Let’s face it, chicken can get pretty monotonous. But we all know that it is a lean source of a very important nutrient (protein!). Here are some delicious ways to cook it without wanting to throw it out or give it to the dogs, straight from a St. Louis dietitian.
Method 1: Roasting
This is an easy way to cook a lot of chicken. Butterfly the breasts. This is a crucial step as it will decrease cooking time and result in a juicer product. Next, spread them out on a tray, and cover them with seasonings. Seasonings can be tricky, so opt for seasonings with 300mg or less per tablespoon. Slathering the chicken breasts with taco seasoning, mixed garlic, or a dry rub barbecue seasoning would be good ideas to experiment with. Bake the chicken at 375 degrees for about 25 minutes, or until done.
Method 2: Grilling
This method of cooking adds flavor from the grill and keeps the chicken juicy! The trick here is to not go overboard with sauces. Using a low sugar barbecue sauce and dry rubs would be keys to grilling success. Cook over a medium flame for 15 minutes or until the internal temperature reaches 165 degrees.
Method 3: Crockpot
This method is the king of cooking methods for the busy person (or the lazy person) who wants to turn a knob and walk away. To start, trim the fat from each chicken breast. Then pile them in your slow cooker and add 1 cup of liquid. For liquid you could use water, chicken broth, or even almond milk if you want your chicken to be even more juicy. Throw in some seasonings and a jar of salsa if you like it. Then, put the crockpot on low and walk away for 7 hours. Voila! Tasteful chicken to last all week.
How do you like your chicken?
We all have favorite recipes and favorite ways to cook. Hopefully these healthy ways of cooking chicken give you some ideas to experiment with! If you liked these tips, share them with your friends, and if you have any favorite ways to cook your chicken, be sure to comment below.
–Chelsea S. Ebrus RD, LD