For busy working mums, stay-at-home parents and singletons who want home cooked meals, these easy chicken recipes are a life saver. They can be whipped up quickly using easy-to-find ingredients. And they provide a nutritious, heartwarming meal for you and the family when you need it most.


Choosing the Right Chicken

Firstly, the choice of meat is important when cooking up a storm of healthy meals. Choose free-range chicken, where possible. They can be easily bought at your neighbourhood wet market. Just ask for a “kampung” version and the seller would charge you according to its weight.

Better yet, most sellers would even ask if you’d like your chicken skin-stripped and diced into smaller portions. Some buyers prefer the innards excluded but do keep them as ingredients for hearty soups.

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When tramping around the wet market scares you, choose your produce from your favourite hypermarket or supermarket. Take your pick from the choice of organic meats for a healthier choice. If price is at the heart of the matter, our local chicken is still one of the most affordable white meats in the market today.

Keen kitchen connoisseurs know the secret to choosing fresh meat. Fresh chicken is odourless. So, if there were any unpleasant smells with your meat, it’s not too fresh. Another indicator is the flesh should be firm and springy. When buying them in bulk, store them in air-tight containers or freezer bags in the freezer to preserve its freshness.

Why Chicken Is the Healthier Choice

Stay away from nuggets or processed meats, where possible. Nutritionists say that white meat is a leaner source of protein with a lower fat content. Compared to red meat, white meat provides niacin, phosphorus, B6, B12, Vitamin D, calcium, iron and zinc. It’s so easy to prepare that most master chefs have their own signature chicken dishes that will wow foodies all over. Here’s a list of recipes that you can cook for yourself, impress bae and even your in-laws when you need to.

  1. Chicken Stew to Warm Hearts Everywhere

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Dig in and chow down with this easy recipe adapted from TasteofHome.com for scrumptious family meals at any time.

  • Total time: Preparation – 15 mins. Cooking – 25 mins.
  • Makes: 4-6 servings

Ingredients:

  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • A dash of pepper
  • 900g boneless chicken meat cut into small pieces
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1 medium onion, sliced
  • 3 medium carrots, sliced
  • 2 medium potatoes, peeled and cut into cubes
  • Choice of add-on veggies if you like: sliced celery sticks or peas or diced pumpkin
  • 1 cup chicken broth made from boiling chicken bones and innards together
  • A tablespoon of ketchup
  • 1 tablespoon corn starch

Instructions:

  • In a large container, combine the flour, salt and pepper. Add chicken pieces and make sure the pieces are well coated.
  • In a large skillet or wok, melt butter. Cook chicken until juices run clear. Add onion and choice of preferred veggies. Cook for 3 minutes. Stir in potatoes and carrots.
  • In a small bowl, combine the chicken broth, ketchup and corn starch. Stir into wok. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat, cover and simmer for 15-20 minutes or until veggies are tender.
  • Serve with rice or lightly toasted French loaf bread.
  1. Nyonya Chicken Pongteh for a Taste of Tradition

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Created by chef, Chong Moi Eng who has more than 50 years of experience cooking traditional cuisine, this recipe has all the flavours of Peranakan heritage.

  • Total time: Preparation – 15 mins. Cooking – 30 mins.
  • Makes: 4-6 servings

Ingredients

  • 500g of chicken, scalded with hot water
  • 3 tablespoons of oil
  • 10 shallots, minced
  • 10 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 3 tablespoons of bean paste
  • 2 medium potatoes, cut into wedges
  • 1 tablespoon of light soya sauce
  • 1 tablespoon palm sugar (Gula Melaka) or brown sugar
  • 1.5 cups of water

Instructions

  • Heat oil in wok over medium-high heat. Fry garlic and shallots for 2-3 minutes until light golden brown.
  • Add in bean paste and stir fry for 2-3 minutes. Stir constantly. Add in chicken and stir to coat with the paste. Gradually add in water and potatoes.
  • Bring to a boil. Turn to medium-high heat and cook for 20 minutes. Stir in light soya sauce and palm sugar. Stir-fry till chicken and potatoes are cooked.
  • Serve with rice.
  1. Hearty Chicken Soup for the Soul

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In need of a comforting soup during the monsoon season? Then, this recipe adapted from the Food Network magazine soothes and satisfies all tummies.

Total time: Preparation – 15 mins. Cooking – 50 mins.

Makes: 4 servings

Ingredients:

  • 1 medium-sized chicken, cut into chunks
  • 4 cups of chicken broth, home made
  • 2 medium carrots, sliced into thick rounds
  • 2 celery stalks sliced into thick slices
  • 1 medium onion chopped
  • 2 tablespoons chopped parsley
  • Salt to taste

Instructions

  • Put the chicken meat and bones in a large pot. Cover with chicken broth and 4 cups of water. Bring to a boil on medium-high heat. Reduce to simmer and cook for 20 minutes. Skim any foam or fat from the broth with a ladle as necessary.
  • Remove the chicken chunks and bones with tongs. Set aside to cool. Add in carrots, celery and onion to the broth. Bring back to simmer and cook until vegetables are tender, about 10 minutes.
  • When chicken is cool, pick off the meat and shred to bite-sized pieces.
  • Add the meat to broth. Simmer for 1 minutes. Add 1/2 teaspoon salt, stir and serve hot.
  1. Chicken Curry to Spice Up Your Life

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Most Asians know that curries always taste better the next day. So, do make a big pot and save some for another day of tasty curry. Another popular dish by chef Chong Moi Eng, this recipe will suit all curry-lovers.

