Perhaps you know that skinless white meat chicken is a green light protein pick. But if the idea of it doesn’t inspire you to start cooking and eating healthier, I don’t blame you. Traditionally, people don’t see the adaptability in this protein powerhouse. Not only is white meat chicken so versatile, it is easy to make, can be cooked with a variety of cooking methods and everybody loves chicken…I mean come on, who doesn’t love chicken?
A single ounce of white meat skinless chicken has 31 calories, 0.4 grams of fat and 6.5 grams of protein. It is hard to not want to find new ways of eating it once you know how lean and calorically sparse it is.
Chicken can be purchased in many forms, adding to its flexibility and why it’s used in place of beef in most calorically conscious recipes. Chicken is most commonly packaged in cutlet form but don’t let that stop you from trying other cuts. Ground chicken is an easy way to cut calories and fat when a recipe calls for ground beef. If you have trouble finding ground chicken, ask your butcher to run a package of chicken breast through the grinder for you at no charge. I do that all of the time! Chicken can also be purchased in cubes for kabobs and strips for stir-fries and fajitas. For my family I often purchase thinly sliced chicken since it is our favorite and it saves me cooking (and pounding) time.
If eating chicken cutlets, remove any opaque white that you see on it before cooking which is generally found on the edges of the chicken. This opaque white is fat. The easiest way to remove fat from the chicken is with your kitchen shear, a pair of scissors that you have designated for food only. On the same note, it is okay to cook chicken with the skin on it but make sure to discard it before eating. And don’t leave it on your plate if you are going to be tempted to eat it.
Chicken doesn’t need to be boring or bland. It is super forgiving. So be creative. Think outside of the box. I truly believe chicken is “America’s Favorite Protein” and if it isn’t, it really must be.
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