10 Healthy Ways to Eat Chicken

 

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There are many ways to eat chicken. Here are a few that will have you making chicken in no time!

Marinated

Marinating chicken will keep the meat from drying up when cooking and, of course, it will give the meat lots of flavors. Marinates differ with each country and each as exciting as the other. Here is an Italian inspired marinade: Combine olive oil, white vinegar, dried parsley, lemon juice, and basil. Add oregano, salt, black pepper, some chopped garlic, and garlic powder. Toss and then add the chicken breast to the mixture. Marinate the meat for about ten minutes, but a long time would infuse the flavors better. Then one can either bake or grill in the oven until the juices start to run clear.

Salad Wraps with Chicken

This is a weight-watchers delight because it will give them limited calories and at the same time, they can enjoy a tasty and healthy treat. Cook chicken that has been seasoned with oregano, pepper, garlic powder, and salt. Let the cooked chicken stand for a few minutes before slicing thinly. Lay out some romaine lettuce leaves, then top them with the sliced chicken, avocado, tomato slices, and some croutons. Finally, drizzle each with some Caesar dressing and sprinkles of Parmesan cheese. Wrap. Instead of Caesar’s dressing, one can also use other types of dressing.

Skewered Chicken Cubes

Kebabs are an easy and fun way to cook chicken. It only requires some veggies and cubes of chicken breast. Chop vegetables into the desired sizes. Onions, zucchinis, and peppers are favorites. Alternates these with chicken cubes on skewers. These can either be baked or grilled.

Stir-Fried

This method is going Chinese and will need a wok to do the dish. It’s a fast and healthy way to cook chicken and vegetables. A wok should be big enough so that all the food will constantly meet the very hot surface of the pan. Cut the chicken and vegetables into roughly the same sizes to ensure everything will be cooked at the same time. Over high heat, place the oil in the wok and toss the chicken and vegetables in a flavorful sauce. Stir-frying usually involves a limited time.

Grilled

This is also a healthy option for cooking chicken but be wary of the amount of oil applied. Use olive oil for brushing to keep the meat from drying up but do it sparingly. Don’t use too much oil in the brushing process. Nobody wants more calories than they need. Or better still, marinate the chicken before grilling and use fresh herbs, spices, and vinegar for that extra flavor.

Chicken Wraps

Breast meat is the choice when making wraps. This method is easy and convenient, and one can have wraps for any meal of the day. Having chicken wraps for lunch will give anyone that extra boost. For dinner or breakfast, shred those leftover chicken breast, wrap in a whole wheat tortilla with some cheese, vegetables, and a good serving of salsa. That will be an ultra-healthy meal.

 

Roasted
Choose the herbs carefully when giving that special flavor to the roast chicken. Combining lemon and basil is perfect. So is lemon and rosemary. Herbs will give the meat great flavor, and a bonus to this method is that it will make the inside of the house smell incredible, almost good enough to eat!

Baked

This could be the healthiest way to cook chicken. Not much fat is used, and the baked chicken will be infused with the herbs, spices, and vegetables that are used in its preparation. First, rub the chicken with some olive oil, then season it with spices and herbs. Lay the chicken in a baking pan and surround it with an assortment of vegetables. Also, add more spices like cloves, onions, garlic, and some lemon slices. For a healthier preparation, peel off the skin for each serving before baking.

Braised

Searing chicken is one way of sealing in the moisture and flavors in the meat. Searing is pan-frying using minimal oil until the outside of the meat turns golden brown. There will be very flavorful morsels left on the pan after searing and these are always incorporated into a sauce once a liquid is added. One can simmer the seared chicken into the sauce or make a sauce then pour it on the chicken.

Steamed

This is similar in some respects to poaching. The main difference is that poached chicken is cooked in boiling water while the steamed chicken is cooked over boiling water. Steaming will require a stockpot (covered) with a steamer inside. One can use any liquid. It can be plain water, juice, wine or broth. For some extra flavor, add in the boiling medium some vegetables, herbs, and spices. One can also marinate the chicken in his favorite mixture and steam it afterward. After the meat is cooked, it’s also possible to thicken the remaining liquid and serve it with the meat or opt to save the liquid for some other use later.

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