3 Ways to Make Chicken More Interesting
By Genevieve Cunningham
Eating a healthy and well-balanced diet is a staple of living a healthy lifestyle. And while some people make it complicated, it doesn't really have to be. The basics include eating more vegetables and more lean meats. And for a lot of people, this means eating plenty of chicken. While chicken is definitely a healthy food, it's easy to get tired of it. If you need some new ways to use chicken in your menu, take a look at these tips for changing it up without harming your health.
Use New Veggies
A meal’s flavor can be completely changed simply by changing the sides. If you mostly like your baked or grilled chicken breast, try using new vegetables. Saute them, grill them, bake them. By changing up the extras in your meal, you can change the entire feel. A regular old chicken breast can have an Italian vibe or a Mexican food flavor or anything else. If you're looking for an easy way to change up your chicken, this might be your best option.
Experiment With Rubs and Marinades
Do you marinate your chicken? If not, you should start. A good rub or marinade can make your chicken more tender and completely change the flavor. It's not hard to learn, and it will only require a bit of practice and some good recipes. If you already marinade, try changing it up. Use a new one to get a different flavor out of the same old chicken. This might seem too simple, but it really works if you're willing to experiment.
Use a Different Cut
Who says you have to use chicken breasts with every meal? You don't! Though the breast is usually very lean and is a favorite of many recipes, it's OK to use other cuts. The wings, the thighs, the back, the legs. Use the whole chicken! This can provide different flavors, different textures, and make the same tired recipes seem good as new.
Chicken is one of the easiest lean meats to keep in your menu. It's easy to buy, inexpensive, and most people are familiar enough to make it work on a regular basis. But it can absolutely get tiring. Use these tips to keep your chicken interesting, and enjoy a healthy menu with new, fun, exciting flavor.
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