Love chicken but tired of the same old recipes? We’ve gathered some of the cheapest, most convenient, and tastiest chicken recipes that can be made with a slow cooker, in the oven, or on the stove. There’s enough variety in these 50 dishes to incorporate chicken into the weekly menu and still keep the family from groaning, "Chicken again?"
This barbecue chicken dish is an inexpensive way to deliver satisfying party food for a crowd. A slow cooker does all the work -- just add the ingredients, press a button, and wait. While this recipe calls for breasts, thighs work just as well, cost less, and add more flavor.
Recipe: Natasha’s Kitchen
Cooks can use bone-in or boneless chicken for this crowd-pleasing recipe, but it’s important that the pieces still have their skin.The additional step of searing the chicken, skin side down, in a stovetop pan before cooking develops a deeper flavor.
Recipe: Damn Delicious
The base of the sauce in this Indian restaurant favorite is made from household staples such as tomato paste, crushed tomatoes, garlic, and onion. The only specialty ingredient is garam masala, which is easily found at most grocery stores. A slow cooker is used to make this inexpensive classic.
Recipe: Real Simple
While a traditional Cobb salad depends on expensive ingredients such as avocado and bacon, emphasizing larger portions of cheaper ingredients such as chicken, eggs, and greens should offset the price. For the bite-size chicken pieces, it’s possible to use leftovers.
Recipe: Cooking Light
The butter and hot sauce used to season these spicy chicken legs is the same base used for a traditional hot wing sauce. Because the chicken is braised, the texture is tender rather than crisp, although finishing the legs in an oven or under the broiler helps crisp up the skin.
African flavors become easier by letting the slow cooker mimic the hours-long slow simmer that this dish would otherwise require. The combination of warm spices and curry powder with creamy peanut butter and chicken is worth the wait.
Recipe: Genius Kitchen
Jerk chicken has a reputation for being difficult to make, likely because of the vast array of spices needed for an authentic-tasting dish. But it uses aromatics as common as garlic, allspice, ginger, scallions, thyme, cardamom, and habanero chilis. A slow cooker make it easier.
Recipe: Bakers Royale
Try something different by marinating chicken in a rich and completely unexpected mixture of coffee, brown sugar, red pepper, and other spices. Try using drumsticks, but any dark meat works well. If serving the whole family, consider skipping the spicier ingredients.