A New Spin on Classic Chicken Recipes

A New Spin on Classic Chicken Recipes

Chicken is a popular protein included in many family meals due to the variety of ways it can be cooked and its low fat content. Poultry is considered a lean meat and is especially healthy when the skin is not consumed. Discovering the latest ways to cook chicken and getting creative using innovative recipes that are filled with flavor is an excellent way to embrace eating healthy and delicious meals.

Cooking with Low Fat Oils

Fried chicken is a classic recipe that is perhaps the most popular way to eat chicken. There is something comforting about eating fried chicken and side dishes such as mashed potatoes and gravy. However, these foods can quickly pack on the pounds and can also put someone at risk for heart disease and high cholesterol when consumed on a regular basis.

For an innovative and delicious alternative to the traditional fried chicken, consider using coconut oil or olive oil for a heart healthy and calorie-conscious method of preparing chicken. Using thighs, breasts, legs or wings, simply remove the skin from the chicken and brine it in salted water over night. The next evening, drain the chicken from the brine mixture and rinse well.

Once the chicken parts are patted dry, toss the chicken into a preheated pan that is sizzling with one of the above-mentioned oils. Cook for approximately 20 minutes over a medium heat, turning the chicken every five to seven minutes. Remove from the pan, place in a glass baking dish, sprinkle with orange zest, curry, a light amount of brown sugar and lemon pepper. Bake for 12 minutes at 325 degrees so the chicken can absorb the seasonings. Suggested side dishes are baked kale chips, steamed broccoli, spinach, and bacon salad or roasted red peppers and onions.

Baked Chicken Recipes

Baking chicken is another easy way to prepare chicken without a time-consuming recipe. Many busy adults simply have too many work and family obligations to spend hours in the kitchen each evening. When a busy night demands for a simple recipe, marinated chicken breasts baked in the oven is a guaranteed crowd-pleaser.

In the morning, before going to work, toss boneless, skinless chicken breasts with lemon juice, white wine, liquid smoke; and garlic, pepper, and pineapple juice. When it is time to cook supper, lace the breasts in a pan, cover with aluminum foil, and bake for 30 minutes at 350.