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5 Healthy Chicken Recipes and Marinade Tips

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Proteins are important for anyone’s diet, and chicken is an ideal choice, because it is a leaner and healthier meat, compared to red meat.
There is another great advantage to keep in mind; chicken is easier to digest and it also contains fewer calories than other meats. With so many healthy and tasty recipes available, chicken is always a great recommendation.
Protein found in chicken meat is essential for muscle building and recovery, so the following recipes are great even for people who want to eat more sensibly.

If you like your chicken meat to be tender and tasty, instead of adding fat, you can always choose a marinade recipe.
While chicken meat is healthy for your body, you need to make sure that you are cooking it right. Healthy recipes are also great for those who want to lose weight, or maintain a healthy one.
In order for the chicken meat to become tender, it must be kept in marinade for as long as possible. However, you need to make sure that the marinade left after tendering the chicken is thrown away, because it can develop salmonella.
For healthy, ideal for weight loss and weight management, recipes, skinless meat, breast especially, is most recommended, for the low content of fat and calories. The fat in the skin can make the meat tender and tastier, but, if you care about your silhouette, just remember to remove the skin when you eat it.

Here are some the healthiest methods to cook chicken meat

How to grill chicken meat

Grilled chicken meat is very tasty and the best thing about it is that you do not have to add fat to make a great meal. It is enough to use a BBQ or an oven grill for cooking. Seasoning is important, but with just a little bit of lemon juice, pepper and paprika, you will obtain a great tasting meal, without any effort.

How to boil chicken meat
Many believe that boiling is not such a great way to cook chicken meat, because it takes off the taste. However, boiling is one of the healthiest methods, and it can make the meat tender and easy to digest. To keep its taste intact, you need to pay attention to how much water you use.Here is a great idea how to cook boiled chicken and still obtain a great tasty meal. Add just enough water to help the chicken meat become tender and let it absorb. When the meat is done, chop some red onions and add next to the chicken. Tomatoes, a bit of garlic, and some bell peppers, chopped as well, are great additions. Turmeric and salt are enough for seasoning. Let the mix cook for a minute, with the lid over, then serve with veggies and pasta.

How to properly bake chicken meat

For tasty baked chicken recipes, you need to marinade the meat properly. Leaving it in marinade overnight is usually recommended.
The following recipe will make for a great marinade for chicken. Take rosemary, juice obtained from half a lime, a bit of honey, canola oil and vinegar. Mix all these ingredients, then place the chicken in the marinade and put it in the freezer in a Ziploc bag. The next day, place the chicken in a baking pan, than bake at 375 degrees.
Baked chicken meat works great with baby potatoes, as these absorb the flavored juices from the marinade and the chicken fat. Serve steamed veggies as a side dish.

How to stir fry chicken meat
For stir frying, only a bit of oil is needed. Use a wok for best results, and make sure to stir the meat all the time, to prevent it from sticking to the pan. Chop the meat in small bits, to hurry the cooking process. You can use a mix of vegetables for the best results, such as: carrots, broccoli, cabbage, garlic, bell peppers or zucchini. For spicy chicken, use some chili or red pepper powder.

How to steam chicken meat
Steaming is a great cooking method, because it helps the retention of nutrients. Steam your chicken with vegetables for great tasty recipes.
It is important to pick fresh young chicken for these recipes, or otherwise the steaming process will cause the meat to become too tough and difficult to chew.

Marinade recipes
A great marinade recipe for chicken meat can be made from mustard, garlic and lemon juice. Use salt, black pepper and coriander for seasoning. A tablespoon of olive oil and a bit of vinegar should also be added.
For another great marinade recipe, use red onions, chopped in small pieces and placed in a mix of sunflower oil, honey, lime juice seasoned with rosemary, turmeric and cinnamon.

A fresh, healthy marinade idea is made with fat free yogurt, soy sauce (pick one low in sodium), thyme and pepper.

A simple marinade recipe can be made from soy sauce (without salt), garlic and a bit of onion powder.

Chicken meat can be used for many healthy tasty recipes. Use the above ideas for marinades, or create your own.
If you do not have time to make your own marinade, you can find plenty of such products in grocery stores.

                  

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Andrea Skye

Andrea Skye

Brought up in the seaside town of Brighton, I was an avid reader living in a house that was always full of books, fine food and dining. I became a travel writer researching and writing content on health, diet and lifestyle.

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