Being a major functional component of every cell in the body, it is extremely important that we get enough protein in our diet. Not only is protein vital for the healthy growth and repair of the cells but it provides our systems with approximately 15% of its dietary energy.
Protein consists of long chains of amino acid, which are essential to the body as they cannot be produced or stored in the body and so have to be provided through our diet. It is therefore important that we eat a varied diet that is brimming with protein and other essential minerals and vitamins. Chicken is a healthy source of protein and, as this super versatile meat can be eaten in a huge variety of dishes, we can eat chicken several times a week and enjoy a variety of tastes and flavours.
To maximise the health benefits of chicken, we should aim to cook it in the healthiest ways possible. Examples of these are provided below:
Before preparing any chicken meal ensure that you remove the skin and trim off any fat. One of the healthiest ways to cook chicken is to boil it as this method of cooking dissolves any surplus fat that may be on the chicken.
You can boil boneless chicken breasts in a large saucepan of water on a hob until the middle of the chicken breasts is no longer pink. Once the chicken is a light brown colour right the way through, remove the breasts from the water and shred them into strips to be put into your favourite chicken dishes.
Boiling the chicken for chicken curry for example, will mean that this delicious family chicken dish will be prepared in the healthiest way possible. If you are unsure about what seasonings and spices to add to complete this dish then consider buying pre-packaged spices which will be perfectly blended for immediate use. Companies such as Schwartz offer a vast selection of these for use in a wide variety of recipes.
Grilling chicken produces a distinct smoky flavour and helps to produces a moist, tasty meal. As the grease drips of the meat and falls through the grate, grilling is one of the healthiest ways to cook chicken. Whilst you wouldn’t cook a whole chicken under the grill, boneless chicken breasts are a great way to cook healthy, tasty chicken quickly and conveniently.
Stir-frying is not only a super easy way to cook chicken but it is also very healthy and when those delicious chicken juices mix with crunchy fresh vegetables, chicken stir-fry becomes a tasty and nutritious family meal.
Simply cut up boneless chicken breasts into strips, throw them into a wok, add carrots, broccoli or whatever vegetables take your fancy, and pour a tablespoon of canola oil over the contents before frying for approximately two minutes.
Of course, these are just a couple of chicken recipes you can make with roast chicken, grilled, fried and casserole options also popular dishes which utilise this meat.