Americans buy chicken more than any other food, which means we're eating chicken more often than any other meat for dinner. And who can blame us for loving the bird? Whether it's fried, roasted, grilled, or cooked in any which way, chicken is versatile. This high adaptability to a number of different cooking method makes it a favorite protein among home cooks and even chefs.

Whether you're new to cooking chicken, want to brush up on your cooking skills or just want a new solution for tonight's dinner, our slideshow shows you all the possible ways you could cook chicken, with recipes included. If you've ever wondered what the terms "paillard" or "spatchcock" meant, we've got the answers for those and more.

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Most classic fried chicken recipes call for shallow-frying, which is exactly what it sounds like -- the chicken is fried in about an inch of oil, cooked halfway through on one side before being turned over to finish cooking on the other.

Crispy Buttermilk Fried Chicken
My Grandmother's Fried Chicken
Beer-Battered Buttermilk Fried Chicken