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9 Delicious Ways to Enjoy Chicken


People all over the world love chicken, from health-conscious folk to those that frequent fast-food joints. When it comes to our little island too, there’s no shortage of mouthwatering Sri Lankan chicken recipes to enjoy. With great versatility. taste and low food cost, chicken’s neutral flavour and healthy nutritional profile make it especially adaptable to a number of different menu styles. Here are 9 delicious ways to enjoy chicken and keep everyone in the family happy:

Chicken and Waffles

A soul food that is famous worldwide, this dish features crispy fried chicken with waffles together with chicken gravy or butter. Roast or stewed chicken is also a great substitute for fried chicken in this lip-smacking dish. The waffles can also be enjoyed with varying ingredients like cornmeal or sliced scallions, making this chicken dish one that is worth tasting.

Fried Chicken

As simple as it may sound, this ultimate chicken specialty is still going strong in restaurants and homes everywhere. Fried chicken is perfect when served family-style with accompaniments like mac and cheese, a medley of greens and other homestyle sides. Brines and rubs like buttermilk, pickle juice, and mixed spice rubs add that extra bit of oomph, moisture and flavour to fried chicken, making it a dish that everyone loves immensely.

Chicken Salads

A Ceasar salad topped with succulent grilled chicken breast strips is definitely tasty but there are so many other ways to enjoy this popular protein in healthy salads. Traditional chicken salad dishes like Cobb salad with cubed or shredded chicken and Chinese Chicken salad are among the favourites. Those looking for a healthy chicken recipe without compromising on taste can also enjoy a number of chicken salad variations with greens and mayonnaise- simple, healthy and utterly delicious.

Chicken Wings

For a chicken specialty that has been there for so long, it’s amazing to see how much people still love chicken wings and other handheld chicken delicacies like boneless wings, tenders, and chicken poppers. The popularity of chicken wings has been growing over the years and it’s little wonder considering how delicious this miniature finger food can be. Whether it’s grilled, fried, spicy or mild, the love for chicken wings is endless. Chicken wings can be enjoyed in so many different ways, from the familiar Buffalo-style to the more exotic and exciting versions like Honey Sriracha and salted caramel.

Chicken Sandwiches

There’s no doubt that chicken is the most preferred protein for sandwiches and wraps. With accompaniments like fiery or sweet sauces, potato chips and different kinds of fries and cheese galore, nothing beats a delicious chicken sandwich when the hunger pangs hit and you crave for something fulfilling, and tasty. Next time you try a chicken sandwich, try different versions of cooking chicken like crispy marinated chicken breast, grilled teriyaki chicken or pan-fried cashew crusted chicken breast and you’ll fall in love even more with chicken sandwiches.

Roast Chicken

If you think of roast chicken as a boring chicken dish, think again. Restaurants around the world are upping the game with elevated takes on this classic favourite and there’s no reason why you shouldn’t try it and home too. Enjoy roast chicken with accompaniments like crisp toasts, pasta variations, rice variations or by simply varying the stuffings in the typical roast chicken dish.

Chicken Comfort Food

Chicken plays a major role in some of the world’s most popular comforting food, from the traditional favourites like Chicken Fricassee and Chicken Pot Pie to ethnic dishes like the beloved Arroz Con Pollo (flavourful chicken and rice) and Chicken Tikka Masala (spicy marinated chicken smothered in a tomato cream sauce). Comfort food represents meals that are much loved, readily available and packed full of flavour. Extra rotisserie chicken or roast chicken, pre-cooked chicken breasts and chicken legs and thighs offer all the necessities of comfort food and easy to prepare into a fully-fledged comforting meal too.

Chicken Soup

The most popular soup variety of all, chicken soups comes in a myriad of different styles. Beyond the classic chicken noodle soup, there are so many different kinds of chicken soup varieties to enjoy, from elegant cream of chicken soup to exciting affairs like the chicken tortilla soup. Chicken soup is also a very healthy option and an excellent dish that helps incorporate other healthy ingredients like greens, vegetables, beans, and grains like oats and barley.

