Chicken has always been popular as a diet food. It’s quick and easy to use in many recipes, and it’s low in calories and high in protein. Its versatility means that it is a dieter’s dream.
Except for the fact that it gets boring quickly if you’re trying to make your otherwise boring diet varied and interesting. Follow What Diet’s easy-to-make chicken recipe ideas to make sure you’re getting enough chicken meals in your diet and not being tempted to snack.
Here are some of our favorite low calorie chicken recipe ideas.
Chicken noodle soup
Soups are a great way for dieters to fill up on low calorie foods. Chicken noodle soup can hit the spot and kill hunger pangs. Most soups can be prepared to be very low in calories by avoiding the use of oils and thickeners.
Make your chicken noodle soup with a low-salt chicken broth or oxo cube and add lots of chopped veggies. Then add the precooked chicken pieces and use a small amount of pasta, whole wheat is better, or add a handful of noodles which will cook faster.
This makes a tasty low calorie chicken noodle soup and one serving can also be frozen and used as an emergency ration Spicy Chicken Spaghetti Recipe with Vegetables.
Use pita bread for grilled chicken to go. You can also more easily fill pitta with extra veggies compared to a sandwich when they are likely to fall off. The extra veggies will bulk up your snack while keeping it low on calorie counts. A variety of whole wheat Pita bread is preferable, as it won’t have such a drastic impact on blood sugar levels and it contains additional fiber to help you feel fuller for longer.
Use a low-calorie dressing like low-calorie salad cream or add some low-fat cottage cheese for a little extra protein and a little sauce.
Don’t rule out using chicken to make meatballs. Although traditionally made with red meat, it is perfectly possible to make delicious meatballs with chicken. This opens up another area where chicken can be used where traditionally red meat would have been used instead. Make chicken meatballs and then add them to a spicy tomato sauce for a perfect low-fat meal.
To make your chicken meatballs, use ground chicken meat. You can buy minced chicken or alternatively turkey or use a shredder to grind the meat. Place in a bowl and add two or three egg whites and a handful of oatmeal to help keep the mixture sticky. Add any spices you want and then make meatballs into meatball portions. You can then place them on a baking sheet and cook in the oven or fry in a low-fat cooking spray in a skillet to cook.
These meatballs can be served with fresh tomato sauce and whole wheat spaghetti or simply with a salad if you are on a high protein, low calorie diet.
Chicken and lettuce wraps
If you want to ditch carbs entirely, a good way is to eat your rotisserie chicken wrapped in lettuce leaves instead of using bread. This is a perfect high protein snack, great for those on low carb diet plans, as it will be pretty much all protein.
To make a tasty snack, saute some vegetables in a low-fat Chinese sauce. Carrots, mushrooms, onion, and bell peppers work well mixed with Chinese sauce or a little soy sauce and deep-fry then cool before adding to chicken and lettuce wraps.
Add extra spices or seasonings for extra flavor. A good tip is to add a little cayenne pepper as this increases your metabolic rate and adds a nice spicy touch to your low calorie snack.