Chicken dishes with a difference

  • By
    Lily Barclay - Senior writer - bbcgoodfood.com

Whether you are entertaining or simply looking to whip up a quick midweek meal, there are plenty of ways to perk up your poultry...

Nearly everyone loves a crispy roast chicken or a creamy chicken pie, but when it comes to cooking the nation's favourite bird it is all too easy to get stuck in a rut. We have plenty of ideas to stop your bird from being boring...

Spatchcock piri-piri chickenSpatchcock piri-piri chicken

Butterflying a chicken is a great way of making the most of the whole bird, and is much simpler than you might think. Removing the backbone will also keep it really juicy when grilling and you can add flavour with lime, chilli and pepper - or whatever marinade you like.

Spatchcock piri-piri chicken
Video guide to spatchcocking chicken

Tandoori roast chickenTandoori roast chicken

Entertaining friends, but can't face peeling a bucketful of potatoes? Try a spicy alternative to Sunday lunch, which won't mean missing out on a tender roast chicken. This tandoori roast takes minimum preparation and can just be served with a steaming bowl of rice and greens.

Tandoori roast chicken

Chicken and bean enchiladas
Chicken & bean enchiladas

Thinking of ways to use up your Sunday lunch? These chicken & bean enchiladas are a real favourite, and are super-filling to boot. Plus they take minimum preparation so make a great Monday night supper for the family.

Chicken & bean enchiladas

Teriyaki chicken meatballs with rice and greens
Teriyaki chicken meatballs

Meatballs are a classic family favourite, but it doesn't have to mean getting elbow-deep in sausages. Try serving up these low-fat chicken patties in a sweet Japanese sauce for a simple supper with a difference.

Teriyaki chicken meatballs with rice & greens

Thai sticky chicken and ribs
Thai sticky chicken & ribs

Bring the flavour of Thai street food to your kitchen table, with this budget-friendly, finger-licking recipe. Overnight marinating means you have to plan slightly in advance but the results are definitely worth it. Perfect for feeding a hungry crowd without a big fuss.

Sticky chicken & ribs

Crispy pretzel chicken with honey mustard sauce
Crispy pretzel chicken

Pretzels and chicken might not sound like a match made in heaven, but this recipe creates a lovely, super-crisp coating for the chicken. Plus it's low-fat. Pack up any leftovers in your lunchbox and be the envy of your workmates, simply serve with a fresh salad or healthy coleslaw.

Crispy pretzel chicken with honey-mustard sauce
 

Spicy African chicken stewSpicy African chicken stew

Turn a pack of chicken thighs into something a bit special with this spicy African chicken stew. A few simple ingredients like cayenne pepper and Scotch bonnet chillies give this boldly-flavoured, peanut casserole a lovely depth, and makes for a really interesting meal.

Spicy African chicken stew
 

Do you serve a chicken dish with a difference? We would love to hear your ideas...