Fried Chicken Swaparama! (Market Finds & Recipe Roundup)

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Who DOESN'T love fried chicken? Crunchy on the outside, juicy on the inside, and all around delicious. In honor of National Fried Chicken Day -- today, July 6th -- we've put together an entire email of guilt-free food finds and recipes for your fried-chicken-chewin' pleasure!

  Faux-Fried Supermarket Finds

Perdue Simply Smart Lightly Breaded Chicken

3 oz. chunks, 3 oz. strips, or 1 filet: 140 - 190 calories, 5g fat, 400mg sodium, 6 - 8g carbs, 0g fiber, 0 - 1g sugars, 17 - 29g protein -- PointsPlus® value 3 - 5*

Smart indeed! These all-natural chicken chunks, strips, and filets have just the right amount of crumb coating for that fried-chicken-like crispiness. And we love that they come in all shapes and sizes. Click to see which freezer aisles near you stock Simply Smart stuff.

  MorningStar Farms Chik Patties Original

1 patty: 140 calories, 5g fat, 590mg sodium, 16g carbs, 2g fiber, 1g sugars, 8g protein -- PointsPlus® value 4*

Patty time... Excellent! We've been down with this meatless pick for years -- it's beyond perfect for fried-chicken-sandwich swaps! You can also slice one up and add it to a bowl of leafy greens for a crispy-chicken-salad fix. P.S. MF also makes an Italian Herb version of these patties, plus Chik'n Nuggets. SCORE. Find 'em all in the freezer section of a store near you.

  Applegate Naturals Chicken Nuggets

7 nuggets: 180 calories, 9g fat, 210mg sodium, 12g carbs, 0g fiber, 0g sugars, 12g protein -- PointsPlus® value 5*

These kid-friendly, adult-approved items make us happy. They're free of chemical preservatives and fillers, and they taste fantastic. And the sodium count is impressively low -- we like that, especially since we've GOTTA have dipping sauces. Look for these in your grocer's freezer. (The one at the store, not the one in his kitchen!) BTW, Applegate makes patties too!

  Lightlife Smart Wings

4 wings: 110 - 120 calories, 0 - 3g fat, 430 - 680mg sodium, 6 - 16g carbs, 4g fiber, <1 - 9g sugars, 13g protein -- PointsPlus® value 2 - 3*

OK, these meat-free boneless wings don't have the crispy-coating thing going on, but they're a great swap for a chicken item that's typically fried. Both the Buffalo and Honey BBQ versions rock our faces off. That's right. We have no faces left. (Kidding. That is a terrifying image.) Heads up: These come refrigerated, not frozen like today's other finds.

  "Help, HG! I'm at a party, there's a big bucket of deep-fried chicken, and I'm HUNGRY."

Never fear! Select a chicken breast, and discreetly remove the fried skin and coating. You'll be ditching a bunch of the excess fatty calories, and the meat will still have TONS of flavor.

  HG's TOP ATE Recipes for a Fried-Chicken Fix!

1. Crispity Crunchity Drumsticks - KFC cravers, add this HG weapon to your arsenal... Check out all those seasonings!

2. Fiber-Fried Chicken Strips - Our basic faux-fried chicken tenders are anything but boring! There's nothing wrong with simplicity when it's this delicious...

3. Kickin' Buttermilk Faux-Fried Chicken - Wanna elevate your chicken strips? Marinating the chicken in buttermilk makes it turbo tasty 'n tender!

4. Plate-Lickin'-Good Chicken & Waffles - Fans of this combo need to make our recipe ASAP... and so do skeptics. It RULES, people.

5. Honey Mustard Pretzel-Coated Chicken Fingers
- Inspired by a finger food that Lisa (a.k.a. HG herself) adored as a kid, this recipe is loved by everyone!

6. Planet Hungrywood Sweet & Cap'n Crunchy Chicken - The Cap'n Crunch chicken at Planet Hollywood is another of HG's obsessions -- this swap rocks hard!

7. Snazzed-Up Crispy Crispy Chicken Salad - Restaurant salads topped with crispy chicken can be super-tempting. Resist 'em, and make an HG version instead!

8. Hot Guac Crispy Chicken Club - One of our most recent faux-fried chicken recipes, this stacked sandwich has a LOT going on... and we love it!


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Did we mention that today, July 6th, is National Fried Chicken Day? Because it IS! And if you're not sure how to celebrate, re-read today's email until you are...

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