Chicken Recipes

Here are some of my favorite chicken recipes...Enjoy!

Baked Chimichanga Chicken
Chicken Stroganoff
Mexican Lasagna
Creamy Crock Pot Chicken
Mexican Chicken
Chicken Soft Tacos...a persoanal favorite
Feta Pasta
Creamy Italian Chicken
Skinny "Fried" Chicken
Mandarin Chicken
Zesty Chicken
Parmesan Chicken

Chicken Tonight

I am a big fan of chicken recipes. Chicken is one of the best sources of lean protein, which is essential when it comes to repairing those muscles after a kick-butt strength training session.

What’s so special about chicken? First of all, it is a low-fat, carb-less complete protein.

Wait, let me explain what a complete protein is without getting too scientific on you. Proteins are made up of amino acids. The amino acids that our bodies have the ability to make are called “non-essential” amino acids.

The amino acids that our bodies can’t produce are called “essential” meaning we must acquire them through food. Plant Protein sources, such as beans, don’t contain all the “essential” amino acids so they are referred to as “incomplete” proteins. Animal sources of protein, such as chicken and beef contain all the “essential” amino acids necessary to build a protein so they are labeled “complete” proteins.

Okay, so that’s your science lesson for the day. Sorry, got a little side tracked. Anyway, chicken is low-fat, carb-free complete protein that has less fat and fewer calories than beef (90%), pork, ham, steak and pot roast per serving. Remember, a serving is 3 ounces, about the size of a deck of cards or the palm of your hand.

What’s even more amazing is that chicken has less saturated fat than even salmon. Fat is made up of saturated and unsaturated fats. Studies have found a strong correlation between saturated fat and arthrosclerosis (hardening of the arteries) and heart disease.

The American Heart Association recommends that less than 7% of your daily intake come from saturated fat. More specifically, a 1500 calorie diet should contain no more than 10.5 grams of saturated fat and a 2000 calorie diet should contain no more than 14 grams. Luckily, chicken only has less than 1 gram of saturated fat per serving and you only need about 3 servings to satisfy your daily protein intake.

Oops, another science lesson. Who would’ve known chicken was such a complicated topic. Oh, I almost forgot, for my southern cooking friends, the chicken I am talking about is skinless and not fried!

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