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Diabetes Forecast

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Chicken 6 Ways

Changing your cooking methods adds variety to your table

Recipe by Robyn Webb, MS, LN; photograph by Kyle Dreier; food styling by Whitney Kemp

1. Poaching

The chicken stays plump and juicy when gently cooked in water kissed with spicy pepper. Let the cooked chicken cool, then cube and mix it with the other salad ingredients.

Harvest Chicken Salad

2. Searing

A hot pan and just a little vegetable oil quickly seal the juicy flavor in and nicely brown the chicken. Robyn recommends using a heavy cast-iron pan, which retains heat and cooks evenly. Make sure the pan and oil are hot before you add the chicken.

Seared Chicken With Scallion-Ginger Sauce

3. Stir-Fry

This fast-cooking technique involves small pieces of food, just a little oil, a hot wok, and a cook who keeps things moving. That way, all sides of the food touch the hot pan surface, and not much oil is needed.

Chicken, Broccoli, and Red Pepper Stir-Fry

4. Grilling

This dry-heat method develops a tasty crust on foods. Although some people prefer to grill outside, a good grill pan makes it a technique that works indoors, too.

Grilled Chicken au Poivre

5. Braising

A covered Dutch oven or casserole dish seals in moisture and heat while the flavors of this cassoulet blend to create a savory comfort dish.

Chicken and Black Bean Cassoulet

6. Steaming

You can steam food over water or inside a sealed parchment paper packet. This delicate method of cooking retains juiciness and infuses food with flavor. And the packets are so fun to open at the table.

Steamed Chicken With White Wine and Basil

 
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