29 Ways To Cook Chicken On A Stovetop

Dear summer food magazines: Not everyone in the world owns a grill.

Chris Ritter
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Chicken gets a bad rap for being overexposed. But for easy, healthy dinners, it’s hard to beat. Come summer, though, things get tricky. Roasting a chicken is out of the question because cranking up your oven for two hours when it’s ninety degrees outside is masochism. As for grilling — all the amazing looking chicken recipes on food blogs this time of year are grilled — which is really annoying if you don’t own a grill, btw.

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The best option for many people? Stovetop. Cooking chicken on a stovetop is a little intimidating, though, and it shouldn’t be. Follow these recipes and check out a few more tips at the bottom of the post. WE CAN’T LET THE HEAT AND THE PEOPLE WITH GORGEOUS OUTDOOR SPACE AND GRILLS WIN!

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Breasts (left, center): Should be boneless. And usually without skin. You can also slice them into smaller pieces or buy them pre-sliced.
Thighs (right): Bone-in or boneless, skin on or skinless, whole or cut up. They are magic.

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If you use breasts, you have 3 options.

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Option 1 (left): Pound out (or butterfly) a full boneless chicken breast to an even thickness. This way, it will cook evenly on the skillet.
Option 2 (center): Cut it into smaller pieces (or, you can buy it pre-cut) and sear in skillet.
Option 3 (right): Poach whole or sliced chicken breasts — meaning, gently simmer them in some delicious liquid with spices and herbs.

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If you use thighs, anything goes.

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Pan-seared chicken thighs (direction here) with the skin on and the bone in are so delicious any which way. Or, you can buy boneless skinless thighs, which are great cut-up in stir fries (pictured right).

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1. Chicken Scallopini with White Wine Tomato Sauce

Recipe here.

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2. Firecracker Chicken

You have no excuse to order takeout. Recipe here.

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3. Poached Chicken Salad Sandwiches

Recipe here.

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4. Bacon-Wrapped Chicken Tenders

Four ingredients. One pan. No sweat. Recipe here.

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5. Garlic Chicken Pasta with Spinach

Bowties are the cutest. Recipe here.

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6. Chicken Tikka Masala

For days when something simple just won’t do. Recipe here.

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7. Pinot Grigio Chicken with Honey Citrus Glaze

Use a cast iron skillet, or get indoor grill marks with a grill pan. Recipe here.

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8. Chicken with Artichokes and Angel Hair

Recipe here.

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9. Thai Ginger Chicken Salad

Recipe here.

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10. Lettuce Cups with Stir-Fried Chicken

It’s bikini season, after all. Recipe here.

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11. Chicken and Mushroom Marsala

If you think you don’t like marsala, you’ve never tasted it done right. Recipe here.

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12. Quick Chicken and Vegetable Stew with Grits

For a rainy summer day. Recipe here.

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13. Chicken and Sugar Snap Pea Stir-Fry

This entire dish needs to be on the heat for about eight minutes. Recipe here.

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14. Simple Chicken Quesadillas

Marinating the chicken in pineapple juice before cooking makes it super tender. Recipe here.

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15. Chinese Chicken Salad

Recipe here.

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16. Chicken Fajitas with Thai Mango Slaw and Coconut Rice

Recipe here.

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17. Cashew Chicken

Recipe here.

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18. Pot Roasted Chicken

An oven-free hack for when your roast chicken cravings get the better of you. Recipe here.

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19. Chicken Pad Thai

Step 1: Buy a bottle of fish sauce. Step 2: Realize how amazing it is and proceed to put it in everything you cook. Recipe here.

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20. Orange-Glazed Chicken Tenders

Recipe here.

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21. Chicken Milanese with Corn and Tomato Summer Salad

HOT TIP: Microwave un-husked corn on high for three minutes, and save yourself the hassle of boiling a pot of water. Recipe here.

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22. Poached Chicken, Pear, and Walnut Salad

If you’re feeling fancy. Recipe here.

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23. Habanero Chicken Tacos

Two more, please. Recipe here.

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24. Chicken Paella

Yes, there’s seafood in there. The best part about paella, though, is that you can use whatever kind of meat you want. Recipe here.

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25. Coconut Poached Chicken and Mango Salad

PSA: Chicken salad does not have to involve dangerous amounts of mayonnaise. Recipe here.

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26. Balsamic Poached Chicken

Recipe here.

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27. Spinach and Chicken Curry

Recipe here.

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28. Summer Vegetable and Chicken Hash

Breakfast for dinner! Recipe here.

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29. Coconut Crunch Chicken Strips

A kids meal that finally decided to grow up. Recipe here.

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