Protein Sources – Ideas For Cooking Tasty Chicken Breasts

We all know that if you’re weight training, getting ample protein in your diet is extremely important.   In addition, the source of this important nutrient is equally vital.  See this post for more information.

One excellent protein source is chicken, specifically, chicken breasts.  Although other chicken parts contain protein, they are also higher in fat.  Consequently, most weight lifters will stick to eating the breasts only, especially for dinners after a work-out.If you’re like most people, you can only eat so much chicken before it starts tasting the same and becomes boring.

It’s so important that you NOT let that happen. Doing so could possibly lead to you eating other, less healthy foods.Here are some of my ideas for cooking tasty chicken breasts.   Many of these ideas are not recipes.

 Simply take your chicken, add spices, flavoring and healthy sauces for a tasty meal.  For more great ideas, get Dave Ruel’s Anabolic Cooking Cookbook or check out the videos at the right.

Hints For Chicken Breasts – Buying, Storing, and Easy Preparing

1.Storage:  Buy boneless, skinless breasts in large packs and store them in your freezer.  You can usually find them on sale in large packs every few weeks in your local supermarket.  You can wrap each breast in freezer paper and store in plastic freezer bags.  This way, you’ll only thaw the amount you need at the time.  They’ll last for quite a while, longer than you’ll need to keep them there.

2.Prepare Ahead:  Any even quicker idea is to boil some breasts, cut them into bite sized chunks, and freeze in plastic freezer bags.  Again, only thaw what you need for each dinner.  An alternative to boiling is to cut them in bite sized pieces and saute in a little olive oil, which is a great healthy oil.  (Don’t use other vegetable oils.  Stay healthy and use olive oil only.)

3.Thawing:  Any frozen chicken can be easily thawed in the microwave on “defrost” setting for approx. 3-5 minutes, depending on the size of the breasts and the power of your microwave.  They’ll be ready to cook in no time.4.Bone-In Breasts:  For even more price savings, you can buy split chicken breasts, with the bone in.  However, de-boning can be challenging for many people.  If you’re one of them, don’t spend the extra time.  The price savings may not be worth it, especially if you purchase them on sale as noted in #1 above.Ideas For Cooking Tasty Chicken BreastsAlthough you can use recipes for great tasting meals, I’m here to say you don’t have to.  Here are some ideas that will hopefully spark your creativity.  The key is, think ethnic, themes, pairings, etc. when planning your chicken meal.

IDEA #1:  ASIAN Stir fry over medium high heat bite sized chicken pieces in a small amount of sesame oil for a few minutes.  Add a bag of frozen stir fry veggies, terriaki sauce, pepper, ginger and garlic.  Serve over brown rice.Alternatives:  Use any combination of the following:  other asian spices, water chestnuts, chopped onions, celery, low sodium terriaki sauce.  Think “Chinese Restaurant” and add ingredients to suit your taste.

IDEA #2:  KEBOBS In Italian vinagrette dressing, marinate bite sized raw chicken breast pieces, peppers, onions, and tomatoes.  Place on skewers and grill for 10 minutes or so, until chicken is cooked.  Serve with brown rice.Alternatives:  Use other salad dressings for marinade.  However, make sure they’re not high in fat.  Use low fat or clear dressings – not creamy.

IDEA #3:  BARBECUE Season whole chicken breasts with salt pepper and any other seasoning you prefer.  Grill for 10-15 minutes until done, basting with barbecue sauce during the last 5 minutes (this prevents the sauce from burning,)Alternatives:  Mix cooked bite sized chicken pieces with seasoning and bottled barbecue sauce and saute on the stove along with onions and peppers.  Serve as a sandwich or eat with a fork.  My favorite seasoning for barbecued chicken is BY FAR Montreal Steak Seasoning from McCormick.  I use it all the time.  It’s great any grilled foods, chicken, steak, pork, and more.

IDEA #4:  PASTA Cook whole wheat or other healthy pasta according to package directions.  Mix in bite sized cooked chicken pieces, oregeno, garlic powder, salt and pepper and canned stewed or diced tomatoes.  Heat through.Alternatives:  Instead of canned tomotoes, use sundried and add olive oil and red wine vinegar – 2 parts olive oil to 1 part vinegar.  Sprinkle with a small amount of grated Romano cheese.

IDEA #5:  MEXICAN Mix bite sized cooked pieces with prepackaged Mexican seasonings or add your own such as cumin or fajita mix, black beans, corn, cilantro and salsa.  Serve in tortilla wraps or eat with a fork.Alternatives:  Beans are an additional source of protein.  Use several types or use refried beans in this dish as well.I hope I’ve given you ideas for cooking tasty chicken breasts.

It’s no secret that out of all protein sources, chicken is one of the most popular.  Don’t keep making boring dinners.

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