 1:44 pm
  21. DN Rea

    My favorite is to lay out a sheet of foil, spray with nonstick spray; take slice potatoes and make a one serving mound, place a chix breast on top sprinkled with taco seasoning and then mexican cheese. Wrap up and bake at 350 for 45 minutes. Serve with taco sauce and sour cream. Easy cleanup.

    September 24, 2010 at 1:32 pm
  22. Ann

    It’s hard to choose just one, but I think my favorite chicken dish is the honey mustard “fried” chicken from Cooking Light. It was baked, not fried, but has a wonderful cornflake coating like fried chicken. I haven’t made it in years but it is SO delicious!

    September 24, 2010 at 1:22 pm
  23. Jonell

    Take a boneless, skinless chicken breast and make a slit in the meatiest part. Fill with a ricotta, mozzarella, basil, Italian season mixture. Secure with a toothpick. Top with marinara sauce and bake for 25-30 minutes in a 350 degree oven. Top with mozzarella and fresh basil. Bon appetito!

    September 24, 2010 at 1:22 pm
  24. Carrie

    My favorite way to cook chicken is to “stir fry” it with peppers and carrots and serve it over pasta. I use olive oil for the “sauce” and lots of garlic! Top with Parmesan cheese!

    September 24, 2010 at 1:21 pm
  25. Beth Cummings

    I adore a good roasted chicken panini! I like to mix it up, but my favorite is chicken, goat cheese, coarse grain mustard, mushrooms and spinach. Yum, yum, yum.

    September 24, 2010 at 1:19 pm
  26. sharon

    fav way to cook is panko crusted bread crumbs, and bake it…quick and easy, we also marinate it with a tasty mango salad dressing sometimes for a diff. taste and bake it…YUM

    September 24, 2010 at 1:18 pm
  27. Mandarin026

    My favorite Chicken recipe, especially on a week night. Would have to be made in 45 minutes or less, preferably only dirtying 3 or less pots, and something that both my ever so picky husband and 2 yr old want more of! Off the top of my head I’m thinking Chicken Alfredo or Chicken Parm, my boys are big fans of Sauces and Cheese!!

    September 24, 2010 at 1:15 pm
  28. Virginia Lee

    I make a lower fat chicken casserole with broccoli, rice, and cheeses that freezes beautifully so I make it in a huge pan to cut into portions for freezing. Perfect for days I don’t feel like cooking. Hint: make the rice w/chicken stock!

    September 24, 2010 at 1:15 pm
  29. michelle b.

    My favorite way to cook chicken is to dredge it in store-bought pesto sauce and then cover it in bread crumbs. Brown it in a pan with olive oil and then finish cooking in the oven. It’s fantastic and so easy!

    September 24, 2010 at 1:14 pm

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