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    29 Ways To Cook Chicken On A Stovetop

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

    Chris Ritter

    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.

    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!

    Use breasts or thighs.

    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.

    If you use breasts, you have 3 options.

    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.

    If you use thighs, anything goes.

    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).

    1. Chicken Scallopini with White Wine Tomato Sauce

    Recipe here.

    2. Firecracker Chicken

    You have no excuse to order takeout. Recipe here.

    3. Poached Chicken Salad Sandwiches

    4. Bacon-Wrapped Chicken Tenders

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

    5. Garlic Chicken Pasta with Spinach

    Bowties are the cutest. Recipe here.

    6. Chicken Tikka Masala

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

    7. Pinot Grigio Chicken with Honey Citrus Glaze

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

    8. Chicken with Artichokes and Angel Hair

    9. Thai Ginger Chicken Salad

    10. Lettuce Cups with Stir-Fried Chicken

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

    11. Chicken and Mushroom Marsala

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

    12. Quick Chicken and Vegetable Stew with Grits

    For a rainy summer day. Recipe here.

    13. Chicken and Sugar Snap Pea Stir-Fry

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

    14. Simple Chicken Quesadillas

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

    15. Chinese Chicken Salad

    16. Chicken Fajitas with Thai Mango Slaw and Coconut Rice

    17. Cashew Chicken

    18. Pot Roasted Chicken

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

    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.

    20. Orange-Glazed Chicken Tenders

    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.

    22. Poached Chicken, Pear, and Walnut Salad

    If you're feeling fancy. Recipe here.

    23. Habanero Chicken Tacos

    Two more, please. Recipe here.

    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.

    25. Coconut Poached Chicken and Mango Salad

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

    26. Balsamic Poached Chicken

    27. Spinach and Chicken Curry

    28. Summer Vegetable and Chicken Hash

    Breakfast for dinner! Recipe here.

    29. Coconut Crunch Chicken Strips

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

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