The heat of a broiler turns out extra-crispy skin on smaller cuts of chicken, like legs and thighs. (Larger pieces will burn before the meat cooks through).

The acid in buttermilk activates the baking soda in biscuits, yielding lighter, flakier results, and tenderizes meat (mmm, fried chicken). The smallest container sold is almost always more than you need for a recipe. So here you go—six ways to use it up.

Maple-Roasted Chicken with Sweet Potatoes: At the grocery store, you can save a little bit of money by purchasing a whole chicken instead of the breasts. This recipe utilizes the whole bird and cooks in one dish, making cleanup a breeze. Simply cut the poultry into eight pieces, toss with a maple syrup glaze, and bake.

Pan-Roasted Chicken With Lemon-Garlic Green Beans: The only thing better than a one-dish dinner is a well-rounded one-dish dinner. In this easy recipe, chicken breasts bake atop a bed of quartered potatoes and green beans. A light dressing of lemon, garlic, and olive oil lend bold, bright flavor to the entire dish.

Chicken Tikka Masala: A good foray into Indian food, this tomato-based dish is light on the warm spices but still has distinct ethnic flair. Sprinkle garam masala (an aromatic blend of spices like cumin, coriander, black pepper, cinnamon, and cardamom) into a basic tomato sauce. Adding the raw chicken to the sauce helps ensure the chicken soaks up all those delicious flavors while it cooks.

Saucy Baked Chicken Legs with Olives and Tomatoes: With skin that crisps beautifully and meat that stays juicy, chicken legs are an inexpensive cut that’s ideal for roasting. And this delicious Mediterranean-inspired meal couldn’t be any easier: Simply toss all of the ingredients in an oven-safe casserole dish and bake. Serve with warm, crusty bread

Oven-Fried Chicken With Crunchy Broccoli Slaw

Chicken, Squash, and Chickpea Salad With Tahini Dressing

Red Curry Chicken Skewers: Marinate the chicken in coconut milk and Thai red curry paste to add an Asian spin.

Need fresh ideas for chicken? Toss your favorite bird into the slow cooker, set it, and forget it until dinnertime.

Sometimes you want a recipe that looks like it came straight from a restaurant's kitchen. Other nights, a dish you can throw together between work and soccer practice fits the bill. Here, we've compiled 10 gourmet recipes, courtesy of Food & Wine, that are sure to impress even the pickiest dinner guests—along with 10 more Real Simple favorites that are a cinch to throw together, but just as delicious.

Glazed Drumsticks With Rice Noodles recipe

Chicken With Mushroom Sauce recipe: Create an easy sauce for the browned chicken and mushrooms by simmering white wine and chicken broth.

Quick Chicken Caesar Salad recipe: Store-bought rotisserie chicken breast makes this salad a snap to throw together.

Roasted Chicken With Summer Squash, Radish, and Scallion Salad recipe: Roast chicken thighs on the top rack of your oven for the crispiest, crunchiest skin.

Slow-Cooker Chicken With Bacon, Mushrooms, and Onions: The chicken cooks slowly in the oven until falling-apart tender in this easy version of coq au vin.

Spicy Fried Chicken With Kale and Cabbage Slaw: Marinate the chicken in a mixture of buttermilk and hot sauce to lock in moisture and add a spicy kick.

Pan-Fried Chicken Cutlets With Zucchini Salad recipe

Caesar Salad With Grilled Garlic and Chicken recipe

Baked Pecorino Chicken recipe: A crunchy coating of grated pecorino, bread crumbs, and butter breathes new life into boneless, skinless chicken breasts.

Oven-Fried Chicken With Crunchy Broccoli Slaw recipe: Dip chicken in paprika-spiked buttermilk, coat in crushed buttery crackers, and bake in the oven for a golden, crispy crust—no deep-frying required.

Spicy Chicken and Ranch Sandwich With Crudites recipe

Grilled Spiced Chicken Wings recipe: Give chicken wings an unexpected twist with seafood seasoning; creamy ranch dipping sauce adds a deliciously rich element.

Chicken Cutlets With Chickpeas and Pesto Salad recipe

Plum and Oregano Chicken Kebabs recipe