Total time: Preparation – 15 mins. Cooking – 30 mins.

Makes: 4-6 servings

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 medium-sized chicken, cut into pieces. Marinate with 2 tablespoons of light soya for 10 mins.
  • 3 medium potatoes cut into pieces and cooked in boiling water
  • 300g curry mix (store-bought curry powder or special mix from Indian spice shop)
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 2 pieces star anise
  • 6 shallots and garlic, blended
  • 300g coconut milk or dairy milk

Instructions

  • Heat up 1/2 cup of oil in wok. Stir-fry curry mix, cinnamon stick, star anise, blended shallots and garlic until fragrant. Add in some milk and fry well.
  • Place in chicken pieces and stir-fry over high heat till half cooked. Add in remaining milk and stir-fry for another 3 minutes.
  • Add in potatoes and 1 cup of water. Continue to cook for 10 mins. Serve hot.
  1. Pan-fried Chicken Wings to Savour

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Speedy yet so appetising, this recipe is created by Evon Kow, master chef in Asian cuisine with over 20 years experience in culinary arts. Little wonder that it’s easy to prepare and so delish.

Total time: Preparation – 10 mins. Cooking – 25 mins.

Makes: 4-6 servings

Ingredients:

  • 300g chicken wings
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • To make sauce: 1 tablespoon light soya sauce, 2 tablespoon oyster sauce, 1 tablespoon Chinese rice wine, 1/4 teaspoon dark soya sauce, 1 tablespoon honey, 1/2 cup water, 1 teaspoon corn flour

Instructions:

  • Marinate chicken with salt and pepper for 2 hours or overnight.
  • Heat up 1 tablespoon of oil and pan-fry wings until light brown on both sides.
  • Add in sauce mixture and simmer till wings are cooked.
  1. Grilled Chicken Caesar Salad for a Healthier You

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So tasty and refreshing, this recipe borrowed from Food Network magazine has all the ingredients for a nutritious salad.

  • Total time: Preparation – 15 mins. Cooking – 20 mins.
  • Makes: 4 servings

Ingredients:

  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil and a little more for brushing
  • 2 to 4 anchovy fillets, chopped (optional)
  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • Salt and pepper
  • 500g skin-on, boneless chicken breasts. Sliced length-wise
  • 4 slices Focaccia or whole-wheat Italian bread
  • 4 Romaine lettuce hearts, halved lengthwise
  • 3/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese

Instructions

  • Make the Caesar dressing. Chop 2 garlic cloves and puree with 1/2 cup of olive, lemon juice and anchovies in blender till smooth. Season with salt and pepper.
  • Season chicken with salt and pepper. Toss with 1 tablespoon of the Caesar dressing.
  • Preheat grill pan to medium-high. Grill chicken until golden brown and crisp, 3 to 4 minutes per side.
  • Brush the bread with olive oil on both sides and grill, turning until toasted, about 2 minutes. Rub with the remaining garlic clove.
  • Brush the Romaine lettuce with 1 to 2 tablespoons of the dressing and grill until marked. 1 to 2 minutes per side.
  • Chop the lettuce and transfer to salad bowl.
  • Cut the meat and bread into bite-size pieces and add to the bowl. Toss with the remaining dressing. Add the Parmesan cheese and pepper to taste. Garnish with more Parmesan.
  1. Lemon Chicken for a Zesty Meal

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Adapted from allrecipes.com, this is an all-time favourite for students living on campus and cooking in a communal kitchen. Also, it’s an easy, quick meal for travellers living in hostels with shared kitchen that’s equipped with an oven.

  • Total time: Preparation – 10 mins. Cooking – 45 mins.
  • Makes: 4 servings

Ingredients:

  • 3 large skinless, boneless chicken breast halves
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 2 lemons. juiced
  • 1/2 cup bread crumbs
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions:

  • Preheat oven to 175 degrees Celsius.
  • Arrange chicken breasts in a large baking dish. Pour water, olive oil and lemon juice over chicken. Sprinkle with bread crumbs, garlic powder, parsley and paprika. Season with salt and pepper. Cover baking dish with aluminium foil and cut a few slits in foil to vent.
  • Bake meats in preheated oven until no longer pink in the centre and juices run clear, about 45 minutes. Serve hot.

Eat Healthy, Be Healthy

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The healthier choice begins with you. Happy cooking! Tell us more of your delicious chicken recipes.

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