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Chicken Dance

Michelle Obama's Dinner Rules

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Ginger Chicken

© Lucy Schaeffer / Ginger Chicken

Today, Michelle Obama's American Grown: The Story of the White House Kitchen Garden and Gardens Across America hits shelves across the country–with proceeds going to the National Parks Foundation. The first lady's first book not only details the progress of her garden, but also includes advice on raising a healthy family. In an interview on NPR's Morning Edition, Obama discussed some of her family diet rules: infrequent desserts, lots of vegetables and no white rice–only brown. While a home garden inspired by Obama's work at the White House will take time to flourish, you can implement some of her tips tonight by making Ginger-Marinated Chicken with Onions and Peppers. Served over brown rice, the healthy chicken and vegetables get an added layer of flavor from a touch of honey.

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Presidential Indulgences

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Juicy Grilled Chicken with Sweet Mustard Barbecue Sauce

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Grilled Chicken

© Reed Davis / Grilled Chicken

Requiring just a bit of forethought and nil active time, marinades are an ideal way to prep grilled foods to become ultra flavorful and juicy. An overnight marinade is key to Mississippi chef John Currence’s Grilled Chicken with Sweet Mustard Barbecue Sauce. He covers quartered birds in a rich blend of molasses, olive oil, port wine, mustard, soy sauce, pepper, Worcestershire and minced shallot. Before grilling, Currence brushes the prepped chicken pieces with a barbecue sauce made with sweet, fragrant, hot and tangy ingredients like brown sugar, coffee, Tabasco sauce and that cookout staple, yellow mustard.

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A Top Chef Master’s Mustard-Glazed Chicken

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Mustard-Glazed Chicken

© Tina Rupp / Mustard-Glazed Chicken

Today, Bravo announced the fourth season lineup for Top Chef Masters, premiering on July 25 at 10 p.m. ET. Twelve talented contestants will include nose-to-tail enthusiast Chris Cosentino of L.A.'s Incanto, NYC master of Mexican cuisine Sue Torres from Sueños, and Takashi Yagihashi, an F&W Best New Chef 2000 who owns Takashi and a new yakitori joint called Slurping Turtle in Chicago. A force to be reckoned with, Yagihashi often applies classic French techniques to Asian ingredients as in his Mustard-Glazed Chicken with Arugula and Bok Choy. While Yagihashi's original recipe called for cooking the bok choy in butter and generously dressing the salad, F&W’s healthier version cuts the amount of fat used for the bok choy and features a light and flavorful salad dressing combing oil, soy sauce and rice wine vinegar.

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The Future of Ketchup

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Chicken Wings

© Reed Davis / Chicken Wings

Pounding on the end of a glass ketchup bottle in an attempt to score the last of the Heinz may soon be a thing of the past. A team of mechanical engineers at MIT developed a new substance called LiquiGlide that may pave the way to effortless ketchup application. PhD candidate Dave Smith explained the coating to Fast Company: “It’s rigid like a solid, but it’s lubricated like a liquid.” Fascinating. When bottles are coated with the slippery substance, thick sauces like ketchup slip out with ease, leaving absolutely nothing clinging to the bottle. If the technology is adopted by companies, consumers will need to know how to use up all that extra ketchup. We suggest Ray Lampe’s Chicken Wings with Sweet-and-Spicy Pantry Sauce made with ketchup, mustard, hot sauce, soy sauce and brown sugar.

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Chicken Souvlaki Rules

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Chicken Souvlaki

© Melanie Acevedo / Chicken Souvlaki

There's a reason F&W created this daily recipe series dedicated to chicken: it's one of the world's favorite meals. In a wonderfully titled article called "How the Chicken Conquered the World," the June issue of The Smithsonian delves into the history of how this popular bird moved to the center of the global dinner plate. According to the piece, chickens may even take credit for the rise of the Western civilization. The legend states that en route to battle encroaching Persian forces in the fifth century B.C., Athenian general Themistocles gave his men a pep talk inspired by two roosters fighting by the side of the road; the birds' aggressive display motivated the Greeks to fight to win. Tonight's suggestion of easy Chicken Souvlaki honors those ancient Greek chickens.

