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Healthy and Tasty Ways to Cook Chicken

By: Sarah Clark (ILEX) - Updated: 8 Oct 2012 | comments*Discuss
 
Healthy And Tasty Ways To Cook Chicken

Chicken is definitely one of the foods that crops up on a regular basis when people talk about healthy eating – although when it comes to fast food, chicken based burgers and meals are not necessarily diet friendly at all!

Chicken is a great source of protein, as well as being low in fat and it’s full of useful nutrients like vitamins B6 and B12.

Chicken also contains selenium and is a source of the amino acids that help the body to make the ‘happy hormone’ serotonin.

Tasty And Healthy Chicken Recipes

Fried chicken is one of those delicious treats that can pile on the pounds – and the restaurant and take away versions of fried chicken are full of fat and salt. Far better to have a go at making your own healthy versions of chicken recipes so that you can indulge safe in the knowledge that with these recipes you are doing your body good rather than harm.

Healthy ‘Fried’ Chicken

Ingredients

  • Four chicken thighs and four drumsticks
  • Vegetable oil
  • 200g flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried rosemary
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • Salt and black pepper to taste

Mix the flour and seasonings together in a large bowl until they are well combined. Coat the chicken thighs and drumsticks with oil. Then press each piece into the flour mix until it’s completely covered. Bake the chicken in an oven, preheated to Gas Mark 6 (200 degrees) for 40 minutes, turning halfway through cooking.

Serve with homemade coleslaw and corn on the cob for added authenticity!

Chicken Skewers With Grilled Vegetables

Better than a kebab, and full of vegetable goodness too, these skewers are just perfect for barbecuing and grilling.

Ingredients

  • Four chicken breasts
  • Two courgettes
  • One onion
  • Two green peppers
  • Lemon juice
  • Two red peppers

Take the chicken breasts and cut then into rough cubes. Thread each piece of chicken onto a skewer and layer with the courgette, onion and pepper pieces. Brush each skewer with olive oil and lemon juice, and place under a pre heated medium grill or on the barbecue until browned.These skewers are great served with rice, or in a wholemeal pitta bread with salad and some sweet chilli sauce for an authentic kebab shop experience!

Tasty Chicken Burgers – Healthy Style

Chicken burgers from a burger bar are almost as high in calories and fat as their beefy cousins, so give them a miss every once in a while and make a healthier chicken burger instead!

Ingredients

  • Four chicken breasts
  • 200g breadcrumbs
  • One egg
  • One teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • Salt and black pepper to season

Place the chicken breasts in cling film and hit them with a rolling pin or another heavy kitchen implement to smooth them out to half their original thickness.

Beat the egg and mustard together in a bowl until well combined and season with the salt and pepper. Dip the chicken breasts into the egg mixture, then press into the breadcrumbs until well covered on both sides.

Put the chicken onto a baking tray and grill under a pre heated grill for at least ten minutes, turning once. Serve the burgers in a burger bun with reduced fat mayonnaise and salad.

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