Chicken is a healthy fowl, even more so if you know how to prepare them properly. You can start your healthy recipes right at the supermarket—choose certified free range or organic chicken, which are raised without antibiotics and given organic feeds such as a mix of whole corn, wheat, barley,oat groats, peanuts, bran and more.When you get home, clean the chicken and remove the fatty parts including the chicken skin which is high in fat and calories.
There are healthy chicken recipes when the skin is not needed and the mean is more the focus. Select the leaner cuts such as the breast meat, legs, thighs and wings.When cutting the chicken, aim also for portion control, especially for casseroles,stews, and braises when the dish can be extended with the addition of vegetables and tomato-based sauces. Large, individual pieces can be made into fried chicken but to make it healthier and still retain the crunch of the chicken, dip in breading as usual, arrange on a baking dish and then bake.It’s possible to still prepare your favorite chicken recipes, just use low-fat cooking methods, such as stir-frying, braising, poaching, grilling, boiling, and baking.
When stir frying chicken, use a non-stick pan, so you don’t have to add as much oil. Use healthy oils (but sparingly, if possible) such as safflower, canola, and olive oil when pan-frying or stir-frying.Steer clear of rich sauces (mostly from cream, milk and butter) in your chicken recipes because they will substantially increase the fat content of your meals. Add flavor to healthy chicken recipes with ground herbs and spices as well as lemon zest.Knowing how to prepare chicken in a healthy way in the beginning will help you with your healthy chicken recipes. Grilled chicken breast, for example (minus the skin), can be cut into strips and sprinkled into a bowl of baby greens, cherry tomatoes, and olive oil vinaigrette for a hearty salad. Cooking chicken with vegetables and grains is a good idea. Serve grilled chicken on a bed of couscous and bell peppers, tomatoes, and olives.
Shred boiled chicken breast and sprinkle it on salads, pastas, or as filling for pita bread pockets or shawarma sandwiches. Add some sautéed mushrooms and onions, low-fat cheese, and whole wheat tortilla and you have yourself a healthy quesadilla. Prepare a salsa out of cucumber, jicama and watermelon to serve on the side.