You can’t go past supermarket chicken recipes for super-swift mid-week meals. The easiest one we know is, of course, this one: buy chook, make salad, serve. Dinner takes all of five minutes, excluding chicken-buying time.
Sometimes we get a bit tired of the chicken ‘n’ salad routine, though. Times we want to feel like we’ve made a bit of an effort (even if we haven’t, really). And while a store-bought chicken plus salad dinner is a well-balanced and healthy meal, it’s just not very special, is it?
Here’s how to make your ready-to-go chook into a special meal that’s not much more effort than the regular. These supermarket chicken recipes will soon be your chicken-in-a-hurry go-to. And please, if you can, make your chicken a free-range one. I think it helps.
Try these supermarket chicken recipes
Sneh Roy of Cook Republic is an amazing recipe creator (and photographer, and styler, and just an amazing person, really). Her chicken hoisin noodles have long been a favourite at our place, so do give it a try at yours.
Give Me Some Oven’s enchiladas would have to be one of my kids’ favourite supermarket chicken recipes. Make these and you’ll find out why! We substitute fresh green capsicum for the canned chiles and red kidney beans for the black beans.
This version has a little added chilli and soy to give it a bit of a kick. A warming dish to come home to in winter.
I went through a stage of putting quinoa into so many dishes that it became a running joke with the kids. I’m hoping they will be open to eating quinoa again, because this dish from Joyful Healthy Eats is exactly what I love to eat.
These carrot and quinoa muffins were a hit though!
This recipe from food scientist Jessica Gavin is health in a bowl.
This recipe from Once Upon a Chef would be a total hit at our place. I used to make something similar with chicken and leeks… which reminds me to make it again! Have you made a pot pie before?
Let’s start with a classic that we know kids love. Lauren’s recipe has the added bonus of using a jar, which you can pick up from the store when you buy your barbecue chicken.
A yummy one from Lexi’s Clean Kitchen. Add or subtract whatever you know the kids will like.
For a real family pleaser, substitute your store-bought chook for the chicken breast in this recipe by Kidgredients.
Another must-try meal by Kidgredients: Tasty beef rissoles
Supermarket chicken recipes can sometimes be disguised as ‘cooked chicken breast’ in the ingredients. Yup, just add your bought chook to this recipe by Rachel Schultz. Green beans are a great substitute if your kids won’t eat asparagus (mine say no way!).
This SBS Food recipe takes the chook ‘n’ salad concept through the roof.
Another dish where you simply substitute the supermarket chook for the cooked chicken breast. Recipe by Kitchen Sanctuary.
What mum doesn’t love a sheet-pan recipe? This one is by Epicurious.
Try this one-pan wonder too: Sticky chicken tray bake
The Food Network has all kinds of marvellous supermarket chicken recipes. I like this one best. Quick tip: to make fluffy cous cous, I just cover the grains with boiling water, then pour about 1 cup extra. Season with salt and butter (I generally leave out the butter and it works fine). Allow to absorb then fluff with a fork.
This recipe from Well Plated By Erin is packed with vegies for a filling mid-week meal.
A sans-chicken scrolls recipe: Vegemite and cheese scrolls
A good one to end our supermarket chook wrap up, don’t you think? Chicken curry in a hurry – yes please!
What’s your fave recipe to make with a supermarket chicken?
Feature image by Andrik Langfield; click through to each recipe for image credits.