Chicken is the most popular protein across the menu, showcased in sandwiches and center-of-the-plate entrees as well as appetizers and snacks. Need some new ideas for menuing this customer favorite? Start with these five recipes.
1. Glazed Moroccan Chicken Kebabs with Grilled Watermelon
These chicken kebabs are glazed with watermelon molasses, a blend of pureed watermelon, lime juice, sugar and olive oil, but regular molasses thinned with lime juice can be substituted. Grilled watermelon on the side adds a healthy twist of fruit to the hearty appetizer. Serve as a small plate for one or pile several kebabs on a platter for the table to share as a starter.
2. Teriyaki Chicken with Avocado & Brown Rice
The health-driven, eclectic menu at True Food Kitchen focuses on seasonal ingredients and scratch cooking. Although chicken is the protein of choice for this recipe, it plays a secondary role to the array of fresh vegetables in this plant-forward dish. Plus, the housemade teriyaki sauce has a base of fresh fruit.
3. Hot Chicken Cheese Sandwich
This deluxe melt is offered on The Rustic’s lunch menu. Made with Nashville-style spicy fried chicken, dill pickles and American cheese stacked on griddled Texas toast or a bun, the sandwich is a childhood favorite built for adult tastes.
4. Chipotle Chicken Ropa Vieja Empanadas
Chef Miguel Aguilar created this recipe for the Tacos After Dark event at the South Beach Wine and Food Festival in Miami. Although empanadas are not technically tacos, the event welcomes related handheld items with Latin-style fillings. Ropa vieja is typically made by braising meat until it falls apart. Here, chicken thighs are cooked in a flavorful liquid until they are super-tender, then shredded and combined with housemade chipotle ketchup for a spicy kick.
5. Couscous with Chicken, Vegetables & Caramelized Onions
In a workshop on the power of the Moroccan table, chef and cookbook author Joanne Weir demonstrated the spicy, nutritious and wholesome dishes that characterize this North African cuisine. Couscous, in all its variations, is probably the country’s signature preparation, and shares its name with the grain that is the basis of the dish. Here, the couscous pairs with chicken and vegetables for a seasonal spin.