International Chicken Inspirations

Chichen is enjoyed the world over and that means there’s no shortage of scrumptious and interesting chicken recipes to try out. Here are a few international chicken dishes to get started:

  • Vietnamese chicken pho
  • Caribbean jerk chicken
  • Hungarian chicken paprikash
  • Japanese chicken teriyaki
  • Russian-style chicken Kiev
  • Creole chicken and sausage gumbo
  • Mexican chicken enchiladas
  • Indian tandoori chicken
  • Filipino chicken adobo
  • Italian Chicken Parmesan
  • Greek chicken souvlaki

Which of these internationally famous chicken dishes would you like to try?

Chicken Dry Roast Recipe in Sri Lanka



  • 1/2kg Chicken cut into medium size pieces


  • 1/2tsp Red chilli powder
  • 1/2tsp Pepper Powder
  • 1/4tsp Turmeric powder
  • 1tsp Grated ginger & garlic each
  • Salt


  • 1cup Pearl onion sliced (measured before slicing)
  • 4medium Onion sliced finely
  • 1/2 – 3/4tbsp Grated ginger & garlic each
  • 5tsp Red Chilli powder
  • 1/2tsp Pepper powder
  • 1/2 – 3/4tbsp Coriander powder
  • 1/4tsp Turmeric powder
  • 1/2tsp Fennel powder
  • 1/2tsp Garam Masala
  • 1tsp Easter Meat Masala
  • 1med – big Tomato sliced
  • 1medium Potato cubed (refer notes)
  • 1cup Water
  • Salt
  • Coconut oil / ghee
  • Curry leaves


Take the chicken which has been previously cubed into pieces. Mix together the marinade ingredients, until it forms a thick paste, leave aside for it to settle for a while, then add the chicken into the paste, ensuring that that each piece is coated well with the marinade – leave aside.

While the marinade is curing heat some oil in a pan, when the oil starts sizzling drop in the sliced onions. Ensure you keep stirring it so that the onions don’t get too brown. Once they have become a golden colour, add the grated/crushed ginger and garlic. Keep stirring for around 2-3 mins.  Then add the masala powder, blend well, leave on the stove for around 2 mins, until a layer of oil appears around it. Finally add the sliced tomato, salt, curry leaves and mix well. Once the tomatoes are well cooked, add the cubed potatoes and chicken, add water, mix well, reduce the flame, and leave it to simmer. Cover the pan while simmering in order to ensure that the potatoes and chicken are boiled well. Once the gravy has been absorbed into the piece, take off the fire.

This dish does not consist of gravy, rather the chicken and potato should be coated with the masala.


  1. In order to bring out an onion flavor, I have added more onions than stated in the recipe, caramelizing them well. Ensure that the onions are not over fried as this would end up giving the dish a bitter taste.
  2. In case the chicken been used is fatty, ensure that the quantity of water added is subsequently reduced.
  3. In order to get better cooking results of the potatoes, pre boil them and cut them into wedges and then add then to the chicken.
  4. Fried potatoe can be sued to garnish the dish.
  5. Ghee can be used instead of oil to add flavor to the dish.

How to Prepare a Delectable Roast Chicken


As a nation that is known for its flavourful food, Sri Lankan food recipes holds a distinction of its own. Packed with loads of spices and bursting with authentic flavours, chicken recipes in Sri Lanka are abundant but every once in a while, it’s always lovely to try recipes from veteran cooks who prepare dishes in a completely different manner.

Julia Child is known to be a legendary cook and her roasted chicken recipe is a epic skills to have up your sleeve in the kitchen. Seasoned to perfection, this roast chicken recipe also included sauteed vegetables, fresh herbs and tangy lemon slices to add that extra zing. Here’s how you can prepare it and wow your guests!


 2 ½ tbsp butter

4 pound chicken

⅓ cup finely diced carrots

⅓ cup finely diced onion

⅓ cup diced celery

1 tsp thyme or mixed herbs


Parsley stems

Celery leaves

Lemon slices

1 tbsp fresh lemon juice

½ cup sliced carrots

½ cup sliced onions

¾ cup chicken stock

Salt to taste


Step 1

To start, preheat the oven to 425 degrees. Melt one tablespoon of butter in a pan and to this, add the diced onions, carrots, and celery. Cook over medium heat until it softens. To this, stir in the herbs.

