3 Low-Calorie Chicken Recipes to Entice Your Taste buds this Spring
Chicken recipes are the perfect lunch or dinner entrées especially on this festive season of spring. The most common cooking methods for chicken are fried, baked, roasted and skewered; no matter how you cooked it, it would still be great as long as you use the freshest and finest ingredients that would best complement your recipe. However, it is quite tricky to prepare chicken recipes that consider nutritional values such as minimal calorie consumption. Yeah, it might sound a little difficult yet it is not impossible to prepare. I understand how much you want to serve the best for your family; nutritious yet succulent and mouthwatering dishes.
You may seem to be at disbelief when you first read low-calorie chicken, well I can’t blame you for that. Here are certain tips on how you can avoid extra calories for your dish.
1. Refrain from Using Fat-Rich Condiments
You need to reduce fat content such as cooking oil and butter. For this, you might want to use non-stick pans wherein you can add a small amount of oil to sauté your ingredients like onions, garlic and tomatoes. You also need to consider using low-fat dairy goods if your recipe calls for it.
2. Completely Remove Skin
Skin is the fattiest part of the chicken where most of the calories are contained so it is advised that you remove the skin and only use the meat in your recipes.
3. Use Minimal Amount of Sugar
Did you know that in every 100 grams of sugar contains 387 calories? So better think twice better you pour this sweetener to your dish. If necessary, you can add small amount and use sugar alternatives such as vanilla or stevia.
4.Green, Leafy Vegetables
The most important thing you need to remember is incorporating generous amounts of vegetables in your dish. Veggies are overflowing with vitamins and minerals that could subdue calories on your dish. You can mince, chop or either dice it as you desire.
Make sure to remember these tips in preparing your masterpiece dish. Here are few of the many low-calorie dishes you can prepare anytime soon.
Dish #1: Chicken and Sweet Potato Stew
6 chicken thighs, skin removed, trimmed of fat
2 pounds sweet potatoes, peeled and cut
1/2 pound white button mushrooms, thinly sliced
6 onions, peeled and sliced
4 cloves garlic, peeled and minced
2 cups dry white wine
2 teaspoons chopped fresh rosemary, or 1/2 teaspoon dried rosemary, crushed
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
1 1/2 tablespoons white-wine vinegar
3 celery sticks cut into matchsticks
For this recipe, you can prepare it using stove or 6-quart slow cooker.
Stove (45 minutes):
- First, sauté onions and garlic under low temperature. Then add the celery followed by mushrooms and let it sit for about 2-3 minutes.
- Next, add the chicken thighs, wine, rosemary, salt and pepper into the pot and stir. Put the lid and let it sit for 20 minutes under low temperature.
- Then, after 20 minutes add the sweet potatoes and stir. Putting the potatoes before will make it mushy, so take note of the time.
- Finally, remove the pot from heat and serve. Best served with bread.
6-quart slow cooker (5 hours):
- First, place the chicken thighs, onions, garlic, wine, rosemary, salt and pepper into the pot and stir. Put the lid and cook for about 3 hours still under low temperature.
- Next, add the sweet potatoes and let it cook for 2 more hours. Don’t put the potatoes soon so that it will not get soppy.
- Then, place the celery in the last 10-20 minutes of cooking to add more flavor.
- Finally, turn off the slow cooker and serve the stew. Best served with bread.
Dish #2: Lemon Chicken Skillet
4 (6-ounce) skinless, boneless chicken breast halves, pounded to 3/4-inch thickness
1 medium lemon
2 teaspoons parsley flakes
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon all-purpose flour
4 large (about 1 1/2 pounds) skinless, boneless chicken-breast halves
1 tablespoon olive or salad oil
2 cloves garlic, minced
2/3 cup chicken broth
- First, you need to grate 1/2 teaspoon peel from the lemon and squeeze 1 tablespoon juice.
- Next, prepare a sheet of wax paper wherein you need to place the grated lemon peel, parsley flakes, salt, pepper and 1 tablespoon of all-purpose flour then mix.
- Use the mixture as coating for the pounded chicken breasts. Apply evenly.
- Under medium heat, place a 12-inch skillet then pour 1 tablespoon of olive oil or salad oil and cook the chicken breasts until tender and turns golden brown on both sides. To check the juiciness of the chicken, use a fork or knife to pierce through it and observe if juices run clear after.
- Cook the chicken for about 15 minutes (about 7 minutes each side) and transfer it to warm platter.
- Then, mix lemon juice, chicken broth and 1 teaspoon flour in a 1-cup measuring cup. Stir until mixture is smooth.
- Pour the mixture into drippings in skillet and bring into boil for about one minute under high heat then remove.
- Lastly, use a spoon to pour the sauce into the chicken. Don’t forget to add lemon slices and parsley sprigs for garnishing.
Dish #3: Chicken Zucchini Salad
1/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon olive oil
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
Coarse salt and ground pepper
1 1/4 pounds zucchini, thinly sliced
1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts
1 bunch (about 8 ounces) spinach, chopped
1/2 red onion, thinly sliced
3/4 cup chopped pecans
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1/4 cup chopped fresh mint
- First, prepare the salad mixture. Put ¼ cup olive oil and lemon juice a bowl. Add salt and pepper for seasoning as desired and add the zucchini. Let the mixture soak while you make the chicken.
- Next, season chicken with salt and pepper. Place a large nonstick skillet under medium heat and add 1 tablespoon oil. Cook chicken for about 7 minutes each side until golden brown throughout.
- Then, once cooked, remove the chicken from the skillet and slice finely according to your liking.
- Lastly, put the chicken into the bowl of marinated zucchini mixture and add the spinach, onions, pecans, the parmesan cheese and mint then serve.
Have you already decided on what to cook?
So, having all these recipes at hand, I know you’re already excited to cook and share it with your loved ones this spring. No matter what recipe you choose, it would still be as amazing as it looks. Food which are contains high minerals and health promoting substances are always the best. I hope you would enjoy these dishes, especially those who are health-conscious and have an amazing spring!
Aside from eating healthy, keeping a fit and rocking body this spring would be best achieved if you incorporate low-calorie diet with regular exercise. Take time to run, jog or hit the gym to burn extra fats. This would be the perfect time to flaunt your figure and hit the beach! Don't forget to have fun!