© 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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© 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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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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© 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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© 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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Spanish chef Ferran Adrià of El Bulli fame turns 50 today. The legendary chef earned a reputation for developing advanced cooking techniques like spherification (imagine liquid olives), but for his birthday, we think he'd like something simpler that reflects his Catalan roots. Adrià's Rotisserie Chicken with Dried Fruit and Pine Nuts is a superfast version of a traditionally long-simmered stew. This 15-minute dish combines store-bought rotisserie chicken with a fruit-and-nut sauce flavored with delicious poultry drippings.
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© Tina Rupp / Chicken Fricassee
If you’re still undecided about what to do with your mother this Sunday, plan an elegant lunch or dinner at home. Chef and mom Katy Sparks created a vibrant Lemony Chicken Fricassee with Shallots and Morels that comes together in 30 minutes. By crisping the chicken in butter first, she adds quick flavor to the dish, which makes an ultra springy dinner party centerpiece. If saving family time doesn't appeal, David Bouley's Pot-Roasted Chicken with Mushrooms requires just over an hour of cooking for those who'd rather stay occupied in the kitchen while relatives sit back with refreshing cocktails.
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© Iain Bagwell / Couscous with Chicken
Chips and pretzels are so pedestrian. At this year’s Sweets & Snacks Expo in Chicago, the New York Daily News reports that new, trendy snacks included healthier options like sheets of seaweed, freeze-dried mango and roasted, seasoned chickpeas. Those wanting to get a jump on the trend can make F&W’s recipe for Crispy Chickpeas at home in just half an hour. Of course, garbanzo beans can be more than just a snack. This Moroccan-style Couscous with Chicken and Chickpeas makes a fast and flavorful weeknight meal.
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© John Kernick / Bacon-Wrapped Chicken
Danny Meyer is looking to take his restaurant empire to new heights. According to the New York Times, the Shake Shack mogul submitted a bid (along with six other companies) to operate 1 World Trade Center's forthcoming observation deck, which will be the highest of its kind in New York City. At 1,200 above street level, the observatory will offer views that stretch far beyond the city into New Jersey and Westchester, but given Meyer's reputation for superb restaurants, the draw would be for more than just the view if he secures the space. Home cooks can recreate recipes from Meyer’s inspired restaurants, like these quick Bacon-Wrapped Chicken Breasts from Gramercy Tavern. The chicken is basted with butter and topped with a rich sauce made from pureed chicken livers for a hearty mid-week meal.
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