Step 2

Clean and wash the chicken thoroughly and pat it dry. Be sure to discard the wishbone before pulling the skin on the neck over the breast and securing it to the back using a toothpick. Add in the salt and pepper on the cavity and arrange the cooked vegetables together with a few parsley stems, celery leaves and lemon slices.

Massage the chicken well using a tablespoon of butter. Tie the ends of the drumsticks together and tuck the wings beneath the body.

Step 3

Salt the chicken and set it breast up on a rack in the pan.

Step 4

Now roast the chicken in the oven for a little over an hour. At this stage, you need to keep a careful eye on the chicken. Please note the below:

  • At 15 minutes, brush the chicken with the remaining ½ tablespoon of butter and the scatter the sliced carrots and onions around it. Now, reduce the oven temperature to 350 degrees.
  • At 45 minutes, brush the lemon juice on the chicken and add ½ cup of water to the vegetables so it doesn’t burn.
  • On the one hour mark, baste the pan juices and test for the doneness of the chicken. The drumsticks should move easily and the flesh should be relatively soft. If it isn’t so, then continue basting and roasting and check frequently.

Step 5

Spear the chicken through the shoulders and allow it to rest on a carving board for fifteen minutes.

Step 6

Be sure to spoon all but one tablespoon of fat from the juices in the pan. Add the stock and boil it for five minutes until it becomes somewhat like a light syrup. Then, strain it so you will have enough to generously bath each serving of chicken with this fragrant spoonful.

And that’s it! Simple to make but impressive on the dinner table, do give this recipe a try and let us know how you liked it!

Roast Chicken

Enjoy your fresh and healthy Bairaha Chicken with this delicious Roast Chicken recipe that is assured to bring smiles at the table!
Ingredients for Chicken Marinade

  • Bairaha De Skinned Full Chicken (1.5 kg)
  • Parsley – dry or freshly chopped (5g)
  • Sweet paprika (5g)
  • Garlic paste (5g)
  • Lime juice (one squeeze)
  • Oregano (5g)
  • Soy sauce (5ml)
  • Butter (30g)
  • Salt and pepper – to taste

Ingredients for Chicken Stuffing

  • Potatoes – grated (75g)
  • Bread crumbs (20g)
  • Parsley – freshly chopped (5g)
  • Butter (30g)
  • Lime juice (one squeeze)
  • Raisins – chopped (15g)
  • Salt and pepper – to taste

Ingredients for Vegetable Bed

  • Carrots (50g)
  • Leeks (50g)
  • Onions (50g)
  • Garlic cloves (6 – 7 cloves)


  • Wash the De skinned chicken in cool running water, and set aside to dry
  • Mix all ingredients for the Marinade in a large mixing bowl and stir well until it forms a paste
  • Massage the chicken thoroughly with this marinade paste
  • Mix all ingredients for the Stuffing in a large mixing bowl and stir well until it forms a hard paste
  • Spread the Chicken Legs wide and fill the stuffing until full. Close up and truss the legs together with kitchen twine for baking
  • Roughly chop all remaining vegetables and spread evenly on a baking tray (make sure to grease the tray before you set the vegetable bed)
  • Rest the chicken on the vegetable bed, with the chicken breast facing side up
  • Place the tray in the refrigerator for at least 3 hours so that all marinade ingredients are well absorbed by the Chicken
  • Turn on your oven and heat it to 180°C
  • Roast your Chicken for 1 and 1/2 hours or until golden, and clear juice is able to flow out of it
  • Once cooked, leave aside to cool for about 15 minutes
  • Scrape vegetables and fat from the baking tray and run these contents through in a blender
  • Add in 1 and 1/2 cups of water to the vegetable mix that has been blended, and simmer over a medium flame, until it thickens
  • Serve this sauce with your chicken, along with some roasted potatoes (optional)