Diet Recipe for Chicken
Article by Diet Bites
Our savvy tips for chicken are so easy that even a birdbrain can use them...
Chicken. It's very low in calories - minus the feathers, skin and bones. It's a top choice among many dieters, residing just beneath fish - particularly tuna.
Charlie is indeed the most popular among the dieting crowd because he's not only low in caloric content, he's so handy to grab and go with.
But he has a rising competitor when in comes to chicken as it is available in sealed foil packages of all flavors of the rainbow - and of course, it comes in cans these days.
However, where fish retains its classic flavor amid processing, chicken usually ends up tasting a bit 'off', much like canned vegetables. Sure, it's still very edible and can be quite tasty. But it's a fat stretch from chicken prepared from scratch.
And of course, there are instances where there is little time in our busy schedules for meal planning and preparation - and where a fine can of lean chicken become very welcomed. On those occasions, here are just a few suggestions that might be a help while dieting, canned or not.
Mix drained canned or foiled packed chicken with a Tablespoon of Miracle Whip Light and a Tablespoon of sweet pickle relish.
Add some chopped onion and celery. Serve on fresh bread with lots of cracked pepper available for those who want more zip to their chicken salad.
Mix 1 small can of drained chicken with 10 saltine crackers that have been hand-crushed. Add one large raw egg and 1/2 cup of all-purpose flour. Add 1 teaspoon of baking powder. Also add any chopped or dried parsley that you may have on hand. Stir ingredients to incorporate.
Place a non-stick skillet on the stove top and add just a bit of cooking oil. Peanut oil works very well and is one of the healthier oils. Add the chicken croquet mixture to the skillet in heaping spoonfuls.
Allow to brown on one side; carefully turn and brown on the other. Serve with a side of catsup or spicy mustard.
Also enjoy a serving of green beans, a slice of whole grain bread and a low calorie beverage such as unsweetened iced tea.
Deli chicken also makes a quick fix. For the first meal, enjoy the bird as purchased. And as a note, if your deli is like ours - the chicken comes in many different flavors such as Cajun, Garlic Butter and Barbeque. You'll need to choose a flavor that will compliment any recipe that you plan to pair it with, therefore the original flavor is the most versatile.
Chicken & Creamy Noodle Recipe
For other meals to enjoy during the week, try pairing it with your favorite pasta. A simple recipe is: 2 cups of cooked noodles, 1/2 cup of cooked chicken, 1/2 cup of skim milk, 1 serving of reduced fat margarine, a dash of chopped parsley and 1/4 cup of cooked onions, bell peppers and celery. Simply add a tiny bit of vegetable oil to a skillet and cook the tri-mix of vegetables. When they are tender add the chicken, milk, parsley and margarine. When hot, add the cooked drained noodles. Enjoy with whole grain bread and a side of vegetables.
Mexican Chicken & Rice Diet Recipe
Uncle Ben's makes a delicious Mexican style Spanish rice that is so easy to prepare. It comes in a pouch and takes a little over a minute to heat. One of our favorite recipes is to add chopped chicken to the rice along with a bit of reduced fat sour cream and low fat shredded cheese. Very easy - very quick and yes, very delicious.
In Summary, no matter how you cook or how you slice your chicken, preparing in advance ensures weight loss success.