Dear Hungry Girl,
I make chicken dishes several times a week -- it's my go-to lean protein. But my family is getting bored with the same old recipes. Any ideas to change things up?
Dear Chicken Rut,
I eat chicken a lot, but I know what you mean -- it can become monotonous really easily if you don't get creative. Luckily, getting creative in the kitchen is what we're all about here at Hungryland. Here are my top eight chicken recipes from 2015... Guaranteed to get you out of that rut!
Cauliflower Fried Rice with Chicken
1/4th of recipe (about 1 3/4 cups): 288 calories, 6.5g total fat (1g sat fat), 579mg sodium, 24g carbs, 6g fiber, 11.5g sugars, 32.5g protein -- SmartPoints
If you're a sucker for Chinese food, you'll fall in love with this chicken dish
. It's not fried, and it's not rice, but it tastes as good as (maybe better than) the real thing.
Taco-licious Stuffed Chicken
1/4th of recipe (1 stuffed chicken breast): 244 calories, 6g total fat (2g sat fat), 526mg sodium, 8g carbs, <0.5g fiber, 2g sugars, 34.5g protein -- SmartPoints
You don't have to travel south of the border for this Mexican-inspired stuffed chicken
. Cheese, chicken, salsa, tortilla chips... all rolled up in one low-calorie, high-protein package. So good!
Mama Shelley's Slow-Cooker Chicken
1/4th of recipe (about 1 3/4 cups): 270 calories, 4g total fat (0.5g sat fat), 663mg sodium, 21.5g carbs, 5g fiber, 12g sugars, 35.5g protein -- SmartPoints
The only thing better than a five-ingredient chicken recipe is a five-ingredient chicken recipe that can be made in a slow cooker. This saucy chicken dish
couldn't be easier to make if it tried. Who knew stewed tomatoes and balsamic vinegar go so well together?
Mexican Chicken Soup
1/10th of recipe (about 1 cup): 154 calories, 4g total fat (0.5g sat fat), 407mg sodium, 10.5g carbs, 3g fiber, 4.5g sugars, 18.5g protein -- SmartPoints
And since one slow-cooker chicken recipe is never enough, here's a second one for you. This Mexican-style soup
is full of moist shredded chicken, flavorful broth, and tasty veggies. Top it off with Greek yogurt and avocado, and devour...
Pizza-fied Chicken 2.0
Entire recipe: 272 calories, 8.5g total fat (3.5g sat fat), 633mg sodium, 6g carbs, 1g fiber, 2.5g sugars, 40.5g protein -- SmartPoints
The ultimate way to make chicken more exciting? Pizza-fy it! This recipe
makes a single serving, but you can easily multiply it to serve as many hungry humans as you like.
BBQ Ranch Chicken Salad in a Jar
Entire recipe: 292 calories, 5.5g total fat (2g sat fat), 704mg sodium, 28g carbs, 6.5g fiber, 10g sugars, 34.5g protein -- SmartPoints
If you haven't made a salad in a jar, you're missing out -- it's pretty much the perfect portable lunch. By layering it up with the dressing on the bottom, your salad won't ever get soggy. This Southwest-style recipe
is out of this world.
Pineapple Jerk Chicken
Entire recipe: 299 calories, 3.5g total fat (0.5g sat fat), 728mg sodium, 32g carbs, 2g fiber, 22.5g sugars, 33g protein -- SmartPoints
Don't feel like dealing with a bunch of prep work or cleanup? That's where foil-pack recipes like this one
come in. Cooking chicken and pineapple in foil makes for an extra-juicy and flavorful meal. Yes!
Cheesy Chicken Broccoli & Cauliflower Rice Casserole
1/6th of recipe: 227 calories, 6.5g total fat (3g sat fat), 386mg sodium, 14.5g carbs, 4.5g fiber, 5.5g sugars, 27.5g protein -- SmartPoints
This melty, cheesy, multi-serving casserole
is perfect for a big family dinner. It's comfort food at its best, without the calories and fat that usually come with cheesy casseroles. Score!
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