The thirst for new chicken recipes on the internet will never be quenched. It doesn't matter that there is a seemingly endless well of recipes to already choose from — there will never be enough. Chicken is relatively easily to make at home, absorbs a lot of flavor, and is considered pretty healthy. It's the little black dress of the food world.
Choosing a favorite chicken recipe is like choosing a favorite child (or so I imagine — I don't actually have children). It's a tough decision, but deep down inside you just know the recipe that speaks to you (just like your favorite kid, right? Maybe?). So I asked Kitchn editors: What's your desert island chicken recipe? The one you return to over and over again? The one that makes your heart sing?
Here's what we all had to say.
"This is an easy favorite because it's a family recipe. The origins are vague, but it somehow made its way to my mom when I was little and it's become a classic among my closest relatives and friends. Not only does it taste like home to me, but it's also so ridiculously easy, and always results in super-moist and flavorful chicken breasts, which is no easy feat." —Sheela Fiorenzo, Assistant Food Editor
"I probably only make this crispy fried chicken once or twice a year at most, but it really is the best fried chicken you can make at home. Guests are always super impressed with it and the step-by-step guide makes frying less intimidating." —Meghan Splawn, Associate Food Editor
"It's more than the sum of its parts — really easy, but has this big, booming flavor." —Faith Durand, Editor-in-Chief
"It's hard to justify making a big pot of soup or chili when you're cooking for just one person, but this white chicken chili is so good that I'm more than OK with eating it for an entire week straight. It also freezes really well. When I'm feeling lazy, I use shredded rotisserie chicken and it still stacks up." —Lauren Masur, Staff Writer
This is the recipe that made me a chicken believer. Sure, I'd grown up eating chicken occasionally, but it was mostly kinda boring (sorry, Mom!). But this recipe! This recipe is not boring. The chicken is breaded and fried and tossed with briny artichokes and a white wine sauce. It's chicken magic. —Ariel Knutson, News & Culture Editor
"This recipe is so great and easy to make for a crowd! It also makes a ton of leftovers that my husband will actually eat." —Kaitlin Garske, Senior Social Media Manager
"I grew up eating very dry chicken and didn't realize there was another way. As an adult, I started tinkering and found ways to make chicken breasts that were slightly more moist. Then I found this method on our site (back when I was a reader and didn't even work here!) and it changed my life (or at least how I made chicken). This method is foolproof and gives me chicken that's moist and ready to go into almost any other recipe." —Lisa Freedman, Lifestyle Director
"At this point I think I've made most of the chicken recipes on the site, so narrowing it down to one favorite is so tough, but I have to go with Jacques Pépin's garlic chicken breasts. They're actually more like crispy chicken bites.
What I love most is really the technique more than the specific recipe, because it's so versatile. The cooked chicken is tossed with a pat of butter, garlic, and parsley in the hot pan, but you can use any herbs or even a squeeze of citrus. I love swapping the parsley for cilantro, basil, or tarragon and adding the chicken to Buddha bowls." —Kelli Foster, Associate Food Editor
What's your favorite chicken recipe?