The Chicken Bible: Say Goodbye to Boring Chicken with 500 Recipes for Easy Dinners, Braises, Wings, Stir-Fries, and So Much More is THE book on cooking chicken. There isn’t a method of cooking that isn’t covered! This includes even the newest trends in the kitchen – Air Frying and Instant Pot cooking. And many recipes are written for it’s white-meat counterpart that is often overlooked – turkey!
With over 500 recipes there’s enough for even the pickiest eater to find many to choose from. They cover braising, stir-frying, baking, grilling, slow cooking, and more. And, like any good cookbook, it starts with the basics, and in this case that includes prepping the chicken for the best results. Everything from splitting chicken breasts from the bone and creating your own boneless and skinless chicken breasts to butterflying a whole chicken for a tasty roasting. There’s also a chart of parts for both chicken and turkey so you know what you’re looking for when you go shopping or start preparing your own from a whole chicken or turkey.
The hefty tome also gives you tips for shopping, storing, and doneness info so you don’t make the rookie mistake of overcooking your chicken to a rubbery mass. Or worse, undercooking your poultry dish so it’s a health hazard to your family and friends.
The learning goes on with season tips – how to do a rub, paste, or seasoning under the skin – and how to know which technique is the best for the parts you’re cooking. And of course, the writers have covered serving which includes carving of your masterpiece. Also covered is what these professional cooks have discovered are the essential equipment for both cooking and prepping poultry. With recommendations to include instant-read thermometers and fat separators to your kitchen arsenal among other things.
The Chicken Bible – The Recipes
But what about the recipes? They’re organized well and many have beautiful photographs that depict the finished dish or meal. The book starts with Easy Dinners and finishes with Cooking for Two.
The recipes start with a written paragraph called, “Why This Recipe Works.” It’s a bit of information on the dish, what it might pair well with, and some hints and tips to make sure you’re successful with the recipe. It may include suggestions for changing the ingredients to please your family’s personal tastes, or timings on the dish so you know what to do when so your dish hits the table on time. This paragraph feels like a good friend giving you advice on a recipe she’s shared. I really appreciated the touch.
My only disappointment with the book is the most, but not all of the recipes, have finished dish photos. I like to see what I’m cooking – I can tell by looking at it if it’s something my husband will enjoy. Even as a vegetarian, I’ve found many recipes that can be made vegetarian-friendly, so we can both enjoy the same recipe with our preferred protein.
The Chicken Bible – Buy or Bypass? Our Recommendation
Overall, this is a must-have cookbook for every kitchen, but especially the new cook. It’d make a fabulous gift for a new bride, new mom, or someone moving out on their own for the first time. There are recipes for a family or for two and everything from casseroles to grilled feasts. Staples like oven-fried chicken, chicken pot pie, chicken noodle soup, and so much more.
Plus the fact that they cover air fryers makes The Chicken Bible a must-have for people who’ve added this new kitchen appliance to their family. I gave my son one for Christmas and he uses it almost every day. I’ll be sending him this book so he’ll branch out from frozen fries and pizza rolls which is what he currently puts in it!
If you’re trying to eat less red meat and add more chicken and turkey to your diet, The Chicken Bible will help you do it easily and with fabulous flavor!
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- Publisher : America’s Test Kitchen (February 2, 2021)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 544 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1948703548
- ISBN-13 : 978-1948703543
- Item Weight : 3.8 pounds
- Dimensions : 8.8 x 1.39 x 10.25 inches