Chicken breasts. Great source of protein, cheap, easy to make and tasty. Can their be anything better? You probably eat a lot of chicken. I know I do, and I got sick of eating the same old grilled/baked chicken breast day in and day out. But who's got time for fancy recipes either? You already need to find time to work, eat 6 times a day, take handfuls of supplements, and workout. So I thought I’d share some of my ideas for quick ways to make tasty chicken.
One-step seasonings. I don't know if you have the same brand in Canada, but club-house makes a great lineup of seasoning mixes. All you have to do is sprinkle some on, throw it on the grill for 6-7 minutes, and voila, awesome chicken. You'll feel like you're eating something you shouldn't be. I've found the best ones to be Cajun, lemon & herb, Montréal chicken and tex mex.
Don't go overboard with this stuff though, as it does contain some salt. All you need is a light sprinkling to get the flavours in.
Mrs. Dash: For those of you who are trying to cut back on salt, this is the way to go. There are a bunch of different varieties available, and they're great for adding a lot of flavour.
Marinades: Low fat salad dressing like italian works pretty well. Another good one is a mix of yogurt, lemon juice and onions. There are lots of recipes out there. Try to start with something acidic like vinegar, yogurt or some type of citrus juice. This will help tenderize the meat. One good trick is to put the chicken in a ziploc bag when you buy it, and mix it around in the bag with your marinade. Then toss it the freezer. When you want to defrost it, it will marinade itself as it thaws out.
BBQ Sauce: Yeah, most bbq sauces have a lot of sugar in them, but you can find higher quality brands with a very rich flavour and not so much sugar. A little goes a long way too. If you take a little dab, like half a teaspoon or so and brush it over your chicken after it's been cooked, you'll find it will give it a lot of taste without needing to drench it in sauce.
Finally...I can't talk about chicken without praising my George Foreman grill. It makes meals really quick to make. In 15 minutes, you can have 6 chicken breasts cooked and everything cleaned up and finished with. I find that spraying a bit of pam on it before I cook makes it easier to clean. Another trick I use is to keep a spray bottle filled with water around. When you're done cooking, spray down the grill while it's hot and the steam will loosen a lot of the stuck on food bits. Makes it a lot easier to wipe down after.
So anyway...that's how I make my chicken. I find it's easier to stick with my diet if it doesn't taste the same everyday. Some people can do it, but I like variety still It's easier to make a permanent change in your diet if it doesn’t feel like one right?