Chicken dishes with a difference

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…
 

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Tandoori 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 & 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


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 & 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
 

Spatchcock 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

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 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
 

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