A while ago I was offered the chance to review a cookbook. Since chicken is a healthy protein to ingest and my wife and I like to eat it, we thought 125 Best Chicken Recipes would be right up our alley.
The cookbook starts off with a little information about chicken and with some wise warnings about raw chicken preparation. While chicken tastes great, not taking correct measures to avoid salmonella poisoning can ruin a great meal, or even an entire weekend!
The first thing that my wife liked about this cookbook is that not only does it give you a recipe to prepare chicken for a meal, it also gives suggestions for the entire meal. So one can find a tasty sounding main dish and have excellent suggestions for other dishes to compliment it.
Another plus – at least for the recipes we have tried – is that the recipes are complete. I have heard of some cookbooks that have missing directions or ingredients to successfully complete a dish. While this might be taken as a challenge for serious chefs, the rest of us don’t expect to be tested in such a way.
We’ve tried three recipes from the book as of this writing and I must say, all three were quite great. The first one we tried was Herb-Roasted Chicken and Potatoes (p. 103) and I thought it was pretty good. The one problem I had with it was that it was a bit too lemony. This wasn’t necessarily the recipe’s fault–my wife decided to bake the chicken in the marinade instead of reserving the marinade until after the chicken was baked as instructed in the recipe.
The next one we tried was the Crisp Parmesan Chicken (p. 106). This one turned out very well and tasty. The only complaint I had was that I ate too much!
The last one was Anne Lindsay’s Easy Creamy Chicken Fettuccine (p. 145). I thought it sounded like a great meal but my wife was a little sceptical since she didn’t like some of the ingredients. However, she went along with it and after we got it all prepared, (it smelled so good cooking!) we cleaned it right up. We were both very impressed and this was by far my favorite recipe. I foresee having it again and again! We will likely be looking at more of these cookbooks in the future!
Caleb is a software engineer and amateur woodworker living in southern Minnesota. He has more hobbies than he has time or money for, and enjoys his quiet time reading.
Review copy was provided free of any obligation by Robert Rose. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.