Food

Juicy, tender chicken with sweet, smoky-flavor

In theory, barbecued chicken kebabs sound pretty great: char-streaked chunks of juicy meat lacquered with sweet and tangy barbecue sauce. But without an insulating layer of skin, even the fattiest thigh meat can dry out and toughen when exposed to the blazing heat of the grill_and forget about ...

Perfect burgers depend on the right meat. Here’s a pro tip

Sometimes simple is best, and for quick weeknight burgers or a backyard barbecue for a crowd, store-bought ground beef is certainly convenient. But with so many options available in supermarkets, we knew we would need to find the right cut of beef with the ideal amount of fat to produce tender, ...

Zucchini or summer squash makes for a colorful pasta dish

A combination of pasta and summer squash results in a light, flavorful dish that's full of color. We decided against peeling the squash, as the skin helped to keep the pieces intact throughout the cooking process. Because summer squash contains so much liquid, we salted and drained it to keep ...

Buttermilk and salt key to this crispy oven-fried chicken

Soaking chicken in seasoned buttermilk guarantees that your crispy chicken will come out of the oven moist and juicy on the inside. Salt doesn't just enhance flavor_when you soak meat in a salty solution (a brine), the salt reshapes protein molecules and helps them hold onto moisture when the ...

A foolproof way to make chicken drumsticks ultra-tender

With their built-in handles and small size, economical chicken drumsticks are tailor-made for a cookout. So we decided to devise a foolproof way to roast them on the grill to ultra-tender perfection with nicely browned skin and wonderfully juicy meat. We usually don't brine fattier dark meat, ...

To make these tacos, which way will you cook the bacon?

When making these delicious breakfast tacos, there are two ways to cook bacon. One is the oven, the best way to cook bacon for a crowd. Adjust oven rack to middle position and heat oven to 400 F. Line rimmed baking sheet with aluminum foil. Arrange strips of bacon (as much as 1 pound) on foil ...

For moist grilled pork skewers, turn to country-style ribs

For grilled pork skewers that were moist and flavorful, we turned to boneless country-style ribs, which are quick-cooking and tender, yet have enough fat to keep them from drying out. The flavorful North African-inspired seasonings of garlic, lemon, coriander, cumin, nutmeg, and cinnamon did ...

We made a deeply flavorful chicken tagine – in about an hour

We love the way the liberal warm spices, sweetness, and tart brininess of a tagine enliven workaday chicken, so we set to develop a chicken tagine with depth of flavor—in about an hour. We followed our standard for braised chicken recipes: We browned the skin-on chicken pieces to give the ...

Make these toothsome noodles with shreds of tender chicken

Much like a Chinese finger trap that lures by appearing to be a toy, sesame noodles are not what they seem. You may think of them as merely a humble bowl of cold noodles, but don't be fooled — just one bite and you're hooked on these toothsome noodles with shreds of tender chicken, all tossed ...

Honey is the glue that keeps these granola bars together

Great granola bars put the flavor of the oats at the forefront while supporting players back them up with a mellow sweetness. We found that toasting the oats with a little oil and salt before mixing them with the other ingredients really deepened their flavor. Honey provided plenty of ...

Short ribs in a beer and cider vinegar lead to great tacos

Carne deshebrada, literally meaning "shredded beef," is a common offering at Mexican taco stands. It's made by braising a large cut of beef until ultra-tender and then shredding the meat and tossing it with a flavorful rojo sauce made with tomatoes and/or dried chiles. Although short ribs are ...

Combine sweet potato to the tang of biscuits

It was only a matter of time before sweet potato-loving Southern cooks combined the fluffy texture and pleasant tang of biscuits with the earthy sweetness of this popular tuber. To add this potato's natural sweetness to biscuits without weighing down the dough, we microwaved the sweet ...

Use salmon’s skin to stop it from drying out, release fat

Starting salmon with the skin side down in a pan is a neat way to cook fish. The skin protects the fish from drying out. The skin also releases fat into the pan, which is then used to cook the second side until it is golden brown, no extra oil needed. To help keep the fish from sticking and ...

A bread pudding that’s perfect for a relaxed brunch at home

By AMERICA'S TEST KITCHEN This bread pudding is earthy, comforting, and perfect for a relaxed brunch at home. To make sure this casserole came out rich and satisfying but not overbearing, we chose leaner (but still flavorful) turkey sausage instead of pork and banned soggy bread by toasting ...

Full-flavored chicken with sweet & nutty garlic

Perhaps an arbitrary number of cloves, the 40 in this French dish are iconic; while the chicken braises, the generous cloves become appealingly soft and spreadable. But their flavor is often spiritless. Another offense: The chicken is tender, but the breast meat dries out and tastes wan. We ...

A pasta dish that brings out the earthy flavor of mushrooms

We wanted to create a pasta dish that brought out the delicate, earthy flavor hiding in supermarket mushrooms. We selected cremini mushrooms, which have a meatier texture and a more intense, woodsy flavor than button mushrooms but are still readily available. Butternut squash heightened the ...

You won’t miss the meat in this veggie-packed lasagna

There's no reason why a vegetable lasagna made with the classic trio of eggplant, zucchini, and summer squash should be any less satisfying than a meat-based casserole, especially when the produce is in season and locally grown. But we've rarely cooked one that we've been moved to make again. ...

Irish brown soda bread that’s hearty and easy to make

Irish brown soda bread is a hearty, wholesome loaf that tastes as good with a helping of scrambled eggs as it does with a smear of salted butter or tangy marmalade. And not only is this humble bread versatile, it's also simple to prepare. We mimicked the wheaty, nutty flavor and rustic crumb ...

Think a hermit is always a rock-hard cookie? Think again

Old-fashioned recipes for hermits often produce rock-hard cookies peppered with bland, tough raisins. We wanted a moist, chewy cookie, gently redolent of molasses and warm spices. Traditional recipes for hermits call for creaming the butter, but this produces a dry, biscuit-like cookie. ...

A pasta dish that’ll have your family asking for seconds

There is something magical about this recipe, which coaxes the ultimate flavor out of just a few humble supermarket ingredients, turning them into a rich-tasting and well-balanced pasta dish that will have your family reaching for seconds. After browning the sausage, we sautéed a hefty ...