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Blog-Worthy Chicken Burgers

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Chicken Burgers

© David De Vleeschauwer / Chicken Burgers

These days, even Scottish nine-year-olds have blogs. At NeverSeconds, Martha Payne rates her school lunches using a "Food-o-meter" with categories that include the number of mouthfuls eaten, a health rating, price and pieces of hair found. Payne gave her most recent chicken grill (a.k.a chicken burger) a nine-out-of-ten with no hairs to report. We think Grace Parisi’s Chicken Burgers with Spicy Peanut Sauce can beat that. Ready in just 30 minutes, the burgers get an added kick from chile powder, onions and the Indian spice mix garam masala.

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What to Expect When You're Expecting's Anna Kendrick Loves Fried Chicken

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Crispy Buttermilk Fried Chicken

© Tina Rupp

Actress Anna Kendrick plays a food truck cook in What to Expect When You’re Expecting, the parenting comedy that opens nationwide today. Off-screen, she’s a bona fide baking fanatic and, recently, a fried chicken fiend. “It’s hard to believe, but I recently tried fried chicken for the first time, at South City Kitchen in Atlanta. I didn’t eat it as a kid, and I just never thought to order it. I had no idea what I’d been missing!” Kendrick would likely love Grace Parisi's amazingly crispy buttermilk fried chicken.

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Healthy and Affordable Spicy Pita Pockets

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Pita Pockets

© Ashley Rodriguez / Pita Pockets

A new study from the U.S. Department of Agriculture shows that eating healthy is not more expensive then eating junk food. Economists analyzed the price per calorie, price by weight and price per average serving for over 4,000 foods. When it came to fruits and vegetables, the researchers found that the price "per average portion consumed" was a better value than less healthy snack foods and sugary items. NPR’s food blog, The Salt, suggests that when you’re trying to get the most nutritional value for the money you should use legumes like beans or lentils: they’re filling, high in protein and very affordable. These spicy pita pockets are stuffed with roasted chicken, bulgar and delicious lentils. Topped with a tangy tahini sauce, the pita pockets make a fast and filling weeknight dinner or a brown bag lunch.

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Superfast Chicken and Black Bean Burritos

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Chicken Burritos

© Todd Porter & Diane Cu / Chicken Burritos

In honor of Goya Foods' recent partnership with Michelle Obama in the “MiPlato” campaign, which helps foster healthy eating habits in Hispanic communities, the Huffington Post published a brief history of the brand's rise from humble beginnings to massive success over the last 75 years. While Goya sells 1,600 products, it's mostly known for 38 varieties of beans. One 15-ounce can of black beans, plus scallions, lemon juice, cumin and salt are all you need to make the piquant salsa for these fast and easy chicken burritos.

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Quick Mexican Dishes
Healthy Mexican Recipes

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Alexandra Guarnaschelli's First Cookbook

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Braised Chicken Legs

© Tina Rupp / Braised Chicken Legs

In an interview with Food Republic, Alexandra Guarnaschelli—host of Food Network's Alex's Day Off and chef at NYC's trendy restaurants Butter and The Darby—reveals that she is working on her first cookbook, which should be released some time next year. Guarnaschelli says she waited longer than might be expected for a chef with TV cred because her mother is legendary W.W. Norton cookbook editor Maria Guarnaschelli. “If your mother was Steven Spielberg, you wouldn't direct a movie, right?” the chef explains. “It's daunting.” While Maria Guarnaschelli is not likely to be involved in the publication, her presence may be felt in some of the recipes. Chef Guarnaschelli's healthy Spice-Braised Chicken Legs with Red Wine and Tomato are inspired by a dish her mom used to make, and can be prepared ahead of time and reheated for an easy family dinner.

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