Chicken is by far one of the most readily available protein options in grocery stores across the country. It can be relatively inexpensive compared to other meats, and can be the centerpiece of a quick, easy, tasty, and nutritious meal.
A Quality Source of Protein and Other Nutrients
Chicken is an incredible source of protein and offers a high amount of niacin, vitamin b6, phosphorus, and selenium. Differing parts of the chicken will have slightly different nutrient profiles, but the thigh and the breast are the most common cut available. Pasture-raised poultry can be difficult to source and tends to be pricier, but it can have a slightly better omega 3 to omega 6 fatty acid ratio. This proper ratio is important for managing inflammation, supporting healthy cell function, and optimal brain power. Find what works for you and your budget and don’t worry if it’s not pasture-raised.
Chicken can easily fit into your meal planning and prep routine. One of the easiest ways to meal-prep is to double-up on what you are already preparing for dinner and putting the extras, pre-portioned in the freezer, ready to defrost and reheat on a busy night in the upcoming weeks.
There is no need for your chicken to be dry, bland, or boring. The next time you find yourself wondering what to do with the chicken you purchased, try one of the recipes below. All of the recipes are great candidates for your freezer.
Chicken is an incredible source of protein and offers a high amount of niacin, vitamin b6, phosphorus, and selenium.
This buffalo chicken comes together easily with lots of hands-off time in a slow cooker and is perfect for sandwiches and wraps, on top of salads, or on a sweet potato.
Slow-Cooker Buffalo Chicken
Serves 4 to 6
2 pounds of boneless, skinless chicken breast
¾ cup of your favorite buffalo sauce (New Primal Medium or Primal Kitchen Buffalo Sauce is perfect)
4 tablespoons of butter
1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar
1 teaspoon of sea salt
Place all of the ingredients into a slow-cooker. Stir to coat the chicken completely.
Cook on high for 3 to 4 hours on high. Or 6 to 8 hours on low.
Remove chicken from slow-cooker and chop into bite sized pieces.
Return chicken to the sauce leftover in the slow-cooker and toss well to coat.
Notes: This recipe is easily scaled up by doubling all of the ingredients and keeping the cook time the same.
Keeping it easy in the kitchen is important when we’re talking about reaching health goals and chicken fits the bill nicely. These recipes have boring old chicken, center stage and shining:
Chicken Recipe Ideas
Chicken Shawarma is a superstar when it comes to meal prep. The recipe makes quite a bit, but can also be doubled. This is lovely alongside a tomato and cucumber salad, hummus, olives, and your favorite flat bread or crackers. It’s also delicious on top of a green salad or in a wrap.
This Butter Chicken might find it’s way onto your weekly rotation. It is incredibly easy to make thanks to the use of the Instant Pot. (It can also be made on the stove.) Serve it over rice or with a side of naan. Try serving it over cauliflower rice for an extra vegetable serving.
Nothing says summer like grilled chicken. Try this simple marinade the next time you fire up the grill. Grilled chicken can be sliced, portioned, and frozen for the weeks ahead. Pull a portion out of the freezer, defrost and enjoy on salads, sandwiches, or served alongside your favorite sides.
Skip the takeout with this Cashew Chicken that will have your family asking for seconds. Serve with some roasted broccoli and rice for a complete meal.
Is there anything more comforting than Chicken Soup? This soup freezes extremely well. Just be sure to leave lots of room for expansion if you are freezing in glass containers.
Sheet pan dinners can be simple and delicious. This Chicken and Asparagus recipe does not disappoint and any leftovers are perfect for lunch the next day.
These Chicken Tacos have an extra serving of vegetables that your pickiest eaters won’t even notice. They are perfect for Taco Tuesdays!
With this many options, chicken never needs to be boring and bland again. The most difficult part will be choosing which delicious recipe you want to try next.
About the Author
Karen became a Nutritional Therapy Practitioner after her own medical crisis and autoimmune diagnosis led her on a journey of discovering how vital proper nutrition is to feeling happy and healthy. She became passionate about helping others regain their energy and sense of well-being through food and lifestyle choices. Karen lives in Southern California with her family and can be found outdoors most of the time. She loves helping clients find the joy of creating delicious foods that nourish their mind, body and spirit. Read more about Karen.
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