Recipes for Cooking Chicken Any Time of Year

Find recipes for cooking chicken during spring, summer, fall and winter.

| 2011 Guide to Backyard Chickens

  • Chicken Tenders Pasta with Tomato Sage Sauce
    Chicken Tenders Over Pasta with Creamy Slow-Roasted Tomato Sage Sauce provides a savory springtime serving.
    courtesy National Chicken Council

  • Chicken Tenders Pasta with Tomato Sage Sauce

No matter the season, tantalize your family’s taste buds with recipes for cooking chicken, fresh vegetables and seasonal ingredients. Take advantage of the first fruits and vegetables of spring, use your favorite summer cooking techniques on the grill, think herbs and spices with fall vegetables, and fight off the cold of winter, all with chicken in the pot.  

The National Chicken Council in Washington, D.C., has developed new chicken recipes bursting with the flavor of each season. In addition to a variety of chicken parts, the recipes all feature herbs or vegetables whose appearance at the grocery store and farmers’ markets signals the arrival of the season. 

Springtime’s fresh tastes

Chicken works well with delicate flavors like tarragon and mint, and is a perfect complement to spring’s first fruits and vegetables: leeks, fennel, asparagus, strawberries.

Chicken Tenders Over Pasta with Creamy Slow-Roasted Tomato Sage Sauce features the versatile tender – the small strip of white meat cut from the side of each chicken breast. The sautéed chicken is served over spaghetti noodles tossed with a slow-roasted tomato sauce made with chunks of prosciutto, peas, sage, cream and roasted tomatoes. The dish is topped with Parmesan cheese and parsley before serving. 

Springtime Chicken Recipes:
Chicken Thighs Braised with Leeks and Tarragon 
Chicken Tenders Over Pasta with Creamy Slow-Roasted Tomato Sage Sauce 

Summer's grilling

Although grilling is a year-round activity for many, there is something about the summer months that make cooking over the coals (or in a gas grill) even tastier.  

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