5 CREATIVE WAYS TO COOK WITH CHICKEN

5 CREATIVE WAYS TO COOK WITH CHICKEN

SHARE

With more than 40 grams of protein per six ounces, this bird is a lean and versatile muscle builder. What follows are five uniquely delicious ways to enjoy the classic protein source.

Editor’s note: Opt for skinless chicken breast. It’s the leanest part of the chicken, containing the least fat and saturated fat.

1. In a Salad

Place 1 lb of chicken in large zip-top bag. Add ¼ cup orange juice, 2 tbsp olive oil, ¼ cup balsamic vinegar, 1 tbsp Dijon mustard, 1 tsp salt-free garlic-and-herb seasoning, and chopped garlic. Marinate up to 24 hours before grilling. Use sliced grilled chicken to top a salad with mixed greens, chopped vegetables, and a whole grain such as quinoa.

2. Change-up Tacos

Shred the meat of a skinless rotisserie chicken. Mix meat with desired amount of hot sauce and salt-free taco seasoning. Heat in a skillet. Add chicken to whole-grain tortillas. Top with fresh salsa, reduced-fat cheese, a dollop of plain Greek yogurt, and veggies. Serve with lime wedges.

3. In a Sandwich

Start with sliced chicken breast (at the deli counter, choose the unflavored, oven-roasted, lower-sodium option). Layer chicken on top of toasted whole-grain bread. Add ⅓ of amedium avocado, 1 tsp mustard, 1 slice cheese, and lettuce, sliced cucumbers, and tomato.

4. With an Italian Flair

Dunk chicken-breast halves in egg whites, then in whole-wheat panko breadcrumbs with garlic powder and parmesan. Bake on greased dish for 20 minutes in 400°F oven. Top each breast with 2 tbsp marinara, 1 thin slice mozzarella, and chopped basil leaves. Bake again for 10 to 15 minutes. Serve over bean-based pasta.

5. Make It a Burger

Mix 1 lb ground chicken breast, 1 chopped red bell pepper, ½ diced onion, 2 cups chopped spinach, ½ cup whole-wheat panko breadcrumbs, 1 egg, salt-free garlic-and-herb seasoning, and minced garlic. Form into 4 patties and grill until cooked. Wrap in lettuce leaves.

Jenna Werner, R.D. is a New Jersey-based registered dietician.