Chicken Recipes For Weight Loss

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Quick Chicken Recipes For Weight Loss

Chicken recipes are great for weight loss because it is low in fat and high in protein. If you’re not a vegetarian, you most likely include this poultry in your diet. I eat a lot of chicken when I’m trying to tone my body for the summer. Not only can you build muscle, but vitamins and minerals in chicken also help boost your immune system.

Just make sure you purchase fresh and organic meat and stay away from foods that have been processed with chemicals. Keep reading for healthy chicken recipes for the whole week. These meals don’t require great culinary skill and take 30 minutes or less to prepare. If you have any awesome chicken recipes, leave them in the comments below. If you are interested in more dinner recipes, check out this post

 

Sunday: One Pan Chicken & Broccoli

Ingredients:

½ cup water

2 tablespoons soy sauce

2 teaspoons cornstarch

1 teaspoon grated fresh ginger

1 teaspoon toasted sesame oil

3/4 pound broccoli

1 yellow sweet pepper

2 tablespoons cooking oil

12 ounces skinless, boneless chicken, cut into bite-size pieces

2 cups chow mein noodles

 

Directions:

For sauce, in a small bowl stir together water, soy sauce, cornstarch, ginger, and sesame oil
Cut flowerets from broccoli stems and separate flowerets
Cut pepper into short, thin strips
In large skillet heat 1 tablespoon of the cooking oil over medium-high heat
Cook and stir broccoli stems in hot oil for 1 minute
Add broccoli flowerets and sweet pepper; cook and stir for 3 to 4 minutes
Remove from the skillet; set aside
Add remaining oil to the skillet
Add chicken; cook and stir for 2 to 3 minutes or until no longer pink
Push chicken from center of wok
Stir sauce; pour into center of wok
Cook and stir until thickened and bubbly
Return cooked vegetables to wok
Stir together to coat
Cook and stir 1 minute more or until heated through
Serve over chow mein noodles

 

Monday: Balsamic Chicken

Ingredients:

2 tablespoons butter

1 tablespoon olive oil

4 boneless skinless chicken breasts

¾ teaspoon salt

¼ teaspoon black pepper

⅓ cup chopped onions

2 cups cremini mushrooms, sliced

4 cloves roasted garlic, smashed (or 2 cloves raw)

¼ cup balsamic vinegar

¼ – ½ teaspoon red pepper flakes

1 teaspoon chopped thyme, fresh

½ cup water

1 tablespoons fresh chopped chives

 

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 350ºF
Heat the butter and olive oil on medium high heat in a skillet
Add the chicken breasts season each side with salt and pepper and cook 3 minutes per side
Transfer the chicken to an oven-safe baking dish and bake uncovered for 20-25 minutes
When 10 minutes of baking time remain, prepare the balsamic mushrooms
Heat the same skillet used to brown the chicken over medium high heat
Add the onions and mushrooms
Saute for 1 minute before adding in the roasted garlic; cook for an additional minute
Add the balsamic vinegar, red pepper flakes, and chopped thyme
Heat the balsamic vinegar through for 1 minute then add in the ½ cup of water
Continue to cook until the liquid reduces to about half
Adjust the seasonings to taste
Serve warm with chopped chives or parsley

 

Tuesday: Cranberry Chicken Salad

Ingredients:

½ cup  lite mayonnaise

¼ cup plain Greek yogurt

1 teaspoons fresh lemon juice

1 tablespoon minced flat leaf parsley

¼ teaspoon dried dill

3 cups chopped or shredded cooked chicken

½ cup finely chopped celery or finely chopped apple

⅓ cup dried cranberries

⅓ cup chopped toasted walnuts 

salt and pepper to taste

 

Directions:

In a large bowl, whisk mayonnaise, sour cream or yogurt, lemon juice, parsley, and dill
Add remaining ingredients and stir until combined
Add salt and pepper to taste
Serve chilled on bread or lettuce

 

Wednesday: Chicken Lettuce Wraps

Ingredients:

For the sauce:

6 tablespoons low sodium soy sauce

1 clove garlic, minced

2 tablespoons honey

2 tablespoons water

1 tablespoon finely chopped ginger

1 tablespoon rice vinegar

3/4 tablespoon chili paste

the juice of 2 limes

1 teaspoon cornstarch

For the chicken:

1 tablespoon olive oil or sesame oil

1 lb ground lean chicken

1/4 cup lightly salted cashews, coarsely chopped

3 green onions, thinly sliced

16 leaves lettuce, for wrapping

 

Directions:

Prepare the sauce
Place all the ingredients in a small bowl and whisk to combine and set aside
Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat
Add the ground chicken and break down any big lumps
Cook, stirring occasionally until the chicken is browned
Add the cashews and cook, stirring, for 1-2 minutes, then add the sauce and cook for 1-2 minutes more
Stir in the green onions, remove from heat and scoop the chicken mixture into the lettuce leaves

 

Thursday: Cilantro & Lime Chicken

Ingredients:

4 skinless boneless chicken breasts

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

1 Tablespoon olive oil

1 cup chicken broth

3/4 Tablespoon fresh lime juice

1/4 cup finely chopped onion

1 Tablespoon chopped cilantro

1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes

3 Tablespoons heavy cream

2 Tablespoons unsalted butter, cubed

 

Directions:

Preheat oven to 375°F
Sprinkle each chicken breast with salt and pepper
In a large ovenproof skillet, heat the oil over medium-high heat
Add the chicken and cook for 6-7 minutes, turning once
Set chicken on a plate and cover tightly with foil
Remove skillet from heat and add the broth, lime juice, onion, cilantro, and red pepper
Return to heat
Cook and stir to scrape up the browned bits from the bottom of the skillet.
Bring to a boil.
Allow to boil gently, uncovered, for 10 minutes
Reduce heat to medium-low, then add the cream and butter
Stir until butter has melted
Add chicken to the sauce and place the skillet in the preheated oven
Bake uncovered until the chicken is completely cooked through, about 5-10 minutes
Serve chicken with sauce spooned on top

 

Friday: Chicken and Avocado Salad

Ingredients:

10 cloves of garlic minced

1/4 cup of olive oil

1/4 cup to 1/2 cup of brown sugar

8 boneless skinless chicken breasts

 

Directions:

Saute the garlic in the olive until golden, add the brown sugar until it is a slight paste over medium heat
Remove from heat and spread over chicken breasts placed in a greased glass pan
Season with salt and pepper
Cook at 500 degrees for 30 minutes

 

Saturday: Sweet Garlic Chicken

Ingredients:

10 cloves of garlic minced

1/4 cup of olive oil

1/4 cup to 1/2 cup of brown sugar

8 boneless skinless chicken breasts

 

Directions:

Saute the garlic in the olive until golden, add the brown sugar until it is a slight paste over medium heat
Remove from heat and spread over chicken breasts placed in a greased glass pan
Season with salt and pepper
Cook at 500 degrees for 30 minutes