Buffalo Chicken and White Bean Chili / Sarah Crowder / Katie Workman / themom100.com

People.  It always comes back to chicken.

It’s hard to think of a more universally appealing meal (and also hard to get too much inspiration in the chicken-cooking department).  Here are 4 favorites, and one that I’m eager to try from fellow family food blogger Jenny Rosentrach.

Lemon and Scallion Chicken Stir-Fry

vertical overhead lemon chicken and scallion stir fry

Some stir-fries have a lot going on, but this one is almost austere, made with a handful of ingredients and a light, clean-tasting sauce. You could toss in some broccoli or sugar snap peas. Otherwise, make a simple vegetable and lots of rice to go on the side.

Click here for the recipe.

Chicken Marbella

Chicken Marbella

This recipe may be hanging out on my blog, but it’s the brainchild of the late Sheila Lukins, the wonderful coauthor of The Silver Palate Cookbook (and many others). I can think of no better recipe for making everyone feel special in a warm and unfussy way.

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Rosemary-Lemon Roasted Chicken Thighs

Rosemary and Lemon Roasted Chicken Thighs from Katie Workman / themom100.com

A light dusting of flour and a quick sear ensure that the skin of this chicken is shatteringly fried-chicken-crisp. The perfect combination of lemon and rosemary delivers a great one-two punch of savory and fresh.

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Soy and Mirin-Glazed Chicken

Soy and Mirin Glazed Roast Chicken / Photo by Jenny Rosenstrach / www.dinneralovestory.com

Picking up a roasted chicken at the market is the easiest thing in the world, so we tend to shrug away from roasting them ourselves. This is not progress, because the smell of roasting chicken is one of the best kitchen smells on the planet. And next on my list is this chicken, created by fellow family food writer Jenny Rosenstrach, which I actually believe I can already smell cooking.

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Teriyaki Chicken Skewers

Teriyaki Chicken and Beef Skewers

Have you ever met anyone (a non-vegetarian anyone) who doesn’t like chicken teriyaki? Neither have I.

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