- By Serious Eats
There are so many different directions you can take a simple piece of chicken. But before you get started, you'll want to understand USDA labels and get your hands on some kitchen essentials, too. Then, you can decide how you want to prep and cook your chicken, whether you're making stir-fry or a simple pan roast. Once you've got that down, take full advantage of its tender meat with hot soups, cold salads, and easy oven-baked recipes.