Healthiest ways in which chicken can be cooked to boost weight loss
First Published 6, Oct 2020, 4:41 PM
This versatile protein is a superstar when it comes to supplying your body with adequate protein on a daily basis. But it's not healthy in all forms. Fried chicken, for example, is without a doubt unhealthy.
Chicken is one of the best sources of lean protein for non-vegetarians. It is also one of the most popular meats out there, as it is cheaper than other meats and more easily available to a majority of meat eaters.
It is also most preferred by health freaks, especially those looking to lose weight, as it is also low in carbohydrates as well as saturated or unhealthy fats.
Another reason it is most preferred by non-vegetarians is that it is incredibly easy to cook with and can be added to a whole range of dishes, including in breads, snacks, curries, soups, salads etc.
The level of nutrition that your weight loss-friendly chicken dish offers depends on the cooking method that has been used.
Chicken can help you lose weight, by helping you load up on the crucial protein. When it comes to protein, different parts of a whole chicken have different amounts of protein and chicken breast is the most popular cut of chicken. The American Heart Association (AHA) recommends consuming chicken without the skin for a healthier dose of protein.
Whichever cut you prefer to consume you must know the right cooking method to reduce the number of calories you are consuming and to add protein to your diet in the healthiest way possible.
Healthiest - Poaching: Poaching emerges at the top healthiest cooking method for chicken due to its elimination of any form of grease or oil. All you need for this cooking method is water brought to a boil. Once water in your deep-bottomed pan comes to a gentle boil, turn the flame down to low and carefully drop the chicken in the water. Allow the chicken to cook through and then remove it from the water. You're cooking the chicken on low heat, so there's no danger of losing nutrients.
Runner Up – Grilling: Grilled chicken is also another healthy method of cooking chicken. This is because you are only introducing a minimal amount of fat to the dish by gently brushing the chicken with olive oil or any other healthy oil. In this method, you will only need to use half a tablespoon to a full tablespoon of oil.
Second Runners Up - Baking and Stir-Frying: Sautéing or stir-frying your chicken is also a winner when it comes to preserving nutrition and flavour, as well as keeping your dish low in calories. Brush your non-stick pan with oil and stir-fry the chicken bits. Toss it along with vegetables like broccoli, bell peppers, asparagus etc. Baking or roasting your chicken with some veggies and spices is also not that bad as this method also allows for the chicken to cook well, without using too much grease.