When you think of the stereotypical American dinner, steak and potatoes probably comes to mind, but that was the past. Today, Americans eat more chicken than beef. Health conscious citizens are turning to the leaner white meat to improve their diets in the wake of decades-long research showing the damage that ailments like heart disease and diabetes can have on your quality of life.Unfortunately for chicken, all the research in the world won’t make chicken any less the victim of negative language that calls the popular white meat dry, rubbery, and tasteless.
This negative impression of chicken can be cleared up with a few kitchen tricks that will improve the flavor and texture of your chicken dinner. For instance, start with a brine or marinade that will infuse flavor into your chicken, and keep your chicken moist while cooking. Also, don’t be afraid to leave the skin on the chicken. In fact, some research shows chicken skin may be better for you than was originally thought. Finally, the right sauce can do a lot of the heavy lifting in the kitchen, turning your chicken dinners from monotonous to delicious in no time.
Check out some of our picks for easy-to-make sauces you can whip up in no time to add a little personality and excitement to your everyday chicken dinner.
Alabama White Barbecue Sauce
Bold and Spicy Tomato Sauce
Garlic Chili Sauce
Peri-Peri Portuguese Hot Sauce
Angela Carlos is the Cook Editor at The Daily Meal. Find her on Twitter and tweet @angelaccarlos.