Some of Our Favourite Healthy and Low Fat Chicken Recipes

Chicken is the world’s primary source of animal protein. Delicious and extremely versatile, it can be roasted, broiled, teamed with delicious fresh herbs, grilled and tossed in a salad, marinated with spices… the possibilities are endless. Chicken is low in fat, particularly saturated fat, and it contains a high percentage of essential “good” fats. These “good” fats are important in the reduction of cholesterol levels in the diet.

Chicken is an excellent source of B vitamins, and is particularly high in the cancer-protective B vitamin niacin. It is also a fantastic source of vitamin B6, which is an essential vitamin in supporting energy production throughout the body. Chicken also contains selenium, an antioxidant that helps the body fight against cancer, and the amino acids that produce serotonin (the happy, feel-good hormone!)

Here are some delicious, healthy chicken recipes…


Thai Chicken Curry Laksa – Photograph by Alpha

 

Chicken & Coconut Laksa

Coconut may well be hailed the next super food! It is rich in lauric acid, which is anti-viral and is needed to build and maintain the body’s immune system. It also contains a type of fat that is used as energy rather than stored fat, and may actually help with weight loss management! This delicious, warming dish is perfect for those fast-approaching autumnal days.

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Ingredients (serves 2)

  • 60g rice noodles
  • 1 tbsp ground nut oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 1cm piece fresh ginger, finely chopped
  • 1 red chilli, deseeded and finely chopped
  • 1 red pepper, julienne
  • 1 spring onion, finely chopped
  • 1 tsp Thai fish sauce
  • Juice 1 lime
  • 400ml coconut milk
  • 1-2 chicken breasts cut into strips
  • Handful bean sprouts
  • Bunch fresh coriander
  • 1 handful cashew nuts (chopped)
  • Lime wedge to garnish

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Preparation:

  1. Put the rice noodles in a bowl with boiling water and cover with a plate for 5 minutes.
  2. Heat ground nut oil in a wok and add garlic, ginger, chilli and spring onion. Cook for 1-2 minutes until fragrant.
  3. Add the Thai fish sauce, lime juice and stir well. Reduce the heat and add coconut milk.
  4. Add the chicken; poach it in the coconut milk for 5-7 minutes until cooked through.
  5. Place the rice noodles in the bowl, and top with julienne red pepper and bean sprouts. Spoon the sauce over the noodles.
  6. Serve with a sprinkle of fresh coriander, chopped cashew nuts and a wedge of fresh lime.

 


Our very own Pure Package chicken kebabs – Photograph by The Pure Package on Flickr

 

Chicken Kebabs with Yoghurt Mint Dip

Mint has an antispasmodic effect on the digestive system, and in combination with plain yoghurt is calming and soothing for digestive health. Serve with couscous or quinoa for a scrumptious supper.

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Ingredients (makes 6)

  • 500g free-range boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 cup plain low-fat yoghurt
  • 3 cloves garlic, peeled and crushed
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • Juice and zest of 1 lemon
  • 1 tsp freshly grated ginger
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp turmeric
  • Handful fresh coriander
  • 6 skewers

For the dip

  • ½ cup low-fat Greek yoghurt
  • Fresh mint, small handful finely chopped
  • Fresh parsley, small handful finely chopped
  • Freshly ground black pepper

 

Preparation 2

 


Preparation:

  1. Cut the chicken into 1cm pieces and put into a bowl.
  2. Combine the yoghurt, lemon juice and zest, spices, coriander, ginger, garlic and onion. Add the marinade to the chicken pieces and mix well.
  3. Cover and refrigerate for 4 hours, or overnight.
  4. Thread the marinated chicken pieces onto the skewers. Grill for 5-6 minutes on each side, or until cooked through.
  5. Serve with the yoghurt dip and couscous.

 

Chicken and Mango Salad, with Chilli and Coriander Dressing

Mangoes are a good source of beta-carotene, vitamin C and vitamin E, all of which promote healthy skin, hair and eyesight. This refreshing salad is perfect for a quick and easy lunch.

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Ingredients (serves 2)

  • 2 grilled skinless, boneless chicken breasts (or good quality smoked chicken), cut into thick strips
  • 4 handfuls cos lettuce and rocket
  • 1 ripe mango, peeled and sliced into slim wedges
  • 1 red pepper, cut into strips
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • Bunch fresh coriander
  • 1 red chilli, finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

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Preparation: 

  1. Divide the salad between the 2 plates, and top with the mango, red pepper and chicken slices.
  2. Make the dressing combining chopped red chilli, olive oil, lime juice and chopped fresh coriander. Drizzle over the dressing, and sprinkle with fresh coriander to serve.

Do you have any favourite healthy chicken recipes, or tasty ways to help weight loss management? Drop us a comment below, post on our Facebook Page or tweet us.