Healthy chicken thigh recipes
Chicken, more than ever, is a staple in every home. Choosing chicken that is free-range, without added antibiotics and hormones is a healthy choice for your family. In addition, using it as a flavor enhancer instead of the main attraction will not only add to your health, but keep your bank account intact too. After all, buying organic, free-range chickens aren’t cheap. Once you start seeing meat as a condiment instead of the main attraction you can get a lot more creative with your dishes.
Start with a 3 lb whole chicken, wash, clean the inside, season and roast it. Once it’s done, debone the chicken and reserve all the meat for the following recipes. Yield is about 4 cups of cooked chicken. Remember that you can also use the carcass to make a delicious chicken broth by boiling it with onions, garlic, and spices. Save the broth in ice cube trays to add a pop of flavor to any dish.
Asian Cashew Noodles & Chicken
1 LB cooked noodles according to instructions. In a wok or large frying pan, heat 2 TBS Sesame oil, 2 stalks chopped scallions, 1 large carrot, shredded, add in 1/2 cup sliced mushrooms one at a time in that order, for 45 seconds each then add 2 TBS oyster sauce, 2 tsp soy sauce, 1 TBS rice wine. When combined and veggies are almost done, add in 1 cup cooked chicken until heated through, lastly, toss in noodles. Enjoy.
Italian Noodles & Chicken
1 LB cooked noodles according to instructions. In a large frying pan or pot, heat 2 TBS Olive Oil, 1 cup prepared bruschetta until heated well and bubbly. Toss in chicken until hot, then toss in noodles. Serve with a big leafy green salad.
Warm 12 whole wheat tortilla shells. In a large skillet heat 2 TBS coconut oil, add in 1 each, sliced onions, 3 bell peppers (use all colors), 1 cup chunky salsa. Toss in cooked chicken. Serve with warm tortilla shells with a side of pico de gallo, guacamole, and Mexican rice. (note: to make a super fast Mexican rice use a rice cooker. Put the rice, 1 can of Rotel, (substitute some of the water for the juice) and a packet of Goya Sazon Azafran and let the rice cooker do the work)
2 Cups Cooked Chicken, in inch pieces
1 Cup Fat Free or Low Fat Greek Yogurt
2 tsp. curry powder
1/4 Cup Almonds
1/4 cup grapes
1/4 cup dried cranberries
Combine all, mix together. Let sit over night in fridge so flavors meld. Serve on a bed of lettuce or on whole wheat toast with lettuce for a delicious and healthy light lunch. For flavor changes try other spices, fruits and veggies, such as apples, and dried mustard.