Why should you add more chicken to your weekly meal menu?
Chicken is a delicious, affordable, and filling protein source.
Why would you want to eat more protein? Protein is an important macronutrient that supports weight management, a strong immune system, and healthy bones and muscles.
Chicken is very versatile when it comes to the many ways you can prepare it. Bake, grill, roast, fry, and broil just to name a few.
Freeze your chicken! Purchase chicken on sale and freeze it. Freeze it in small amounts to thaw out, cook it up, and add it to these recipes. Or cook the chicken and then freeze it in portions in freezer bags to thaw and reheat to add to your recipes.
Marinate or braise your chicken during the cooking process to keep it moist.
Keep an inch or so of water in the bottom of the dish or pan that you cook chicken in to keep the chicken succulent and juicy!
Keep a close eye on temperature and cooking time because overcooked chicken is dry and loses its flavor.
Try these seasonings that pair well with chicken: Rosemary, oregano, basil, sage, parsley, garlic powder, onion powder, and salt and pepper.
We are going to share some simple, delicious, and healthy chicken recipes that you can add to your weekly meal line up!
New Chicken Recipes for Your Weekly Menu
ONE PAN HEALTHY CHICKEN DINNER
Credit to cutsandcrumbles.com
A one pan dish that is simple to make. Even if you cannot cook, you’ve got this! This chicken dish is full of flavor and definitely is not your “boring chicken dinner”.
Full recipe here with directions: One Pan Healthy Chicken Dinner – Cuts and Crumbles
2 chicken thighs (bone-in, skin on)
2 slices of bacon, cut into 1-inch pieces
1 ½ lbs brussels sprouts, trimmed and cut in half
1 fuji apple, sliced into 8 pieces
1 Tbsp red wine vinegar
¼ C apple juice
Healthy Sheet Pan Chicken Fajitas
Credit to: Yellowblissroad.com
If you need a quick, healthy meal on a busy weeknight, this recipe is for you! And I would make a bet that these will become a staple at dinner time.
Entire recipe with directions: Healthy Sheet Pan Chicken Fajitas | YellowBlissRoad.com
1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon garlic powder
½ teaspoon onion powder
½ teaspoon cumin
¼ teaspoon paprika
¼ teaspoon black pepper
1 ½ pounds boneless, skinless chicken breast or chicken tenders
1 yellow bell pepper seeded and sliced into strips
1 orange bell pepper seeded and sliced into strips
1 red bell pepper seeded and sliced into strips
½ red onion sliced into strips
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoon lime juice
¼ cup cilantro optional, for garnish
Optional, for serving: flour tortillas, sour cream, shredded cheese lime wedges, or serve with rice optional, for serving
Easy Chicken Kebabs
Credit to cooktoria.com
Cooking on the grill gets you out of the kitchen! Put together these easy Kebabs that have tons of flavor! Add pineapple or zucchini to change things up!
Entire recipe here Easy Chicken Kebabs | COOKTORIA
2 lbs boneless chicken thighs, cut into medium pieces
⅛ cup soy sauce
⅛ cup olive oil
1 tsp dried oregano
3 garlic cloves (minced)
½ lemon, juiced
3 multicolored bell peppers, cut into medium pieces
Chicken Veggie Salad
I love a good chicken salad with veggies for any meal, don’t you? Top your salad with leftover chicken on a bed of fresh lettuce and veggies. Packed with nutritious filling, whole foods and good fuel for your body!
This is my recipe.
Arugula, spinach, romaine, and leaf lettuce
Additions: Onions, cabbage, hard boiled eggs, nuts, peppers, cheese, and your favorite salad dressing. Try these simple homemade dressing options!
Healthy Chicken Vegetable Casserole
Credit to: recipes.sparkpeople.com/
What’s better than a simple casserole to toss together, shove in the oven, and dinner is done in no time! What’s better is…a nutritious casserole with veggies and tastes amazing!
Entire recipe with directions Healthy Chicken Vegetable Casserole Recipe | SparkRecipes (sparkpeople.com)
2 T all purpose flour
2 T butter, unsalted
10 oz skim milk
1 pinch white pepper
1 t Italian seasoning
1 T parmesan cheese, grated
7 oz penne pasta, whole wheat
2 yellow or orange bell peppers, chopped
1 zucchini, chopped
2 heads, approx. 12 ounces broccoli, chopped
1/3 c monterey jack cheese
nonstick cooking spray
Sum it all up!
Find a good sale on chicken, stock up, and get cooking with chicken. Chicken can help your body run top notch and assist you with your weight loss goals in many ways.
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Did you get some new recipes to add to your weekly meal menu? That was our goal! Tell us which is your favorite.