These 15 International Chicken Recipes Will Take You on a Culinary Tour Around the World
Chicken is a staple ingredient for delicious lunch and dinner recipes every day of the week. While grilled chicken breasts are a quick and healthy addition to salads or sandwiches, there are so many other enticing variations that use up every part of the bird, such as Puerto Rican Chicken and Rice. Take inspiration from these international chicken recipes. From every corner of the globe, there are flavorful dishes to inspire your chicken consumption.
Start with a food tour of India—this lightened-up version of Chicken Tikka Masala uses flavorful and forgiving boneless, skinless chicken thighs as the base. Plain yogurt is the healthy and creamy-as-ever substitute for heavy cream; don't use low-fat or fat-free yogurt, however, as it may curdle when heated. Butter chicken, an Indian-American fusion dish, is another popular recipe that uses garam masala, cumin seeds, and ghee for authentic Indian flavor.
Next, travel west to France and Italy for a taste of even more appetizing chicken dinner recipes. If you're hosting a dinner party, no dish is more apt than Coq au Vin, which means chicken and wine (traditionally, red wine). Our recipe calls for chicken thighs and drumsticks to be braised in a delicious sauce made from red wine, chicken stock, and herbs, along with baby onions, carrots, and mushrooms. You can prepare it hours in advance, then reheat on the stove when your guests arrive.
For a dish that everyone knows and loves, you can't go wrong with a classic baked version of Italian chicken parmigiana—now that's amore! Whichever you choose to make, these international chicken recipes are sure to inspire your taste buds for weeks to come.
Coq au Vin
Say bonjour to Coq au Vin, which translates to chicken in wine. It's an all-time classic French dish that is well worth the effort. Let the chicken thighs and drumsticks marinate in red wine overnight so they become flavorful and develop a stunning maroon color before braising.
Comforting and vibrant red, these Mexican enchiladas are a definite crowd pleaser. The sauce is made with toasted ancho chiles, cinnamon, Mexican oregano, thyme, peppercorns, sesame seeds, peanuts, and an onion—in short, get ready for layers upon layers of flavor.
Chicken Tikka Masala
Fines Herbs Chicken Kiev
Whether or not you grew up with an Italian grandmother cooking a feast for the family every Sunday, this Italian-American chicken recipe is beloved by all. The combination of the crispy breaded boneless chicken breasts, sweet marinara sauce, and bubbling mozzarella cheese that strings on for miles tastes like pure bliss.
The key to a delicious, tender version of Indian butter chicken is letting boneless, skinless chicken thighs marinate for at least four hours in a mixture of yogurt, garlic, ginger, and garam masala. After the chicken marinates, the rest of the dish cooks in about 30 minutes, so plan in advance before making this easy and special dinner.
Slow-Cooker Chicken Mole
A Mexican classic made with tomatoes, onions, chocolate, chiles, raisins, almonds, and spices, mole sauce has so many complex layers of flavor. Here, it whips up in a blender then covers boneless, skinless chicken thighs while they cook low and slow for four hours.
Backyard Jerk Chicken
Fried Chicken Sandwich
Introduced to the American South in the 1800s, fried chicken has remained a staple in the United States ever since. Placed between a potato bun, piled high atop waffles, or placed in lettuce cups for a low-carb meal, this fried chicken recipe is so versatile.
Korean Fried Chicken Wings
The key ingredient in this Hungarian dish is, you guessed it, paprika. The sweet version lends a vibrant scarlet color and subtly spicy flavor. If you've only heard of this dish in Nora Ephron's When Harry Met Sally, now's the time to make it!
Instant Pot Chicken Adobo and Rice
A traditional Filipino preparation, chicken adobo refers to the process of marinating thighs in a combination of garlic, scallions, soy sauce, Thai chiles, and vinegar. While this method uses the Instant Pot as a shortcut, the flavor and presentation is the real deal.
Peruvian-Style Roast Chicken with Potatoes
A delicious, classic Peruvian roast chicken recipe for a special weekend dinner! From sweet paprika to earthy oregano and warm cumin, this chicken dish is a welcome embrace of flavors. The fragrant green side sauce, called Aji Verde, is made with cilantro, jalapeño peppers, garlic, mayonnaise, and lime juice. Pour it on anything and everything in sight.
Chicken Saltimbocca with Sage
In Rome, this classic dish is usually made with veal wrapped in prosciutto but it works so well with boneless, skinless chicken breasts that we've added it to our repertoire. This recipe comes together in 40 minutes, so you can enjoy a trattoria-inspired entrée any night of the week.